When I saw our prompt of “simple things,” I wasn’t immediately sure what to choose. This small vase of tiny daffodils we’d picked up at Trader Joe’s was sitting right there in front of me, but for some reason I looked right past it at first and didn’t think to sketch it. I think that’s the very nature of simple things. They’re nothing flashy or iconic, but a little piece of happy that sits off to the side waiting to be noticed when we take the time to stop and think about them. The actual little daffodils are truly quite tall so I had to reinterpret them a bit so they’d fit in my sketchbook. Also, they’ve been living with us for a week and I just now thought to check the care and feeding label. It suggested that we water them “constantly” and turn them about on a regular basis throughout the day to ensure proper growing. A ridiculous list of demands for a bit of home décor that sounded as if instead of flowers, we’d somehow adopted a puppy. Yet, despite our inability to give our daffodils that level of quality care, they were standing proud and looked the same as when we purchased them last week. It was inspiring to see such perseverance and a good reminder to always make the most of what we are given.
Though I’m excited for the weekend, we also just found out our only car won’t be joining us this weekend. Repairs are still needed and so we won’t be reunited with it until next week. Since Philippe and I refused to pay for a rental car, we’ve had to become masterful problem-solvers. Public transportation in the United States leaves much to be desired and once you’ve left the two large cities that are set up that way, the rest of the country pretty much requires a car. Between walking, buses and a very occasional Uber, we’ve managed to get through the week. Since we normally buy our groceries for the week on Sunday, I asked Philippe what we should do about that. His first response instead was to say that we may not have enough flour left for pancakes on Sunday. In that moment, I fell in love all over again. Out of a week that was filled issues, hardships, and problems, the only thing that leapt to his mind was the sudden extinction of our second day of pancakes. That’s when you know you’ve married well. I’m with just the right someone who understands that no matter what happens in life, it’s those simple things that really make it all worthwhile.
So, I’m thrilled and happy to be heading into our uncertain weekend. Whatever needs to happen will somehow manage to do so once we figure out a clever plan to make it so. In truth, Philippe and I have had a bit of fun trying to riddle everything out. While most people would be banging their head against the wall to be carless for a week here, we’ve reveled in our clever alternatives. And, more than that, we’ve enjoyed those moments that shook up our routine and gave us the chance to find a new way to look at things. Or, I guess, you could also say that we’re just cheap and why the heck didn’t we get that darn rental car! But, weirdly, I’ve enjoyed this week of unusual events. I’m certainly a creature of routine and I love my little expected moments that come each day. But, I also love a bit of adventure and trying things that I’m not used to doing. Today, for example, I shot my first video with no knowledge, completely on the fly and well… during a loud thunderstorm! I was encouraged to try a video presentation by my lovely friend Karen Abend and if you’d like to see it, then reserve your spot for this free event and check out the Sketchbook Revival online workshop! I hope you’ll join me at my kitchen counter for a fun bit of play and coloring! And I also hope you have a fabulous weekend as I leave you now to go enjoy these daffodils on the table.
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