Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, November 11, 2016

Shifting Seasons

The weather is gradually changing, and I can finally feel a chill in the air, hinting of cold weather heading my way.  My comfort food eating is changing too, reflecting a shift towards cold weather vegetables.  Sweet potato soup, cranberry beans, roasted beets, roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and acorn squash.  A different category of comfort food, a little healthier than my first round of comfort food was, but comfort food nonetheless.   My knitting is comfort knitting as well. After struggling with a number of different projects, I started the Churchmouse 21 Color Slouch Hat, for the simple joy of knitting with all the colors and following a straightforward pattern.  This may be the beginning of a hat binge, who knows?    
Here are all the yarn bits, sitting on their little name tags: 
And since I can't really manage all of those colors unless I'm at home, I started my Mary Rebecca sweater with the raspberry yarn I bought at Rhinebeck, because, why not?  
I finished setting up my craft room last weekend, although the yarn room needs some attention now.  But I think that will be an easy and enjoyable fix.   I may do that tomorrow, since I'm feeling pretty goal oriented at the moment.  I managed my first electrical repair today and I'm pretty excited about it.  My clothes dryer stopped working in August and I determined that it was actually a bad circuit in the circuit breaker panel, but since I love using the clothesline, I've made do and put off the repair.  I read about it on YouTube and although it seemed simple, I was still a bit nervous about doing it myself.  Finally, I realized that as long as I cut the power off completely, I should be safe, and if I wasn't successful, I could take another route.  So this morning, I took out the bad circuit, took it to the hardware store, brought it back and installed it, and it worked!  I now have a functioning clothes dryer! 
It was a beautiful day here today and even though I am still scared about our future and grieving for what could have been, I have to move on as best as I can.  So I took a picture of Gracie in front of the kitchen windows, with my cheerful yellow curtains and leaf mobile against the breathtakingly blue sky.
And I met my daughter for an hour or so to catch up and saw these lovely roses, still in bloom.
And I hung pink gingham curtains in my yarn room because I can.
This year has been a tough one for me and Tuesday did not make it any easier, but what else are we to do but keep trying to make every day a good one.  I hope you have taken care of yourself this week and continue to do so.  Go outside, hug a friend, make a cup of tea, take a warm bath, and be kind.  To yourself as well as others.  We are all we've got.  Peace be with us.


  1. Pink curtains, a new hat to make, time with our daughter and knitting feel like the perfect way to de-stress. I am proud of your electrical work.

  2. That is really wonderful that you researched and did the repairs on your dryer! Thanks for sharing these moments with us - the pink curtains really made me smile!

  3. Keep your chin up. Look at the positive. I try every day.

  4. Your curtains are perfectly pretty! So charming. And you should be completely impressed with your electrical work. I am.

    Like you, I couldn't imagine leaving my house for a couple of days. Circumstances dictated that I did, however, and little by little, I am finding my way.

    I was encouraged by HRC, who was out in Nature the Day After.

    Also, have you heard of The Safety Pin Movement?

  5. Love your curtains and your kitty picture. Sounds like you had a great weekend - and an electrical fix to boot! Wow, I am impressed. Glad you were able to figure it out (and safely at that).

  6. In all my years as a single mom, it never occurred to me to try fixing anything electrical. You rock!
    My favorite comfort dish at the moment is roast brussel sprouts topped with carmelized onions and served on faro. Almost as good as chocolate.