Necessity is the mother of mending

My jeans, the ones I wear when working the land, were torn …

The result of moving the rusted bedsprings gifted by neighbors Connie and Karl Akers …

Fortunately, it was only the jeans that tore. In the future, I think I’ll leave it to Don to move rusty bits around as he does a much better job of it …

Nonetheless, I do like having a good excuse to mend …

And now that my itchy stitching fingers have been soothed, I’m off to do some (more) weeding!

Mending my ways

Stitching and blogging have gotten short shrift lately as the land draws us outside to weed (me) and plant (Don). At the end of the day I don’t have the energy I need to create, so I’ve been mending instead.

I actually documented a recent session because I had one of those head-slap brainstorms that made it worthwhile. The backstory is that my mom gave me a really neat sock darning tool years ago, which I never used. And can no longer find.

It finally occurred to me that I could improvise by using part of an old nesting fruit toy (a take-off on nesting dolls) …

It was just the right size for my sock heel …

And it even worked on the dreaded break-through heel hole …

Fun, right?

Bibli-olio

I thought I was coining a new word, but not (I just Googled it and it already exists). Still, I’m liking the combination of the more familiar “biblio” with the crosswordese “olio” …

And so, today, a miscellaneous mixture of books, beginning with a new library book that may end up as a purchase …

And notice the new-to-me DMC Coloris threads found at Michael’s, that perfectly match one of the author’s opening statements that we need more bright colors in our lives (Cursillo friends will surely be taken with the similarity to “De Colores”).

If needed, proof positive that colors elicit joy can be found in Judy Martin’s latest post: https://judys-journal.blogspot.com/2019/03/isla-mujeres.html

There’s also this sweet little book …

which led me to a great linen source (Gray Line Linen). The author also has a blog, Miniature Rhino, which has been added to the Kindred Spirits list on my old blog. The book is nicely designed and such a simple pleasure to look at …

Two other books entered our home as the result of local lectures we attended …

The first got a great write-up in the Austin American Statesman and will surely be a big hit with South by Southwest attendees this month.

The second is a retrospective of local artist Randall Reid’s assemblage art. He gave a great talking tour of his recent exhibit at the Davis Gallery in Austin and the book naturally came home with us …

Last, but not least, I’m very much looking forward to adding an upcoming release to my bookshelf …

Author Anna Quindlen has captured so much of our shared cohort’s lives in print, so it’s no surprise that she’s at it again, just in time for (grand)Mother’s Day …