I’m not sure why I keep writing here, but I think it’s because it gives me a sense of purpose. It is important to keep writing, drawing, playing music, dancing, creating, finding the beauty in anything. It’s work to see the beauty in life right now, in so many ways, and it takes a lot to lift us up. Although the green is starting to pop, it’s still very dry and dull when you look through the trees–the leaves are flat and brown, the trees gray and bare. You have to look closely in order to see the beauty that is blooming, especially on these gray and cloudy days we’ve been having.
I went to the river this morning, and, thankfully, no one was there. It was gray and cold and damp, the river a gunmetal steel, a colorless color. The tide was going out, and I stood on the rocky shore relishing the fact that no one was there. Parks are swelling these days, and striper season is open, which makes the river even busier. I make sure to only go very early or very late. Otherwise, I stay home. Today, I appreciated the beautiful river birch bark peeling off and the honeysuckle bush dotted with drops of rain.
You don’t have to look very closely to see the pretty pom-pom like flowers of the spicebush. They will soon turn the understory into a blaze of chartreuse.
I’m not quite sure what this pretty white flower growing out of a cluster of mossy rocks is. If you know, would you tell me?
I love the trout lily leaves, which seem softly out of focus, true camouflage. It started raining more heavily as I went along. I didn’t quicken my pace though, instead I chose to move slowly in the cold rain, looking closely for small bits of green as I went.
Did you see Field Goods now has a local delivery service? I am waiting on my first delivery. I think it’s probably a good idea to find new ways to fill your pantry for the long term. There are a lot of farms stepping up and offering great local products via online shopping and delivery services.
That said, it seems odd to me that farmers are not being offered payroll protections; this quote is from the Daily Freeman, taken from a conference call with Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan: “During the call, officials said religious organizations are eligible for the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program, but small nonprofit arts organizations and farmers are not.” (May be a pay wall, but I think all pandemic links are free.) This seems outrageous to me, but maybe I don’t know enough on the subject? [Update: I just got an email from Ulster CCE this morning saying that as of April 10, 2020 farms are eligible.]
Have you ever watched Pasta Grannies? I recently took the book out (hooray for online libraries!) and really enjoyed it. I’m working on my pasta skills, focusing on doughs made using just water and flour, not egg-based pasta. I don’t have any semolina, so have been using just all-purpose flour. That’s all to say that you can really deviate from what seems to be necessary to a recipe and still eat really well.