Patience Blythe is a metalworker, teacher, gardener, and writer. She lives in Elgin in a funky older home with her husband Cody, pup Oscar, and their cats Nakano and Tomoe.
She is an avid gardener and has recently become a beekeeper. Be sure to check out her gardening videos on her IGTV channel.
1. Why did you move to Elgin?
We moved from Dripping Springs. It is a funny story. We had planned to take over a friend’s farm in Garfield while she went to France, but the deal didn’t work just at the last moment. We had made a lot of plans and concocted a lot of ideas, and were sorta ‘what now?’ about everything. We couldn’t find a place we liked in Dripping and so Cody said to me; “why don’t we buy a house?”. I laughed at him and said, “sure…let’s do that!”. A few days later, I said, “what about that house in Elgin?” as I had seen our house pop up for the last year. He said Elgin was too far and I said “why don’t we just go and look?”. Neither of us had ever been to Elgin, except for to pass through on 290. So we came to drive by the house and get some bbq at Southside. The rest is history; we loved the town, loved the house, somehow qualified to buy it, and three months later, moved here. That was February 2018. Soon I transferred to Elgin Middle School and Cody was hired by the district as well. And here we are!
2. What compels you to spend time creating?
I feel compelled to create each day. Otherwise, I get antsy and, frankly, sad. I find that creativity keeps the Big Sad away. I am quite a nervous person and find that when my hands are busy, I am happier and more relaxed. I also love seeing, with the passage of time and attention to creativity, that hand-eye coordination grows and the work is better, more alive, more fun, more me. I am also compelled by the way we “write” our lives down in the work we make.
3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.
1) That time passes by very quickly and you would do well to find a way to remember things a bit more concretely, so that memories can be called up with the feelings attached
2) My friends are the most important piece of my life
3) We humans have far more in common, regardless of where we are on the physical planet, than we could ever be different
4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?
1) Making – 2 rings, a bracelet, a dress and a quilt
2) Reading – Carl Sagan’s The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (it’s AMAZING and so relevant, being that it was written in 1995)
3) Watching – Twin Peaks and the West Wing and also Beginners (tonight)
4) Listening to – various Spotify playlists but a lot of Pink Floyd and Kurt Vile
5. Cake or Pie?
BOTH!!! But I really love making pies the most. I like eating chocolate cakes and lemon ones, too.