I think, that just maybe, I am ready to get back into the blogging saddle again. I have a couple of ideas for posts roaming around in my head, and that is usually the precursor to some form of activity. I am hoping to find the time this week to write them up.
Spring Break this week - although you would never know it by looking outside the window and observing the 1.5 inches of snow on the ground. We hit a high of 70 degrees on Friday - and snow today. The Midwest is nothing if it isn't unpredictable!
It is supposed to warm up starting tomorrow and actually hit the 60 degree mark a couple of days this week. I plan to implement my walking/writing routine at that time.
While I have to work on a Journalism unit study this week for my English 1 class, I do plan to truly take a break from the academics and pursue other personal interests.
The Second Journey and plan to write a short review later in the week. I have nearly completed Howard's End is on the Landing and have taken so many notes on Ms. Hill's literary commentary. In fact, I think I will use these notes as prompts for several blog posts in order to seek your literary opinions as well. I have thoroughly loved this book - not necessarily because I agree with all her opinionated statements, but because those statements cause me to think about my own love affair with books and authors.
Mom is still hanging in there - although she is rarely conscious anymore. She is now on morphine as needed - with the directions that it can be given every hour. She is not my mother anymore; she is a corpse lying in a bed. I do not want to remember her this way and am struggling with knowing how often to visit - especially when she has no idea that I am there. As guilty as I feel for saying it, I hope that she soon passes to a better life and leaves behind the illness of this one.
quilting. I did not want to start a large project, because I am known for abandoning projects long before they are completed. My goal for this first quilt was to make four-squares: large enough for a doll. I have hand pieced three of the four squares and plan to purchase background material today or tomorrow. I am SO excited to start another piecing project. So far I really enjoy the fabric selection process - matching colors, hues and patterns, - the cutting process (finally geometry class makes a bit of sense!) - and the slow, leisurely pace of hand stitching. I am not looking forward to actually quilting the three layers together, but who knows, I may find that I like that aspect as well.
mixed media art. I am not an artist in the least - I mean, I can't draw a stick figure. But lately I have been attracted to the expressive, abstract art of mixed media. I like color and the idea of whimsically applying splashes of paint here and there depending on mood and atmosphere; I like the various layers that can be applied - each one carrying some kind of personal, symbolic meaning for the artist; I like the idea of incorporating my love of writing/journaling, with photography, with colorful paint, with collected memorabilia, and with torn paper to create an entirely different work that can be hidden in a private journal or on a large canvas for public display. I have found someone who is willing to take me on as a student - insecurities and all - and I have my first class this evening. I am SO excited!
While I know that my time this week is not entirely my own - much will depend on Mom - I must say that this break from the academic world comes at just the right time. I think I am mentally and physically ready to utilize this free time to bring about many positive changes that will result in a renewed passion for life.