rural living, thriftiness, watercolors & little delights
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Today the sky was low and grey. This morning I went out in the misty damp, prowling around for wild mushrooms. Not to eat. Just to admire. It was a still and quiet morning, except for the rallying of the crickets. They've been magnificent lately... I think their song has taken the place of the frogs... it's so nice, like a constant ringing glow in your ears. I'm not ready yet to think about when the population dwindles down to one or two lonely crickets creaking in a corner before the real onset of winter. But there's no sense in thinking about that now. For now, we are right in the magical end days of summer, and this morning, I remembered what it was like to spend countless hours exploring outside alone, like I used to do so often when I was 'little.' There's something so good and simple about hunting for things outside, which also reminded me - other than feeling a little bit guilty and awkward when people ask me what I do, I am very happy being a waitress at this time in my life. I don't have a job title that carries much weight for people who like to weigh titles, but I have a schedule that allows me to wander around in the woods getting serenaded by crickets while looking for beauty... while other people might be stuck in traffic wearing pantyhose. I'm privileged! After finding and photographing these mushrooms, I painted a couple I picked while I drank licorice tea and listened to a recording of Jane Eyre. I read it for the first time in 6th grade and loved it for some reason. While this morning I could clearly remember why I loved roving around outside so much when I was in elementary school, I cannot for the life of me figure out why I enjoyed Jane Eyre. Is there any drearier story? But I will finish it. Books on tape from the library are an invaluable resource for someone who likes to work on projects and does not have a TV. I can listen to stories galore (for free!) while I sew and paint.
PS - Does anyone else have the feeling that this year has been an extra-productive one for the mycelium around here? I've never seen so many kinds of mushrooms in person! But then again, I probably neglected to look.