Another rug group meeting today. KK was kind enough to pick me up, since I could not move my car without risk of losing my space. But by the time she got here my street was blocked by a police car, and 2 front-end loaders were busy clearing tons of the five-foot compressed-into-ice snowbanks—what a welcome sight! I met her at the corner and we drove off to pick up Cheryl the Rug Rescuer at her house. Lo and behold, there was another police car at the head of her street—snowbank removal going on there, too! She met us at the corner…you get the idea. Off we went to the meeting at E’s house, where I can truly say a good time was had by all.
I only took a few pictures today. E’s wonderful living room was its usual gorgeous, comfortable, colorful self; E is making progress on her Italian village rug. Here it is:
…and she recently bought a larger-than-previously-available potholder weaving kit from Halcyon Yarn in Maine and has been producing potholders that are lusciously thick and actually usable, compared to the ones kids used to make:
These would be highly convenient in anyone's kitchen.
Our rug rescuer, Cheryl, had finished this tiny adorable fragment:
The above mini-rug is about 8”x8”. So pretty in person. Kind of oversized coaster size, and just wonderful. And below is how the latest rescue rug is coming along:
That one is going to be very beautiful.
CG was working on the Kokopelli rug and I took 2 photos of it but wasn’t happy with the exposures, so I decided to trash them and instead take one later on…and promptly forgot. I did not get photos of our other 2 members’ rugs, and I did not take a photo of what I was working on because it’s not at an interesting stage yet.
Great food, as usual: good coffee and tea, but E’s soup was—as always—the talk of the day. Rich, delicious, thick with goodies, and so filling. There was a gingery cake and two types of great cookies. We rolled out of there as usual, with full stomachs. Thank you E for a wonderful day! (I’ve avoided recounting the conversation, which was hilarious but primarily medical and not for public discussion!)
To my delight, when I got home I was thrilled to see that the city had literally doubled the number of parking spaces on my street by working on the snowbanks all day; until the next snowstorm (in 2 days) I could even use my car. However, I don't dare in case there's another snow emergency...will have to wait a few more days. This has truly been a ghastly weather month, the worst one I can ever remember.
Normally I like snow, but this month has tested everyone's spirit.
“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” (Carl Reiner)
Thanks to good friends and the creative muse who help me make it through.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project