I have a small deck garden where I do some of my artwork during our beautiful sunny California days whether it is sculpting or jewelry making or reading (although I do most of that before I go to bed at night). No matter what I am engaged in, mostly I have just enjoyed sitting out among the beautiful Birds of Paradise, palms, ferns and roses of my garden with my little dog, "Inspector Gumby" (so named because he is very inquisitive), listening to the springtime birds with their new little ones and the children playing in our cul de sac in front of the house. The children are close enough for me to hear but not close enough to be an interruption as the roses (just budding now) and palms, and a peach tree beginning to bear its delicious fruit, form a green fence between me and the cul-de-sac (besides, children are the happy sign of life and I love hearing them).
I think that this is a time for us to be quiet, go within and think thoughts of love for our world and all that inhabits it. I hear that the animals have come back to Yosemite, the waters are getting cleaner and the air is less polluted. There are some good things that have come from this pandemic, and although my heart hurts for all those who have and are suffering, I also want to point out some of the beautiful things that have come from this and send out love to everyone