Good morning. Doesn’t a holiday throw off the next morning?
It’s Tuesday but my mind wants to say Monday. Whew boy were we challenged yesterday with the moving out of our garage at the in-town house. Entirely too much to deal with with too hot a day. We were so fortunate to have family help come and put in time but it was just too much, too hot, and too long a day. The kind of 95 degree heat that leaves you feeling like you’ve been left in a sauna too long and are beginning to understand what a raisin goes through.
Today the unload begins. Did I mention there isn’t a barn to put this in? Thankfully we have a solution until the barn is built. It’s a workshop day for private clients. An early morning drive will include driving down to Arkansas, seeing a few beautiful hillsides after leaving the farms nearby.
My favorite formerly skittish cow friends will momentarily pause their breakfast to say hello. I’ll stop by one farmhouse and admire their gate and clematis growing on it, and admire the timelessness fifty years of living in it has brought its owners . I’ll pass on the same dirt road a blueberry orchard now put to bed for the season.
A fun memory this summer, introducing myself to the owner and being introduced to a 12 year old who has written 80 fantastic stories. I’ll add that she was not just an amazing writer, story book in back pocket, but a wildly good blueberry picker too. She said her working in the fields time gave her plenty of time to grow her storylines. She, by the way, was a neighbor to the farm who delighted in helping. What a gift for both farmer and neighbor.
The pastures down the dirt road are where my friends the cows are. During the Spring the herds were cautious and skiddish if I tried to take pictures they turned and exited . But after weeks of singing to them and talking to them they started friendling up. Now they slumber to the fence when it’s time for me to be there. Their owner thinks it’s the darndest thing since I don’t feed them. Nurture has its own rewards, folks tend to make themselves more available when appreciated.
The cottage is coming on. We hope to have a counter and a kitchen sink in this week. Right now my breakfast table is on the deck, still needing power washing, but with the loveliest flowers on its overgrown bush.
We’re still without walls in the back two bedrooms but the cool breezes of late summer nights have been lovely. The good news is the underpinning joist replacements are about done. The next phase will go more quickly. Classes are beginning the whole month for me. Whether client’s courses such as Tuesdays with Crescent Dragonwagon , my own classes, or the crop of workshops this season has created, (schools, districts, edu’s and my entrepreneurial groups) it’s a busy year online. The internet is low functioning at the cottage, so that’s a challenge. Last week only the bedroom could support a strong LIVE so that’s where we taught from. Not my favorite situation, but we managed.
So very thankful for the folks I’m privileged to work with. Every yes mean a no so that has meant a good number of no’s too. Time is limited in our lives, so I’ve had to keep choosing hard choices on what to release. So much in this life I want to do. This week I am reminded how wonderful to virtually coffee with a new friend. Laurel Hultgren gave me that privilege last week. Goodness she got a wound for sound Sweetie but it was SO good to connect.
This month I hope to have 1-3 coffees a week virtually. Connecting matters in this season and virtual coffees are ahhhmazing. Friendships are one of the wealths of my life. It’s a week of morning writing before workshops and late afternoons of cottage renovations. Sleep comes easy after such days. It is good.
We are back to the schedule of our childhood. News at 6, but off all day until, it helps keep real life in focus not “created to scare you, get you to purchase, or influence you” stories that may or may not be shared from factual foundations . Hearts and minds are healthier without 24/7 addictions to drama. It’s just too easy to get lost in the drama if one isn’t careful with taking time for perspective and actual effort to build a better community. Thinking about change and talking about change doesn’t change a thing without actions that speak louder than words. It’s a beautiful morning today. What does your week look like?