Above: How things feel for me today.
Below: How things look.
Old mahogany wooden beams, new porcelain heated floor, new picture window.
This may be the first time I posted something that I don't consider a good-looking snapshot. It's nothing gorgeous, so I may take this post down later. I included it so that you'd see what I see on this fine day.
I'm writing quickly again. I don't like to rush. It feels way better when I put together a heathery post during a peaceful time of day, with pretty pictures and text.
I always say that if I had more time, I'd make it shorter. I'm not a writer, but I'm sure writers know what I mean by that.
I'm surrounded by boxes, workmen, the scent of sawdust, and the sounds of hand-tools. Some of the guys are cute and funny, and it's pretty cool to be involved with this kind of installation.
I'm slowly but surely responding to all comments. Usually, I reply by my own comment beneath yours. My response may not come immediately when yours goes up.
I love your input. I'm going through my blog posts, before they become too numerous. Want to make sure every comment was acknowledged. I've done a bunch.
Good luck with all you're doing! What a busy time of year for all of us.
Wishing you speed in your fingertips,
and wishing you strokes of brilliance,
in both your creative and critical thinking this week.
I'll embed a video here. It's for all the folks who aren't into the holiday season. Most of my friends seem psyched about it this year, but you never know who will stumble upon My Summer of Love. A lot of people get the blues. It's normal for this to happen at least once in our lives. For some peeps it's a blue-ish gray December every year; I feel for those folks. Whether you're full of cheer or you're more of a misanthrope these days, know that I get it.
I appreciate so much that you read this blog. I hope it provides a soothing place for your eyes whenever you need an escape. Helene once told me she felt as if this page was "like stepping into a pleasant dream" and I loved that idea.
Here's a video for anyone who isn't the jolly type (although I'm quite spritely today and I love it too). It's a slideshow of Marilyn Monroe photos.
My main message today is that I have love for grinches, scrooges, etc. and I wish I could give each of you a warm heathery hug. It has been known to work wonders, for some mysterious reason. Maybe I sound corny right now, but I don't even mean to say this in a corny way.
Here are lovely black and white images taken in New York, California, with her various suitors, and more. The music is the song "Hard Candy Christmas," composed by Carol Hall in 1978, sung by Dolly Parton in 1982. In a way, it doesn't seem like something I'd pick out for myself to enjoy, at least not for my blog. But somehow it works.
The Arthur Miller years are evocative to me. I'm not a Marilyn buff, but I love almost every photo of her in this video. This three minute ditty spoke to me a few years ago- a time when I wasn't enjoying the holidays as much as I always had. This year, I'm loving the season.
3 mins 33 secs
Photo of Miller and Monroe via clickable link.