January 28, 2017 is the official Chinese New Year. Today, my Haiga Adventure Study Group celebrated with a painting demo of a Rooster for an Etegami postcard (performed by Just Norma). Naturally, I needed to prepare some pictures WITH a haiku for each one. Here are the results:
We all put our names and addresses on individual index cards and put them in a bag. Then, we each drew a name and now will mail one of our postcards to the name selected. Of course, we are keeping the names secret.
Have you ever seen angel hair...Angel Hair Frost, that is? I never heard of it; I never saw it until New Year's Eve day while walking with my husband. We saw something that looked like a fungus clinging to twigs. We asked someone on the trail if he knew what it was. He said it was frost and that it formed on rotting sticks. I called it Bottle Brush Frost. My husband said he thought it was Angel Hair Frost. And sure enough, when he looked it up later on the internet, he was right, as usual!
We tried carrying two sticks back to the parking lot so we could run home for my camera...naturally, I didn't have it with me. However, by the time we arrived at the parking lot, the frost had disintegrated. We drove home anyway for my camera so we could document another twig. (The one above.)
A few days later, we were on the same trail. My husband jogged; I walked. And this time I brought my camera! The Frost was even more amazing! And so were the frozen ditches. Take a look:
Life is full of beautiful surprises!
(Still working on the New Year's Resolutions...how about you?)
What a pleasant surprise to receive this beautiful "Happy New Year" card from my Japanese calligraphy instructor: Chizuko Nicholas! Everyone in our class calls her "Charlie." I must say: she is a VERY patient teacher.
2017 is the year of the Rooster in Japanese and Chinese cultures. Here is the symbol we practiced in our class:
Thank you, Charlie, for all your help. And a Happy New Year to you and everyone (again)!
Still thinking about those New Year's Resolutions...
This weekend, my husband and I were cleaning out some things..."tidying" to put it another way.
He: "I'd like to burn some logs and boxes." He wants to clear things out for a big retirement project.
Me: "You can go ahead and burn my bale, too, while you're at it. I'll never get around to ever finishing it. I admit defeat."
He: "Don't think of it as a "defeat." Think of it as a "learning experience." (He's so positive!)
I've been thinking of getting rid of my bale of wool for awhile now...especially ever since I read Marie Kondo's book: the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. My husband wanted to burn my bale 28 years ago and save me a lot of work. I'm stubborn; I thought I could finish it. But, hey, I'm a Taurus! What do you expect?
There is a sadness to letting go of things, a grieving period...but also a great sense of relief. Now, I can focus on other interests that seem to spread more joy...to others, as well as to myself.
(But I did save a small amountand, of course, there are several bags in closets...)
I told Daughter #3 about burning the bale...but saving a small amount. Her reply: WHY???????
Just finished this knitting project (with the exception of the name) yesterday! Baby Girl arrives today when we will meet her for the first time and find out her official name. And no one thought I was doing any knitting...This is a kit from Annie's Woolens. Check out her website here.
(It looks like the stocking needs a bit more steaming...hey, I was in a hurry!)