Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Today I Am...

Watching: Amelie. the birds at the feeder outside Sloane's bedroom window. the last ants as they scurry out of the peonies. the cat's tail flick back and forth as she watches the birds at the feeder. Sloane and her friend as they hang upside down on the swing set.
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.


Ragamuffin Gal said...

Isn't it great??? It's not even June yet!!! I keep looking at the calendar and all I can see is 8 weeks! 8 lushious, lazy, lovely weeks! Lets arrange a play date soon! Love you, Katie

tangobaby said...

How wonderful. I will be excited to look at these links and see what beauty you are finding for us.

studio wellspring said...

what a delightful blessed life you live ~ thanks for sharing so many lovely moments of it with us. i look forward to hearing more about your summer adventures as they unfold.

Jessica said...

I love this post...it got me thinking about things I am feeling, promising, thinking, creating, and such! I'm also thinking about how to decorate my very, very small classroom next year (imagine a very powder room with no toilet...yes- speech therapists get the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to rooms).

susanna said...

You are up to so many good things! That's a terrific list you have. I've been meaning to download the Amelie soundtrack and tearing out inspirational pages from magazines is on my summer to do list, too. I hope you have an equally wonderful weekend starting tomorrow. :)

Relyn said...

Katie, Eight weeks to play. I can't wait to see all the lovely art you are going to create.

Tangobaby, Hope you enjoyed them.

Studio wellspring, I do live a blessed life. I thank God every day for it, and for friends like you who bring more joy to it.

Jessica, You are right about the bottom of the totem pole. I am sorry for you about your pokey room, but I thank you for gently reminding me not to feel sorry for myself. I had been, you know.

Susanna, Don't you just love magazines? I am addicted to them. Which ones are your favorites?

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