24-Hour Vacation

Stone stack in Port Townsend

As someone who never takes vacations (truthfully, two 4-dayers off work in past decade), on April Fool’s Day I created a 24-hour one for me and daughter while she was on spring break. I had to photo document a bit, since who knows when the next day will be that I’ll not be working. Eking out a bit of time with my adult daughter before she heads out into the big wide world on her own is wonderful. She took a great photo of both of us, but I honor her preference to leave her out of my blogs.

Woke early to bake vegan blueberry muffins for the trip – scrumptious! Link to recipe I used, making 1-1/2 x recipe for 12 muffins, avocado+coconut oil, 1/3 flax meal substituted for total flour

We drove 30 minutes up to walk on the Port Townsend Ferry, where we meandered in the olive store, tea store, spice store, chocolate store, spiritual book store that sells a gazillion types of incense and abundant oracle decks I love. I’m quite sure my rational-minded daughter thinks I’m over-the-top woo-woo, but yes, I am. And since we neglected to check our favorite Japanese noodle place was closed Mondays, we enjoyed some wonderful Thai food.

I love these stone stacks – conservationists say they are a bad habit in wild spaces, but this looks to me like it may have been a contest.
Gorgeous day near abandoned former ferry dock
Hastings Building, circa 1890

There are two lovely yarn stores in Port Townsend, and I forced myself to only pick up one item, a needle.

A year of global gathering for a local design based on harvesting countless pounds of nasturtium on an organic farm – Backyard Fiberworks (Maryland), New Day Farm (Whidbey Island), Shibui Knits (Oregon), Black Elephant popping purple Peruvian merino dyed in Sheffield, England

I’ve given up knitting for months now, in order to protect my arms from injury while typing 70 hrs/week during 2019. I miss it. For a year I’ve been gathering the above wool for a wrap design that exists only in my mind. Thanks to a generous gift certificate to Woolly Thistle from my sister, a few awesome sales and a gift from a local shepherd/hand dyer, my collecting is complete and I’m one step closer to getting my nasturtium project going. When all a person can do is one little bit at a time toward a creative endeavor, it still is satisfying to gather and dream. The colors and quality, hand-dyed fibers came together beautifully, and I look forward to 2020 (or winning the lottery) to make it a reality.

Meantime, the first month I increased my hours of typing to 80 hours/week, I started to feel physically similar to descriptions I’ve read of people getting paid to lie down on a bed for two months for NASA. Thankfully, I committed to myself that I would work in my food bank’s garden 10 hours/week on top of my work-trade rental yard work, and now I feel more human. Satisfaction of planting rows of spinach and kale babies, carting wheelbarrows and digging in dirt outdoors with awesome people one full day each week allows me a bit of balance. Earth is a forgiving, restorative place.

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Erin W

A sensitive plant, bamboo strong.

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