Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Creating and Crafting

Is there a difference?  I'm not sure.  Is photography a craft?

I am enjoying my new blog; getting up in the morning and walking the three blocks to the beach has been exhilarating, especially with the drop in temperature this week.  It finally feels like winter around here, and winter weather always seems to give me energy.  I have also noticed that i'm smiling as I make my way back from the beach, anxious to upload the photographs as soon as I can, even if it delays me leaving for work.  

I met with a former principal yesterday to discuss my tentative plan to transfer to high school, and I think I am going to pursue it, despite my nervousness.  This year marks the halfway point of my career (I have to work thirty years to get my full pension) and I think it is the right time to make a change.

Last night, I finished cutting out the squares from the pile of thrifted and felted sweaters, and ended up with 70 squares.  I am looking forward to playing with the layout before I start stitching.  It's an interesting blend of interests, this project.  My love of thriftiness and wool integrated with a former passion:  sewing.  I used to sew a lot when my girls were little, pre-Internet days.  I made curtains, costumes, and children's clothes and I really enjoyed it, but I drifted away from it once I started teaching. 

I am so tired this afternoon, and I'm feeling just achy enough to worry about getting sick.  I need to take a warm bath and snuggle in for the night.  But first, I want to share a couple of photographs from this morning's walk.


  1. The wool squares are inspiring. Can't wait to see how you proceed with this project. And I'm so envious of your location--it's inspiring too!

  2. Wow, you are busy! So much to respond to..

    First, I love your new blog. I'm walking to the shore through you each day.

    The Gaptastic cowls are fabulous. I'm so jealous that your girls wear your knitwear. My daughter doesn't even want a Gaptastic!

    Ah, the transition to high school. I keep thinking about it. With our union up in the air, though, I'm afraid to make any change! Besides, this is only my 7th year. I kind of feel like I should stay put for a while.