Saturday, March 14, 2009

bad blogger, twitter failure and butterfly dreamer.

I got your emails, text messages, tweets and a phone call. Thanks for the concern but I'm fine. It's just too beautiful this time of year to not enjoy the sunshine. I mentioned my new bike a few posts back and haven't lost interest yet. It takes me all over town and now that daylight savings time has brought us evening light, I'm out even more. Honestly, I tend to not post when my knitting mojo is on the fritz. I'm still having gauge problems but continue trying new pattern swatches. I'm enjoying the process and have fallen in love with Barbara Walker's pattern books! During this process, I've tested some amazing patterns and techniques that have been of great interest to me but I still don't have a square for the community afghan. To distract myself or blatently ignore the project (you decide), I've been spending time with my folks who are in town as many "snowbirds" are in this part of Florida ... this time of year. We spent the day at the Butterfly Estates in Ft. Myers last weekend and it was a blast. There's something about butterflies that speaks to me. It's a meditative, zen, massage therapist thing. In my mind's eye, I can see a huge backlit shadow box, the size of the entire wall in my fantasy treatment room that's completely filled with butterflies. Can you see it? How cool would that be? This new complex located in the River District of Ft. Myers has a butterfly conservatory, cafe, gift shop and ice cream/fudge shop. It's beautifully constructed and landscaped to attract every local, native butterfly. I loved it. I plopped my money down for an annual membership and expect to spend lots of time there. It is so serene. I could have spent the entire day there just sitting, reading or meditating but alas, not knitting. The butterflies need to be warm and any wool in that environment would soon felt in your hands. Perhaps I could swatch in cotton? I wish I could have captured them in better detail. Everytime I'd point the camera in one direction, every butterfly in the joint would fly in another. My video skills are a work in progress (you'll see) but if you're patient and don't get motion sickness, there's a few seconds here and there where the magic is definitely present. Enjoy and meet me at the Flutterby Cafe anytime!

Sorry, Blogger doesn't like my video. I'll try to figure it out tomorrow or Mel will send me an email explaining how stupid I am and how easy it is to post a video. I think it's too big but I have no idea how to check such things. Gotta love smart lesbians!

Good night world.


Melanie said...

How pretty! I would love to come see you and the butterflies. I'm headed on my snowbird vacation to Texas soon, but maybe next year I'll take it with the butterflies.

Glad you are doing well and having fun.

knitguyla said...

You posted too soon! I need your help. I'll find ya on Ravelry!

Krystal said...

Oh Wow!! That is absolutely stunning! And Butterflies are one of my favorites too! I so want to go there! Maybe one of these days when I get to make it to Florida!

..And I was getting a concerned about you too since I hadn't seen you post in a while. But I totally understand about the beautiful weather and wanting to do stuff outdoors. I had a case of the spring fever last week, but alas, its rainy and cold again. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

It is good to "read" you, dude! That sounds like an awesome place, with all f the butterflies. I totally agree with you, I would be spending more of my time out there, too.

Lisa said...

I love butterflies and I would love to come to visit you next year when Mel comes! I know the Tampa/St. Pete areas like the back of my hand, so your neck of the woods would be a welcome change! Can't wait to see the videos! And for the record, I love tech smart lesbians too.... :)