Yesterday I receive a comment from Amy W on the post just before this one. She says,“You’re like Marie Kondo of the internet. Next you’ll be folding Facebook nicely into a drawer.” The image of Facebook, folded oh so neatly and placed just so in a drawer, has me in stitches. Thank you Amy! You may remember another post awhile back where I share with you what I call the No Kon-do System. Truly, if Ms Kondo’s system is what works for you, than that’s perfect. Our lives can be so busy, overly scheduled, and chaotic at times, that it’s important to do what brings you peace and contentment.
Right now, as the late spring sun shines through the windows and the birds chirp outside, I’m enjoying a second cup of tea. Several days ago just before first light, the crows, who had made a nest in the trees out back earlier this spring, start cawing “’til the cows come home.” They continue ALL day long. I wonder if the fledglings are hatching or maybe ready to take their first flight. One flies onto the corner of my cottage roof, and is so loud and insistent for what seems like hours, I finally go outside to ask if he might perch somewhere else. He cocks his head as he regards my request, and gets even louder. Ah well. The next day it is quiet again and I hear the doves coo.
Tomorrow, I travel to NYC for book three’s first weeklong photo shoot with Andrew Scrivani. I’m terrified that I’m not ready, which is what my friend and colleague Leigh Olson reminds me that I say every time I get to this point. Yet, I’m strangely calm, too. I haven’t packed yet. There’s laundry to do before I can. As they do each time, my favorite red plaid kitchen towel and blue stripe apron are coming with me. They are talismans for me, and the towel has cameo appearances in both books. Maybe they will find their way into book three, too.