Happy Friday! The weather’s been glorious in Seattle these past few days — azure skies, bright sunshine, a proliferation of blooms nodding in the slight breeze, the works. I’ve been wandering from coffee shop to coffee shop, ticking things off of my list, composing emails, making plans, walking, walking, walking.
Last weekend we had a lot going on that required zooming around the city, so I rented a car for a couple of days, and it’s amazing how a few weeks without a vehicle will make you appreciate the seemingly inconsequential things that we never noticed as car owners. Like heating vents on a chilly day. Or the vast space available in the trunk for groceries (boot to you non-Americans).
At this point, anarchy is brewing in my household since I’m the only one clutching to the carless lifestyle. “But we’re getting so much exercise!” I’ll chirp, and the eye-rolling is so violent, I fear that their pupils may get stuck in the back of their heads. We’re crossing into our second month without a car, and yes, it’s inconvenient sometimes, but man, I love it.
Maybe I’m Amish, and I just didn’t realize it? I make all of my clothes, and the garments may very well pass muster in an Amish community. I’m becoming increasingly suspicious of technology and the negative impacts, though I can’t deny the overwhelming benefits as well. Before you know it, I’ll be sporting a hat and a scraggly beard and will refuse to be photographed. On a slightly related note, the images you see are of a handmade quilt that M’s dad received from an Amish family, which he passed onto us. K loves it and uses it as her bedspread. I discovered that it’s challenging to get decent shots of a quilt.
Anyway, my persuasion tactics are flailing and pretty soon, I might have to cave. Sigh. For now, I think I’ll go take a walk to think about this whilst wearing my homespun clothes. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
This time, I’m actually including a haiku from K*:
It is blue and white
I like to snuggle up tight
in the starry night
Isn’t she so good? I told her to make it about her quilt and she kindly (and quickly) obliged.
*I meant to include a haiku by K last week, then forgot to ask her for one.