well, it happened: we all blinked, and august arrived. just like that, quietly, it came and it is here and soon it will be gone. i made that wonderful list of things back in the first of june - the list of things i wanted to accomplish before the month was out. i think i tackled maybe three things - five or six at most - before june disappeared altogether. poof! it was gone. i had such good intentions. embroidery, flower pressing, watercolor painting, book reading, jewelry making, trips, visits, baking, growing, walking, wandering. i have wandered. walter and i do that every day. we walk down Wooded Way til we get to Little Meadow; i stoop and snip a wildflower or a few, or sometimes an entire bouquet, and walter sniffs and sniffs some more, or leaps through grass that has grown taller than his head. he doesn't care. the other day he found a turkey feather, and began to chew on its tip. i carried it home and stored it safely in the antique trophy cup that daddy once found under a house that he tore down. a good while back (i had to erase "a few months ago"), back in the early part of november, a sweet friend gave me a little hardbound book of shakespeare's Merchant of Venice that was printed in the earliest 1900's, long long ago. this morning i picked it up to flip through the pages once again, and was amused to find the drawing above. bad boy. i hadn't noticed that insect on the woman's leg until i snapped the photograph and edited it for the piece of jewelry. it makes me smile, and i smile thinking about the friend i wanted to go see this first week of the last month of summer. plans were scrambled, and now i can't go. shakespeare, an insect, a woman's Mary Janes, words scrawled in pencil in the back of a book. click. a day passes. click. a season disappears. click. children have grown. click. click. click.
i've spent the past fifteen minutes trying to transfer a couple of summery images from my phone to this laptop. it isn't happening, and supper preparation calls. walter is staring at me, that look i call The Whammy. he wants to walk down to the meadow. i understand. i'll come back and show you the barn after a summer rain, another time. for now, have a dose of summer sky blue, something that completely captured my fancy at the gem and mineral show this time around. pendants are now listed, over in my etsy shop - the blues of lace agate and chalcedony, the mossy, woodland green of sun-dappled peridot. go see. xo
ps. here you go. i pulled up at the bridge after driving robin to the airport. it had rained. i was missing my boys. what a soft and comforting view to greet me upon turning off the paved road to head 'round the barn and on up to my sweet little cabin, on heartrock hill....x