Category: Chit chat

Second Verse, Same as the First

So 2020 was a doozy. And 2021 is shaping up to be a lot of the same, at least here. Where I live, vaccinations are slowly rolling out but healthy average folks won’t get them before fall here and I’m not in a rush to do Regular Life before then. Which means, probably, a lot of my 2021 will be like my post March 2020: sticking close to home, wearing a mask, and not doing shows or classes.


This isn’t entirely awful for my work – I got a lot of things done that I had been putting off like my YouTube channel – and that’ll be the same again this year: I’ll have the chance to work at items that are tangential to my regular work and that’s neat.

So here’s a to a better year for the world !

(photo: Chloe, Ro the Cat, 2020 Christmas tree which survived Ro the cat)

Life After Orders

Phew! There was a couple weeks of busy orders there! It sort of, kind of, made up for not being able to do my little slate of winter craft shows. Now I have to crank through the bits and ends that accumulated while I made orders. You see when someone orders a dozen of something I often make 24. And why not make a few more of the similar ones? I toss them in little buckets and they progress through the system. And that’s how I end up with the little buckets are full of To-Do things that need doing.

As long as you don’t let the buckets get full the system works pretty well! These were all: To Hole and then To Varnish bucket beads. Now sitting in my shop.

I Am Grateful

I struggle with the idea that you should be grateful for everything you have because, let’s face it, a lot of what you have was simply what happened. I am not a big believer in karma.

It was Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday and it’s like the smaller, less commercial, version of the US Thanksgiving. It’s definitely autumn here but there’s no snow yet. The leaves are that achingly beautiful and completely insane colour mix that they do every fall. I’ll get to eat a huge meal with my in-laws later. It won’t make up for the fact that I am missing my own family supper because of the pandemic but I am grateful just the same for that bit of normalcy.

I am grateful for all the little things that surround me even if I’m a bit more nebulous about the huge ones. My cats are a delight. My coffee is perfect. I got to sleep in a bit.

There’s this great Maya Angelou quote that probably sums it up, where I can get behind it if we use “wonderful” as in full of wonder:

“This is a wonderful day, I’ve never seen it before.”