Sunday, September 5, 2021

2021 Project 365 – Week Thirty-six

Was there ever a Bug as excited as this one about a three day weekend? I think not. What a crazy week! Which is not reflected at all in our photos because how do you photograph crazy politics, crazy weather in other states, and crazy work issues?
Sunday, August 29th   
I don’t know if you remember when I made this wall hanging, but Dr. M found the perfect stick in his dad’s yard oh, about 2 months ago. I finally decided to attach the hanging to the stick. Check out Friday below to see it in its new location. Also, I had this to say about my fortune cookie fortune: What is it that I hold so closely that I can’t give away? Well, the time I spend on my iPad comes to mind. I do jealously guard my “me time.” But the other thing I was thinking about is the structures that are in place that make my life easier. What can I give away that will make life more fair for BIPOC and others? Probably my time, for one thing. Crochet & thoughts about systemic racism - just a normal Sunday afternoon around here. Oh, and baseball.

Speaking of, Dr. M watched baseball with his Pop.

Monday, August 30th     
Pretty pretty…

Tuesday, August 31st       
Morning glories!

Wednesday, September 1st      
My friend Becci at Feryl Designs is running a fundraiser for her local YWCA (in Walla Walla). I took these photos to show some of my favorite pieces, but forgot to post them to my socials (BRB).

Thursday, September 2nd   
Temperature blanket update – this is through August. We have actually had a smidge cooler weather in September – three red days and one fuchsia. Woo hoo!

Friday, September 3rd   
Here’s the aforementioned wall hanging, along with some photos of the rest of my office. I have one more section of wall to fill in. I was thinking about more mandalas, but I think I’ll use one of Dr. M’s paintings too. I just have to decide which one! The problem is that I have a favorite, but if I take it to the office then it won’t be at home for me to look at. Decisions, decisions.

Saturday, September 4th  
What a nice day! I actually did a smidge of housework, and then spend a nice long stretch of time on the deck working on my niece’s purse. I finished the strap – just have to attach it & then crochet around the edges for a more finished look. And I might make a little matching bag for the inside. We shall see.

I was listening to a podcast today about humanizing politics (Sharon Says So Podcast, episode 20 – an interview with the Pantsuit Politics podcast hosts) & one of the big takeaways for me was about preserving relationships with people that you disagree with. One of the hosts said that her line in the sand is to remember the humanity of all the people in the discussion. “Othering” people is so destructive – and both sides are very good at that. We can still hold the people in power accountable, but we can still love and have relationships with people who disagree with us. Sounds easy right? Ha! Yeah, I’ll be thinking about this concept for a while (not about my actual relatives & friends – it’s easy to love them even though we disagree – I’m thinking about Facebook & Instagram). Have you had anything challenge your way of thinking lately?


  1. I'm glad Sharon said that. I've been careful not to defriend anybody over anything political, and I'm hoping to maintain that record. The "othering" IS destructive. It's the kind of thinking that leads to genuine physical conflict.

    I love your wall hanging! (And the others in your office.) You know, of all the jobs I've had, I've never, ever had one that gave me my own office. That seems so luxurious to me!

    1. I'm so easily distracted that I don't know if I could work in a common area - but I know I'm spoiled!

  2. I know we are all human and none of us is perfect but I discovered during the former guy's term that there are things I will not accept in people and I have cut some out of my life because I don't want that sort of toxic hatefulness and ugliness around me. can we have love and relationships with people we disagree with? depends on what we disagree about.

    1. One of the analogies they used was that lasagna and M&Ms are both good, just not good together - basically live & let live. But sometimes it's POISON & M&Ms, so we really can't live & let live.

  3. I make a great deal of exceptions for those I love and care about. I think it's important to be kind to others and to not answer meanness or violence with more of the same. I've learned that educating myself is often the answer to understanding those who are different than me.

    Having said all of that, I cannot find it in myself to understand the sort of Deep-seated Selfishness and Misguided Ignorance that motivates some individuals to behave so heinously. Like ellen abbott, I don't want that in my life.

    Your office looks cozy and homey. Very welcoming and relaxing!

    1. See my reply to Ellen. I've vastly oversimplified the example, but it helped me a bit. Most of the family members I disagree with are lasagna (I am obviously an M&M), but there are people in my life that I think are poison. I try to steer clear as much as possible!

  4. Looks to me like Dr. M is sneaking in a nap during that "exciting" baseball game.

  5. Thought-provoking fortune cookie and gorgeous blooms.
    Then there's your crochet masterpieces!
    Have we seen any of Dr. M's paintings? Didn't know or remember that he paints!

    1. I found one post that shows one of his painting - it's here. There might be more, but I couldn't find them. I'll have to do a separate post & showcase them!

  6. Do your hands just feel like they're going to fall off with all the crocheting??? :)
    I love the piece where earrings are hanging off of it - that's genius!

    1. YES THEY DO! I call it crochet claw. I definitely have to take breaks - which is why it takes so long for me to make anything.

      I was pretty proud of the jewelry board - I was looking on pinterest for ideas of how to hang earrings & something I saw gave me the idea, so then I searched for a crochet pattern that would work. This is adapted from a shawl pattern.

  7. Got to admit, I easily "other" people once they cross lines of common sense and rationality. I don't work in a medical field but I do work in a hospital and have seen way too much sickness and death from Covid to give the deniers and antivaxx people much consideration.

    Way too many have died that shouldn't if we had acted like rational adults and not spoiled, ignorant children.


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