I think I am sliding into being quieter here because of the almost daily posts on instagram.
One important thing that I've learned about myself is that I tend to be more productive in the morning.
And even more so that there are rhythms to creativity. Time of year, time of day...there is a rhythm to it all.
This weekend I tackled a few big projects:
A lot of gardening. On the right, where the wire baskets are, I planted garbanzo beans and onions. To the left I will plant more beans in a couple weeks.
And painting the living room, which is going to need a second coat.
I've found that because of the orientation of my house (facing Northeast) and the amount of light let in by the windows, that lighter colors end up looking very washed out at certain times of the day. This blue just keeps on glowing.
It's a very interesting article, well worth reading even if you aren't interested in bees. For me, the most interesting point made is about how we, human beings, interact with nature. Is a technique sustainable or simply easier for humans?
Having said that, I also believe that doing something the way it's always been done isn't necessarily best. There is usually room to question and explore. It's more a matter of making thoughtful and informed decisions. Of being reflective.
I was more impulsive than thoughtful when I bought these, but at least I was informed. Local and organic.
I don't often remember my dreams but last night I did.
I dreamed that there had been a mistake on the paperwork when I bought my house. Instead of there being one house, there were two. The second house wasn't far away, had a plot with potential for a great garden and a house that was falling down. I knew I would tear that house down and build my own. A small house, one less than 400 square feet.
Like the ones in this book I recently checked out:
I've already started the research. These are from my collection of books:
I particularly dream of making a cob house.
I'm not nearly ready to do this, but I do need to build a new chicken coop:
The girls have been asking.
P.S. Here's a TED talk I watched for a class that I am taking for work. I really like what he has to say (although he says it very fast!)
One of the parts I liked the best:
"If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise." Shawn Achor
Yesterday I had a chance to visit a store I've been wanting to explore for awhile, the Ragfinery.
They sell second hand yarn, fabric and clothing meant to be upcyled rather than become waste. They have a really nice page on their website showing the textile waste generated in the United States. There are also sewing machines and floor looms that can be used.
Although I really didn't need more fabric there was no resisting a few things. The red print is a home-made house dress. I want to combine this fabric with denim (from jeans I've been saving) and make a vest. Hopefully there will be some time to play with this next week.
I also bought a wool/mohair blend scarf:
It's headed for a hot water wash to see if it will felt. Either way it will become a pillow or part of a blanket.
I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be back on a regular basis. It's a wonderful resource and I want to do my part to make sure it stays in business. I also think it might be a wonderful place to volunteer at some time.
After selling my car and starting to ride the bus or walk, I joined a local organization that tracks the stats on my commuting.
Since September of 2006 I've logged 16,910 miles of commuting via bus or walking. Just because I'm curious about these kinds of things, for that amount of miles I could drive from where I live on the West coast to New York city and back twice, plus make it to New York again and about half way home.
I wish I would have tracked projects knitted on the bus or while waiting for the bus...
I'm currently reading Blessing the Hands that Feed Us by Vicki Robin and found the following:
"We can build levees but we cannot control the vehemence of storms. We can, as farmers know, plant and tend and water and watch, but we only work with nature, not command it. Especially now, as we watch the skies and wonder if the storms sweeping in again and again are harbingers of climate change or just-as we hope-El Nino or La Nina."
The weather is always worth considering.
The weather report: Sunny at the moment, but there has been rain and wind and there is supposed to be more heavy rain again soon. It is warmer, probably 50 something.
"Food vulnerability is the last thing any of us wants. In fact, agriculture is our sustained human attempt to control our food supplies. Without predictability of "food income," the energy of a family or culture is necessarily focused on survival. Once those needs are met, we liberate our hands and minds for invention, for the arts, for dreams, for so much of what we identify as human."
Because it is a topic that I care about, I'm familiar with most of the points she's making and the information she's sharing. It's still very worth the reading to me. I read it and think, "this is a community that I belong to."
This video is worth the watching too.
My sour cherry tree. The cold snap we had last week came so quickly many trees still had green leaves. Now they are frost damaged, dead on the tree but still attached.
I wonder how many wind storms it will take for the leaves to detach and go their way?