The past several days have been packed full of surprises. First things first:
Be prepared, for I am going to sound like a six-year old girl for a moment.
“Look what I can do!”
I had Craig take this photo in front of my hydrangea bush so that those of you who have no interest in yoga can gaze past me and feast your eyes on those massive football sized blooms (I am totally in love with my hydrangeas).
I have been working on this stretch in yoga since I started two years ago. I remember the day I first attempted this stretch while sitting in cow face pose. Right arm behind the shoulder wasn’t an issue at all, but when I attempted to touch fingers by bringing my left arm behind me as in the above photo, my fingers were nearly two inches away from touching each other. I worked and worked, never thinking I would get there. Finally last week I tried while in the shower (I thought the warm water might relax my muscles enough to make it happen) and it did!
It took nearly two years for my body to become limber enough to achieve this stretch, and its taught me to keep working on difficult poses even when I don’t think I’m making progress.
Next up: Remember my friend Laurie with whom I did the Fleet Feet interview last year? This is the surprise I received in my mailbox from her the other day:
She made this necklace for me, creating a bird’s nest since I love to paint birds. I truly love it, not only because of the bird’s nest but because she had me in mind when she created it, and that’s always the most special part, isn’t it? I was thrilled to hear that she’s decided to pursue her talent for making jewelry. If you are interested in a piece similar to this or something uniquely your own, she’ll take good care of you. (You’ll find her info at the bottom of this post).
My last surprise of the week came when Craig and I decided to put up my tent for the fair – displays and all – to work out any bugs we might otherwise encounter on Saturday. What I found in addition to the fact that we need to work faster (it took nearly 5 hours to set everything up) is that I didn’t have enough work to display! Gah!! So, I decided to just sit down and paint without giving any thought to what I would work on. Lo and behold, this is what I ended up with:
I surprised even myself. It’s different than anything I normally do, but it was certainly fun working on that sky! A couple more original paintings and I’ll be as ready as I’m ever going to be for this fair. If you don’t hear from me the rest of this week you’ll know why, but I look forward to posting about my experience after it is all over with. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of observations to share.
Have a great week everyone.
**The above necklace was designed and created by the very talented Laurie Gregory. Email for custom work and quotes at email@example.com