Mondays are for Wondering
I am reader of things, you know this because the original idea of this Monday post was a random selection of things that caught my eye or my ear in the past week. That has not changed, it’s not likely to change anytime soon. But, I also started this blog to focus on the wonder full things, while fully aware that life is not always wonderful, it sure can be full of wonder. But I also am not here to focus on the things that make me wonder ‘why? why is this happening? why are people behaving in these awful ways?’ Not that I don’t spend a significant amount of time wondering all of those things and more, I am also attempting to take control of small pockets of my world and not fill every corner up with negativity or hopelessness or fear. I guess I’m saying all of this because these feelings are there but I am choosing to not focus on them all of the time and I’m choosing to not focus on them here. But I am also not ignoring them or trying to portray a life that does not have complications and worry and negativity. In the interest of honesty, it’s not all sunshine and cupcakes and puppies, not all the time.
- I’ve been on a super-creative binge this summer. I’ve been taking photographs (of pigs sometimes..), I’ve been sewing (a dress, a pair of yoga pants, a bag and two pillow covers so far), I’ve been knitting (secret projects, cannot be discussed), I have an embroidery project 50% finished. I love how all of this feels, I love having something to focus on so intently, I like using my hands and my creative brain. I’ve been feeling proud and happy that I am putting all this energy to work. Turns out, rather than discovering my hidden talents and letting my long-hidden creativity shine, I’m having a run-of-the-mill trendy midlife crisis: Creativity Is The New Midlife Crisis. Hurrumph. I though I was much more unique than that.
- Someone else who had a midlife change of plans, is this artist, Pete McKee who sold his first painting at the age of 39. I think he was working as a postman until that point. I have no such lofty intentions for my own creative outburst but I do love the idea of following new ideas long after the world would have us believe we have new ideas in us.
- Mountainview Orchards here in Shoreham has put out the sign that their blueberries are ready for picking and you will find me there this week, rain or shine. Blueberries and I have a long love affair. (I just planted two bushes at my house this year, they are about a foot tall but they do have a few blueberries for me to munch on while I obsessively water them during this dry, dry summer.) I’m planning a pie and some muffins and something with blueberry and lemon and I don’t know what else. Do you have a favorite way to use blueberries?
- I’m going to end with a shameless plug, because I figure if you’re still here and reading this maybe you like what I say and do. Saveur magazine celebrates food bloggers every year and anyone can be nominated in a number of categories. I am completely and utterly out of my depth but I also figure, if I don’t step forward I don’t stand any chance at all. If you want to nominate this little blog, here is the link: SAVEUR Blog Award Nominations. It takes about 2 minutes. Nominations close Wednesday July 25 at 5pm. Big kisses in advance.