I love the old, beat-up chalkboard as a background, a tray, a frame, and a place to doodle. It used to hang in our basement for the kids to keep game scores on so it has a long history. The camera focused on the flower, a gazania -- in this case, the camera knew best.
A new pathway for June's moon stitch ritual -- the cable chain-stitch in orange. With all the rain this spring, some valerian plants are growing up to 5-6' tall, normal is about 4'. This stand of valerian, Valeriana officinalis, the little spruce tree and the bench are in a pocket-sized wild area and if you sit there and close your eyes, you can smell the mountains.
Yesterday was a new moon in Gemini, the zodiac sign that helps us to be curious enough to find out what is needed for real change. In general a new moon cycle brings about opportunities for change and growth. So I am taking the moon by the horns.
It's time for me to let go of the first half of the year and begin anew -- yes, right here in the middle of the year. I've been over-committed for quite some time and nearly every day of the past year I questioned why and how I got myself into the situations I did. I began planning on withdrawing from some things and limiting others. I finished out my commitments, one by one. Rather than cutting longtime threads of connection I decided to cut those threads some slack instead to create distance and rest. And here I am at the point of completion that I've held in my heart to look forward to for so many months.
June...sitting with beloved plants...and bees...crazy big chunks of time to cut/paste/paint crazy art...needle chanting in the sewing room while the pups Daisy and Talula sleep, the ceiling fan hums and aspen leaves rustle...listening to darkness outside...knitting on the porch swing...days and days in a row with no place to be but home.
If and (probably) when life turns from being into doing again and I find myself paying the piper too much, I will have to let it all go again. Until I get it.
Wishing everyone a beautiful June, what remains.