At this moment, I am sitting at my kitchen counter. Purple light, like smoke, is drifting over my countertops, winding across the floor.
My men are sleeping still (yay Daylight Savings time!) so the only sounds are the desperate love notes of returning birds and the whir of our attic fan. Last night was the first time this year that we've had it on and it has not lost it's magic – it's rumbling hum still lulls me into the kind of sleep that leaves me surprised to wake again- sheet marks on my cheeks and vague memories of dreams that were more like visitations.
We spent our weekend cleaning, making ready for a new season.
The windows were open and the house smelled of lavender and baking bread.
Old songs drifted from the radio to let me dance, for a little while at least, with people who left me too soon… my Popo and Momo twirled around my kitchen singing Wildwood Flower
. In Your Eyes
brought sweet memories of a boy that I once loved. I wonder if he hadn't died too young, would his babies have had their Daddy's red hair and easy smile. D'yer Maker
played, and for a couple of minutes, I was the girl I used to be and sometimes, in my better moments, still am – all hope and passion, driving with the windows rolled down.
There was good food and family,
grubby little hands pressed into mine, new drawings on my refrigerator, heads bowed and thanks offered because really, we are so very blessed.
It was a simple, perfect weekend.
I want to thank you all for the gift of your encouragement too. I have received so many comments and even more emails full of one thing – hope. So many of you have stories of hard times that led to peace and fulfillment. It is good to be in such company. And it is good, REALLY good, downright neat, to hear that so many of you are following your passions. I'm going to be sharing some great stories here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. You will be encouraged!
And now… I owe you a winner, don't I?
With all the favorites, budget-friendly tips and shop recommendations, there were a grand total of 93 entries in our Little Alouette giveaway contest.
The great and powerful Random Number Generator says that #83, Marybeth
takes the prize!
To Marybeth and everyone else, I hope your week is off to a great start. I leave you with a thought that a dear friend passed on to me from Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Dish
"If you are inevitably going to end up in the poorhouse, you
might as well get there by chasing the wildest of your