Woods, words, and stitch

Discovered a new park. Less than two miles away!

Reading my book again. Primary take away: it’s really good and I shouldn’t give up (good thing that’s my takeaway because I checked Query Tracker this morning and there it was in red : 49 queries, 100% rejected). It’s also good to reread to catch more typos or content questions.

Mixing cowries and pawpaws? Must research a little more and then fix.

Still life. I’m gonna make a heart for myself. What do you think of that?

I continue to populate this one with windows and roof outlines. With all the dire climate news this and last week, part of me wants to either : fill in all blank areas with scarlet red stitches or surround the piece as is with some of the Global Warming sections I have downstairs. They’re full of hot colors, swirls for storm maps, out-of-control vegetation — all overstitched with words like “hoax” and “try raking the forest.”

What is THIS?
Sweetspire everywhere!

Happy fourth everyone! I may listen to Frederick Douglass’s speech as read by James Earl Jones over on YouTube later this afternoon.

10 thoughts on “Woods, words, and stitch

  1. Nancy

    The fungus or odd growth…can’t look. A quirk about me, that stuff literally makes me queasy. I’ve tried to desensitize to it, to no avail.
    The cloth, with the butterflies looks so hopeful and beautiful. I wonder how it would look with the climate turmoil surrounding it? Mmm…nah.
    It’s hard to know what to do with this holiday anymore.

    1. deemallon Post author

      Well whatever you do don’t watch The Last of Us where the fall of civilization is precipitated by fungus gone wild.

  2. Tina

    Went for a walk in the woods the other day and was amazed at all the different mushrooms. Your pictures of mushrooms .. amazing. Like your idea of global warming being a major representation on the quilt you’re working on but also that you’re making a heart for yourself. I’m heading for Canada to visit family in a few weeks so have been working on some gifts to bring along. I’m so behind on reading everyone’s blogs .. seem constantly busy with this and that. Happy 4th!🇺🇸

    1. deemallon Post author

      Enjoy Canada! Hope the air will be breathable where you are going.

      It’s GOOD to be busy with other things, don’t you think?

  3. Rainsluice

    What *is* that thing seed cone like thing?
    Glad you made yourself a heart (gorgeous and tragic at the same time) – do not give up!
    Today I spent a good deal time in the woods pulling up garlic mustard. Global warming due to corporate greed feels real to me. I’m reading my first spy novel: Red Sparrow.
    Yes, Frederick Douglass for me too. It’s being read on zoom from Princeton’s NIOT group, by whom ever would like to take a turn reading. I just want to hear all the voices. Not the University but the town. When I lived there I belonged to the group. They’ve made signifcant progress over the past 20 years.
    I dread the fireworks. I love fireworks, but not in neighbor’s backyards.
    xx M

    1. deemallon Post author

      How does Jasmine do with the fireworks? Fortunately Finn is immune. But poor Lila goes into full trauma reaction. She’s lucky her humans are doctors because they get drugs for her (thru the vet of course).

      Garlic mustard — yuck! Joe pye weed too, even tho it’s native.

  4. deb

    Reading just that little bit dropped me right back into the story and wanting more. I’d leave the cowries. I will find out what that weird growing thing is.

  5. Anonymous

    That is a plant. American Cancer-Wort.
    AKA Bear Corn. Disgusting. I was thinking about that image and I thought, it would be fun label one “Trump” and the other “Putin”.
    Jasmine hates thunder, fireworks, gun shots, coyote-howls and I think she can smell them. and despises squeaky toys. She moves to a corner near one of us and lays low. Fortunately she doesn’t whine or get physically agitated. Interesting that Finn is immune. He’s such an amazing dog!
    Poor Lila, she looks like such a total sweetheart, it is sad she suffers.

  6. Hazel

    I think that stitching a heart for yourself is a wonderful thing. Especially a strong bold one such as this. A gift to and for you, and for all of those around you. oxo


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