Bits of last week #8

1. Finally got some proper gardening tools! Not entirely sure what the difference between the different pointy bit shapes are, but they definitely made cutting my monstera much easier!

2. I’ve started trying to meditate more regularly in the morning. It’s tough going, but sometimes there are moments when things just feel weirdly calm and peaceful, so all in I’d say it’s good going too.

3. Unearthed my old yarn stash. Lost most of the labels on these, but working on my temperature blanket has me thinking about knitting a bit more again.

4. New old beach that was surprisingly peaceful in spite of the mad crowds.

5. Sometimes things just unexpectedly speak straight to things I’m puzzling over, I just have to be better at listening.

6. Got a tin of condensed milk recently out of a bout of weird nostalgic something or other. Also I’m sort of getting used to this weird construction backdrop now, odd as it may be.

7. I’ve been writing a lot more in the last few weeks, and it’s always a lovely meditative process when I get to refill and swap out my inks.

Bits of last week #6

1. Making the most of my last few weeks of sunny empty days by spending as much time as possible writing on the beach. This has mostly resulted in weird ink stains and patchy tanlines, but I’m slowly unwinding my brain from the jumble it’s been in.

2. My Eve’s Needle cactus is thriving like it never has before this summer! Of all my plant babies, this one’s my oldest; she somehow survived years of neglect, just somehow quietly getting along in spite of my regularly forgetting to water or fertilize her. And then over the pandemic, I discovered my green thumb and started taking proper care of her, and suddenly she’s sprouting right up!

3. I did a short clay workshop a few months ago, and made this weird little feline creature, with her vague anime Bastet vibes. I’ve been taking her everywhere with me, my new totem!

4. This summer has been definitely been a good time for my plants, also wound up water propping my little peperomia… every time I go to water my little sprouts there’s always a new leaf or two, which is kinda amazing!

5. I took my first hand-thrown pottery class and made these two wobbly uneven little containers! Depending on how they survive being fired, I’ll probably turn them into more pots for my growing plant collection, ha.

6. Really been enjoying my newly discovered green thumb lately. Germinating a couple little basil seeds, and also slowly sprouting tiny roots on a couple arms of my Eve’s Needle cactus!

7. Quick dinner, miso soup with loads of wakame, grilled salmon, and some edamame.

Bits of last week #5

1. Quiet heatwave day at the beach. Also I have developed a weird fondness for my watch + ring tan now.

2. Finally picked up a string of turtles! And in a lovely vintage brass pot to boot. Also got regifted a rosemary plant that someone gave my parents, which is now happily resettled into a fantastic handmade pot Chels gave me!

3. Took my beloved Minolta out for an airing for the first time since the pandemic kicked in. With bonus grumpy cat clay creation that I haven’t been able to stop fidgeting with.

4. Ikura success! It took a horrifying amount of time to unshuck this jarful of salmon roe from their egg sacs, but somehow they transformed into these lovely little intense orange gems.

5. Finally reunited with one of my besties after a year and a half apart and we had good tea, great chats, and I left with a handful of lemon mint cuttings that smell ridiculously fantastic and will hopefully sprout for me

Beachin’

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It’s just not Vancouver without those logs… today was the last forecasted day of proper sun for the week, according to my iPhone, and a beach picnic was the perfect way to milk the last drops of summer.