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The Day's Last Light

There's a bathtub in the living room right now, a clear indicator of the unrest of this past week.  Our plans for a new bathroom (mostly) are creeping forward.  In a couple weeks, our old painted tub should come out and this new one will take its place.  What to do with it in between will be the challenge. . . Between the bathroom and painting half the rooms (and that new roof), this house is getting a Spring cleanout.  I've got a heap of things on the front porch waiting for the glory of trash day, today!  And there's a load for the thrift store and yesterday's trip to the dumpster.  I went from having one broken ironign board to topping out at five at one point (some still broken)!  I think it made me feel better just to get things out.

Last Light 1

All that aside, the evening light was so nice the other day.
Willow learned to braid and did my hair and I just sat.

Last Light 2

There was so much to do and time was slipping away,
but it was wonderful to take notice of the late-day light on newly painted walls.

Last Light 3

The paint is more purple-y than the last,
at times more pink or more blue.
I love it, either way.

Last Light 4

The light hit this mushroom painting just right, at one point.

Last Light 5

My anxiety is at a peak lately.  I clear out one worry and trade it for another.  My neck is still scrunched up, seeming to do so at night when I am not moving and prone to thinking too much.  As the day goes on, it improves and it hardly hurt at all yesterday afternoon.  I spent that time getting the basement ready for men crawling up under the house.  There was some pretty ruthless decluttering, and I was thankful for some large boxes that I could put things in without being questioned.

The candlelight and our school time are the anchors that keep us focused these days.  They help me to feel right and good, even when plans change and everything seems scattered.  I am looking forward to some boring and I hope it does come.  The weather for the next while is sunny, warm and clear.  If I don't make it to the woods to see some Spring flowers, I'll be disappointed in myself.   That always makes me feel so much better.


( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 14th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're feeling so anxious. I hope it lifts soon. Thanks for the lovely pictures; the paint color is really pretty!
Apr. 15th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm still scrunched up, but it will pass. I realized I haven't felt this way since my last semester of college!
Ginger Schneider
Apr. 18th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
So sorry about your neck! I can tell you that stress does things to your neck that you may not even realize. And I can also tell you LOTS OF HEAT. Keep that heating pad on there! Hope you feel better!!
Apr. 19th, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is doing better. :-)
Apr. 15th, 2016 12:09 pm (UTC)
I think it's understandable to feel anxious and out of sorts with such a flurry of activity going on, for those of us who prefer gradual change. I am in the same boat right now, so many projects going on, so much change and activity so fast - it's unnerving. I hope things become more peaceful for you soon. And yes, go see some Spring wildflowers!! That cure worked for me.
: ) - Stacey
Apr. 15th, 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
We took a long walk and it helped. I have my sights set on a hike this evening.
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Apr. 19th, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, it will be worth it! I keep telling myself that. :-) You can get the caterpillar (and others that are even sweeter!) at RVA Naturals. I got mine at a Lifeways shop that was closing. I'm so glad I did. :-)

My neck is getting better. Thanks!
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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