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I've started to write a post twice but was stopped by a sense of futility: faced with blankness, my mind was blank, too. This is my third attempt and I figured it was easier to just start typing and see what happens. Sometimes, words flow better if you open the valve without looking at what you are doing; let them pour from between your fingers, between the keys of the keyboard, gush from the wellspring of a mind that sometimes needs to be tricked into thinking.

The sun shone all weekend; the sky a flawless blue. In the early mornings and in the evenings, the light lies like a glimmer on every blade and tuft and leaf. It's not as if I had a lot to do these past two days; nevertheless, I have been constantly in motion: busy, working, a million little things to clean and sort and start and do.

I read a bad book and now I'm reading what I hope is a good one. Usually I can stop when I hit the bad books. Life's too short to read bad books; but I kept thinking it would get better. It wasn't badly WRITTEN, but the plot points were heavily manufactured and the author kept making clumsy references to things that dragged my attention from the story, so that I landed with a thud outside the book. Anyway, now it's in the bag for the media sale and I've started the book for book group, which so far, is flowing along and pulling me with it in the way that good books do. Effortlessly, and well, not mindlessly, but mindfully.

Today I drew a garlic bulb and a lemon, whole and sliced. I want to do one more illustration before bedtime, maybe a strawberry. Something sweet. It's not exactly drawing; I'm cheating a bit and tracing but then adding my own spin to the line to make it mine.

The rosebush in the front has exploded again; full to bursting with peachy gold pinkness. It's so pretty it makes my heart ache. I take photos of it constantly; I can't stop. Won't stop. I want it to last forever. I know that's part of what makes it so beautiful: the knowledge in the back of your mind that it won't last forever. It's why we take photos of our children, our parents, our loved ones, isn't it?

A good weekend with lots accomplished and much relaxing, to boot. I hope yours was the same.
mood: peaceful
music: The Cure—Lovesong


Glorious, glorious roses and a fitting tribute to the wonderful weekend weather.

I get so mad at bad books - what a waste of my time to read even a bit of them (*yes, I'm looking at you Gregory David Roberts*) I'm glad that you've found something you are enjoying. I've just finished Lidia Yuknavitch's The Small Backs of Children. What can I say other than this exquisite story made me giddy and sad all at once. She's graphic, pushes the reader to the edge of alive, the writing wastes not one word and each and every word pulled double duty. I want read everything she wrote now.

I love finding books that make you want to read everyrhing the author has written! In one gulp! What a treasure! Will check your book rec out!

Another one that I liked is Giving up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted by Eric Nuzum.

Put the first one on my wishlist and just read the entire sample of the second one on Amazon, now also on my list. You are an enabler, that's what you are.

I prefer to think of myself as a fellow bibliophile :)

Heh. The book group book is The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt. So far, so good :)

I think I may have read that a couple of years back, but will check the library copy in Nyköping next week in case I was wrong. I'm always grateful for book tips.


Your roses ARE gorgeous!What a treat to have such beauty at your door. Love, Lizardmom

I know! It makes me happy daily! The neighbors must think I'm nuts, out there taking pictures of it constantly :D

Those roses are spectacular! I'd be staring at them constantly. 🌹💕

Join the club! I'm obsessed!

From Megsie

I LOVE roses! Yours are gorgeous! Thank you for that mini vacation...

I love it when you write with no agenda...and when you write with a definite agenda. Your description of the light is wonderful. I love autumn light.

Sounds like a great weekend at your house, I hope your week follows the same path! xo

Re: From Megsie

We've been really lucky with roses, but that little bush just keeps on giving! The pink ones in the back are done as are the orange ones, but I LOVE these peachy/pinky ones!

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