I love that feeling you get when you pick up again on something that you used to really love doing. Every once in a while, I'll be cleaning out a box and at the bottom, I find a remnant of something like a dried up piece of clay that I painted or broken pieces of jewelry that I kept because I'd definitely get around to fixing and wearing it again. Sometimes I do finish one of those projects or start that hobby again and the feeling when I get it all set up and get working on it is so great, its like returning to a favorite vacation spot or driving through your old neighborhood. So comforting and you wonder why did I ever leave?
Today that happened. My mother in law reminded me the other day that I haven't blogged in over a month. Before that, it was still pretty sporadic. I don't believe in making excuses or reasons for things. They either have priority and you do them or you don't do them. I've been saying "I want to blog again" for a long time but saying and doing are two different things!
This morning, I put myself together and took my tripod and camera for a short drive to the park. I'm home alone now that both kids are in school so the sky is the limit as far as where I go and how I spend my time. Its a beautiful autumn day and since I've been sick for the past few weeks with pneumonia, I thought I had wasted my favorite season quarantined in my bedroom with Netflix. After a very cold morning, the sun warmed everything and I thought "If I don't go out right this second, it will be snowing and the trees will be leafless before I know it!" My sink of dishes and cluttered rooms will be there when I get back but the day won't wait.
This park has a beautiful walking trail that cuts through a bit of woods next to the Missouri River. In the summer, we take the kids here for picnics and if the water level is low enough, a few sand bars will peek out of the muddy river and we enjoy hours of skipping rocks, finding fossils and getting our feet dirty. Today, though, I thought I would take a walk through the woods, all by myself.
There's a folklore tale that my mom told me that says if you can catch an autumn leaf before it hits the ground, you'll have good luck in the new year. The woods were so quiet but every once in a while, a little breeze pushed through the trees, dropping gold leaves through the branches. I did manage to catch a little one! I also found some berries to match my brooch!
On my walk back to the car, down the trail, I came across an elderly lady with a walking stick. She watched me put my camera away and fold my tripod up. She said "Did you see anything wonderful today?" I said "Everything! It's all beautiful!"
vintage pendleton 49er jacket
jeans - see them styled again here
vintage leather buckle shoes
brown faux leather purse- thrifted, originally from Target
bakelite inspired cherry brooch made by me from Pins for Pin-Ups ebook