Things You Ought to Know About dre…
I want to follow the threads of the processes I love. Follow them back to the beginning…
I was never into the gentler domestic arts. I grew up on a farm, and I was the goat-milker, the stall-mucker, the creek-walker. I would rather get lost in the woods or get bucked off a horse than have to stay inside and learn how to sew or cook. But sometime after I had my own children, this began to change. My focus turned inward–into the home. I learned to knit. Knitting, at first, was not unlike wrestling an octopus, but I kept plugging away at it with graceless determination. Then one day, it all clicked, and I learned something very important–it remains the truest lesson this craft has taught me:
The process IS the point.
I soon realized that knitting wasn’t enough–I had to learn to spin the yarn. Then I had to learn to dye it. Then how to grow and harvest dye plants. I’ll have a herd of romney sheep grazing in my backyard as soon as I know it won’t break any ordinances. This idea of following processes back to the beginning, of cultivating a depth of understanding, of becoming more self-sufficient and more sustainable, has bled into every area of my life. I had always been such an impatient person–always ready for the end result. Now I understand that it’s more important to find meaning in the work, in the journey, each little step. By finding meaning in the process, the results are that much sweeter.
I believe in living a slow life and seeing as much of the world as possible. I am curious about everything, frequently when I shouldn’t be. I like questions and answers, and at the same time, I want the mysteries to remain. They are necessary. When given the choice, I always take the scenic route. Always. I do my best every day to be a kind and conscious person, because the last thing this world needs is another oblivious asshole. I think real hard about things, but I try not to take any of it too seriously. This stern mug I rock is not from a lack of humor–it’s just me holding in all the sailor words. There’s a lot. It’s an effort. Evening is my favorite time of day, when the shadows are long, the light is golden, and the cicadas sing their balm to my soul. I really like dogs. I have a fabulous husband and two children who I adore above anything else in the universe. They are, all 3, brilliant like the sun, and I am thankful every day to have them in my life. My fantastical super power of awesomeness is turning any song into a country song. Some say this is actually my super villain power, but they just haven’t yet learned to appreciate my genius.
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live happy, dye happy! and go walk your dog!