As we are preparing to leave the winery, thoughts about what we should take and how the move(s) should be organized have come up.
For my part, I have been trying to optimize. To be able to take as little as possible, at least for the first couple of months.
'Optimizing' has been to use every cream or perfume that I would not want to move but would have a hard time throwing away. Boy, I tell you: My feet are pampered these days. You wouldn't suspect it was harvest time by their smooth appearance. It's a pity Christian will throw me out of the cellar every time I try to sneak in in flip flops. Safety, he says... I imagine it is only jealousy. 'Optimizing' has also manifested itself in the attempt to use everything that has been stored in the larder... for quite a while, I have to admit. Resulting in a good but rather adventurous pecan pie (used every syrup and false honey for diabetics I could find, which didn't taste like much on their own but turned out to make a worthy pie filling) and new sandwich inventions (good thing the boys will eat basically anything in great quantities, if available.).
But I have also given thought to the material I have been collecting. All the papers, paints and the likes. Not to mention the huge stacks of magazines with inspiring pictures or articles. There is no argument that would justify moving those across 1500 km. Just to stay inspired.
But I did remember a blog entry that Lori over at Campcreekpress wrote quite a while ago, and that I didn't find today, because I am in a little bit of a hurry. It was about sketchbooks and the collection of ideas. Even at the time my fingers itched to start one right away, but as always, urgent things came up and I got distracted.
However, the really magic 'optimizing' let it come back to memory and I got out one of my many empty moleskine books (I can never resist purchasing new and empty pretty books, it's quite a character default in me), starting ripping out the pages and photos I wanted to keep out of my collection of magazines, and creating collages or just simple 'remind me' pages with them.
Nothing artistic, it's more about pattern, structure, color and ideas, really. It has been a great source of inspriration, has helped me reduce a huge pile of magazines to a small stack of papers, and it has been oh-such-bliss to just cut out chickens, pies, christmas ornaments, summer houses and whatever else I came across in the evenings, after another harvest day. Just what my tired mind can handle at the moment.