"I love what I see because one day
I'll stop seeing it. I also
Love it because it is.
In this calm moment when I feel myself
By loving more than by being,
I love all existence and myself."
- Fernando Pessoa
I think it must be time for a virtual tea post. If we were having tea today, I'd tell you about this past weekend when I took Chloe to the big mall near our house and we shopped for a purse for her, but instead brought home this ceramic bunny bank. We also bought some birthday cake tea at David's.
Chloe has just begun drinking tea, usually herbal and this is a rooibos. She loved the scent of it as it steeped, but wasn't a huge fan of it otherwise. Because - you know - it's just not the same as eating a big slab of birthday cake.....
I did like it and thought it was a fun treat, though will likely stick mostly to my various Jasmine blends.
If we were having tea, I'd tell you that Rob and I have been watching season one of The Newsroom. I'd been on hold at the library for ages on the first season, and now I really want to get my hands on season two. We'd talk about how out of the TV watching loop I am, and maybe this article about the show and how to high five properly. (Honestly, internet girl? really?)
Maybe we'd agree with Fernando Pessoa, and his words, “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
We'd talk about what we've been reading and plan on reading. For me, lately it's been a lot of Pema Chodron, Fernando Pessoa and Adam Zagajewski. Re-reads, mainly. The next novel I read will be also one I've read before. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner for the book club I run at the library, which is one of the finest books I've ever read.
Listening to: cello music on Songza. A deep craving for cello music.
If we were having tea together, I'd show you the cover design for my book, Asking, which is coming out this April.
Yesterday, you may have noticed, I did a small redesign on the blog header of this page and on my 'Shawna Lemay' page. I added a bunch of stuff on my sidebar, and then removed it. I felt I should be doing more to sell my books, but in the end, found it was too ugly. But if you do read this blog, you really might be interested in my books, particularly Calm Things: Essays.
Meanwhile, just learned that Asking is already up on Amazon. Well, then. Isn't that lovely?
The cover design is by Rolf Busch, and the painting leaning against the wall is by my husband, Robert Lemay. The treatment is really creative, and I couldn't be happier with the cover.
And so, now, on with our days, then. Do enjoy yours! Mine will be spent editing another manuscript and then heading off to work at the library.
One last note - you can see the cover painting for my book Blue Feast in the photographs above and below. A little lovely gem, also by Rob.