Inside Today

Today I am bummed that the photos I'm sharing are from inside the apartment, not out in the mountains.  We've got to figure out some backpacking spots for Fall trips where rain won't be a big issue.  I'm going a little crazy staying put on the weekends.  Today, though, after hours of apartment fussing, I am happy to find that our odd succulent seems to be on a yearly flowering schedule.


In the Past Three and a Half Weeks

We started our season visits to Living Room Theaters.  The movies we've seen there this Fall have been entertaining but not great.  The experience, though, of going to the movies on gray, rainy days has been just right.

We saw 20,000 Days on Earth at Cinema 21.  We loved it.

I turned 38.  Barry did an awesome job of making my birthday really special.  You may recall that I love birthdays.

We went to Seattle to celebrate, stayed in an awesome Airbnb spot, and ate great meals all over town.

I restocked Noun, Tumbleweed, Tender Loving Empire, and betsy & iya with new sulu-design earrings and necklaces.  I neglected to photograph the jewelry.  And there was lots of it.  Oops.

I started a whole new round of jewelry made with ceramic beads that I found on our way home from Seattle.


Carin Basin and Elk Cove

Autumn's colors were in full effect last weekend while we backpacked on Mount Hood.  I went a little camera crazy.  We're spending this weekend at home.  We're supposed to get rain, and I need to a couple days to get myself back in order after a summerful of weekends away.


Before We Head Out for This Weekend's Adventure...

I should show you the most recent one.  Last weekend we went back to Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington for what turned out to be two spectacular nights.  Our hike out on day one was hot and sunny.  It turned from Summer to Fall overnight, both on the calendar and weather-wise.  We camped at a spot where we watched the Summer sun set over the Cascades in the evening.  And the following morning we had views of clouds that had settled into the valley below us that looked like lakes nestled in among the peaks.  We hiked up Old Snowy Mountain, saw storms and rainbows in the distance, and made our way to Goat Lake for our second night.  It was as breath-taking as I'd remembered it from last summer.

I promise that this space won't turn into a backpacking journal (at least not solely a backpacking journal).  We're heading back to Mount Hood today, and I'm sure you'll hear about that, but jewelry will follow soon enough.


I'm Becoming the Old Cat Lady of Houseplants

Barry traveled for work-related events a lot this summer.  When I had the place to myself, I did a lot of the usual: jewelry-making, closet clean-outs, apartment rearranging.  But this summer, I added another me-time activity to my list: obsessive doting on our houseplants.  I've spent a lot of time arranging them, observing them, and rearranging them so that each gets the best sun exposure possible.  I've been more closely monitoring their water needs than ever before.  I've been fussing with leaves, noting new growth, doing a bit of pruning.  And I've been trying to propagate new plants from the ones we've got.  I kinda want a jungle up in here.


Nothing a Little Matte Black Paint Can't Fix

Before, During, and After:

Several pieces that I made in my ceramics class came out with really sad glaze results.  Two of them that I couldn't bear the sight of - a funny little ring catcher and a small bowl - got matte black spray paint treatment last night.  Much better.


Proof I Took a Ceramics Class

Lots of bowls on our counter currently.
I wasn't good at cups and mugs.
I'll work on those next time.