Every night after Linda's workshop she'd come home and we'd go over her notes, never getting to bed before midnight. I know she's not going to like this picture, but it's such a Linda expression and I love it. I loved having her here for six days. We were like school girls, catching up, giggling and talking until we were lightheaded.
This is one of the exercises they did in the class. Keep in mind that this is all math. I kept thinking that I would have given anything to have a math teacher who would have made the subject fun when I was in school. Jennifer made it fun!
Ian scanned the basic form and emailed both of us so I have since made my own. I am weak at the knees when I think what I missed in school. This is just math and it's very fun. I'm registered for a tapestry weaving class this weekend taught by Toni Lowden. All the things Jennifer taught should be applicable to tapestry weaving. Toni's weaving is on exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art right now. That's the cliff I've lined myself to jump off next.
So anyhoo, yesterday Linda and I went over to Mim's to collect some of her madder root. It's in Mim's vegetable garden and after the initial planting five years, has taken over a rather large section, specifically where she wants to plant her pumpkins.
Here's some of our collection. We've never dyed with our own madder root so we have no idea what we'll get. I've planted some of it already. We collected a couple of paper sacks of roots and I kept some but we sent most of it I sent with Linda. She has received a grant to present a natural dye workshop to her Portland weaving guild. After we got home, she collected a lot of native plants from our yard. Frankly, the inside of her car really stinks. I have no idea how she's going to live with all these weeds until she gets home.
We couldn't leave Mim's until we paid a visit to her babies. These are her two miniature LaMancha does and their two sets of triplets. Their teeny bleats, piroettes and antics are better than any TV show any day of the week. I miss Linda already. The older I get, the more I know that my friends and family are the richest part of my life. The rest is stuff.
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