Could anything be more beautiful?
My mom and dad came for a visit recently, and when my dad walked in, he was carrying this. Found under the tarp for their wood pile.(Thank you, dad!!) I felt a little badly that these poor eggs were abandoned, but I will look forward to painting this nest. This nest is in fantastic shape- and the avian architectural brilliance is always startling. Every piece of grass and animal hair is woven- just so.
As for me, I feel like I am starting to weave myself together as I come off from a busy busy couple of months. Thanks to those of you who emailed me and made sure that I knew that this blog matters!
Sometimes I forget that my most artistically productive times are fed and nurtured by things that I don’t always give credit to. Like walking, gardening, knitting, exploring, reading, relaxing and playing with my family …. and doing nothing. Sometimes I want to be efficient and productive, and I replace that quiet nothingness or repetitive, rhythmic (but seemingly mindless) activity with something that delivers a more quantifiable something. And I feel my creative juices eventually start to dry up….. I suspect that the physics of our souls are very very different from the physics of matter. Or perhaps I just need to get smarter about what kind of productivity I want (or need) to invest in. So, though I know there are times when I just have to “get things done” that aren’t particularly nurturing to my creativity, it feels really really nice to get my feet back on the ground and create some margin for myself. One of these days I’ll get it through my head that creativity needs *space* to happen. That sometimes it takes a whole lotta nothin for the best things to happen.
I can’t sign off without introducing you to my new blogging partner.
Our new kitty, and the terror of the neighborhood. He totally owns everything around here (including us), eats at at least 3 houses, and chases our neighbor’s cats. And he’s only 5 months old. This is not necessarily a good thing. But this cat redeems himself with a personality the size of Texas. He is a study in fearlessness. And goofiness.
And this cat knows all about margin.