I read the funniest letter to Social Qs in the NYTimes this morning. Young woman is hoping her boyfriend asks her to marry him over the holidays–but plans to dump him in January if he doesn’t. Hmmmmm. Perhaps not the commitment necessary for a happy marriage? Perhaps her expectations are unrealistic? Made me laugh.
A little while later I got up from my reading and started tearing apart my orchid. This orchid has been giving me a pain for over six months. It is growing and dying at the same time. It looks unsightly and isn’t a very satisfying companion (it sits on the end of my kitchen counter near my sink–we spend quality time together every day!). I am not a gardener. My interest in plants is strictly for their aesthetic appeal and when that is gone, I am not likely to stay interested. But I hate to give up on things, and clearly this plant is trying. So I just decided to tear the root ball apart and replant it. Mitch suggested I make it into two plants. I have no idea whether this will kill it or cure it, but I’m pretty sure it will tilt it one way or the other and we both can move forward. I am going to buy a new orchid in February if it doesn’t decide to live in a significant way.
I actually looked at new orchids yesterday at the market, but they all had spikes in full bloom and I really want one that has new spikes, not one that is already nearly finished. I decided to wait. And in all fairness, my orchid has given me some good spikes in the past and it survived extreme neglect during the remodeling last year, so it at least deserves a chance to tell me which way it wants to go.
I’m starting to wrap up 2013. I am doing final holiday preparations today and have errands to do Monday, and while I’m doing those, I’m thinking about what I will take forward into 2014. I think I have been thrashing through the past year trying to figure out what is possible and what isn’t. I know that I expect too much of myself and have been spreading myself way too thin. So I’m going to be tearing up my own root ball over the next couple of weeks, putting in new potting mix with the old and seeing what new growth we can foster as the new year unfolds.
I sincerely hope you can join me. The new growth will be most evident to those who share Studio Space, but keep your ear to the ground for new rumbles elsewhere. The Studio Space is where I will share new projects first and there will be opportunities to experience things that won’t be available elsewhere because I need to focus. I have new things in the pipeline, and if January isn’t a good time for you to join us, we’ll be opening up new Spaces quarterly.
I know $349 ($360 if you do the 4-month payment plan) seems like a lot of money to dole out, but seriously you will probably end up wondering why you balked at the cost.* What do you spend $30 a month (which is $1/day) on that isn’t all that satisfying? If you have been meaning to do something just for you, this could be it. You’ll get access to Jill Wolcott Knits® patterns, like-minded people (without having to wade through a lot of chaff), aid and assistance, learning opportunities, guidance from Jill and her team, and specially arranged discounts. You will likely end up with satisfying relationships, more than a few finished projects you are really happy with, and improve your knitting experience and expertise.
*My website is on a new server and needs some tweaks before we can put up the buying pages for Studio Space. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (sorry, I don’t know how to make it create an email for you) if you want to get on the email list that will likely begin going out on 12/28/13.