Happy August. While I don’t feel quite ready to let July go, it doesn’t seem that I’m actually in charge of that. So instead I’ll just move on with the rest of the world. And set my intention to have a fabulous month in which I wring out every drop of goodness and drink deeply of it all. I hope you do too.
It’s Friday and I’m ready to wrap the work week with my usual review. Cynthia the originator of the Scattered Life Collective invitation is taking a break this month and will only be posting a picture a day without words ala Suzanne Conway’s August Break. I’m already loving Cynthia’s first non-word post. But I’m feeling wordy and not in need of a break and in fact I’m planning on participating in a month-long blog challenge doing another abecedarium during August so it’s my intention to post regularly. But for today I’m sharing what’s been up In WeberWorld this week.
out the window: I’m watching butterflies enjoying the flower goodness in my porch boxes. I haven’t seen as many butterflies this year as I have in the past and I just read an article suggesting the chemicals affecting our bee populations may be affecting the butterfly populations as well. This is heart-breaking on all sorts of levels. And so now each time I see a butterfly I thank it and bless it and wish it a long happy life.
on the menu: My birthday month has ended, but just in time to usher in my husband’s. And to kick things off we’re headed off for pizza tonight with my brother and SIL. It’s an important tradition in every birthday month. But even though I won’t be cooking this evening, I do have a recipe that will be making its debut tomorrow: Almond Butter, Cheese, Fig Sandwiches. My mouth is already watering!
- I got a new laptop! I couldn’t be more delighted, although navigating the upgraded newness has been a bit challenging. But I’m happy, happy, happy.
- My fave outing of the week was a trip to a local newsstand/café where I purchased a boatload of arty magazines, had some delicious java and chocolate-covered treats, AND listened to ukulele-accompanied love songs. Too much fun!
- Watching the interaction between a kid and someone dressed as a slice of cheesecake. Totally precious. And afterwards I thought lots about costumes. Conclusion: There have not been enough of them in my life. And someday I’m going to host a costume ball, even though I don’t actually like parties. But I’m sure this will be awesome. And I’ll have multiple costume changes during the night. YES!
- Attending a neighborhood festival in the park that was great fun – good music, good food, and although it was well-attended I didn’t immediately have a panic attack while hanging out in the crowds.
- The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston. Sci-fi about a NASA program which develops artificial intelligence, an accident which unleashes it, and those in pursuit of exploiting it. A quick and amusing summer read.
- Everything Flowers by Clare Rojas. A little gem of a picture book by the artist with a little text describing various flowers. I like her work and was charmed by this.
watching: David Lynch presents the history of surrealist film. I keep telling myself I want to do a marathon viewing of Twin Peaks and I’m reinspired once again.
favorite word of the week: Bohemian. I kind of identify with the fashion/arty definitions of Bohemian, but I was fascinated by this tidbit. According to Wordsmith.org “Bohemia is immortalized in the German language through the Phrase “Das sind mir alles böhmische Dörfer” (literally “These are all bohemian villages to me”), meaning that you don’t understand something. Apparently, the phrase is quite old and stems from a time when Bohemia used to belong to the Habsburg monarchy. German was spoken in parts of Bohemia, but not everywhere, which was why in certain areas, traveling “Germans” found people and village names unintelligible.”
I’m keeping this gem in my pocket for when I’m feeling confused or alienated: “These are all bohemian villages to me.”
out and about:
- I’m loving the winged jewels work of artist Marta Mattsson. In honor of my cousin who had a birthday this week and has an affinity for butterflies, and as a bit of a tribute to a friend who is no longer with us who loved dragonflies, I’m paying attention to both this week.
- A flit of wings to the very same cousin who brought this to my attention this week – there are birds of the zodiac! Here too. How did I not know this? Turns out I’m a Swallow and/or Swan. We’re in Leo now which means it’s Peacock time.
- And as a final bit of winged love, here’s some interesting facts about moths.
- How’s this for a fabulous summer reading retreat?
- 1692 artist’s color blending journal.
- And speaking of color, isn’t this work by Lucy McRae and Mandy Smith wonderful?
So there you have it – a peek into my week. Your turn. What’s been on your radar? Filling you with delight? Ready for a new month? Feeling playful or august? Proud as a peacock, rockin’ as a robin? Do tell – you know I love to hear.