~ looking at scrapbooking supplies online I think my all time favourite brand might be going to fold. ~ loving a sunny day after a wet Easter. ~ thankful to finally be pretty much caught up on a bunch of stuff. ~ inspired to make a mini album. ~ savouring the long weekend. ~ reading The Non-Designers Guide to Designing. ~ enjoying swimming each week. ~ counting down the weeks till Tama starts school. ~ tasting chocolate... it is Easter after all. ~ writing blog posts for Mystical Scrapbooking. ~ wishing for more time in the day. ~ hoping to get my car sorted soon. ~ listening to a scrapbooking podcast and the boys chatter. ~ relieved to have my 'To do' list a bit shorter. ~ seeing laundry... a never ending pile. ~ dreaming of being really organised and relaxed. ~ thinking about Joy. ~ going nowhere fast.
Color Me Katie stopped blogging early in 2013 and she seemed to abandon her facebook page about a year later. And to be honest that's a bit of a tragedy. It's totally worth going back to the start of her blog and reading through from there. Or if you're feeling sad or needing a joy infusion just picking a random month from the archive and reading. She is the epitome of joy all wrapped up in a beautiful, funny intelligent human being.
I'm a library junkie. I go for a hit every week. My library cards are constantly maxed out and I have a list of reserves longer than my library card. My Good Reads is full of ideas that will come to my hands via the library. I have the library website in in favourites bar and I use it at least weekly. My librarians know my name. I give them Christmas gifts and they give me a heads up on authors that may bring me joy.
The library is home. And it's shelves hold inspiration, emotion, ideas, and joy all wrapped nicely between beautiful dust jackets.
We joke that the camera is another one of my children. It is the thing that I would grab first if we had to evacuate for a bush fire. I always travel with at least one camera, normally two and sometimes three.
My camera provides the main fuel for my scrapbooking- the thing that keeps me sane. My camera captures our memories and our stories. My camera captures the little things I notice. The weird things I see. My camera helps me to remember and allows me to share the joy I have and see in my world.
When we lived down the hill in Wattle Grove we were in a new housing estate- a place which had recently been levelled and cleared of all trees. We generally travelled around areas that we industrial or commercial to get where we needed to go. And the bush and trees that we did see were gums which are of course evergreens. I didn't realise it at the time but that Autumn just felt off. The weather of course being Western Australia was still pretty hot by our Kiwi standards. And nothing changed.
The following year we moved Will up the hill to a different primary school. I had to drive him to school every day. Lesmurdie by contrast with Wattle Grove is more established and many of the homes have been lived in by the same families for many years. The variety and type of plants are so much more and different that where we had been travelling. And when Autumn came change came too. It was then that I realised what I had missed the previous year.
Other than the sheer beauty of the colours of the changing leaves and foliage there's some thing about the change in the season that I think affects me emotionally. Like a settling. Settling into the school year ahead. Settling in to home and preparing for the winter season ahead. Winter is busy for us all the kids play a winter sport. Autumn is the calm before the storm. Slowly practices start and our weeks become a rhythm. I spend more time outside in open spaces in the late afternoon and watch the sun set earlier and earlier. Jerseys come out and eventually jackets (sometimes anyway). We get ready to pick up pace for winter weekends of travel and games.
Autumn is the gentle season that ushers in the busyness of winter as the leaves change I change. And I've found that I need that season in my life to prepare- for the season ahead.
Catching up- some photos from the holidays. We went to the playground in Wattle Grove to catch-up with a couple of Tama's Kindy friends. A great time was had by all including the grown-ups who managed a pretty good conversation. :-)