A Gathering of Poetry | May 2024

A Gathering of Poetry | May 2024

I had thought of using a different poem today but after spending yesterday morning in my garden, doing a bit of weeding… with my new hearing aids in and on… the sounds of the bees was crazy. Crazy!! And all I could think of was this poem by Lucy Adkins that I read in April.

And so… I am sharing it with you all today with the hopes that the next time you are outside and hear the bees you will think of this poem… with delight!

Instructions to the Worker Bee

by Lucy Adkins

Remember your first duty—
seeking out beauty in the world
and going within.
There is rapture in a field of clover—
purple and blue petals,
throat of honeysuckle achingly open;
and you must be drunk with love
for salvia, monarda, Marvel of Peru,
all the glories of this world.
It’s not just about pollen or nectar,
the honey that eventually coms,
but the tingle of leg hair
against the petal, against pistil and stamen,
the vault of each flower opening.
Learn dandelion,
learn lantana, red-lipped astilbe,
each with its own deliciousness.
Take what you need
and remember where it is in the field.
Then go back and go back
and go back again.

Lucy Adkins, “Instructions to the Worker Bee.” Copyright © 2010 by Lucy Adkins. 

You can learn more about Lucy here.

Thank you to Bonny for providing a landing space for us to share a poem on the third Thursday of every month! You are all more than welcome to join!

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.15.24

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.15.24

Greetings dearest Unravelers and Happy Wednesday!

I have eased back into making… a stitch here and there began to add up to suddenly finding myself at the heel flap on Sock One!

Before vacation, I began the new Mystery Gnome… it started slowly with a few bits (feet and a “mysterious” cast on!) And then the stripey part really took off… and I began to think about how this gnome was not going to fit in at all with the Gnomes in the Cupboard. He was bright… too bright. He felt awkward to me as I blocked the “body”. So I set him aside and let him just simmer a bit. And then he began to speak to me… as did the Gnomes in the Cupboard! The Cupboard Gnomes let me know that they are an open and welcoming community for gnomes of all shapes, sizes, and yes, even and especially brightly colored gnomes!

Gnedward R. Murrow getting the garden scoop!

The mystery of this gnome is that he is a journalist… a newspaper reporter, so with those thoughts circling my brain, Gnedward R. Murrow was born. He will be the perfect addition to a very somberly dressed Gnome Village… he knows that gnomes are gnosy. They love to know the what’s what that everyone else is doing! Being gnebby is the thing gnomes do best! He has his gnotepad handy so he never misses a story! And how does he share his gnews? Well, he blogs them, of course! (Has Acorn Air, Will Travel!)

These feet are made for walking!

The latest Acorn Air model!

A bag for a busy gnome!

I knit him per the instructions (which were excellent, as always!) and my only changes were on how I put him together (I put the feet on the bottom as if he is standing vs on front of the body as if he were sitting.) I made him a wee messenger bag out of the scraps. His Acorn Air… a bit of cardboard covered in aluminum foil and voilá… a tiny laptop!

The Gnomes of the Cupboard are happy with their new addition… and they love that the gnews on the blog is more accurate than the gnews from the grapevine!

I am settling back into my “usual reading routine” as well and I have a couple of finishes (The Haunted Season and Forgotten on Sunday) but what really rocked me was the death of Paul Auster. I loved his books that I had read and 4321 is one of my all time favorite books! When I got home I got on the waitlist for a few of the books I have not yet read… library waitlist’s… sigh. Speaking of Library Waitlists… I am still … still!! … waiting for next month’s Read With Us bookclub selection, How To Say Babylon (current wait time 6 weeks… sigh.)

And there you have my re-starting of the knitting and reading! What about you? What are you engaged with this week?

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P.S. I wrote this post early in the day on Tuesday before my hearing aid fitting appointment… stay tuned for an update later this week!


Sometimes Monday | 5.13.24

Sometimes Monday | 5.13.24

Like much of the world on Friday, time stood still for a few minutes while I saw the effects from the coronal mass ejections (or CME’s) with my eyes in the south hills of Pittsburgh!

Yes, it was amazing. Yes, I took pictures (because our eyes are limited but a camera lens is not!)

And I have not stopped thinking about the aurora borealis since… and those memories will carry me through my list today as I count the minutes to being a hearing person again tomorrow! (1893 minutes at this writing!!)

Happy Monday all! See you back here on Wednesday!


Erie in Springtime | 5.10.24

Erie in Springtime | 5.10.24

What is there to say about a place where the Warbler Chorus is punctuated by Oriole Arias? Birder’s Heaven? Because that perfectly describes the week in Erie… specifically at Presque Isle. And those Oriole’s? Well, I saw dozens of them… dozens. I have never seen so many Baltimore Oriole’s in my life!

We were in Erie for The Great Migration… and let me tell you. It absolutely is great! And yes, I saw new-to-me birds… still. And that amazes me! I feel so fortunate that we are so close to such a significant migration route!

My brief, but spectacular “new bird” list included Common Yellowthroats, Indigo Buntings, Great Crested Flycatchers, Blue-headed Vireos, Yellow-breasted Chats, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Wood-Pewees, and Tennessee Warblers.

But perhaps the best moments of all on this vacation were the hours we included Sherman. I am not sure how many more “vacations” we will have with Sherman. Earlier in April we invested in a Dog Stroller… yes, I have become that person… and it might have been the absolute best part of the trip! He has never liked being “left behind” but since losing his hearing being in his crate really stresses him. But there was no way he could walk as much as we do when we are in Presque Isle… even with the new medication he is on. The stroller made amazing LONG walks possible and their “paved path system” is one that goes all around the peninsula… so we just kept walking! Sherman thought he was in Dog Heaven… all the sights, all the smells, *almost* none of the walking!

The weather was perfect spring weather… some overcast days, some days with light rain, some days with sun… and all days cooler! I watched the trees go from bare branches to new leaves and all the stages between! Presque Isle is a place that is never the same any day but the leafing out was so dramatic and gorgeous to experience!

Carolyn had sent a text about what looked like an amazing exhibit at the Erie Art Museum and I really wanted to go but Steve absolutely did not (and it was not worth an argument, lol) so I missed it… sigh.

I did not take a ton of pictures… I leaned into Margaret Renkl’s wise advice: “How truly valuable is a device that makes you take your eyes from an experience so momentary you might miss it altogether?” So for the most part, my phone stayed in my pocket!

And speaking of phones – and technology in general – perhaps that was the best part of our time away… being truly away. I was not scrolling apps. I was not looking at emails. It was such a good break!

The ONLY thing I regularly used with my phone was the Merlin app… sadly, I cannot hear most birdsong so Merlin telling me what it was hearing was helpful for me to then find the bird with binoculars. Thankfully, that Warbler Chorus was loud and lovely and constant! And those Oriole Arias… unbelievably delightful!

I only had one incident with a tic and it appears I found it before it bit me! Whew! (But I kept thinking “something” was crawling on me for days afterwards!)

But as great as the week away was, it was so good to get back home. This is my last Friday without hearing aids… yes, I go to get them next Tuesday and I really cannot wait!

Thanks for revisiting our Erie getaway! Have a great weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.8.24

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.8.24

Greetings Unravelers and Happy Wednesday!

I am having a bit of a struggle settling back in to my normal routine… I feel like I am behind on everything (because I am!) and that is not a fun feeling at all.

One thing I did not bring on vacation was my Daily Stitching project… so I am working on trying to finish April and get May caught up. Thinking about trying is really the truth… I have not picked it up since I got home. There are more pressing things bumping that off the list!

Also… my knitting mojo has up and left. Gone. I barely knit on our trip. Barely. Like less than 3 rounds on a sock. Non-existent.

I ripped the *second* sweater start before leaving… the bump up size was not bumped up enough. The yarn is in time out.

I brought Steve’s vest thinking that would be good “round and round” knitting… but I made him try it on… and it was too big. I measured my gauge in the sweater and it was not at all the gauge of the pattern and when I got home I doubled checked my swatch and the swatch is on gauge, so my knitting changed…  argh! That is in time out as well.

I tried to pick up the sock last night, but I was not really feeling it at all.

But the garden beds have been weeded! My sourdough starter has been revved up and is now ready for baking again. And all the laundry is caught up! (I still have a stack of winter sweaters to wash and put away if it would ever stop raining….)

The reading has equally been sparse. My finishes were two books of short stories… but they were each so good. My current listen finds me back in St. Denis with Bruno as he solves a mystery! He is a good companion for garden weeding!

What about you all? What are you making… please inspire me to get back to knitting!

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