i've been short on words.
it's simply that i am not a winter person. at all. i seek color and a long day's journey into night. everywhere in my home, colors reign and lots of whimsey mixed in with traditional decor. i believe i suffer from seasonal disorder.
having postponed our trip to chile (days of nightmares prior to flying told me the time wasn't right) we are missing the latin summer in exchange for chilly sunny days in ventura. i cannot put my finger on the reasons that made me decide to remain close to home, maybe a feeling that it was too soon after the move to the new house or maybe the trauma of all the things that happened to me while i was there for almost a year. i am still trying to figure it out since i so love chile.
the trade off: cozy days of watching "downton abbey", lighting the fire and home cooking as well as a birthday daytrip into hollywood to see "wicked" at the pantages.
january is almost over and i added another ring around the tree, 56. alot to think about or not think about. instead, pampering, self pampering and more pampering. i chose the set of teacups pictured as one of my presents and put two more sets (on etsy ofcourse) on my wish list for valentines.
so i swiftly veer my attention from the morbid thoughts of ageing to the bulbs in the garden which are beginning to pop up and the four new roses that have gone in the ground. i discovered an amazing rose by the name of "julio iglesias" that i can't wait to see bloom against the greens in my garden. i had seen it in a garden in mexico when we rented our friend's condo, remember? and searched high and low until i found it.
i have also been sifting through my stacks of seeds, planning on how to lay out what i intend to be an english garden. i prefer messy gardens to manicured gardens and must have a few wild flowers sown in among the classics. like yarrow and cosmos and tiny violets along the borders. a few vegetables will go in the ground too, kale and snap peas and later on in the season a few beefsteak tomatoes climbing up bamboo teepees.
for inspiration, i make my semi-monthly run to barnes and noble to browse through all the decoration and craft magazines, picking up two:
there is a quietness about, i just haven't been in the mood for talking much, or even sharing the questions in my soul but life is stirring under the earth in my garden waiting to bloom at any moment. and being a spring and summer person, i will bloom with them.
i've managed to make some progress on this fabric collage i've had stacked away in my craft basket and have another embroidery in the works.
and splatter the house with color
i have found so many great ideas to make on several websites lately and must gather the momentum to begin which is always the hard thing for me.
in the coming days, i promise to post a medley of the projects that have impressed me the most, as i have regularly in the past.
"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." Thomas Merton
i am joining in