MARIGOLD MADNESS – Japanese brush painting practice. I purchases pony packs of Marigolds from the nursery & painted studies of Marigold flowers & leaves to teach a class. The Japanese Maple leaf vase was found in a thrift shop & is perfect for an Autumn flower arrangement. Marigolds are such a sunny, cheerful flower! In Mexico they are used to celebrate the Day of the Dead. In India, Marigolds are used to make necklaces!
AUTUMN IS COMING TO A CLOSE SO I GLORY IN THE COLOR PALETTE OF FALL. At the La Jolla Farmer’s market there are bouquets of Marigolds, mini pumpkins on branches & a few sunflowers. The market florist has made up cornucopia baskets with autumn leaves & bunches of red chili peppers. It is persimmon season in San Diego & there are baskets of orange fruit everywhere. One vendor has cellophane bags of dried persimmons & they are so pretty. I buy myself a Pink Lady apple that is crisp & fragrant. It is apple picking season in the San Diego mountains. At the thrift store I find a number of vintage Japanese trinkets & treasures – some paper party favors, a metal butterfly pin & a wonderful celluloid Japanese charm necklace! All for under $10. Autumn fun.
At the end of October 2014, I turned 63 years old. Life is good. An employee at Trader Joe’s gave me a bouquet of Marigolds, my friend Harumi sent me some wonderful cloth buttons from Japan, my cousin Bernadette gave me a fabulous & sacred Kuan Yuen necklace in a bowl filled with sea glass, abalone bits & other tiny treasures & my son and his wife gave me money to go whale watching! The Planet Earth gave me a gorgeous day, a humpback whale that threw her flukes 3 times, hundreds & hundreds of dolphins with too many sea lions to count “porpoising” right along with them & the knowledge that I am lucky to live every day in the beauty on this earth. If the shore birds could sing, they would surely be telling me that I am loved. Happy Birthdays are not about “stuff” they are about being in the flow of the joys that come our way every single day.