carol is winging her way back to the prairie as i type this. she left early this morning. bah. i’m back to my solo ways. but in her honor i made my way to the market this morning for greens for tonight’s supper. i told her i’d go for a walk tonight. i guess i better keep my word.
a couple of days ago she pruned some of my trees and shrubs and made an arrangement from some of the branches. if you know the name of this purple-flowered shrub above do let me know! i used to know but forgot…
here are our twin sketchbooks. they’re playful mish-mosh capture-what-you see type of sketchbooks. no “finished” visual journal type pages. quick draw and splishy splashy paint, but many left sans paint. i’ll take pics of the whole thing and post soon.
the cards on the front are by emmy lou packard – wonderful artist from mendocino who studied with diego rivera/frida kahlo in mexico many moons ago.
the north coast will be with me until i leave for guatemala and have a new landscape etched into my imagination. my mind is soft and malleable. easily influenced by place.
right now i’m soaring with these pelicans about 6 inches above the water.
the cool water feels good on my wings.
i miss watching the ocean change colors from aqua to navy blue. we snuggled up in our blankets outside each night to gaze up at the milkyway. count yourself lucky if you’re in a dark enough part of the world to see that swath of starshine this time of year. i am not here at moss cottage, but one day i think i would like to be.
right now i am watching monarchs flit through the oak branches. they’ve been very active today as they migrate south. i think they really begin in earnest in november, so these must be early starters. we saw hundreds of them along the coast while on our grand tour of california. diving, soaring, delicate, but strong.
hope you’re well. happily immersed in some delightful passtime. the days grow short. eventually they’ll cool. even down here in LA. we’ll all hunker down for the season. except i’m planning to keep moving. i just finalized my november trip and am nearly ready to commit for december. i’m on the trip-a-month plan.
it’s a shame i can’t be content to just be still in the home i love. but i am restless. ruled by possibilities.
it’s nice of you to come along for the ride. i like your company. see you soon.