I've been gathering a bit of this and a little of that for a couple of weeks now. That means . . . it's time for another Friday Fish Wrap.
(Someone dropped some paperwork off to me yesterday -- inside this bag. It made me smile and brings me joy.)
When I was a kid, I was totally intrigued with and terrified by two natural phenomena: quicksand and volcanoes. How naive I was -- to think that these might be real threats in my daily, adult world! Somehow, I imagined them as much more prevalent, something that I might actually encounter as I moved through my days.
It didn't take me long to learn that there were actual threats -- but not from quicksand or volcanoes. Adult-Me, though, got totally sucked in to news and footage of this week's Hawaii volcano situation. (Talk about a rabbit hole.)
There are some amazing videos of what the lava flow from this volcano looks like. Plus . . . Science! I have been exposed to all-new science terms -- words like "volcanology" and "volcanologists," "active vents," and "lava lakes." It's pretty fascinating, actually.
(For a brief time in my early college days, I considered a career in geology. Then I found out I still needed to take chemistry. Quite a bit of chemistry, actually. And that was the dealbreaker for me.) (So funny . . . because then I married a chemist.) (And then I gave birth to one.) (But those are stories for another day.)
Anyway. Check out this video from National Geographic. The lava flow is really awesome.
Sunday is Mother's Day. Last year, I really struggled with my first Mother's Day sans mother. It's still hard a year later, and probably will be forever. But it definitely feels more . . . settled . . . for me this year.
I think it helps that I created my "Mom Garden" full of my mom's favorite flowers. It's been rewarding and powerful to have this physical space that binds me to her in a tangible way. This week, her beloved tulips are the shining stars in my garden!
I planted the bulbs last fall, and this is their first year to bloom -- just in time for Mother's Day. (Hi, Mom!)
On Mother's Day, I will plant a new dahlia in my mom's honor. (My mom loved dahlias -- and she planted them in her garden in memory of her own mother.) I used to give her a beautiful, new dahlia every Mother's Day. I think I'll just continue doing that.
The New York Times has recently acknowledged - and rectified - a major oversight in their obituary department. Yes, it turns out that since 1851, the Times obituary section has been dominated by white men. (Surprised? Nah.) To rectify more than a century of negligence, the NY Times has begun adding the stories - and obituaries - of remarkable women who . . . well . . . didn't make the cut when they died.
Click in to Overlooked to read the obituaries of women the Times should have published in the first place. It's fascinating. So many women. I can't even imagine that the NY Times of the time didn't feel these obituaries deserved to be written. (But, really. Of course I can imagine this.) (Can't you?)
(Talk about a rabbit hole!) (These women are amazing . . . and - before now - overlooked by the New York Times.)
It's that time again! Time to play Summer Book Bingo. Mary has, once again, master-minded the whole thing: setting up Bingo cards, rules, and 98 (!) categories. Click here to whoooosh right over to Mary's blog to print out your own Summer Book Bingo card and start reading.
Although I'm not playing along this year (it's a FOCUS thing . . . ), I've already signed on with Mary to be the official Captain of the Cheerleading Squad! I'm looking forward to watching the rest of you rack up the BINGOs this summer. Go, Readers!
Have you Knitters seen this shawl over on Ravelry? It looks cool. It looks fun. It looks wearable. And . . . it's FREE!
It's Spring! Finally . . . pretty much everywhere . . . Spring has sprung.
Time to quit with the hygge?
Not so fast, my friends!
Here are 10 ways you can keep up the hygge all through the summer:
- Open the windows
- Give your home a thorough spring cleaning
- Change up your bedding (goodbye, flannel!)
- Switch out your curtains (or . . . get rid of them altogether)
- Bring the outdoors in with plants and fresh flowers
- Lighten up -- pare down the tchotchkes for the season
- Accentuate your home with natural elements (a bowl of lemons, maybe?)
- Pack away throws and cushions to keep things simple and comfortable
- Bring the inside outside (think drinks-on-the-patio)
- Keep the candles (always with the candles), but change up the scents
Finally, a couple of updates:
- Jenny is doing fabulously! She is back to her happy, diva-self -- and she thanks you all for your good juju.
- My red shoes from last week? They are these. Although I could pick these up locally, they did not have the red version I wanted. So I ordered from Zappos.
- I ended up not signing up for the KnitStars thing. Although I think it sounds like a very well-done series -- one where I'm absolutely sure I'd learn a lot -- I just think the timing is not right for me. (Again - it's a FOCUS thing.)
- Several people have asked about the mug I've shown here from time to time (it's one of my favorites). I don't exactly know where it came from, but I've had it since just after the Women's March in 2017. Here's a photo of the mug in a more readable format (just as it's headed into the dishwasher last night).
And . . . that's a wrap! A Friday Fish Wrap!
Have a great weekend, y'all.