I have felt as though I have abandoned this part of my project, though the writings and drawings stack in a folder that grows, even now, as my year of living quietly has kind of changed up. I have had work in a few shows this year as winter melted to early spring I felt the busy carve into the stillness and a fierce need to protect deep pockets of quiet places.
In February I started a yoga class 2 to 3 times weekly. I thought this was a gift for someone else but it quickly turned into a self gift that also requires a commitment of time.
Yesterday I picked up two beautiful books on watercolor painting and this time next week I will be gathering up things for a workshop. There is a lot I want to learn to do, life is a classroom with so many rich options.
While mowing the grass today, skimmers float over the dandelions, early butterflies and hummingbirds delight along with me in the fragrant lilac bushes in their early stage of open. A deer has squashed a cluster of iris bulbs in making its bed, I have set the trail cam in case it is a repeat resting place. The shadow of the osprey circles the grass as she flies overhead, their sound is both the morning and end of day in the summer months ahead.
Time is gift.
There are stories I am waiting to share here, but for this brief moment, a check in to see if the page still opens, and the pen still writes.