Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why We Live (where we live)

Ask anyone why they like where they live (some will say they can't wait to move away....) and you'll undoubtably hear a wide range of reasons- but if you can find within yourself an inner contentment at certain times of day and if the views or the light or the thoughts of all the things that have transpired forge a profound connection...sometimes it's knowing my children's memories were made here, that they frolicked in the river and drank in the sunset and came home to a snug house knowing tomorrow will be just as lovely, or better, or different in ways that will frustrate and delight (often at the same time).

Monday, August 25, 2014

An Excursion for Mom and Dad

With two kids out of the house and one child remaining (well, we think he stills live with us although he mainly makes appearances for food and rides to town...), doing anything improptu is easily achieved. A beautiful day meant going somewhere outdoors and we headed north to Storm King, a place we have enjoyed visiting in the past. During the summer months, the center is open later on the weekends, which means no matter what time you finally peel away, there is ample opportunity to stroll the grounds, take in the amazing artworks and enjoy the stunning vistas. I'm still adjusting to all the freedom of quasi empty nesters. Going where we want and when we want is a lifetstyle that feels odd and pleasant at the same time. I've enjoyed the ties to our children that parenthood has entailed and this new found liberty will take some getting use to.

But Storm King is an inspiring destination and one I highly recommend.

The Mirror Fence on top is by Alyson Shotz and the current exhibition of Zhang Huan- amazing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog-envy (Strikes Again)

For any of you who suffer from pangs of inadequacy, who survey the lot that is their life with occasional bouts of doubt (no matter how much or how little fate has given you- and maybe you don't even believe in any of that stuff, including free will....) then my temporary wallow in the pursuit of why bother is easily enhanced when I read a few choice blogs- like Dinner:A Love Story (where I noticed a post that had 168 comments) and Lame Adventures (who also has a devoted following)...

You want to believe that it's all worth doing if only one person notices. Scratch that- it's worth doing because it's what you did- even if nobody notices. (please note that, to the best of my knowledge, no one i.e. in my family was harmed irreversibly by one of my offerings.) But sometimes the desire for more floods me in the most complicated of ways and then it's off to the races with pockets weighed down by ambivalence and agita. (never a good combination!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Visit to a New Flea (for Me)

Last Sunday morning my friend Karin took me to the Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market. We arrived to find it buzzing with people checking out the wide range of offerings. Wandering together and surveying the scene created a kind of excitement and relaxation rolled in to one. And the funny things I purchased will carry memories I'll enjoy for a long time to come.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Boredom doesn't mean you're boring

The crickets pulse with rhythmic repetition. A daughter visits and leaves, rushing in and out with smiles and news, the schedule for high school appears in the mail and the air cools with the expectation of September in the offing. I am restless and craving something huge, complicated and requiring every ounce of my attention. Napping beckons and repels at the same time. I want to be moving forward- if possible like a shark.

It's important to resist having too many opinions about what really matters. Best to enjoy the lingering light of the afternoon, the branches moving in the breeze and savoring how pleasant feeling pleasant often seems after a problem is solved or a crisis is averted.

I'll go with the glass half full and leave it at that.