Friday, June 7, 2013
SkyWatch Friday: Yard Sales & Rainbows
I was almost too tuckered out to put together a SkyWatch post this evening, after waking up at 4:20 this morning and putting in a long, busy day #1 of a two-day, multi-family yard sale extravaganza at our house. But then we had a lovely sky worthy of a photograph, so I rallied. :-)
Our yard sale went really well - we had perfect weather, lots of people, and sold a LOT of stuff. I don't know which feels better - putting some jingle in our pockets or creating more space in our lives! They both feel good, but the rewarding day wasn't just limited to those two satisfying things...
In addition to all the people (including some old chums we got to catch up with), we had a few cute canine customers, including this well behaved chap who waited patiently and quietly (as well as very observantly) in the car while Mom shopped...
I was going to crop this for a closeup of the dog, but hated to crop out the mountains.
There's still snow in the high country - we even had frost Tuesday night!
But today was sunny, calm and 80º - perfect!
Two other highlights of the day were finding a pair of favorite earrings I thought I'd lost months ago, when they fell out of a pocket of a pair of pants I'd put out to sell!
And, I sold my very first piece of artwork! This admittedly hideous oil painting I'd done when I was nine years old, in an art class my mother insisted I take because I liked to doodle...
Now a casual enjoyment of doodling does not necessarily mean having a talent for (nor interest in) painting. So after I'd created this lurid monstrosity - which my mother insisted be hung in my room and then foisted on me not long after I got married - and a couple of forgettable pastels, mom, to my great relief, took my place in the class. Anyway, after trying in vain to give it away for free at our last yard sale, I was thrilled this morning when a man and his little boy bought it for a dollar! I figured the little boy (who was about six or seven) must have wanted it because he liked the bright colors (or perhaps he grasped and related to the existential angst of the clown on the right. LOL)
So imagine my own existential angst when I told the little boy how pleased I was that he'd bought this painting I'd done when I was nine, only to have his father say, "Well, I'll probably be painting over it..." Some people simply have no eye for fine art. ;-)
And speaking of fine art, our day concluded with a painting by Mother Nature that was far better than anything that I or Mr. Snootypants Paintover could ever create! :-) After the yard sale was over, everything left was packed up and stored in the garage, and our dogs (who were incredibly perfect angels today during all the hubbub) had been walked, we had a thunderstorm. While it was drenching us with some much-needed rain, the sun came back out and gave us this full double rainbow over our back fence....
I'll be disappointed if your reaction is anything less than Double Rainbow Guy's...
I'd love to think it was a promising sign of things to come for Day #2 of our yard sale, but the wind is predicted to blow (yet again!) 20-30mph with gusts between 40 and 60mph! I have a feeling we'll be getting rid of most of the rest of our stuff, but only because it all blew into the next county!
See what skies around the world have been up to this week...
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"