We’re in the long hot days now– summer is here. Although not as brutally as last year and the year before, and I’m thankful for that! Waiting for the tomatoes to ripen and the sunflowers to open. But mostly? I’m thinking of my favorite season, Autumn, and cool nights, grinning pumpkins, spooky tales and Halloween art.
These days I’m reading up on some ghost stories and also got a book about Grandma Moses. I’ve known about Grandma Moses forever it seems, but I didnt really know any specifics about her or her paintings. This book came used from Amazon and I’ve been paging through it at the dining room table when I get little moments. How amazing that she started painting at 78! Why, I’ve got lots of time, don’t I?
Other big news around here is that it seems our little baby is going to be a boy! And knowing this has got me suddenly motivated to start really looking at baby things, and looking at boy stuff which is a foreign concept for me! I’ve spent the last 6 years immersed in pink. I’ve got a lot to learn about this boy business. I just hope he’s sweet and kind like his daddy. I’ve already made one just like me 😉
Since it’s getting so hot, I haven’t really been spending much time outside except for in the mornings. Then I look after the plants and check on the vegetables. The pretty rose on the shed is blooming again, and it’s the star of the yard. I’m hoping after a season or two, the hydrangeas I’ve planted under the old Cedar tree will start to fill out and blossom. The garden now, with all its tiny not-yet-ripe veggies, is all about patience. If a curious little girl doesn’t pick the egg plant before its mature, and if the dogs dont trample my last pepper plant, I might get a modest harvest, even with this late start. I’ll at least have tomatoes, which have gone crazy and brambly.
Planting this little garden makes me think of my great-grandma’s huge garden that she grew at her house just down the street. Or maybe it was huge because I saw it with a three year old’s eyes? It’s hard to know. But what I do know is, this time next year, there will be a new little one here….who will probably inspire more boys in my paintings, and who I’m sure will grow to love Halloween as much as me and his big sister.
Well, time to sign off and get the garden watered while its still shady back there, and then hopefully– more painting!~