Hope Springs Eternal

let’s catch up… September 11, 2009

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I think I am a foul weather crafter (and blogger). Most of the Spring and all of the Summer, I had no desire to be crafty (or bloggy). But, as the summer comes to a close and the rose hips start to turn orange, I find myself reading craft blogs (current favorites: Angry Chicken and A Print a Day ) and lining up projects. It also helps the girls have headed back to school this week. While they were home, there was just no time to do things that require quiet and concentration.

We had a fantastic summer. Honestly- super. In previous summers- for various reasons- I think I went a little wacky and became desperate for some alone time. That didn’t happen this summer and the girls and I had some serious fun, mostly at the beach.


One reason my mental balance was more on this summer was that I managed to keep up with my running. I was able to do some trail running, too which I found I loved. One particular trail- it was amazing to run through the coast forest which in some places became quite dense and almost repressive and then burst out into the open with a take-your-breath-away view of the ocean.

The garden did really well this year. We had a fairly hot summer, so we have lots of tomatoes. This has never happened before, so I am enjoying it. I planted a lot of nasturtiums this year and I will now plant them every year! One, they are so pretty, smell wonderful and make cute, vibrant bouquets. And, two, they acted as a natural “trap” for the flea beetles. It seems that flea beetles would rather eat nasturtiums than anything, so they left our pole beans alone. While they did make the nasturiums look ragged for a while, they did not kill them and the nasturiums bounced back nicely.

Every since the switch to digital tv, we have essentially been without tv. Although we have a compatible tv and a big old antenna on the barn roof, we get basically no channels (none if you do not count the Christian channels). This sucks. Hubby and I decided long ago that we would not go the cable route and it really twists my knickers to think the only way I can watch tv is to pay for it! That’s just wrong! So now, Netflix is saving our ass.

Reading- lots of reading going on around here all summer! I recently finished Philippa Gregory’s new book The White Queen which I enjoyed back not as much as some of her others. A co-worker recommended that I read The Chamomile Lawn by Mary Wesley and it was great! I love her voice which is sharp and sexy and modern. Currently, I have three books out of the library( Snobs by Julian Fellows, The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields and A Sensible Life by Mary Wesley) and I am casually dating them to see which ones I am going to get serious about. Heck, I might just read all of them. I don’t buy books very often but I just had to buy Amanda Blake Soule’s Handmade Home- it’s wonderful!

Ciao for now!


Summer here, Summer there… June 16, 2009

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June2009 081Summer is here, all signs point to it: the growth of tomato plants, the songs of Mourning Doves and Swainson’s Thurshes, rose petals on the path and the children home all day. In preperation for some trips coming up, I find myself waking in the middle of the night, my head and heart full of anxiety. Man, I don’t take change easily. I feel foolish about it, like I’m a little hot-house flower.

Breath. Jog. Breath. Enjoy the show.

It’s Campanula time in the garden. There are several kinds in the garden and I love their varity and cheer. Other names for Campanulas include Harebell and Blue Bells of Scotland.My younger daughter loves the Flower Fairy poems of Cicely Mary Barker. We read some before bed almost every night. “Do we have this fairy in our garden?” she askes me. Or happily she will cry, “We have this one in our garden!”

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The Song of
the Harebell Fairy

by Cicely Mary Barker

O bells, on stems so thin and fine!
No human ear
Your sound can hear,
O lightly chiming bells of mine!

When dim and dewy twilight falls,
Then comes the time
When harebells chime
For fairy feasts and fairy balls.

They tinkle while the fairies play,
With dance and song,
The whole night long,
Till daybreak wakens, cold and grey,
And elfin music fades away.


Dragonflies and change August 31, 2008

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Dragonfly on a rock-

absorbed in

a daydream

~ Santoka

So happy about my move to WordPress. It’s pretty here.

Change is in the air in so many ways- I started working part time, the kids are about to go back to school and the air tastes and feels of Autumn. The veggie bounty continues to flow from our CSA, Growing Wild Farms. The first local tomatoes arrived and it is heaven! Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil- what more do you need?

vegtable bounty from Growing Wild Farms

vegtable bounty from Growing Wild Farm

For one thing, a nice cat. Tommie moved in with us- friends found him and he needed a home. He is a real sweetheart- we all love him- well, except our older cat.

For another thing, Dragonflies. August is their month. We have been enjoying these wonderful creatures as they fly around the garden. They- unlike most insects- seem to look at you. One day I was standing in the garden and a reddish dragonfly was flying around me. I put out my hand and it landed on my thumb! Just this past week, I found the most beautiful book on dragonflies at the library. A Dazzle of Dragonflies by Mitchell and Lasswell– it is stunning! The scans of the dragonflies are amazingly detailed and there is information on both the natural and folkloric history of dragonflies.

I’m starting to think about making crafts again, but there is still much to do outside. Stay tuned.