I have to say I’m really liking this practice of my-week-in-review and I once again thank Cynthia Lee for inviting us of her The Scattered Life Collective format. It really helps me balance that feeling that everything is moving with such extraordinary speed and helps me remember that indeed my week is composed of a myriad of moments strung together.
And this has been a delicious week – filled with new insights shared with old friends, a sprinkling of surprises, and lots of gratitude. There’s also been extreme tiredness and a realization I’ve got too many items on my plate again, and not all of them are holding the wonder for me that they did at one point. So it’s time to let stuff go again.
current time: 5:15 pm
on the menu:
My CSA box this week contained tatsoi – a veggie I wasn’t familiar with, although I suspect I’ve eaten it in various Asian dishes without realizing it. On the menu for today is Tatsoi & Avocado Salad with Roast Garlic Dressing. I’m betting it’ll be delicious. But I have a confirmed two-forks-up winner of this week’s most delicious meal – Pear, Cheese, Raspberry Jam, Bacon sandwich. Seriously swoon-worthy.
out the window:
A peek at the corner of my pumpkin table on the porch. It’s kind of hard to tell from the photo but it’s a pretty big pumpkin – I bet it’s about 25 pounds.
I’m in the middle of a bunch of things and don’t have any finished books to report this week. But what did make its way to me this week is The Open Daybook – a hardcover book which is the published result of a project in which 365 artist were assigned a date of the year and given 24 hours to create a work of art. Each piece of work is a page in the book, but there’s also room on each page to write or draw or make some recording of your own. That’s how I plan to use it. But this week I’ve just been paging through it and enjoying the art.
We have a solar eclipse happening Sunday November 3rd at the new moon, which closes this particular eclipse cycle which began with a lunar eclipse at the full moon on October 18. This has been an intense cycle and I’ve been thinking lots about solar energy. Not in the sense of alternative fuel energy, but rather about how the sun activates so much – light literally being the energy stuff we’re made of. The image of a sun and it’s rays has made its way into much of my meditations and channeling this week, and so I wasn’t really surprised when the song, Here Comes the Sun started playing frequently in my brain. I was delighted to find this YouTube version sung by George Harrison and Paul Simon from an old Saturday Night Live.
in the mail:
An especially fun mail week. It’s always a delight to get surprise gifts and this week a friend sent me a wonderful autumn-colored blown glass ornament. Isn’t it lovely?
And then there was an especially dear thank you note from a friend that filled my heart. Plus two zines. Which bumps up my inspiration and desire to get a zine of my own into production. I’m putting in a wish to my mail carrier today to start delivering extra time so I can make that happen.
- Working on a totally fun, fills-me-with-delight collaborate project with a dear friend.
- Gratitude to all the angels and guardians keeping an eye out for my beloved husband this week when a dog got loose and attacked him. My husband’s jeans were ripped from the thigh to near his ankle before the owner managed to get control, and yet miraculously he was not bitten.
- While we had a couple nights’ temperatures dip below freezing I was able to bring in my porch flowerboxes so I can salvage some of the plants as indoor beauties. We don’t have the greatest indoor light conditions so I’m not sure they’ll thrive, but I’m happy to give them a chance and enjoy them even longer.
Around and About –
- What a delight to be directed to Debra Prinzing’s Slow Flowers blog (thank you Waverly Fitzgerald!) The idea of locally sourced flowers is an important one and I encourage you to read about The Fifty Mile Bouquet. But that aside, I totally love looking at these bouquets.
- I love Kickstarter and the idea of offering financial support to projects that sing to you. That kind of thing appeals to me on all kinds of levels. I would so love to see this project for a deck of healing cards to get funded. I use Living Tree Orchid essences extensively, both personally and in my practice, and I’ve always loved the beautiful photographs the essence maker Don Dennis takes of the orchids he works with. They always feel lit with love and showing the orchid’s true essence, and I’d so love to have a deck available. Here’s the link if you want to take a peek.
And finally, here’s my weekly playing card summary ala Teresa Robinson with my favorite weekly selfie on the other side.
What treasures has your week brought? Is there a Kickstarter project that sings to you? Autumn flowers that are calling to you? A treat you’re working on for Halloween next week? Do tell – you know I want to hear.
We are working on a treat for Halloween! Even though my boys are big guys now they still love to create scary jack-o-lanterns. The perfect pumpkin has been chosen and the carving will begin on Wednesday.
Speaking of Autumn flowers…hubby brought me a lovely bouquet of sunflowers to brighten my day!
Love ya Deborah! <3
OOOH love the scary jack-o-lantern carving plans – sounds like great fun. And how wonderful to be gifed with a sunflower bouquet. Nothing like a dose of floral sunshine to brighten things up. And sending love right back at Belinda – thanks so much for stopping by.
There is always something to learn here, Deborah. I love that Playbook. I ordered a copy. I also love the orchid cards. Neat idea, to get funding for a project like that! Looks like an amazing set of cards!
Thanks Amy. It’s always fun to find new stuff isn’t it? Here’s hoping the orchid cards make it into production.
Well aren’t you a busy bee! That ornament is so awesome!
LOL – I’m pretty sure we’re all in the busy bee hive. But what I love about this week-in-review process is the opportunity to pause and look at what’s happened.
I am glad I found this post again. I actually BOUGHT The Open Daybook after reading this post. It is odd, but I find myself strangely attracted to it. With a new year, just around the corner, it has me thinking of you and wondering if there might be a fun thing to do with this book. I am tempted to use it as an art journal. There are already art pages for each day and I am thinking that it would be really fun to mess with them. Your thoughts?
I’m totally delighted you found your way back to this post as well Amy. I definitely want to use it as some kind of combo art/written journal. And I also think we should do some kind of collaborative project with it. Perhaps a post once a month on our favorite page of the month or some other such deliciousness. Interested?
Love this glimpse into your daily life and the autumn glass ornament is amazing!!
Thanks Michele. And I’m really enjoying that ornament as the trees lose the last of their beautiful autumn colors.