January 24th, 2007
lines in the snow

i will wander around this post like i wander about the world.
meander. i like that word, have i mentioned that already?
several squirrels sit surrepticiously digging in the backyard. weeks ago they buried things there and have come back to claim them. its funny to watch them eating their goods while sitting back on their haunches like little kings.
mice are fighting for control of my kitchen. i chase them by banging the cupboard doors, which i do now dozens of times each day. i’ve blocked off their holes so they are making new ones, angry with me for disturbing their existence. the deaf dog does not hear them.
the white wolf sleeps soundly without ears. he has become very comfortable in his new home. too much love. he is learning to shake hands this week, so he can attend business meetings in the near future. “pleased to meet you bob, what’s on the agenda today?”
my day includes tea, walks in the woods, aloo gobi, black pens, deadlines, typing, sweet licorice, stomach cramps, packages in the mail that are not for me, and interviews with newspapers about advertising.
not enough time spent on fun things. not enough doodling. not enough time spent savouring the details, drawing lines in the snow or smelling books.
maybe tomorrow, she says.

Jan 24 2007
2:14 pm
Sabine writes:

You mentioned smelling books. A few weeks ago I discovered the “British Book-Sniffing Enthusiasts”
http://www.rdearnley.supanet.com/ and I couldn’t believe ther were actually other people like me! Before I ever look at the cover of a book, I have always sniffed it. Especially old or used books. Those are the best. :-)

Jan 24 2007
2:20 pm
Rachel writes:

I Love this! Sounds like you have nice days. My days are get up, go to work, go home, cook, go to bed. But I still enjoy them all the same.

Jan 24 2007
3:41 pm
Claire writes:

Hi Keri, Tha Agnes Demille quote is VERY timely for me. I’ve gotta keep leaping :-)

Jan 24 2007
4:32 pm
Sia writes:

Thank you for those Agnes de Mille quotes… very timely for me as well.

Jan 24 2007
7:32 pm
pixie writes:

you who sniff books are cracking me up. i moved into a townhouse in l.a. years ago and my garage was used by the prior tenants who lived there for 37 years. they left tons of books behind-shakespeare and o’henry smell the best. do some make you sneeze?
not being sure makes me nervous. but i like thinking about it more and more. i’m much more okay with not knowing now because agnes makes it sound so juicy and unavoidable. which it is.

Jan 24 2007
9:55 pm
susanna writes:

Your Agnes Demile quote is timely for me, too. To be honest, sometimes as an artist, I find the not being sure, the guessing, and the leaping to be quite hard. Sometimes I think it would be bliss to know what is next or how to do something. But then, if all my questions were answered, my life as a living story wouldn’t hold much suspense, would it? Sigh.

Jan 24 2007
11:14 pm
CCC writes:

amen. tommorrow definitely.

Jan 25 2007
9:18 am
nadine writes:

keri, thought you would enjoy my “animals taking over the house” story… Now we have mice up there, but in comparison, doesn’t seem so bad…

Jan 25 2007
10:47 am
Swirly writes:

Sounds divine…try to squeeze in some doodling…on paper towels or a cereal box or coffee filters…

Jan 26 2007
10:17 am
mel writes:

re quote:
That which does not change, dies.

Jan 26 2007
10:48 am
erica writes:

LOVE this quotation….thank you.

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