“It’s a joy full life. I believe when all else fails love always wins. I believe in practicing courage every single day. I believe kindness changes everything. I believe in telling our messy, complicated, beautiful stories. I believe nothing is wasted and everything shapes us. I believe in letting go and trusting the process. I believe we are all part of something beautiful, something bigger, something deeply, profoundly, astonishingly…good.”  Kelly Rae Roberts

river girl

 Lately I’ve been drifting down the river of my life on a little raft cobbled together with nothing but love and trust.

Things are shifting, the planet is whirling, the seasons are changing…but I’m on my little raft, happily watching it all go by.


Can you blame me! These late autumn days in Tucson have been spectacular!

The sunsets! desert sunset 2

We’ve had family and friends, “Outlaws & Orphans”,  in and out of WildHeart Ranch, sharing the love.

I’ve been tackling some long-procrastinated hearth-tending duties, significantly purging years of old boxes & getting rid of no longer applicable “stuff”  (including years of my paleontology lectures & research papers–what was I thinking holding on to that lost part of my life for so long?).

I’m also revamping the old garage that is my home art-making space (which I call The Vortex!) into an even more congenial place to disappear for hours.

I’ve brought out the mittens, put the garden “to bed” for the winter, and the tortoises are in for their long winter naps…

winter torts

I may even get the Christmas festoons out & set up this week…or, maybe not, depending on the “flow” of things…

Mostly, I am still just drifting quietly down my own river, admiring the view, taking in the beauty, unaware of time passing.

stop rushing

That is why this blog post is so late…and the December classes at The Cottage are just out…and all my newsy emails and phone calls to you have all but ceased…

because I’m drifting along, playing with new art materials, working in my art journal,

art journal 2

building a new rubber stamp rack,  stacking firewood, and napping with my Sweetheart.


The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. May Sarton

Need I say this has been a wonderful autumn for me?

There have been day trips and movie matinees, local music and plays, and sunny afternoons in my yard under Mother Mesquite reading and dreaming with the winter cardinals chattering merrily!

winter visitor

But now it is time to get in gear and rejoin the circus!

Thanks for waiting for me on the shore while I have been happily drifting.

You will find new classes under the Creative Cottage Classes tab and I will soon be conjuring some delightful new classes, workshops, and Creativity Chix adventures for a glorious New Year at The Creative Cottage–STAY TUNED!

Meanwhile, remember in your own way to rest and re-charge, relax and re-enchant,

lazy river

and, always,  go with the flow!

“Your soul is a seeker, lover and artist; shape-shifting through archetypal energy, between your darkness and fields of light, your body and spirit, your heaven and hell, until you land in the moment of sweet surrender; when you, as a dancer, disappear into the dance.” – Gabrielle Roth

© Copyright, Kaitlin meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.

(Many images from Pinterest with thanks!)

By Kaitlin Meadows


Ruby sign

I’m trying to learn to take my own advice to “Slow Down, have more FUN, and go on little mini-adventures” in the middle of my busy life!

Soooooo, my Sweetheart and I took a lovely autumnal day trip this week to explore the mining ghost town of Ruby, Arizona.

First mined in the 1870’s, Ruby is 50 miles southwest of Tucson and 4 miles north of the Mexico border, surrounded by the Coronado National Forest in an area of very rugged mountains covered with mesquite, walnut and oak trees. The road into Ruby is very rough and often impassable in monsoon and rainy seasons.

Ruby rust

There’s lots of old, rusty metal–(which you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!)

Ruby rust 2

And even an old wreck of a truck–which thrilled me no end–(don’t know why I love rusty stuff so much!)

Ruby truck 1

And there is an evocative beauty in the dissolving adobes that whisper stories of the miners and their families who called this rugged place their home.

Ruby adobe 1

Empty windows…

Ruby window 3

and broken doorways…

Ruby wreck 2

In its heyday, Ruby employed 300 miners (working round-the-clock shifts) and there were an estimated 1,200 people living in the town–mostly in tents and shacks cobbled together on the hillsides. There was a post office, school, cemetery, jail, saloons, stores, and even a hospital. 

But Ruby was most proud of their school…

Ruby school chalkboard

with its 3 stall privy,

Ruby school privy

its heated classrooms,

Ruby school stove

and it fabulous home-made (and death defying!) slide out back

Ruby school slide

The mine closed in 1940 after producing over $10,000,000 in lead, zinc, and copper (and lesser amounts of gold & silver.)

There is a sad, haunting quality in ruins–forgotten stories and lost history–but, in so many ways, it’s fun to wander through the past, glimpsing new vistas through old windows…

Ruby truck window

and stepping through forgotten doorways into new realms…  

Ruby door within door

We had a wonderful day in Ruby, wandering around, stepping back in time.

The ride out was glorious–recent rains had greened the hillsides and sent little creeks dashed along merrily…

Ruby creek

Please take time to go replenish your spirit and refill your soul in your own special way!

Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing things that surround us; the infinite beauty of nature, the gentle welcome of the season, and the pleasure of just “getting away from it all!”

Ruby doorway 1

Your life is waiting! Go grab it up with joy!


It’s too precious and fleeting to waste another second!  Go enjoy it!

 Autumnal Love to You From Kaitlin,

Mistress of Merriment

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.