Here we are once again on the verge, the threshold, the brink. Of what you ask. We are standing on the teeter-totter of abundance and overwhelm, overcome by bounty. Here in Sonoma wine country as the grapes commence to ripen and the harvest begins in earnest the whole county is immersed in the “crush”. I love this term because the term refers to the crushing of the grapes in their first steps on the journey to becoming wine, but “crush” also conveys the alarming weight, and urgency involved in the task. Now I am not involved with the crush of grapes into wine but here in my little piece of heaven I am in a crush of tomatoes, basil and peppers. All these things are delicious fresh but there is only so much that can be eaten at any one time. And so here I am frantically making pesto, and marinara sauce and this year for the first time I’m making catsup and pepper jelly. These are yummy exciting endeavors but there is a burden in the bounty… a responsibility to not waste, there is a duty to respect the gift of abundance. And so I must end this post and get back to the kitchen to peel, and stir and can and freeze and share as much of this generous, burdensome treasure that stands ready to be used or be lost, the clock is ticking I must answer the call.
Enjoy this August painting. It will be up on my website as soon as my busy webmaster husband can get to it. This is the last painting in my 12 month calendar series. looking into having a calendar printed for sale I will keep you posted.