Monday, April 19, 2010

Beauty in small things

Today is the start of a new week, and I have left the unhappy experiences of where I was working behind me. I have this week and next to get my house and property sorted, and make arrangements for my trip. In the meantime, I am enjoying the beauty of the houseplants on my sunny kitchen windowsill:
I have a large plant of this, but it's not in the sun so it isn't flowering as well as these cuttings. It's such a pleasure to have flowers around where I work. This is also a cutting, just a small plant that's flowering for the first time. I have a soft spot for Zygocactus which are also known as Orchid Cactus because of their lovely intricate flowers. See the little bit under the pollen (that's a technical term, people)- it's an amzingly bright fuchsia colour.

Isn't nature wonderful?

Sunday, April 18, 2010


It's the middle of April. We've already had a couple of mild frosts. But because NZ had the coldest spring for over 60 years, the tomatoes are actually cropping their best now, though they are small to medium sized at best.

A strange season.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Brain wiring, and yes, I AM creating

Firstly, I've been doing lots of knitting, and yesterday I handpainted some wool. This red skein is for a scarf for my friend Bronwen's birthday, as she loves scarves.
And for me...something quite and subdued and neutral.......just kidding! This is a crappy photo, but it's a mixture of Hot Pink and National Blue, and I will make it into a scarf that I can wear with the 2 overtops I have in those colours.
I also found a pattern for making fingerless gloves on 2 needles - great for knitters like me who don't like using double pointeds. The colours are a bit washed out in the bright sun, but they are green, orange and purple, with some added black in the ribbing. Much nicer in real life than in the photo.

As for the brain wiring......I've come to understand that my brain is wired a bit differently from other people's in some respects. For example, while I read extensively and consider that I'm articulate and can use language well, I have realised that my brain simply can't process subtlety.

What do I mean by this? If someone says something to me in a roundabout way, perhaps because they're trying to not offend me, or maybe they are just hinting at some meaning but not actully stating what they mean, I become quite confused and uncomfortable. If there is more than one way their comment can be interpreted, I don't know which way to take it. I really need people to say exactly what they mean so I can understand them. Perhaps this is why politics holds no appeal for me - I couldn't handle it.

Another example - while I can multitask, in the sense that I will work on a number of different things at once, I find it very hard to have more than one major focus in my head at a time. At present, it's my forthcoming trip. This means that everything else becomes secondary and just doesn't get my attention.

Am I alone in this, or do other creative people have similar issues?