Inside & Out

This week we've had rain every day, beginning late Monday night and lasting through this morning. We woke to bright lightning and thunder claps today and I can look out and see my rain gauge in Christopher's garden filled almost to the brim, making the total so far nearly 5 inches. The grass is greening up, Christopher's rose bush is a mass of green leaves and the Shasta daisies surrounding it are waking up by leaps and bounds.

Spring has arrived.

I've been left to my own devices for much of the week, David and Joey having gone back to work and school. Spring Break last week was fun, but it is (dare I say it) nice to have the house back to myself for much of the day. I tied into the kitchen Tuesday, making chocolate chip muffins and a "1, 2, 3, 4" cake from my American Cake cookbook. Instead of making a cake, I made cupcakes and frosted them with home made chocolate buttercream icing. Then Wednesday, I made home made individual chicken pot pies for supper and realized home made pie crust is a learned skill and something I will be practicing from now until Thanksgiving when Baking Season really kicks into high gear. 

I constructed a prism made out three large mirrors used for candleholders while the cupcakes were baking Tuesday afternoon, the mirrors being something you might see at elegant dinners or weddings. I gaffer taped them to form a triangle and then took pictures through the opening. Later, after I got my lights set up and my camera settings together, David sat for me when he got home from a rainy run so I could practice. The resulting images even impressed David, and of course, when Langley saw me getting all my gear out, she wanted her picture taken, too. 

Which I did.

I think that $15.00 prism and I will become good friends this year.

The cedar waxwings visited our neighborhood yesterday, stripping bare the holly tree outside my office window of all its bright red berries while I was running in the morning. Just by chance I looked outside in our backyard and saw one of the bandits sitting high in our maple tree, its porcelain head with the sneaky black mask across its face bright against the dingy sky. He took off, flying over our house towards the street in front. I followed, carrying my camera and super long lens and discovered the whole gang of thieves going to town in our neighbor's pink crabapple tree across the street. Cedar waxwings are some of my favorite birds (my other two are herons and hummingbirds, quite the size difference, wouldn't you say?). I love their neat and tidy appearance, their sociability and just how quick they are with their appearances around town. They swoop in for a week, strip trees of their berries and blossoms, then they're gone in the blink of an eye.

It's like "now you see me, now you don't." They're fun little birds.

The rain has stopped and rumor has it that the sun is supposed to come out this afternoon and I will walk Langley. In a little bit, I will take my car in for an oil change, then come home and finish going about my day. Maybe I will catch up on my magazines, maybe I will watch an online class I'm taking about studio lighting (I'm having lots of Eureka! moments, mainly because I'm understanding what the instructor is teaching. Lots of "I'm learning! I'm learning! I'm learning!" and that's an amazing feeling to have). Maybe I'll practice a little bit of light painting deep in our closet where it's totally black. 

Or maybe I'll just stare out the window and look for more birds.

May you all have a happy Easter weekend, and I'll talk again to you soon.