Phix's Curiosity: what sparks my interest
Watch this space to see what's sparked my interest this week. A random grab bag of delights!
I saw a new mushroom this week that I'd never seen in the wild before! It was so excite!
I think it might be a Peziza repanda? It is, in any case, a bowl-shaped mushroom! How it isn't entirely filled with water given that it's been pouring all week I'll never know!
When you need every one and everything around you to just stop.
Some weeks are easier than other weeks. Some weeks are harder. Self care requires discernment. It requires boundaries. It requires support.
I learned some things this week that I'm trying to figure out how to integrate and how to act on. What does it mean to hold people compassionately accountable and mindfully engage? Can one mindfully engage or is it simply Faustian bargaining?
Continual discernment is the path for one to maintain integrity. And integrity is one of the boundaries that maintains Medusa's Garden.
What I'm up to with fiber and possibly how mythology and stories all tie together.
Ariadne's Yarn: playing with threads
I started the red and black wool.
It still has hints of lanolin in it, so it makes my fingers soft and shiny as I work with it. Happily, unlike the black-dyed angora, neither the red nor the black are coming off on my fingers. We'll see what happens when I do the wash part of setting the twist.
I'm not sure yet what I'm going to make with this yarn when it's done, but I love the bright vibrancy of these colors!
In other news, I bought two spindles. The seller was doing a buy one - donate one for kids affected by Katrina, and they were just so beautiful! I can't wait to get them in my hands! The truth of the matter is, I don't spin by spindle very often. It's just so much easier to use the wheel and bobbins. I'm by no means a production spinner, but there's a... lazy efficiency to the wheel - I don't have to stop and wind on at all! Where as with a spindle, it's continual. Still a beautiful spindle (or two) is nearly irresistible to me. :)
Mythic Librarian: the art of arranging a life
Thoughts on ontology and ways to organize a life.
This week I've been coming to the realization that as I get older, my circadian rhythms seem to be solidifying again into the night owl. I have always had this tendency, but there were a few years where I managed to sort of maintain an earlier night owl schedule rather than later. Granted, it still came at the cost of significant sleep deprivation.
These days, my hours tend towards what they've always been, but my mind and body are significantly less tolerant of sleep deprivation. I'm feeling both fortunate and somewhat guilty about the time that I have been able to start my days. I have good intentions to start them earlier, but... I am richly rewarded with a much more pleasant commute if I sleep in a bit longer... It's hard to break a habit with a fabulous reward like that! This is probably a topic for Medusa's Garden another time with regards to sleep and self care. :)
With love, and structure, and organization, and curiosity - may Ariadne's ball of yarn guide you through the labyrinth safely until next time!