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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

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I love our local library…    Where else can you go to bring home lots of interesting books and also attend special programs? 

Yesterday Jess and I went to the library for a Holiday around the world program and to bring home more stacks of books.  I wondered why they didn’t call it Christmas around the world, but when I got there and saw a table with Hanukkah exhibit, another with Kwanzaa,  another with Boxing Day and so on, I thought the name was appropriate. 

At each table, the children got to listen to stories about the specific traditions associated with each holiday, they got to make some things, and taste some things.  

It was so busy that I couldn’t get any photos of the tables…   but I did get this..

recycled coats art piece

recycled coats art piece

While waiting to go into the auditorium, we watched some people playing Chess with giant size pieces the size of a small child.   Then we looked at the displayed cases with needlework pieces.  Then this display caught my eye.  The description said it was done by a couple using fabric from donated coats that were too worn to be reused by someone… what a great way to recycle clothing… art!   The photo is very dark and blurry… took it will my cell phone and trying to make it lighter just made it strange…

Several friends have mentioned that they don’t use their ipods because they dislike using anything in their ears and most stations for their ipods are too bulky or require a plug, thus not being very portable. I mentioned I use a small speaker unit for mine and was asked what it looks like… Here it is…

It isn’t very big at all, fits in a large pocket, has very good sound quality and batteries (I like to use rechargeables) seem to last forever. This allows me to take my ipod just about anywhere in my multiple floored house, studio, garden… away from home. Occasionally I will use the ipod with the earbuds, carrying it all in the little bag I made from yarn leftover from a sock project, which to my surprise won a first place ribbon at a fiber festival.

While the ipod is a modern gadget, I find that it is one of those things that simplifies my life. On there I have devotionals, music, tutorials, books and more, all of them free downloads. While there is nothing to compare putting my feet up and reading a good book, being able to listen to something on the ipod while I work is very enjoyable and keeps me from acquiring even more books than I do.

Another thing that helps keep life a bit simpler and uncluttered is the small counter area I planned when we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. Most of out friends and family liked to hang out in the kitchen with us and combining the spaces allowed us to create a seating /window seat area at one end and the message center area as well as an island for eating or food prep.

The message center is a small granite tiled counter on two bookcases with recycled cabinets above. On the left side of the counter is a slim wine cellar and more storage above for wine bottles. One of the cabinets holds glasses and such. The other cabinet holds coffees, teas, and snacks such as nuts. On the counter sits a wireless lap top, a one cup coffee/tea maker, and a few items we use everyday. When the letter holder fills up with photos, recipes, etc, It is time to clean it out. Artwook by the grandkids or other interesting photos or items such as the apple pencil holder I made many years ago, pencils and a family calendar iare all we need tacked on the wall. Cookbooks are in one bookcase, childrens books in the other. Often a grandchild can be found sitting on the floor looking through the books.

Altough most of the time the counter serves as a message center, it takes only minutes to set it up as a serving area for desserts and coffee bar. I like that I can monitor pc use by grandkids while I prepare supper, read a book, use my spinning wheel, etc.

I visit the library weekly, to return books and pick up new ones.   

Often when I am there I see groups of people playing chess or checkers at some of the tables.  What is so interesting about these people as that they don’t seem to be related to each other in any way. Some are very young children, some are very old adults, every race and color imaginable.  I particularly like to watch the very old play with the very young, both players deep in thought.  Occasionally an adult will be quietly coaching a younger player, talking in a whisper so as not to distract another player. 

A little further down is a  giant game of chess set up.   This seems to be a favorite for family with young children, too antsy to sit at a table for long.  Some of the pieces are larger than the very young children and so they love pushing them around.  I often stop and watch from the second floor which overlooks this area.   I took this photo with my phone’s camera so it is  blurry, but you get the idea.  This day a Dad and his daughter were playing with Mom helping the child who appeared to be 8 or 9 years old, not that it appeared she needed much help.  

 

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