Grace & Coffee

O I rise with the brightly coloured dawn
And I hope my vast dreams unfold today!
After dark times, I am feeling reborn.
The child within me will come out to play.

Dominic Windram

Yeah, I’m not quite that optimistic at 5 am, which is apparently when I have to start waking up now whether I like it or not (I don’t). Something, or someone, wakes me up between 5 and 6 every single day now and there’s nothing I can do about it except get up, take my medicine and embrace the morning with grace and a fresh cup of coffee.

Ahhh. 🤗

I can’t really dig in (literally) to much work outside until after 7 am because of the pups. Once they see me out there, they begin to elevate the noise level in the neighborhood by about 12 million decibels so I mostly just sit on the front steps first now, watching the sunrise and keeping the peace.

Everything looks so fresh first thing in the morning…

The heat is so bad now that by mid day they will look a bit anguished but unlike me, they can’t come in.

Unless of course it’s something edible, like the peas, some of which were absolutely bursting open on the vine first thing this morning…

I grabbed up as many as I could that are ready and will use them in my dinner. I also grabbed some thyme, rosemary, parsley, chives and basil while I was out there.

Once they were rinsed and put aside for cooking later, I set about dusting, starting in the sewing/dressing room. I had left the window open after mopping the floor the other day and a windstorm came along and blew a fine layer of silt right in over everything so that was a bad idea.

Sometimes I feel like I live in the Dust Bowl circa 1935.

Everything will need a good cleaning in there (again), including my little hand made bears which I’ve been putting into their own displays like this vintage cupboard that holds all of my earliest ones.

It also holds the materials I need to hand stitch my newest one, which I’ll hopefully be able to start today or tomorrow. I’m pretty excited because it’s been a good while since I made my last bear so I can’t wait to get this one going.

After I dust everything, that is.


So that should keep me busy today while Mr. Heat Miser tries to microwave everything I hold dear outside. 😣

I hope you are staying cool wherever you’re at!

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