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Summertime catharsis

It has been seven years since I have had an ENTIRE summer free with no travel planned.   Mind you, I have loved our travel and look forward to next year when we will spend 5-6 weeks in India, but there is something very refreshing about saying that you have 3+ months completely free.

Dictionary.com defines the word “catharsis” as “the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art”.   Needless to say, it is the “art” part that I am extremely excited about.

I am trying to decide if I want to set up a formal timetable for my creative time or just to wing it.   I like the idea of “winging it”, but I sure don’t want to get to the end of the summer with nothing to show for it.    Should I  plan to spend 30 minutes EACH day doing something and then have other full days as well, or should I wait until I have a larger period of time available?     These are some of the thoughts that I am trying to work thru right now!!

I am also looking forward to having friends over for coffee at least one morning each week and Michael and I are planning to eat out at least once each week.   I am greatly looking forward to both!!!


I did do some traveling this past week…..I flew to Abilene, Texas  to see my Mom and then flew back with her so that she could visit our home and family.   Then, 3 days later, I flew back to Dallas and put Mom on a flight to Abilene and then hopped a flight back to Georgia…..whew!!!

Mom and I had an enjoyable time looking at quilts and remembering the various projects that she had made over the years.   She is still doing some applique for another quilt…even at 90 years of age!!

I am not sure that she will remember much about the trip, but hopefully the photos of her grandkids will help some…..



So, here’s to a summer of fun, relaxation and creativity……..

2 thoughts on “Summertime catharsis

  1. It does sound like you have a lovely time ahead of you. Enjoy all the lunches, dinners and coffees. And sew lots!!Your mother is amazing.

  2. What a wonderful time lies ahead for you. I think you should go into the studio each day for at least 30 minutes and do something. That way you are likely to find that you are inspired to spend longer in there.Lovely photos of your family and your mother certainly looks happy.

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