Well, days like today are a magical time, I think. At 8:49 this morning, MT, we moved into a brief time of equilibrium. On top of that, the waxing half moon happens are 1:41 this afternoon. Time to be aware of balance, make decisions about where/what comes next. YOU can decide whether the glass is half empty or half full.
Absolutely NOT my favorite thing. But I have to say, because I'm so proud of the book, I'm finding it less of a trial than I thought it would be (to my relief.) However, I have yet to speak anywhere. We'll see how THAT goes!
The hummingbirds have left. But now I'm seeing Scrub Jays at the feeder, which is new, and welcome. The little ground squirrels are extremely cute, but they draw the rattlesnakes close to the house. I think I'll put screen up along the bottom 18" of the fence. Maybe that will keep the snakes out next season, and then the squirrels won't be an issue
The conventions are over, thank you very much, but we still have the wretched commercials. Commercial breaks have lengthened again - have you noticed. I use the mute button a lot. Be glad when it's over.
The books have arrived. I've already shipped out most of the pre-orders, and am now trying to adjust to the Marketing Hat that I'll have to be wearing, at least part-time. I've done a press release, all-purpose cover letter, a sell-sheet for trade fairs, and am now giving some thought to an opening talk for book parties and the like.
Other than that, we're in the last part of another hot, dry summer. The plants, birds, and wild animals are all hungry and thirsty. I do what I can for the birds, but things like bears suffer a lot. I hate it.
I also hate election years. The "mute" button gets a workout.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.