I have done it again. No, I have NOT fallen off of the face of the earth, no emergency trips to the hospital, I even survived close contact with someone who had covid but DIDN’T catch it. I have no excuses, so I won’t even bore you with a sample of my day to day but sufficed to say I have just been caught up in life and have not put a priority on WP. I aim to change that to a degree.
I want to at least get three posts in a week. I think I can manage to do a word of the day, a picture prompt or some other kind of writing to “stay in touch” with all of you. I feel bad for just kind of disappearing lately, but time has just been flying. I mean the Fourth of July is already past, in the blink of an eye summer will be here and gone so I need to get my butt in gear!
I will sample a bit of cold pizza when I heat up a couple of slices for a leftover dinner… it is so hard to actually cook for just one. I live too much of a processed food life! (Any ideas on EASY and quick meals for one? I can use all the help I can get.) I will be seeing you in the next couple of days. Keep life simple and take a sample of nature everyday for some needed self-care. Best to all of you!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – sample
“A great attitude becomes a great mood, which becomes a great day, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life.”
There is something to be said about a good attitude, a positive outlook, a peaceful state of mind… all can be influential on the rest of your days and the days of all those around you. So if you want to be in a good environment you have to produce a good environment yourself. Happiness can be contagious, pass it on!
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
I choose this quote on a special day. Today, April 16, is World Semicolon Day. A semicolon is used when a writer takes a pause but the story goes on. It represents the troubles we have in life and we can take a pause but we are not done; our life goes on for another day. My life has been touched by suicide and this is a day I celebrate every April 16th. One of these years I am going to get my semicolon tattoo. Until then I pause to remember those without the “whys” who have stopped their stories. Those who still struggle daily. Those who have lost their way and feel trapped. Today I remember that their is a way out and asking for help is a difficult (but oh, so strong) thing a person can do. Life will go on; my story is not over yet.
For those in need of someone to talk to in the US please call 800-273-8255 for the suicide prevention help line
I live… I did not dissolve into a puddle in the rain (for those days I am a close cousin to the Wicked Witch from Oz)… I did not forget how to type… I did not vacation in the stars on an alien spaceship… I have just been silent for a bit.
Life has gone on since I decided to stop writing daily posts. I did not disturb some cosmic force by changing things and I feel more relaxed. So, in my book that is a win. I did not really intend to take a break from reading too, but it seems I have done that as well. But I will shortly begin reading through post soon. Since I am more than two weeks behind I will probably not comment a lot. But I will read all I can!
Things have been ok… not great, but not awful either. I have dear friends I connect with regularly and I know I would be lost without this communication and love. Still have my doctor visits and health issues to monitor but day by day I continue. AND it is getting nicer outside all the time. Today they are expecting near 70 for a high… bring on Spring!
I am hoping to start posting more pictures again and I leave you today with a bonus. This was a small bunch I poured out of my bag of baby carrots. You take these little surprises with a smile and be glad your life has been enriched in some small way. May you all find a little extra today! (((HUGS)))
Itinerant – a person who travels from place to place. As a writer we are itinerant like, traveling from story to story through the words we weave together. However sometimes there are roadblocks and detours, and that is where I am at.
I don’t want to hate writing. I don’t want to lose my muse forever. Some changes need to be made to assure these things do not happen. I have been close to a post a day for 5 years now. Lately I am struggling to get posts done. It causes me anxiety and guilt which I don’t need to complicate my life. So, I had to come up with a plan.
I will no longer struggle to post a daily word prompt challenge (sorry Fandango!) but that doesn’t mean I wont occasionally join in on the prompt. I need to clear my head and sometimes the best way to do that is to write it out. I will be writing more on my own whether it be what I am feeling, hoping, reliving or just flat out dreaming. I will still come close to a post a day, but I will no longer demand it of myself.
I hope my readers will not be offended by this change in course. I feel I am just ready to relax a little and regroup my life. And my writing is a part of it. So, this week I will begin some changes. I hope you will all bear with me and stay along for the ride. I can’t promise it will always be fun, but I will always put a little bit of me into all I do.
Thanks for reading and sticking with me. May you all have a wonderful new month and remember Spring is just around the corner – HURRAH!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – itinerant
I hereby renounce all claims that I am punctual. Ok, maybe not all claims. I can make it on time to about 75% of my appointments, I am good at picking my niece up and taking her to work and appointments, but lately on WP being prompt with posts… NOPE! Doesn’t seem like it is going to happen. I “reset” with the new year and am now a week behind again. How does this happen?
Partially due to an absent muse. Partially due to just plain and simply life taking top priority… like Monday I have an out-of-town appointment so there is the hour drive, the stress of all of it (dr appt, my first time seeing this doctor and the drive through heavy traffic) and I know that will cause me fatigue… so not a lot of fully functioning hours to get done all that should be done that day.
I know I have mentioned the spoon theory before, and it is excellent in explaining how chronic illness only allows you so much energy. Heck, after a day like Monday it has taken me out of commission for a couple of days before, depends on how it all goes. But I do promise to keep plugging along.
Hopefully soon my muse will whisper in my ear again and I will not struggle so with posts. I will do my best to keep up a post a day but make no promises. And if it comes down to it, I will do a reset again. But for now, I will just focus on what prompt is next and read all your wonderful posts I have waiting. Thanks for being patient with me! Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – renounce