Friday, December 23, 2016

Marigolds

This year, I literally had too many marigolds bloomed. They were planted to help prevent bug problems to my vegetables, but they just went to too wild.

I did not know marigolds can be tea and is used for natural dye. One day, when I held up uncontrollable bushes of marigold, I noticed nice fragrance and found they are useful more than for my vegetables.



So, I started to pick up flowers. They kept booming one after another until the middle November.









They were dried completely, and petals and seeds were separated.







Now, I have so many dried marigolds flowers, which would take forever to separate petals and seeds.











I wonder if the seeds will germinate. The color of the seeds looks lighter than ones on the market. If they do not germinate, I do not have to worry about cutting petals off from the seeds and just boil them together when I dye fabric. If they germinate, I am much more than welcome to share the seeds with anyone who want them.



I hope I can have time to dye fabric very soon!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sea and Human Civilization - Snood story


Thought of making something with my favorite yarns that were stored for a long years.
I see snood is now a trend and looked easy to make, so started it. I thought the multiple colors yarn as human civilization and the blue yarn as ocean.



First, built ocean, and human civilization on it. I thought the colors of the yarn depicted various human activities such as architectures, literature, arts, blood, ground, right & wrong, love, politics, etc, etc.






When the human part became long, I got excited to see "orders" which is one of the human natures. But, I think another human nature, hierarchy, is missing. Anyway closed with another ocean (the other side).


The colors were perfect (to me), but when it was completed, "ocean" was too bulky and heavy when I wore it on my shoulder. So, they were removed from both sides, and the snood became a shawl.



Sad to see the ocean had to go since human cannot live without sea. It is true that we cannot deal with sea, but wanted them to be attached each other.

Anyway, the shawl is nice. Since the yarn is wool, it warm my shoulder immediately after put it on.



I am really DONE with Fall 2016.


Winter Break!! - though, I have one paper to write for practicing of writing a research paper.

The fall semester ended on Dec 14 with good grades :) I appreciate the professors who worked with me this semester.

My new challenges from this semester were Chemistry + lab, as prerequisite for Human Physiology, and Critical Thinking. I had never taken any chemistry class in my whole life so I studied during the summer break the first 3 chapters of the chemistry book that is used in the class. I am glad I did that. Otherwise, I would not have been able to keep up with the materials. I now know the precious value of a periodic table. I feel the same kind of appreciation from a scientific view from a periodic table as which from view of humanity from a buddha statue. It has a LOT in it.

Critical Thinking was different. Since it goes under philosophy, the essays we analyzed and critiqued were "God Existence," "Ethical Relativism," and "Meaning of Life" written by philosophers. The professor told us to not discuss about the materials outside of the class and to not take papers to the writing center. He promised to help write our essays by going back and forth through email with him. I sent him my drafts many times before dues.

He said students earned a good grade from this class can take his metaphysics class (300 level) next semester. I am interested in it, but taking it would not be a good idea since I have my thesis, human physiology (meant for biology major, not an introductory), and culture and geology. I anyway need one 4 credits class to be a full-time student, though.

So, I have 2 semesters left until obtaining a B.S., and have to think about after graduation. People talk about a graduate school a lot, and I am thinking about that, too. Not sure what I want to do yet, R says "You still have a year. Take a year off and do volunteer. You would find something." Hope it becomes true.

A short semester called J-term begins Jan. 2nd. We have a whole month to do something different from regular classes. I went to Rome last year. This year, I am working on my thesis since it requires to put in 12 credits, 4 from J-term, 8 from Spring and Fall. Then, the Spring begins Feb 1st. Time will fly again.

I am looking forward to be graduating, but at the same time, I am not. It is tough to keep going to school, but I like to feel at every end of semesters that I am a different person from 4 months ago. It is too bad that I have only 2 mores semesters to experience this feeling.

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At last, below are some of my favorite pictures I took this year.

* Plants taking over buildings *









* Baby become independent *













* Different kinds of bees share the resource without fighting *



* Okura Flowers *









* A day R was not at home when I got home *



* Wild Flower *



* Sleeping Bees in the morning of early fall *



* Bee and Marigold *



* One morning at Hollins University Playground *