Greetings dear readers! And then there were 21! Basket blocks, that is; up from 9 when I last posted:
I weave the construction of these into the rhythms of my days, especially when I need a break from other tasks, usually cutting pieces for 3-4 at a time and chain piecing. Working with these prints and colors is a lot if fun.
My main task this past week, however, has been continuing to clean out 38 years worth of accumulated “stuff!” The dumpster is almost full and we’ve made numerous trips to the town dump and swap shop. Our garage, a storage room in the basement, and the attic were all out of control bursting with material accumulation. Many things were no longer usable because of mice and deterioration over time.
There are a number of reasons we save things, including the idea that life is long and we’ll get back to them, the idea our children will want them, and having the space and not prioritizing pitching things the moment they become useless in our lives. Let’s just say that at this point in our lives, Al and I realize that most reasons to save what we’ve been storing don’t make much sense any more. The exceptions are some photos, items, and memorabilia related to family history and activities and a very few items of personal sentimental value – so we’ve been ruthless in our purging! No regrets! Hundreds of books were taken to the recycling bin at the dump. I gave away a tub stuffed with wool fabric; same with yarn. CD’s, unused musical instruments, old dishes, worn out backpacks, children’s toys, old sheets, stacks of cooking and art magazines, and on and on… I think the house is so much lighter, it might float away!😊 But, boy does it feel good! Quite frankly, most of us buy too much; I’m determined to keep our storage to a minimum from now on. Fabric might be the exception?!🙂
I did find my husband’s grandmother’s sewing box in the attic – the inside was shredding, not worth saving🙁.
Unfortunately, it was mostly full of junk like rusted needles, old spools of thread, pieces of elastic, buttons (not collectible), etc. – not even a thimble! But it did have these interesting items – they’re not matches!
The town is Pittsburgh, PA and I’m guessing these are from the 1940’s. I was taught to use nail polish to stop stocking runs!🙂 There were also a couple of garters in the box for the time before panty hose!
I continue to make time for my walks and this is a favorite month! Color returns and I love studying buds.
These are shagbark hickory leaf buds:
Not sure what bush this is (near the bog); such a gorgeous pink and green combination!:
Or this- it looks like the bud wants to fly away with leaf wings:
These are ”samaras” from red maple trees – lots of people know these as “helicopters” or ”twirlies.”:
Blooms that caught my attention:
And amazing trees in the neighborhood:
I’ve just finished an excellent book by Rebecca Solnit, whose books I highly recommend:
It’s ”a reflection on George Orwell’s passionate gardening and the way that his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, illuminates his other commitments as a writer and antifascist, and on the intertwined politics of nature and power.” ”Solnit has written an exquisitely layered book….Her exploration into how and why cultivating beauty matters reminds us of the singular fact: life is both flower and thorn.” The range of topics covered is so interesting and the writing is excellent. Not a book to ”escape” with, but one to make you think.
Covid still haunts us, especially those of us in the Northeast, though we are trying to live as if it’s not going to kill us if we get it. My son in NYC just had it for the second time, even though boostered and careful. A friend has it. I’m masking again in some places, but not afraid – yet – of some indoor gatherings. I went with a friend to a jazz club to see Dee Dee Bridgewater – fantastic!!! Made me realize how much I’ve missed this kind of thing:
My quilt bee has been gathering in person the past couple months and I’ll leave you with this photo of my friend Rosemary – 90 yo! – with her latest wonderful creation. She remains a great role model of how to age gracefully:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi