i know i said i wouldn't be back here until after the weekend, yet here i am once again. i cannot help myself; it is, truly now, the final day of july, and with all of this rain we've been having, i feel as if this month will float away in an image of complete and utter reflection. this photo was taken last evening, as walter and i went out onto the deck in search of a nonexistent rainbow (the sun had come out, for a few brief moments, but the rain began to fall again as soon as i walked outside in my bare feet); and i post this image today for my british friends holly and cathy, the two folks who seemed most enthusiastic about the reflection of the sky in collected water. (cathy, perhaps you could make a doll with a reflective surface for a face, so that when one looks at it, one sees one's own face?). meanwhile, i just may set out more plates to capture the rain and the reflections; this one was full of birdseed until the squirrels came and whisked the seeds away, and now all that's left is the sky and a fluttery mirror of clouds and trees. perhaps that is a wonderful thing, after all, for the birds: sky, clouds, trees in water. i'm sure they wouldn't disagree with me.
are any of you experiencing this kind of rain? the sort that settles in and rains and rains and rains, so that everything in the house - if your windows are blessedly open to the elements and not closed tight with "conditioning" - is damp and limp with the feel of sodden ground? i have, as you've seen, several pair of shoes just inside the front door, and at this point every one of them is wet from the multitudes of trips i take outside in the grass with walter each and every day. i walk barefooted out onto the deck and love the feel of the water under my feet, the reflection of the light on wooden boards. walter likes it too, and wants to stand and lick the freshness over and over again. see how he has grown? all legs and ears and paws, i think - a true measure of how quickly all of our time flies past. they don't call it "the past" without a reason, i now see.
i thought i'd share with you the finished pair of earrings that i sat quietly last night and completed as the rain continued to fall; the tiniest little faceted briolettes of dark citrine dangle and sway from the bottom of those evocative words, and i'll be wearing them all the way to atlanta this afternoon. yes, a change of plans: ben had an extension of difficult work to complete by today, and i'm headed down to atlanta for the weekend. as i said, it is raining and raining and raining between here and there, and i'll be packing up walter and all the necessary puppy accoutrements for the trip. picture this - a starry-eyed, school girl nina navigating down a rainy, shining highway, two words dangling from the lobes of my ears, dangling and catching even the most subtle of light that comes with the rain. i'll be reflecting; and so, i think, shall ben. see you again, upon my return. xo
and for everyone out there looking for rainbows, my brother's favorite song: