I think I am sliding into being quieter here because of the almost daily posts on instagram.
One important thing that I've learned about myself is that I tend to be more productive in the morning.
And even more so that there are rhythms to creativity. Time of year, time of day...there is a rhythm to it all.
This weekend I tackled a few big projects:
A lot of gardening. On the right, where the wire baskets are, I planted garbanzo beans and onions. To the left I will plant more beans in a couple weeks.
And painting the living room, which is going to need a second coat.
I've found that because of the orientation of my house (facing Northeast) and the amount of light let in by the windows, that lighter colors end up looking very washed out at certain times of the day. This blue just keeps on glowing.
It's a very interesting article, well worth reading even if you aren't interested in bees. For me, the most interesting point made is about how we, human beings, interact with nature. Is a technique sustainable or simply easier for humans?
Having said that, I also believe that doing something the way it's always been done isn't necessarily best. There is usually room to question and explore. It's more a matter of making thoughtful and informed decisions. Of being reflective.
I was more impulsive than thoughtful when I bought these, but at least I was informed. Local and organic.
I don't often remember my dreams but last night I did.
I dreamed that there had been a mistake on the paperwork when I bought my house. Instead of there being one house, there were two. The second house wasn't far away, had a plot with potential for a great garden and a house that was falling down. I knew I would tear that house down and build my own. A small house, one less than 400 square feet.
Like the ones in this book I recently checked out:
I've already started the research. These are from my collection of books:
I particularly dream of making a cob house.
I'm not nearly ready to do this, but I do need to build a new chicken coop:
The girls have been asking.
P.S. Here's a TED talk I watched for a class that I am taking for work. I really like what he has to say (although he says it very fast!)
One of the parts I liked the best:
"If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise." Shawn Achor
This a time of year that I rarely sleep well. It's as if the length of night leaves me without clear enough parameters as to know when to sleep.
Thursday morning, around 2:00 AM I gave up and put on an interview with Carrie Newcomer to listen to. About half way through, still listening, but not quite attentive, a few words caught my attention "Geography of light," and "lean into the light." Going back later to look closer I found:
"It's all shadow and light. You know, there's a lot of sorrows in this world. And, maybe that's part of how I negotiate that. I think when you're sensitive to the sorrows of this world and you've experienced shadows in your own life that you can do different things with it. You can despair. You can shut down or you kind of lean into the light. Without denying or placing in a compartment or making small this idea of shadow, it's just there. It's life. It's all of it. It's all of the above." Carrie Newcomer
And this song, "Bare to the Bone," (lyrics are typed out at the link) which is just beautiful...
And a little bit more of the interview...
But something happens, the room shifts when people sing together. And they sing out loud things, words and phrases, that touch something deep and human and hopeful.
And I wanted to write a song that talked about hope, but not in a greeting card kind of way. You know, there's the kind of hope that's like wishful thinking. And then there's like a hope that's kind of gritty. It's like, the kind of hope that gets up every morning and chooses to try to make the world just a little kinder place in your own way.
Going back to listen again. How wonderful that we can do that.
Feild notes: Rain hard enough to hear it striking the chimney (flood watch again), wind 21-29 MPH SSE. Sunrise: 8:00 Sunset 4:15.