Spring equinox, full moon, thawing ground, budding trees, nesting birds, spritzing rain. It's not a sunny day but it beckons none the less. I've walked barefoot in the grass and across the muddy paths as I greeted the tender green shoots pushing through the soil in all my gardens and random spots of the lawn. I thought to have a fire outdoors tonight to honor the full moon and greet spring but rain and potential storms seem against it. So I burned sage and sweetgrass on the front porch. I carried a bundle of smoldering sage as I walked the perimeter of our land picking up stray limbs and twigs blown from the trees by the heavy winds that roared through last week. Winds of change! I am happy to say good-bye to winter and step into the spring season. Eager to be in the gardens plunging my hands into the soil looking for the established and planting seeds for new. Ideas crowd my mind for this new year of gardening. I'm eager for the dandelions and bees. I'll know spring has settled in and life is unfolding when those two precious things appear.
With no plans to celebrate St. Paddy's Day out and about, I don't think we ever have despite the wee bit/or maybe a lot of Irish in me, I decided to try my hand at making Irish Soda Bread and Brisket. After sliding the bread into the oven I noticed the snow that had accumulated on the ground looked perfect for creating a snowman. So that's what I did while the bread baked. When I took the bread from the oven I drank my very first Irish Beer! I did a taste test of the bread while the brisket bakes and am not disappointed.
I'm pretty sure I won't be disappointed with my first brisket either.
I've decided that next year if I am not in Ireland I will be out enjoying the crowds and festivities wherever I am locally. My peeps are welcome to join me but if they don't that is fine too.
This is the year I start setting my own rules. Begin doing life more aligned with my own compass.
As I write this the snow has melted and snowman toppled. Glad I seized the moment.
There is something to be said for waking early and journaling while drinking your first cup of coffee in the morning. This mug is my current favorite, though I can't explain exactly why. Maybe it's the face or the muted rose color or the way it feels perfect in my hand. I don't really need to know why. But I do like having different mugs in my cupboard to choose from; each having their own unique appeal depending on my mood!
Starting the morning with coffee, journaling and sketching. As I've said I am posting all, the good, the bad, the ugly. Later the hubby and I are going to make the traditional crescent cookies. Secret family recipe. One of the better kept secrets if you ask me.
If all goes accordingly I also hope to work on some handmade Christmas cards.
The weather has been frigid, sky mostly gray all week. Today it's still cold but the sun decided to show which makes everything more inviting, at least for me. Since I was almost totally indoors all week there was no excuse for not catching up on some art. I'm enrolled in some online classes and art challenges. I've decided to post my work in the groups and here whether I think it's good or bad. When I finished todays prompt I recalled when Chad thrust a pencil, eraser and sketch pad in my hand and said " You won't know if you don't try". Pretty sure he was tired of my continuous requests for his drawing skills in my projects. Anyway, that set me on a long journey of "trying like hell" and being my own worst critic. All these years later not only do I have some skills but I think I'm actually beginning to see the beginnings of my own expressions and voice. Some of the following pictures are from class and challenges the others are just quick scribble sketches from and of whatever.
There was much to be thankful for this week. Monday was taking time to share photos from the past to remember Chad on what would have been his 37th birthday. From there just being thankful for all that fill our daily lives. Thanksgiving Day I ran my first Turkey Trot. A new developing friendship led to this. Afterwards Mark & I started cooking our Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for his brother to arrive. Smaller gathering but no less fun and enjoyable than a houseful. When we pulled the turkey from the oven and shifted it to a carving board it sort of exploded. No one seemed to care and it still tasted awesome! I included my hastily drawn face from #hundredfabfunface challenge I am in just because it keeps me accountable.
Today is time in my studio. I followed tutorial (Karen Campbell) for drawing shading face, #hundredfunfabfaces along with my morning coffee. Some things I am happy with on the resulting face, others not as much. I did it, it's done. Tomorrow I'll practice some more. This afternoon I poured some wine and began working on my idea of Christmas Postcards. Trying mixed media/hand painting. Cutting my own paper and cardstock to size. The two snowmen are my first. Turning out better than anticipated. Ready to try my hand with other designs.
Hello, I'm Kim and I am who I am, uniquely me.