Just a quick post to let you all know that I'm unplugging for a little while. I'm heading over to Garrison, NY to attend the Creative Joy retreat with Jen Louden, Marrianne Elliot, and Tracey Clark. We will be exploring what brings us creative joy through writing, yoga, and photography.
I'm so ready for this time to unplug and refuel. I've been feeling stretched to the max.
I'm taking a couple of extra days off after the retreat to savor the experience.
Look for a new blog post the first week in November.
Until then, I hope you find some time to unplug and savor your creative joy.
One of my favorite things to do is to get into the car and go on an adventure. While we were scouting out studios in the Peterborough, NH area we found ourselves traveling down back roads thickly lined with woods and ...
...stone walls. This is so New England.
We stopped the car at one point to take some photos. I couldn't resist snapping a few shots of the colorful leaves.
This has been an unusual autumn for the colors. Where I live in Southern NH, it is still really green. Some of the trees have dropped all of their leaves, while others next to it will have turned and others will be green. This spotted leaf really captures the spotty nature of this years colors.
I love the simple lines in this leaf and the intense color.
Look a heart in the leaf! As I'm typing this I can also see a white heart in the lower left corner of the photo.
Oooh another heart too! I really do see hearts wherever I go.
I was so happy to see these sweet little flowers this late in the season.
Check out these gorgeous ferns.
Perhaps my favorite photo of the day is this one of the plump, cheery berries.
I've recently had conversations with people who are energized by living in the city. Not me, I feel most alive in a beautiful, natural setting.
Yesterday we had a very special day at Mt. Greylock with my stepmother Nancy.
Nancy had heard many stories of Fernando's love for paragliding. On this outing she finally had a chance to see it first hand.
Although there were few pilots as the weather forecast showed the cloud base would be hanging low over the mountain, there were so many tourists who turned out on this Columbus Day weekend.
People gathered all around Fernando taking photos...
and asking lots of questions. It was fun to see how the crowd followed Fernando as he walked down to spot where he launches. I now tease him that he is a rock star. He was definitely the star attraction.
Here you can see Fernando is all set up and waiting for the wind to be just right.
He begins by facing the wing as it catches the air.
Then he turns and runs toward the edge of the mountain.
Before he gets to the very edge, the wing lifts him up and he is flying. He then tucks his legs into the harness.
In the distance you can see one of his students, Robert who launched moments before Fernando.
I'm often asked if I worry about Fernando when he flies. The way I feel, he has been doing this for 18 years and has taught for 7 years. He is a pro and doesn't take huge risks, so I don't worry about him at all.
I love that Nancy could join us to not only see this beautiful location but observe Fernando's passion.
I can hardly believe that it has been one year already! 1 year!
Last week we had a pre-Anniversary celebration in a wonderful garden in Maine and today we are heading back to Maine for a picnic by the ocean.
We both feel so very lucky to have found one another. We often refer to us as Team Costa or the Adventure Buddies. For those of you who have been following my blog, you've see how much we enjoy going on outings together.
I tend to wilt in the hot weather and boy have we had some hot weather this last week. My honey and I decided to spend the fourth of July out on the water. We boarded the Hurricane, a commercial boat from the Cape Anne Whale Watch, an outfitter operating out of Gloucester, MA.
The naturalist on board said that it hasn't been a good season for seeing whales. She was so excited on our trip because we spotted, "Nile" a humpback female whale. She did several deep dives where her tail fin pops up. She also slapped her fin on the water - it looked like she was waving.
We had seen other commercial boats in the area and they were jammed packed with tourists. I highly recommend Cape Anne Whale Watch if you are looking to have this experience. They boat was not over sold and crowded, the cabin was warm and offered a variety of snacks for sale, and the naturalists on board were helpful and informative.
We had a beautiful day out on the water.
Our summer is off to a great start. I sure hope yours is too!
I've had a fabulous weekend! It all started with preparing for my sister's visit. We've grown so much closer since our mom passed away a year ago. We discovered that we both love Pride & Prejudice and really all things Jane Austen. It gives me so much creative joy planning a visit like this. I decided we would watch P&P on our fat high def screen and drink tea, eat cute finger sandwiches while wistfully oohing, ahhhhing, and giggling.
I pulled out some old family things like the darling little chair pictured above that our Nana made out of a beer can. Who would of thought quilling beer cans could look so regal? It's a good example of where I learned my creative joy. My Nana taught me how to make things from ordinary stuff.
My sister and I laughed our way through the movie. We would have watched the 5-hour BBC version if we had enough time. We opted for the shorter one with Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Best remark was made at the end when Mr. Darcy is walking through the field wearing a long coat and shirt partially unbuttoned, I said, "I have to get Fernando that outfit and have him walk through a field toward me." Well, I thought we were going to pee ourselves we laughed so hard.
It has been so wonderful reconnecting with my sister. I'm feeling so lucky.
What brings you creative joy?
~ Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva
PS: This "Creative Joy' post was inspired by the Creative Joy Retreat with Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliot, & Tracey Clark.
This morning I set out on my walk on my own. I figured my friend who I usually meet up with had a late night and needed to sleep in. 30 minutes out she drove up in her car. She was beaming and so was I! I jumped in her car and we headed straight for Panera where we hugged, chatted, and caught up over a latte. Yesterday was one of those 5 star stellar days for both of us where experienced grace, connection, and miracles. We cried as we shared all of the serendipity that wove through our day. Here is a friend I've known for over 20 years. As she talked and poured her heart out, I was so moved to have this precious moment with her. I snapped a couple of photos of our drinks with my cell phone and had a blast altering this one pictured above using some of my painted papers. I love spontaneous invitations to connect and create and connect some more.
Who could you connect with this week?
Kathryn, Collage Diva
PS: Click image to see all of the textures and details in this photo.
PSS: This "Creative Joy' post was inspired by the Creative Joy Retreat with Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliot, & Tracey Clark.
My husband Fernando and I love to go on outings and discover new places. We spent Saturday at one of our favorite places, Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. It is an expansive property with many different gardenscapes. Every time we visit, it is like discovering a new place. We see familiar gardens but different plants are in bloom and the owners are always adding new sculptures and landscaped features.
After I finished my previous blog post this morning about listening to my heart, I was feeling like I needed to get out of the house and in nature. Today is my mother's birthday and the first time that she is not with us. I've been thinking of her all week anticipating this day and Mother's Day just right around the corner. Feeling rested and in good spirits I was up for an outing to one of my favorite places, the ocean.
My mother also loved the ocean and I thought of her as we drove the windy coastal road from New Hampshire to Maine. By late afternoon we stopped by Nubble Light (Cape Neddick) pictured above. (Click photo to enlarge).
The tide was coming in and the waves were crashing hard. My photos don't really capture just how awesome it was but fortunately we did get it on video and plan on incorporating it into one of the videos for my upcoming Journey of the Heart online class. In the video, we look at surrendering those things that we are struggling with and letting go of our worries. It is a montage of gorgeous ocean views with waves crashing and the tide ready to carry what we have to offer it.
Once again the ocean soothed my soul and today I feel relaxed and happy, restored and renewed.
Happy Birthday Mom. I know your smiling down on me today.
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