How We Spent Our Second Thanksgiving of 2017
We had Thanksgiving at my parents’ house today.
I curled up in a recliner by the fire and did watercolor studies while my four-year-old played with Legos. Mom tuned the radio to Christmas music, as she does every year. We nibbled on Lebanon sweet bologna and crackers while we waited for my brother and his family to arrive.
I’m really enjoying these color studies. They’re quick, easy and informative. I was surprised, for example, by the range of chalky, muted hues I get by mixing Naples yellow with the other colors on my palette. Ultramarine blue’s granulation added interesting textures to what ended up looking like grayed-out jewel tones; alizarin crimson mixed up some vibrant pinks and browns, but dingy purples. I like how each color has a hidden superpower.
Tuesday is my 34th birthday. At lunch today my dad surprised me with a book from my Amazon wish list: Embers by Richard Wagamese. I’d heard about it via the blog Transactions with Beauty a few weeks ago and thought it sounded intriguing. Now I hold it in my hands.
Embers is a collection of short meditations paired with beautiful nature photography and calligraphic quotes. I’m tempted to binge-read the entire thing, but I think I’ll be better able to seep up its wisdom if I dip into it over time. So this evening I’m rounding it out with another book I have to dip into over time: David Copperfield. It’s the first time I’ve read it, and I find it a comfort on these long, quiet days spent at home. My injury might be unfortunate, but at least I can feel thankful that my life in no way resembles a Dickens novel.