New Year

Things usually wind down for me blog wise this time of year. The coldest days are upon us and I have lots of planning to do. I don't do New Years resolutions because I try to live up to my expectations every day, even though I fail a lot. I have a lot of things in the hopper that will probably show up here at some time.

I've been really inspired by a lot of the Krampus posts I saw this year and hope to make a Krampus style demon for the haunt. The first thing I told Kyle was that I wanted to make something with red glowing eyes, and I think that a demon with goat like legs and gnarly horns would be great for that application.

I have lots of sewing plans that I've accumulated and am learning more and more every day about the great craft of making one's own clothing. It so so cool to add four inches of length to a shirt so I go from looking looking like an ill fitted giant to a tall, well dressed woman.  I will get to that body image post one of these days. I am still working through it.

I really would like to make a post about estranged decedents and how that is a topic I struggle with personally every week.

Suicide deaths are also fascinating and so taboo, but maybe I could craft up a post about that one day that touches on the personal side of it and how to work with those left behind, and oh geez, don't even get me going on the Hemlock Society (way taboo, but I actually respect them).

Lastly, but not least important, we have so many seeds that we saved last year, plus the catalogs are piling up in the mail. I have so many choices to make about tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, beans, flowers, and who knows what else. 

I hope the new year finds you contented and well. 

-The photo is from Lassen park in California, where I spent 3 seasons camping in the late to off season hiking miles through roadless and trailess terrain looking for archaeological sites. We always had to end the season at the first snowfall because they closed down the roads then. The last day always involved a partially snow blinded hike on slippery volcanic rock back to a cold wet campsite with me not wanting the work season to end quite yet, not knowing what I would come home to. I would take down my temporary home of campsite, tent, and pack me and the dog into the car for a long drive back to Idaho. This photo seemed significant to me me as a reminder of the closing of the year. I bet this is what Lassen looked like the last time I left it after a big snow and they roads were shut down until it cleared in the spring.


  1. You have got to be one of the coolest people in the world. The stories you just offhandedly throw out are amazing. For some reason, I was shocked that you are tall. Apparently I imagined you as a shortie like me. I am jealous.

    Cannot wait to read the things you have brewing- near and dear, as it were.

    Happy New Year!

  2. beautiful photo! you should start blogging more about your sewing projects. i can't wait to see some of your new clothes.

    are you not sick of seeds right now like i am? i harvested and cleaned seeds from my mushy homegrown pumpkins yesterday and it felt more like work than fun, unfortunately. and seed catalogues already coming in the mail! yikes. i won't be ready to think about that stuff until february-ish.

  3. I look forward to more glimpses into your mind in the year to come. Have a Happy New Year!


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