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Is it possible to be creative and get anything finished after a 3 year old child discovers the joys of binoculars? 

I think my brain is fried…..

Yesterday hubby and I celebrated an anniversary.  Instead of buying each other gifts, we pick out something that we can use, something that would reflect where we are in our lives.   One of our new hobbies is bird watching and we didn’t have binoculars  so we went out yesterday and picked some out before we went to eat. 

Back home, using the binoculars, we spotted our resident hawk and scoped out feral cats waiting to pounce on birds.  I like cats a lot, but between the cats and the hawk, the birds are in constant danger.    Maybe I should have a talk with Mr Hawk and see if he can solve the wild cat problem…. actually we plan to work with a local group to trap and neuter the cats.

Anyway, today I am watching grandson Connor…  who came with no volume control …. sigh…    The older I get the less I seem to be able to function around  noise.

Of course, I also have some things to finish up for The Festival Of Women In The Arts “Entangled Threads” exhibit which runs the month of March.  I’ve finished some final things,  needed to finish some small felted items and then tag the items and do up some cards with descriptions.  It has taken me a good part of the day to finish the little bag below ( for size reference, it is sitting on a large postcard) make and attach the beaded dragonfly.   Normally it would have taken me a fraction of that time.  I’ve decided anything else will have to wait till the little man goes home.

The little bag was made with fiber dyed in my studio.  I used very bright yellow/pink/orange.  I love all colors and just about now I need a shot of bright color to help cope with the last days of winter.   I have a bunch more of these to finish, in different sizes and colors, planned to pick one from the group to add to my exhibit items.  Since this is the only one finished, I guess I will be spared having to choose just one.   

Now I need to get going on the tags and descriptions….

I’ve recently finished reading Sabbath by Wayne Muller.  One of the things the author talks about is ‘thinnning’ , part of it is looking at how we value things, what we have, what we need, letting go of what we don’t need, etc.   The author also talks about the value of things we give, how we are more wealthy when we can part with things that weigh us down, regardless of monetary value, than when we keep them. 

 I’ve been doing this for a while but I tend to have trouble with things that were a gift or that I think I may use at some point, although I know I probably won’t.  In my effort to do a better job of thinning out, thus having less things to maintain, less things to tie me down, I’m designating Thursdays as Thin Down Thursday.  It will also be the day that I review  my progress to physically thin down and be as healthy as I can.

As it just so happens that the guild is having its annual De-stash Day in March, I am concentrating this week and next week on clearing out any craft related items I don’t need.  I already have quite  a pile of things to take and the camera I’d planned to take has already found a new home. 

So…. this is what I’m doing today,  thinning out while I do other things, work on guild newsletter, update guild blog, set the twist on yarn,  take photos of yarn and fiber for my studio blog. and work on updates… 

My goal is to have a carload of things to take to de-stash day….

FOR TODAY (February 9th, 2009)…

Outside my window.

Sunny, mild, a beautiful winter day. Snow is slowly melting. Jacket weather.

I am thinking

How much I enjoyed going to Monday knitting at the book store. I rarely go on Mondays, but I’m glad I did today. We chatted a lot over coffee, browsed through books, worked on our projects and even helped a regular customer there with their crossword puzzle.

 

I am thankful for

 

 

For all the creative and talented people in our guild. We had 5 new people come to visit, 3 joined. We seemed to be attracting quite a few young adults who are really absorbing everything we teach them and who will in turn teach the next generation.

That Mizz Krystal has decided that she really does know who the other dog here is despite the really very short hair cut and that she will stop trying to beat up the strange dog. How can a dog live with another dog for more than 9 years and not know it is the same dog even if it looks a little different? Or is this just her way of telling us that she thinks he has a stupid haircut? Never a dull moment with my dogs.

 

From the kitchen

 

 

I just finished having some white rice, stewed meat and sweet plantains. Yum!

I am wearing

Browns… Everyone who knows me knows that I love color. So I got more than a few comments today about my chocolate brown pants, same colored sweater…. And my jacket just happened to be a dark brown suede… it wasn’t planned, just what I grabbed, interesting cause some seemed to think I was feeling down when I wasn’t. *G*

 

I am creating

 

 

Simply Divine Shoddy Yarn (or would that be shotty?) Of course people think it means something of poor quality, but a very experienced weaver in our guild informs me that my use of weaving thrums to make new yarn is considered an old shoddy technique , the word shoddy meaning ‘recycled’ or ‘reused’. Yesterday I received weaving thrums from Bro. Pierre’s weavings and I have them all sorted out by colors and ready to chop up and mix with fiber and card into new batts.

I’m also still working on my sweater… back and front is done, one of the front bands is done. I’m moving on to the buttonhole side band, collar and then sleeves.

 

I am going

 

 

Maybe to the library and if I have time, to the monastery to pick up some jelly and granola, browse through the gift shop.

 

I am reading

 

 

Because Denise and so many others recommended it, today I picked up The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.

Still reading… Sabbath… Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest by Wayne Muller. I’m reading only a little bit at a time so that I can study each section and Exercise before moving on to the next.

 

I am hoping (praying)

 

 

That the twinges I’m feeling in my jaw is not the return of a jaw bone problem from a couple of years ago.

That the nice weather holds out.

 

I am hearing

 

 

Child playing upstairs, dog snoring in the doggy bed.

 

Around the house

 

 

Signs that winter is leading into spring… jackets and rain shoes, lighter gear now in the mudroom along with the heavier winter outerwear.

 

One of my favorite things

 

 

Time with the ’gals’ over coffee and knitting.

 

A few plans for the rest of the week

 

 

Studio work

Bake cupcakes for Valentines Day

Work on this month’s guild newsletter.

Prepare for the Women in Arts exhibit in March

 

A picture thought to share:

 

 

 

New leather bound (red of course!) artist sketch pad with a spot for pencils and sharpener… I opened it shortly after brining it home today to find that my granddaughter had already used it, leaving me a drawing and a message.  *G* We both like that each pencil has a word printed on it … such as …depth, create, indulge, believe, love, spirit, vision, inspire, explore, wisdom, dream, passion…  On the pad cover are the words..imagine, invent, inspire create, imagine, motivate, dream, compose, remember…

 

To read more about The Simple Woman’s Day Book, visit her blog. http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

 

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FOR TODAY (February 2nd, 2009)…

Outside my window.

Dark, cold, but we will be having mild weather today as we did yesterday, a nice change from our frigid temps the last couple of weeks. We are over the coldest month and looking forward to spring.

I am thinking

All that we have going on today. Our daughter is having minor surgery and so we have the kids for the day. Gizzy has an appointment to be groomed … And so it goes… 

 

I am thankful for

 

                                       That Hubby and I are feeling better after a bout with the creeping crud.  That our dog Krystal is recovering from her limp. I think she did herself some damage when she decided to climb a snow hill rather than use the nicely shoveled walk, and then sank and struggled to free herself. She gave me a scare when she came in limping and then crashed flat out on her side at my feet. But, once she was up and around, she was her usual funny princess self, letting me know that she was not happy to be confined to the den. I’m now monitoring food and treats in order to get her back to around 15 pounds. She is a little heavier and it may be the cause of her not being so agile… that and her being a senior dog.

 

From the kitchen 

Not much, still recovering from the crud.

 

 

I am wearing

Crazy hair. I washed my very curly hair and then stepped out on the deck while letting dogs out before my hair was dry. There was a strong breeze and it resulted in Very Big Hair. And no, I’m not going to post a photo.

 

I am creating 

I’m still working on my wine colored wool/alpaca sweater, knit in one piece. I finished the length up to the armholes, put the front sides stitches on stitch holders and am working on the back. I’ve spent a little more time this week spinning, dyeing. Right now I’m spinning a silver silk and will be plying it with a single of Jacob/Angora I spun from a blend from Amazing Grace Farm. I need to take some time soon to work on photos of things I’m working on and things to sell, hopefully my camera will cooperate!

 

I am going 

I have several places I need to go, mainly dropping off or picking up people.

 

I am reading

Still reading… Sabbath… Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest by Wayne Muller. I’m reading only a little bit at a time so that I can study each section and Exercise before moving on to the next.

I also just finished reading Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.

I’ve started updating my book list on my Reading page, will be adding more books as I come across them. And I’ll be adding comments as I think of them also.

 

 

I am hoping

That Steph’s surgery goes well even though it is something minor, it can be painful.

The we survive the grandkids for the day *G*

That we recover from the crud.

That the weather improves so we can get back to working on the new studio/shed/nest.

 

I am hearing 

The crashing sound caused by the sudden change in temps and fast thaw of snow and ice on the roof, some falling through the downspouts, some just falling off the edge of the roof. Every so often the sound makes us jump and is making the dogs a little edgy.

 

Around the house 

Mixed media supplies have been moved back to the studio and seed catalogs and garden plans are getting some attention

 

One of my favorite

Tiny little trinket boxes that hold jewelry, special stitch markers, etc. Tiny little things just seem to  catch my eye.

 

A few plans for the rest of the week

Get some more studio work done.

Order new dyes for customers who want to do their own dyeing.

Work on items for a March art exhibit.

Get the banner and needle felting supplies ready for Saturday’s guild meeting.

 

A picture thought to share:

 

Jeweled Frog & Dragonfly Trinket Boxes

Jeweled Frog & Dragonfly Trinket Boxes

 To read more about The Simple Woman’s Day Book, visit her blog. http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ 

 

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