Wednesday, August 08, 2007

love this way to live

I have been living under a rock, that doesn't have wireless, thus am way behind on my blogs. That makes me think of my mom and my aunt who still read their hometown newspaper, of Kanawha, IA. They call it "the ripper" or even if feeling sassy, they call it the "ripper-snorter." I don't know why, that is just what they do.

So, in my limited blogreading, I found this great way to live, I call it semi-sustainably. Now, I'm not going to go all Walden, (Henry David Thoreau's Classic book) and be a hermit in a little wood shed, but I am trying to make some concerted, or perhaps, concrete, changes to support the environment.

From a Christian religious, Biblical perspective, Genesis 1:1 speaks loud and clear about God creating the heavens and the Earth. Later, we are told to be fruitful and multiply. I'm pretty sure God wasn't telling us to consume, consume, consume, but to support and encourage sustainability. Rob Bell says, "(taking care of the earth) is not a Democratic issue, it is a Genesis 1:1 issue."

For this reason and because it is a good thing to do, I suggest you visit this blog and take your own similar challenge.

Oh, and keep knitting, you know your stash can support itself.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

freaky Wednesday

In you live under a rock, which none of you must do, 'cause you are reading a blog now, the 35W bridge by University Avenue collapsed today. I was in a session nearby and heard numerous sirens and wondered what was going on. I wasn't exactly looking forward to going to my car post-session and checking things out.

I first learned what happened when I heard a voicemail from my mom, calling my cell to see if I had made it home ok. I hadn't, because I was still en route. I drove on Washington Ave near 35W and was diverted in the opposite direction of home. That made for a fun, though not too busy ride (since I was on all back roads from that point on).

Well, I am fine, but a bit uneasy and shook up. I am an overly sensitive person and I instantly felt as though my heart was really heavy and sad, for the loss of lives, and the trauma of the bridge collapsing.

I am looking for a way to help out, but I haven't decided how yet.

For now I will just knit on, and pray for peace and comfort for those affected by this tragedy.

Hedgie and Weasel, pre-felting

Hedgie and Weasel, pre-felting
Originally uploaded by CorgiMom.
The "managemints" container is about the size of an Altoids tin, I used
it for scale. The Hedgehog is quite big pre-felting. I almost stayed up
later to felt him, but that would mean a bedtime around 1ish by the
time he was all stuffed with temporary stuffing to dry, and done
felting. I was responsible, and went to bed instead.

half done steps, the bottom is just temporary, the top two are done