Milkweed from my garden - the butterflies love it!
Saturday I had a most wonderful afternoon with Hattigrace sharing art books, sipping a glass of excellent wine, and having wonderful conversation. She is encouraging me to remake study to studio. Ok, I'm starting. The task seems overwhelming as I "collect" for future art and have no storage area for me. She had some ideas for that too. Take what I want out of the magazines, catalog, and dump the rest. Rearrange some. Dump the carpet for studio resistant flooring to begin.
She produced a couple of her paintings from the back of her car and I'm so excited that she is doing so much painting. What a great sense of color! And - an art buddy! Oh happy day. I don't take out enough time for friends, and this afternoon was such a wonderful treat!
This a.m. we started out for church, but the parking lot was slogging with water from a downpour and grandson was hungry, and I said, oh well, at least we made it to the parking lot this time. I felt a twinge of guilt. But it was a quiet gentle morning anyway.
We went to IHop, then we went and walked the perimeter of the neighborhood park. We pulled wild flowers to plant in the flower garden. I got up to a huff and puff and decided the track is calling me in the mornings, every morning, hopefully.
Discipline calls me. Exercising, getting up early in the a.m. and getting busy on my long list of "to do's," clearing the study so I can do what I want, HAVE to do. Decluttering my life is a challenge as I live with extremely cluttered folks and their clutter keeps creeping in to my areas and overflows along with my clutter and ultimately the end result is that there is so much "STUFF" that there is not any room for any one's stuff. The only time I really painted consistently was when I commandeered a room in our previous home strictly for art. I'm sure there is a joke somewhere about how many hoarders does it take to drive them all crazy? But hey, is that a problem? NO. I soon will have a short review of "My Sister's Keeper" up on the Fall Read list. The book reminds me that, really, I have no problems compared to so many others.