Sometimes a couple of days away gives me perspective.......
it always makes me grateful for my big, old house. Home.
There is really nothing like it, is there??
If I lived near the ocean, I would walk there every day. It is the most peaceful experience.
The sun, the sound of the waves, the wind. Everything about it. I center on the beach. I think most of us do.
I spent a couple of hours sitting here watching the waves crashing in. Doing nothing.
Then there is always the food in Maine.
Nothing like a draft beer......
With some clam chowda.
Roy is getting older, and while he is still the best traveling dog EVAH..........it takes its toll on him.
As soon as I got home, I finished this up.
It was waiting on my loom.
I took it off, serged the ends, washed and dried it, measured and hemmed, attached label and middle marker, then pressed it.
Packed it up, ready to go in today's mail.
I love this draft still.........watching the shells appear while I weave is magical.
The jury is out on my AVL home loom with compudobby. I find it very hard to treadle. Lois says I am spoiled by my E-LIFT on the AVL folding dobby.
That may be true.
But since both of us have had HIP ISSUES....damn this getting older sometimes.........I am being watchful.
She has woven on it for several days in a stretch, and after a week off it, she is going to give it another GO......but if it bothers her at all, unfortunately, it's going.
VERY SAD, because I love the loom in every other way......easy to warp, easy to thread, perfect size, 8 harness, and I love the compudobby. I was very intimidated by it, only to find that it is no big deal, but how much easier it is to do complicated patterns!!!
I have called AVL......but they say they cannot make an e-lift for it. I think the truth is, they don't want to, since they don't make this loom anymore.
Apparently, summer is here. Yesterday was brutally hot. Time to make the ice tea. And once the sun got low in the sky, and it cooled off some, it was porch time.
I spend a lot of quiet time out here with a good book.
Today I have a list of things.....silk to dye, bamboo that I just dyed to be dried in the sun, and bread to make for my youngest daughter.
She requested raisin/walnut bread.
For months now, I have been using this awesome organic flour. I have to drive a bit to get it, but it's so worth it.
No chemicals, no crap. The minute you start to knead it, you can tell the difference.
Funny what things make you happy when you get to this stage in your life.
I'd better get to it.