It’s Friday – time for a Scattered Life Collective posting.
This has felt like a crazy kind of week. I literally don’t know how it got to be Friday. I suspect that when I pushed our clocks forward on Sunday I must have forwarded through a bunch of days as well. I do know we’ve had two snows and two delicious days above freezing; some projects got worked on and some got ignored; there’s been some hard news as well as lots of wonderfulness. Welcome to my world. See what’s being served up.
Current time: 4:15 pm
On the menu: It’s Pi Day. Of course there will be pie. Approximately 3.14 slices each. There is apple pie awaiting slicing, but should a lemon meringue find its way to my door, I would not turn it away. I’ve waxed poetic (or at least pietic) in previous posts, including this one.
And you know I’m always singing the praises of my very favoritest pie:
Out the window: I actually sat down to write this post several hours ago, and as I looked up from the computer screen I saw someone on the porch peering into the windows. I was startled to say the least, but its election time around here and there are lots of candidates out and about doing last minute stomping. Since my husband was nearer the door I sent him to deal with it. I heard him say something and then laugh, and next thing I know he’s ushering in my brother. Whom he didn’t recognize at first because he had shaved his beard and was wearing a suit. How funny is that?!
reading: Like so much of my week, my reading has been in fits and starts, bits and pieces. So in addition to reading a bunch of short mystery stories in a collection of British works, I’ve been dipping into two tomes:
- The Culture of Flowers by Jack Goody
- The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary by Caspar Henderson
watching: I am utterly charmed by
- this very short film My Strange Grandfather
- this sweeting poignant capturing of strangers kissing
listening: Breathing Light by Nitin Sawhney
- my new red-with-pink-and-yellow-flowers hooded raincoat. Bring on the April showers – I’ll be prepared to shine even under the gloomiest of skies.
- Receiving a surprise present in the mail. Thank you Nicole.
- Waking up to the cawing of my beloved crow friends and then listening to one of my kitties snoring. Music comes in all shapes and sizes.
- Giving myself permission (yet once again!) to honor my rhythm and know I’ll get everything done in perfect time.
Around and About:
- I am 100% in love. There exists in this world a place for made-up words! I have found my tribe.
- Some time ago my husband and I watched a collection of episodes of the classic puppet show Kukla Fran & Ollie. So much magic! So much heart-happying! In one of the episodes Fletcher Rabbit is admonishing that he likes knowing that when you plant a carrot you get a carrot. But with a kid, you never know what will turn up. Totally cracked me up, and now you’ll never know when you’ll find me singing that tune. (As an aside it’s one of life’s mysteries to me that this song is attributed to the Fantasticks which didn’t come out until after KF&O ceased production. But I don’t suppose it matter a hill of beans one way or the other. As long as you got the beans you planted that is.)
In any case, I had to laugh when I saw what was growing in this pot.
- Oh I am in love with Andrew Ludick’s ceramics!
- Artist Naomi Okubo’s work and this post on Belonging has really kept me thinking.
And now it’s your turn. What has your week dished up? Planted anything lately? Considered what it means to belong? Have someone delightful and strange in your life? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
Your new raincoat sounds wonderful. I’m wishing we would get some weather where I’d need one. As for scissors in pots, mine are all in mugs. Either way, it’s a lot of scissors. And – great story about your brother. Wonder if I’d recognize my husband without a beard? He’s had one ever since I’ve known him – over 40 years.
Wishing you the exact right amount of raincoat weather!
Deborah, I’m a fan of your blackbird pie posts. I had fun checking out the made-up-words site. My week: gloriously-new-energy-after-chemo + oops-overdid-it-back-to-the-recliner, repeat! But oh, that gloriously new energy is a happy thing . . .
Oh yay for gloriously-new-energy Janet!
apple pie is my FAVORITE!
and I so remember Kukla, Fran, and Ollie … haven’t thought about that in years. Thanks for the sweet memory.
not going to get enough of those made up words! awesome possum!
I continue to delight in the made up words bit, and now more than ever I want to create my own “dictionary”. LOL – ANOTHER amusing project to put on the list.
Pie, siblings, music, surprises, time and words… you covered it all! I love reading about your week… it always makes me smile.
Kukla, Fran and Ollie… what a sweet throwback to the past. Wow.
My week has been writing, creating, birdsong, napping and finding FUN. It has been delicious, gorgeous and full of surprises. Love, love, love my life.
Thanks for sharing your week, Deborah. Much love, blessings and peace to you! ♥
Your week sounds delicious Jean, and I can’t begin to tell you how happy it makes me to know that you love, love, love your life. Hearing you sing those words is like hearing the best birdsong!
The sound of a kitty snoring is one of my most favorite sounds in all the world. And I love that made up words project! Thanks for posting that link. I’ll be spending some fun time there soon. 🙂
My week? I don’t know why, but my past week has been difficult to remember. Perhaps it’s the hundreds of books I’ve sorted through and let go of in the past week or two. Everything is now a blur. But I have a lot of room now on my shelves.
What is the name of the collection of British mysteries you’re reading?
There’s something so satisfying about and making more space for new wonders to arrive, and so I celebrate your book project and emptier shelves Harmony. It feels like a quintessential way to welcome in the energies of Spring.
The book I mentioned has been returned to the library so I can’t give you exact details, but it was an anthology entitled Best of British Mysteries. I’m not sure I’d recommend it. As with so many such collections there were some really good stories and some pretty lame ones. But sometimes it’s fun to sort through and treasure hunt.
I didn’t participate in last week’s collective, but I wanted to make sure to read everyone else’s posts, regardless. And I’m so glad I did. The Made-Up Words project in particular made my heart smile. Thank you so much for sharing it!
That site is seriously wonderful isn’t it?!