mini (many) miracles

A week or so ago I had learned of a magickal caterpillar on Sylvia Linstead's blog, the Indigo Vat.  Imagine my surprise when I was taking photos of a vintage lamp for Etsy only to notice this coast's version of the little visitor:  a white-marked tussock moth caterpillar.  He seemed to be carrying an extra bit of fluff in his antenna - you know there's always plenty of fluff around here!  The prominent little tufts, or tussocks, actually are defensive weaponry - they are toxic and can cause a rash in humans!  Wild little trickster faeries.

Father's day came and went with plenty of tears.  I feel like I'm breaking open and perhaps I'll be left a more real, less cynical and reserved, more overtly spiritual person.  In our wolf-dog's usual wake of destruction (at a year and a half, she's still just a huge puppy), she unearthed a notebook with papers that included an email from Papa dated 5/23/97.  It was one of those things I put in a safe place but had no idea where that was.  It was the sweetest letter he ever wrote me.  It felt like the sign I'd been waiting for, praying for, that he really is here with me.  And my wolfie messenger is so dear for delivering it.

Later this week I'm going camping with Mad, my oldest and bestest friend, at the firefly gathering.  We've known each other for around 27 years.  She's coming all the way from Illinois to see me and make things ok.  And our girls' getaway of choice is this gathering... she's an archaeologist, so our interests intersect in learning primitive living skills (including for me, dyeing the Appalachian colour palette) and communing.  I haven't been camping in years and my hub insisted I needed gear that I wouldn't have thought - like fold-up chairs, a hatchet, a lantern and a ginormous cooler.  I was envisioning glamping with quilts and candles and bunting, and so these utilitarian provisions in their Coleman shades of dark blue and grey didn't seem quite aesthetically pleasing or old-school enough for me ... but he says I'll thank him..  So you can look forward to lots of photos of hippies and tools and plant friends and bonfires and shamanic dancing and glow tubes, and hopefully more faeries!


  1. What a lovely hairy chap !!!
    Caterpillars are just as beautiful as butterflies !

    I know a Dutch artist who knits (!) all kinds of caterpillars
    out of normal sewing thread (!) on sewing needles (!)
    They are truly amazing. Displayed in boxes on pins, just
    like some people do with (dead) butterflies or beetles ... !

    1. Ooh, Els, do you know the name of this Dutch artist? i would *love* to see his or her work!!!

  2. Dru, this has nothing to do with your blog, except that I follow you and I have been thinking of you, especially yesterday on Father's Day. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that your Craftsy class has changed my life - for the better, of course! When I signed up, I was already fairly competent with a spindle, but you taught me so much. I became obsessed with using the Navajo spindle my sweet husband got me for my birthday, especially learning to make artsy yarns. Then, of course, I had to spiff up my knitting skills, what with all the fluff & stuff piling up, so I took a class at my local yarn store.From there, it progressed to a wheel. Now I spin every day, consuming an apalling number of batts, top, and roving. I LOVE to spin - I have so much to learn, but I am so grateful that I have started down this path, and that you were my teacher! Spinning is very balancing, very meditative, and the scope for creativity seems boundless. Thank you so much for all the happiness you have added to my life!

    1. Cathy, thank you for this! This is one of the nicest messages I've ever received :D I'm SO very glad that the course opened up this beautiful world to you - and I completely agree that the possibilities are endless!! Spinning really is its own little universe with so much to learn and experience. Thank you, thank you for sharing part of your journey with me, and for allowing me into your life!! (And if you don't mind, I'd love it if you left a review on Craftsy!)

  3. Yay! That sounds like an awesome, healing time.. enjoy!! xo

  4. Whaho! isn't it funny how conversations bring the bugs out!!! And you are going to firefly!! I just turned emerald green with envy! I'm sure you'll get healed and create healed all around you with the trees and bugs and faeries and humans and your hatchet!!

    Here's a link to some fiber bugs not the dutch girl but fabulous none the less