And then I remember...

I look at the mess and start to feel disheartened.  Where did all this yarn come from? Why can't I keep the dog hair off of the couch?  How did I end up with so many knick knacks?  And then I remember. "You're an artist, dear" my subconscious reminds me. And I breathe a sigh of relief.  "Why yes, I am," I reply, and I settle down in my way.

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I'm sorry that I've been a bit absent from this space. I hope that this is the last post in a good while where I have to apologize for that.  I've been doing a bit of spring cleaning, you see.  Airing out the house, beating my rugs, decluttering.  Cutting down on junk is a very serious business hereabouts.  A veritable car-load of odds, ends, bric-a-brac and clothes have been shipped off to the thrift shop nearby leaving us with a bit more space to breathe.  In the midst of all that clearing-out I had a bit of an anxiety attack about just how much stuff I had deemed important over the last few years.  With the sparse simplicity of many of my Instagram inspirations in mind, I really started to be ruthless.  This can go, and that can leave, and whoever though I looked good in that old thing?  Luckily I came to my senses before I tossed the whole house into the street! Eventually I came to the realization that I had already cleared out many of the unimportant things, but I also needed to maintain a bit of the clutter because yes, those little knick knacks bring me joy to look at.  And yes, there is a great deal of dog fur to be dealt with on a daily basis, but the dog who sheds it is such a kind and loveable old German Shepherd who we can't do without.  There may be a pile of yarn here, and there....and yes, you're quite right, over there as well.  But yarn is such a pleasant thing and having a hair too much of it is just fine with me.  I stopped myself in my decorating tracks just before I decided on a color scheme for my living room.  My living room doesn't need a color scheme! It simply needs all the colors.

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If you need me, I'll be huddled in the corner by the window covering myself in oil pastel, finishing a rose, and savoring these few additional seconds of the toddler's naptime...SONY DSC