For the sake of this not being an actual journal, I’ll keep things light and remember the purpose is just to write. Plain write. I’ve been delinquent, yes, but I’ve also been walking about, doing chores and thinking about, reflecting on, mourning, and enjoying life.
It’s unfortunate that I’ve gotten a bit hooked on watching Grey’s Anatomy. But I’ve kept the madness to 2 episodes a day. So far, the show mostly highlights how people are people and how they’ll disappoint you. At 48, I’ve learned that lesson by now, but I’ve also learned to stay open to the experience that people can surprise you and wow you, and leave you with your mouth hanging open at their passions, love, talent, empathy, etc. So, I watch for these things among the more prevalent yuck.
I traveled to Montana recently and realized that there are acres and acres of beautiful land out there, all for the feet to trample on, eyes to gaze at and photographic equipment to focus on it. But, after living in Seattle for three years, it can’t compete.
I won’t go into all the beauty of Seattle, but I’m grateful to have landed here and though it’s been difficult socially, I’m content to make a home out of it.
I started the day in pain, physical pain. It was taken care of with a couple of Advil, but it slowed me down for the morning. Later, despite the lag in energy, I got out for a brief walk to the nearby store.
In just that 20 minute walk to and from the store, I saw 5 things to lift my mood:
1) Despite the drought, I still saw many flowers that took my breathe away. A few I hadn’t seen before like orange daisies and a lighter colored sun flower.
2) I admired a child’s “take-one, leave-one” display that I’ve seen before, but keep forgetting to bring something with me to exchange, (next time).
3) I saw a man walking his pair of goats. I wanted to take a picture, but I was too shy. As the goats walked, they nibbled and weeded yards. Cool!
4) On my way home, since the sky is cloudless today, I saw in the distance, the mountain range, beautiful.
5) Also, in the cloudless blue sky, I saw a series of airplanes that will probably be part of the Seafair festival out for a practice run. I know it’s a big deal here in Seattle this weekend.
I’m still here. After thinking about the goals for my site and I’ve decided to “try on” a different theme. The goal here is writing and my previous theme, though appealing, kept me from my goal as I was focusing too much on thinking of what photo to highlight or which would match the writing. So, for those of you that enjoy my photography, please visit my photo blog. The purpose of that site is photos. For this site, I will write.
I spent a few weeks in my hometown of Fort Worth, Texas visiting, thinking, reflecting and plotting as usual. Is there an artist that doesn’t plot, scheme, dream or wonder? Whether it was the sweltering heat, or the food choices or lack of chocolate, I came away from my vacation more sure than fearful about the path of my future career. I will write. Though the use of a comma evades me, I will write.
I even enjoyed the fantasy of becoming a novelist. But, it occurred to me that there is one thing that I don’t have in common with story writers. It seems to me that most novelists enjoy telling stories, while I fancy the weaving of a story. Makes me wonder if instead I just need to try to play Minecraft?
Eh, no, there’s something about the written word that is joyful, playful, and open to possibilities that appeals to me, is me.
It had to happen, a day of posting missed! I’m not going to fret, I’m human and life happens. So, here it is:
I’m sitting in the middle of a long layover in the Denver airport, on my way to see family and friends. I’m very excited for my 3 week vacation.
But, before I left I had a date with my hub, we enjoyed a sunny day at the Greenwood car show and got a shot of this beauty:
What a fun car!
There were plenty out there. What I had a hard time with is wondering how much or how little they are driven and how much they cost! Some of the cars looked in mint condition, down to the motor. So, that is admirable, but funny how it reminded me of a set of crystal glasses I have lying around in my garage. We’ve lived in Washington for a few years and that box never got opened.
This has nothing to do with cars, but simply a reminder to me that certain things are special and should be saved due to the special memories attached to them, but other things? I’m not so certain they’re doing much good packed into a garage in a box. Or, open the box and enjoy a drink from a heavy, beautiful crystalline object!
My favorite part of the car show was hanging out with my husband, talking about this and that and admiring beautiful cars.
I want everyone to know, that I am NOT a fan of crows and apparently, they’re threatened by me! For the third time, I’ve been targeted, a crow dive bombed me! It touched my scalp!!! Ugh, and this was on the way to breakfast at Queen Mary.
The tea experience managed to help me out of my bad mood by the friendly service and ability to maintain my “idea” of what having a tea is with cute ceramic cups and tiara. They also managed to help me feel right at home in my business casual attire. I didn’t feel as if I was underdressed by not wearing a dress. And of course, the food and tea were devine. Fresh, tasty and the decor was appropriately English. (this coming from a Texan chicana!)
This was my last outing with my friend. We had a fantastic time visiting with each other and I will apologize ahead of time for the melancholic postings which may follow while I recover!
On the other hand, I look forward to time with my husband, before I jet off to Texas!
There are many things to do in Washington State. But, if you’re looking for serenity, then you must take a ferry to Bainbridge to visit The Bloedel Reserve. This is a beautiful forest garden, and it’s no ordinary place.
“The Bloedel Reserve is a place where people find refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.”
My friend and I felt as if we stepped into another enchanted land. We drove across the island and parked and discovered 150 acres of lush beauty where ferns, flowers and trees blow freely in the gentle breeze uninterrupted by too much human interaction while at the same time, inviting humans to its tranquil emotional restoration.
One of the highlights of the trail will lead you to a bench which will lure you to sit and ponder life with a tranquil view of the Puget Sound. Do it!
Afterwards, and despite the act of communing with nature, drove dutifully into town and emptied our wallets in the quaint shops of the town. Fun.
I’m writing today’s first post hoping to learn more about all WordPress has to offer a blogger without the blog changing up too much throughout it’s life cycle.
Today, marks the first day of me shedding my teacher career and putting on the garb of a writer, and in my case, it just happens to be whatever I choose to wear and my laptop! I know becoming a writer is more than just looking forward to working in PJ’s, but for now, until I see my bank account get filled, that is the tangible highlight.
And ugh, I don’t want to become that writer who only writes about writing. I have a life! But, it’s the “being open” that’s a bit difficult. But, practice, practice…
So, for the purpose of this not too personal blog, I will share that I’m committed to learning. Learning new things about writing, about the relationship that I’m in and about growing into a more emotionally mature person which I believe begins with learning to laugh at myself a little more and to be bold enough to be proud of the good choices I make daily, especially those choices that require me to be bold, kind and empathic.