Monday morning cup of thoughts
Housekeeping and sunflowers
A bit of housekeeping, if you are a paid subscriber, thank you! This content does not apply to you, so you can scroll down to the sunflower.
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On to my thoughts this last Monday of August.
I've shared passages from The Boy, the Mole, the fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, and I will definitely be offering more in the future. This tiny children's book holds more wisdom than a tall pile of adult self-help books. I need to scoop out every last bit of goodness, like licking the bowl of my favorite ice cream. Each page leaves me contemplating the wise insights shared, and the lovely artwork measures up to the words.
This week's quote from Charlie Mackesy, on a page filled with drawings of the boy, the fox, the mole, and the horse spending time together.
"'Doing nothing with friends is never doing nothing, is it?' asked the boy.
"'No,' said the mole."
This week our dear friends Janet and Lalo headed up to escape the heat in the Central Valley. It never seems to matter what we spend the hours doing; it always feels special. During this visit, Lalo brought one of his mosaic projects. We hunkered down in our basement, the coolest place temperature-wise we have, the four of us working together on this gorgeous stepping stone for our yard.
Charlie is right; "doing nothing with friends is never doing nothing.”