We have had the weirdest weather in the last week. It's far colder than normal with lots of rain - as in torrential downpours - flashing lightening and rumbling thunderstorms. I'm not quite sure what to expect next but if I can't be outside enjoying the sunshine, it's good to be inside enjoying studio time.
My garden is blooming beautifully. The plant above was a cutting from a friend and the one below came with the house. I have no idea what either of them are although I really like the spikes and the soft petals.
The rain keeps the garden watered. This is good. It is quite different looking after a yard mostly on your own without underground sprinkling. It reminds me of when we were first married and Howard would be away for work and I'd completely forget about the yard until a few hours before he came home. Then, I'd be out there watering it by hand and desperately hoping it would green up quickly. He's very particular about his lawn.
Today, I'm cleaning house and getting ready for my friend Barb who is coming to visit for a week. Yesterday, I spent the day at another friend's studio in Kamloops. I first met Joanna over twenty years ago and we did a lot together and then, with life and stuff, our lives drifted apart. I was journalling one day and thinking about her and...
... prayed for an opportunity to tell her how much I missed having her in my life. One Friday shortly after that, I walked into the gallery for knitting and there she was checking out the latest exhibit... even though she doesn't live here.
We re-connected and a few weeks ago she came for a play-date in my studio and yesterday I enjoyed the day in her's... which is delightfully colourful as you can see. Joanna is exactly the same way - joyful, exuberant, colourful, outgoing, fun to be around and very, very creative. When I first met her, she taught me to be more aware of details like how the sun shines through the window and creates a pattern on the floor, or the dew on a spider web, or the wonderful swirl of a spiral. I'm so delighted that we're able to spend time together again even though she's very busy teaching Art With Joanna classes in her studio. She doesn't currently have a website. If you're interested, you can email her at JoannaBattjes @ gmail . com. I didn't hyperlink or connect it because of spammers.
I worked on the black and white and the grey and silver necklaces. Both are strung with closures and are at the finishing stages... read extensive beading and finishing the black stone pendant. I thought the grey one...
... would look great with garnets between the knot beads and then no, it decided it needed a shiny round bead instead. And then it decided those two were enough and I could focus on creating a focal point. So bossy. But fun. I'll work on it more while Barb is here. Tedious work is much more fun with friends. Actually, life is much more fun with friends.
I believe that life is about relationships, that it's important to develop healthy relationships that support the best in each other, and that - unfortunately - when we're going through the stuff of our lives our relationships can be challenged. We need to evaluate whether a relationship is healthy or toxic and to end the ones that don't nurture us but sometimes one ends that we wish hadn't. I am very lucky to have reconnected with several friends in the past couple years that I'm so glad to have back in my life. I had to say sorry. And it was worth it.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - wonderful friendships