Yesterday afternoon I checked my email and found several messages from people mentioning they had found my site through designmom. I was all, "What the??" And then, being Canadian, I added, "Qu'est-ce que c'est??" So I logged onto her site and nearly fell off my chair. This is too crazy! This is just plain cuckoo. This is like taking a walk along the moors and somebody comes thundering up behind you on horseback. You turn around and it's Mr. Darcy. "Would you do me the honor," he says, reining in his spirited steed, "Of allowing me to escort you to prom this Saturday next?" You blush demurely and look down at your hands, but before you can murmur, "My dear Fitzwilliam...", Mr. Heathcliff comes charging out of nowhere and exclaims, "By my word, Darcy, the pleasure of this girl's company is to be mine or I'll know the reason why!" And you stand there with your eyeballs popping out, watching two of literature's hottest tickets vie for your affections. Finally you come to your senses and whip out your dance card. "Fellows," you say, "this story can have a happy ending," but they still go to fisticuffs over who gets the minuets and who is to have the allemandes.
Anyway, that should give you some idea of how it felt to be on designmom. Thank you, Gabrielle, and if you ever need a date for prom, I know two guys who can passepied like nobody's business.
For Friday archives this week, I am sharing something a tad untraditional. This is a picture of me and Izzy practising together last summer (incidentally, I have an amazing spider story to go with this photo--you will not stop twitching for weeks). I would say the musical journey I am taking with my children, and by "journey" I mean "forced march", is by far the greatest occupier of my creative energy these days. On summer evenings, Izzy and I like to step outside and serenade the neighborhood. It feels a bit magical, cloaked in darkness, to send the sad and lovely tones of the violin into the night.
Thank you so much to everyone who has visited my blog lately. I hope you have a beautiful, harmonious weekend.