It rained all night and has been drizzling all morning. Its not too cold out, so its actually a nice change, but being stuck inside might make for a slightly gloomy day. I'm going to counter act it by having a fire in the wood stove, guaranteed to make things more cozy.
I'm also going to post a photo of a little natural dye experiment that my mom and I took on this weekend. My mom saw a white fuzzy growth on a cactus that someone had thrown out with their trash, and having just returned from Oaxaca where they use cochineal as a dye, she thought she may have found some. We carefully scraped off some of the fuzz, looking for a beetle inside, and crushed it on this sheet of paper, looking for the signature pink red dye. It was there! Then I dissolved some in water, because one of the coolest things I saw in Oaxaca a few years ago was a fountain that spewed blood red water-- the water dyed with cochineal. I ended up with water dyed this lovely rather Barragan pink (above). Totally cool.
Cochineal fountain at Oaxaca's Ethnobotanical Garden, taken in January 2006.