A sudden gust of wind blows an empty rain barrel across the brown field. Wind is howling and rain is falling. I think of the garden and am grateful for the water. Clouds are covering the sky – a thick grey mass. Somewhere in my belly something is gnawing – yes, loneliness. It strikes now and again. I try to focus on the beauty and strength of my surroundings. Tall strong spruce (home to Raccoon) and majestic age-old maple, with young green keys and millions of flowers, greet me through the window on this overcast morning. Robin hops over the fresh green grass, looking for food to bring to his family. My daughter and I are on a mission to find Raccoon sleeping in the spruce. Maybe Robin is looking for him too?
And so our day takes its course. Many adventures await us…
mayBE 2015: 9
mayBE 11 draw a map (very rough map of our new home)
3 dams with 3 pools, one shallow for little legs
diving among minnows, burning sun and blissful water
butterflies! dancing daintily through the wetland
I close my eyes and rest in the high, sweet-smelling grass.
mayBE 3, exploring lines and curves
mayBE 4, illustrating a word (growth)
Necklace made with milkweed and dogbane, beads and a shell
So a very inspiring homeschooling mama I know started this thing called mayBE this month. During the lovely month of May she gives a prompt for each day that you can explore in any creative way. Before I knew about the prompts and read her intro about her project I thought it was about creating something (anything that comes to mind with my two hands) every day. I went and thought about small projects I could do (after making up my mind about whether I would have the guts to participate – oh, the pressure, well, not really). On May 1st I did a drawing with watercolor pencils (my current favorite drawing medium), for which my eldest son joined me. The next day I sewed myself a headscarf (very easy, but a great small project with large satisfaction when everything runs smoothly which with three littles running about is not always the case). Two days ago I made cordage out of dry milkweed and dog bane (still left over from the city, thanks Cole) and strung some beads and a shell onto it for a new spiffy necklace. So far so good.
I loved brainstorming ideas while going about my day, looking forward to my creating. I have now written down the prompts and let’s see what I will come up with. Stay tuned.
Today was also our middle child’s 6th birthday. We spent a wonderful morning opening gifts, eating cake and pancakes, trying out a new game that Chris made (Kubb – what a fun game!), spending time together at the stream with a raft and water wheel and exploring a wood nearby (with loads of tracks and wild raspberry bushes). We also enjoyed delicious dandelion fritters for lunch (which the kids were so excited to pick), thanks Carly, for introducing us to those a few years back!
It feels like we are slowly settling into our new space. I am loving everything (chicks, large garden, space for us all to run around, abundant bird song all the time, quiet). Just one thing is missing, my dear friends. Now and again this feeling comes up in me which at first I can’t quite figure out. Then I know it’s not hunger but the feeling of a little emptiness because I miss my friends. The relationships that gradually formed and took shape, that were nurtured and nourished by kind words and mutual understanding and deepened through a regular exchange of thoughts, visits, common interests.
dandelion, drawn with watercolor pencils
Happy birthday, Tien!