Every time the rains return, which is pretty much every other day, I'm always kind of bummed with myself for not going on a longer walks/stargazing/fall cleaning in garden when the weather was nice.
Which is totally silly, because I was doing other things like working and going to yoga and dance practice.
I have a lot of this kind of weird guilt about stuff I'm not doing, even as I'm doing other, equally important things. Guilt about not writing when I'm gardening, guilt about not gardening when when I'm writing, guilt about not reading when I'm doing yoga. Wow. That sounds really silly now that I wrote it down. Anybody else ever experience this?
Today I took it super-easy, reading favorite zines and magazines and blogs and planning exciting Finn-meals. I even drank coffee, a rare treat (unless I'm in California at Missa's house! ;)
The morning brought a Christmas package from my mom with Finnish magazines, chocolates, tights (how mom!) and an advent calendar, right on time for the first of December.
The other package was an early present for myself, a new moon calendar from Jen Lorag's awesome shop.
I had one this year too and not only is it an amazing women's health tool, it's pretty as a blossom too. Since I was already paying for shipping, I couldn't resist adding one of her Tarot patches of my favorite card The Star. That completes my "wise-woman corner" courtesy of Missa, with a God's eye that she made, a tiny St. Frida Kahlo altar, a Blessed Virgin tile and a pine tree tile. Pretty stoked.
I love Jen's thank you note, don't you?
Not to be deterred by the rain, I went for a little walkabout, with my new waxed (and thus water resistant!) canvas Barnacle Bag rucksack from my friend Lissa. Click on the link to follow Lissa's adventures. I often forget about her blog, since I get to see her in person, but she has such a great eye for photos and finding the beautiful in the ordinary.
I've been a fan of her bags for a long time, but have been biding my time for the right idea and style of fabric and when I saw this red striped one I knew it had to be mine. Actually I was quite torn between it and a blue polkadot one, but I'm now that I have it so happy with my choice.
My bag is in a new style she's developing, with leather straps with studs instead of cotton and snaps, lighter weight canvas and canvas straps too. I love it. It's awesome to know what you have something that will last through the seasons, for years to come. I feel lucky to know such an awesome artisan. So long canvas totes, see you in the summer!
It was so fun to wander in the woods in the rain, with water dripping of the trees and everything humming with it. There are mushrooms everywhere!
The woods are so bare this time of year, with the thicket dying down, that you can actually see through them, follow the forms of the land and perhaps even wander off the trail.
On rainy days we drink so much tea. Just cup after cup. Floral tea, women's tea, rooibos, peppermint...
With more free time on my hands, I've been trying to experiment more with cooking different things and really challenge myself. I love cooking for my family, but since my husband is a good, uncomplaining eater, I often find myself making the same favorite dishes over and over.
So today, as I was asking if he could pick up some bread from town, it occurred to me that perhaps I ought to just make some. Finnish cookbook in hand I successfully turned out potato flatbreads, or perunarieska. In spite, of course, our silly American oven and baking sheets. Four years in this country and baking with propane still perplexes me. Maybe I'm the silly one?
Happy guilt-free rainy days, friends!
Ps. Lissa is hosting a sweet handmade goods giveaway on her blog. You can check it out here.