Some of you may know that I've been working on a memoir of my childhood years, growing up in a very rural place in the panhandle of northern Idaho. It started out as just a retelling of the family stories for my younger nieces and nephews and their children, but the longer I worked on it, the more it wanted to become a real story. I'm rewriting it again for what seems like the umpteenth time, and still painting yet another watercolor to illustrate some part of the story.
This is a new endeavor for me. I'm image-oriented, after all. Yet I love reading a good book, and words matter to me. So I'm finding this writing business strangely rewarding, though at times also very frustrating. Just like painting!
Anyway, since I'm writing this memoir, I thought, why not write a blog too? Another completely new experience for me, but I'm going to give it a shot and just see where it goes. I can share paintings in progress, as well as photos of my Certified Wildlife Habitat yard and my observations about what goes on there.
This is a perfect time to start since I'm spending a huge hunk of my day indoors. Tucson is suffering through a real heat wave right now and it's probably going to continue until the summer rains get here - I hope they'll arrive on time around the 4th of July. This is serious heat even for us desert rats. It was 120 on the east side of my house yesterday, 117 the day before, 117 again today. Nothing is moving outside during those hottest hours. No birds on the feeders, no critter venturing out even to drink water. They are all up at 4 AM eating and drinking like crazy and then finding the coolest spot they can (digging into the dirt in my patio pots is a favorite) to wait out the furnace heat that is to come. I'm dong the same thing - any outside stuff needs to get taken care of before 9 AM or forget about it.
So, welcome. I won't make a promise I can't keep, but I'm going to make an effort to post something here at least weekly. Stay tuned.