It’s a sunny morning, a lovely morning, albeit a chilly morning. We are in that season after all – the season of fickle weather, unsure whether it wishes to be sunny and warm or sunny and not-quite-so-warm. Today will be pleasant, following the pattern of the last few days, although a little cooler. Tomorrow is to bring more of the same, but it is to be followed by a few days of rain. And that’s okay. We can use the rain.
Looking out my front window this morning, I was amused to watch the birds – one of my favorite things. A robin was dominating the bird bath, and smaller birds were not happy about it, dive-bombing, protesting, coming singly and in twos. The robin was staunch in his/her possession of the bird bath, unwilling to share.
Today I will do some work outside, preparation for the coming winter. It’s time now to cut back the peonies and the iris, turn off the outside water system, put the cushions and summer furnishings from the front deck into the garage to be stored during the cold, wet weather until another spring arrives. The chairs on the morning room deck will remain there for awhile longer – it’s protected, and will be where I sit in the late afternoons with my glass of wine, cup of tea, or whatever beverage I am having before dinner. My furry girls will join me, waiting for their dinner to be served.
Most of my days of late have been spent in what was my living room, but was largely unused, the TV and more comfortable chairs being in the family room. This living room has now become my computer/craft room, the home of the materials for my current obsession/hobby, my alcohol inks. I am taking online classes, enjoying them thoroughly despite the frustration with my results being less-than-perfect. I am practicing doing as the instructor Sheryl Williams says – “paint what you see, not what you know”. Trying to learn that what I am doing is my rendition and does not need to be perfectly realistic. Interspersing more representational painting with just letting the inks flow as they wish. My most recent painting was Ellie the Elephant, painted for the birthday of my daughter who loves cats, owls, and elephants.
I also like painting on ceramic tiles, and am thinking I should take a table at our local Christmas craft fair to see if I could sell some sets of the coasters I have been making, some of which will be random colors and ink flows, and others will be more representational. Just a couple of examples from a set of four in my “watery” series, are these:
And so my days, when I don’t have to spend them in town or in the yard, are invested in play for the most part. Play and relaxation – enjoying the views out my windows, the quiet times for reading – those days I dreamed about when I was younger and working to earn a living. Those days that are the reward for the stresses of everyday life. The days that remind me I really do have enough.
And that is what I wish for all of you – enough, with some days having even more.