We had such a wonderful time in Colorado, the trip was jam packed with interesting sites and beautiful people. The dress shopping was a big success and quite painless, I'm so relieved - i was lucky to find something early on that was lovely and a great price.
Here we are at the gorgeous Red Rocks, an outdoor amphitheater. Isn't my grand dog Brody sweet? Walter is in the visitor center, checking out the exhibits and posters.
Marissa took us to a very old and famous zoo in Colorado Springs. I am normally not a zoo goer - seeing the animals in captivity, especially the primates makes me feel so sad, but seeing all the animals was an incredible experience (and sad). I had never seen African animals so up close, what wonders they are. Here are a few of the 200 pics I took there, aren't digital cameras the best invention?!
Back to preparing for my classes in North Carolina...
walter and i are flying to denver in a few hours to spend 5 days with our precious youngest, marissa. she and her fiance, mick, have major planning underway for their december wedding on the coast of Riviera Maya in Mexico. Hanging out with my lovely girl will be a delight - spending a day shopping stores for the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress in just right mint green for me on the other hand... well, let's just say, what we won't do for the love of our children. Wish me luck and no stuck zipper incidents, please.
i braved it, wobbly leg and all. it's been over 3 weeks since i've been on the trail, seen the glint of the sun on the river, and my heart felt like it was the only thing that might ease these heavy blues that have been plaguing me, if only for a time. so i braved it - slowly, very slowly and carefully i set my feet on the trail until i entered the green canopy of trees, the wind blowing through the branches. i couldn't go all the way down to the water, too many uneven spots where it would be too easy to lose my fragile footing but i could spy it from where i was, hear it bubbling. beautiful. peaceful. always a way out and back to myself here, i wish i could carry it home. but i do, really, sometimes, when i can, when i remember...
here are some of the photos i took on my little journey- i wanted to share my beauty with you here in the hopes of adding to your own.
And a photo I took a couple days ago, looking out at the walnut tree, the sun setting in the west, and a poem by Jane Kenyon called Evening Sun...
a very white rabbit is doing circles, round and round in my mind, singing this refrain to me this morning, over and over and over. i've never been a graceful multi-tasker, i'm more like a furrowed brow multi-tasker, which is why i detest multi-tasking. "but why detest it?", i ask myself, it is what IS right now - many things and people calling for my attention. it's the doing one-at-a-time-without-thinking-about-the-rest-of-them that challenges me. so, so... the best remedy for me at this time i decide, is stop typing for a moment and take three deep breaths...whew(done). now, write a catch-up blog post (doing) then go outside and sit out on the porch with the dogs, where the wind is blowing up a cool gentle breeze, i can smell the sweet aroma of lilac out there, and listen to all the sounds...different bird songs, including the busy-body woodpecker with his rat-a-tat-tat, the spring green poplar and dogwood leaves humming in the wind, the faint sound of the river in the distance, and the very occasional whiny of a horse, bark of a dog, or car motor in the distance. after i've done this for a bit, i'll come back in, hopefully with a much calmer mind, to tackle the many undone-yet-to-do jobs, one at a time, in the present moment.
my shadow on a carpet of apple blossoms
i finished up and mailed off a proposal to teesha for teaching a class again at artfest next year. i only sent one, i only want to teach one, i want to take two classes, i love taking classes at artfest. i could have worked out 2-3 proposals, allowing teesha to have more to choose from, maybe increasing my odds of getting accepted again (SOOO many amazing teachers apply) but i only got one done and that feels just fine.
a page i painted last night, i was feeling a little down...i'm so thankful to be able to paint my feelings out... (not down today though :-)
i still have lots to do yet to get ready for my weekend teaching adventure at Random Arts in Saluda, North Carolina mid June. It will be my second year teaching there. and I have no doubt I will love it as much as I did last year - my students were just the best and Jane makes the whole experience run as smooth as silk. And the meals she caters in for us at lunchtime, ooooh laalaa, heaven for the tastebuds and a site for sore eyes as well; you can be sure i'll be taking lots of photos of all of it. and i'm so excited to be taking a mini side-trip after teaching to visit dear misty and her family in virginia for a few days - so much goodness i'll be packing into that week, so much to look forward to.
another painting i finished this weekend entitled "sunshine on the street of dreams"
speaking of family, here are a few photos i've taken of the sweet grandkiddos over the past few days - spending time with family tops everything, there is nothing sweeter, nothing, nada.
It's hard to know what to do when a disaster of this magnitude strikes such a huge population, especially when food and water are needed immediately, it's heartbreaking. If you interested, here is a link to donating money through Pay Pal to Burmese Monks who are on the front lines of aid efforts in their country right now. I was relieved to find this way to give, albeit the money I'm able to give is just a drop in the bucket as far as need goes.
My calf tear is very slowly healing - this re-tear is worse than the original injury I'm afraid and I must be careful to protect it better in the coming weeks. I had my first physical therapy session today and I think it will aid greatly in the healing process. I'm using a cane now (just for a little while) to keep the weight off that leg in the hopes it will heal more quickly. I feel like a big slow snail; lots just has to be put on hold (again) for awhile. This continues to be a challenging year for me health-wise but my spirits are good and I feel grateful for all that is going well in my life, and there is much. I'm hoping you're all doing well too...
Spending time creating with my students at Innerstandings last weekend was powerful and wonderful, and beautiful work was created from the heart. Since I've gotten back, words elude me. I'm filled with so many emotions these past few days - joy, teariness, exhaustion, quiet - and all of it infused with beauty; I'm just taking some time to be with it all. Eventually the words will probably come, and when they do I'll share them here.
this is the song that reaches into my heart right now, and here are some photos taken of the day...xoxo
This will be my last post till next week sometime - today I'm loading up the car with supplies and arting goodness in preparation for heading to Portland tomorrow for the two classes I'll be teaching at Innerstandings over the weekend; Collaged Faces on Saturday, and Free-Style Raw Journaling on Sunday. There are still a couple openings, so if you're in the mood to stretch your creativity muscles while enjoying the company of other creatives in the intimate class setting that is Diane's beautiful studio, come join us!