A Gathering of Poetry | 6.20.24

A Gathering of Poetry | 6.20.24

It’s the third Thursday of the month and that means it’s time to join Bonny in gathering up some poetry to share with you all!

Thanks to the RWU selection this month, I discovered a new-to-me poet, Safiya Sinclair. I know several of you struggled with the poem she shared in How to Say Babylon but maybe this poem of hers will speak to you. At least I hope it will speak to you as it did to me!

The Ragged and the Beautiful

by Safiya Sinclair

Doubt is a storming bull, crashing through
the blue-wide windows of myself. Here in the heart
of my heart where it never stops raining,

I am an outsider looking in. But in the garden
of my good days, no body is wrong. Here every
flower grows ragged and sideways and always

beautiful. We bloom with the outcasts,
our soon-to-be sunlit, we dreamers. We are strange
and unbelonging. Yes. We are just enough

of ourselves to catch the wind in our feathers,
and fly so perfectly away.

Poem copyright ©2018 by Safiya Sinclair, “The Ragged and The Beautiful” from The Bare Life Review: A Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Literature, (The Bare Life Review, 2018).


That’s all from me this week! See you all back here on Monday!

Photo by Skyler Ewing

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.19.24

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.19.24

Greetings dearest Unravelers, Happy Juneteenth, and Happy Hot as Hell Wednesday (at least in most of America… I saw that it snowed in Scotland recently and I am having some heavy contemplation about relocating there…)

I am managing some minutes outside in the morning, but even early yesterday it was warm and so muggy! Sherman and I have embarked on a multiple times a day de-shed-a-thon … now I know Pug’s are super shedders, but he has lost at least 4 Sherman’s in floof this week… yes, we have shedding on steroids… and he is still shedding!

But…in spite of all the deshedding, I have managed to squeeze in some knitting time. I was having the hardest time tracking the “pattern” of my pre-knit sweater… so I made myself a little note to help. Most rows are k2, p2…. but the row before and after the wraps are different. (Yes, wrapped stitches… not cables, but they look very cable-ish and I love how it looks!) Now all I have to do is look at the number (does it have a “p” or is it “wrapped”) and the rows are going faster now! Woot! My gauge is off… so I will need to do at least 5 or 6 repeats of the chart before I divide fronts, sleeves, and back…good thing I am enjoying the process!

I finished sock one and started sock two but, as you can see, it has not gotten much love this week.

Now for the reading… mmm, mmm, mmmmmm! Summer reading is the best reading in the world! The first time I read 4 3 2 1, I read with my eyes. This time I am listening to Paul Auster read it to me (It is ALWAYS available on Hoopla!) and I am loving it even more this time than I did the first, if that is at all possible! It is long though (35+ hours of listening) but I just love how Auster crafted this intricate story! (And I can’t believe how much I have forgotten since my first read!)

Vera reminded me of Summer Solstice: An Essay this week… my library does not have any copies… but Hoopla to the rescue again! So I started reading it last night. I should finish before Thursday, just in time for Solstice!

I had just two finishes this week, Elizabeth Strout’s Tell Me Everything, which will be published September 10, 2024 and Percival Everett’s I am Not Sidney Poitier.

I know some of you have read Tell Me Everything already and loved it as much as I did! I laughed, I fell in love with characters all over again, and I cried… a 91 year old Olive makes me so sad. I am in the “Olive must live forever” camp and I am hoping Elizabeth feels the same way! Perhaps the best part of the story… was the stories, the listening… really listening, and the realization that everyone’s story is important. Good reminders for us all… and me especially!

I am Not Sidney Poitier won’t be for everyone, but if you like Percival Everett… you will love this short, spot-on, brilliant little book!

And there you have my goings on… mostly, we are trying to stay cool (and get a handle on the shedding! lol) What about you? What’s keeping you cool this week?

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Sometimes Monday | 6.17.24

Sometimes Monday | 6.17.24

… ushers in a week of praise for air conditioning.

Seriously… most days I could leave the AC, preferring the windows open. But this week… one that includes a seemingly endless heat advisory…. I am thankful for it.

I have been out early for a walk and I have watered all.the.things!

A Monday in which I can delight in laundry in the basement seems not quite right… but delight I will!

I also have some linen I got on sale last week that will soon become a tunic! Sitting at my sewing machine when it is 90°+ seems like the perfect thing!

Stay cool everyone and I will see you back here on Wednesday for some Unraveling!

 

In My Backyard | Spring 2024 my

In My Backyard | Spring 2024 my

That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Today is the final Friday in spring and even though it feels more like summer outside today, it has been a most glorious spring! One thing a Year of Time has done for me is to give me a better awareness to “be in the day” versus jumping ahead to the days that are not yet here. I am more than a little sad to move on from spring, but Montgomery’s reminder is a good on for me… there will be more springs!

Way back in February, we got a Bird Buddy bird feeder. At the beginning, I laughed at the squirrel antics, but that soon changed… and those dratted squirrels got so bad that we took Bird Buddy down while I contemplated solutions. Those squirrels were cleaning out my feeder in short order and then they began chewing the feeder. Big chunks of the feeder. Spicy seeds did not stop them.

 

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But Etsy to the rescue… I purchased some 3-D printed “sides” and some “stick holders” and with a couple of sticks, a bit of wire, and I have outsmarted those squirrels… at least this week! On the bright side, the woodpeckers love the new “branches” and they are now very regular visitors! (For those interested, I got the fence sides here and the perch with suet holder here.)

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Last November, I planted a plethora of bulbs… most were successful, the crocus… not so much. Apparently bunnies don’t like white crocus though because they did bloom! I was stunned that the deer did not eat the tulips! Those damned squirrels on the other hand… All the daffodils did amazingly well and I am planning to purchase more bulbs this fall! The early spring alliums were just stunning as well! Tall, stately, and they drew hummingbirds like mad! And thank goodness for a sea of yellow dandelion’s that our backyard is for those early spring bees!

I did, finally, go and get my hair cut as well. At first, it was hard to “do” but soon my minute hair abilities kicked in and I found I really loved the “just brushing my shoulder” length! I also got new glasses (with all three visions… trifocals FTW!)

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This year, as part of my time contemplation, I have been taking photos of each full moon. Nothing fancy, just a snap with my iPhone. Spring had three full moons: Worm Moon in March, Pink Moon, in April, and Flower Moon in May. Cloudy skies and rain kept me from getting May’s moon at full… but I managed to get an early morning picture of that waning gibbous Flower Moon!

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I am getting very good at “making do” and last year I implemented to “ground level” bird baths out of repurposed garbage can lids. This year, thanks to an Amazon Deal of the Day, they got a bit of an upgrade! And the birds LOVE them! We have a couple of Fish Crows that come regularly and chatter away as they splash about! And when the Mourning Doves come en masse, it is so funny to watch them wait “in line” for their turn.

We had some things that were not captured in photo or video. The robins who nested in our bushes (not the wisest choice) laid four eggs… but soon there were only two eggs. Those eggs hatched but one baby did not survive a wild storm and sadly a few days later the remaining chick became a casualty of the neighbors cat. Not a good outcome for the robins, but I hope they learned that those bushes are not good for a nest! We see deer frequently in our neighborhood but over the course of May it seemed there was evidence of a deer bedding down in our yard… well, not only was she bedding down, she gave birth and hid the wee fawn in the bushes. I have also seen a few “baby bunnies” hopping around our yard! They love the bird bath and I see them frequently getting a drink! We also had a great view of the eclipse! But perhaps the greatest delight has been the family of Red-bellied Woodpeckers… Dad, Mom, and two adorable babies! Dad brought them to the feeders a couple of weeks ago. At the beginning, the babies stayed on the tree and dad would bring them suet but they have graduated to “self-feeding” and are so fun to watch!

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There was a trip to Erie (which is always so delightful!) and so many beautiful sunsets! But the Aurora Borealis in the South Hills of Pittsburgh is something I will delight in for years to come! Perhaps the biggest thing was that I got hearing aids! Yes, this is me fresh from the audiologist… hearing all the things!

Finally, this spring was SO good for Sherman! He has gotten his third Librela shot and the results are nothing short of miraculous!

What about you? How was your spring?

Have a great weekend everyone, see you all back here on Monday!

 

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.12.24

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.12.24

Greetings dearest Unravelers and Happy Wednesday!

I confess that not much knitting has happened this week. I did make the tiniest bit of headway on my test knit sweater…but these are some long rows! I have not knit a stitch on those socks either… but I did cast on a new Hitchhiker! (I mean when all the knitting seems “meh” Hitchhiker to the rescue!)

Yes, I am juggling 3 balls of yarn, but it is working nicely… no obvious striping. Although, it looks like there is some pooling in the photo, it does not look that way IRL.

Steve’s mom and dad went to “The Peach Truck” drop site and got us a box of peaches… surprise! So I have been baking up a storm. And I will make Peach Ice Cream later this week! (Summer Bucket List FTW!) Take that 12 lbs of peaches!

On Monday, Carole shared a pizza dough recipe that I tried on Monday night and I am here to tell you… IT IS A WINNER! I did not mix the dough until noon-ish, so I just left the dough balls on the counter to bake for dinner. I did not use our Ooni, but instead just baked them in the oven on the baking steel. This dough came together easily, the instructions are not hard, and Carole is right… the dough is easy to shape (very little “spring back”) and it did not stick to the peel at all! If you like pizza… this is the perfect dough!

The reading this week… whew. I am happy for some “lighter” topics after squeaking in under the wire with the RWU selection! I am finally getting to the advance copy of Elizabeth Strout’s Tell Me Everything. I am racing through it and after that I have several new “mysteries” from Netgalley to dig into. I also picked up the next Max Tudor Mystery from the library… it is this week’s afternoon porch reading (and it is perfection for savoring this late spring days!) I am going to begin listening to Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 later today! Summer reading is my favorite!

There you have my (lack of) making week! What about you? Is making happening in your household?

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Sometimes Monday | 6.17.24

Sometimes Monday | 6.10.24

June is the time for being in the world in new ways, for throwing off the cold and dark spots of life.

– Joan D. Chittister

This week, this quote is going to be my guiding light… I am throwing off all the dark spots of life (news media and politics, I am looking at you!)

My new morning beginning with coffee and my “abbreviated” desk on the porch are going marvelously! I am sitting outside longer… and that is NOT a bad thing. My mornings last week were full of the raucous calls of Pileated Woodpeckers… a morning Pileated serenade is a treat and I would have missed it if I was indoors focused on other things!

I also am savoring the delight of my daughter when she received her “book”… there were so many happy tears for both of us. I also got some text messages from her siblings… I think there are more books in my future… at least 2 more. (This is really an awesome problem to have!)

This is the last full week of Spring, so if there was something on your Spring To-Do List… you still have time!

Happy Monday everyone… I hope you are all able to slow down and savor these days!

See you all back here on Wednesday for some Unraveling!

 

 

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