Monday, March 30, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Of course, I couldn't find the imaginary stash of cardboard spools so I used the last of my business cards. Put to good use, finally.
|the Cone set|
We are under a county mandated lockdown. I haven't been inside any retail establishment since 3/11 so it remains to be seen when I'll be able to ship these. But if anything grabs your fancy, I will be taking reservations against the better times the near future will bring us, if we all take good care.
And this for some solid hilarity
Friday, March 27, 2020
Your eyes do not deceive you. That drift of white laid out on the table is a vintage, damask tablecloth. It has a slight scorch mark and so went unloved a long time on eBay until I snatched it up for a song.
Today, it makes its debut as the 2020 dye season Table Mopper. The ground cloth for whatever dye fests may occur at the Lawrenceville Frankenstein Dyeworx in the coming months. At the end of the season, the cloth may become the centerpiece of a larger work, or I might hack it up and sent the bits 'round the world.
Here the innocent spools shiver in the secret sauce, waiting their turn on the table.
Joining them, a handful of strips of muslin from a long-abandoned log cabin project. Color wouldn't hurt. The carrier this time? A box of buggy oatmeal from deep in the pantry. Expiration date? I didn't look.
I'll wash, rinse and dry them tomorrow.
for now, I'm so done.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Wild violets, I think. They are everywhere in the upper reaches of the lawn where there is sunshine. I never noticed them before.
Got out for a quick drive to drop off some things to a friend who shouldn't go out for a while.
The action in the parking lot reminded me of "Let's Sell/Buy Drugs" from way back in the day. Two cars parked ten feet apart, facing in opposite directions. Drivers at the wheel. The principals get out, each proceeds to the opposite vehicle's trunk, keys handed over by the respective drivers. Goods and cash inspected and approved. Transfers made, keys returned and off we go, whistling.
How wonderful to be so plain, so solid, so useful.
I settled in to do some stitching, watch a little TV. Sweetie jumped up on the bed, turned over the little river basket and proceeded to examine the contents.
She has a seething resentment over her lack of thumbs.
Sweetie joined us in 2009 and is enjoying her status as Dowager Queen of the household. We indulge her every whim.
The coyotes are barking out in the woods behind the house and all three cats hover nearby, pretending to sleep, one eye open.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Bad idea? Hasty? Just a few small rebellions when you're stuck in the house and time seems both short and long.
I don't know why I was being coy about where and how much purple to use. Now that I think about it, if I wind up in the pest house at least they will remember the lady with purple hair if they can't remember or manage my name.
The whole time my husband was in treatment for cancer and when he was here at home, I was with him. More often than not, holding his hand to the last moments and beyond. The thought of someone I love and care about having to be in the hospital alone is more than I can bear to think about. Any and all distractions are welcome.
And to the point of being out of time or coy, I give you this.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
I didn't know then it would be the last visit we'd have for a while since we've all agreed that it's safest for everyone to limit our circles of contact.
We facetime, but I get the feeling that young children expect more from an electronic device than facetime with Nana can give. There are no big hugs, no silly business or fart noises. I miss him terribly. There is so much I still have to teach him. Learn from him.
I'm having a good cry along with "Yentl". Each and every time I watch it.
Friday, March 20, 2020
I got out in the sun today and got the rest of the bigger sticks off the lawn in preparation for the long-overdue first mowing. By 230 it was nap city.
All the windows were open. Soft warm breezes were lurking in the curtains. The deep chimes on the high deck were very soft, almost apologetic. I didn't drift off, I dropped like a rock. Good sleep.
When I woke up, I realized how warm it was. 79 degrees out at the peak today. Warm enough to start thinking about the first dye fest of the season. It may not happen tomorrow, but soon.
As I work the phones tonight, I'm winding thread between calls. Tonight, I'll dream in color.
And did you see these wonders? Huzzah The Bucklings of the Hill!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
At first, I wished that I had planned this one better. Now, I'm forced into a way to insert some really rich profanity. White on white, maybe.
I never really minded the hermit life because it was by choice and I knew there was all manner of crazed doings going on out in the world- parties, parades, flash mobs, drive bys- you know, Life.
Now it's disturbing. Our town has a curfew.
I don't want to dwell on imagined outcomes, but I inherited a lot of hard times angst from that same grandmother who taught me embroidery. Not that she ever complained.
They did what they had to do. Tenant farmers during the Great Depression. She would take slivers of soap, soften them, then press them together into a multi-colored lump to keep on soaping. Teabags used all day long. Real rag rugs.
It was good to see the stores limiting the quantities of things people can buy. You pick a time window, they bag it up, email you when it's ready, you pull up and they drop it in your trunk.
Two twenty pound bags of their favorite dry food and another forty pounds of cat litter was the find.
Knowing that at least Salem (the black and white one) and this demon know how to kill stuff and go to the bathroom outside is comforting. He gets very pissy when I try to pry him out of the sewing chair.
It's my day off. Stop looking at me like that.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
I learned very young to never say "I'm bored" out loud or you'd find yourself sitting at the kitchen table polishing silverware, cleaning the parakeet's cage with a toothbrush and Windex, or hand whisking the stair carpets - all three floors worth. There is no end of tedious housekeeping tasks that a five-year-old can do if her Grandmother hears those dread words. Being bored was unacceptable.
Aside from forced child labor, I still have Nelly to thank for introducing me to needle, thread & hoops.
So here's the nearest reading pile. TV has too much temptation to drop in the news. We all know what's going on and what we need to do, I hope. Not that I'm putting my head in the sand. Just not letting the sand clog my eyes, ears, nose, and heart.
More about things to read soon.
No particular injury to my back, but my job (Yay! I still have one and will as long as there are lawyers) and my avocation keep me in a chair way too many hours and I'm paying for that.
I miss walking and hope to get back to it soon. New sneakers arrived just the other day. I went to the park yesterday, but couldn't even find a place to park for the families with SUVs fulla kids. Good for them. I have a yard that needs picking up and a street to stroll.
This, a reminder of Things I Used to Do and Look Forward to Doing Again, soon as Spring starts thinking about Summer. Big and Batik.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
He pulled the dusty cassette player off the shelf. I cleaned it, put in batteries but the tape playing mechanism was dead. The radio worked though and he was spellbound.
We had a great long day together today. His school has closed for the upcoming weeks. But I won't have much hand in his care.
I'm going to welcome Spring here at home, lessening my exposure as much as possible. I guess, statistically, I'm in the risk group. I spent the big chunk of January with a respiratory infection that had me pissing myself with every damn cough.
So, not much will change. I work from home as it is. Have little to no social life and no travel plans to cancel.
I'm a little annoyed that it's probably smart to not pick up a book that I held at the library. I hate e-books, but I guess I better get over that.
Like everyone, hard emotions are running deep and wide. Last night I put on the movie "Yesterday". A piece of fluff to play in the background while I stared angrily at the manuscript, not really focusing. Even though the film is overly sweet and gently lame, hearing bits and pieces of the Beatles music was enough for me to leave it on. Then, there came a scene that hit me in the heart like a brick and I cried full bore, ugly for ten minutes. If I'd been in a theater, I would have been asked to leave.
I may need to do that daily for a while. You?
Sunday, March 08, 2020
My disappointment in the way the patriarchy has swept aside the best-qualified candidate is like a toothache. I can only hope that the smarter of the two old white men living on borrowed time will call her to be the VP.
Here the tangible work from the past year. A few other things, those crossovers with text, have gone on to new homes.
The shirking lizard-brained part of me wants to start a new piece, but I have a lot of other things that need my attention now. Maybe, if I get quarantined.
Monday, March 02, 2020
I inventory my dyes. To my sweet surprise, I do not need to buy a thing.
Raven, Silk Black, Gunmetal, Bronze. The blues- Deep Space, Sapphire, Electric, Turquoise, Peacock, Blueberry, Robin's Egg...more. Olive, Avocado, Curry, Pagoda, Scarlet, Pomegranate, Sun, Golden, Lemon, Grape, Red Violet... There's more but I'm dizzy!
I've just finished taking pictures of the new sets of threads and need to rest my eyes. Looking at Salem is always a relief from too m...
Play it again Sam.
Colin modeled a bit when he was a baby. How could he not, as cute as this and he was a laughin' fool the minute anyone broke out a ...
writing I have been idly dreaming about having a small, vintage manual typewriter, as if that would help. I don't even know i...
I'm researching fish faces for a piece I'm working on. Ever take a close look at their eyes? I used to fish a lot when I was a kid ...
Not waiting for a surprise cold snap. Mr. & Mrs. Wilson, the swedish ivys were totally out of control. Bits of them have taken hold in...
Not so fierce anymore. It's hard to say if the intensity loss was due to the advanced age of the dyes or the temps outside which were c...
It's a Charlie Monday. We spend the whole day together working it out. He is a delightful tornado of life and love. There is no doin...
Mom's Christmas cactus is struggling. I have to find the right kind of soil and a decent clay pot it can become rootbound in. Any advi...
Always one for illicit activity.. I'm peddling cloth again. You know who you are and you know you want it. Go thaw your credit ...
2008 no pumpkins and no posers this year.