New grass, new quilt

K did an amazing job on the lawn. I helped a little. Believe it or not, it only took about three hours to lay down.

Today, for Mother’s Day, we had tasty Japanese food at the swanky mall down the road.

While there, I bought a cardigan to replace the one K shrank in the wash last week (yes! He does the laundry).

There were two phone calls and a big bouquet of flowers from the boys. Very nice.

Also: I gave myself a few hours in the studio and made this little piece (and half of another).

But here’s the main thing: I came into the weekend absolutely exhausted by the ever-present swirl of commentary about race and culture. About white people staying in their lane. Hands off this. You’re not allowed to do that. The debate really deserves a thoughtful post but I can’t guarantee I’ll write it any time soon. I’d rather focus on my writing.

PS. Some of you will recognize one of Jude’s indigo resist moons. I keep finding one here and there in my scrap baskets and it’s like Christmas every time.

9 thoughts on “New grass, new quilt

  1. Mo Crow

    (((Dee))) the lawn looks fab, ditto the new stitching and re writing, here’s a favourite quote from Annie Dillard’s “Write Til You Drop”
    “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”

  2. Nancy

    Ah, yes. “lawn in a day”! Always looks so good. When the boy was a baby, we tried seed (ex thought some fertilizer is good, more is better and burnt up those new little blades of grass! lol), so we went to just laying out a lawn! Much better. That lil boy loved to play in the yard. Quilt is lovely, a mother’s color wheel – powerful. Happy thoughts to you for Mother’s Day.

  3. June Wildflower

    The striped moon is fab. H just did a story about a local cop who dragged a young black man from his car after he found “vegetation ” …tree bits…on the windowsill. The young man was given various warnings and the cop did not document the incident…go figure. But the quick thinking young man recorded it all on facebook live. CNN, other local news, and the libertarian candidate for governor have all picked up the story and the video has gone viral. Just desserts, as mom would say. Nice lawn…but give me a messy garden any day…lasagna style! And peppered with ducks…😊

    1. deemallon

      These terrifying attacks on black people are piling up in a way that’s truly alarming.

  4. saskia

    your garden, or what I can see here, looks to me like the quintessential New England garden….knowing you (aha, I presume) as I do, I imagine that it is far more quirky and amusing, not that there is anything wrong with New England style I hasten to add, I love all gardens if truth be told, as long as they’re not paved over and turned into a parking space, ha

    re the race issue, I read an interesting interview with the British Ghanese author Afua Hirsch, where she states that we, i.e. the white folks cannot now claim ‘race’ doesn’t exist, as, she explains, we only do that because it suits us now; the problems entwined in the entire race issue (I over simplify) have to be – more or less – resolved before we, both black and white, can put the term ‘race’ aside, and look beyond…. I understand if it’s all a bit too much for you, my only discussing these issues on your blog and if you want a break from it all, okay

    in my very small world, I concern myself with very little newsworthy events, hence my focus on the Beings close to me and my reporting on their cavorting in my studio; this is not an apology, just a statement of fact

    what I’m also saying is this: because you do care and dare to write about these difficult subjects, I find myself becoming interested and read on these matters in my newspaper, so my small world expands, however little it does


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