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Archive for July, 2008

An Hour A Day

Well, here goes.  For an hour a day I plan on writing.  At this time, there is no goal as to WHAT I’ll be writing about, but to just keep it going.  Lists, thoughts, stories, poems, songs…I don’t think it matters much yet, just as long as I keep at it.

My favorite thing to do is to write lists.  About most anything really.  Laundry, groceries, life dreams, packing for trips to the country, lists about what I’d most like to be doing for the next week.  Those kinds of things.  I keep a little moleskin notebook with me at all times just for this purpose.  It was originally purchased so that I could write tiny poems inside of it, but it has turned into my to-do notepad.
Grocery lists are a common topic, as are various plants for the garden.  I could say that those are the main topics.  With a few addresses, phone numbers and song or two intermingled.  The notebook itself is of a journalist’s style.  It flips up and over, as if I’d be jotting down quotes from the Speaker of the House on it.

Today I picked up two new (to me) books and a magazine from Powell’s.  All on writing.  How to write, what to write, how to write something good…It is also my goal to read for an hour a day, separate from writing.  I hope to regain what has been lost over the past few years.  My imagination.   The two books I purchased were: “Writing for your Life” by Deena Metzger and “The Portable MFA in Creative Writing” by the New York Writers Workshop.  I already own, “On Writing Well”, “Writing Tools” and “A Triggering Town”.  I am determined to read through these next, forgoing the usual rounds of crafty and Russian types.  Oh!  I also snapped up a copy of “Poets and Writers” (for the ads in the back mostly).

Then, at about noon, Rodney and I drove to meet Douglas at his jobsite.  A nice old house in the Irvington district, the living room is the size of our house!  Douglas and I went for a walk around the neighborhood, and while he ate his sack lunch, we talked about our goals, money, the dog, Sebastian…a feeling of “WHAT IN THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?!?!” has been pervasive in our conversations of late.

What we talk about a lot in regards to our goals is music (the lack thereof at this point) moving to a tiny farmhouse, having kids, and making a living doing the things we love.  Making that happen.  Soon.

Douglas would like to make his music for a living, tour, and be able to write poetry.  I would love to be able to write, create, raise children, make music, and garden.

We need health benefits.

So how will we go about this?  What will be our starting point?  Should we even really try to bother doing these things?  Are some options more viable than others?  Have we made terrible decisions up to now?

In my heart of hearts, I believe life is beautiful.  Short, and amazing.  We have just a sliver of consciousness that I shudder to think we spent our entire adult lives worrying about making the mortgage, and not making music together.  At the same time, we have responsibilities.  We need: shelter, food, clothing, books, and the little things that make life fun and worthwhile.  To live a life that is rich, without the entrapments of being “rich”.

At Powell’s today I also filled out a job application. Working there would be a little bit of financial relief as well as the mental comfort of having benefits.  I hope that working at Powell’s would reveal to me the local community of writers that Portland holds.  It is time to plug into that dream.

In that vein, there is also Goddard College.  A BA in Creative Writing and a low residency program that is in WA State.  I think I would very much enjoy that if writing were to be my path.  That program seems like a decent way to go, and then onto an MFA?  Who in the heck knows?!?!  I enjoy so many things.  I often times find myself feeling terrible in that I can’t ever just decide.  Fortunately, I have Douglas, who is such an amazing support system.

I know that I have stories to tell.  I just need to take the time to let them loose.  To listen to myself.  To learn the craft of writing.  I suppose what I need the most is time…space.

Tomorrow?

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The sewing machine has been humming along, just like the bees on our garden.  I am preparing for my first big Etsy update in a long while, and hope to have the shop updated on Thursday.  Aprons, knitting needle cases, journal covers, and a few other fun items…

I have also been working on finishing the Bunch of Squares quilt I started last year (jaysis!).  I have the quilt top sewn together, and now I get to the fun part…stitchin’!  (I will take pictures in daylight tomorrow.)  I like the way it looks in our bedroom, and it was pretty fun to put together.  I can’t wait to make another quilt!

Any suggestions?

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Well, Sebastian and I had a BLAST in Tennessee. (Even with the heat, chiggers, and ticks! Can I just say ticks gross me out….like reeeeeeeeally gross me out? EWWW! ) We had a fine time just relaxing and eating, having adventures, playing, and eating, and laughing, and eating some more. We didn’t do too much in the way of sightseeing, (Just being there is wonderful enough!) but I was able to go to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY with my mom…and I LOVED it! Some of the quilts were unbelievable. So detailed, and original… I got really inspired to hop back onto my sewing machine. Time, as usual, flew by – and now that we are back home, we look forward to seeing grandma, grandpa, and auntie much, much, much sooner than later!

We arrived home Tuesday afternoon, happy to get back to life in the Great Northwest. I missed the mister IMMENSELY, and it felt good to be back home with my honey-bun.

Yesterday, what a day! I had a MILLION errands to run before the arrival of the newest member of our family. As Sebastian said, “I’m happy he chose us to live with!”. Douglas was wonderful with helping getting the house ready, even after a long day at work. When Rodney’s foster family arrived with him in tow, I had a wave of excitement wash over me…I just can’t wait to find out what kind of fun and mischief we’re all going to get into together! Rodney is a peach. A big, fat, funny, goofy, rambunctious peach, and what a sweetie! We all talked, took pictures, and watched the dogs run around. As we were saying our goodbyes yesterday, Alessandra (his foster mama) and I decided we need to have lots of doggie play-dates with her and her frenchie, Bucky. She even offered to dog-sit! Yippee!

After they left, I took Rodney out for a walk, and then it was back home and time to chill out. So much had just happened! We got all situated for bedtime…and although we had a few hiccups with our new routine… the little fellow did quite well..( He snores louder than anyone – or anything, I’ve ever heard. And that’s saying quite a lot indeed.)

This morning, when I woke up…there he was…bat ears and all…just staring at me with that, “Hi there! Hey! How’s it going? Are you ready for the day yet? Are you ready to feed me yet? Can you pet me now? Look how cute I am!!!!” look. It was adorable! Sebastian took him out into the yard before we left for school…and they had a blast running around and playing tug-o-war.

Currently Rodney is napping by my side…snoring. Loudly. Hooray for the four-legged creatures who make our lives so much fun!

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Hiya Folks!

I forgot to let you know that Sebs and I are on vacation in the lovely woods of rural Tennessee!  Yipee-ki-aye!  We have VERY limited internet access…so I can’t show you the knitting I’ve already completed, the old aprons and tablecloths I scored, or pics of us on the 4 wheelers and with the pack of dogs…until we get home that is. 

The biggest news we’ve recieved from the homefront is that we got the official “OK” from the French Bulldog Rescue Network…and the day after Sebs and I get back home, Rodney will join our family!  We can scarcely wait.

We send hugs and smooches and a yee-haw to all of our friends and family back home who we miss so much already!

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