Harry Potter post tomorrow, y'all! I just. can't. finish it today. Start it, yes. But I have apples and zucchini to take care of, and fresh herbs steeping in hot olive oil to make homemade insect repellent, and not enough time or energy to say anything much more interesting than "Next up: Harry goes to a WICKED AWESOME HOUSE and meets SUPER RAD PEOPLE."
Today, then, I'm joining Masha! Join in over at Piękno, or leave your own sensory notes in the combox...
Today I am...
Feeling... affirmed. And kind of weirdly happy. There's that scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where Harry jumps on a broomstick for the first time, and rushes up into the wind, and all of a sudden he realizes he's found something he can just do—"this was easy, this was wonderful...." Somehow, despite stage fright and plenty of mistakes and the fact that my knit shirt kept slipping off one shoulder during Mass, I still loved conducting choir this week, and I still felt like I did well considering that it was only my second time behind the music stand for a full liturgy. The latter is partly because I had such fun with it and partly because people kept coming up afterward and saying nice things till I felt like a superstar.
Seeing... evening sun through the panes of the front door. I love July in the Pacific Northwest.
Smelling... mint, oregano, thyme, sage, lavender, and olive oil. Supposedly those all steeped together make a reliable insect repellent. I don't know why the bugs don't like it. It smells fantastic.
Tasting... a mint julep. Complete with maraschino cherry. Courtesy of Lou. The mint smelled so good as I picked it for the repellent that we decided the drinks were necessary.
Listening... to Mozart on King FM. My favorite radio station. They rock.
Grateful... for summer weather.
Reading... oh, gosh, I don't even know. I just finished The Chocolatier's Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer (attempt #2 at reading self-published fantasy; review coming soon). Still haven't picked up the Chesterton novel, but it's in paperback and my Kindle charger just broke, so it's probably next on the list.
Loving... our choir and musical team. Rather madly. In case you couldn't tell. :)
Hoping... for all kinds of things, from more ripe tomatoes soon to more ways to use my little newfound talent.