What do you do when you aren’t working?
I love to read, especially a good novel which of course includes fantasy. Reading really calms and grounds me, and with just the right Mythologie candle I can escape to another world, to a new adventure, to a different time.
I spend many evenings with my husband, Johnny, on our back patio. We have a tall red maple tree, one neighbor has an immense pink crape myrtle tree, and other neighbors have magnolia trees and pine trees - it’s our own little enchanted woodland.
I have a glass of wine, our windchime is always singing, we watch for birds and fireflies, we look at the moon and stars, we listen to music. When the weather is cool we build a piñon fire in our chiminea. We’ve always felt that our backyard is a “thin place” - “where the distance between heaven and Earth collapses.”
I also enjoy walking in our neighborhood and local parks, browsing libraries and bookstores, visiting the amazing art museums in Houston, going to my drummer-husband’s gigs, and being at our Anglican church on Sundays - the large cross at the entrance and the ivy growing on the stone walls has caused more than one person to say it looks like a small church in Europe. I especially love the Sundays when we burn frankincense - it’s such a reverent, historic scent.
And I love to play with our 3 cats: Milo, Reuben, and Jasmine. They are hilarious, sweet creatures. So we also have our own little zoo.