What I’m working on:
Trying to accomplish things faster than the disaster roller coaster that has become my life can run them down.
I’m not sure what’s going on, but sometime between June & November last year Murphy’s Law decided to take a really personal interest in my life, and annoying, time consuming, money demanding things have happened one after the other. You’ve heard about the epic computer crash of January 2017, and then there was the stove that decided to stop working and needed replacing (buying appliances is pretty much my least favourite activity in the world, and takes forever), followed by ‘Oops, it turns out your electrical system won’t support a modern stove, you need to re-wire a big portion of your house’.
This was followed by ‘Felicity needs dental surgery’, which is scheduled for next week and a bit, so I’m a little freaked out by that…
And that’s the stuff I can tell you about (there have to be some boundaries).
There are perks to some of the disasters. For example, the new stove is awesome, but…. it’s part of the cause of my latest catastrophe, because it brings water to a boil so much faster than the old one, which is partly why a pressure cooker full of black beans exploded all over my kitchen last night.
Did you know that black beans are a very effective dye? They are! So every non-stainless-steel or enamel surface in the kitchen is now spattered with a very attractive shade of purple-blue. It’s very…organic. In both senses of the word. And abstract modern art-y. And durable. I’m on hour 3 of scrubbing so far, and have pretty much had to admit that I may be able to scrub the paint off, but I won’t be able to scrub the colour out.
It’s funny, except that it caused so much damage.
In addition to staining the ceiling, walls, cupboards, countertops, and floor, the explosion also destroyed my pressure cooker (sniff – though I’m pretty sure it was a faulty pressure valve that did it, so it needed replacing), broke a beautiful bowl we got as a wedding present (and the potter no longer makes them, wailey, wailey), broke two brackets on the stovetop pot-supporter rack thing (and it’s only a month old!), put a bunch of dents and cracks in our beautiful vintage ceiling, which I am really gutted about, and blew out the lights in fully half the house.
Fingers crossed it’s just a case of re-doing the old-fashioned fuses to get them working again. Otherwise, at least I know of an electrician I can trust!
So how are you feeling about everything?:
Pretty glum actually. I plan time into my work schedule for unexpected setbacks, but there have been so many this year that they have eaten ALL my disaster (hope it doesn’t happen) and rainy day (you know it will happen, you just don’t know when) time planning, plus most of my blogging time (yep, that’s why I’ve been so quiet), discretionary sewing time, and social time.
So I’ve done no sewing for myself in over 6 months that wasn’t desperately needed for wardrobe updates, and not a single wearable stitch towards Costume College (aka, fun sewing). I’m hoping for a miracle in the next week, or it’s going to be rather grim for me costume wise this year!
I’ve been so busy that there is actually a Regency dance here in Wellington tomorrow night, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it. How sad is that?
Has anything good happened?
Yes! Despite everything, there have been some really lovely, bright spots, and life overall has been good.
Regional News Wellington did a lovely interview on me (read it here on page 9), complete with studio photoshoot with gorgeous photos:
I’ve worked really hard to make the Scroop Pattern line as size inclusive as possible, and to make sure that each pattern fits accurately at every size in the range, and just to make them generally really good patterns, with comprehensive instructions, and thoughtful sewing processes. It’s really nice to see that work has been noticed and appreciated.
And Mr D & I have gone for lots of nice walks together, and I love my sewing students, so at least I see nice people, even if I don’t do much ‘socialising’. And I’ve been teaching Costume History at Toi Whakaari (the NZ Drama School), and that’s been wonderful.
So life has been really good, I just want to spend a lot less of it traipsing round hardware stores, and getting repair quotes for things.
What I’ve been reading:
ALL the Stella Gibbons. Her writing is just the mix of humour, compassion mixed with cynicism, and insightfulness that I’ve been needing, and she’s one of the few authors that I can read nothing but that author’s works for months on end without it feeling repetitive.
I own Cold Comfort Farm in a Folio edition, and my Christmas and Conference’s were gifts from the ever-wonderful Lynne. I was holding out for ‘proper’ editions of all of her criminally underrated non-woodshed related works, but have finally admitted that they are just too hard to find, and have bought the modern reissues of Westwood, Nightingale Wood, and Starlight (currently on loan to a friend) while I dream of old hardcover editions…
One day I shall own every single one of her books. It will happen!
What’s for dinner:
Soups! Lots and lots of soups.
We’re particularly fond of a vegetable with barley, peas & lentils soup that is based on a recipe I discovered for my Fortnight in 1916 experiment. It’s particularly interesting because it involves no potato: just leeks, parsnips, swedes, carrots, and celery if you have any.
(kitchen shown in old-stove, pre-blued state).
Not sure, but please wish me a miracle that I’ll get my taxes done this weekend, and be able to do fun things like sew!
And that the sewing goes super well, so I have fun things to show you!