day twenty-one

i think my brown dress has given me special powers. seriously, i was beginning to wonder if it was maybe getting a bit staid already, but then i attempted something yesterday that i have tried in the past but never succeeded at and it worked! and i am crediting my brown dress.

the challenge i finally succeeded at? chopping wood for the woodstove. i have been able to make kindling for a few months now with a small hatchet, but i never had the strength before to wield the heavy axe high above my head, aim, and bust a log in two. never before the dress came along, before the dress, i could honestly barely even hold the axe above my head, let alone drive it straight into a log with accurate precision. I'd literally lumber around when it came to the lumber. but now, oh now, i've finally got into the swing of things.

i was tentative at first, but by the end of a couple of hours, coat off under the warm sun, i was practically daring the increasingly bigger pieces of wood not to shatter into pieces. i was splitting pieces of wood that felt as thick as entire tree trunks. i felt like a pioneer woman. like a provider of warmth. like an "i am woman, hear me roar"-type woman. my 5'3" self does not often roar. but yesterday, i was at least giving myself a silent cheer at a new skill learned and, of course, a nod to the dress.

today's look while resting my weary back in a tree:

green hat: gifted about 20 years ago (free)
green necktie around waist: donated by my dad for this project - thanks! (free)
black t-shirt under dress: old navy, about four years old ($15)
black tights: (about $15)
winter boots: aldo from last year (about $75)

grand total:
about $105.08