Effervescence is a forest at daybreak.
I’ve spent the past four early mornings up on the mountain and it has been glorious! Today the sun came out and I found myself stumbling about in some kind of wild stupor, blinded by the frenetic twinkle of frost melt and stream whistle. The minutia of twig bend and water riffle made a symphonic, swelling song and I couldn’t help but listen in some sort of cross-eyed rapture to the gurgling and tweeting of the world around me. Morning in a forest is rising light, star casting, those murmuring bubbles of life bending back on themselves and fizzing towards blue sky and timber tops. Refraction! Magnification of soul! Upward gleaming! I didn’t know where to look so I looked everywhere at once. I could hardly decide upon a point of focus before my senses swept me elsewhere. Then! Oh yes! I had that sublime feeling that I was quite exactly where I was very meant to be. I love that feeling.
In a few scant hours I’ll be catching a flight home to Saskatoon. The hither and tither of packing and un-forgetting has me scurrying around and feeling a bit too busy. A bit too last-minute-nitty-gritty. To be perfectly honest, I’d love to spend a couple of hours in my bathtub with a good book this afternoon instead of consternating over which shoes to pack along. I’m also wondering where I put my passport and greencard…and if I should pack my skates. That said, I can hardly wait to photograph my prairies, the horses, the Saskatchewan River. I can’t wait to sip coffees at my favorite coffee shops, stroll Broadway, laugh uproariously with my sisters and shovel the driveway. I can’t wait to trudge around in the snow and suffer the slow blinks that come with a biting wind chill. It’s sick and demented, but I hope it hits -40C when I’m home (my Saskatchewan friends and family audibly groan when I wish for such a thing…). I’ll be back to Idaho soon enough, right in time for one last week of work before I take my break for Christmas. This surely is a bustling time of year!
Some things I’ve been meaning to tell you about:
A few weeks ago, I made this beef, vegetable & barley soup with our leftover Thanksgiving roast beast, or rather, it was actually an elk, vegetable and barley soup. It was delicious. I recommend. I also made this with some of the pumpkins I brought home from the smokejumper base garden. My mouth waters when I think about it!
I’m currently reading this, this and this. RW and I have been watching this — it’s mostly lighthearted and I’ve never heard RW coo over fashion like he coos over Lemon’s style. I’m going to have to develop a drawl and a penchant for bows.
I’ve been wearing the heck out of these. If you go out tromping, in dampish terrain, on a regular basis, they’re something you probably need.
Almost kept this.
Just so beautiful beautiful beautiful. I’m going to teach myself how to bead like that.
One of my dear friends is hosting a brilliant advent calendar on her blog. She’ll be featuring 38 artists over 20 days and there are so many beautiful things being given away. I’m up later in the month with a couple of precious goodies!
How about this beautiful space?
Be good little snow angels until I return.