01 August 2010

Ripe Summer's Queen

Summer flowers, taken July 2010.

So here's what happens when I check my email and see that I have a few new comments on a blog post:
  1. I click on the link, and read what has been written.
  2. I make an "aww.." sound, and a smile slowly spreads across my face and turns into a gigantic, silly grin.
  3. I feel supremely, totally, amazingly loved.
You guys are the bestest. I wish I could give you all super big hugs, and then we'd sit down and talk for a long time about life and adventures and wonderful things, and I'd pour you tea or lemonade and offer homemade cookies. Then we'd lie on the floor and cut out magazine images and spread paint across journal pages and get messy and silly and happy.

I am so very blessed to have such friends as you. You make my day, each and every day, and I can't thank you enough for your kindness, support, love, and encouragement. You all are such beautiful individuals!

I have been writing back to many of the comments that I've received via email- have you gotten my messages? I worry that you are not receiving my expressions of gratitude, answers to questions, and responses to things you've said. I read every comment and I appreciate every single one immensely, and I do want you to know how humbled and thankful I am.

So - have you noticed? It's August! We are now two thirds of the way through 2010. How are you doing on your resolutions? I've been better to my body; I'm eating more healthily overall, though I'm not getting as much exercise as I was earlier in the year. I am creating more, and though I've taken a few leaps of faith, I am still working on being more fearless. I still have some work to do on all of my goals.

The new word of the month is remember. What sorts of things do you think back upon with fondness; which experiences do you try not to recall? What moments have made the biggest impact upon you? When were the times that you felt most beautiful, frightened, creative, adventuresome, foolish, or sad? Looking back into our past, even into the difficult times, can be healing when explored in a journal or art journal. Remember that you are loved and supported, and you do not have to relive unpleasant memories without the comforting warmth of kind people.

Do enjoy this last beautiful month of summer! Be in the here and now, soak up every last ray of sun, appreciate the smell of cut grass - and, yes, even the sometimes tiresome task of mowing! - sudden thunderstorms, and days at the pool. These days will not last much longer; and I do think that knowing that they will come to an end makes them all the more delicious.

Much love,

PS. This post's title comes from the following poem by R. Combe Miller:

Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer's queen,
The hey-day of the year!
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.


Abby said...

Haven't received anything, but I don't know if that's because I'm not on blogspot but wordpress. Oh well... anyway I really appreciate your blog posts as well!

Dyche Designs said...

I have been receiving your emails and really appreciate them, thank you. :0) x

As for things I remember . . . .

Fondness - childhood.
Experiences I Try Not To Recall - the death of my father.
Biggest impact on my life - also the death of my father.
Times I Felt Most Beautiful - My 20's.
Times I Have Felt Frightened - too many to list.
Times I Have Felt Creative - now.
Times I Have Felt Adventuresome - moving country.
Times I Have Felt Sad - usually around anniversary's that involve absent loved ones.

Thanks for the prompt . . . now to incorporate it into my journaling somehow.

Marisa said...

aw I really like this post.. especially what you said about everyone talking and spending time together doing art.. that sounds so great!! if only! thats like my dream.. to be able to have real life art friends that "get" you! I was just thinking about making a post about the comments I receive too.. hehe, great minds think alike :)

Brandi said...

You are loved. Never doubt it.
And I can't believe it's August already. I'm beginning to dread returning to San Diego for school. Frankly, I'd rather stay here surrounded by my loved ones and friends. But I only have a year left -- not even, 9 months technically. I'll get through it (I keep telling myself). In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy this month.

Tomo said...

for this post, i'm dedicating part of my new art journal to you. I truly appreciate every inspiring word you've written to me, and nothing makes me feel better than knowing there are people out there with open arms willing to spread their knowledge to the inexperienced.

it's such an inspiring post up there, too! I thank you for all that you've done for me, because this is the biggest change of my life. Right here>>>( is what you've helped me do. And I thank you ever so much for that!


Ingrid said...

Dyche Designs, wow ~ thanks for sharing.. hugs to you!

Marisa, though neither you nor I have the artsy friends we dream of, what lovely friends we've found online! I am so grateful for that - for people like you!

Brandi, you're simply lovely. Do enjoy the rest of your time on the East Coast!

Tomo, you make me blush, and you bring tears to my eyes. This is the one of the nicest things anybody's done for me recently ~ thank you so very much!

Lots of love to you all!


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