Thursday, July 11, 2013


I've been getting messy with ideas, thoughts and concepts in my head - struggling with the whats and how tos - because I would love to document this Summer... It's been, and still is, interesting ;) I'm running into a lot of things I sort of knew about myself - stuff involving rules and guidelines. Being good enough, and allowing myself. Full stop. Allowing myself is very inclusive, and even if I wanted to get less vague, explain myself, I can't. Not yet, maybe never. What I'm finding out is - perhaps it doesn't matter. And that - is revolutionary

I don't have the peace and quiet to come out with everything in my head right now. It's Summer. We're halfway through the first week of Squirt's school holidays and life is different around here ;) It's noisy, filled with life, questions, blow-by-blow reports of how to build the perfect Lego Duplo house - and everything else ;)

"Can I ride my bike, mamma, where are we going, what's next, can I have ice cream, will you come to the playground with me, what's for dinner, why does everyone go on holidays, don't you think I could get a present because it's holidays?"


It's good, and I mean that ;) But the main thing I'm confronting at the moment is - how do I document this Summer? What do I draw, what's important, where does joy live, and does that matter? Where am I, what am I looking for and what do I need to remember about being here, now, in this moment, Squirt's first Summer holiday after starting school? Yes indeed, where am I in the middle of all this? Can I let go, enjoy? Can I hold onto my newly found sanity without all this time I've learnt to spend with myself? Will I still be here, at least somewhat, when Squirt goes back to school, or will I need to reinvent the wheel all over again? 

Questions. Lots of them. But what I was thinking this morning is - if I don't start doing, documenting things - putting them somewhere, sharing it all - then there is nothing that can grow, either. As long as everything that's in my head - stays there, concept-form, nothing happens. What isn't out there can't evolve into something new, can't be tweaked. It can be thought to death of course - I'm good at that, that I know. But can I work it? Can I be there & do? Can I be here, can I - at least try - to blog about it as it happens? The blue skies, clouds, the humidity and the rain? The happy and the something - the mundane, the questions and the yays of it? 

The only thing I know now - is that if I don't try, nothing happens. So I'm confronting another little truth about myself here. The belief that without a script, nothing comes of any plan. I'm here, and I'm going in without a plan. I'm all organised around this new-found - blankness :) I'm going to photograph what strikes me when it does, and draw what bites my pencil. Daily, as much as I can. That's my plan. So here's what's happened so far:

We went to the local swimming hole ('t Twiske) on Monday, and had a lot of fun :D I'd completely resisted the idea of going there, putting on my bathing suit and being where I was - playing with my kid in my white and less-than-perfect body with all these other people there - but I went. For the first time since we moved here back in 2010, I'm one of those moms, and it felt like a weight was lifted! I know it sounds dramatic, but it's true nonetheless. I don't have to wish a cool mom onto my kid - I am one now, and not just because he had fun, either ;)

I cleaned the garden on Tuesday, and here's where we can lounge now:

Of course, that depends on the weather, too ;) It's not as hot or sunny anymore, but to be truthful, both me and the kid are better for it. And it looks cozy ;)

I cleaned out the sand pit and returned it to the neighbour we borrowed it from. Weepy moment. On the bright side, I found and photographed the biggest slug EVER underneath :D But that's a drawing still waiting to happen, so you need to hold your breath for it ;)

Yesterday was a bit of a non-event because I didn't (and still don't) feel too hot. A cold in the wings, in fact. But I did draw nonetheless:

Squirt said he thought holidays warranted a present, and I agreed. A non-pedagogical moment perhaps, but us parents are allowed some of those. Well, I am, anyway ;) Plenty of those, let's not get started ;) Besides, he only woke me twice during my sort-of-sick on-the-couch 15-minute-nap. So there ;) He chose a small Duplo Zoo set, and I drew it. Memories are where you colour them, right?! ;)

That's what Summer 2013 looks like, so far :)
& I'll be back. That's as solid a promise I can make, being here without a plan ;)

How are you?! How's Summer, or Winter, where you are?


  1. How nice post Yvonne !!!
    I love Isaak's photo-collage very much and very surprised how fast he is growing up !!!
    and we have this lego giraffe and lady which were also Bulut's present since he behaved good at dentist :)
    Our summer started in Holland :) and going on in very hot Istanbul..sometimes we can not breath ! and sometimes missing your chilly weather :)
    We wont have second holiday in this summer because we have to do a lot of things related to our may be good idea to take pictures of repairing process with Bulut :)) i think we will have lots of funny memories...
    with love..

  2. Hi, Looks great, feels good, don't worry about the slug (ugh!) and Purity tea is very very nice !! Still waiting to draw and finish though ... ;-) Love the very first pic of Squirt - so soft. Love, Annemarie

  3. I love this summery post. It feels sunny & bright. Good life. That's it!

  4. Revolution is GOOD! (I think holidays always mean presents! Good for squirt for figuring that one out!) Your garden looks lovely and inviting. I think I covered everything! LOL :D

  5. Yvonne, there is so much about your blog that is Summery to me, before you even begin, I mean look at your orange and blue colour scheme. That collage is a treasure. I hope you print one and frame it to keep and I love that you simply started. I usually find that sometime around the equinox after Summer I finally figure out what it was all about. As for our winter, I am afraid to say we might have had as much sunshine, which sounds glorious and it is, but trust me it's nice to have a break because Summer here can be relentlessly hot. Looking forward to whatever you manage to serve up including that slug! :D

  6. Whoohoo Yvonne! No script, just the doing and following whatever feels good. Yay! AND ignoring what doesn't feel so good (the bathing suit thing). Just being in the moment is SO important, and you sure are doing that! Life's good. It can be. Certainly if you have Lego Zoo stuff!

  7. A post about documenting...well you know I love that topic! Two things: that illustration of the 'growing bikes' and the returning of the sandpit. Both made my heart skip a beat.

  8. What a lovely and positive post Yvonne, beaming with good vibes, makes me wanna shift stuff around my place too :)

    Just DOing things sure is a way to go. Makes you do a lot too. Wonder why I'm not doing more myself though ;)

    And I love your new lounge area! I wish I could pop in for a cuppa and some creating.


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