04/19 — under the bridge

it was wednesday • or maybe thursday? • one of those…you know, days • anyway i knew there was weather coming in • i knew the boy’d get cabin fever • also it was gorgeous • so walkies

we stopped at the neighbor’s house first • he’s an awesome guy • got a couple of cats & feeds whoever comes around • he’ll fix your car for not too much money • he’s been teaching me car stuff • & doesn’t flirt with me which is SO NICE

anyway he’s also got a beautiful flower-laden tree in his front yard • i couldn’t get a clear pic because the wind • i almost like this better though? • also the ray of sunlight at the top

flower wind

this is his cat China • she is beautiful & so sweet • i love that meezerXtabby look • the blue eyes & stripey

miss china

she doesn’t like loiosh much • she’s got sort of a resigned patience with him though • it’s like they all eventually figure out that he doesn’t mean it • he’s just a dorkbutt

anyway instead of going down the hill & left • we went down the hill & right • under the bridge • there’s a nice wide rocky beach-ish floodplain there • new territory • i found a lotta seaglass

but that’s later • before that i found a really neat worm-eaten log

runes, ancient paths, switchback roads


electron trails • the path of a single soul through a mob of rush hour commuters

runes maps

meandering stream • deerpath • worm tracks

deer tracks

i love that stuff • i wonder if you can do worm track divination?

anyway it was sunny so loiosh was too warm • admittedly i was too • he hauled me under a tree for shade & snuggles • i decided to try some really-close-up shots with the new phone • which, it turns out, it’s pretty good at

stretchy toes

toes stretched

relaxed toestoes relaxed

his handsome face • green eyes • i love the sunfreckles on his pink nose    handsome face

also of course there was love • many love • LOVE MOM

bestest baby

then i hadda carry his butt back because MOM IT’S HOT • but not before I got a couple more cool pics of the tree • beavers really impress me like • that’s…that’s a BIG tree you’re chomping through there

busy beaver

also a texture-ey-structure-ey pic for rowan because he likes taking this kind of picture • i might get into the habit myself

texture structure

ending as usual with the loot pic • pretty good haul there • more of that steel wire i’ve been using • blue glass is always welcome • decent-sized hunk of bone • red&yellow ochre for a friend • lootlootloot

excellent loot

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 6 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

04/15 — yucca salve

continuing the adventure in yucca begun here • or ‘wow does it take forever for yucca to dry enough to do anything with’

(which yeah • it’s a desert plant • that’ll happen)

so i hung it up & it dried • forEVer • like a month? • or hey a moon • so that’ll do

i didn’t figure it was the sort of thing that would do well with sitting in a jar with the oil • too hard for that • so i infused it for two days in avocado & grapeseed oil in the electric cauldron • otherwise known as a crockpot set on low • turns out that happened just after the new moon • so waxing moon energy here • all sort of accidentally but i’ll take it

i forgot to get pictures of that part • but here it is draining • slightly messier than a jar full of calendula & comfrey • the pieces are bigger y’see

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lovely golden-yellow oil • smells like the desert, especially when warmed

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i added the usual stuff • vitamin e oil to keep it from oxidizing • also just nice for skin

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beeswax to thicken it up • it’s what makes it a salve • measured out

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& dumped in

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long slow melting & stirring to make sure everything’s properly mixed • & it goes into the cabinet to cool without cats being involved • ahh, cats

since it’s not quite the recipe i usually use • & the quantities were sort of ad-hoc anyway • i wanted to check that the texture was right before I put it in jars • good thing i did, first time through it was too soft

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easy enough to add a lil beeswax & repeat the melting part • the next day it was Just Right • so into jars it went • followed by the formal Taking of the Pictures


& then the Posting of the Stuff • linkified as a subtle reminder that hey this is a thing that you can buy


it’s an interesting experiment • i can’t wait to see how it turns out •

Posted on April 16, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 4 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

03/29/16 — horrible death plague

so a couple weeks ago i caught the horrible death plague

it was just a cold • i’d take a couple days kinda slow & be fine • yeah, that • that did not happen

i took a lotta time to just work on pretties & also nap • the boys were helpful with this, at least the latter part


best oldmancat


(aided the situation in the third pic with a lil nip • want some nip • course ya do)

i did start feeling better at one point • even took a pic of the rare & elusive me (with a pretty)

rare elusive me

but then two days later there i was at the doctor with a lovely secondary infection • possibly pneumonia • definitely bronchitis • i got sent home with a pharmacopoeia & strict orders to REST DAMMIT


so i’m finally on the mend but it’s gonna be a slow slog • so much coughing, ugh • it is good practice at getting very much rest? • but i am so bored • SO BORED

i have been doing little things every day, all i have the energy for

one batch of soap, only for the roommates & i since we all have it already anyway • no chance of further contagion

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i kinda chucked stuff in & managed to make it smell REALLY GOOD so there’ll be more of it, just, not yet

i drained the vinegar-mint-rosemary hair stuff i started a month ago & it makes my hair happy

hair stuff drained

i slipped outside (briefly!) & got lovely pictures of crocuses & snow


i did my nails


& of course i made pretties


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cut stone

also napping • so much napping • so many, many naps

someday i’ll feel okay again • gonna be a bit, though • totally looking for sympathy here btw • so bored

also don’t catch this, holy crap, it SUCKS

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 2 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

03/15 — bullet journaling, or, how i keep track of my Stuff

cos it turns out i have sort of a lot of Stuff to keep track of

actually the bullet journal (& it’s only sort of a bullet journal tbh) is only a small part of the process but it’s the prettiest, so

anyways i’d been playing around with the idea already & then i got this lovely journal from my aunt for giftmas

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so that part was pretty easy, here i am with a perf journal to write stuff in, i just gotta figure out the stuff

i’d decided that i needed to have a handwritten, daily list of ‘what i’m doing today’ • i’d had one a while ago, but gave up on the idea in favour of a lil more desk space & keeping a list hung on the wall instead (as part of a weekly planner i wrote up) • & the weekly part worked okay but the daily part did NOT, at all

plus i wanted a daily tracker sort of thing, as i used to forget about meals entirely on a disturbingly regular basis • i’m bad at food at the best of times so any help i could find there was gonna be a good thing

so combining the two (& adding in the coloured pencils i got from my mom a while ago) • & after some fiddling • i came up with this

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each day gets a name • some are pretty set; monday is always clearday, when i clear the decks for the week • & plan what i’m doing more or less • tuesday is errandsday, shipping & shopping & such • thursday is artday • sunday is putterday

other days have begun getting named based on the most important thing on my list for the next day • of course everything is frungible • monday & tuesday often wind up getting switched • especially if i have run out of the old man cat’s gooshyfud • it is impossible to get through a day with him trying to climb up my nose • MOM MOM MOM MOM MOM

like a complete sucker i have of course spent more money on pens & tape & glittery stars • sometimes i give myself gold stars • sometimes i get PURPLE ONES

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(speaking of eating i was just reminded by looking at the image above that oh hey, lunch)

most of my pages are day pages but sometimes i gotta do a thing • havi quotes are a favourite • i gave her a BLUE STAR

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the list includes not just ‘work’ stuff but also things like cooking • taking a bath • going for a walk

these are just as important parts of life as ‘work’ • more important really

also you may note i’ve been including the date according to the jacobin calendar as well as the ‘modern’ date • mostly because i’m a big dork i’ll admit • but also valentine’s day is woad day • what’s not to love there?

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sometimes i get bored with just the tape & draw things • or glue things on • yes i got gluesticks too • this way lies papercraft • BEWARE

journal 06

one of the last things i do in the day is write up tomorrow’s page • i started out doing them in the morning • that didn’t work • having a lot of the next day’s stuff set up the night before is a big help, though

this has been really really useful in helping me keep my days on track • plus it’s a little bit of art every day

journal 07

i’ve almost run out of pages in this journal • but there’s another one lined up & waiting • finally a reason to buy cool journals, too • least til i switch over to another way to keep track of things • for now, though • this is working really nicely

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 2 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

03/09 — took the cat to the park, like you do

like sometimes i’m entirely used to it • i mean it happens all. the time. • but sometimes i’m still like • CAT ON A STRING

anyway we went to the park & it was GORGEOUS

someone had made an art out of rocks

rock art

actually two

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very nice ones too, i was impressed

lots of cool wood too, here’s an awesome bug-chewed stick

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sunstruck log

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bones of long-dead creatures (as is traditional, in Adhemar’s honour)

bones of long dead creatures

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you will note that this particular bone has a hole

& i have a cat

this went more-or-less as you’d expect

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he is so graceful, except not actually at all, like any

anyway there has been a Circumstance in the house involving another orange cat who i have become quite fond of so SOMEONE is a lil jealous & maybe insecure


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MOM I DON’T LIKE YOU ANY MORE (note holler-face)

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at which point there’s nothing to do but climb up on the big pile of sticks & snuggle my cat

he had a Love Emergency


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many people question, when one has a cat, who is the owner & who is the owned

me, i got no doubts

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 6 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

03/01 — harvesting yucca with the old man

i don’t bring him out with me very often unless i’m on the road • he’s, well, old & cranky & not always fond of the Out but sometimes • sometimes he finds it in himself to take a wander

sunlit selfie with my old man • (he’s wearing his red wool cloak • must keep his creaky old joints warm)

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he had a pretty good time wandering around smelling things & having Opinions

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also sat on my lap for a while, because Momma & Warms • he’s so terribly handsome

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also, yes, Opinions


he has very many of them • he is an old man cat • he’s entitled to his Opinions

we didn’t go all the way down to the creek • (just into the woods next to it) • even so i found Treasures as i often do

blue glass is lovely & i found an entire bottle

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new sage was just beginning to peek out

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i picked a lil of last year’s • it was fuzzy in my hand

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i don’t know what this is but it looks neat • tiny flowers

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one of the mullein stalks i left behind • i brought some home last fall but left most of them • & shook most of the seeds out of the ones i did bring back • i think my roommate tossed the rest of the seeds into the back yard • i hope a few of them grow

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also a thoroughly waterlogged particleboard drawer front, from which i salvaged this awesome drawer pull • this process involved whacking it a lot with the spade i brought along • also prying with my fingernails

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but what i came out for was the yucca • i’d noticed that it and the sage were the first things greening in this very early spring • & well i’ve been reading a lot of sylvia lynsteadt‘s work over at the indigo vat • & i sort of love how she goes out pickin greens • (that’s what the poor southern people who kept the art alive call ‘wildcrafting’) • & then makes tea & salves out of, well, whatever she finds that has goodness in it

i’m not much of a tea drinker (bad herbalist, bad!) • but y’all know how i am with the salves • i got some of those • a few • thought i’d mess with another one though • not as a regular thing but just a batch • & i thought you might like to come along while i make it • well ‘come along’ in the way that means you don’t have to, you know • stand up • i did that bit already

anyway yucca

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i believe that this is narrowleaf yucca or yucca glauca • either way though it has a lot of things you can do with it • string is the one i already knew about • (i brought back some of the dried leaves from the bottom of one plant to experiment with • we shall see) • but also soap! • the leaves & roots are rich in saponin • how about that!

it was also used as medicine by a number of native american tribes • blackfoot, cheyenne, & lakota among others • it’s hard of course to find much information about what it might or might be helpful with • but that’s part of the reason i want to play with it & see • (it is said to help with arthritis • so for certain i’m gonna rub some of the salve on my hands)

i tried to dig up some of the roots of one small plant but i ought to’ve known better • desert plants grow deep roots • i did cut a bunch of the long sharp leaves to bring home • only a few from each plant of course

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they’re hanging to dry & then i’ll infuse them into some oil • i might pick up a bottle of something different from what i usually use • i have time to decide

i felt it was right to leave a gift since i was taking something with me • one of the mullein&yarrow smoke cleansing bundles i made last fall seemed appropriate • (more about those later)

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it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out • i’ll keep you all updated along the way

Posted on March 1, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

01/26 — product photography, with cat

okay i was going for the ‘still life with cat’ line there but i don’t know if it worked (i giggled tho)

anyway i took the boy out to the park again (yes the one with the post-apocalyptic busted bridge but we went the other way) & he did a bunch of running around & i got some cool pictures of my stuff & it was all good.

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he was a big help with the photography, by which i mean not actually at all

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whatcha doin mom can i halp

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mom no pictures only love

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ladies gentlemen & others, my cat *round of applause*

he had fun running all over as usual & getting his leash stuck in approx. everything & also dipping it in the water

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he even got his paws in the water due to an ill-timed dash towards a bird but i didn’t get any pics of that, i was laughing too hard

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he found a log (which, not difficult, there are a LOT of those in the floodplain here)

hey mom what’s down here?

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*sniff* *sniff* *snoooort*

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idk what was down there but it was, apparently, AWESOME.

also i got the requisite Bones of Long-Dead Creatures shot in Adhemar’s memory

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& came home with many loot

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& also some pics which i think work pretty well, also did i mention there’s new soap? here let me show you

baking season 3

okay, the it’s baking season soap isn’t actually new but i did finally get decent pics of it

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the tarragon lemon soap, though, totally new

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the lavender lemonade soap‘s been gone for a while but here it is again looking 5000% cooler

bsr big 2

also i got new pics of the bite, sting & rash salve bc i really wasn’t happy with a couple of the old ones

so less bored cat, nice pics, good loot, & a couple hours in the sun. i’ll call that a good day.

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | 2 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

01/19 — getting the boy out of the house, rarely a bad idea, also ice

he gets so bored it’s ridiculous

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so getting him outside when it’s a nice day is nearly always a good idea

(also kind of good for me)

i talked my roommate into coming along this time too

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we both found some pretty cool stuff (i didn’t get pictures of that tho) & the boy got to run around a lot & wore himself (& me) out

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but mostly i got pictures of fountain creek itself cos it was kind of gorgeous

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the ice, i mean, look at it, it’s just

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ice flowers

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the water flowing under the ice

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just beautiful

(Loiosh was kinda mad i didn’t get more pictures of him tho)

(my cat)

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

01/12 — flood-ravaged dystopia (with seaglass)

it doesn’t look very promising

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but you gotta be willing to look past the obvious

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& with you trusty cat by your side …

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… explore beyond where most people will go.

okay it’s still a park, you just can’t park there. i mean the sign is still up & everything

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(Loiosh was on his leash the WHOLE TIME i just wasn’t holding the other end much)

there’s a whole sweep of floodplain on the other side (so much mudlarking!)

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with broken treebits for shade (it was like in the 50s, don’t let him tell you it was SO HOT MOM)

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that’s where it got all DYSTOPIAN & AWESOME (the bridge is fine but everything else yeah nah)

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we had to scramble a lil but it wasn’t hard to get up even for those of us without four on the floor

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although the boy hadda take his sweet time

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so of course we crossed the bridge

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there was that perfect path on the other side, the one that leads to faerie & treasure & stuff

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so of course we went that way

i took off my shoes, have you met me? annnd yeah waded into the water

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more perfect mudlarking territory

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purple fkn sea glass


it was kinda awesome

(plus mullein because it’s hard to have too much of it)

the boy had SO MUCH FUN

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i ducked under the bridge to get a pic

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but by then it was getting late & the rest of the trail looked sort of boring so

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time to go home.


Posted on January 12, 2016 by Kate | View this Post | Add your Thoughts

12/03 — Bored Cats are a Bad Idea

The great thing about a leashcat is I can take him places with me.

…the problem with a leashcat is if I don’t take him places, he gets bored. & when he gets bored, he gets up to Stuff. You don’t want Stuff. Trust me on this.

So what with the snow that came in last week, I figured I oughta get his butt out to Fountain Creek Park before we were stuck in the house for a couple days. With a bored leashcat.

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This is a cat who is Not Bored.

He got to walk sort of a bunch, actually.

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He’s got absolutely no hesitation about wandering down a trail without checking that I’m following him. There is no fear in this cat. Unless you’re blowing bubbles at him, in which case he’s terrified, because…I…don’t know why, actually. He’s a strange child.

I took the opportunity to bring along a couple things that needed new pics taken. I’m gonna keep doing that, because I wind up with product photography like this:

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…of course, the process is a little more like this.

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There’s some neat stuff along this part of Fountain Creek — flood control stuff, I think, since I can’t find any record of there ever being a canal along Fountain Creek. One never knows, though.

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This was about the only bright colour left, as the season turns from autumn to winter.

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Loiosh found the Biggest Tree! He wore himself out climbing around on it & I hadda carry him a lot of the rest of the way back.

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Me & my pesty pest!

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Posted on December 3, 2015 by Kate | View this Post | 2 Thoughts So Far - Why Not Add Yours?

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