Making + Listening

new record finds

john denver


LISTENING: We took a mid week lunch time visit to the Wednesday antique market here in town and came home with a few new (old) records for our listening pleasure. Karen and John have been singing non-stop in our home ever since with a bit of Johnny thrown in as well from last weekend’s yard sailing. I’m still loving playing records in the house and Ellie will even go over and pick one or two out as well, almost daily. She’s been liking Raffi’s Everything Grows and Ernie and Bert’s Rubber Duckie Album (how could she not?)

As for MAKING, I finally got around to making a new batch of granola. We’ve been on a toast and peanut butter breakfast binge for a while and I was itching to get back to my yummy yogurt and granola mornings but couldn’t find the time to get it together. Yesterday was that day and now we have plenty of granola for a couple of weeks at least.

I’ve also been keeping up with a wabi sabi practice I had read about a few months back. The recommendation was “whenever a pebble or small stone catches your fancy, pick it up and put it in your pocket. ” The chapter goes on to talk about arranging these natural treasures inside your home, moving them around and arranging them in an aesthetically pleasing way thus cultivating a passion for the little, everyday, seemingly mundane things in life. It really makes me feel good to find that perfect rock or piece of wood on my daily walks and give it a new life on my windowsill. I’m finding this practice brings me back to my childhood where everything natural was sacred and interesting and it helps me to truly see the beauty in the everyday. I feel a calm, zen come over me when I roll that special rock around in my hand after finding it, examining it over, feeling the grooves and seeing the patterns. And it’s nice to bring a little bit of nature inside and display it like I would flowers in a vase or a picture of our family. A simple yet meaningful practice to include in our lives.

wabi sabi

special rocks

kitchen sill

what are you Making and Listening to?

Joining Dawn (after a long hiatus) with MAKING+LISTENING!


7 thoughts on “Making + Listening

    • I didn’t either until I stumbled upon these Wabi Sabi books at my grandmothers home in Washington and just fell in love with all of its wisdom. Thank you for reading Melanie!

  1. This all sounds lovely Summer. We have many nature collections around here and I love the way they ground us. A favorite is a collection of “beautiful rocks” that my son has given me. They sit in a little tray on the kitchen windowsill where I can admire them at least three times a day while doing dishes. šŸ™‚
    As we drove through the Rocky Mts. the other day we were talking about John Denver. So good. I love that you guys listen to records. I love my record player as a kid.
    Thanks for much for joining in this week!

    • I love that, “ground us”. Nature really does have that effect doesn’t it. When I was a child, I was an avid nature collector and had rocks and leaves and bugs and all sorts of collections all over the place. I don’t know how or when or why I got out of the habit of picking up nature and bringing it home with me, but it feels so good to be doing it now, like I am one with this earth. šŸ™‚

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