Entries in life (294)


doing something that makes me happy

I sat in my parlor and laid out a quilt.

So far the quilts have not sold but I need to make them.  The making makes me happy.  It is a good thing.  Especially when events in the United States were what they were this weekend.  I was horrified.  Distressed.  Appalled.  

I listen to a lot of audiobooks when I am working and I have been currently listening to two books about resistance in World War II.  I needed to put them away and listen to something else.  It is much to close to home.  One of the books I was listening to is The Zookeeper's Wife.  It is a biography the Warsaw zookeepers and the choices they made.  Choices that saved lives and resisted.  

I told my Beloved that every time I like something on social media, comment, or post, I wonder now if it will mean someone knocking on my door.  Gestapo like.  I can see it coming.  But I know where I sit.  


a better creative space

I spent most of the weekend pricing storage.  Pondering.  Making decisions.  Twice to IKEA.  But in the end, I have a much better creative space.  I no longer sew in front of the air conditioning so I am hoping that I will get a chance to feel like my lungs heal.

I feel like I have a space of my own even though it is Koda Bear's room when he is here.

I have two bookshelves full of fabric and projects.  I have a lot of fabric though I did not get rid of as much as I expected.  And some of the dresses that were ready to be cut up ended up in the wash so I can wear them again.  It is interesting what time does.

I even got my worktable cleaned off.  I still need to take everything out from the shelves underneath it but I have space on top.  I come from a long line of pilers.  Flat surfaces and piles will be made.  The dining room table has been cleaned off for a week!  It helps to have less stuff but even then I can create piles.  But now I have a place to cut out fabric again.

With a little bit different light.  A little bit different angle.  A place for myself.   I need two lamps.  Some day that will happen but I got to the point yesterday where that is enough.  And it was.

This makes me happy.



I just do not

This is where my sewing takes place.  Whether it is at my sewing machine or by hand in the chair.  I also have very poor fabric storage.

Since I got bitten badly by ants, there has been a lot of congestion in my lungs.  It has not gone away.  It was better during all my desert travels.  Even on our mountain where there is a lot of moisture it was better.  But then I get back to the city, and my lungs hurt.  I had a very bad coughing fit yesterday.

The comment has been made that I should move my sewing machine away from the air condintioner.  I would turn it off completely but I find that is also not comfortable when the temperatures start rising to close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Which means, I need to create better fabric storage and rearrange furniture.

I am known for not moving furniture.  Unless a new piece is purchased or created, everything stays in its place.  If something replaced, the new has to fit into the old spot.  It is who I am.  I accept this about myself.  But it does mean I am going to thrift stores today to look at furniture.  I have ideas for what I am thinking when it comes to fabric storage.

I also have been watching Dr. Blake Mysteries and I would like all the clothes.  I may see if I can find some cardigans in the thrift stores so I can bead and glitter.  There is only about three television series I could wear all the clothes from.  And I have no problems not being in style or fashionable.  

Furniture rearrangement, bleah!  Homes are the same!


self care

I realized yet again that I can be really crap at self care.  There are things I love to do that get put on the back burner.  There are things I need to do every day to control chronic pain and keep me walking.  I have to walk and move every day.  It makes me feel better.  While I do that, I need to look at what is around me.  I love the petals on this rose.

On my last adventure, it was observed that I love to take pictures.  I do not carry the big camera around with me when I am traveling.  If I have it with me, I never take it out of the car.  I use my phone.  It is like having a point and shoot with you all the time.

I was gifted with this attachement to my phone.  I find between the zoom capability of this lense and the DSLR features on the camera app on my phone, the pictures I take are as good as my large digital camera.  My camera is old enough that I could probably upgrade it but this works for me.  Especially since I do not shoot in film.  If I did, I would never have any pictures.

The other thing I need to remember to do for myself is spin.  It is restful.  And even though my spinning wheel sits out in the open, I have a tendency to head someplace else first.  More spinning and crocheting for me!



Leaving Washington, there was lunch with friends and then the decision to go to Tolt Yarn and Wool.  I have read about this yarn shop online.  Seen some of the workshops they have to offer.  One of those that I always thought might not be the best place for my wallet for me to go.  But I did.

They have a Makers Market that has sounded interesting.  Not large.  Just a few makers, dozen makers, in a yarn store.  What could go wrong?!  I picked up some interesting insect prints that I am going to put over my work bench.  A white hand thrown cup that I have been using for tea, even though today it is for hot ginger.  A smaller version for simple pours.  Yarn.  

They did have makers of yarn there.  The two blue skiens above were from one of those makers, Spincycle.  I could not pass them up.  I was thinking hats.  Maybe for me?  Maybe for gifts?  Maybe for presents?  I will see.

Tolt Yarn and Wool definitely caters to knitters, not hookers.  There are so many ways you can make crochet sound bad!  One of the Spincycle ladies made the comment she never knows what hole to use because there are too many holes.  It just came out so badly!  I did find a knitting pattern called Baern that I should be able to convert to crochet.  I am using the Yoth yarn I found there.  It is the cream and green skeins in the top picture.  It is an indulgence because it is large part cashmere.  The sweater will so soft.  I personally love the feel of cashmere sweaters but I always wear them out.  I am hoping this will be different.  I can hope.

It was nice.  I may go back to Carnation, WA just to wander.  I wil definitely go back to Tolt but they are online.  I like small towns and I like to look into windows.  When someone says window shopping, that is my favorite type of shopping.  Just looking into the windows.  

I have put down the sewing needle at night and put up my crochet hook.  I am hoping to have a sweater soon even though it is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit most of the time.  If it works, I may order more of this Yoth yarn.  Or maybe I will see how the sweater wears.  Or maybe I will spin some more.