…with a cup of tea wreathed in steam-Sylvia Plath

…or a cup of rich, dark coffee…or purply-red wine…
my deario is keeping me supplied during these tumultuous
days of returning from a wonderful show where I sold
almost everything I had…only to find that my trusty printer
of seven years had given up while I was gone…and
forty-some orders waiting to be made and sent!

Emails have been winging back and forth…between me
and my patient and lovely customers…between me and the
kind doctor in New York who decided to sell his printer (the
twin of mine) just when I needed it…between me and
far-flung friends who listen to as I figure out both these
small challenges and some much larger ones on the
horizon (more on that later).

While I am waiting for my new/old printer to arrive,
I have been filling what orders I can with what I am able
to rustle up in all the nooks and crannies of my studio, and
writing out orders and mailing labels by hand and doing
what I can to “make my home fair” for the coming holidays…
tho’ I am still in the clearing the decks phase and am a
long way from the twining of greenery.

©Winifred Nicholson’s Estate

…tucked in and around all the cares and strain
are hours and moments of refreshment (beyond the liquid
kind!)….with today’s discovery of these paintings bringing
to my day the same bright freshness that I can almost feel on
my skin when I gaze upon each peaceful scene.

I hope they will cheer you, as well.