It’s a glorious Labor Day evening here in North Hollywood, California. The heat of the day is easing off and the sun is a beautiful golden glow in the western sky lighting the fluffy white clouds pink, peach and gold in the fading turquoise. I have decided to sit outside and bask in all this, the last unofficial day of summer glory. Nico, the Tuxedo Cat that we, the inhabitants of our six family apartment building share in the feeding and care of, is sitting on the roof our next door neighbor’s car staring at me. He’s probably wondering when I am going to finally go inside so he can mooch another meal . Nico is an expert moocher. He’s also very affectionate and smart. The scent of barbecue waifs in the air from a few of my neighbors yards. The birds are singing their last songs before the nightingales take over. I feel very peaceful as I write this. Not sad as I had before on previous years on Labor Day. Labor Day always felt like the end of something to me even though we were entering my favorite season of autumn. Summer coming to a close with all it’s adventures. The sounds and scents. The flowers. Sometimes vacations and visiting friends and of course when I was a child the end of the freedom of summer and back to school even though I liked school.
Now on this day… this evening as the light of the sky is fading and soon, very soon the first star will twinkle hello, I anticipate with joy the end of summer. The moving on of time. Why do you ask? Because even with all my difficulties and challenges I am feeling things are changing for the better. Don’t get me wrong. This is a very, very scary time of my life right now, yet deep inside of me there is this core of calm that is growing. I think… I believe writing this has something to do with it too and I thank you all so much for reading my blog every week and sharing it and supporting me and everyone else on here. You all are such a blessing. It’s very fitting that I am writing this particular blog on Labor Day. You know why? Because this one is a Labor of Love… not saying that it is hard to do. Not at all. I must admit, that during these past few days it’s been very busy and even during all the hectic activity, it’s been at the back of my mind what am I going to write about this week. It came to me this afternoon. I am writing about The Labor of Love. I mean, isn’t it what it is all about everyone? Why we are doing this? Putting ourselves through this massive change of improving our lives… changing our eating habits, taking off weight, exercising, etc? It’s all about LOVE. Most importantly loving ourselves and loving the people we are with. Our families. Our friends. We do it for ourselves. We do it for them. No better reason. Simple as that. So when the going gets tough think about that. Think about Love. Let love cover you. Go into you. Carry you. Wipe the sweat from your brow. You have love. Don’t think you don’t. Put your hand over your heart and feel it beating. That is your life force. That is love… Nice huh!! Now just as I write this the first star popped out right above my head too and Nico has decided to lay down by my feet.
Walter has now come down the stairs and he is looking at me and asking me when am I coming inside. Should I take it that he’s lonely and he misses me? Before I go in though I do want to tell you all that I went to the North Hollywood Farmers Market with my good buddy and roommate James. Not only did we get some wonderful organic vegetables for the week but for just $5.00 we bought three cartons of the most luscious and sweet strawberries I have EVER tasted. They are so juicy and bursting with decadent flavor. They had just been picked. Oh what a blessing it is to live here and be able to get these delicious jewels of the earth that are grown locally. I am a blessed and lucky woman!!
Okay. It is officially dark now and except for the stars and the not full moon any more to the east of me it is very dark out here. I am starting to feel the bugs and they must find me very tasty. Yikes!! Also Walter is leaning over our iron balcony staring at me again and he has that look. I think I better go in. Nico is hungry too. He keeps rubbing against my legs and meowing.
Have a blessed and wonderful week dear friends!! Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to comment and write to me. I would love to hear from you and I will write back!!!