I’ve been waiting patiently to get my hands on Troublemaker Inks. 🖋 Totally worth the wait. Here are quick tests of Petrichor, Kelp Tea, and Autumn Rain Gray.

Currently reading: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski PhD 📚 I can already tell that this book is going to live up to the hype!

Excerpt from Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Spice haul. 🌶 Gateway to the North is an old favorite in our kitchen. Looking forward to trying the rest!

packets of various spices from The Spice House

Finished reading: Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab 📚 I took my time with this book. The exercises at the end of each chapter were particularly valuable. Here’s just one excerpt I appreciated.

excerpt from Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Currently reading: Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky 📚 Oof. I’m printing this sentence out and posting it in front of my face.

quote on perfection from a book called Make Time

If you want to learn more about food insecurity and community fridge networks, this article is a good place to start: There Is Enough Food, Just Not Enough Food Access

pull quote from linked article

It’s colder in the forest today than you thought it’d be. Where the crunchy leaves and soil and roots combine, it’s the color of Birmingham Pen Company’s Oak Moss fountain pen ink. 🖋️

sample writing in dusty greenish brown fountain pen ink

Birmingham Pen Company’s California Raisin is your favorite pair of well-worn jeans in fountain pen ink form. 🖋 When wet, it tends toward indigo, and dries to faded denim.

sample writing in faded blue fountain pen ink

I’m never not entranced by raindrop-studded leaves.

My friend Jan made me a card and bookmark for my five-year anniversary of working at the library. 🥰 Five years already! Keep reading. 📚

Gluten Free Gem is a wonderful gluten-free bakery, and I love them even more for looking out for their customers in this way!

Geocaching, already one of my favorite adventuring methods, is improved drastically by the presence of random cats. 🧭😻

cat under a wooden bench among wild grasses

Today @FunkyPlaid and I had a picnic lunch in Council Crest Park and hiked part of the Marquam Trail. 🥾🌲🧭 Perfect weather, beautiful surroundings, stellar company. And we geocached, too!

selfie of cygnoir and funkyplaid

Tonight was Tigard’s first Pride parade! 🏳️‍🌈 I asked for help decorating my car, and the thirteen-year-old grand marshals of the parade obliged with liquid chalk and awesome quotes. Here’s my favorite!

chalk on car window that reads "I'm bisexual I get anxiety around girls and boys"

Watching the sun set in a virtual world. 🌅 What a time to be alive!

screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Today’s cooking project: a bit of vegan breakfast happiness with Minimalist Baker’s Easy Tempeh Bacon. 👩🏻‍🍳 Flavorful and protein-packed!

slices of vegan bacon on parchment paper

I’m delighted with the color and shading of Oblation Olive ink! 🖋

ink test of olive green ink

This is a fun pattern to knit! 🧶 It will look gorgeous once it is blocked.

close-up of knitting with blue variegated yarn

Next on the needles: I’m practicing YO (yarn over) with this drop-stitch scarf pattern. 🧶

start of a knitted scarf with variegated blue yarn

Novel Eats, our summer of local food carts in the library parking lot, kicks off today with Bubbles & Treats! My drink is the Moxie with coconut milk. So good!

Criminy and Crivens love it when I wind skeins of yarn into “cakes” with my swift. 😻🧶😻

two tabby cats looking curiously at a yarn swift

Finished the triangle garter wrap! 🧶 I’m glad it’s done, but I’ll miss getting lost in the pattern’s cozy simplicity.

dark purple knitted wrap around my neck

I always feel better after a walk in the sunshine. I wish I would remember that.

bright tulips in the garden

Today’s tools: TWSBI Diamond Mini fountain pen, Goby Design pocket notebook with Field Notes inside, and an OliClip. Portable, refillable, and a joy to use.

Both kittens absolutely lose their minds when FunkyPlaid closes his door to record a presentation. I’m attempting to distract them, with mixed results. (Crivens will just sit here, thank you very much.)

An IndieWeb Webring 🕸💍

I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.