Magpie Monday

Every so often, from some unknown source, magic fairy dust sprinkles down on me to make the day a Magpie Day. On Magpie Days I flit from one shiny little activity to another, which in itself sounds like one of my favorite days, but there’s more. On Magpie Days, everything is shiny!

I used to think the days happened because I just happened to be at home on a beautiful day, or because I didn’t have a lot of scheduled meetings, or because  stayed in my pajamas until noon. My research, however, has proven my theories incorrect. In the interests of science I will confess here that on many days I have stayed home, but found the day tedious. On other days I have had no appointments, yet spent the day in a decidedly inglorious fashion, sorting through  mismatched socks and piles of old papers.  And  experience has shown that spending the day one’s  pajamas does not necessarily lead to a  state of heightened awareness.

Just yesterday morning I came to realize the futility of trying to predict the likelihood of a Magpie Day. I was preparing to cook some brussels sprouts I had had in the refrigerator for a week. My shins and ankles were sore from having worn, for a special occasion, a pair  of black strappy  heels the night before. Newspapers and mail were strewn all over the countertop in a way that normally causes me to feel paralyzed with ennui.

Thus far the day was not promising, Yet, as I tossed the brussels sprouts with ghee in the saucepan, a little voice from somewhere urged, “Go get your camera.” With those four magic words, Magpie Day was ON. As I joyfully scurried around the kitchen tending to my brussels sprouts, the detritus spread on the countertops seemed to melt away. ( Actually I cleaned it up.)

Brussels sprouts ingredients.

Brussels sprouts ingredients.

DSC_0339Removing the newspapers made  me  think I really should add some coffee grounds and paper to the soil of my dormant garden. While the sprouts simmered inside, I  yanked up weeds to prepare a place to spread my amendments, and right there, among the early weeds was a darling sliver of lettuce. Naturally I had to run in the house and fetch my camera.

How did this darling live through the winter?

How did this darling live through the winter?

Greens are hardy as ever.

Greens are hardy as ever.

I never get tired of watching the light come through the pergola.

I never get tired of watching the light come through the pergola.

Time didn’t actually stop for me, but it seemed to on Magpie Day. What could be more  luxurious than feeling an abundance of time in which to be absolutely in each moment? For whatever reason, that is how my day was yesterday. I was inside; I was outside. I was upstairs making plans for my niece’s portrait. I was downstairs writing a letter to my sister. I was getting ready for yoga; I was face timing my daughter. And it was timeless.

Letter to my sister.

Letter to my sister.

Of course there was time to read. That is a default activity.

Of course there was time to read. That is a default activity.

And time to learn a few new Turkish words. Hello!

And time to learn a few new Turkish words. Hello!

I need to take that color wheel upstairs where I keep my paint. And I need some new paint.

I need to take that color wheel upstairs where I keep my paint. And I need some new paint.

AND this cute top came in the mail!

AND this cute top came in the mail!

The narrative of my day would not matter to anyone else but me. I accomplished nothing fit for my  memoirs, but I  will remember the peace, the joy, and the process of yesterday for a long time. No, Magpie Days cannot be predicted or planned, only enjoyed and savored. I’m up for that. How about you? Any Magpie Days lately?

In the yoga studio.

In the yoga studio.

6 thoughts on “Magpie Monday

  1. Squeeee, I love this post! What a wonderful day, which could only have been made better if I were there to share it with you. I know all too well the days that are not magpie days (ugghhh), and the sheer magic of the ones that are. What I love best about it is how it can turn on a dime: it only takes one little whisper to get us back into magpie mode. I love all of your pictures, and I love you!

  2. Now I know why you didn’t say much about your day last night at dinner. You were saving it to post. Thanks, I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of your magpie day!

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