Tuesday, November 3, 2020

fingers crossed

in which our plucky heroine quivers, but not with anticipation...

though I would be delighted with a good outcome, I am not confident. My essential nature, that pessimistic nay-saying "crabby appleton", that aspect of myself that is the most difficult to live with, that I struggle with daily and have for decades, is what I need to both wrestle with and treat kindly... Child-self deserves kindness, and so today rather than glue my eyeballs to the pixelworld, I am going to do as many healthy, creative and productive small things as possible.

There will be cooking, and some painting. There will be a start on making a dress for wee Kestrel, who daily becomes less wee. There will be more carving on block 3 of "Making Art For A Change". I will tackle one small area of declutter and tidy to create an oasis of peace at home. There will be a walk, bundled in handknits, a mask, and a raincoat, because walking is the thing that I can still do that brings my body peace. There will be a phone call to my Aged Parents, as I do most days these days. There will be a bit of time to practice the harp, a new learning challenge.

I will count my blessings. I will remember that I come from a long line of Those Who Survived...
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beauty in the time of isolation - day 235:

"blue dyeberries"

I worked hard to discover the name of Clerodendrum trichotomom aka "Harlequin Glorybower", after the first time I ever walked by one that was blooming. It has flowers that smell like the wind from paradise. One of the first things I did when I moved to Acorn Cottage was to plant one in front of the house. There are a number of them growing around the neighborhood.
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After their autumnal flowering, they develop the most spectacular fruiting display, with vivid red star-sepals centered with tiny electric blue "berries". What I discovered online is that those berries can actually be used as a blue dyestuff, which is called in Japan by a name that means "the other blue". Finally I have managed to gather enough to try this for myself, as I visit various locations and forage for dyestuff, storing my finds in a freezer container until I have a free day to experiment. I am hoping to acquire some undyed silk embroidery thread, as well as the thin undyed wool thread already on hand.
some information on dyeing
some more information about dyeing
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 five new dishtowels
restring beads
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5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - the cycles of the natural world, which persist, and in persisting, continue to bring up bounty and beauty

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