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a new month

October 6, 2017

how time flies!

the weather has been beautiful – blue skies and warm, sunny days

garden clean-up is taking its toll

think I have the beginnings of a repetitive stress injury to my right hand/thumb

yikes! – I know the treatment

complete rest – that means no more tree pruning, no spinning, stitching and no keyboard

think I’ll stop the pruning and try reducing the rest

the critters are preparing for winter

the humming birds are the only birds I feed all year around

Oct. 1st the feeders get filled for everyone else

there is a surprising variety this year and it seems the word has gone out

it will take all my pension to keep them happy!

this noisy Stellar’s Jay is a frequent visitor

frightening the smaller birds and competing with the squirrel for sunflower seeds

he doesn’t stay still long enough for a good picture – isn’t his blue/black beautiful?

this month’s book pages have a bird theme

I’ve finished spinning the silk weftand weaving the final 18 inches

now to get it off the loom and a new warp on for the Studio tour Nov. 4th-5th

the Spider Lilies are blooming

in Ichihara red ones lined the edges of the rice paddies

September 25th was onesmallstitch’s seven year anniversary – here’s to a productive 8th year

this is post number 980

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Louisa permalink
    October 7, 2017 9:43 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Jean! Stellar’s jays ought to be called indigo jays, don’t you think? They’re definitely bluer than blue jays! And my thumb hurts too. What’s with that? I can knit but spinning is ouchie. Boo.

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    • October 7, 2017 10:39 am

      Louisa – Stellar’s Jays don’t often show up here – too deep in the city – but there are 2 this year. Beside their colour I love their cheeky attitude. Carple tunnel or tendonitis from repetitive stress due to all the heavy pruning on top of all the textile stuff. I bought a “Tensor” brace at London Drugs – called a thumb stabilizer – it seems to be doing some good, even wore while sleeping and didn’t wake up once with a throbbing thumb. At the very least it reminds me not to over use that hand. Not cheap but definitely worth a try,can’t stop spinning.

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  2. vdbolyard permalink
    October 7, 2017 5:52 am

    happy anniversary my blogger-reallife friend! the stellar’s jay has a beautiful coat. funny little birdie in the book!

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    • October 7, 2017 8:24 am

      Velma – without blogging we never would have met! There are so many birds at the feeders I’m wondering what the winter is going to be like – what do they know that we don’t?

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  3. October 7, 2017 3:39 am

    What a commitment you’ve made to your blog! We all benefit–thank you.

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    • October 7, 2017 8:35 am

      Kerry – blogging does seem to take considerable time and thought but the people you meet make it all worthwhile. Thank you for visiting and commenting – it’s what keeps me going.

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  4. myrajdunn permalink
    October 6, 2017 8:41 pm

    The birds are beautiful. We are in the middle of Spring here Downunder

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    • October 6, 2017 8:51 pm

      Hi Myra – and we are just on that turn of seasons, love this time of year but dread winter.

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  5. October 6, 2017 6:38 pm

    Congratulations! What a milestone, I am so glad for your small stitching…

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