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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Lazy Days...?

Isn't there something traditionally said about 'the lazy days of summer'...? Yes? Really? Where?!?

The days seem to run into each other, non-stop. Especially as we begin counting down the days until school starts again...


Sports physicals, dentist and eye doctor checkups. Voice and french horn lessons. School clothes shopping. Driver's Ed and early cross country training... (I thought it was supposed to get *less* time consuming as your kids got older?...)


The grass needs cut. The weeds need pulled. Things need harvested. The house needs picked up repeatedly from roomfuls of teenager get-togethers, or in preparation for the next one.



And then there are still the next books to be illustrated. More days in the studio. Critique group meetings to attend. Things to learn and refine (had a fun, chatty, mini-anatomy session with a fellow POBL-ite today. There is something I am fundamentally missing in my 3/4 view faces... It's subtle, but something is off. Hopefully I am now on the right track). And the occasional rose (or hydrangea) to stop and smell...

Happy end of summer.

20 comments:

Soozcat said...

At least the hydrangeas are lovely!

She Who Flies said...

Lovely photos! Lazy days of summer, you say....? I'll be looking forward to the lazy days of Autumn (here's for intending!)

Merisi said...

Yes, it's true, summers are not as restful as one would want them to be. :-)
Mine's not been as laid back (and productive workwise) as I had hoped, but on the other hand, without school schedules, the living's still easier, even when busy. And for me is was truly the first summer where I didn't have to go anywhere, no "home leave", meaning spending 6 weeks visiting relatives back home, which with four little kids travelling around was always stressful. I felt so cheated out of real summer pleasures then. ;-)

Merisi said...

P.S.:
I loved your little word play, showing "lace" hydrangeas after the "lazy" days title. :-)

natural attrill said...

Beautiful blue and mauve colours.
Your life sounds hectic, I hope it's fun too!
Penny.
x

muddy red shoes said...

Tara, your photoes as always are stunning, the flowers the mountains and everything...beautiful.
I am off to try and see your 3/4 face problem! I have always wondered if diffrent languages fundamentaly change the shape of peoples faces and then what about regional accents...theres a thought!

Naturegirl said...

Your hydrangeas are breathtaking! I love the blue colors! It seems like yesterday that you announced the childrens school end and now they prepare to return!! Yikes where has our summer gone!! I panic this time of year because I live to enjoy the summer..yes even the summer with no rain!

I LoVe the new look to your blog and the banner I know is your craetion..just so you!
I am really enjoying *your illistrations in the books* I purchased!! I don't want to part with these books the eyes Tara ..so soulful! BTW you must enter my giveaway for the ~worry dolls~

Everyone should buy..
~the Fairy Chronicles~ to see Tara's creative side!! hugs NG

Cre8Tiva said...

love, love, love the new banner...and the hydrangeas...i just want to bury my face in them...i had to leeave mine behind is GA...it does not get easier with older kids, just more expensive...and then they are gone...and you long for the days of voice and flute lessons...running with your son...tennis and golf lessons...well, maybe not long...fondly remember...savor the moments...blessings, rebecca

Bethgem said...

Breathtaking hydrangeas. I'm really enjoying your blog, especially as I've just become interested in drawing and herbology.

PG said...

Hey, beautiful banner! (Sorry, I am not a hydrengea fan...quite the opposite in fact!)

tlawwife said...

Just letting you know I finally posted my photo. Also I'm sorry that in my experience even as the children are gone there are too many things to do. I do contend that is a good thing.

Lisa-Oceandreamer-S. said...

I LOVE the new banner Tara! and hydrangeas are my favorite flower! I really feel the summer months went by in a blur, I have no children but reading other blogs it seems yesterday they were saying kids just got out of school. I'm ready for Fall I think but I don't want to rush time TOO much.
I agree with Naturegirl, EVERYONE should have the books you illustrated...they are now a part of my own children's book collection.
Take a moment to breathe in and out during all the hustle and bustle!
XO

Gina said...

Those colors are so soft and serene! Good luck on your project!

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

These hydrangea photos are so stunning I feel I can just reach out and touch them!! Beautiful.
Best ~ Rella

Merisi said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful banner! And I love the prose, so true.

Rebecca Bush said...

I've always found that the long days of summer make me more energized. It's like we're moths swirling around the light bulb. Especially here in the northwest, where we are light deprived throughout so much of the year.

When I lived in the Mid West where the heat comes with an equal amount of humidity, I would feel more sluggish and, well, lazy in the summertime. I bet the person wrote that song was from the Mid West or East Coast.

Erica-Jane said...

Gorgeous Hydrangeas...
You can always rely on them for a splash of colour, when other things are starting to go over.
ps. thanks for your kind words on my blog :0)

dinahmow said...

Tara, you would hate to be a sit-and-watch-tv sort of person! And the rest of us are glad you are not one of those.
Thanks for the hydrangeas, which I cannot grow here.

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ParisBreakfasts said...

I never understood all the fuss about Hydrangeas till I saw yours!
BEAUTIFUL!