connie rose talked about harper lee and her sister in the comments of THIS post and it’s where i first heard the term, “journey proud”. it’s what i am right now in this moment as i clickety clack out these words to you on my little keyboard. journey proud.
more swedish stamps arrived.
i put them in service to cover up french composition book on my cover.
some of these gems are from the 19th century. i do marvel at how the cancellation marks have held up. i think of the day they were cancelled. was it snowing? were those old streets shiny with rain or slick with ice? was there a inky letter written on onion skin paper inside the envelope? or maybe a business correspondence? someone sent it and another someone received it. carefully they opened the envelope, read the contents. gave a laugh, or a cry, or a smile, or nothing and set it down on a kitchen table or a desk.
i love imagining how it tumbled through time and found me. me! mary ann moss! living in los angeles. in 2016! i have stopped it’s forward motion. now that aged stamp lives on my travel journal. the travel journal that will soon cross a continent and wide ocean and many islands and eventually land…back in SWEDEN. it’s tiny stamp life entwined with mine. affixed to the cover of my diary as it were.
on on on it goes, where it stops no one knows.
i have begun Bus Map Contemplative Practice. i study maps. i could spend approximately an hour on a map of this size – 14 x 18″. One hour. following routes, refreshing my memory.
riding the bus in stockholm is simply fantastic! my favorite seat is the very first solo seat opposite the driver. you have an unobstructed view plus you get to observe the drivers change shifts, converse with passengers, etc., i don’t talk to them, i’m just a quiet witness.
there’s the city drifting by the window. it’s raining, but you’re safe and dry on the bus.
last year’s pocket diary will come with – good notes in there i’ll need to refer to this year. this year’s book on the right. also the tiny moleskine from last year has 10-12 pages empty. i’ll fill them up with quick sketches.
my neighborhood below is a short distance from last year’s first apartment. right by the katarina church.
i’m thrilled to have found a sitter to stay here at moss cottage while i’m gone. someone who knows and loves the cat posse and will take good care. Wyatt’s back in his cone since rubbing his mouse ear a bit too vigorously. i can’t be worried while i’m away so an in-house sitter is the only solution.
tucking into bed to read. hope you’re cozy. blowing kisses into the dark summer sky. xo
oh i almost forgot! i put up a video on the travel journals for this trip on my youtube channel. GO SEE. subscribe if you want notifications when i post there – will be doing it regularly. periscope turns out not to be my thang, but quicky youtube videos are easy. there’s also one of PIE in gouache of course…