Saturday, February 28, 2015

a little more

"nothing can be done
except little by little"
-charles baudelaire

i'm slowly emerging, not unlike this year's spring. sometimes it seems like there is no time, though there is time enough for a little more. it's been a bit of a struggle...transitioning from a sedentary occupation to a physically demanding one. and at my age, no less!  couple the resulting sheer exhaustion with recurring depression and add into the mix the beginnings of arthritis and sometimes i just don't want to get off the davenport.

but the creative calling is strong. too strong to ignore for long, so this morning found me at the workbench adding cedar shake shingles to the first birdhouse. tiny little things, hand milled from scraps of cedar flooring from the cabin project.  the supply shelves out in the woodshed are filling up with all manner of marvelous bits from this adventure.  blue pine from the ceiling. red cedar from the floors. logs, branches and bits from the various pine trees and juniper bushes we've been harvesting for various projects around the house.  so many visions of new endeavors!  there's a lovely pine log that will become a fairy house...and some gorgeous longer bits of cedar that will make a marvelous box dulcimer with perhaps enough left over to become a scheitholt even!  they will make for pleasant little diversions from stitch and cloth now again.

my hope at this moment is that all of you in the crazy snow belt that has descended upon us are safe and warm and that those elsewhere are also safe and enjoying your days!

meanwhile, i was enchanted by what i found here.



  1. All those bits and pieces of stuff add up to a great creative pantry ... can't wait to see what you cook up

  2. Hi Joe, what a delight to see you on my blog today. Have fun creating and sending hugs for that depression. xoxo

  3. Hi Joe, good to hear from you again - the birdbox is coming along just fine isn't it. Sympathy for the aches and pains and low mood, I can truly empathise! Have you come across the technique of pacing? I discovered it on a pain management course and find it very useful (when I remember to apply it!). You can read more about it here
    If you've got arthritis setting in it's probably worth a look. It takes some of the angst out of feeling you're not getting enough done, and advises you not to go all out when you feel good, so that you give the body time to recover. It's like minfulness for the body in a way, holding it in awareness so you don't do too much.
    Enjoy the beginnings of spring - it's on it's way

  4. Nice to see you back and making things, Joe. Hope the winter weather passes soon.

  5. Ahhhh Joe, I can imagine lots of birds would love to live in such a wonderful home ! But they have to wait a bit, I think ...
    Hope you stay warm under the snow blanket !
    (yuk .... snow ..... our garden is like a little flower (bulb) field already !)

  6. "though there is time enough for a little more"
    That is so poignant and deep and hits me like an arrow through the heart
    thank you Joe!

  7. just to read that word...davenport....i have not seen/heard that term
    in soooooo long....davenport. a davenport. eeeeeee. Feels good.
    So...a little at a time. Good enough.

  8. Dear Joe,
    I have been busy and then recovering from being busy. An endless cycle. I am taking three months off to stay home and clean up projects and work on my own work for a change. Good to see you still creating. Hugs, Bryan