Things haven't progressed so well lately and in often I find that my frustrations are running high. I figured I was putting too much pressure on myself and trying too hard to make something happen in the studio, instead of letting things evolve. I realized by the end of the week that I had nothing to show for myself...not even any new fragment pieces, so it was clearly time to take a break. A slow, dawning realization hit me just about that time...why, I needed to read a book....input, food, nourishment....I was running quite on empty, which was part of the problem.
So, I gave myself time for some delicious naps and reading time on the front porch. Sometimes it's too sunny to sit on the back deck in the afternoon and lately I've come to feel the river as kind of a menacing presence, so I'd rather be in front. I have several books going at once, one of which is this latest Bill Bryson book, At Home, and of course, after lo, these many months, I'm still reading Swann's Way by Marcel Proust (almost finished though!). My new issue of Selvedge arrived on Saturday and that's always a delight for the senses.
Alas, just as I was really starting to relax about this whole Missouri River flooding saga, since we're still dry and the water releases are stable (still high but not going higher)....a really big storm came in the middle of the night last night and more erosion on the banks, rock down in the water and bare dirt in spots on a number of lots. More cash out to re-stabilize....it seems endless these days. I'm hoping to have a more cheery report in a few days!!!