Snippets: Spring In My Step Edition

☆ April 2, 2019

My morning wake up call these days is the gorgeous, otherworldly warble of the Sandhill cranes who like to wade in our pond at dawn. Their songs echo off the hillside and I wake up smiling because the way they talk is one of my favorite sounds.

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I’m really proud of how I’ve dealt with this broken foot situation. I’ve only had two minor pity party meltdowns, and I’ve adapted very creatively through each stage of weather and healing.

When there was snow on the ground, I stuck my boot cast in a garbage bag and strapped my snowshoe to the boot. When the snow melted and my world became mud, I rented crutches so I could travel freely while keeping my boot cast safe and dry in the air (crutching through mud and hay piles and cow pies is serious cardio!). And now the mud has dried, and grass is just beginning to grow, and yesterday I went hiking for the first time in five weeks – a very slow, very Frankensteiney mile on a mild trail – and it felt divine.

My boot cast is filthy at this point, and I’m very proud of that fact, too.

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If you’re on the Star Brand Beef mailing list: the second newsletter of the season is going out later today ~ if you didn’t see the first one, check your folders! It’s there, it’s time!

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A HUGE shop update went live this morning. I know it’s been sparse – I have hopefully made up for the wait with gorgeous new jewelry from my silversmith neighbor, Fred, plus a fresh batch of elk antler chew toys in every size. See it all HERE.

With the book demanding so much of me, I plan to do shop updates the first Tuesday of each month for the rest of this year. If I stay on top of things, I’ll have previews up the weekend preceding those Tuesdays. And if you have special, specific wishes, feel free to email me – I have a stash of unphotographed treasures and may have just what you’re waiting for…..

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Speaking of the book, some pen porn: I have determined that the very best red ink is Colorado Pen’s Ruby. It is dark enough to read easily by the light of a monitor, yet bright enough to be obvious and distinguishable from black type, so I don’t miss any edits when transcribing them into the computer.

I use it in a Lamy Vista, which is, in my opinion, more pleasurable to write with than most pricey fountain pens I’ve tried. No one should be intimidated by a refillable fountain pen; using one saves so much plastic from the trash cycle (disposable pens), and LOOK AT ALL THESE COLORS!!!!!!! So fun.

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I’m off to kiss a calf……….



10 Responses to “Snippets: Spring In My Step Edition”

  1. Carolyne McCoy
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 8:02 am

    Your last book came with me to the Caribbean where I savored it on the ocean. The next book will sail with me through the Panama Canal (if it’s shipped before Christmas?) oxoxox

  2. Gemma
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 8:05 am

    I bought a refillable fountain pen from the 1920s and I will never go back to ballpoints again.

  3. Karyn
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 10:18 am

    I will just advise that you are careful how much you mobile in your cast. It builds and strains different muscles than normal walking and can create problems later. Or do the PT after, even if it seems unnecessary. It wil. Retrain your muscles and save you lots of difficulties (from someone who was in a boot for six months and five years later still has issues!).

    Great ingenuity! Cant imagine getting around in those conditions!!

  4. ng in nh
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 10:35 am

    Bless you, Shreve — glad to hear you’re coping with the broken foot issue and yes, spring is finally in the air! :o)

  5. Vee
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 1:09 pm

    “I’m off to kiss a calf….” is the best line I’ve read in a while.

  6. Felyne
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 1:53 pm

    Nice, always up for trying new inks! How’s the bleed, feather and saturation on them? They have some very pretty colours.

  7. mlaiuppa
    April 2nd, 2019 @ 2:01 pm

    Give Daisy a kiss from me. Look for a little something coming your way as a thank you for sharing your Meditations with Cows with us in print.

    I use a Lamy for my watercolor sketches but I use Noodler’s because I need a waterproof ink. Been using fountain pens off and on since high school. My most expensive one is a Bossert and Erhard and it doesn’t leave the house. I carry a set of Levenger with me.

  8. Sandy G.
    April 3rd, 2019 @ 1:10 am

    I like Vee’s comment about your comment: “I’m off to kiss a calf…” I agree also that it’s the best line I’ve read in awhile. It gave me a wistful feeling of love, hope and joy! (because I knew how you were struggling with your broken foot and boot at the time.} Thank you, Shreve.

  9. Felyne
    April 3rd, 2019 @ 1:51 pm

    @mlaiuppa Ooooooooh a Bossert and Erhard – wow! That’s a piece of art!

  10. mlaiuppa
    April 10th, 2019 @ 4:11 am

    Felyne. Yep. I lucked into it. It is beautiful to look at and heavenly to hold. I don’t know as it writes all that much better than my Levengers. It is better than my Shaeffer. But I really don’t care. I could stare at it for hours. I write with it just so I can fondle it.

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