It’s time for a peek into my week to see what’s been on my radar inspiring me and what I’ve been thinking about. I love when we share glimpses of our worlds with each other, and this week I’m linking up with Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane at Part Time Monster. If we were having coffee, I’d share the following…
internal landscape: Lots of hand-to-heart five-deep-breaths returning-to-center this week. Not because things have been especially wobbly, but rather as a reminder of how much easier things are when I keep myself grounded and centered. It feels like I have innumerable spinning plates to get up in the air, which is exciting, but I want to make sure I’m able to maintain them with enthusiasm rather than greet them with overwhelm. Remembering to center then focus is helpful foundational work I’m hoping keeps this summer of creativity moving along nicely. My current energetic address: the intersection of Yes I Can! & Exactly How Much Magic Can We Invite Into this Container?
breathing the fresh air: There was lots of garden tidying this week, including digging up my dear rose tree that didn’t survive the harsh winter, and replacing it with another one which I’ve now planted in a large container and will bring indoors to overwinter. But for now it’s been set out with encouraging words and surrounded with some lovely white perennials so it can bloom amidst a field of pretty companions. My peonies are delighting my heart with their frilly fabulousity and my neighbor’s poppies are shining luminously as though lit from within.
epicurean adventure: Seeing as how we celebrated the full strawberry moon earlier this week, I think strawberry French toast will be a nice way to wrap up the theme. It’s on the menu for tomorrow.
on the work table: Lots of ongoing projects including my visioning journal, my animal totem journal, daily ICADs (index-card-a-day doodles), a drawing project, a writing project, an aromatherapy project, and three deadlined projects. While I love having multiple things to move among, sometimes it’s a bit discouraging to have everything in-progress rather than being able to complete a few. So this week I’m going to add in a few short and sweet things just for the delight in being able to say they’re in my finished pile.
- Earlier this week I mentioned my collection of anthropomorphic salt and pepper shakers. While almost all of them are fruit and veggie shakers, obviously I have a coffee cup one as evidence in the top photo.
- Sarah of The Paper Chronicles announced a giveaway sponsored by Mohawk papers of notecards done in vintage Strathmore colors – and I was one of the lucky winners. My fave color is dusk blue from the 1935, and while my package hasn’t arrived yet, I’m basking in the delight of knowing it’ll soon be winging its way to me.
- While I have to say music probably isn’t as big a part of my life as it for most people, I always tend to rethink my stance on a monthly basis as I’m getting my hair cut. For some reason every time I’m getting snipped, music comes up as a topic as some old or new song on the radio captures my attention. Yesterday a song came on that neither one of us had heard since we were teenagers and it was like the first time we really listened to the lyrics. It was meant to be heart-breaking but was actually hilarious with a love-sick guy saying goodbye to his soon-to-be-ex. We literally were laughing so hard she had to put the scissors down for a minute. Those kind of laugh fests are wonderful aren’t they?
- I received a beautiful druzy covered agate known as an agate flower. I wish my skills and my camera allowed a better glimpse at this beauty in all its sparkly wonderfulness.
turning the pages: I don’t remember the last time I’ve been in such an extended period with so little reading. I didn’t help things out this week either by discovering a mahjong-ish solitaire called Curse of Ra, as I’ve been caught up playing a few games before bed rather than digging into my piles of books. Still I did crack open another volume in the Anne Zouroudi series with Greek detective Hermes who wears freshly polished white canvas tennis shoes rather than winged sandals. I always like a romp through the isles with my favorite messenger god disguised as a human detective, and what better time to engage in the archetype than during a Mercury retrograde period? This time around it’s the book Lady of Sorrows dedicated to the deadly sin of wrath.
on the playlist: Here’s another song that showed up yesterday at the haircutter’s which I hadn’t heard in ages. And given that it’s been a gardening week for me, what’s not to like about a song called Bloom?
on the screen: We’re working our way through season two of Orphan Black, the Canadian series about clones.
favorite word of the week: Pana po’o. Hawaiian. To scratch your head in order to remember something you’ve forgotten.
on the wish list: I wouldn’t say no to this fabulous Hermes/Mercury pendant created from an ancient intaglio seal.
fabulousities, curiosities, and brain igniters:
- I remember playing with borax solutions when I was a kid and having crystals grow up strings. Pure magic. Artist Alexis Arnold takes this to a whole new dimension, and given my delight with all things druzy you can bet I’m swooning over these crystallized books.
- I was gifted with a feather this week which always delights me. But when I saw this – a bird that sings with it feathers! – the magic of feathers just ramped itself up exponentially.
- I had one of those oddly disorienting experiences this week where I woke up in the middle of the night, and not being quite fully awake, couldn’t figure what out what an object in the room was. It had me thinking lots about how much we rely on context to define things. I’m always curious when I find artists trying to push this envelope. I’m not sure artist Sonja Hinrichsen would say that’s what she’s doing with her work sun-moon symbol, but that’s how I’m looking at it.
- Ah this post by Erin Loechner fills my heart with tenderness and with understanding – I know this place of yellowing.
- I think sharing coffee and peeks into our weeks is a fabulous practice, and one that requires great coffee. And doesn’t this sound like it fits the bill? Nomadic Ground Press is an organic and fair trade coffee company that puts a poem in every letterpressed bag.
There you have it – what’s been up in my world this week. What about you? What’s been tickling your fancy or furrowing your brow? Scratched your head trying to remember something this week? Serenaded someone with a feather? Have a favorite French toast recipe? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
I think you should say yes to that Mercury/Hermes pendant, it’s beautiful. And I loved the bird that sings with its feathers. Amazing how there are so many bird species (about 10,000), all unique, and that’s just birds! The world is so full of fantastical things.
I delight in the fact that we share the jewelry-loving gene. And I think it’s pretty fortuitous that I have a birthday in a few weeks. 🙂
The world is indeed filled with endless fabulous things!
I love those crystallized books. Who would have thought they would be so unique looking? Not me.
They are fabulous aren’t they? I’m totally mesmerized.
What a week! Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on, but it all sounds quite fun and interesting. 🙂
Indeed! Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
Sounds like another fabulous week! Would love to see photos of your new rose tree, vision journaling (I took a class on that and found it very fascinating) and your beautiful new notecards in the mail.
Oh and please do tell….what was the song that had the two of your laughing so hard. What a great way to bring joy to your day.
I’ll certainly post photos of my rose tree when it starts blooming and the notecards when they arrive. All part of my project “show and tell.” 🙂
And truth is I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the song that had us in stitches. Which actually delights me even more – the experience of such deep genuine laughter and the provocation so entirely fleeting.
i love The Paper Kites — Featherstone is my favorite: https://youtu.be/M0IDiVQxZYg
“Wake up to the sound of your fleeting heart
Wake up to the sound of your fleeting heart
When you go, what you leave is a work of art
On my chest, on my heart”
I wateched the first episode of Orphan Black, loved it, and just haven’t gotten back to finish watching.
I am still plundering through myself to find whatever is the next reiteration of myself, my website. A season of flux, it is. I’ll be back to it soon.
Oh yeah – those Featherstone lyrics are GOOD. And I’m willing to speculate they’re a wonderful anthem uncovering the next iteration. I love that we’re always evolving, always shifting, always moving into more wholeness.
This was a delightful coffee chat, and when I have time I’m going to come back to explore some of the links you shared. I’ve never heard the song “Bloom” before this, and enjoyed it. Perfect for the season. Oh, and your word! Pana po’o. Love it! I do that quite frequently these days. It’s nice to have a good word for it. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi Robin.
Oh, strawberry french toast sounds amazing. I’m going to check out that recipe! I prefer silence to music, but I love how you hear the perfect song each time you get a hair cut. Maybe I should get a haircut, too!
LOL – I think the song/hair thing may be one of my superpowers. Sort of an antithesis of Samson don’t you think? 🙂 Thumbs up to the french toast – it was delish!
Holy Cannoli! Those crystallized books are amazing. I need to go marinate in their magic.
Speaking of books, thanks for the tip on the Anne Zouroudi series. I hadn’t heard of this one. Hermes has long been my favorite (must come from being a triple Gemini). When I’m ready to take a break from the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mysteries, I’ll dive into that one!
Your agate flower — stupendous, no matter how little of its glory your camera can recreate.
It’s always fun to steep in your enthusiasm Harmony – you bring a smile to face for sure. Here’s to more wonderful books to read and to see; and to inviting more adventures with our beloved Hermes.
It is so refreshing to see what you’re thinking and doing. Thank you for sharing, especially your quest toward balance.
It’s always an interesting dance isn’t it Naomi – looking for our center and fine tuning our expressions as we create our lives.