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July updates

We’ll start with a bit of the natural world. Yesterday morning I was heading back from my walk and came upon a man who was staring up into the trees. It was clear he was watching something, so I stopped and quietly asked what was interesting. There was an adult pileated woodpecker (mama? papa?) and 2 juveniles up in the tree.

The adult was very busily working on the trunk, making a big hole and digging out bugs or larvae, and the juveniles were sort of hopping around and trying to imitate the behavior. Emphasis on trying. The adult was seen to feed one of the tasty morsels (s)he uncovered to a juvenile.

Can you see the juvenile poking around the side of the tree near mama/papa?

adult & juvenile pileated woodpecker

On to some sewing. I realize I never showed you the bead bags I made in June, so below you have 2 sets: first June’s 10 bags and then July’s. I don’t love the skull fabric, but I’m hoping they’ll appeal to some of the children in the hospital.

10 June bead bags

10 July bead bags

As for weaving, since I didn’t finish them until several days ago, I’ve decided that I’ll not call these June hugs. That boat has sailed and I have to admit that I simply missed that target. These are July’s hugs.

July woven hug-black feathers

July woven hug-crackling fire

July woven hug-Out of the Flames

Personally, I prefer the bright ones – the second two – but I’m trusting the first will suit someone. These hugs are a combination of bamboo, cotton, and tencel or rayon.

Because I’ve somewhat struggled in distributing these hugs to people with dementia or their loved ones, I added another potential avenue for these. I am a member of my local BuyNothing group, a Facebook based group. As the name implies, the concept is to give away what you don’t need or want and get what you do. I’ve both given and gotten several things. I’m hoping posting in that group will reach people I haven’t yet had contact with.

So as always, do contact me if you know of someone who could use a hug – a woven one.

Now for the closing. I take an urban/soul line dance class weekly. This is an important part of my week, and never fails to raise my spirits. The group is SO positive, so encouraging, so welcoming, so great. This week, one of the core team wore a T that struck me as perfect, so I asked for her permission to photograph it and her. I love the sentiment and this woman.

Flawesome Tshirt

4 comments to July updates

  • Jennifer

    I love those Woody Woodpeckers! We have a few in my neighborhood and they can be heard tapping on the flashing of chimneys. You’re so lucky to have seen this with that baby peeking out!

    The Hugs are beautiful. I love the bright colors!

    • Peg Cherre

      Thanks for visiting, Jennifer. I like all the visiting birds, even those pesky starlings are beautiful at the right time of year. But the rapping of woodpeckers, from the tiny downys to the big pileated, is always a pleasure to hear. I like the brightness of these hugs, too.

  • Judy Tutuska

    Just love that you’re so awesome in so very many ways!

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