A Serendipity of Sunset and Sound

I have always found sunset on the beach calming. I am pretty sure it is the combination of colors and the waves and everything coming together. I love playing with color, particularly using color pencils. The unspoken rule for me is that if my hands don’t end up with blue/colors on them, I might not have done it right!  For this first picture, I wanted to try something different because usually, when I draw this scene, I only draw the sunset on the beach as it hits the sand. I was proud of this boat because of its detail.

In the second picture, I wanted to play with color again, but in a different way. I was inspired by a friend who loves lighthouses to do my take on them, but I really wanted to see if I could make the light shine out into the distance, and I think it came out very well. You may have to struggle to see it, but there is a little boat out there—and that is important too.

A few months after creating these pictures, I listened to one of my favorite Garth Brooks songs, “When You Come Back to Me Again” and I was floored because I didn’t realize what a connection I had made with these two drawings and the first verse of this song.

There’s a ship out, on the ocean

At the mercy of the sea

It’s been tossed about, lost and broken

Wandering aimlessly

And God somehow you know that ship is me

‘Cause there’s a lighthouse, in the harbor

Shining faithfully

Pouring its light out, across the water

For this sinking soul to see

That someone out there still believes in me

Looking at these pictures, I know there is a story there—and I am going to work on telling it. I just wanted to get a start going. There will be more to come!

(Also, I do not own the rights/etc., to Garth Brooks’ music, but I wanted to show the lyrics in case you a) don’t like country music, b) are in a place where you cannot listen to music at the moment, or c) just don’t want to go somewhere else.)

Until next time…

Interaction vs. Connection

Lately, I have been working on my llama (as a side note, it is coming along wonderfully!), I have been given some extra work duties and have been interacting with people from home while crafting, gaming, and other types of things.

As one who does a lot of reflecting, I have thought about things pre-quarantine and during quarantine. I have joked with my friends that maybe I should try to get out more after all of this. I really don’t go out all that much. I may choose to change that, but it is too soon to tell.

In my work as a teacher, I interact with a lot of people. Students, parents, colleagues throughout the school day and often longer. Depending on when I get home, I usually eat, study, and try to do something for me before I crash.

Now, I still work from home. While that looks different right now, I have time to focus on quality vs. quantity. I am able to (re)connect with people. The more superficial act of interacting less leads to more meaningful and deeper conversations when we do have them. I am able to share what I am doing and making. In the process, more of me is coming out and I am getting the joy and love of learning about others.

The llama body…getting closer to being done but still a ways to go.

So, how are you making those connections? How is it working for you?

Hardly Working, Yet Working Hard

Hello everyone!

I don’t know about anyone else, but for me, even though I am working from home, time is all over the place. I am often checking the date and the day of the week. If I don’t have meetings on that particular day, I have no clue as to what day it is. It feels really surreal.

Pre-Corona Quarantine, I was on my computer a lot–working on work, working on the classes I am taking, using my computer as an escape by playing World of Warcraft. Thinking about it, it seemed like my life revolved around my computer. I have actually been enjoying taking the time away from the screen as much as possible. To be honest, it has been really nice.

So, if I am not on my computer all of the time, what exactly am I doing?

  • I am taking the time to evaluate and work on myself. As a middle school teacher, the time in the summer (especially since I usually work summer school) is not enough time to do some of work essential to the growth and healing process. Being at home is allowing me to do that work and still work with my students from home.
  • I have been working on my building my relationship with God and really looking for the good amidst all of the things that are going on. (Aside from my personal studying, one of the bonuses of having services moved online is that I can experience different denominations and churches.)
  • Crocheting! I am still working on the llama and it is coming along nicely. I am taking a break from the blanket for now. As I crochet, I am realizing that I really prefer making animals and such to making blankets. It’s not that I cannot make blankets, I have made them–I just have a preference. I am not sure why, and for now I’m not going to worry about it. I am just taking the time to do what I enjoy.
  • Reading–for fun even! I enjoy reading, particularly getting to go to different times, spaces, and places–real or imaginary. (Suggestions welcome, by the way!)
  • I have been working with different recipes that I have been wanting to try and such since I do not have to be bound to the time restraints of having to leave the house for work. (Once again, suggestions welcome!)
  • I have no ability to predict when I will be going back into the classroom, but I am working on bringing together materials and such so when we all come together, I will be at my best.