When I was growing up, my folks always had something growing somewhere. My mom had houseplants and a garden and my dad had his pet landscaping projects. Part of it was about the economics of raising four kids, but part of it was the quality of the stuff we could grow was way better than the store. Still is. When I went home this summer, there were huge okra plants towering in the back yard. Gourds were coming in, too. I grow a lot of herbs and smaller vegetables, but I have wanted to do more for a while now. In the past few years I’ve been interested in heirloom seeds after trying out the vegetables from the farmer’s market. Once I get a little more room in my schedule, I want to participate in the master gardener program at one of the local universities. Participants learn a lot about what it takes to grow stuff and then they share their knowledge with the community as part of the program. I know that would be a lot of hard work, but I also know it would be fun.
I spent Friday and Saturday taking Copic technique classes and while I expected to learn new things about Copic markers, which I already enjoyed working with immensely, I was surrounded by a lot of fabulous people, whose paths I hope to cross again. Usually when I take any creative class or workshop I find myself really hyped up and cranking stuff out left and right for two or three days and then it’s back to the usual routine until I’m cleaning out stuff and I realize, oh I learned how to do stuff with that. It’s not a pattern I am proud of, but I am working on changing it and I’ll be posting what I’m up to from time to time because another thing I learned during the class is that I truly enjoy my creative time and I’ve missed out on too much of it already. I’d like to thank my husband, who hanged out with our kids (they had the day off from school Friday) and made this entire experience possible.
One of the worst moments I can remember as a child was a situation where I found myself dealing with the things people take for granted when they have designated you as the “good” kid. I found myself wondering if I was doing the same thing to Young A. She is such an intelligent, kind and talented girl that I feel like I have to push and encourage her so that she can be the best she can be, but I don’t want her to feel as frustrated as I felt.
These midnight bedtimes have GOT to go – especially since I have to get up in 5 hours.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17, NKJV)
“Well done is better than well said.” (Benjamin Franklin)
Lately, (in addition to doing my regular life stuff) I have been figuring out how to take all of the notes, clippings, sketches, etc. and turn them into changes for my life. That’s the really gritty part for me, because I can be somewhat of a perfectionist and focus more on having everything done just right as opposed to having everything done right now. I will not let that stop me, and I know the process will be one of growth and discovery :)
I am having one of these seasons when I am scrambling to line up opportunities and ideas and exciting things are happening. Of course, I am juggling this with all of my other life duties. Plates are definitely twirling in the air, but it is a huge thrill. I really look forward to sharing more after I have accomplished some really neat stuff :)
Fall is trying really hard to come to the Pacific Northwest. We spent the vast majority of the past few weeks around 80 degrees. Today the weather was cooled down a little bit. Every time that happens around here, we get rain, but I don’t mind that. The contrast of the evergreens and the golds, oranges and reds is a wonderful thing in these parts, to say nothing of pumpkin pies and mulled cider filling the air.