Arriving home in Petaluma (sans iPod - someone broke into Penny and made it their own in Eugene, Oregon... I hope they like a mix of Beyonce, George Strait and The Indigo Girls!) I noticed the summer had taken a turn into its final, gorgeous stage: Indian Summer: hot days and cool nights with an undertone of chill no matter what the temperature is.
I love Indian summer, and I also respect it as the unpredictable stage of nature grieving summer with one last push of cricket thrum and hot breezes through the knee-high blonde grass.
I joined our Great Mother and created my own in silver:
Beautiful rough-hewn Poppy Jasper surrounded by sprouts and resting under a larger-than-normal sun. I made one in size 6.5 and one in 9.5.
I also made a necklace for a dear friend with whom I was discussing boundaries. I knew I was going to make her a talisman, but the newly made sprouts lying around made me realize that boundaries don't need to be drawn with hard things, with spikes and thorns:
they can be made with our softest, most compassionate parts.
The center of the necklace is a 14k gold dot, and the 'boundaries' are two sprouts: nothing airtight, nothing harsh, just lovely nature gathering to protect and inform decisions.
I am certain that I'll be making a few for the shop this coming week.
I am so grateful to be here after such a long drive home. This morning Anthony went to Best Buy to get some 'games' (the excuse) and brought home a new iPod for me.
The original was purchased for me by my parents and my sister and her husband for Christmas - it was such a great gift. Its loss and my feelings of responsibility for that theft made for a lot of tears yesterday.
I am so grateful that whoever has it now left my keyboard and all of my precious musical props.
And I am still obviously getting used to having automatic locks after six years of manual everything.
Either way, everything is just as it should be.
I am so grateful to have been able to post some pictures of Washington and Oregon here: such beautiful places that I long to return to.