I expected to be on the road tonight. But, I ended up traveling during the day... and I can steal a minute to post a blog now. I was in the car, train, subway, and walkin' with my legs for hours. I'm going to have a drink... soon as I post this. The seasonal choice would be a hot toddy, let's cross our fingers that the ingredients are in the pantry.
(If you're reading this and you enjoy hot toddies too after wonderful cold weather travels, tell me if you prefer it with a favorite type of whiskey, rum, or brandy.)
I'm thankful for many, many things. I can hardly do justice to such a thought in the few moments I have right now.
In the meantime, I'll show you pretty, textural things... to bring a little drop of art and nature into your day. I bought these necklaces from this very cool girl Mimi in late summer.
I use them more often as home decor (hanging from the ceiling or piled in a bowl), less often as jewelry.
I think crochet is pretty awesome, let's just get that out if I've not yet mentioned.
(It probably started when I had an off-white crochet bikini top that I fell in love with, someone gave me as a gift. If it's hard to picture, it looked sort of like this, except I'm not hot like these models, and mine had little seashells on the ends of the ties. It was from a French boutique on St. Maarten.)
My mother crochets, so you'd think I'd be an ace...but she also practices medicine, takes language courses, volunteers for the Red Cross, is an adjunct prof, cooks gourmet meals, and will re-tile a whole damn floor if it needs it. She's kind of extraordinary and I can't compare myself to her. I do get a little frustrated that I can't crochet like a master. I have to give it a good shot.
When I sew or knit (and I hardly feel I know how) it's usually for the relaxation. To me, the activity feels both primitive and polished at the same time. Makes me feel like a woman. (Does that last part sound sexist? Hope not).
The hand motions, the colors, and the physics involved are quite amazing and soothing to my sensibilities when I sew. I feel centered.
Her store is closed now, but she was one of the coolest artisans I've worked with.
I raise my (hot toddy filled) glass to all of you- may you be safe and sound traveling to your various destinations!
Am sending you love, and for those of you in the U.S.A., a wish for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Music: Heart of Stone by The Rolling Stones, 1964