A Warm Lazy Sunday

Today was a beautiful day. It was in the low 70s when I first went out and then warmed to the high 70s. I spent the entire day outside enjoying my yard, my dog, and my my gardens. 

I needed to continue to rake the dead lawn. We are in a drought so I decided to turn off the sprinklers months ago. I hand water my plants and trees, but not the lawns. I would rake until my hand and shoulder hurt, then play with Annie. She chooses a toy and we play until she feels the need to go bark at someone walking past the house. 

I would then play solitaire for awhile before getting back to work. It was so lovely to just be outside in the warm weather. I removed the sliding screen doors to wash them and the incredibly dirty tracks they slide in. It’s unsettling how one chore leads to the necessity of another one. 

I decided to do my annual pruning of my pomegranate trees. We are allowed two green trash cans for trimmings each week. It made sense to work on one tree until I ran out of trash can space. I am very good at cutting the limbs down to small pieces to fit more in the can.   

While I was working I was happily interrupted by three different phone calls. It made the day even better because I was able to work, connect, work, play with Annie, connect, swing with Annie, work, etc. It was a great day.

I finally finished the first tree and the clean-up of all the limbs. The second one will have to wait until after the trash is picked up on Thursday.

Another wonderful chat with a friend came as the sun was setting.

I found it amazing that I spent the whole day outside enjoying the fresh air and getting just enough done to feel like I had accomplished something. Annie was thrilled to be outside all day. She went in the house occasionally to drink more water, and then rushed out to bring me a new toy to throw. As we sat on the swing and cuddled, I watched the solar lights come on. Before coming in the house, I watered my plants and trees. I am so grateful for my outdoor safe space.

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” –Henry David Thoreau

Random Thoughts About Blogging


I am spending way more time blogging now than ever before. I am visiting more blogs and enjoying a variety of styles and platforms. The number of gifted bloggers is immense. When someone I follow recommends a blog to take a look at, I do without fail. I follow the people I follow because I enjoy their writing. I then get to see what speaks to me.

I have stated it before, and I shall again, just as a reference point. I began blogging for two reasons. First, I was recovering from PTSD and my doc had me writing “gratitudes” as part of my recovery. Secondly, I was in a wonderful writing group and the teacher challenged us to write a blog for a year. She said it would change our lives. I am happy to say, it did. For a year, I wrote to help myself recover. I was amazed at how so many things were in my world that brought me happiness. I had written gratitude lists many times before, but the blog was something quite different.

When my year was completed, I ventured out into the world of blogging with a new purpose. I wanted to see more of who I was as well as who else shared the world with their writing. I happily found people who posted lovely pictures, meaningful poetry, fun prompts, glimpses into their lives, as well as awesome fiction.  To say that there is more out there than anyone could really respond to is an understatement. I find that I read more than I write, right now. And I am OK with that.

This October will be my second anniversary blogging. I already know I will be in a vastly different head space for a variety of reasons. I look forward to the future with both trepidation and happy anticipation. I have grown as a person with many new tools in my toolbox. Blogging is one of the tools that has helped me express myself. Even responding to question prompts, allows me to be me.

A blog new to me, just posted a political post. While I have extraordinarily strong feelings about the disaster going on in my beloved country, I usually just respond to other people’s posts with my opinion. This today was so on point, I reblogged it. (Another first for me.)

The idea of today’s blog came to me because I realize how much of a novice I still am. Whenever I have a question, I reach out to Maggie at From Cave Walls for help. Today she helped me find where the list of my followers is located. (I googled it without success.) She also showed me how to find the path followers took to get to my blog. I didn’t even know that was a possibility. I am enjoying the learning process. Having been a teacher for 35 plus years, I still believe we learn something new every day. (Or we should!)

My typical practice when someone new follows my blog is to go to their site to see who/what they write about. Sometimes I miss some. Some aren’t blogs at all. (I don’t know exactly what to do with that.) Some bloggers explain other features that are on WordPress that I didn’t even know existed. It is a learning curve for sure.

While working with Maggie today she asked if I had checked my spam folder. This is something I have only done 3 or 4 times. (I know, shame on me.) All but three, were indeed spam. The three were all from a blogger I follow, so I don’t understand why WordPress would put them as spam. I cannot get into the programs head to reprogram it. I apologized to the blogger and thanked her for commenting.

Some bloggers feel like old friends. I read their articles and I feel a kindred spirit.  I am in awe of the talent here. All are gifted in their platforms. Each have their own lives, their own joys, and their own struggles. The fact that they choose to share their talents with the community is a gift I willingly accept.

So, my current random thoughts about blogging is complete for the time being. Anyone who chooses to read this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am grateful for being a small part of a great community.

Practicing Gratitude – One Liner Wednesday – October 30


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Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. by Ambrose Redmoon

This quote is meaningful to me for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I am grateful for the first responders that contained the fire that broke out very close to my house today. Sadly, California is often plagued with fires. Our winter last year was wetter than usual which meant more growth of weeds. The weeds dried out in our uber hot summer and now the winds are spreading fires everywhere.

I have never been as close to a fire as I was today. As I watched the smoke and helicopters fill the sky from my backyard, I grew more and more anxious. I have never had to evacuate before. I knew I should be prepared but I was unsure as to what to take. My brain went to the obvious first. I needed all my meds, my spouse’s meds, dog food, and Annie’s toys. I know I am supposed to get important papers, but what exactly constitutes “important” papers. I thought of my marriage certificate, my mom’s death certificate, my tax papers, my car titles, and past that I was lost.

 I thought I should go online and try to see if there is an evacuation list. Much to my dismay our internet is down. It seems something was destroyed in the fire. The first responders and firefighters would not allow Spectrum to go into the area to fix the problem. I could have used my phone, but I was busy keeping updated on the fire situation. Our city has a Facebook site and it was being updated by the city council. Many in our city lost both TV and internet because of Spectrum’s loss.  (Thankfully my spouse knows how to use my phone as a mobile hotspot so I can use the internet.)

I was proud of myself for not freaking out about something that might happen. If we were indeed told to evacuate my immediate plan was to use my phone to video every room in my house. At least that way I could prove what was there if necessary. I am grateful that this was not necessary. I am grateful for all the people who came to the aid of my city. I am sad for all the people who are evacuated and especially for those who lost their homes.   

Then my head went to the personal struggles I have had to deal with. I know I am not finished with my fear script. I know it is still present to a degree. But I also know I am moving forward because what is on the other side of fear is more important to me.

I feel I have had to be courageous to move forward. I was living in fear for far too long. Living a happy life and enjoying my retirement is far more important than living in fear. I am grateful for the friends I have made. I am grateful for the wisdom I have integrated in my life. I am grateful for the physical and emotional growth I have made. I am grateful for the opportunities I have sought out. I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained. I am grateful for the life I am living past the overwhelming fear. I have so much to be grateful for, and courage is a major factor in all that I now have.