When I am not actually writing, I am think-writing. Do you do that?
Entire sentences or small phrases get worked and reworked in my mind. Like a boiled sweet tumbled over and over in your mouth, savoured until all the sweetness has dissolved into a sharp, final shard. Then; gone.
Sometimes I remember what I wanted to write about, but most often it is an ephemeral mist by the time I pause long enough to retrieve it.
I’ve just been so occupied lately that there has been very little time for ‘me’ stuff, like blogging. The moments I have of solitude, have been away from my keyboard, or without pen and paper. So all the writing has just happened up there, in my own mental ‘cloud’… if only it was a true backup disk! I miss writing here so much! Hello again, people!
I thought I would do a little catch up piece today, in the vein of the wonderful Pip Lincolne’s Taking Stock posts. This is how things are right now. How are they for you? Feel free to copy and paste and add your own list to the comments. I’d love to know what’s going on in your world, too!
Making: Every minute count. That often means my days start at 5.30am to feed horse and walk dog before all the other commitments.
Cooking: big family meals mostly. Our current favourite is my Chicken and Leek Pie. I’m also making the occasional batch of cookies. Just recently my friend Flo gave me a recipe for oat choc chip cookies and they are SO DELICIOUS and EASY! Reckon they’d be good with cranberries too. Sing out if you want the recipe.
Drinking: Gin and Tonics made with lemons and limes from our own trees. Gin-and-tonic-time is a bit of a favourite time to get to at the end of each very busy week!
Reading: Nothing, not even newspapers!
Wanting: A large docile Clydie-cross all for me… and a country property to bring him home to. Ha! Dreams are free.
Looking: closely at the detail of nature. Right now I’m into raindrops on roses… well, raindrops on anything. So beautiful.
Playing: Dixie Chicks “Cowboy, Take Me Away”
Deciding: what is the best kind of education for a divergent child?
Wishing: I had more time in each day so that I could really actually get to the bottom of my to-do list, even just once!
Enjoying: the company of our giant doofus doggie, Wookiee. Have I introduced you to this very cool dude yet? Meet Wookiee the 8 month old Labradoodle, favourite member of the household by unanimous vote.
Waiting: for it to be acceptable to put my Christmas Carols on repeat
Liking: being a zookeeper
Wondering: if Nik Kershaw has any current music… (off to google)
Loving: the smell of chaff
Pondering: the sense of this crazy-busy urban lifestyle we lead
Considering: whether we should investigate that…
Watching: nothing. Too busy.
Hoping: The weather stays horse/dog friendly for the entire summer holidays
Marvelling: at how much I can do these days. Like; I do something, then I can do another thing(!) and then I can keep going and do another and another. It’s amazing!
Needing: a remote thoroughbred feeding/checking/smooching system
Smelling: like a farm most days
Wearing: gumboots and old jeans with the occasional foray into teaching attire
Following: the weather forecast like a country girl
Noticing: how often I crave the wide open spaces and solitude
Knowing: the run from here to Christmas is going to be mayhem
Thinking: that we are so lucky to have such a great local high school to send Bee to next year
Feeling: emotional a lot lately, guess it is that time of year again when my thoughts are drawn to all the people I love who aren’t here anymore
Admiring: my girl and her tenacity during her first one day event recently
Sorting: my “Rachie Drawers”… those generic holding places where things go and disappear. I’ve lost my engagement ring and I need to find it!
Buying: hmmmm. A horse float and a new horse have removed our buying power for anything else at present, but oh it is soooo good to finally have a float! And lovely to have the beautiful Rosie in our family.
Getting: worried about what the above will do for Christmas buying
Disliking: our dog’s penchant for courier packages. I think he thinks they are chew toys delivered conveniently just for him; something new every time!
Opening: my mind to new possibilities as the New Year approaches
Giggling: at all the hilarious things our Zed says and does, he’s very funny… most of the time!
Feeling: worried about whether my mothering is going to benefit my kids or hinder them, they’re getting older and so much more independent. My mothering is struggling to keep pace with their rates of inner growth! I hope I can find a way to be a less anxious mama.
Snacking: ooooh. Snacks… that sounds good. I wonder what I can find in the cupboard?
Coveting: good camp chairs. Ours are all torn and overtaxed from our large-arse situation. Pony Club camp is just around the corner!
Wishing: the Christmas rush was over
Helping: Riding for the Disabled with their cookie-icing fundraiser was fun!
Apologising: less than before. I like that I am learning NOT to apologise so ceaselessly for everything. It’s exhausting feeling responsible for myself, let alone for others.
Hearing: a lawn mower, children playing at the kindy next door, cars whooshing by, the wind in the eaves, the rustle of leaves, the birds singing with Spring happiness as if this season will never end. Yet, it will and I am grateful for that. A big part of me is craving winter hibernation right now! I am happy for warmth and nice weather, truly. Just keen for a bit of a break in general…
Here’s the list. Your turn!