This morning I had a small 'photo shoot' with one of our local papers during heavy winds, rain and snow so when I arrived home I started the kettle and decided that my chair project will wait until the weather settles in a couple of days while I continue on with the two large and dozen small pieces I'm hoping to complete for my next exhibit. These are the days I am especially grateful for my little (faux) fireplace in the studio as not only does it keep me warm but the soft flickering light looks so pretty. It does make things feel warm and cozy.
This afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting up with local artist Kathryn Zondag as she has graciously offered to teach a Jr Artists class at the library on October 20. Such a treat to spend time with a woman who is not only a fantastic artist but also a lovely person.
These days I've been reading 'Sarah's Key' by Tatiana deRosnay which has been on my reading list for some time. It makes me so sad to think of the atrocities so many people had to endure. I don't understand why it wasn't enough to annihilate an entire group of people but also to absolutely humiliate them, to strip them of their dignity. Novels set during the Second World War, even fiction, are stories that I can only read when I feel absolutely grounded. While I read I am reminded to be grateful every day. I think of those who still have to endure horrible things and know I am blessed beyond measure.
Even with the nasty weather we are experiencing today, I still love this time of year. With the leaves slowly disappearing from the trees I am able to witness so much more. A murder of crows flew past my kitchen window as I was peeling potatoes for this evening's dinner and then a flock of sparrows moved in unison as if in a dance from one tree to the next. Such grace. Such a lovely time of year.