This really has felt like a jumble of a week – full of contrasts; a fair amount of hard but a whole lot of wonderful as well. There were two more occasions to shovel snow and yet the sun has been shining also, and as we inch towards the equinox I’m really beginning to notice the change in the light. Hooray! For most of us stateside (AZ you are a mystery to me in more ways than one!) this weekend is the turning of the clocks, so that’s another shift.
Since it’s Friday, I’m ready to play in The Scattered Life Collective sum-it-up invitational.
current time: 3:45 p.m.
on the menu: My CSA box this week included a cauliflower bigger than my head. I’ve been admiring it for days, but tonight it’ll become part of this soup and potato pancake recipe. Someone told me today that Girl Scout cookies were on the horizon. I wish they hadn’t mentioned it. Although I haven’t had any for years, now that the desire has been activated, I only wish they were on the menu tonight.
out the window: We’re above freezing for the first time in two weeks. Just barely, but still there is the delightful sound of icicles dripping as they melt and little puddles appearing as a few millimeters of the still mountainous piles of snow melt.
reading: I began a curious book this week – S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. It’ll likely take me while to get through it, but it’s exactly the kind of off-beat format I love. Without revealing a whole lot of the plot, the premise is a grad student has been doing research on a book with mysterious origins. He makes notes of his observations in the margins of the book, and then another student, finding the book, makes comments about his observations. And so the story becomes not only the story they’re trying to figure out, but conversations they’re having while they doing it – all scribbled in the margins. Plus the book has letters tucked into it, postcards, copies of research. How fun is that?
This week I also finished And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman. A quick read in that it’s basically a picture book of her illustrations. But it’s her observation, her connections, her delightful quirkiness that fills my heart with such joy. You know the question – imagine you can invite anyone you want to your dinner party; who would be your guests? Maira Kalman would certainly be on list.
- Somewhere Between, a documentary that followed a group of teenage girls who had been adopted as babies from China and brought to the United States. Left me with lots to think about.
- I don’t really believe in the concept of “guilty pleasures” – I think we should love what we love unabashedly. But I have to say my fondness for this series surprises me – it’s violent and I have to close my eyes and ears a lot while watching it, but I still come back for the next episode. This week we finished season 3 of Game of Thrones.
- My husband slipped out very early on Fat Tuesday and brought home raspberry Berliners for breakfast. Yum!
- The practice of hand-to-heart while taking 5 slow deep breaths. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful this is. The length of five breaths is enough to really shift things and yet, not so long as to be prohibitive from engaging in it whenever you feel like it. And I felt like it a lot this week.
- Not sure what rabbit hole I was exploring when I stumbled upon interactive foot reflexology chart, but it’s definitely bookmarked now.
- As long as there is a post office service I’ll be sending snail mail. For the next few weeks I’m playing in Love Notes. This week our “assignment” was to send a postcard with a bit about home to our mailing partner. I found this vintage 1920’s postcard showing Chicago’s lakefront which I sent off.
- Do you keep a wish list? I saw these kitchen towels by artist Lisa Rupp and added them to my list, not only wishing for them, but the kitchen to go with them that would showcase them.
Around and About:
- Housing issues are something I care about deeply, and I was touched by this story of a daughter’s vision to raise awareness and raise a house for her mother.
- The full moon on the16th is called Raven Moon – so of course it’s one of my favorites. Pam Bustin blogs a bit about what’s ushered in for her on the new moon of this cycle.
- Seeing this gathering of dolphins fills my heart.
- Ashley Percival’s illustrations make my heart happy
- Paper swoon of the week: artist Chistine Kim.
Tag, you’re it. What’s been happening in your world this week? Have something fun to share? Need us to send a dose of love to some tender spot? Honoring Venus on her day with a bit of beauty? Do tell – you know I love to hear.