Siege Diaries 7/18/2021

Today’s Daily Stoic writing prompt: Can I mind my own business and not be distracted by others?

This has been a key element in what how I have managed to keep my own mental health during the pandemic: I had to accept that the only person in the world I had control over was myself. Getting frustrated or angry with anti-maskers, dicknosers, or COVID deniers would get me nowhere. What would help was becoming educated, becoming adept at risk management, and avoiding situations where I might run into issues.

The photo at the top is of my foxglove plant. It went from being very sickly looking–so much so that I thought I might lose it–to being very full and gorgeous. It’s in a container this year. I may be putting all of these plants in the ground for next year; I haven’t yet decided.

And here’s the completed Shostakovich project #9. Next up: Cats of Brutalism! I’ll need to pick up some square canvases for my stretchers as the originals are square, which I will do tomorrow. I will be using that same partial stitching, partial decoupage technique I hit upon during my Leningrad project, because there’s no way I can really embroider the buildings in the Cats of Brutalism photos accurately.

I also discovered that some types of embroidery (counted cross stitch, or anything involving counting things, I suspect) are not suited for doing while multitasking. I picked up a cross stitch project to have something to work on during my RPGs and kept getting distracted. On the other hand, two good rounds of RPGs. We finally defeated a horde of some kind of zombie parasite monsters and a gelatinous cube in D&D, and then in Pathfinder we’ve defeated the secondary boss and are now on the hunt for the magma dragon.

Today was the birthday of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who wrote the poetry used in Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony and The Execution of Stepan Razin. I listened to the latter earlier today, in this premiere recording from 1965 which is still, for my money, still the best ever made. (Yevtushenko only died a little over 4 years ago, and lived his later life in Tulsa, OK. He, like Shostakovich, got a fair bit of criticism for not being “dissident enough,” despite being famous for works that openly (or not-so-openly) criticized the Soviet regime and especially Stalinism)

(I also really like this photo. It might be a bit small for embroidery, but something to consider). I’m currently listening to the very recent recording of the 13th Symphony with Michael Sanderling, which I love for its nuance.

The weather forecast for tomorrow has improved considerably, with the threat of rain mostly dropping . We’ve got visits to both Dundas Peak and Webster’s Falls planned for my day off, followed up by The Keg. I believe the project list for SMASH 3 drops tomorrow night. And then later in the week, the An Tir Scribal challenge. It’s going to be a very busy week.