Play datePosted: October 12, 2011 | |
It is raining here in the Bogs today. Damp, chilly, gray. The occasional gust of wind swings by and leaves come flying off the trees by the hundreds. Or the thousands. There are a lot of leaves out there.
I took some photos of the trees around the pond yesterday, and decided to play with them in Photoshop today. I consider it my artist’s date for the week. It was a delightful way to spend a rainy morning.
It beats doing laundry and cleaning house. Eventually I did have to get started on those things, but it was nice to spend a couple of hours joyfully playing with colors. And critters.
The preying mantises have moved out of the meadows and up to the deck and house. It looks almost like a sci-fi movie out there. Attack of the Preying Mantises. Opening the patio door to come into the house, one very large mantis flew inside and looked ready to take up residence on the dining room wall. He was easy enough to move. All you have to do is give them something to grasp, then carry them to where you want them. I’ve done that a few times now, to keep the cats from playing with them when they’re outside.
After I finished with yesterday’s photos, I grabbed the camera and took a few more from inside the house and outside. I played with those, too.
The post I originally wrote today was a snarky look at my experiences so far with The Artist’s Way. I put it aside for now. I have discovered that snarkiness needs to sit by itself for a while. Something good may come of it, but right now it is unattractive.
In spite of the snark and sarcasm, I did come to the conclusion that I will continue on with The Artist’s Way for now. I am benefiting from some aspects of it, even those things I resist at first. Especially those things I resist at first.
My new commitments will be put to the test soon. M and I will be traveling east to visit with family and friends. I learned with my outdoor commitment that it’s easy enough to stick with a commitment at home, but not always easy when we’re traveling. The daily yoga practice should be no problem. Giving up meat, though, means I have given up hoagies and cheesesteaks, and might run into difficulties at family dinners where vegetables often play a small role if they show up at all.
It will certainly be interesting, that’s for sure. In the meantime, I’m going to spend the next few days getting the house ready for our house-sitters, and preparing and freezing a few vegetarian dishes that I can take along for back-up. Just in case.
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thanks for dropping by and joining me on my play date. I’ll be back tomorrow with some hot air balloon photos. 🙂