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...


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.
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


November SMART goals (x=extra)
1 five new dishtowels
restring beads
2 xx-
3 xx -
4 x x x
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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