A Quiet Writing Weekend

A Quiet Writing Weekend

Work has been full so I told myself I’d spend the weekend writing. I want to finish this book, partly because I’m changing quickly and fear that it won’t flow from beginning to end, but also because it’s just time. It’s now Sunday morning. I was up at 6:30a yesterday and I’m up at 6:30a again today. The dogs and I are relaxing on the deck before it gets too hot and I #amwriting. I tend to procrastinate more often than I should but those days end now. As Mary Oliver said, “what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” I will live and breathe and write. I will do my part to make a difference and to leave a legacy. I will be as mindful as I am humanly able. Whatever your goals, go get’m... read more
The Symbolism of Feathers

The Symbolism of Feathers

I took a hike today. It’s always a great way to clear my head and ask for insight. I woke up feeling negatively about myself; vivid dreams of lack woke me and left me feeling not good enough as I started my day. I’ve been noticing lately how much other people’s energy affects me. I began to unravel that thought on my hike. . . . My daughter and I spent the weekend together, and on Friday night we headed out to watch a local band play. During the outing we saw many people we know – people we love as well as random acquaintances. One girl I used to be ‘friends’ with was out. We were never close but always ran in the same circles. She no longer speaks to me unless I speak to her and I’m not sure why. I can speculate and that speculation is what starts the not-good-enough syndrome that plagues me more often than I wish. I try not to judge but it’s hard when you’re being judged. She feels quite self-righteous to me, as though she’s never made a mistake. I, on the other hand, know I’ve made many in my adult life — and I own them. I’ve never done anything to her specifically, but her judgement is acutely felt. As M and I were eating dinner, she said, “what’s up with Sarah? She didn’t even speak to me?” I replied that I wasn’t sure. “She doesn’t speak to me anymore either.” And my soul hurt. Not everyone is supposed to like me. I get that and it’s okay, but my daughter …... read more
Blackberry Basil Mojitos

Blackberry Basil Mojitos

When you pick blackberries, you DO SOMETHING with them. Today that something was a yummy summer cocktail, Blackberry Basil Mojitos! INGREDIENTS + LOOSE RECIPE: Muddle blackberries in sugar, squeeze and add lime wedge to glass, then lightly muddle basil to release essence. Add one shot of white or spiced rum per drink, top with seltzer water to taste. Serve over ice and garnish with basil and blackberries. Taste and add more blackberries if you prefer a sweeter drink. I feel pretty good right now. 🙂 Happy Fourth of... read more
First Harvest: 3 Cukes

First Harvest: 3 Cukes

Our very first harvest of 2018, three cucumbers. Going to make a cuke-onion-sprout vinegar ‘salad.’ Literally so good and so easy. INGREDIENTS 2 cucumbers 1 yellow onion 1 handful of mung bean sprouts Sugar White vinegar DIRECTIONS Slice the cucumber and onion. Grab handful of mung bean sprouts. Place all in bowl with sealable top. Mix sugar and vinegar to taste (about 1/4 cup). Pour over salad, add top and shake. Serve... read more