Yuko gave me this perfect gourd cloth from Japan for my birthday! There are more gourds but this detail shows how appropriate it is for me. This morning I rushed off to deliver leftover pie before helping with a car thing.
She also got me an air vase! It comes flat, as a circle, and then you shape it up to whatever shape you like. I was so rude to the waiter at dinner because he was telling us specials and I just kept playing with this.
Yesterday I harvested some milkweed stalks that were worrying me because they were just laying down and I wanted to get the ones that were furthest from the building. When I teach my milkweed class in late November, it will be really cold and no one will actually want to go outside to cut it down.
A few pods were still unburst so I also gathered them to freeze, and the rest I de-leafed and put into this tall bucket. It was still warm out and I wanted to have time outside before it gets cold tomorrow. And rainy.
This is mostly from the back fence line at the Morgan.
I was also rinsing the iris fiber that I had cooked on Tuesday, which turned out to be a pretty big haul.
I went behind Hough (Tom's warehouse) to harvest there, since I probably will be averse to doing it once it gets colder and I definitely won't make my students walk the few blocks there to do it when it's cold. I left a few little ones standing because I felt guilty for taking the habitat away from the milkweed bugs (but they won't even want to hang out on those, since there are no pods). Today, I beat gampi for a job and iris for fun. I pulled the former and tomorrow will pull the latter.
Tonight, I spent hours on a letter of support for the Mills Book Art Program. Alisa wrote about it succinctly here, so I won't go into detail except to say: express yourself in solidarity if you can!