Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday evening + whale tour photos

Hello! 'Tis I again.

I'm sitting here...

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...with about an hour of work ahead of me before I call it a night. I wanted to say a quick 'hello' though. To whom? I have no idea! But I do see new views each day, so I do know there are people out there reading :) Though I suppose it could always be robots. But either is fine.

I forgot to show you photos from last weekend's hundred-mile sea voyage throughout the San Juan Islands to find wild whales! It was such an experience-- certainly provoked some seafaring longing deep in me.

So, here are some photos for you to enjoy and a video I threw together, too. Pardon the shakiness of it all, you can imagine how difficult it was to film anything in a boat on water with strong winds whipping at my camera. But hopefully it'll give you some sense of things...

Have a great evening. I'll pop in again soon :)

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tiffany davidson, san juan islands, seafaring, maritime life, pacific northwest, photography

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tiffany davidson, san juan islands, seafaring, maritime life, pacific northwest, photography, nature, beauty

tiffany davidson, san juan islands, seafaring, maritime life, pacific northwest, photography, nature, beauty

tiffany davidson, san juan islands, seafaring, maritime life, pacific northwest, photography, nature, beauty

tiffany davidson, san juan islands, seafaring, maritime life, pacific northwest, photography, nature, beauty

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Thoughts on humility

I guess in every era of humanity, certain characteristics are more pronounced than others, depending on events, cultural beliefs and societal norms, prosperity (or not), available technologies, and surely a whole host of other influential factors.

As I move through the years and continue to develop more and more self-awareness, it causes me to reflect on society at large; the environment around me that influences so much of who I am.

No matter how individual and self-aware we consider ourselves to be, a substantial percentage of this 'self' we identify as is a pure result of what we see around us. We are constantly receiving cues from the rest of the herd, and this shapes our behavior and our minds, even if we fancy ourselves contrarian in thought and action.

The essence of humility seems to come from a place of service. Service to what? It doesn't seem so much as service to someone as it does service to some higher ideal. (So, to illustrate what I mean by that, I believe that while parents can be a wonderful example of humility, the higher ideal presupposes the daily acts of humility).

Humility could be a great act of service in the Western world where the prevailing attitudes are abrasive, loud, competitive, and self glorifying.

Maybe because they are more rare these days, I find myself taken aback by those who embody gentler characteristics of beauty such as humility, grace, calmness, and sincerity. There is a goodness that shines through if you have eyes to see it and a heart and mind to recognize that kind of quiet and subtle strength.

While I'm interested in the outward appearance of humility for its potential ripple effect, I'm more curious about the inward experience of humility. What does humility feel like? Here are a few things that come to my mind to start me thinking on it more:

Humility feels like--

  • the opposite of perfectionism
  • the opposite of self importance 
  • acceptance of what is rather than resistance
  • absence of self-righteousness, or perhaps all righteousness
  • internalization that you are fallible, and so are others
  • being fixed toward higher ideals and morals; not governed by emotional whims and moods
  • a mode of listening and receptivity rather than feedback and penetration
  • lack of criticism


Muses of humility?

  • Taka, the female lead on The Last Samurai movie 
  • Agafia Lykov, perhaps
  • ...
I'll add to this list as I think more on the topic. I'm interested to hear others input, so please leave a comment if you have thoughts on humility, modern cultures lack of it, or any muses of humility that you can think of.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day

It is Friday, and I sit here at the table with my cacao, designing websites as usual :)

Not much is different except that I did an impromptu stocking up last night for potential future coronavirus health and/or economic effects after seeing this video yesterday and doing some of my own research.

While in town, which is over an hour away, we also got new tires put on the vehicle. So, I'm feeling a bit famished in the money department with these unexpected expenditures.

Oh well, it'll all come round again.

Also booked a flight for my mother to visit in May, and then scheduled her a massage for while she's here!

Time to tighten down and get some projects finished to boost the coffers yet again :)

So that is what I'm up to.

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Tomorrow we are going on a whale tour to hopefully see wild whales! I can't wait to get out on the sea! I plan to record some footage and hopefully make a video of it.

Speaking of videos, here is a quick little clip I made a couple of days ago letting my Instagram friends know I had started a YouTube channel. Just so you can see who is behind these blog posts, put a face and a voice, and a personality to all of the text and photos.

Happy Valentine's day everyone. Wishing you happy hearts <3

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Backyard wildlife

Today is overcast- you can't see the mountains, just a hazy blanket of mist across the calm sea. The view can be very distracting. And a wildlife trail passes right through the backyard, so I never know what I might see when I look out the window over there... 

Here are some images I managed to get over the past few months of our beloved backyard visitors~

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backyard wildlife, tiffany davidson, nature, photography, wild animals, washington state, pacific northwest, olympic peninsula

backyard wildlife, tiffany davidson, nature, photography, wild animals, washington state, pacific northwest, olympic peninsula

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backyard wildlife, tiffany davidson, nature, photography, wild animals, washington state, pacific northwest, olympic peninsula
Anna's Hummingbird :: They stay here all winter, unlike most hummingbirds who migrate south

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backyard wildlife, tiffany davidson, nature, photography, wild animals, washington state, pacific northwest, olympic peninsula

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backyard wildlife, tiffany davidson, nature, photography, wild animals, washington state, pacific northwest, olympic peninsula

backyard wildlife, tiffany davidson, nature, photography, wild animals, washington state, pacific northwest, olympic peninsula

And now it's back to work for me! Happy Wednesday everyone~

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday evening

Hello again!

Salmon and mustard greens are cooking on the stove, and I'm wrapping up my primary project for the day, after which we'll enjoy a quick dinner and then I'll be off to Tuesday evening acupuncture.

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When I get in this evening, it'll be back to the screen to work on my secondary project. This year has been incredibly busy so far for my work, and I've seen almost a doubling of income from this same time last year!

I certainly don't like selling the hours of my life away, but am happy to do it as a phase, as a means to an end. We'll see how it all plays out :) I sure do look forward to having more time to dedicate to things that really matter- like loved ones, gardening, and making things.

But again I will say, it is never lost on me how fortunate I am to be able to run my business entirely online.

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Something else I'm thankful for is free community acupuncture every Tuesday night! Woohoo!

And with that, I'm off again! Have a lovely rest of your evening~

x



Sunday, February 9, 2020

Laundry, Lichen, & Nettles

Hello!

I am just sitting down for a moment in between all my goings on.

Today has been mostly for Getting Things Done, though I did get in some reading time this morning, which was nice. But then it was time for the bi-weekly laundry day. We live in a truly lovely little home here on the sea, but there are no washer or dryer hookups, so every couple weeks it's off to the laundromat! Which strangely enough, I don't mind. I read in between loads and don't mind lugging around the heavy baskets because it's a chance to carry heavy things I wouldn't otherwise do in my normal day to day life right now.

While the clothes washed today, I cleaned out the inside of my car and rubbed Frankincense essential oil into the leather seats, so it smells like "me," then after the laundry was finished, made my way back home.

I had started a big pot of Usnea dye before I left, so when I got in it was time to remove the wool from the dye pot, rinse, and lay it out to dry. It made a nice yellow color, but next time I'll do something a little differently because the lichen managed to get all into the wool, leaving little bits of debris all around. I should've been able to anticipate that would happen, but was in too big a hurry :/

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Yesterday, we went to the forest over on Marrowstone Island and gathered a bag full of Nettles.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, the Nettles are already popping up and it's only the first of February!

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I got the stingers all in my legs and Eric got them all in his fingertips, so we were a mess last night describing every little sensation to each other as the irritation only seemed to develop as the evening went on ;)

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This afternoon I rinsed all of the nettles and now they're in the dehydrator drying. I'm hoping it's enough to fill a Mason jar after dried, as that would mean free nettle tea for a month or two. And I'm sure we'll make several more trips this Spring.

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tiffany davidson, pacific northwest, foraging, nettles


Now, there is Borscht going on the stove, and I'm about to put on some cozy clothes and enjoy the rest of the evening screen-free. Tomorrow is Monday, and as my job entails, I'll get plenty of screen time then :)

Hope you reading this have had a restorative weekend, and enjoy your Sunday evening~

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Cloud soup

The view out the window in this moment. I love how the mountains gather clouds around them. A big cloud soup and I am just the tiniest speck of salt :)

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tiffany davidson, olympic peninsula, pacific northwest, washington state, photography