well actually I lost control of the coping saw, while cutting out the glued in place backing plywood from around my new printing block, and the sawblade ran into the side of my hand. Only a flesh wound, and not requiring actual medical attention, but boy howdy did I feel dumb. Now to finish trimming the edges of the block, so I can do a trial print.
I have been craving a salad for days, nay weeks now... finally satisfied: two different salad greens, radishes from the Mud Bay gardens, homemade pickled beets, persian cucumbers, hardboiled egg and a precious bacon slice cut into "bacon bits". Gracious thanks to friends who made this delicious dinner possible!!
Today the good thing was the arrival of Heather and Brandon with a delivery from up north, including pantry staples and some fresh produce, and best of all, a piece of kid art from K. It was good to see their smiling faces, even if from a distance. They drove out to Grimms Fuel and brought me back some garden soil for growing more veggies here, once I cobble together another option for raised planter(s), and they took away the horrible last remains of the floor joists, from the plumbing flood in 2006 to dump at the transfer station (I had hoped to somehow reuse those large floor joist beams, but instead they simply sat in the back yard slowly returning to their constituent atoms).
Did a bit more pruning today. Managed to use the pole pruner saw to cut through the part of the side yard plum that needed removed. Started another batch of pea microgreens.
Was resting this afternoon when another curfew alarm went off for tonight. So much adrenaline! Wow!! Since all the crepuscular hours are included, curfew will make getting in any walking really difficult. I will try and be ready to walk at 6AM, when curfew ends for the day, but will sorely miss my evening/nighttime walks. Sanity strolls are really my only useful defense to maintain my mental health, but I know this is a first-world old-white-lady problem. I have nothing useful to contribute to the conversation about racism other than we all can educate ourselves and do better. When I look at what is happening here in the US, I see militarised police, I see people continuing to try peaceful protests in response to grievous and fatal harm done to unarmed individuals of color, and I see various violent interlopers, mostly white, mostly male, mostly young, taking advantage of the civic unrest to wreak havoc and destruction. I have seen a few news images showing community people trying to clean up their damaged neighborhoods, showing black men protecting an isolated policeman separated from his group, showing white women holding the line between police and peaceful protestors, or showing police and protesters respect and kneel together here in Portland...
So, another household I know has been contaminated by COVID... some of my beloved Blue Cedar House pals are sick. Two housemates there are CNA's, work at a care home that turned out to be a viral hotspot, and have tested positive, and the third adult there is waiting to be tested, but very symptomatic. So far the children of the house are not ill, and I keep reminding myself that most people who contract the virus survive it. But I worry nonetheless.
May SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||collage||bird netting peas||long grass backyard|
|2||strawberry rhubarb||harvest pea greens||yard waste bin|
|3||lemon curd||harvest sunflower greens||recycling bin|
|4||coin purse ||planted tomato starts||apple tree prunings|
|5||Heather mask||started arugula/cilantro||yard waste bin|
|6||Kestrel apron||planted bok choy starts ||-|
|7||floral blouse||harvest more pea greens ||-|
|8||clothespin bed||planted kale||x|
|9||2 Barb masks ||x||x|
|13||mini mosaic table||x||x|
|14||5 Gods block||x||x|
today's gratitudes - I just love kid art, and now K is old enough to draw me a thankyou... I got a piece of construction paper with a moose drawn on one side and a pile of poo on the other! (images labeled by parent) Who knows what lurks in the mind of a two year old....