New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.
-Mark Twain-

My new years resolution is the same every year and I always keep it. It is "I resolve to make no New Years resolution". -tom swaim-

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Old Fools Journal: Making

March 10, 2009 Tuesday

It used to be that if I read the newspaper, a chapter or two of my current book and went for a little bike ride everything was OK with the world. Most of my life I've had to shoehorn that into a schedule governed by gainful employment so most of my life has been sleeping, gainful employment, fixing what broke and what was left went to the pursuit of happiness. Now I no longer have gainful employment and I don't fix anything that's broke until I need it (I was really surprised at how many broke things piled up that I didn't need). I still sleep (or try to) at least a third of my life and reading (and writing) takes up another third. The rest is for making.

I make bread, kilts, garden, seed ready for planting and parts for tools that need fixing. I make things made of plastic look like brass and therefore pretty. I make lunch for myself and I have turned it into an art form. I make things that are broke into other things that aren't broke.
I try to find something to make everyday.

I salvage. So much quality stuff is thrown away that is worthy of keeping. In this rich society that I live in people discard very valuable things so I salvage.

I also try to fix something everyday. It does not matter how small a fix it is if it didn't work but now it does then I get that feeling that I am sure is what drives artist to do what they do.

My latest MAKE is a walking stick. Some call it a cane. It is made from a limb that was blown off one of the live oak trees that make up the "Grove of Six" that I live in. There were several pieces that came out of these trees during Hurricane Gustav that said "make me into something". I have two plant stands and two fire pit stools(or back rest) so far. The fire pit stools are used heavily as we have an outdoor fire pit to satisfy that primeval need for fire. I have a fork for a sling shot that is still drying and a staff that I am watching with great expectations. I have heard that every gentleman needs a walking stick. I have not been mistaken for a gentleman but I think that an old man that goes outdoors wearing a kilt probably needs a walking stick or in my case a shillelagh. The shillelagh is an Irish walking stick and doubles as a club. Yeah I need one of those.

New Subject
I think it is something my friends should know about. You can't do anything about it but why not be informed.

I have been following the progress of the Doomsday Seed Vault since 2007 and Michael Bloch of Green living Tips has brought it to the surface again.

I follow this fellow from OZ because he has a lot of good tips for those of us that fall into the category of bottom feeders. I have been following the seed vault progress longer than I have been reading Green Living Tips but I don't ordinarily bring it up to those outside of the gardening weirdos circle for fear of being painted with the Doom and Gloom brush. This is interesting enough however to appeal to the brownest of green thumbs since food affects us all.

If you need something to worry about then this is far more dangerous than the war on drugs (what a joke), or banks (trust us) going tits up. Monsanto is far more dangerous than Iran, Iraq, North Korea or Al-Qaeda (or what ever those death seeking morons are called) put together but only if you think food is important.
The link Heirloom and Heritage seeds is an eye opener. If you don't read anything else scroll down to "The Monsanto Seed Monster". I don't believe these people are looking out for our best interest. Save your seeds.


Little Spoon said...

I'll check out the link tomorrow or the next day. I don't feel like doing doom and gloonm today.

Oldfool said...

My dear this is not doom and gloom it is just one of the reasons that the seed vault people are doing what they do. There is hope in this but then that's what the dinosaurs thought just before they WERE WIPED OUT.
Be Happy even if it is a big effort.

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