Gratitude Friday

1. This was the sky, the view from my front porch this morning. I think it was because it’s my niece’s birthday today, Sweet 16, (how did that happen?!). She’s still one of my favorites.

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when she was smaller, and we both were younger

2. My boys. Training with Ringo, (wow, he’s smart), and the way Sam sneaks into bed with us in the morning, (I totally let him).
playing3. Come, Play, Stay, that the people who work there don’t just understand Ringo as a Cattle Dog, but they appreciate, even love him.

4. Good friends who will say yes when I ask them to come to a practice yoga class (including the ones who wanted to but couldn’t make it this time), who are willing to help me get some experience teaching before my final, before doing it “for real,” who are so kind and generous and funny and brilliant.

5. End of summer harvest — watermelon, peaches, corn, strawberries, and raspberries.

Bonus Joy: Laughing with Eric, cooler weather, Skyping with Justine, glazed lemon zucchini bread, a three day weekend.

August Break: Nature

Nature. This spring we took the next step converting our front yard, which was mainly just lawn, into a garden. We put in three raised beds, spread mulch to cover the grass, and planted lots of flowers and vegetables.

Before, our garden this spring

Before, our garden this spring

Over the course of the summer, the space has turned wild, into the most glorious chaos — a crazy overgrown jungle wonderland full of bees and grasshoppers and butterflies and the occasional kitty or hummingbird and tomatoes and other vegetables and flowers and weeds. Our next door neighbors were loving on our pumpkins the other day and told us they are doing the same to their yard next year. It is unpredictable, almost impossible to manage sometimes, but I adore it.

Now. The Rocky Mountain Bee Plants are so tall you can't even see the lilacs in the corner

Now. The Rocky Mountain Bee Plants are so tall you can’t even see the lilacs in the corner

The Rocky Mountain Bee Plants, which we didn’t plant but rather they found us, are my favorite. In the warm of the day, they are covered with hungry, busy, noisy bees. They are big and sturdy enough that I sometimes see tiny sparrows resting there. This morning, there was a tiny bright yellow and black song bird making the most beautiful noise while the bees buzzed all around.

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Rocky Mountain Bee Plant and bee

August Break: Something New

somethingnewMy old office is on the left. People always commented how nice and peaceful it was. My new office is still in boxes and we aren’t allowed to hang anything on the walls and I haven’t had time to unpack and I couldn’t bring my plants and I took some of my pretty stuff home and because these used to be dorm rooms it kind of feels like working in an empty hotel and it smells funny. There is nice tree outside my window and you could take a shower in the bathroom if you wanted. Something new.

August Break: Lines

linesLines. So many — the outside frame, the window panes, the stairs and handrails inside, the stacks of flat stones on the side of the building in the back, the yellow paint marking the bike path behind, the flat empty sidewalk running along its edge, the reflection of the trees on the glass, the curve of the bushes below. Sometimes it’s just too much at once. #augustbreak2014

August Break: Morning

morningaugustbreakMorning for us starts before the sun comes up. After everyone has gone to the bathroom and the dogs eat breakfast, the first thing is coffee. I only drink half a cup, just enough. I have three tiny cups my mother-in-law gave us and in them, half a cup looks like a full one. While I drink it, I write my morning pages under the sun of my Happy Light.

August Moon: Here’s to Your Future

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little, tiny, baby me

Today we got the final August Moon email from Kat. It was all about imagining where we might be a year from now. Instead, I was thinking about where I’ve been during this challenge. It was different than I’d imagined, expected. Instead of uncovering, discovering something entirely new, it was an opportunity to review and clarify what I’ve learned. It’s funny because before it started, I was thinking about how I’d been a bit absent from the blog, not posting so much about what was going on with me, how I took a long break while we were in Oregon where I’d only posted Gratitude Friday, and even then it was only pictures, no words.

So it felt good to take this time, the full cycle of the August Moon, to come here and do a longer update, a full review of what I’ve been working on, thinking, planning. I’m transforming, evolving, but in so many ways, I’m exactly who I’ve always been — and that’s actually the best possible news.

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As always, I’m so grateful to Kat for hosting. I feel so so lucky to know her, to call her a kindred, to have her on my side. I adore you, Kat. xo