Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quiet on the Blog



I've been quiet on this blog not because I've been sitting quietly by the pond but because I have been immersed in rewriting my memoir manuscript based on editorial feedback. I'm finding this takes pretty much all my writing brainpower, meaning that part of my brain is now mulling around the manuscript, trying to generate ideas on how to tackle the rewrite rather than coming up with ideas for blog posts. Slowly the pieces I’ve ripped out are finding their piece in the puzzle.

I do have some blog posts on the back burner but even those take time to put together so please bear with me if I'm silent. You know why and I shall return.




Monday, June 22, 2015

Eventually It All Gets Done



I have to remind myself that eventually, it all gets done. Such as sewing that button onto my son's polo shirt, an old Lacoste that he inherited from his father (one of the few instances when saving clothes paid off!). That polo shirt was laying around for weeks, waiting for me to tend to it, to find a replacement button and sew it on. A task of maximum 10 minutes grew into a vexing chore.

I have to remind myself because I tend to run around with my head brimming with all the stuff I'm supposed to do and haven't done. Lists accumulate and piles grow, and I get anxious. All those chores seem overwhelming. They nag in the back of my mind because I push them on the back burner while tending to more urgent tasks or simply doing things that are more important to me. That is, after all, how essays get finished.

Instead of letting the little chores nag, I should trust in history, in my own way of doing things. I know from past experience that eventually a Sunday like yesterday will roll around when I'm happy to be puttering around the house and taking care of all those little chores that need to be taken care of. A day when I have no other pressing agenda, no appointments to go to nor deadlines to meet. A day when I actually want to be home and don't want to engage in anything consequential. A day when, in the evening, I can look back on a clean stack of laundry, some mended or ironed clothes, a desk that has been cleared of paperwork, and a neat stack of packages of return merchandise by the door.

It all got done and it feels good! I just have to make sure now that I don't get annoyed when in a day or two the next little to-do appears. I have to trust that, eventually, it will get done.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Planting the Porch



Finally, finally, it is summer here and I managed to get all the planting done on our porch. Remember my old pot? Well, I decided I was indeed going to use it as a planter. Here goes!



First I thought pink petunias would like nice in it, but as I surveyed the plants I had bought at our local garden fair, I decided what could be more apt than to plant my herbs in my old soup pot? A veritable kitchen garden with mint, chives and basil! I hope they will be sympatico in there.





Other than that, my usual pink and fuchsia impatients were planted. They simply grow best on our porch and are easy to take care of.



Oh, and the poppy flower seeds my friend sent me from Germany are sprouting. Joy!



Monday, June 1, 2015

My Recipe for a Perfect Porch Day in Bella Grace Magazine



You might remember my blog post from last summer, Recipe for a Perfect Day on the Porch. Well, I'm happy to announce that it made it into the summer issue of Bella Grace Magazine.

There's a little story behind this publishing experience, which I share in the newest issue of my newsletter (if you don't subscribe yet, use the sign-up form in the right hand column, I will resend that issue to new subscribers at the end of this week.).

Sadly it's been too cold here in Chicago for any kind of porch day. Instead, I've been curling up on the couch watching the spring storms through the window and counting my blessings that I'm dry and warm.


Here's to porch days and warm weather and spring planting soon!