September 9th, 2008

KK with Kanji

Oh what fun!

Sept. 27 I'm gonna put on my mother goose clothes (as I call my 18th century gear), get out my copper kettles and wash basins, and an arcane assortment of plant parts, washing soda, vinegar and other things, and will do a demo of natural dyeing at a local Boise event called "Museum Comes to Life." 

One of the fun things I light to do is mix different mordants, (chemicals that effect the dying process) and show how many colors you can get from one type of dyestuff.  It can be quite surprising.

Haven't done this in a long time.  I'm looking forward to this.  Now I'm going to see if I can find some naturally dyed yarn I did once upon a time to have examples of stuff, and create a board to show the different  plants and what colors they can give you.....

Me in my mother goose clothes (without my big big straw hat with a green blanket tied  around my waist....

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Sept. 9, 1965

First day of school in the New Orleans public school system.  Morning dawned very clear.  About this time of day, (2:15 Central Time) the rain began to come down in sheets.  By the middle of the night , large parts of the city had flooded.  When I woke up on the 10th, there were trees down everywhere, power was out and water was contaminated.

Hurricane Betsy had come and gone.  Before Katrina, it was the storm people remembered.  I slept through the worst of it, being only 10.  My best girlfriend lived in a part of town that got flooded and they lost most everything.  A friend of our family's house got flooded enough that they had to move to the attic and wait for rescue.

I suspect not a lot of people remember it so vividly any more.  But we had only moved to New Orleans on the 18th of August.  It sort of etched itself into my mind forever.

Wonder what sort of memories Hurricane Ike will leave behind....
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