My name is Lisa, and I live in Pelahatchie, Mississippi. It is quite a picturesque little town about 30 miles from Jackson, the capitol of Mississippi. Its claim to fame is the annual Muscadine Jubilee held every summer. And if you don't know what muscadines are, may I just say - Muscadine Wine! Mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Okay, anyways, where was I before I got distracted by the wine?
Oh yes, I live in Pelahatchie, well, actually about 7 miles outside of Pelahatchie in the lovely Mississippi countryside, on my Pelahatchie Spread.
Next to me is a horse rescue. I really enjoy watching the horses. They come looking very sad, neglected, and malnourished, and soon are looking fat, happy, and sassy. The owners of the rescue bring them back to health, work with them, and then find them new homes. This past summer they had a mare that gave birth, and the little foal was just such a delight to watch, frisking around his mom and auntie, both of whom were very patient with his antics.
I love to piddle around with gardening. I always get the garden itch around the end of February, and plant a ton of stuff which I lovingly tend every day. Every day, that is, until the temperature reaches about 95 and the humidity gets to about 195; then I'm done. So basically I garden during March, April and May.
My little rose garden, bedded down for winter. Come back for the spring glory!
I am a hand drummer. I started drumming in 1990 on the frame drum, going to Native American style drum circles. Then I discovered and was taken over by the djembe in 2012. The djembe is a west African hand drum, and it is a very powerful drum indeed! I often say that all I wanted to do was to learn to play the djembe, but the djembe had another plan. I have since then apprenticed myself to a Djembefola, a Master Drummer, and I have been learning not just how to play the traditional djembe rhythms, but how to skin a drum (yuck), how to rope and tune the drum (very hard), and how to feed my drum. I also co-facilitate a drum circle with my djembe mentor and partner. Come back and visit, and I will tell you more of my lovely djembe drum and our adventures together.
My drum is the one on the left with yellow rope.
My other love is needlework. That had been the focus of my life until the djembe came. The name of my blog, Wyrd Needles, has its roots in the Norse mythology of the Norns, the three goddesses who weave the fates of gods and men. Fiber and fabric have been a part of my life since I was 10, when a friend of my mother gave me my first sewing machine, an old singer treadle. I would give my eye-teeth to still have that machine! And so, I look at life through the eyes of my needles, and stitch away. I sew, quilt, knit, crochet, and embroider. I love all forms of embroidery, both counted and non-counted, and you will rarely see me without a piece of embroidery close to hand. I even keep a small, on-the-go project in my purse, just in case I have five minutes when my hands aren't busy doing something else.
Current purse project (Did I mention I carry a huge purse?)
I support my drum and fiber addictions by working as an accountant in the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. Because I am an accountant with an artistic personality (believe me, not many of us out there lol), my working papers are always much more colorful than my counterparts. I once worked at a CPA firm who had to make it a part of their procedures that only red, black and blue could be used on working papers, because my papers were graced with not only those colors, but pink, purple, green, orange, magenta, aqua, sparkly silver, flashy gold...well, I guess you get the picture. I didn't stay long at that stuffy place. I enjoy working for the State because they don't care what colors I put on things, as long as said things get done.
Okay, that is me in a nutshell. I hope you will come back and visit with me again.