It seems I am only inspired to spend time writing when my house is empty. Every time I sit down I feel like starting with the words, “I am alone.” Perhaps because it seems like a rare occurrence. These days it is more common however. The girls are busy – out in the world without me. It is a rare day when we get to all be at home.
I’ve been savoring the rain we’ve been having. For almost one week after the scorching sunny and hot days monsoon season has begun. With passion. Every time it rains I feel as if I need to sit on my couch and just experience it with all my attention. The rain has been pouring down our windows, blowing sideways and feeding our desperate gardens.
The air is so much cooler when it rains – the smells of the desert are so strong when they are soaked. Sage, soil, the dry, dry piñon trees, the wet grasses – it mingles together in a brew familiar and quenching. I love the windows in my home. They line the south wall from floor to ceiling – facing some mountains, but mostly my flowers. My flowers! Which I cannot stop taking photos of. Trying desperately to capture some of the beauty they give.
The rain! Falko and I went for a hike in the rainstorm. The puddles and streams growing and rushing into the arroyo. Our feet wet in our chacos. Hoods on the rain jackets for awhile, until – well, why bother? Hair soaked and the earth super soft under our feet. The pine needles swimming in the pooling water. Stuck between my feet and my sandals.
It is like looking forward to something. We see the clouds gathering slowly throughout the day, we hope and keep glancing to the sky. Once we smell the rain we know there is a chance it will make it to us. If I am in town, at work then I look towards the mountains and hope it rains at my house.
When driving home I scour the side of the road for puddles. Hoping my gardens have been watered while I was away. Obsessing about seeds. More seeds in the gardens, more, more and more. I’ve been planting native grasses and seeds everywhere and it’s paying off! My gardens are growing!