We literally grow thousands of sunflowers in our field on Leyden Road in Greenfield. This year we planted about 15 varieties. Not exactly we, but The Farmer. If We counted on Me to make a successful crop, we wouldn’t have much. The Farmer has the talent and determination and dedication and vision to a project and a piece of earth to make it happen.
When the sunflowers start blooming, it is up to me to try to re-coup some of the money we put into this wacky but beautiful project. We drag the haywagon down to the spot. I paint signs to attract customers. I pick buckets of flowers and then we wait.
We build some pseudo- scarecrows to attract attention. They certainly are cute, aren’t they? I raid our closets and then go to the Salvation Army to find extra stuff. This year, we built a family of three, like we are. Friends have said they resemble us. Me, I just think they are fun. And we’re not exactly trying to scare off the birds. After all, the plants are for them too.
We're going to Boston to NEMC extremely early Friday morning. Julia is having surgery on her eyes to help correct her strabismus. This is a common problem with children with hydrocephalus. Correcting the problem with surgery should be helpful for her immediately. She has had the surgery once before about five years ago. Although it isn't long nor is it an overnight thing, it is still dangerous as any surgery is. And this time, she knows she is having surgery (unlike the last time), and she is terrified. We're just hoping it will help her vision and her coordination between the eye muscles and her brain. We tried some holistic approaches many years ago but they were quite useless for Julia. The first time she had this surgery, she started reading book covers the following day. It was quite amazing. We'll see what happens this time. Julia's doctor is at New England Medical Center's Eye Center and his name is Dr. Mitchell Strominger. If anyone else out there is having similar problems with their child's vision, I highly recommend him. He has a good way with children.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.