"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Why wool?

I wash my laundry on a scrub board and hang it up to dry on a wire, metal fence. The woolen items are always first to dry - no matter how big, heavy and water logged they may be. This difference is especially noticeable on cool, overcast day's. So when I needed a new winter skirt I chose some New Zealand wool yarn and wove up some yardage. I used my antique treadle sewing machine to sew it on. Handmade clothes - if made reasonably well last a very long time. When it does wear out I will feed it to my wild red wringers in the composting bin.  
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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Christmas cards for homeless kids

I designed and wove a tapestry and put the image of the finished weaving on Christmas cards. The cost of each card with an envelope is 3.25 Canadian dollars. Fifty cents of each card is going directly to purchase food for northern BC homeless youth. You pay for the  actual shipping; however if your order is 39.00 US dollars the shipping is free if you have them mailed to a continental US address. You will be reimbursed for any shipping overcharges. You should receive your card(s) within one to three weeks. If you like you can help me share the love by purchasing a card(s) at my Etsy shop:

Sunday, 21 October 2018

To cover or not?

A year ago I read this in my bible, "out of respect for the heavenly angels who are in attendance at worship, women ought to wear something on their heads." 1 Cor. 11:10 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, "ALL scripture is God-breathed." Isn't it dangerous when you start taking out parts of the bible because it doesn't fit into the culture of our day? Or because it isn't something that you want to do?
I began to wonder - was I missing out on a blessing because I wasn't wearing a covering? I decided to give it a try for a year. It wasn't easy to sew a covering that I felt comfortable wearing. I do not wear it all the time but I do wear it most of the time. What did I learn? It encouraged greater simplicity in my attire and I pray more. I hope that when other's see me they will consider their own relationship with God. I wish that I had started wearing a covering many years ago.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Happy socks

I knit socks because the little things do matter. The reality is hand knit socks last a long time and they are hard wearing. Every summer I inspect our socks for wear and do any necessary mending. When they are worn out - and this takes years - they can be composted. There is an excellent book on sock knitting. It is called, "The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook" by Lynne Vogel. Not only does it discuss various ways to knit socks it also is about how to repair them. This year I started out with the intent to knit a proper pair of gray socks. By the time I got to the foot I realized they were too melancholy and plain gray was definitely not for me. What they needed was color - like my other socks. So I added a few bright stripes in the foot and now they are my happy socks.
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Saturday, 22 September 2018

A plan

With each fruit tree I plant and nourish I do not care whether I gather it's fruit. What truly matters and what I ask myself is - what am I leaving behind after I am gone? The beautiful, giving nature of the tree inspires me. In them I see God's plan for me and humanity.
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Sunday, 9 September 2018

In the garden

Echinacea is a favourite in my garden. Plants or seeds are available for purchase at Richter's Herbs, a canadian mail order company. Echinacea is highly regarded as a blood purifier in the treatment of diseases caused by impurities. It increase's bodily resistance to infection by strengthening the immune system. Two excellent books on this herb are; The Echinacea Handbook by Christopher Hobbs and Echinacea Nature's Immune Enhancer by Stephen Foster.  The flowers have a slight fragrance and the herb needs staking as it grows to about 3-3.5 feet high. I grow echinacea purpurea as the roots, flowering tops and leaves are all considered medicinal. As I observe the honeybee and echinacea I ask myself - am I as helping as I can be?

Sunday, 26 August 2018

The fridge- part three

It's been awhile since I wrote about my non working gas fridge. Mrs. J., a lady in her eighties had an insightful conversation with me. She grew up on a farm in northern Manitoba. In those day's nobody had a fridge but everyone found a way that worked for them. In her family it was porridge for breakfast. Lunch was the big meal, supper was leftover's and sometime's that meant soup. There was very little waste she said.  I applied this to my own life even though I don't have a farm and it has simplified meals. To begin with rather than pay a repair man to come and look at my fridge I invested in a new All American designed and manufactured in the USA pressure canner. It is a wonderful tool and I can't say enough good things about it. ( My own opinion - I'm not getting paid for saying that) I bring my vegetables back from town and I can them right away. We than spend the next few weeks eating what I canned up. It works very well. My broken down fridge is now a beautiful pantry. I'm at the point where I can't even imagine wanting - much less needing a functioning fridge. Life is simpler without it.

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