Daily Reflections From My Window

June 23, 2021 it’s a Beautiful Morning!

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“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was so lucky to see this this morning. Even 1 minute later and I would have missed it. I love to see this. The deer and the turkeys sharing space and grazing. I hope the turkeys are eating the ticks and bugs we don’t want. The doe can help herself to the beautiful grass. We’re so lucky to see this. I grew up in a suburb in Pittsburgh right behind St. Clair Hospital, called Birdland, and believe it or not, our dining room window in our little Cape Cod style home faced the woods and we saw nature like this there too. Pheasants were frequent visitors to our backyards and they would come up from our favorite sled riding hill in the winter and place of discovery the rest of the year that we called “The Orchard”. We looked across the tops of the trees and instead of mountains, could see Kane Hospital. This view brought that view right back. I hope someone took a photo of that view when we lived there. I hope it’s still wild. Yesterday my goal was to get the avocado skins and pits extracted enough to use as dye stuff and I did, but not until after a visit to my doc for a test result update. Jay says that I am the most tested individual on the planet and I think he’s right! But…there is something still wrong here and I’m hoping that the puzzle will start to come together, like the yarn below did eventually, in time. If you read this, I’ll make it very short. I MAY have a sensitivity to pork and the thyroid hormone I take because of Grave’s disease and having had my thyroid removed is derived from pork. The doc doesn’t think it’s enough to trigger anything but would rather err on the side of caution and is looking into an alternative. The usuals didn’t work for me. I am not suffering from “terminal uniqueness” as the philosopher calls it, but there’s something off. Then we went over the results of the thermoscan. All looked good there except we need to follow up in the colon area. It’s time anyway and we’ll start with a non invasive technique and if need be, do a colonoscopy. All in all, a good report. I DID have Covid and have the antibodies. He does want to check me for signs of dementia though. There’s a test for that too. And he tweaked another hormone because he noticed my “irritability”.

Why do I tell you this stuff? Do YOU have anything going on that you know isn’t quite right but can’t put your finger on but your doc is just too busy to help? Been there and it’s no fun. Maybe this will help you. We all matter. We all know ourselves and our bodies the best. There’s no one size fits all treatment. It takes time, patience and persistence. We’ll get there. With God’s guidance. I’ve always wanted to know the whys and what causes things to happen. I eat healthy food and have always taken a shot at growing our own vegetables, but WHY and HOW am I so deficient in so many things? We’ll find out. TMI, I know!Above is a photo of our home grown celery. My hooping buddy got me started on this last summer. She’d grown her own and gave me a plant. I’ve been reading up on it since my doc suggested it as one of the common ways to add sodium to your body and for a while I was lacking but now am on track.

Did you know that celery is naturally bitter but becomes more mild when blanched by being hidden from the sun? The inner stalks will be milder. Some celery is hollow and not shaped like we know it. I have some of that. It needs to be wet and cool when growing, which takes 4-6 months. The good news is that you can start celery from an existing plant or grow from seed pretty much any time and harvest in the winter. It’s a very interesting vegetable to watch grow. I think some of mine is ready to harvest. I’ll share that tomorrow. Here’s a fiber picture ^ to break up my diatribe.

Back to dyeing. When we got home, it was too late to get to hooping, even on Zoom, so I made us dinner snd set about getting these avocado pits and skins ready for fabric. I transferred the pits into a different pot and brought both pots up into the kitchen to boil down more. After sitting the night before in the water, it took about an hour of boiling and then I turned the heat off and let them continue to soak overnight. By this morning, the coating had come off the pits and they had even broken apart. I think that lets more dye to escape. The color? I think we’re looking to get pastels in the pinkish family. I dipped a paper towel in to get a peek. The skin bath will be a slightly different color. I’m sure that with cotton fabric it will look a bit different. Below is the bath with the skins. We sure used every bit that we could in these avocados. I’ll divide the dye and use some for the cotton cassette pouches and try a bit on my fiber. One is cellulose based and one is protein based so they need different prep and mordants.

They are boiled and now headed to the compost. I don’t think after boiling that I can use the pits for seeds but I’ll look it up.

I’m headed out to get new fabric today-can you believe that I don’t have enough plain white or off white fabric for this project? I also need the mordant and a few other things. First I’ll get some fiber in the buckets to wash. It’s a great day for it.

It all takes patience snd trusting God, right? In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!