Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My favorite Time of Day

Afternoon rain, two hours without power. Came home early from work and sat on the porch watching the rain come down. Good book, my cats going in and out. They don't like thunder but want to be near me.

After a while it stopped raining and the birds got louder and louder. The sun came out as the clouds broke up. By 7:30 there was magic in the air. I ran outside and took a few pictures. This is my favorite time of day!

Pictures can't capture the magic of the early evening light-the fresh smell of wet earth and growing things, the flutter of wings as the swallows feed over the driveway and lawn. The sun slants, making whatever it hits glow pinkish gold.

Today's humidity has lifted. The air has changed. My knees and feet no longer ache! I take a short walk and revel in the moments.

This is a super busy week for me. At the office, I have 7100 copies of our quarterly newsletter to package up and deliver to the Bulk Mail Center. I have a website to update, minutes from the board meeting to type, bills to pay - and more - by the end of Thursday.

As secretary of the Alumni Committee of my high school, I've been gathering up registration forms and checks for the annual buffet that we have at a local banquet hall. People call, email and facebook me every day to add their names to the list. The deadline was last Friday, but I take their reservations till the last minute. Then I compile lists and arrange to have tables for each reuning class and get my donation ready for the raffle. When the doors open the rush is on-about 150 people will attend this year and I will try to remember who they all are and have something to say to each one. The event is Saturday--I'll be ready for it!

 Then, blessed relief is on the way! I have a week off, and just in time, too, as I've entered Karen Valentine's "Where Bloggers Create II." (see sidebar) While many of the rest of you will be fluffing your studios, I will be trying to repurpose my whole living room into a really cool place to work. I never use the living part of the room, only the office and the storage space and a couple of overly cluttered tables. Earlier this spring I did a makeover, but it was only 85% finished. But enough said! I hope to make a great space and get way more "into my art!"

Remember the Stoic Robin and her chicks? As of last week they were big, hungry, and loudly peeping. She's doing a great job!

I hope you all have a great week, and as the Mammas and the Pappas used to sing, "Go where you wanna go, do what you wanna do, with whoever you wanna do it with..."



  1. Hi dear Sherry,
    Oh so lovely photoes, the one with the little water running, is fantastic, I can feel the weather looking at it.
    My sky here is also looking like yours, and we are having lots of rain, and colds, -no sitting outside - here, I so hope we will soon get a little spring, and summer.
    -Don`t stress too much, and take care.
    And then happy week off.
    xo Dorthe

  2. Hi Sherry: You must have had the storm we did, just later. Your photos look like pastoral art. I think they beautifully capture the landscape and sky after the rain. You are a busy lady; however, I hope we can see some more of your wonderful collages soon!


  3. Sherry-
    What a busy person you are - oh my - the stories of your work tell me that you can certainly use that week off. Your vacation photos are awsome - and the photos on this post are as well. I love seeing the different ways that people photograph nature. You have an amazing eye for that.

    I have visited your othet blog as well and I wish you the very best of luck with that life changing venture - you go girl!

    I am so glad that you came to see me - so glad that we met - (how wonderful that we both love nests!)

    I am going to participate in the "where women create event" also - so I will look forward to visiting you there!


  4. :) I love your posts, Sherry!

    The snow seems to have stopped here finally, but the rains haven't started. You probably remember the afternoon thunderstorms in Colorado - refreshing and beautiful! It is certainly gorgeous where you are!

    I don't have much to share in the 'Where Bloggers Create II' party, (no fancy studio!) but I'm looking forward to meeting other creative-types!

    Love the baby bird photo! Have a good week!

  5. I love the way you take pictures and the description accompanying the images are so poetic. Your sentiments when describing your surroundings mirrors my own.
    I am sorry this is a busy week for you. My work too occupied most of my time, but it is winding down.
    I hope you will have a lovely end of the week nevertheless,

  6. How wonderful to sit outside during a nice afternoon rain shower. I look forward to summer rain when we are in the States this summer. Lovely photos. Sounds like you are extra busy. Good luck with the Saturday events of the day. And have a great next week getting your art space all worked out. Best wishes to you, Tammy

  7. Your photos are so beautiful...I love sunset time too...everything just seems to glow.

  8. Hey Sherry!
    Wow girl, it does look beautiful in your neck of the woods!!! Thank you for taking me along to the country :)
    I'm so happy you are keeping us posted on those little birdies...they are too cute. It will be almost sad to see them go.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend :)

  9. Hi Sherry -- Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. My husband's fav. thing is to sit on the porch to see the rain. How neat you have that robin and her new family close by.

  10. WOWSER! Sherry, "busy" is an understatement for what you've been up to! Have you had any sleep at all?!?!

    I'm glad you had time to get a few shots outside - that time of day is my favorite too! I can see the purples and periwinkle colors in the sky - simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    "Her" and Romeo

  11. Glad you finally get a break! I'm curious about the "Where Bloggers Create." I'm off to check it out...



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