"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for."
~ Ray Bradbury
My family. My friends. The museum. Our village. Our history. My loves. Sometimes finding the right words to say - the perfect string of nouns, adjectives and verbs to express the way you truly, deeply feel - is difficult. However, when you love what you love, the words will follow.
|My sister, Maria, and our exchange student, Lisa, on her first visit to the museum ♥|
|Walking under the pergola.|
How about a closer look at the garden house?
|Just look at the splendor!|
|The shutters open as doors!|
(Don't miss these gorgeous pictures taken at the Livingston-Backus garden!)
|Maria, my sister, & Lisa, our exchange sister from Germany.|
|Lisa trying to get a serious picture of Maria & I...|
|...She had her work cut out for her! Shall we sing: sisters, sisters...|
|Lisa & I resting on Hyde's porch.|
|The three of us at the top of Hamilton.|
|Lunch at the Victorian Garden Pavilion Restaurant.|
|Lisa, on the porch of MacKay during the afternoon downpour.|
|Raising a mug to the end of a good day!|
A few more pictures, this time from Ellison Park: Lisa is quite the outdoorsy young lady, and I had the privilege of introducing her to the fine parks from Highland to Durand Eastman in our little corner of the world!
So, with the season over for this year, you may be wondering what I'll be doing...never fear, I'll still be working at the museum! Spirits of the Past actually takes off tomorrow. Though, I'm also very much looking forward to catching on my very much neglected other love: sewing! I have a lot planned...half started projects that are in need of finishing, designs in need of starting, and wardrobe gaps in need of filling. (And, of course, polishing off all of those blog posts still waiting in the queue!)
For instance, I'm in need of a new Halloween costume! (After all, Halloween IS my favorite holiday - I mean, when else do grown ups get to dress up and walk around in public without funny stares or comments?) And this year, I plan to sport my finest rags as Cinderella! I knew exactly who I wanted to be and what I wanted my costume to look like after I stumbled upon this vintage, storybook illustration:
(Image via: Pinterest)
|Cinderella from Märchenbuch, a book of German fairy tales, 1919. |
(Image via: William Creswell, Flickr)