I am delighted to realize that this is the anniversary of my blog, where I have been writing and sharing photographs, staying connected, making new friends, and enjoying exchanges with people, around the world, for 16 years! I have been the lucky recipient of generous expressions of support and encouragement, good advice, and even hilarious spam. I've met fellow bloggers, travelled to meet some, and welcomed others in our home. There have been gifts, received, and given, and a few promotional giveaways, drawings for prizes, silly games, pointless posts, and effusive ones, too. I struggle with all that I am not, with what I wish I were, but all of that aside... what I mostly have here is a lovely collection of good memories, and reminders of the best days, and moments of overcoming life's twists and turns.
I painted a love letter to my mother for Mother's Day. And I am bringing it, and her grandchildren, to her. I'm also thinking of bringing this new crochet project I started. I had three works in progress sitting on my bed... all appealing and satisfying crochet projects, and still, I had a compulsion to learn a new stitch and pattern, so I looked up "shell stitch blanket." It was a hard start at first, as all new enterprises are, but now it's gotten to the satisfyingly challenging point, and I don't want to leave it alone while we are away. Really, in anticipation of this trip, I should be cleaning, planning, packing, and tying up loose ends... practical, adult-life loose ends, not actual yarns.
And Maria coded a game, and made the art, too, of a tea cup that catches falling chamomile flowers. When you have 100 blossoms in your brimming cup it becomes tea. It's the first video game to bring me to tears. How did this happen? As though I won a prize, and I get to be here, now, seeing my children become, and live and grow. Every stage or phase, each chapter has been my favorite, my dreams coming true.
What I think, when I remember this quick visit from James, Robin, Sean, Janell... we really need to have a party! They were bringing Alex home from celebrating James' birthday, and we had what was like a whirlwind show and tell, squeezing in ideas, new developments, like the workshop. And my head spins in a happy and sparked way, so that I am determined and eager to circle a day on our calendars for making... we'll make cheese, and dough for pizza, which we can bake in Charles' portable ovens, and little viking tents, and let's get that forge built, craft, laugh, games. It's friends, like these, that make you feel inspired and motivated, and connected. I'm pumped! We're due for this kind of gathering. Let's do this thing.
Oh... and any suggestions? Must see spots in Portland? San Francisco? Along the central coast?