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"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life." --Yutang Lin

Friday, May 01, 2015

I don't see weeds. I see wild. 


One of my resolutions this year was to try something new. I had recently decided that something new would be musical in nature. 

I have tried to learn various musical instruments over the years with various results. My criteria this time was a bit different than any other time before, though, because I wanted to learn (and play) something simple, inexpensive (although they can be expensive) and especially inexpensive for upkeep. 

Replacement harp strings cost over $200, for example. Even fiddle strings aren't cheap, and instrument upkeep can get pricey fast. 

I've always fiddled (haha) around with whistles and flutes. I've also always wanted to play a low D whistle, but had always hesitated because of the price. After a bit of searching, I found a reasonably priced and decently reviewed low D whistle for under $20. (Which is much better than the under $200 prices I was looking at.) this way, I can try one cheaply and upgrade if my hands are even big enough to play it. 

I also bought these. 


I find flutes much more difficult to play than whistles. But again... something I've always wanted to learn to play, at least adequately. I found these two on eBay, made from Buttonwood Sycamore (the lighter) and Witch Hazel (the darker.) 

These were my "paid off the last credit card" gift to myself. I'm looking forward to playing them, as well as my new whistle once it arrives. :)

Jennifer 10:34 PM

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sorry for the radio silence. This novel has eaten my brain. More later!

Jennifer 7:47 PM

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

So for such a rainy day, Burlington wasn't a total bust! I actually ended up with an entire empty container, which was nice. We did leave early, and decided to stop at the antique mall and then Goodwill on the way home.

At Burlington, I purchased a few things from Dad and an old wool army blanket. The few things from Dad were three old photos, some teal Anchor Hocking dinnerware (apparently that and the bright green Fire King is what I'll be collecting this year), a cool handmade vessel, and something else I can't remember. I spent about $15.  

I did not buy the (newer, not well-made) mini Great Wheel for $25 at the antique mall. I probably would have; in fact, I decided to go look at it again and it had mysteriously vanished. But I did buy a handmade wooden box and a bright green Fire King mug. At Goodwill, a watercolor Shaker saying, a skirt, two pairs of pants, and a little jar that will be useful in the kitchen. 

All in all, it was a good day, despite the rain. 

Jennifer 5:33 PM

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

First, there was Easter!
Then Elsa's sixth birthday (and subsequent party!)
And now, it's time for Burlington again, yikes!

It's been a busy April, but the kitchen garden is partially planted (peas, carrots, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, etc.) and I've sown seeds. I'll be working on a raised bed for the sweet potatoes out back here in a bit, and maybe will have time today to get some more work done outside... we'll see.

Unfortunately, it's supposed to rain tomorrow for the first Burlington, so I don't have high hopes of great sales. But again, we'll see...

Jennifer 3:56 PM

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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

Jennifer 9:31 AM

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Sunday, March 22, 2015



My goal was to have all the weaving supplies and looms in one room. This meant some rearranging of the weaving room, the addition of the blue pedestal table and the blue cabinet from downstairs, and a lot of pushing and pulling as I made sure everything would fit. 

The cats also like to sleep up here, so optimizing sunbeams was also a priority. :)

I still have to move some yarn on cones from downstairs to upstairs, but I'm pretty sure it will all fit. When I get into the sewing/craft room, I'll tackle the built in wardrobe full of clothing for fabric. For now, at least, the doors are closed. I do have a stack of mending/dresses for skirts/etc. that I kept aside. 

I really like how it looks. 




Jennifer 8:09 PM

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

With Elsa's help, I planted garlic and potatoes today, as well as cleaned up in the big garden. I did not get the ornamental grass cut, but I have time yet to do that. It was such a nice day!

Jennifer 6:48 PM

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