Tonight, on this lovely warm evening on the island, I’m carefully squeezing that one red tomato. He’s not quite ready, but I already have another 8 little green ones quietly sprouting out the size of small marbles all over the top of the plant, and more blooms already popping out. I do think this tomato plant is going to be amazing. I’m doing all sorts of truly natural ways of growing it, despite the offer from people in this building who offer Bloom Guard and Miracle Gro. “Nah,” I tell them. “I rather like the idea that years and years ago, the pioneers didn’t have that luxury….and they still had tomatoes.” So, I use coffee grounds, egg shells, I pluck off the sucker leaves down below, and rub my fingers across each and every bloom to help them cross pollinate.
I’m not accustomed to bad mouthing people on the internet. I don’t think it suits me. But, I am finding it interesting that more gay people than straight find a man who knits laughable, or to be dismissed. Yeah. Odd, isn’t it? But, apparently in the gay community there is such a need for stereotypes to be held up strong, that a guy who knits is considered a detriment to the “cause of making us more acceptable. It feeds the stereotype that we aren’t real men.” Can you believe that? I don’t have any gay friends, and probably because I never really care for superficial aesthetics. I like character. Genuine character. So, gay men find me ludicrous. Straight men find me a lot of fun. Maybe because I don’t take too much of anything seriously. When it comes down to it, I’m one of the fellas. I can have a whiskey and a rough beard (YEAH! THE BEARD IS BACK!) And I’d rather be caught with my dirty knees, my ballcap, my boots, my distaste for decorating (only because its forced, never does it sort of just happen), and my sense of the honor code. If you’re my pal, then you know I won’t fail you. Just thought I’d say something about that. With all of their bears, otters, twinks, and muscle daddies, it seems they haven’t find personalities of their own yet. They’re hiding behind adopted personalities. So sad. So sad.
Which brings me to another thing I’d like to hit on. This blog is getting more and more attention as the days move on. I’m thankful for that. And I love reading all the comments. I often don’t have time to respond to each one, but I’d like to take a few sentences for a few shout outs. Judy, Traci D (I still love you, dear), Leila, Leigh D., Melissa, Sandrine, and especially Rica all have done a great service by becoming my “internet moms.” 🙂 You keep me feeling warm, delighted, and filled with great hope.
Now, on the flip side, I’d like to say, to anyone who wishes to come here and make nasty comments, I’ll allow it. On one condition: leave your photograph and contact information, with full name included. I won’t allow you to come onto MY territory and be nasty and let you hide behind a screen name. Don’t forget who you’re dealing with here. I’m a nice guy, an incredibly hopeful guy, who sees the good in people. But, I’ve gone hungry, I’ve gone homeless and I had to find a strength in me to survive while the rest of the world judged me. So, I’m a fearless fighter. I truly don’t care about the bad things you have to say about me. But, in regards to my supporters and the people I care for? Off limits. In other words? Don’t fuck with me, and keep your hands off my supporters. I promise, I’ll take you down. These are some good people who come here to spend time with me. Many of them are probably too kind natured to mind. So, I mind for them. I won’t let you take the ladies who read this blog and bad mouth them.
Now, we can proceed.
Rachael Pudi has made some amazing bears off my pattern. And even the rabbit! She had said she was making TONS of them for so many people under the sun and so I begged her for a picture. Isn’t that awesome? See? She’s doing an AWESOME job! One simple pattern and one skien of Fisherman’s Wool and bears are EVERYWHERE! I LOVE this photograph. Look! Isn’t that amazing???? If you’re a knitter, you can get my pattern here and make tons of bears for your loved ones. Rachael has been a great supporter and I’m happy to see that her bears are bringing smiles to so many faces.
And don’t forget, I have my new shop here at BIGCARTEL. So, the volume isn’t as heavy as Etsy. But, until I finish up my dealings with Etsy, I’m happy with the relationship with BIGCARTEL. (And yes, I DO want to get back to Etsy soon).
Send me pics of your bears! I love to see them!
Have a great Sunday everyone. I’ll be sleeping tonight dreaming of bears, the beach, and a lovely tomato ready to have for lunch in a day or two.