Really marvelous pipe on the porch this morning. An idyllic morning, with the sun coming up and slanting through the tall oaks, but not as beastly hot as it has been lately. The churchwarden pipe I was smoking (that's a long skinny pipe kind of like they were smoking in Lord of the Rings) has taken a while to break in, but it now smokes beautifully. Definitely in the top 3-4 enjoyable smokes I can remember.
This was after morning prayers (The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary and some other prayers, via Corpus Christianum) and really put me in a proper frame of mind to tackle a day of freelance art.
I have a pile to work through. Plans to (possibly) teach in the public schools seem to have pretty well fallen through (barring some kind of miracle), but I have come upon a good source of reliable and not-too-taxing freelance graphic art work that is helping to take the edge off, financially... plus, I've been selling some paintings!
More as I get in the swim of things and the rhythm of the new school year. One big plus about being self-employed is that I can drop my daughter off at high school every morning. I enjoy every minute in her company. I'm also here for the dogs and, well... lots of other stuff that comes up. It's nice to be able to structure your own days. There's dignity in it. Have to stay on top of things, though. Wasted time is a monstrous thing.