Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer hiatus and aging and stuff.

almost over
way too hot
way busy
very wet

It's been a blog free summer... no time to write, and and not a lot of creative fodder.. Just enough time to keep treading water, not really getting anywhere. I cannot say if I will maintain the blog any better this fall, but I hope to..

Speaking of autumn, I say, "Bring it!!". Never having been a big fan of summer, this one has been long enough for me..I am ready for cooler, drier weather.  I know lots of people who prefer hot to cold...but you can only take off so many clothes without offending people's sensibilities. In extreme cold, no one complains if you put on another sweater.  And cold weather is good for business, if your business is knitting.
Summer needlework projects have been sporadic. A few pairs of socks, lots of crocheted bags, some yarn dying... a bit of this and that, nothing consuming.  Take along projects mostly.

Some old loves have resurfaced in my life lately..... no, no,,,, no old flames or anything like that...although if an old flame did show up, I am sure the emphasis would be on the OLD part. None of us are getting any younger, Dave's 61st birthday whooshed past us this July without any fanfare, not even a was a particularly busy week..
Oh yes, old loves, that's it.....many years ago, I actually enjoyed cooking....some of that has returned this summer..  I have been making more meals and liking it.  And I have done some canning this past week.  Zucchini jam  for Dave and corn relish for me, both new recipes to me, they seem to have turned out quite well. That little popping sound when a jar seals is so satisfying... I plan to can some salsa and pickled beets, but the tomatoes are not ripening very well, despite the heat and rain.

Another old love that is beckoning is embroidery...Many years ago I did some crewel embroidery.. at least 30 years ago...  I would like to explore the medium now,with emphasis on freeform work...but where to start? Just jump in and start, I guess, but as I get  older I seem to have more and more self imposed rules that stop me from taking the leap. Anyone else have this  problem?  Greater expectations and all that.....boils down to fear, I think.

Oh, yeah, fear. Last week I went to an estate sale like none I had ever been to before.  An entire tent full of craft supplies.  Many multiples of the same items.  Boxes and boxes of unopened spools of macrame cord.  Miles of rickrack. A bedroom FULL of costume jewelry.  Another tent held boxes of unused Christmas ornaments.  All very clean and tidy, but the sheer amount of stuff was overwhelming....My blogger profile does say "packrat", but this sale intimidated even me.
I bought a few things, but mostly I walked away with a nagging fear of becoming consumed by my possessions...
Among the things purchased is a bag of thimbles,,,111 thimbles to be exact. All kinds and a few even fit my finger. What to do with the rest? I am open to nice...

This is good, watch it----------


Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh! That video is amazing!! Thank you for sharing.

I wouldn't know what to do with the 100+ thimbles that didn't fit my fingers. ; )

I'm a packrat, too, but that sale sounds too scary (and a little like I know people like that).

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