a busy month


Like September, April is a busy and transitional month for me.

Instead of going to ‘school’ aka the print studio, I go through the reverse. Last week I packed up and brought home my completed editions and supplies. To even organize the work to go into the flat files, I had to clean off the table top first, which started the snowball effect. Some prints that had come back from Europe in a mailing tube some months ago had to be laid on top of the grand piano under weights for a week before I could store them.

Then there’s the garden with weeds growing even faster than the flowers. Indoors, seeds of tomatoes, peppers and basil are up nicely and needing to be planted into little pots to continue growing in the solarium. The pelargoniums await bigger pots. Houseplants need repotting.

Spring cleaning is having a slow start as we prepare for a visit next week from old friends from Alberta whom we’ve known since our days in Fort St. John when we were neighbours. It has been many years since we’ve seen each other so we’re looking forward to this!

Some sad news too, with the recent death of a dear aunt at the age of 87. Emails and long phone chats with my amazing cousin who cared for her mother at home the last two or three years. I’ve sent emails to family in Finland and eastern Canada. Memories are being revisited. We shall have a family gathering in her memory sometime soon.

Yesterday evening’s gorgeous sunset brought these words to mind:

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

(from Fiddler on the Roof, of course)

April 15, 2013 in Being an Artist, Home by Marja-Leena