Sometimes I have trouble with the concept of first things first. Not because I think it’s invalid, but because there are many things I think should be first – making tea, emptying the dishwasher, lighting the fire, starting the day’s mandala, meditating, taking a walk in nature.

Blue-eyed daisy, violets, mahonia leavess, flowers and buds, horsetail fern, ribes sanguinium

Maybe I can frame it in terms of things that feed my spirit, which the tea, dishes and fire don’t fully qualify for? Meditation and making this image fit, as does the piece of linen today’s design rests on. I tried some plant-based dyeing yesterday. First used saved up avocado pits and skins, and got pink, not too evenly distributed, but very pink. Then made up a dye bath with brown and red onion skins, cooked them for about 45 minutes, strained them, and used the bath to overdye my first attempt. This photo doesn’t fully capture it, it’s more peachy than this, and was a lot of fun to do.

First things first can also mean that I know what my priorities are for the day. Getting outside always falls into that category. We went up to Millerton this morning. I got to spend time with Bob, and be grateful for where we live.

And in a few minutes I’ll be joining a call to learn about Georgia SB29, a bill designed to make it harder to vote by mail in Georgia. This isn’t exciting, or a lot of fun, but I think it’s important, so I’ll participate and learn what I can do.

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