Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Time-In-Between

Summer has been busy out here on the farm…the garden has provided us with wonderful vegetables.
I gathered.
I cooked.
I ate.
I worked.
Summer’s not quite over yet, because there are still a few straggling vegetables which will be with us, I hope, until the first frost. But I can feel a slight change in the air. The leaves haven’t started to change colors yet, but the light begins to look different all during the day. I think about Claude Monet’s images of haystacks and the recollections of colors, forms and feelings always makes me smile.

This is the Time-In-Between. The time for me when seasons overlap. When there are cool mornings mixed with still warm, sunny days. When the wind can stand still and be so hot outside, it takes your breath away. Or when the breeze coming through the pasture swooshes through the trees and the leaves begin to scatter across the ground.

The boys at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The boys at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I’ve had a vendor booth at our local farmer’s market, demonstrating spinning and talking about the alpaca and their fiber for much of the summer. My table is covered with handspun yarns, knitted, crocheted or handwoven items made from handspun alpaca yarns. What? Sock hats and scarves in the summertime?

A handwoven scarf in progress on the loom.

A handwoven scarf in progress on the loom.

And yes, some days it’s really warm outside and I continue to work with the fiber. On these Time-In-Between days, I’m confident cooler weather will still be coming.

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I love to learn a great many things.

I especially enjoy research, too!

Dr. Howard Gardner gives at least eight–maybe more–different areas in the theory of Multiple Intelligences: Visual/Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical and Naturalistic Intelligences. (Admittedly, my stronger areas are in Naturalistic, Visual and Musical.)

I’m delighted to be able to attend a music class very soon at the John C. Campbell Folk School and learn more about how to play the bowed psaltery!

The bowed psaltery is a musical instrument which is at least 2000 years old and is mentioned in the Bible. (The instrument pictured here is only five or six years old.) It is played by holding the wide end in the crook of one arm with the pointed end resting in the same hand. The bow is held in the other hand and passes across each string; one string equals one note. Yes, it psounds different too. When the bow glides across the silver strings, it gives me an emotional feeling that is both haunting and inspirational at the same time.

The garden will be growing and I will be, too.

Happy Creating!


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