#2,230 False Spring 2016.

Oh, friend. Today. Today was so incredible. Every year in Mississippi we have these flashes of false spring, where in the dead of winter, the temperatures creep into the 70s and the world feels brand new for a couple days before an inevitable scary storm that we’ll pretend isn’t coming. We woke up and opened the doors to let the breeze and the sunshine in.

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Where we found the most extravagant and beautiful bouquet from our producers, Kit, Jenna and Toni, from Canada. They even used our beloved local florist, because they care about that sort of thing and are some of the best people in the world. Their hearts are invested in this town, even if their bodies can’t be.

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I got all settled in on the porch with a fresh new tray of watercolors and an empty sketchpad… And then I just painted for fun. For practice. Because it made me happy and I wanted to. It’s been so so so long since I did that.

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I painted rooms I wish I could step into—full of heirlooms and modern color, old and new and lovely all together in perfect harmony and composition. I only wish I could paint them the way they made me feel. I’ve got a long way to go and many many hours of practice before I can paint like that, though.

Our old friend, Allan, stopped by on his way through Laurel for the Dale Chihuly opening at the museum. Allan was the very first person who was kind to me when I walked into the Ole Miss art department as a junior college transfer in 2005. I felt inferior, nervous, the new girl who didn’t know a soul and didn’t know where to begin. He knew everyone since he was a year older and had also been working in the department for a couple years and was my first friend who introduced me to some of the best folks in the world. Ben wasn’t even a student in the art department at all, but Allan showed him to the woodshop and let him mess around and build things with the saws. Those were Ben’s first experiences with woodworking, and now it’s how he earns his living. Isn’t it amazing how God puts people in our journey? Allan was an important part of my developing years as an artist, a friend to Ben and I along the way, then he moved on to graduate school and we lost touch a bit. It was so good catching up with him, a brand new daddy with his wife Erin!

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Later, Ben went to the woodshop to unload some lumber and I took a long walk with Chevy and Baker who were less interested in walking and more interested in sniffing.

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Then we went to The Knight Butcher, the neighborhood butcher shop that’s so successful they struggle to keep everything in stock, to pick up a couple of filet mignons that were so fresh, it was a cow walking around a couple counties over just a few days ago. By always giving our business to Chad and Terri, our neighbors who live just around the corner, we all win. After a stop by the grocery for some vegetables to roast, we were home again having dinner with Billie Holiday and a bottle of Cheerwine.

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And I’m so immensely thankful for these false springs each year. We have another one in store tomorrow!

 


Erin

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Daily Journal

5 thoughts on “#2,230 False Spring 2016.

  1. Erin, you dont have any idea how much joy you and Ben bring to my heart in every post in your daily journal. You both are the real deal.
    Not only are you creative and generous but you give so much back to your community, family, and friends.
    I hope you have many false spring days ahead so that you can bask in the sunshine and enjoy sitting on your porch painting away ha.

    Looking forward to seeing the reruns of Home Town. You betcha I will be tuned in. 🙂

    One more thing….please consider writing a book someday. You are a great story teller and your posts are so interesting.

    • Oh my goodness, thank you so much Debbie! Most days (like today!) are pretty uneventful, but days like this false spring post are my favorite of all. They’re the ones I want to remember forever. Thank you for reading along!

  2. I just love how you have this effortless way of putting things together and they look amazing. Love the show and hanging out with you guys on Periscope 🙂 We got false Spring in Tennessee over the weekend too, so bittersweet! It was 70 degrees here this past Saturday, when the Saturday before it below freezing with 8 inches of snow! Gotta love it!

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