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Almanac Archive 2008

Dateline: Monday, October 27, 2008,
Elsah reporting in for this week

Orange leaves have turned quickly and are now falling on the path. I leave them there for a while because I like to walk through them, feeling the slight crunch and taking in the scent of Autumn. We don't have extensive fall color here in the foothills of California like the eastern United States does. Fall is a subtle experience here. A cool hush is present as we (impatiently) wait for the first rains to return.

I have visits from the wild turkeys who slowly peruse the meadows below both houses. Last spring they were babies, now mostly a full grown family who stick together for their meandering walks in the neighborhood.

It is quiet in Sequoia Park too, a perfect time to come for solitude and private contemplation time on the trails in Giant Forest.

For the first time in twenty years I have all three upcoming holiday periods still available. Not sure how to interpret this.....but what I have always known is that the cottage stays open for the right person to call. Whoever is meant to have the cottage will be the one who shows up.

Reminds me of one of the four immutable laws of spirit that Harrison Owen talks about in his book called Wave Riders (read this as part of my research for the online nursing-job burnout class I am writing.) "Whoever shows up are the right persons", Owen says, "Whenever it starts is the right time", "Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened", " When it's over, it's over."

all for now..................................................................

Dateline: Wednesday, October 15, 2008,
Elsah reporting in for this week

So the days are finally cooler and becoming crisper. I find it strange to be letting go of one season and move into another. Even though it is not a new thing, this shifting into Fall, it feels quite different this year. There is a kind of quietness in me that even makes it hard to find words to write here in this long-standing "almanac" blog for Cort Cottage.

I am reading and writing these days.......working on an online continuing education class for nurses called "Beyond Nursing Burnout: a primer for transformation." This is to be an introduction to the offerings that are shared in the retreat workshop linked below.

Doing what you love, or as Rumi says, "Let the beauty you love, be what you do"(quoting this from my memory, so it may not be exactly right.)

Read a piece on this on Seth Godin's blog this am, he says "Doing what you love is as important as ever, but if you're going to make a living at it, it helps to find a niche where money flows as a regular consequence of the success of your idea. Loving what you do is almost as important as doing what you love, especially if you need to make a living at it. Go find a job you can commit to, a career or a business you can fall in love with."(link to read all of it at Seth's blog)

Part of doing what I love for today will be weeding the little garden patch outside the Cottage's kitchen window, and then putting up a little green shelf on the wall outside the door for "treasure-placing"--an altar to loving and living.

all for now..................................................................

Dateline: Monday, July 28, 2008,
Elsah reporting in for this week

Summer is settling in. Swimming in the river is perfect these days. I send my guests to pools and waterfalls formed with huge rocks just below the Ash Mountain Visitors' Center in the Park. Yes, it does get hot here in the summer, and some guests are surprised by it. Last winter I splurged and put in ductless air conditioning/ heating units, both in my main house and in the cottage. They are really great.

Its funny, I remember coming to Three Rivers when I was a little girl to visit my Aunt and Uncle and cousins. I lived in the Central Valley then, it was hot. We did not have air conditioning in our cars or in our homes. We used fans, and I am not even sure if we had evaporative coolers in those days. We lived and played in the heat. There were more screened porches then, and people slept on these porches in the cool night air.

Now we are conditioned to expect coolness, we complain about the heat (yes, me too) and feel burdened by our sweat. I know I have written about the heat before, as I do almost every summer in this "blog", but I still find myself reluctantly and finally settling in to heat and afternoon naps and river baptisms and hanging the cottages sheets on the clothesline and loving the fresh smell and crispness of those sheets and surrendering to the now.

PS. The cottage has been the busiest this summer in all its 22 years. Must be the pull of the big trees and the need for open space in heart and mind.

all for now..................................................................

Dateline: Thursday, March 13, 2008,
Elsah reporting in for this week

Time is full for me right now, two weeks until the Three Rivers Artists' Biennial STUDIO TOUR 8, which I organize every other year. Yet, I feel compelled to put a short note in here to tell the wildflowers are here! There are orange hills all surrounding the lake, and close to home the California lilac is intoxicating the air with its scent. If you have not seen Spring here, you have not seen Spring.

No more time to write, visit this STUDIO TOUR LINK, to see what I have been doing.

all for now.................................................................

Dateline: Sunday, January 20, 2008,
Elsah reporting in for this week

The days are short, crisp and sunny in the foothills. We are waiting for more snow in the high mountains at any moment tonight and tomorrow with the latest storm on its way. This is the best time to visit Three Rivers, as I say almost every year at this time when I am writing in the almanac, and again, it is the time of the least visitors. I always feel sad about this while I savor this place in the quiet here and now.

But I have been busy.......the new hot tub arrived and I am rebuilding the privatizing fence around it. There is a new platform bed in the bedroom with a queen mattress and mattress topper. A ductless air conditioning system is almost installed in the living room and will be great in the summer months. When all is said and done with these additions I will finally make new photographs for the website.

The wild turkeys continue to make pilgrimage in the meadow below the cottage in the late afternoons, on their way to roost high in the sycamore trees near the creek. There are about thirty of them, and I am always amazed to see those large birds flying to their sleepytime branches. They always seem to have a lot to say to each other.

A computer hard drive death last week interrupted my preparation for the Three Rivers Artists' Studio Tour coming on March 29-30, 2008, This will be the eighth studio tour I have organized. I am now working on a new computer which required updated software and a printer that could read indesign files for printing. It seems to me that computers are morphing too fast for even them to keep up with their own tiny electronic innards. Alas, however, I am still on dial up for the internet, as there seems to be no hope that the monopoly phone company will ever send infrastructure up Skyline Drive for a DSL communication.

We speed up only to be reminded that we always need to slow down.

all for now.............................................

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