January: Wrote 'One Small Stone' each day
February: Was pretty much sick every day
March: 'One Thing Leaves the House' - every day
April: Celebrated ME every day
May: 'Make Someone Happy' every day
June: Celebrating My Daughter
Almost half of the year!
So, there you have it. Doing a little something everyday and recording it on my calendar. True, February was sort of cheating since I decided after the fact, after the month was over that I'd just label it the sick month and call it even! May was pretty interesting as I had private conversations with myself on what counted as 'making someone happy'. Was my good intentions or their desire? If I do something for someone and it doesn't thrill them, if it's met with a so-so response...does that count? Does my intent of kindness count? And if I without plan, just stumble onto an action that makes someone feel good...do I count That? If the pre-planning-intent isn't in place...do I count that? I thought about these ideas a lot over the month of May. Round and round my mind went!
June is my daughter's birth month, so I'm celebrating her. I will celebrate my son in September, his birth month.
All of these done things recorded in the calendar book. Just because. To make me stick to it (I'm not so good at that!). To look back at it later if I wish. To help me remember. Just because.
Both Judy of Judy's Journal and Penny of Tanglewood Threads do daily projects (among many other sewing folks). I adore both of their ongoing projects. The 'just going' of it as Jude always says!
I'm pleased that I've been able to do this much. I've already been planning to have July be a repeat of March with another month of 'One Thing Leaves the House' - every day. We'll see. Things will be leaving the house even if I don't dedicate the month of July to it!
With that in mind...
Here is what left the house recently:
Woman With Wings. Part of what was included were these two fiber items. A small 'medicine bag' woven in the colors of the earth with an emphasis on bees! I also sent another 'story starter' small hanging. It has room for additions/growth or it can be left as is, if she's needing that open space everyone has been talking about! I included some of the Jacaranda dyed velvet, in case she wanted to add spring moon :) There were other items in the box that was filled to the brim as is my heart whenever I visit her blog-space. Thank you Peggy for enriching my life.
Here are the other sides...always different, always gotta show them!
I've been patching the 'ouchie' jeans. Working on the other leg, which now has a hole of its own! Many random stitches hold the patch and strengthen the thinning fabric...and give me moments of calm and allow me to be still.
It's funny how things...photos, comments, ideas...can stick in your head. I really have enjoyed Dee's home with the red thread boundaries.
Also growing...again, are the California Poppies at the very back of the property. The last I spoke of them was when the gardeners had mowed them all down while cleaning up the weeds back there. I'm pleased that they came back, along with lots of mustard plants! The poppies look a bit more yellow than the normal deeper orange. Interesting.
No longer growing, as evidenced by the many feathers found about the yard, are the neighbors chickens. The racoons around here have killed all of the chickens of one neighbor and about half of another neighbor's chickens. Both neighbors had them in their coops for the night, but those racoons are clever and found a way. A loose feather or three doesn't bother me too much, but when I see a clump like this one, it makes me sad.
It's been breezy or downright windy here, so the feathers will be on their way soon enough.
Then these sunflowers will be what blows in the wind!
This is the sunflower garden, planted around the log in the back. A piece of walnut from the neighbors cut down walnut tree rests on top and sunflowers sprout happily! My neighbor's sunflowers are already huge. I'll be getting pics soon! I can't wait to see ours :)
Most nights, as I commute home...getting close to the mountain my commute wraps around...I see horseback riders. They travel along the street-side trails and head back towards the mountain homes. Words cannot tell how this thrills me. I don't really know why, it just connects to my rural self. I quickly snapped this photo a few weeks ago. I love how the light mostly blocks this riders face. Ahh...travelin'...goin' home!
Last in this really long post...
This little guy has been packing his bag and he'll be traveling to a new home soon. He's really really excited! His name is Mr. PR, which is really his nick-name, but I'll tell you more of his story another time.
For now, I'm off to patch jeans and pull out cloth to work on Yvette's gift. Yes Yvette, I haven't forgotten you, I'm just very slow!
Have a great weekend/week everyone!
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2013