Sunday, January 17, 2021

Still breathing!

 A full night's sleep would be helpful, wouldn't it? Plus maybe once Trump leaves Washington some of the stress will be gone. Tim reminded me that between the insurgence, the pandemic, retirement, getting the Eugene house ready to sell, cleaning out my office, and getting my program ready to hand off, I have a lot of 'checks' on the stress scale. So I did yoga this morning, we did a nice walk on the beach today, and now I'm doing needlework and sort of watching football but sort of not. 

Thank you to all of you who gave support in the comments--it was much appreciated. I know I'm not alone and I am sending all of you the same grace that you sent to me. 

As I mentioned, we did a beach walk today. Climbing over the dune to get to the beach, we saw this painted rock:  

It wasn't one that I did! I took a picture and eft it there for someone else to discover. This is the second one I've found ever--and it reminded me to pick up a few more rocks to make some for Valentine's day.

We have had a lot of haze.

Even in the haze, the rock is magical and beautiful

There was a lot of foam on the beach. Wikipedia says:
            Sea foamocean foambeach foam, or spume is a type of foam created by                 the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations                     of dissolved organic matter (including proteinslignins, and lipids) derived from             sources such as  the offshore breakdown of algal blooms.

Generally, sea foam is the sign of a healthy ocean ecosystem, which makes me happy.

Foam on a rock turns magical too.

I haven't heard yet if my Mom's scheduled vaccine shot on Thursday is a go or a no go. I'm hoping it is a go. They're not requiring them for everyone at her facility which surprises me--my brother told me that they're hoping 'peer pressure' gets everyone to get the vaccine. 

I did my Mom's birthday card today. The front is a circle. I used a die to cut out the lacy stuff on the rim, and then washed it with four colors of die. I added three sequins (you can see a green one in the lower right hand part of the circle) and added the sentiment. 

The inside features another sentiment, and some flowers that were colored in with sparkly pens. 

I finished the first half of the final repeat of Pressed Flowers. It isn't close to done, though, since I do need to do the border which is a big hunk, especially since there are a lot of stitches on the needle.

Friday night we watched "One Night in Miami" and I hope you have Amazon prime so you can watch this. If you're like me, you'll be googling so much to learn more about this period of history.

I finished reading "The Wife Upstairs" which is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre and I don't think we need a lot of modern retelling of Jane Eyre (but I kind of want to read Jane Eyre again). 

Happy MLK day tomorrow, and hang in there with me.

Friday, January 15, 2021

So. Much. Anxiety.

 I'm really anxious, I have to admit. I'm anxious about the inauguration. I'm anxious that so many people are saying "I've been so careful about the pandemic so now I'm just going to go do something I don't need to do just because I'm bored." I'm anxious that my Mom in an assisted living facility can't get the vaccine but apparently a whole lot of lower risk people can.  I'm anxious about students and the second wave---at the UO, we had 101 cases during the first week of classes where ALL CLASSES ARE ONLINE. I'm anxious about the new strain of the virus.  I'm just anxious.

I keep trying to think of 'grace' and it is so, so hard.

I guess that's why I'm reading so many cozies.

I haven't been able to concentrate on knitting, but I can cook, so I've been doing some cooking. And yesterday I played around with doing etching on slate. I think I like it better than etching on glass. These were the first two good ones.

And here is a mindless sock. This is some fun yarn from Regia (I think?) that I got from Little Knits (if you don't shop from them, you should. Discounted name brand nice nice nice yarn).

What are you doing to deal with anxiety? I know I'll calm down by tomorrow so please don't worry about me. Just stay safe and breathe.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

We had a little weather

 A pretty major storm rolled through on Tuesday, along with some King Tides. We live on a hill, and the 'town' of Pacific City is along a river. I went down to the post office yesterday around high tide (no mail delivery! small town!) and the river had flooded over the tiny little runway of the PC Airport and then it flooded the road that leads to the bridge that connects the west side (beach) and the east side (town) of PC.  Basically, most of downtown flooded. 

This is the airport runway today. You can see that people on the other side of the runway have hangars for their planes. And you can see the orange windsock.

The electricity went out last night around 11 and came on in the middle of the night. 

We have a 'south' entrance and a 'north' entrance to our neighborhood, and the 'north' one is pretty useless right now. The 'south' one tends to stay a bit higher above the river so we'll never get totally trapped. By water. Now tree branches, that's another thing.

We went for a little drive on a beautiful, sunny, warm day today and saw that the river is still really really high---streets are flooded to our North and West but OK to the south.  We have a lot of dairy farms around (we're in Tillamook County, home of Tillamook Cheese) and much of those fields are flooded as well. I guess it should start going down soon?

You can see the fence posts for the field.

This is both a wetlands (obviously) and a horse and cow pasture. It is not a lake or a river.

These horses live at the dairy farm to the north of us. They have a nice patch of dry land and their barn is a bit higher than the pasture. You can see the water on the road--the river is just to the right and was spilling over its banks today. 

In other news--I discovered I can knit Pressed Flowers and read at the same time. I have a little over one repeat to go before I do the border.

And I've been kind of devouring books. I need the escapism, apparently. Yesterday and today I read "Leave the World Behind" which is Carole and Kym and Bonny's winter book and yes you should read it too.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


 It's Sweater Weather!

This was fun and straightforward. 

This book came in the post: 

These will not be straightforward.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Weekend recap

 The weekend was a good time to recover from the horrific events of last week, although I probably refreshed my browser every hour to see if anyone resigned from his job. There was also a lot of knitting, paper crafting, reading, needlework, movies, tv, etcetera!

In the paper crafting area:

The cut outs are from a die and I cut the background circles out on the machine. Not sure what these will turn into but I really like them.

I started on some valentines. First I cut out a bunch of hearts from a bunch of different papers. Not sure what these will turn into.

I also did a few more woven baskets. 

And some birthday cards.

And I played around with some new washi tapes. Not sure what this will turn into (probably will be cut into smaller pieces and put on a card).

I read a really good book called "Black Buck" which is about a young black man who gets a job in sales. It's fiction, framed as a guide to being a good salesperson, and is an interesting take on the black experience. I saw myself a few times (not in a good way). It's funny and scary and worth a read. 

On the television machine, we finished "Bodyguard" which is about a bodyguard (of course) for a member of the British government, but there's all kinds of intrigue and red herrings and 'who is bad who is good'.  It's pretty tense so if that's your thing, you might like Bodyguard. We also started "Bridgerton" which is so beautiful to look at and kind of silly, but we'll keep going. 

We also watched "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", the BeeGees documentary on HBO Max, and it was really really good. My twinster is a huge BeeGees fan and I liked them a lot in High School and college but I haven't thought a lot about them in a while. Anyway, this is a great documentary. It had me reminiscing about some good times in High School (in particular, how much I loved "Fanny Be Tender With My Love") as well as some good Saturday Night Fever memories from college. Did I mention it's really good?

How was your weekend? How worried are you about the next nine days?