Life is no different than the weather. Not only is it unpredictable, but it shows us a new perspective of the world every day.
~ Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun
We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for — sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm. . . . As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all — and to me it is a sound — is utter, complete silence.
~ Andre Kostelanetz, Sunbeams, January 2022
Hello. How is 2022 treating you so far? I know it’s early days and there’s a pandemic surge going on, but hopefully you’re off to some kind of good start. Did you make any resolutions? Every year I say, “I do not make resolutions,” and every year I find myself caught in the energy of resolutions. Challenges and new practices and free online workshops (that will lead to longer, paid workshops) show up in my email inbox or in my Instagram feed, and the next thing I know, I’m signing up for one thing or another.
At the Winter Solstice, I decided not to sign up for a variety of things this year. “I am going to hibernate this winter,” I said to myself and to others. The Great Winter Rest and Reset. I signed up for quite a few things last year, partly because we were in what now appears to be the beginning of this pandemic, and it felt like a good thing to do to stay occupied. I learned all sorts of new things, listened to all kinds of wonderful talks and poetry, and helped support a few folks who were doing good things online.
I think it was shortly after the solstice that I came across something on Instagram about a free, year-long workshop with artist Connie Solera. I’d only recently started following her, and this particular event looked interesting and promising. It’s called Monopalette and the idea is to work with one color every month. Because I want to learn about colors and paints and how to mix colors, I decided to join. I already love it even though I’ve only watched a couple of videos and only completed one exercise.
The color for the month of January is Prussian Blue. I knew absolutely nothing about Prussian Blue until I watched Connie’s videos about the color and why she chose it. I didn’t even know that if you add white to a color it’s called tinting. Adding black to a color is called shading. That is how woefully almost non-existent my art training is at the moment.
The workshop is set up so that there will be guest teachers every Friday. It’s unlikely that I will join the live classes since the timing isn’t great for me, but I will be watching the recordings as they become available.
As you can tell from the photos, we had some winter snow come for a visit last week. I meant to post about it last week, too. Better late than never? We had snow on Monday and again later in the week. The Monday snow was the best. We got around 6-8 inches and it was perfect for cross-country skiing on Tuesday morning. Before the snow arrived there was lots of rain and icy rain. But once the snow started, the clouds cranked it out for several hours. It was wonderful to watch. It stopped snowing just before sunset. M and I decided to go out and walk in Zeke’s Woods (formerly known as the New Woods) on what my oldest grandson calls the Monster Paths (because of the way the trees hang over the paths).
We did hang around at the edge of the woods for a little while as the sun appeared and played on the snow and trees.
There is not much more to say about the snow or the fun we had in the snow. As you know, if you’ve been hanging around here or at my old blog for a while, I love the snow. It fills me with joy, my heart sings, and I could spend hours walking or cross-country skiing. In fact, I did spend hours out there delighting in it since snow doesn’t last long in these parts.
Well, I’d like to try to get caught up with y’all so I’m going to end this meander soon. Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset this evening. It’s chilly so you’ll want to bundle up. Sunset is scheduled for 5:02 PM. I’ll arrive early so I can take a little walk before whatever show the sun and sky and water decide to put on for this evening.
Please be safe and be well. ♥♥♥ And please forgive me for not responding to your comments on my last few posts. I hope to get to them but would prefer to visit you at your place first.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,941) Bella, hanging in there. She doesn’t seem to be in pain and that’s good. The vet decided against doing the surgery (because of her age but also because the Second Opinion Vet didn’t think her teeth were in such bad shape that surgery was warranted). Whatever is causing her not to eat remains a mystery. It could be the kidney problem. Whatever the case, she continues to snuggle with us, drink plenty of water, and occasionally eat enough food to keep her going. 1,942) Mild cases of Covid. A couple of family members have come down with it but have mild cases so far. 1,943) Playing with Prussian blue and other colors. 1,944) This bright and beautiful blue-sky day we’re experiencing today. 1,945) Being able to cross-country ski last week, and hike around in the snow for a day or two.