Lists are so dear to me partially because they're unique to the moment you wrote them. From grocery lists, from to-do-lists detailing the day (run in the morning, write and read in the afternoon, piece time together for tea around 4). The "here-now" of these lists tug my heart, and I see some crossed off, others standing bold and waiting to be done. Make soup for dinner, Chinese fried rice and steamed chicken. Bundle up before a walk, remember a cardigan. Buy more apples. Pick up dry leaves on the driveway.
If I was a poet I'd write a piece but for now, I'll catch syllables between rhythms and round the rhymes into letters half between cursive and print that range from words between clean my room and buy a birthday gift for my sister. And yet, there's a piece caught between the lines. My line is cast and I sit quietly in a boat, holding my pole tight and waiting to snag words. I'm a fisher woman of stories and stories in all forms, from photos to books to music to drawings to designs to the halfway letters of a list not finished. I collect the discarded grocery lists in the bottom of my purse, the leftover pages of a packing list for weekend getaway crumpled in the pocket of my bag, a few hurried lines of to-do before lunch.
There's a beauty and grace to the change of seasons and the differences that come in our homes and hearts within them. Some days are for quiet and abundance of simple. If we had a hearth, ours would be lit. I'm sucker to the romantic and pretty things but will not disregard the simple, because honesty is the best.
Things that catch my eye:
steam and smoke and fog
dabs of color
continuity errors in movies
Books I'm reading:
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Songs that I could hear over and over again:
Yellow by Coldplay
When It Rains by Paramore
100 Years by Five for Fighting
Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.
Happen Ending by Epik High
Chandelier by Sia
Things I don't want to purchase (but need to anyways):
a power bank
What I want to get better at this year:
going to bed early
giving grace (always)
being intentional with my time
creating art that matters
baking gluten free
Some things I'm excited about:
going shopping for food
Names I like:
Plans for the rest of the week.
take a walk
go out for lunch and coffee
get my inbox cleaned
tidy my room and declutter and simplify
Outside my window:
bird nest on a tree
an acrylic sky painted blue
slippers on neighbor's roof
cat's footprints on sandy pavement
sunlight warm across the neighborhood