Thursday, September 9

un petit sejour


Outside my window bright green maple leaves bounce lightly in the breeze, their ridged tips dipped in orange and scarlet.  The sky is that French ouvrier blue, scudded with long, narrow bands of white clouds whose soft edges are illuminated by the morning sun.

It's early here and I don't normally start my day spilling out a post (I know that used to be my habit, once upon a time, long ago), but this will likely be the last time I will be in here for quite a spell and if I don't do it now-- it will probably not happen at all.

Today I have to wrap up ALL the damn tasks that should've been wrapped up, oh-- I don't know, like a week ago. I have errands to run and need to pack for a trip tomorrow-- yes! When would be the perfect time for my best friend to get married? gosh-- how about the Sunday before September SAW? Ideal, really.

(I know-- ideal for her-- a lovely beach wedding down in Truro-- one of my favorite places in the world, but oh my, logistically? Could we spread things out a bit more next time?)

Anyway. It's all good. A normal person wouldn't even blink- de rigueur, I suppose. Give over to it-- just flow, right? I'm thinking that might be a new approach-- just not worry so much about getting it all right-- so what you forgot the grocery list, the hair brush, dog beds or pajamas-- it'll all work out, right?

We'll see--- it's been a strange couple of weeks for me. Mostly, I think, due to a lack of exercise. I have not done yoga in 3 weeks and it is really showing up for me. One thing I have learned about mental health (for me, not necessarily for you, entendu) is that I need lots of physical exercise. Nothing harsh or competitive like running for miles or doing a half-iron man or anything-- in fact, I would never be able to do that-- think Ferdinand the bull . . that's me-- la la la dee dah, but I DO need a couple hours a day of deep muscle work and stretching that yoga provides so beautifully.

But you know how it goes, you get into a slump, and then the energy it takes to get out of the slump seems to be more than you can do . . and blah blah blah. So, I am hoping this little weekend jaunt (which includes a Saturday morning yoga class with the bride) will jump start me a bit and I know I will be doing some yoga next week with Michelle so it will all sort itself out, we'll see--

So heading off to a wedding weekend tomorrow-- 150 people rolling in for SAW next week (we even have a woman traveling here all the way from Japan!!<-----!  can you believe it?) which means, my little monastic mountain retreat will be rather quiet for the next 10 days or so.

I hope to see you back here then, but meantime, here are some links to things I have been enjoying of late:

1. I really liked this excerpt -- just reading it made me feel better.
2.  ruffled skirt
3.  what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while (thank you Jecca!!)
4.  loveology

a la prochaine!
bisous, E


  1. Have a wonderful wedding weekend! And, know that I wish I could be with you next week at SAW. I will be there in spirit, and I will pay special attention to my JOURNAL next week to really get the groove.

    I have not done Yoga for weeks. I miss it so, but I am still figuring out my true schedule. (Good excuse, right?) Soon. Soon, I will be back.

    Sending you a great big hug and smooch! xo

  2. Have a great time at both the wedding and SAW. I wish I could be at SAW... maybe next year.

  3. Have a wonderful time at the beach and I will see you at Squam next week..
    loved the excerpt you linked to: this part sucker punched me straight to my heart and brought tears to my eyes:

    " But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It's really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear"

  4. up at sparrow's fart, i see ... (new favorite aussie term i learned this summer. don't get much chance to use it so had to jump on the opportunity. sorry if you don't like crass!)

    so while you are kicking up your heels la-de-yoga-ing on the cape this weekend (and i hope you do!), remember that all us squamettes are scurrying around like little squirrels collecting art supplies, packing aprons and hoodies, creating nametags, and even revamping websites (silly hilly, really?)

    each of us is bringing our part to add to the greater picture of SAW. you are not alone!

    next week (and right now, right now, right now ... ), let the magic begin!

    bisous to you, too,


  5. I actually got on the treadmill today and whopped through 40 minutes: thank you, season 1 of Mad Men! :D Here's to a great weekend and getting back in the groove. Thinking of you, chickie!

  6. That's it.
    I'm signing up for a French class.

    Have a lovely, beautiful trip!

  7. Have a great trip I spent a week in turuo just walking all the beaches alone great place to recharge..and have a wonderful week at SAW.


thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e