Though it’s a gray rainy day here, it’s finally warm enough to wander about without a coat and that means spring has officially arrived. So for our prompt of “something that inspires you” I decided that in this very moment its spring! And seeing the first blooms of color is always fascinating to me. To demonstrate this, I’ve tossed in a kitten as my proxy. There are a million things that inspire me, of course, but many are difficult or impossible to illustrate. For example, I’m thoroughly inspired by each of you who have joined me in the challenge this month! I adore what you’ve created, and it’s been fun to see everyone’s take on these very open-ended prompts. It’s been a great month and there’s just one week left! Keep those beautiful drawings and paintings coming! And this is the second kitty I’ve sketched this week, so apparently cats are rather inspiring to me as well lately. After what feels like weeks of hibernation, it’s finally safe to wander around without the fear of frostbite. The weather was sunny all week long during the work week, which always seems to happen, but I’m still thrilled and happy for the weekend.
Tonight, our friend Aesha is coming over for dinner, so I’m excited for the evening ahead as well. Our dog Phineas is sleeping on the couch at the present, but has one eye on me, staring me down. It’s nearly time for his dinner and he always watches me closely like this to assure I’m there and ready the moment he suddenly jumps up and starts pawing at me. I’ve no idea how he always knows the precise time, but in just a few minutes, he’ll go from completely still to rushing around like a maniac. Philippe is preparing a delicious dinner for tonight and though I’m excited about it, I’m showing decorum and not rushing around in the same fashion. We will be toasting champagne and even picked up some boozy chocolates for dessert as well. It all sounds rather decadent, but once shared, it will only amount to a couple of light beers. A beautiful and civilized evening to be sure. Just kidding, really, we’re totally like little kids when we get together and giggle and joke the entire time. It’s a blast!
I guess my body has the same sort of internal clock that Phineas has when it comes to food. It’s amazing how transformative spring feels to me and how I can go from generally motivated to crazed with excited ambition. I’ve layered on way too many personal projects on my plate and I’m having a blast trying to complete them all. It’s fun to take on challenges and give them a go. Although I certainly DO hope to complete them, the act of trying always makes me so happy. I’m sure I’d accomplish more if I weren’t a bit like this little cat I’ve sketched today. I’m always staring off into the distance at times, mesmerized by something I see or just something that’s on my mind in the moment, and don’t even realize how much time has past. My internal clock apparently only functions during large transitions, but fails to alarm me during the smaller ones. And that’s fine by me. I love just taking in the world as it comes and enjoying the moment without putting too much stress on myself. Everything seems to work out when I don’t try to force it. Instead, I’ll just take my time to enjoy the weekend while being throughly inspired by spring.
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