Friday, September 18, 2020

still here...




Stitching and finally finishing a project gone dormant feels good.


Tacked onto a base of black linen, it became a book cover for my tarot journal -- now I want to make another one, only with a different card for inspiration. 


This year I have set Mondays aside as a day for watery, intuitive rituals. One thing is a constant -- I first light a candle and meditate and then draw tarot and/or oracle cards for the week ahead, using different decks each month. I definitely have my favorite decks to work with but by rotating them, I get to know all of them better. (I also give myself permission to buy new decks now.) Monday/Moonday is just a good day for me to stretch and learn. Some watery mundane things include watering plants, laundry, soup-making, medicine making, taking a bath -- it all depends on the season.


A new colony of honeybees moved into the tree-house a few months ago. 

                                                                                                                                                                  This bee-house is occupied by a colony led by Queen Heidi II who is the daughter of the first Queen Heidi. I love that the women who raised and sold us the colony had a lineage established to pass along.                           

Another cloth close to being finished. For months, I have been trying to decide whether to chop it in half or not. It seems like it would have more options to be useful if it were smaller.


These are the new girls, Liza and Amber. Liza is a French Cuckoo Marans (with feathers on her feet) and Amber is a Dutch Welsummer. I'm learning that having chickens is not for the weak of heart -- Lilith died one morning in my arms, out of the blue. Then another young pullet named Saphie was sick from the start and died after only a few weeks. I have seen and learned so much in such a short time.


The original Moon sisters -- Margaret Wise Moon, Honey Moon and Cinco Moon. True to form, they are very tough on the new girls, pecking order being so important and all.


On the kitchen table, some new-to-me plants -- Marimo moss balls. They aren't really moss balls, they are actually solid algae balls that live in the bottom of fresh water lakes. The movement of water currents makes them round so I try to help by spinning them around by hand when I think of it. Their water needs to be cold and they need to be kept out of direct sunlight. I squeeze them gently and replace their water every Monday. 


A red sun one afternoon with forest fires to the north and the west of Denver.


Nasturtiums soon to be harvested for the kitchen.


Assorted reading and easy knitting, hexipuffs for the beekeeper quilt


A project for autumn -- to partially deconstruct and then reconstruct craft-store brooms and then make my own broom from scratch using the lighter, greenish broom corn, Sorghum bicolor, that I grew last summer. The darker broom corn broom was a gift that will serve as a model of one way to do the stitching. I'm reading about broom folklore and magical uses and like the idea of an ancestral broom for the time when the veil thins next month. 


The garden at the beginning. See the kalette plants grow around Buddha.


Mid-to-late summer -- Buddha's mask. I planted kalettes all over the back yard because the chickens loved them last year and it was so fun to watch them jump to reach the leaves at the top. They are beautiful plants.


Last night when it was nearly dark. Buddha wearing a headdress. 

I hope you are happy in the now moment and also looking forward to good things in your life. I love the feeling of reconnecting after such a long time. 
xo

18 comments:

  1. So grateful for your abundant return. How very beautiful your world. Here is a gift for you: https://youtu.be/Pud0LJx3PlM

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    1. Thank you, Michelle -- what a beautiful video you sent. I was thinking as I watched and listened "is this painful joy" or "joyful pain"...but beautiful it is.

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  2. It is so good to hear your voice again. I was just thinking of you as I gathered my Lunaria seed pods. I don't know what generation of plants they are from the seeds you sent me long ago. I love the shimmer. I do have a tin of the outer pod leaves(?). I keep thinking I need to cover a lampshade with them. Your garden is glorious. I am going to investigate the kale and see if it can handle our heat. As always your handwork and words bring me joy. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jeannie, so happy to know the Lunaria is still going! It does go back a few years, doesn't it? ;) A lampshade would be awesome -- have you seen them embroidered? I think you'd have to do it when they're still green and flexible...and the kalette should work for you as we have similar climates, right? We broke all kinds of temp records this summer, it was so hot every day for 2 months. The plants get huge and the flavor is considered very nice according to a kale connoisseur friend of mine...she prefers it to plain kale.

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  3. I am in love with this post!! Everything about it makes my heart sing with joy.

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    1. Hi Angie, thanks so much -- I love knowing it resonated with you!

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  4. Your blog brought me joy!!! We all need a bit of joy right now. I am taking a watercolor class from Joanne Sparks call Art Sparks and having a wonderful time learning something new and creative. Her classes are full of color and joy.
    Stay well and keep calm and blog on!

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    1. Thank you, Janet, that means a lot. The class sounds perfect for these times as we move into the colder months, is it online? I will look it up!

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  5. I've been meaning to email you for a couple of days now...and here you are! Yay! I've missed you here.

    The connections are here and I'm so glad to reconnect with you.
    The tree hive is so big! Tonight we will dip apples in honey for Rosh Hashanah. I still think of you for everything bee related, even after all of these years.
    I love that the queens have names and relations :)
    The sun bee hive cloth, perhaps not cut, but folded over for another journal cover?
    The whole West, saddened by fire, even if the red ball looks cool.
    Seeing the hexipuffs is like coming home Peggy! Your broom making will be fun to see, yes? I just said to J last night "Where is my little 'fireplace broom'?" - one very much like your model one. I don't think it made the move. Darn. I'd had that since the early 1990's. Oh well.
    Lastly, your garden is gorgeous this year! Everything is so big!
    Thank you for this post today, a balm for all who visit.
    Be well

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    1. Hi Nancy and thanks for your always kind words. I thought about it being another journal cover but the sizing is a bit off, I think. Now that you said that, I will have to double-check. ;) Yes, that red sun was not a happy thing...our air is still a little thick at certain times, hope it's greatly improved out your way. And I speak for myself and for Queen Heidi II when I wish you a belated Happy New Year -- what a beautiful ritual to carry forward.

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  6. Glad to have you back! The Buddha vegetal Halo was my favorite pic. Dee

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    1. Hi Dee -- yes, first a mask, then a halo. Hope it's a good sign!

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  7. oh my goodness, what an abundance in this post - so much richness and thoughtful ideas, I will return. I am especially interested in the brooms you are planning to make - xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Judy -- I really enjoyed this first step back into blogging again. I have wanted to make brooms for literally years...I also appreciate a nice solid, well-made broom. We'll see....

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  8. So happy to see your garden and photos! I just realized I'm smiling and
    wasn't before I came here.

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  9. C'est toujours un plaisir de vous suivre de France... bonne journée!

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  10. How wonderful to see you here! The soothing greens and rituals comfort my spirit. Margaret Wise Moon's name brought a big grin and your tarot cover is magical. My two handmade brooms (not by me) bring a bit of joy to homemaking.

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  11. Such a beautiful post! Inspired me to keep track of my tarot and rune drawing in a lovely book I have. I just pull one a day to write and learn meanings. Happy about new chickens to the family, am sure all will adapt. Enjoying this first feeling of fall, and looking forward to color and light changes. Love it when you post, Peggy 🤎🧡🍁

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