Monday, August 27, 2012

Losing Time

Clouds mask the August sky this morning as
sprinkles dot the sidewalk in dark gray blotches...

Fat crows waddle near the roadside for corn left
from last weeks harvest...

There is no breeze.
No perfumed air.

Only the sound and smell and feeling
of August dying.

The month curls up like a dead flower-
already empty of color and energy,
ready to drop off the calendar
like powdered ash.

I don't attempt to save it.

How could I?
I lived its days and they were mostly sweet.

But some memories are like a burden
that cripples your future.
You have to keep walking down that big road
till you reach the end.

And who knows when that will be?

September will be fresh at first.
New and full and promising.
It will bring vibrant colors and intoxicating smells
and skies so blue they take your breath away.

But, it too, shall melt away.
Wrinkle, dissolve,
wither beneath the weight of October.

How can we find happiness in something so brief?

...And yet, we do.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Will Never Do List

There are some things in life that I assume I will never do. Bungee jump, scuba dive, break, know- those kinds of things. But recently I've had to make a revision and cross one particular item from that Will Never Do list.

Weight lifting.

Yes, I'm as surprised and as flabbergasted as you are. (Especially if you've seen my doughy cheeks, extra-padded butt, Oprah arm wings and thunder thighs.)

Until yesterday, the most weight I've ever lifted is the vacuum cleaner over the dog, a half keg of beer and a five gallon bucket of rotten tomatoes.
But, I'm trying to change.
Change hurts.
In this case, it hurts the body big time.

I'm actually excited, though. I hope to see a major weight loss and noticeable toning.( And the melting away of this huge python on my waistline!)

My husband and I joined the gym 6 weeks ago and have been hitting the tread mill pretty steady, but the free consult with a trainer suggested we start doing the weight training at least three days a week.

Which probably means I will be passed out on the couch the days in between. Hurting.
Drinking yucky protein drinks.

Dreaming of chocolate...

I do have pictures. Before.

Now, I'm just gonna have to really, really work hard to get a great After photo.

Another thing I had on my Will Never Do list is pulling out all the windows, painting them and cleaning them and shining them all up before fall.

You know what?
That is staying on the list!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Staying Put

I think this is the first time in months that I've had a chance to relax. I've been so busy with weddings and home remodeling and gardening and such- that my mind has been in a constant whirlwind.
This morning I grabbed a cup of coffee, opened the back door to let the cool air in, and sat down to my blog. I think I'm just going to keep it the way it is. I may change the colors once in awhile, but I've been thinking that it's not what it looks like that matters- it's what it says. Hopefully I'll be able to hop back on the horse and enjoy this journey again. Bear with me as I learn to type with two fingers again! Writing a blog post is a heck of a lot different than clicking LIKE on Facebook or pressing REPIN on Pinterest.
Another reason why I've returned to this comfy chair in the early morning is because I think (cross my fingers) that my internet service has improved. I will attempt to post pictures today of what I've been doing for the past few months. And soon I'll be visiting my favorite blogs again. I've missed the laughter, the eye candy, the reflections of your lives- and the love. I've really missed the love....
In May, my oldest daughter got married:

It was a beautiful occasion!

Then, we started remodeling our house:


Then, we continued with the bathroom:


And into the garage:


Then it wouldn't be complete without a laundry room makeover, would it?

But, luckily all work and no play makes one insane. So I had a great summer in between the stress!
Virgin Islands

St.John VI

Sailing on the ocean

Rafting the Current River, MO



Cabin life
Looking back, despite all the hard work, I have been blessed. Truly.

And now, as I take the last sip of my coffee, I suddenly feel like this blog is my home again. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Closing The Door

If you follow this blog at all, you know that lately my posts have been pretty much nonexistent. A busy summer and a huge lack of enthusiasm for writing has caused me to forsake my blogging life. But, that's "Just The Way It Is".

However, as the summer winds down, I yearn for the pouring out of my heart again. I want to dance with words again. I want my soul to sing. I feel the need to put time's passing into order...

I'm working on a new format and title and I hope you will bear with me as I once again change things up. I always was one to move the furniture around every few months out of boredom and exploration. Same goes for my blog.

I will post the new blog address here when it comes to fruition. Miss all you good people. I definitely will be back in a few weeks- or a month- sometime soon, anyway.

Enjoy these days. They are precious.