Blossoms and Time

The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there’s ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it’s really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow.
Carlton Cuse

I’m looking at a calendar tonight and am shocked to admit it’s been one month since my last post… wow.  I can honestly say it’s not for lack of desire, I miss everyone here, and I’m really tempted to say it’s because I’ve been allowing myself room for ideas to blossom which is partly true but really the biggest obstacle has been time limitations.  I have plenty of new ideas and future post topics are scribbled on notes all over my office but in reality I’ve been buried in work and family obligations and after three years of illustrated posts it’s actually happened – I’ve run out of pictures.  Yikes!

Now that our days are longer and our weather is (a little) drier I have a healthy list of places I want to visit and photograph so things should improve soon but in the interim I hope you enjoy this pretty view of cherry blossoms snapped quickly last night while Finn pulled and tugged on his leash trying to chase every single bird in the neighborhood. 🙂

 

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Time Is An Artist

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire.  John Dewey

Time

I’ve spent a few days looking at this colorful map of the US on my desk and while I thought it would be a fun way to mark the final destinations of our new Etsy orders it’s actually sent me traveling down memory lane remembering childhood road trips across the American West.  Logically I know a 1972 Volkswagen Bus filled with 4 kids, 2 adults, food, suitcases, boxes of books and no air conditioning was not an idyllic way to view the country and sure we spent plenty of time fighting but looking back I smile and think of how many stories we have to share and how as adults those shared experiences keep us together as a family.  Time and memory really do work miracles softening the edges of mechanical break-downs, sweaty days on hot vinyl seats, crowded conditions and roadside rest stops into magical trips to Grandma’s house, horseback riding, camping and touring the country in ways I can’t wait to try again.

I’ve crisscrossed each of these states in a car many times with my siblings and soon John and I hope to pack up the car with Ryan and explore them all over again.   With air-conditioning, plenty of snacks and roadside assistance on speed dial.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Time.