“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


The almost end of yesterday

The almost-end of a pretty perfect day.
Saturday. Yesterday.

Maggie enjoying the cool air of evening stealing in,
me doing nothing.
That doing-of-nothing pretty wonderful.

Nowhere to go, not really,
no one calling except my mother,
only once,
and one other call for a painting,
finding its way to a new home.
Sleeping late again in the morning,
early in the evening,
in the meantime just reading.
Just reading.
What luxury.
No thinking about art,
no thinking about anything if I kept the tv off.
It's been a long time coming.

I turned down an offer for another art show,
early in September,
and some of you will think that foolish,
but September is busy, busy, busy
for me in the non-art part of my life,
and I need this summer to relax,
to spend time with Maggie,
and I have no doubts it was the right decision.
Remember me when you book for next year,
I told her,
and I hope she will.

It is hot - mid to upper 90s,
humidity making it feel even hotter,
and I am grateful now
for the grays & cool colors
of my home,
for air conditioning which works,
for fans
and breezes.

A stop by the business to feed Lily
earlier today
found the a/c there not working,
the kids scheduled to spend the day with us tomorrow.
Fans turned on for Lily,
a voice mail left for the ever-wonderful Michael,
on his way back from Oklahoma,
and I was home again,
here in this coolness
and almost quiet.


  1. Looking at that photo, you can almost feel the cool air. I'm glad you're taking some time to relax and that the shows will keep coming your way. Good for you!

  2. great reflection at the end of the day.

  3. It's always so nice to visit with you.

    Love you!

  4. always good to have down time in the summer when the weather is nice. Glad you sold a painting!
    enjoy the peace

  5. you are a way for magic to find me*

  6. your words make my heart unfurl

  7. I love that you listen to your heart and are comfortable in your own skin. And with your own decisions.

  8. Your yesterday sound's absolutely perfect...mmmm...love that you are putting yourself first, not accepting the art show...but oh! they are going to miss out!!! And then I think...just imagine how you/your art would have grown within that year...and i'm imagining what your beautiful piece of heart will be like aa year from now...magical woman you! xx

  9. down time is so necessary...hope you enjoy every moment.


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