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Scrapbook Session: hand sewn binding, calendar substrates & reconciliation

A conversation about DIY constructing scrapjournals with board game backs, calendar paper fronts, mixed blocks inside, with a side sewing technique. Including: what materials to gather and adding a few treats to start so you “don’t get precious”. 

Arts and Crafts with Peace and Intention

Plus using a Tin Tin calendar as a substrate for a travel scrapbook with a ephemera (coaster, tickets stubs, boarding passes, maps, etc) from Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Greece, Rome , Istanbul (with space for Suez).

Plus a few comments about the Vatican’s reconciliation *campaign* with Indigenous people of current-day Canada. Lighting incense and sage in hopes of sincerity and action.

All from the “Giggling Piglet studio” in a historic storehouse barn in provincial Japan with *Special hellos* to Kim in Austin, Jason in Gifu, Dan in Mass, Vincent in Victoria, Aki in the islands, the students of a school near Yokota, and others along the way.

More Importantcy:

* Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society (donate)

* DownieWenjack foundation (donate)

* First Nations reconciliation & shame of residential school (poem)

Diary: April, tiny steps (are what you take)

April 月 4 / Tiny steps (are what you take)

Oh hello May: after I fold this laundry, going to flip over the nine calendars in the house. Then, make turmeric tea and catch up the dishes while darling wife and wonderful child are at tea ceremony.

So April, more “tiny steps” and otherwise in the last two weeks in the previous 3 1/2 months…ergo:

  • went out into the world and met some people and learned some things about traditional houses and permaculture, even some hugs
  • Ryoko’s birthday and our third wedding anniversary, and other erstwhile milestones (recaps available)
  • so many other birthdays of dear friends! Noting that seems most of my friends, like 85%, birthdays are in August (like me) or an April. I have some wonderful friends and made a lot of phone calls to send best wishes
  • sent a few postcards, this seems obvious but this year I’ve been on hiatus of sorts
  • caught-up-ish on a few “life administration” tasks, answered a whole load of email yet of course, as it goes, more just come in #ImTryingMyBest
  • attended a memorial service for a kind gentle sake master at a Buddhist temple, made friends with the Abbott, exchanged artwork, watched my adorable son nap in a room with 3000 wooden carved Buddhas representing those passed on and who are read sutras annually. Also came home with a necktie, kimono and sake cups.
  • received some very kind packages from near and far with thoughtful and practical treats.
  • news of friends getting married, others having babies, others losing loved ones. As Gary Snyder wrote to Lew Welsh, “teach the kids, it’s all about the cycles”. #Peace
  • continued small steps to improve the campsite (metaphorically, our home) and supporting wife who unflinchingly and constantly takes on increasingly complicated projects like it’s no big deal

As always, more to say, I’m always “behind” but really, far far ahead and eternally grateful for your kind words, positivity, hopes of peace ++ I see your hard work, I see your struggles and always cheering for you.

Fondly, dvo at Tsuchida Cottage

Ichiro heading out to tea ceremony

Happy Golden Week (to those who celebrate :)), otherwise, general happy days in good times to all – from us at Tsuchida Cottage.

[Update] changed the calendars (only eight as didn’t go outside to change the one in the carport), tidied the house, dinner with my darlings and of course bathtime (best time!)

In bed at nine, read a book, zonked out (aside from midnight sleepwalking foraging for a snack) >> now it’s nine in the morning the next day and I feel like I ran a half marathon and drank at least eight beers and flew across 17 time zones. This illness #MECFS is a trickster. But I’m happy.

Oh, I made at least three phone calls yesterday just to shoot the breeze and catch up with friends and family.

Diary: March, a (slight) bounce

March /月3 re-cap, a (slight) bounce

improving the campsite and a small journey to the sea. Maybe starting a band – wrote a song “goat milk latte” in the bath last night – note to self: buy electric baritone ukulele

friday im in love (with an arborist and a kiddo named Stan)

flipping all the calendars in the house today – should be keep me busy for a while – we have a lot of calendars (get so many free in Japan) – later i use for scrapbook paper

wanna;

catchup documentation of recent postcards arrived from Gifu, Palm Springs and Woodstock

also meaning to share recent Beat videos with Beat Generation and JK, AG, GS groups (could some one do this for me so i don’t seem like im pimping my own dojo?)

wanna call my pal to chat about her daughter’s wedding

maybe a video/round-up from Shimane trip

usual dishes and laundry, compost

will wait of garden box and bird house projects til weekend

must organize supplements for next fortnight

picking Ichi up early, going to seitai w/ wife

dinner with parents at home (approx 2 m away)

oh gotta bring the freezer (delivered for $15-ish 5:30) inside {we’re putting electric in for that, plus adding dishwasher, more light in kura and starting research for solar panels}

i’ll do some subset of maybe 3 of the above, maybe

ps watch the video above by Jeff Nicholson, Canadian in Japan, less than 100K of us (+ read my diary leaving India}

pps just brought in the milk and eggs delivery so added that to the list as a finished item

A partial assortment of the calendars in our house. There are others. “Time and tide wait for no one after all.”
(Unless you just disregard all of it and realize time is just a construct and malleable, i.e. don’t mind which day it is and don’t go to sea, in which case you’re fine)

oh i didn’t even mention getting a soy milk making device, such days

Addendum

Supplements sorted

Unexpected lunch with wife

Posted some internets

Dishes washed, laundry started

Packages arrived (pretty much daily though)

Calendars turned (duly documented) 

Tried to call friend but missed her, exchange messages nevertheless

Took out compost

++ opened packages including: books, French press (glass lined, steel shell), gooseneck water kettle

+ Bob Mould’s five vinyl “distortion” box set – somehow on the $50 and I’m not sure why or how (maybe I should double check the receipt?)

the freezer is still outside

Seitai done >> Gonna lay down for a bit #MiscellaneousUpdate

Artifact: in Kura various (clock, axe, name plate) #daveo50

Sunday, 16.8.20 #daveo50 / Fondly from #Okayama #Japan

Various artifacts in situ, as seen in “Kura Grain Barn Art Studio / Music Lounge” (which needs a proper name). 

“Anytime is a good time for a vacation” (clock, detail)
Roar & Burn
Thinking about my dear mother, I love you more than words can tell
Guest book for kura barn art studio & music lounge (from Nepal)
Hygrometer and Thermometer

Note: Inside the kura grainbarn studio/music lounge. It’s a magnificent 150+-year-old wooden structure but dang, gets hot and humid in the Japan summer and with so many books, records, papers, artifacts, etc, im working to keep the temperature and humidity under control.
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Under 70% humidity now which is a big step as a few days ago it was over 80%! Still too high to be comfortable and ideal for sure. Have two fans and a dehumidifier going on timers, a whole bunch of those little packets of salty kind of stuff, and some other “boxes“ of dehumidifying agents.
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Most of these items were stored in climate control storage for years so want to keep them in good condition and avoid any kind of unnecessary deterioration. Not a professional archivist but I’m doing what I can.

Beauty in Utility

Loading up the Goodness…

Loading up my calendar with goodness including: Hockey, Level 1 at Ice Sports (starting Wed.) Sing it Forward at the Vogue (Jan 10) DOA at the Rickshaw (Jan 18) Portage and Main at the Biltmore (Jan 25) Do Less yoga session (Jan 20) Firework Factory retreat in June plus a load of Chiropractor and Massage appointments.