Some people call these kinds of posts "life lately", but you know me; I like to be willfully obtuse.
So life, lately, has been good, breathtaking, magic, magic.
This whole being a self-employed, semi-employed, a house-wife, a writer, a homesteader...thing, though is actually way more time-consuming than one might think. I'm totally still figuring out how to be productive and have a good balance between, work, art and play.
Lucky for me I still have a few paying gigs outside the scary realm of selling my vintage and jewelry and
...try to bottle-feed baby goats. Cute-coworkers like George here, are a definite bonus.
I've said this before, but your "work" is so much beyond your day job. It's that, but it's walking the woods in search of food, reading about foreign places, making things, watching the sky for birds, whatever it is you love to do, as well.
Delicious, delicious work.
And since we're on the topic of wildcrafting, I'm sure you don't mind some pictures of someone else harvesting nettles in our woods.
The lovely, empathetic, intuitive, magical Mindy and her son G came to visit us for the weekend and nettle-gathering was high on the list of things we needed to do together. The amount of stuff we had to talk about, I'm amazed we managed to actually get any picking done.
Mindy and G were like long-time visitors, adapting to their new environment effortlessly. So much so that when I asked if he wanted to, you know, climb a mountain with me, G barely blinked an eye before uttered an enthusiastic "Yes!".
What a trooper, that kid.
I think I've mentioned this before but it's so fun for us to have visitors, because they force us out of our routine and make us see our beautiful surroundings in a whole new way. Or a whole old way really, the way we did when we first came out here.
I'm ashamed to say it, but it's not often we sit on the beach and build rock towers, or even go out for coffee and walks. Mostly we're wrapped up in our chores, our art, our what-have-yous.
There's much work to be done on that front. Be more present, go on more outings. Visitors are a wonderful way of catching that traveling spirit I mentioned in my last post.
Just today, we had friends over for a dinner and meeting on the beach, and when C. came back in he sighed deeply and said "That's better. Whenever I actually go there I just feel so lucky to be able to live here."
That's what we need. More dinners on the beach. More work in the sun. And I have a feeling there'll be plenty of both this coming season.
As for lives, lately, I've also been trying out a few test shots for my wears, and feeling more than ever that I "need" a new camera. For the last year, I feel like I've noticed that my photos are getting markedly better and my interest in trying out different visual ideas and needing functions my point-and-shoot doesn't offer growing. Of course, a camera doesn't make a photographer, but I do find myself frustrated with mine a lot.
Anyways, if anyone's got tips on this topic, they'd be much appreciated and in case you're wondering, the shop should be open by the first of May! Scary. Back to work.