Catching up on September, which feels like a long time ago now! Let’s dive in.
“A monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw.”
Approaching summer. Here in Perth spring mostly feels more like an ascent into summer than a season on its own. The climbing heat makes me think of sandals, picnics, sunscreen, Christmas and holidays. The anticipation always feels better than the summer itself, whilst it’s still enjoyable to walk in the sun without being burnt to a crisp and before end-of-year stresses have begun. This is my favourite time of year and I’m grateful to enjoy it!
Konmari. It’s been about six months since I started the process of discarding and organising my possessions, and whilst I think I did pretty well at first I don’t think I’ve really achieved what I had hoped to. Some things I’ve managed to keep tidy, minimal and organised for the most part (like my wardrobe); others have not fared so well (empty shelves seem to attract clutter). More in a proper six month follow-up post. If you tried out the Konmari process, how have you gone in the longer term?
Indoor plants. Maybe once a year I’ll have a sudden urge to challenge my black thumb and try growing something. I love the look of indoor plants and the idea of them purifying the air, but between the indoor lighting and forgetting to water I haven’t had much success. I’ve been doing some research into indoor plants that just refuse to die, even when under serious neglect, so hopefully one of those will work out for me! You can see what I’ve been saving over on Pinterest.
Blogging. Yep, dropping the ball lately. I’ve thought about heaps of things to write about, I just haven’t managed to actually do it yet. At least I know I always have one of these every month to post!
Side Project Issue 4, which is almost ready for printing! I wrote my first article for this one, which was a lot more work than I’d realised. It’s always exciting to see the magazine all lovely and printed.
Wedding stuff. As mentioned previously, September for me mostly involved attending weddings and associated events – especially for the one where I was maid of honour!
Calligraphy. Somehow I’ve managed to keep up with practicing calligraphy almost every day, even if it’s just a quick 15 minutes squeezed in before work. I feel like going back to basics and traditional copperplate style has made a huge difference to my work, which I’m now much more happy with. I’ve also been messing around with brush script and a few other techniques, although I still keep coming back to copperplate. Still figuring out where I’m going with this, if anywhere.
More clay things. I finished my pottery wheel throwing class in September, although I dropped by a few times since to finish off a few things. I’m happy with my efforts, although I’m not sure anything I’ve made is exactly useful! I have a lot more ideas so will probably be returning next year.
Banana bread. I don’t particularly like eating bananas, but banana bread is a whole other story. I’ve been using up over-ripe bananas in banana bread, messing around with the recipe to narrow it down to the right combination of healthy and delicious. Not quite there yet, but I’ll write about it once it’s complete!
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set half in Nigeria, half in the United States, Americanah follows the story of a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu. There’s a lot of interesting observations, often told through Ifemelu’s blog, about the issues of race, gender and being an immigrant in a strange country. There’s a love story in there tying it all together but the culture-shock and reverse culture shock experienced by the characters is far more captivating.
…[they] all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness.
Join the fun by writing your own Head & Heart post for the month and submitting over on Helen’s blog at Lime Tree Bower.