A List

As I drifted off to sleep last night, my mind turned to the book I am just about through reading. One of the authors asked the reader what it is that he loves and then, what it is that inspires him. That got me to thinking (albeit rather sleepily), what it is that I love. Here's my list in no particular order:

  • my family 
  • quiet
  • walking the dog
  • joy
  • happiness
  • tidiness
  • learning
  • exploring
  • adventures
  • daydreaming
  • hidden pockets of sunshine in the woods
  • hiking
  • water (creeks, rivers, lakes, the ocean)
  • throwing rocks in the creek
  • ladybugs
  • details
  • stories
  • history
  • reading
  • getting dirty
  • laughter
  • birthdays (especially mine)
  • surprises
  • a crossed-out to-do list
  • peacefulness
  • shadows
  • color
  • solitude
  • hummingbirds
  • open windows
  • western Kansas
  • open space
  • sunshine
  • m&m's
  • herons
  • discovery
  • what's around the next bend . . . .

Now to figure out what inspires me.

Afternoon Shadows

They dance their way across the sheers in my office like so many little ballerinas, leaving dark splotches in the shape of magnolia leaves and holly branches behind them. I've always liked the way the late afternoon sun looks on curtains. I'd lie on my bed during nap time watching them until time to get up. 

I've been feeling a bit distracted lately and not very motivated to take up my camera and see what I can see. there are just so many things I want to work on: lighting, adventuring, exploring, making pretty food pictures that are rich in shadows and light. I look around and see so many beautiful and creative pictures that others have made and then I look at mine and feel mine don't measure up. I try putting on my "Envy Blinders" but they only cover so much and work for so long. I suppose the only way I can get better is to get out there and do the work. 

What an exhausting hobby this can be at times. 

Sunday Slowdown

I had a productive walk this morning with the dog, figuring things out, resolving other things, and making plans for the week. When I thought back to yesterday, to the laughter and long talks we had together, a feeling of total relaxation washed over me and I felt like myself again, less harried and unfocused, more on an even keel. She has that effect on me.

I spent three hours in the gardens in the backyard this afternoon, long neglected gardens that have needed some love. I weeded and raked up the magnolia leaves and trimmed back the holly tree, the whole time the hummingbirds squeaking and fighting and humming overhead. I thought about things I want to plant next spring and summer, where to put the extra hydrangea bush, what I wanted to do with the house, who to call to make the fireplace not a fireplace anymore, the apple pie I want to bake and then re-photograph since I've lost the original file. I made a mental note to not pressure myself into trying to accomplish everything in one day as I am known to do. I decided to take a break from social media for a while and to make this blog be my primary blog. 

I think today was a very accomplished day.