As the cold closes in, I realize, since we have decided to live smaller to save energy and money, it is time to eliminate whining. Even if it is in my mind. It's been warmer these last few years, even with all the storms. And this winter promises to be very cold. In my mind I have been complaining. That's enough.
This morning I watched the copper pot reflect the sunrise. Just sitting there, being the beautiful pot that it is. On a cold stove in a cold studio, on a new day.
I have shut the studio down for the cold months. Burning wood in two stoves is too much really. Too much wood, too much work.
We saved up and put an efficient wood burning insert in the other fireplace and moved all the essentials into that room. Normally we both have our own "space". Now we sit across from each other on the table that we now work on and eat on and what ever it is we will do until spring. We will be warm and if we don't kill each other by April, all will be well. It is amazing how much less looks like when it is cramped into a small space. Now truly the "living room". ( which adjoins to the kitchen which is warm enough as well.)
The boiler is off and we will only heat water on demand. So far sleeping in the loft is warm enough. The heat rises. The bathroom.., well, the seat can get mighty cold.
It is almost too cold to open the curtains. This old hand printed cloth is nice to look though though. And its dark color absorbs the heat immediately when the sun shines. But today there is no sun.
The fire is slowly going. And the madder is in the copper pot . There are a few leftover walnuts in there too. Maybe an onion skin or two. Some kind of lazy warm color will hopefully be the result.
Lots of wood nearby for burning today. After Looking closer, I won't be burning this one. There is wind in this wood. What a beauty. Last year's storm fall. This one is for warming soul.
I think I will call this little fragment of silk I just dyed Footsteps Across the Moon. As always, with warmest regards for the generous teachings of India Flint. Some one who certainly knows how to light a fire.