Julie Whitmore's post Best Pals really struck a cord. I love dogs. I grew up with two, a collie and a poodle they were best of friends. Unconditional love and trust is always there. Fredo was my first and great love. A little white dog I adopted from the pound. I wasn't sure I was going to take him home until he wrapped his front paws around my arm and would not let go. He captured my heart with that gesture and never let go again. He was there with me me through sad times, happy times, and many changes, he was my constant. No matter what Fredo was there to love me and comfort me. He was my best friend. That is what dogs are all about. I do believe like Julie said something that good cannot die and must be waiting for us else where. I know that Fredo (and Lily) are in heaven waiting, with tails wagging to welcome me home.
I love arriving home after a trip away. Even if the trip away is pleasant, and mine was. We live at the bottom of a little hill. I'm always filled with anticipation and a little anxiety as we crest it upon our arrival taking a satisfied deep breath to see the house standing safe and sound. This week-end I did a lot of journaling and it was good. Putting paint and pen to paper, writing my heart out and getting rid of some uncomfortable feelings I've been carrying around for a bit. I feel rested and relaxed. That is why it was only perfect that on the way home, stopping by a little fruit stand I smelled the wonderful fragrance of lavender. Hanging in the back room where bunches of fresh lavender drying in the heat. When I expressed interest the clerk took me out back to the small field of lavender that was a gorgeous deep purple, the blossoms plump and full, bees were everywhere darting from one stalk to another. I crawled down a row lost in the heavenly scent finding myself nearly too relaxed to get back to the car.
It was flower day at the market. That was all I wanted to see and I was not disappointed. Several lovely stalls of bright and colorful blooms. Yellows, pinks, reds, oranges, creams, and whites so many different colors that put together in a bouquet compliment each other perfectly. It is amazing how nature works that way. "To BE OVERCOME BY THE FRAGRANCE OF FLOWERS IS A DELECTABLE FORM OF DEFEAT". beverly nichols. I hope you all have a good week. I'm headed off to work for the next 3 days and then we plan to go camping for a long over due week-end.
There are fairies at the bottom of my garden, of that I am sure. This time of year my yard is lush and green. Things grow with hardly a thought, it is as if my yard has magic. I'm very excited because we actually have tomatoes on our plants this year, many of them. In years past we have had lovely tomato plants but no fruit. Our berries are ripe for the picking and are fun to just go out and eat. I don't have enough plants to make jam with but just enough to add a few berries to yogurt every morning. As you can tell even bugs are welcome in our garden-it is a friendly place to hang out. I hope you all have a wonderful week-end.
Having the day off of work, I spent much of the time with a tiny crochet hook and silk thread working on necklaces for my sister. It becomes very trance like for me-when I am not breaking the thread and swearing like a sailor! Much of my thoughts today were on the fact that it is a narrow walk for me to keep others happy and keep my sense of self intact. This has become a practice for me in the past few days. Old behavior is not comfortable any longer-the clothes no longer fit. Yet I've not had experience with the new behavior for it to feel right either. I want to run and hide, but the old hiding places are no longer there. Life has changed and that is good. I'm changing-one can teach an old dog new tricks. I'm becoming more self assured, more comfortable in my own skin. I tell myself "I more than enough-I'm good enough just the way I am" Deep thoughts for a day with a little crochet hook!
I spent part of yesterday making my weekly trip to the farmers market. It is open May through Oct. and I'm so glad because things are so much more tasty when you can buy them fresh. In tribute to the cemetery goats I tried some Goat JAAK cheese-delicious creamy, salty and rich. If I was rich I would buy fresh cheese all the time. We had it with a wonderful salad of raspberries and butter lettuce. Peaches!!! one of my favorite fruits were at the market, it seems early for them but I bought a few I could not resist they smelled so good. Even though our market is small it provides the basics and I came away with a nice little load of veges and fruit.
I can't describe the day better than happy. Post work and tired, ready to rest and taking it easy. A morning walk up the hills behind our house. The hills are golden brown, ready for the long warm days of summer. Past the cemetery full of silly goats there for weed control, their bleating calls a source of great entertainment. Views of the strait with glimpses of fishing boats and sail boats puts one in a summer mood. Part of the day was spent digging in dirt as I planted impatiens in pots around the yard. I love the spots of bright color that easy to take care of flower provides. "ONE MADE A CLIMATE WITHIN A CLIMATE; ONE MADE THE DAYS--THE COMPLEXION, THE SPECIAL FLAVOR, THE SPECIAL HAPPINESS OF EVERY DAY AS IT PASSED; ONE MADE LIFE. willa cather
Resting after three long days at work. We had planned to go camping this week-end, but the pass is closed due to late snow and we cannot get to our trailer. Weather is crazy all over the country, these are unsettling times we live in. I promised my sister that I would make five necklaces for her shop by August so I've started the task. I'm slowly going, getting distracted easily. Tomorrow my art friends get together so meeting with them will help keep me on track for several hours. I love doing to crochet part of the necklace, but find that I stall at the metal work part, it is something I don't feel very comfortable with. And yet mixing the two elements together is so important for an interesting necklace. I'm trying to stay relaxed about the whole process, I have until August. I hope you all have a creative and fun filled week-end.