Listening to: the birds chirp outside our windows at about 4:00 this morning. Songbird by Eva Cassidy. The Road To Here by Little Big Town. Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone by Yo Yo Ma. my daughter chatter about her expectations for the exciting events planned for summer school.
Creating: new playlists on my recently updated iTunes. to do lists for my summer projects. a plan for redecorating Sloane's bedroom. pretty vignettes for all my gorgeous peonies.Doing: talking to Jeffrey. laundry. some letter writing. computer surfing to prepare for our trip to Chicago. gawking at the work of so many amazing photographers on Flickr. pulling out tear sheets and then recycling old magazines. photographing all the peonies in pretty spots around my house.
Thinking: about how to decorate my new (slightly small and ugly) classroom for next year. about the new scanner I am planning to buy soon. about all the posts I now have time to create.
Reading: lots of blog posts (I'm still catching up from my computerless week). once again, the inspiring How to Get Your Child To Love Reading. the latest issue of Real Simple magazine. The Hobbit (Jeffrey is reading it aloud to us). Boy's Life (this is the book I am reading aloud to Jeffrey when Sloane goes to bed). Things I Want My Daughter To Know by Elizabeth Nobel. Artful Blogging magazine.
Delighting: artandghosts. blogging. this post. afternoons with my husband and daughter and no obligations.
Promising: to keep up with my Morning Pages now that summer is here again. to take a family walk every evening. to be sure to provide time with me for Sloane to practice her piano every weekday. to get the garden planted this week - no matter what! to make the most of this gift of time I have been given.
Feeling: contented. grateful. joyful. very, very thankful that summer is here and my little family is together to enjoy it.
Sursum corda. Lift up your heart.
This post was inspired by Under a Pink Sky. The image is an autochrome. I absolutely adore autochromes. I love the grainy, dreaminess of the resulting image. I am lucky enough to have a few digital images that a friend gave to me. I have no idea of where they came from or what long ago photographer created the gorgeous image above.