It is so wonderful to feel beautiful. I don't believe, as television commercials would like people to, that a Thing can bring happiness, satisfy, or make dreams come true. But I do believe that a beautiful dress can inspire a great deal of poetry in a woman's heart. And if this flower were a dress, I think it would be just about the most beautiful dress in the world.
So I invite you to take a moment: step outside, find a flower, and imagine the possibilities...
I must say, I love fresh figs. They are so rich and sweet in a deep way and... whole. They're oh-so-expensive but, I would argue, oh-so-worth it. To buy them every now and then in late summer and early autumn is to be very happy. I would live on figs and avocados and grapes and dates if such a thing were practical in New England. Alas, it is not, so instead I snatch them when I can and LOVE them.
And speaking of love, this green glass is from anthropologie. I bought it a week or so ago when I drove to the one nearest me. I think it is such an inspirational store, and I love seeing what the design teams come up with each season. When I went, they were busy setting up for fall. I went around with a little notepad so that I wouldn't forget any ideas (nothing much; just things like "orange" or "cardboard" or "lace"). Of course I looked a bit silly and attracted some Looks from the salespeople. So after having spent about an hour poking around with my notepad and pencil and imagination, I felt I really had to buy something from them (oh, no, do I have to?). That took another fifteen minutes or so as I pondered the possibilities. Finally I settled on this lovely green glass which I had been eyeing for a long time anyway.
And now I drink my water in style. And eat a fig here and there. And love summer as hard as I can, because in two weeks, I will be sitting in classes again and wondering where the slow sweet days of vacation have all gone.
Well, not really. I feel very included in the joys of the world. But somehow I have, until today, missed out on the incredible wonders of MACRO!
Goodness me. Many of you probably know exactly what I'm talking about, but for those of you who don't (like I didn't), "macro" is the feature on a camera which enables a person to take close-up pictures of small things in beautiful focus. I'm ashamed that I didn't know about this before. Up until now, I've been trying and trying to take close-up pictures of my knits for my shop, and have utterly failed--my camera simply blurs out--so all my photos are farther away than I'd like. I've still been able to get great detailing, but not those gorgeous close-up shots that I dream about. I figured my point and shoot digital camera, which is loyal and lovely but not a fancy SLR camera, wasn't able to do better, and resolved that someday when I got rich from knitting (HA HA), I'd try to get an SLR camera.
Then last night, I mentioned my close-up troubles at dinner, and my stepdad suggested I check and see if my camera has a little flower button on it. Zing!--it does--and there go the strings of my heart, because I just can't stop taking big pictures of little things. So please humor me while I show you a few very tiny, very blessedly focused bits of my day.
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