Friday, June 1, 2012

Its True

It's true, we have been busy here at Darrow ranch. Work feels nearly constant trying to ready for our show next weekend. Yes, it's next weekend and I've worked past the fear having really nothing to show imagining a small display and telling myself "this is enough, you can only do so much". I've pushed myself and am getting excited to spread out and show my new things which are shaping up nicely. Eric's work has never been more lovely and we have our back and forth shows at the end of each day, truly marveling at just how much a day can bring and how far we've both come on this journey to make new fresh pieces and to keep ourselves stimulated and excited.

There are always the dreads, the miserable white load to fold..... all those socks to match up, the garden, dinners, the dog hair, summer dust, bills to pay, announcements to stamp and all the rest, but we are a good team especially when teamwork is needed most.

*purple penstemon

Etsy and the blog have gone fallow and though I miss you and want to show you every new piece. I need to be still and focus on the work set out before me.

*turkish rugging

I'm still hiking nearly every morning , to the trillings of the early birds, followed now with yoga practice. All this sitting can make you feel like you may start to rust in place like a certain, endearing, tin man.

* I thought my grandfather was the tin man, they both had the same gleam in their eyes.

Jo and I head to the hills knowing the deer are lining up, waiting for us to parade by.

I've started jotting down my long list of blessings to keep me grounded and positive.

The list is long and growing and though I'm not going to print it here I thought you may enjoy a blessing to start your day.

A Morning Offering
I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me
Welcome the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Wave of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

* John O'Donohue

It is true, each one of us is richer than we may realize and richer also for knowing one another.

xo Ro


  1. Hi Ro,

    Good to have you back!

    It sounds like you have had your nose to the grindstone.
    I'm glad you still get out for your hikes and are fitting in some yoga.

    I practice yoga daily, I've been at it for years and now my day is "off" if I miss a session. It does keep you from "feeling rusty".

    I know what you mean by the dreaded white load! So funny!

    What a lovely poem....the last stanza are words to live by. Thank you.

    I'm hoping you have perfect weather and lots of fun at your sale!
    If my wish comes true, I will be at your door!
    (A girl can dream, can't she?)

    Counting my blessings.....

    : ) xo

    1. Hi Cinder,

      Good to hear from you too.

      Yes, it's mostly work these days but work is going well.

      Good girl! I especially love the way yoga stretches my hands, I don't know why I ever stopped.

      It's a miracle to dump dirty clothes into a machine and have them come out clean a little while later, but this just sets you up for continuing to expect miracles......... tedious :) :) :)

      Awww it would be great to see you all drive up in a shuttle.

      Blessings abound


  2. Morning Ro,

    Sometimes your words, and the words of others you share, are exactly what I need.

    My first thought when I saw the darling silhouette of the wee bird singing 'her' heart out was I wish I could send that as a postcard to Mum. She would love it. The butterfly, I would have to 'keep' for myself.

    It sounds like the flames have been burning bright for the both of you these past weeks, months... I feel your growing excitement, and feel excited for you. To be unveiling new ideas and new will be lovely.

    Have a stupendous day and doubt a busy one. I'm off to do 'dreads' (love this!) in between lines of blistering wit and wrenching emotion (...or complete and utter drivel...).


    1. Hi Ash,

      We can all use a bolster, a blessing, life is full and sometimes it's hard but those are the times to try and stay grounded, rooted.

      I wish you could have heard that small Pavarati bird it was so beautiful I could have listened for hours. I heard a less talented towhee sing back a duet. The little bird looped and trilled fancy, complicated, lacy runs, it would pause and the poor towhee born with out a singing voice would fill in the silence with buzzzzzzzzz. It made me laugh, a private joke, though if it were a concert I would have still clapped loudly for the towhee, he gave it his inadequate all but he was there trying.

      Thank you, one more week, just one more :)

      Have a super duper weekend despite the dreads, there are always sparkling treats, like rain!!


    2. Haha. Imagining the towhee made me laugh out loud. I would have been rooting for him, too, plucky little guy.

      Awoke to the sound of rain thrumming on the gutters. That made me smile, too.

      Enjoy wandering your hills, Ro. And hope there's some quiet moments in your garden this weekend, as well.


  3. I cannot imagine you rusting, dear mule-skinner, but I'm glad you're taking care of yourself. :-) Your work will be inspired and your show will be so, so lovely, I just know.

    Thank you for the morning blessing, in words and photos're a treasure, to be sure.

    1. AWW I think the same about you my friend.

      Some mornings I feel rustier than others, I'm sure we all do.

  4. Thanks for the update & beautiful photos. I'm sure your show/sale will be a great success--wish I could be there!

    1. I wish you could be here too!

      It will be good, getting there is half the battle :)

  5. what a beautiful post and blessing, i've truly enjoyed reading. have a wonderful sale!

  6. Good Morning Ro!
    I know you've had your nose to the grindstone, so to speak...thankful you take the time to watch natures parade to ground you again and to renew your creative spirit. I'm so excited for you and Eric and Bryce and Kathyrn! I can't, CAN'T wait till next weekend. Truly two events I look forward to each year. I'll be there early to help you!!
    lots of love and encouragement for your week.

    1. Oh, Debbie, have fun!!! I wish I could tag're so wonderful to help.

    2. I wish you were here too! We could really make Ro laugh!!

    3. Hahaaa!!!! We WOULD have so much fun!!

    4. Hey what's going on here! :) :) :)

      I always appreciate your help Deb, you are a square expert!!

      I'm already laughing, the three of us would just add more cackling to the hen house, Deb knows, it's old home week next weekend, it's fun!

    5. hahah, we are sharin' the love sweet Ro! See you soon!

  7. So nice to see you & your photos!! Thanks for the lovely & inspiring poem!!! Good timing :)

    Glad pushing yourself has paid off. I'd sure love to be there next weekend!!!!! xxooxx

    1. I'm glad the timing was right Priscilla.

      Oh you could bring Rosebud!! :) :)


  8. How lovely to see the deer and hear the twittering of birds first thing in the morning, and thank you for sharing that lovely poem.

    Yoga is fantastic, and so is Pilates, been doing it four years now and it completely transforms your body, a good thing!

    Have a wonderful show, you will dazzle them!

    1. Yes it is wonderful, the way to start a day.

      Good girl Sharon, keep up the good work!!

      Thank week to go!

  9. Lovely pictures! Those flowers are beautiful. Good luck at your show, I'm sure it will be fantastic. I'm jealous of you locals that can go! :) Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi DJ,

      It's fun to watch their faces and hear their comments as they react to our work and the kids are just the best. I throw the cabs I can't use out in the gravel like an easter egg hunt, some of them are wise to this now :)

      I hope you have a good weekend too..

  10. Gosh, I love your blog! Thanks for all you put into the world... you are wonderful! :)


    1. Well thank you Ashley, you are a *blessing.. :)

  11. Hi Ro,

    Thank you for returning to us with such a gem from Mr. O'D. (!) That blessing is wonderful. I have missed you (with my trip away lately, and your upcoming show), and it is ALWAYS a treat to stop in along your trail, and soak in what you have to offer ♥.

    And "ditto" to what DJ said above in regards to being envious of the locals that get to attend next weekend!! One of these days I surely hope our paths cross, and it would be a little bit of serendipity if it could be during one of your beautiful gatherings!

    Happy start to your weekend. BYW, I loved reading that you still are making time to go out and about on your hikes -- even with your hectic day ahead :o). You're awesome.


    1. Hello Lisa

      Banjo wakes with great expectations, you should see her face, it's impossible to let her down, my personal trainer :)

      I hope you had a wonderful trip, it's always is refreshing to get out of Dodge. I'm sure the masses greeted you with great joy upon your return, bluebirds included. It's nice to have your very own fan club waiting at home..........sunglasses, autographs.......too bad flash bulbs are out of fashion :) :)

      Aw, well the locals are only twice a year, most of them anyway :) Hmm I was surprised once by a blog reader, you should have heard us, it was a blast!!

      BYW.. you were probably thinking of that white load :) :) :P

      xoxox to you Biridie

  12. Ooops. That was supposed to be BTW. {{ BYW? lol }}

    1. BWW.....Bring Your Whites. I love it.

      I just learned this from the Urban Dictionary....HYFR.....

      Ready? It's Hell Yeah, F#%kin' Right!

      But you're so cool, you probably already know that one! :-P


  13. Ro, you are a true inspiration! You seem to have your days worked out to perfection. I feel sure that your show will be wonderful! Xo's

  14. Arrgh. What the....? That was supposed to be BYW. lol