Monday, March 2, 2015

February 2015: A February Forest

February flew by fast!  
Though the month was short, it was like a pearl necklace of magical memories;

watching all the early movies in Woodfall films catalouge on a rainy day,

riding my bike around the lake town dressed as a magical mermaid: Friday night, bright lights,

making forest friends from groovy grannies to pink-haired power women,

writing new stories, remembering my woodworking ways with words,

looking at old photographs from the 60's and 70's in wooden parlors,

sitting in rooms with blue & green tapestries filled with woodsy smoke scents,

feeling more peace, love & positivity more and more each day!

Forest Films
Taste of Honey
Look Back in Anger
The Girl with the Green Eyes

Swingin' 60's Songs:
I Wanna Be Free - The Monkees
Patterns - Simon & Garfunkel
Duncan - Paul Simon
Outside Chance - The Turtles
Butterfly - The Hollies
Randy Scouse Git - The Monkees
Take a Giant Step - The Monkees

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recipe: Herb Pesto

Some days I just like to sit under a tree and grind up herbs.  It's very therapeutic...  I made this pesto with hemp oil, basil, oregano, and sunflower seeds.  I try to keep it simple.  Add a big piece of potato bread and you've got a forest feast!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Forests and Factories

Today was weird day in the woods.  As I rose with the dawn to grind the morning coffee  and prepare for the day, I heard the buzzing of a chainsaw.  I opened the green door and to my horror I saw a most unpleasant sight.  The trees on our little lawn were being clear cut!  I stood silently, sipping my coffee while silently watching my friends fall...and I wanted to march out there with my wooden ladder, climb to the top of the trees and sing:

Forests & Factories,
come on boys chop those trees
forests & factories,
you know nothing comes free
forests & factories,
why do you stomp out the fairies?

Forests & Factories,
please don't cut down my trees
forests & factories,
I beg upon my knees
forests & factories,
I'll write it in stories...

In a fantasy world, that might have sent the treacherous tree-killers away.  In a play I've been writing, a girl is sent to a labor lumbermill and they sing the song Forests & Factories and win the wilderness wars.  This is not a fairytale.  This is not a musical.  I admit, I've lost the fighting spirit. What could I do, the street is controlled by codes that I can't change. I am really going to miss my little forest...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Music Monday: Butterflies

This week I've been thinking about butterflies...
the brown velvet winged beauties I saw in the woods last year,
  the iridescent insects in the gardens...with green fairy wings...

"You are a splendid butterfly, it is your wings that make you beautiful...and I could make you fly away, but I could never make you stay"

This song All my Little Words by the Magnetic Fields is a recent discovery of mine.  I forgot that the butterflies come out to the forest this month...maybe I'll go down to the woods on Friday to watch them like I did last year...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Forest Full of Love...

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends of the Forest!  

We celebrated the day of love by staying in and making a gourmet forest feast (as far as I can see, holidays just mean more work for me!)  I made a green heart shaped cake, hand made spinach leaf raviolis, and green tea.  There was candy, of course.  Chocorooms, haribo blackberries, owl lollipops, and chocolate teddy bears!  I stashed it all away in my confection cabinet, where I hide it until I want to impress a guest or add a treat to my morning tea.  As always, I played my Valentine's Day mixtape

Tree of Love - Don Sharp
A Branch in a Forest Full of Love - Neuman
Underneath the Sycamore - Death Cab for Cutie
A Forest Full of Love - Dwayne Hickman
Little Things Mean a Lot - The Teddy Bears
Dumb Head - Ginny Arnell
Tree in the Meadow - The Pearls
Every Little Thing I Do - Dion & The Belmonts

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 2015 in Review

2015 is starting out green!  This month was nothing like I could ever have dreamed up...indeed, it felt surreal enough to be a dream...  For in the forest are hidden doors to fairyland.  And, this month, which was to be like turning over a new leaf, became a very fairy January!  

The month was filled with hobbits, elves, spells, cooking forest foods, mushrooms, peace, love joy, creating a new rpg video game, green rag curtains, living simply, a three year plan, binge watching Green Acres, dining with the raccoon, getting an antique pump organ that would be the centerpiece of memorable moments for years to come; starting with the day we all fixed it up, the hillbilly life, thrifting, korean manhwa, tea, herbal paths, extremely interesting dreams, seeing the cats playing, starting a new job, reading on a cozy bed on a cloudy day, making lemonade with the fruit from my grandparent's tree, playing vintage arcade games in a woodgrain cabinet, trips to the sea, selkies, carnival rides, and fairy festivities!

Forest Films
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Guardians of the Galaxy
Ever After

Fairy Folk Songs
The Gnome - Pink Floyd
The New Year - Death Cab for Cutie
Both Sides Now - Judy Collins
January Hymn - The Decemberists
Cloudy - Simon & Garfunkel
This Year - The Mountain Goats
Wild Mountain Thyme - The Byrds
Jennifer Juniper - Donovan
Walk Unafraid - First Aid Kit
Shelter from the Storm - Bob Dylan
Unusual World - King Tuff
Trees- Twenty One Pilots

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Forest of Photos...Woodsy Weekend

Howdy, forest friends!  Life has been good to me lately.  I've been savoring these slow days of simple pleasures this month, as I just got a new teaching job that I start next week!  Gotta make the most of these days while I can...

I hosted a little craft party at the park on Friday.  I wanted to try making edible terrariums I had seen on My Paper Crane, since my mom sometimes sends me chocolate rocks from Arizona.  My forest friends and I had fun making the tiny worlds in jars...

I used some of the decorations my mom got me for my birthday last year, like this sugar squirrel!

On Saturday, Ol' R came home with an antique pump organ from 1913!  We had ourselves a party that night, as we all gathered round to play songs on the organ.  The best part?  The organ is going to be gifted to Jesse and I as a wedding present and we get to keep it in our room!  Looks like my resolution to learn piano this year is being changed to pump organ!

Ol' R also got me a new squirrel bowl for my collection!  I got the large one in the lower left at Motherlode Thrift, then started finding the smaller ones over the years.  I received the cookie jar and bowl for Christmas from Jesse and his sis-in-law, & the new one I got from Ol' R has a grey squirrel and a teal unique!

At the end of the party on Saturday night, we went outside to hang out with our new critter friend, This lil' raccoon has been living in our backyard for four days now.  He took my laundry off the line and made a bed out of it!  We give him a few scraps at night.  (Please don't lecture me on feeding animals, I already know how to do it properly.  I have had to lecture others about it.  The streets are hard for animals these days, and someone needs to provide a safe space for them.)

All in all, it was a great weekend.  Sunday mornings I cook a big breakfast for everyone and we all pile up on the couch to watch old tv shoes like the Beverly Hillbillies or Have Gun, Will Travel but I don't really take pictures of that because his dad's area of the house is messy.  Just imagine us all sitting on a couch cracking up!