Sunday, October 12, 2014
"I only deep the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that God gives. Why would the world need more anger, more outrage? How does it save the world to reject unabashed joy when it is joy that saves us? Rejecting joy to stand solitary with the suffering doesn't rescue the suffering. The converse does. The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful are all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest light to all the world. When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows. How can this not be the best thing for the world? For us?"
- one thousand gifts by Ann Voskamp
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In between the business it's good to save room for quiet, lovely, things. The things that melt the stress, the things that steal you away and whisper magical stories into your ears.
Like a cup of tea...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I love that we can take it slow, and smell flowers and turn cartwheels and walk backwards. After this weekend, hopefully life can be more like that outside of work as well. My friend is getting married and all of the preparation that goes into a wedding just blows my mind, it's exhausting. We've got a bridal shower and the Bachlorette party on Friday, and then Saturday and Sunday full of preparation with the Wedding on Monday night. So, as beautiful as it all is, I'll be glad when it's over and I can sleep and read a book and work on some of my own projects again.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
It's hard to believe that this was already two weeks ago, time is going by so quickly. I went morel mushrooming with a few of my amazing co-workers and a few of their friends, before they invited me I didn't even know that morels grew up here. But apparently they are pretty prolific! I've always thought of foraging as more of a late summer/fall thing. I mean I knew from the books I've read that there are certainly things to harvest in the spring and early summer, but I'd just never given it a try. So when I was invited I jumped at the chance.
And even though it was after one of the longest days I'd had in ages, it was absolutely worth it, and I'd do it again in a heart beat. (hopefully I can soon!) It was a beautiful evening, albeit mosquito infested, which is why I only got a few pictures. My hands would be coated with the little buggers the moment I held them still enough to take a picture! But really the whole experience was beautiful enough to make the constant buzzing not much of problem.
One of the girls I went with is getting her masters in mycology, so naturally I pestered her with questions, that she thankfully seemed happy to answer. She is the one who wove that fantastic basket above for her mushrooms! I'm still in awe. It's been busy times for me of late, but thanks to a new knitting project and chocolate and some good reads I'm making it. It's been raining a lot lately, which I've enjoyed so much. It helps me take it slower, I think. May blessings find you through the rest of your week!
Monday, June 16, 2014
So, dandelions. Our yard is full of them. I harvested barely a fraction, and filled a huge pickle jar for sun dying and also had enough to make two loafs of dandelion bread (which was really good!). And my mother was digging up the roots for roasted dandelion root tea while I was picking heads. I also am experimenting with using blueberries for sun dying. We'll see how it goes.
More there will be more foraging posts coming soon!