Free to roam or stuck at home?
I generally am around home as I work from home. But I’m sure most people who are stuck at home are noticing so much more around their home environment lately. Even though I’ve had a busy year with unexpected family situations during this pandemic, I too have been more aware of the vivid colors in my garden’s flowers. Little creatures who romp about, and flit in and out of my yard are more on my radar as of late. And today I had to stand at the window for a moment after I opened it to savor the perfectly warm breeze that rushed in to envelope me.
I’d love to be able to get away to do some camping, but until public facilities are opened up I’m not quite free to roam as far as I’d like. And in that quandary I am jealous of the critters who scamp freely about.
Scamper or Nap?
If it isn’t a gopher or squirrel scampering about my yard it’s a rabbit. Though they can be a nuisance in the yard and garden, I must admit, they are sure entertaining to watch.
With my daughter stuck at home, out of work, even she gets in on the animal reporting. “Look Mom, a squirrel on Dad’s hammock.” “A bird in our new birdbath!”
And of course I couldn’t help but run for my phone to snap a photo of this darling baby bunny who sprawled out next to our deck for an early morning nap. A quick pastel sketch from photo and memory.
I was looking for a picture book suggestion about rabbits to post with my blog, then I remembered Eric Rohmann’s My Friend Rabbit. He gave an illustrator workshop locally a while ago and gave wonderful tips to our group of illustrators. His illustrations are always cheerful and engaging. Scamper out to your hammock or chair for a quick read, followed by a cozy nap. You’re free to roam, as long as you have a book.