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So, what do I do when I am not here? Teach online classes for Kepler College, coach clients with astrology and hypnotherapy, camp with Spouse-man and the dogs whenever we can, and when indoors, weave, knit, crochet, and spin yarn.

Remember this?

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It’s my favorite Thanksgiving clip : The Addams Family Thanksgiving Song

 

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Survivor Day 2017

http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The American Society for Suicide Prevention is holding their annual Survivor’s Day on November 18th. Most of us have been affected by the suicide of a friend or family member and like me, may still be processing this loss differently than other losses. AFSP is the largest suicide prevention organization in the USA and they are holding events around the world and online, 350 last year. If you would like to learn more or to participate, click the link below and enter your state or country to locate one near you.

Survivor Day: https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/

Cat Lovers Calendar 2018

 

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This is the 34th issue of the venerable and fun Cat Lovers Against the Bomb wall calendar. We usually have one of these on display and I am always surprised by the number of people who recognize it and know of CLAB. Cute pictures, good cause.

Click the link to get your own: http://nebraskansforpeace.org/clab

or now in stock here: https://www.changingworld.com

Looks like a blue week

I finished all the earth-toned warps and still in keeping with using up stashed yarns, went shopping in the bins in the laundry room for both of these projects. On the Flip, we have a wide scarf in “Shawl in a ball” in Healing Teal, and on the big Jack, a rug from black carpet warp with Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick in the Lakeside Stripes colorway. It looks like the water in one of Monet’s water lilies paintings.  As much as I love the look of the earthy, “Imagine” warp, I don’t know if I’ll do that again. It was a tough project to weave.

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I like both these projects, so that makes it fun work. I’ve got the big loom working better than it was before, I rotated the hooks on shaft four and fiddled with the brake on the warp beam, and he/she seems happier too. You can see from the pic of the warping board that this is a short one, it’s just 105″ long. It is 28″ wide, and I planned it, with some shrinkage, to work as a runner or on a yoga mat as an extra cushion. We’ll see how that goes. So far the most dramatic result of the experiment has been the pain. Yes, either because of using the warping board on the couch and/or then thinking that since it was a short warp, I could get it on in a day, I have done something awful to my back and have had pain all through my hip to my foot. So that has kept me on naproxen, some Chinese salve I found in a drawer, and a heating pad for the last two days and is limiting me to work on the Flip loom. Don’t worry, I have a plan for next time. I’ll either use the reel or properly hang the warping board. I just wanted to try an idea I had about using the Homespun.

Wishing you the very best Autumn!

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Today, September 22nd, is the day the Sun enters Libra and the beginning of Autumn. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.

The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.

In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this was when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year began, the final harvest was still to be stored away and the fields readied for the coming Winter. This is why so much feasting goes on now. Fresh meat and fruit only last so long.

Symbols of Autumn:

Blackberries, cranberries, wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, nuts, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy

Foods of Autumn:

Breads, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and pumpkin pie.

Colors of Autumn:

The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Autumn:

Libra is pink tourmaline, opal and rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstone, and yellow agate. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.

Activities of Autumn:

Making cider and wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas shopping.

 

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Who turned on the rain?

 

Photo: KOMO News Website

 

Most of us around Seattle have had a gloriously, long Summer, marred only by the smoke and ash of the recent wildfires that the rest of the NorthWest have suffered. But Sunday, like turning on a faucet, the rain started and we have overcast skies and rain forecast for the rest of the week. Crystal Mountain went from Wildfire to their first snow in two weeks. How quickly the Fall weather begins…

First Rainy day in 3 Months: Komo News Link

Crystal Mountain Blog Link

 

Weaving up a storm

I keep sharing pictures to Instagram and forgetting to put them here! Here is a bit of what I’ve been up to! The runner is wool sock yarn warp and various wools, acrylic, rayon and lurex wefts. The rosepath scarf is cotton warp with cotton weft. I’ll show a pic of it finished once it is pressed.

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