Decided for the sake of my sanity to take a Facebook Vacation. Unfortunately, I did sign up to help judge a calligraphy contest before that, so I am having to check in from time to time to answer questions from the entrants. I did take the app off my phone so I can only check in via my desktop, to keep me from doomscrolling. I wasn’t even going to post about it but because someone was trying to get ahold of me (someone else ended up PMing me), I decided to make a quick public post to let people know.
It’s been weird. I keep reaching for the phone and then remembering that the app is gone. But OTOH, it freed up a lot of time and I’ve been much more productive. Ever since watching that film, The Social Dilemma on Netflix, I decided that I really needed to take control of my internet usage time. I gave it a lot of thought and realized that while Facebook was a convenient means to connect with family and friends, the way the platform works is not really allowing me to see the content I want to see. Instead, I’m bombarded by ads and political content. I’m seeing posts from people I barely know and missing posts from those closest to me. And I know several of the people I “friended” are not reading my posts, especially when they express shock at my father’s demise which was almost a year ago and about which I have posted several times.
So, yeah, I’m going to see how long I can do this. It’s an insidious addiction.
Bryony (Bluefairy Tiny Fairy Cafe Kate doll), Picture by myself
Swilling her peach wine
This crone makes no bones about
Enjoying her dolls
Outside the blizzard howls yet
Spring sweetly sings in my heart.
Day 2 of 100 Days of Arts and Sciences. Wrote tanka, worked on radicals workbook, practiced recorder, and began outline for RUSH class #1.
Day 3 of 100 Days of Arts and Sciences. Practiced tenor recorder and progressed on kanji radicals workbook.
So I decided to start “100 Days of Arts and Sciences” because I have a lot to get done, especially regarding sewing since not much of my old wardrobe fits anymore. 100 days from today will land me on the first Sunday of Lilies War. Seems like I did a lot today but some of it was continued from earlier and I am also counting study/practice because any project I do has a lot of practice/experiments/humiliating failures as part of the process. And research, always research.
Anyway, today I
1. Finished taking those huge wool curtains apart. Washing comes next but I need to figure out how I want to do that. (Dryer? Air dry? Can I even use Wa Paste in a high efficiency washing machine?)
2. Cut out material for a sloper to experiment with my kosode pattern. This pattern is for summer wear, so unlined.
3. Got in some yojijukugo (4 kanji idiom) calligraphy practice with the medium brush. It’s a good way to work out space and balance, and easier to see your mistakes.
4. Continued my study of kanji radicals. Not technically shodo since I use a pen or pencil, but important for learning stroke order and proportion.
5. Also practiced my recorder a bit but forgot to take a picture. But I do have an awesome new wooden soprano recorder to play with! But here’s a picture of me at music practice a few weeks ago, with my friend’s cat helping me out!
Definitely will not be able to do this much every day but here’s to a good start!
A mistake, it seems
All are welcome, but not you
Surely that was clear?
There is no purgatory
Like being tolerated
Here! And here! And here!
The world is just too full of
The seasons pass too quickly
If only I had more time
On a withered branch
A little bird balances
Swaying in the wind
But listen! Can you hear it?
A song echoes in the dawn
My brush hesitates
Reluctant to interrupt
The page’s silence
From what emptiness might I
Conjure forth words of wonder?
Soft rain falling on
The newly-budded branches
A spring-green carpet
The hand of God strokes my brow
Like a moth, like a whisper
Last minute regrets
As I look around and see
So much left undone
How can time be eternal?
It disappears so quickly