Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday snippets and fragments - day 23 (year 2)

in which our plucky heroine does not give up...

...sleeping brain has been sending me on all kinds of strange adventures, including a trip to a formerly unknown part of the dreamlands, filled with narrow pedestrian streets, analog strip malls, and odd shops stacked atop one another, rather like a cross between an Old World city and Japan. In one of those small shops, I found a stash of deadstock canning jar lids and was really delighted. When I got to the register to pay for them, I woke up.

~ creativity challenge ~
almost finished with a new planter cage... should be squirrel-proof. My hands are sore from hours of cutting wire mesh, bending it to shape, and cutting and twisting wires to connect the pieces. I'm hoping to be able to plant edible greens here, soon. Inside the planter, the current "crop" of deadnettles (which I just found out are actually edible?!) will be replaced with a layer of compost, and some planter soil. and then I may plant some peas, or radishes...

started the process of adding a cover to the sleeve board that has been floating around my sewing space for a number of years now. Layers of melton cloth wool padding, and then a linen cover held on with a drawstring. Did the smaller side first, and have some idea of how to improve it for the larger side... 

Auntie K and I have been spending some time just hanging out on video as "body doubles" for one another. We did this one time before, with good results, as I was able to clear the surface of an entire workbench, while she worked on her own project. This time I was able to clear away all the fabric that had piled up atop the guest futon, (ever since early in the pandemic when I was in a frenzy of mask making). Four grocery sacks full of fabric scrap are ready to leave the house now, and while it isn't anywhere near as much declutter as desired, it is a start.

Though mostly as body doubles we don't do a lot of back and forth chat, K had a good question for me: "how do you envision this room? and does what you are picking up add to that vision?" I want the floors to be clear with only enough fabric and supplies on the shelves, not SABLE*. I only want mostly lengths of fabric that can be turned into garments, as I am not really into patchwork for clothing or as a handcraft. It will take time, but it is POSSIBLE

*Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

April SMART goals (x=extra)
1 wire planter cage
cover smaller sleeve board
yard waste bin
2 --recycle bin
3 xx bag of fabric
4 x x bag of fabric
5 xx bag of fabric
6 x x bag of fabric
7 x x -
8 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 - an unexpected book delivery yesterday. My sister sent me "The Art of Dying Well" by Katy Butler, and "Advice For Future Corpses" by Sallie Tisdale... both books I have borrowed often enough from the library that adding them to my reference library makes sense. Food for thought, as I navigate being a good daughter to my ageing parents, and as I consider and make choices about my own ongoing life as an elder


  1. Wow, that cage is really impressive, so professional-looking. I hope it does the trick.

    I have a huge SABLE and don't know what to do with all the fabrics I envisioned sewing up "when I retire." Well, now I'm retired, and don't need many clothes, what to do? I did come across a stash of hand-dyed fabrics I dyed years ago and they delight me. First off, a roomy jacket.

    I checked out both those books from the library. End of life issues are interesting to me, and I make continuous preparations, especially for my children's benefit. But so much to do, years of de-cluttering or de-accessing, which I am taking much pleasure in taking care of. I have a great interest in accounts of Near-Death Experiences and past life experiences but have no personal experience of either.

    1. cage is finally "finished" and next step is to add compost and plant some new things in it...

      Let me know what you think of those books. I've been trying, in a modest way, to increase my physical activities, increase my decluttering, and also pay attention to improving my mental health in the direction of cheerfulness and gratitude. (since seeing the results of not-doing those things is a very definite call to action)