Greetings from the Ozarks!
It’s great to be back with you today.
As you may have noticed, this summer I’ve stepped back from blogging. Other than holiday breaks and a few short vacations, I’ve blogged steadily since 2011. I decided I was long overdue for a sabbatical.
Our college gal’s been home for the summer and we’ve enjoyed reconnecting.
Now, the not-so-fun stuff?
Last spring, as is common in our area, we met with some seasonal storms. Those included the usual hail and high wind, but thankfully—no tornadoes this time. Still, our home did sustain some damage, and in the last several weeks, we replaced the roof, gutters, downspouts, and garage doors. Whew!
Let me just say…the entire process kept me hopping. I almost need a sabbatical from my sabbatical!
If you’re a newsletter subscriber, I addressed some of this more in-depth, but suffice it to say, this season’s been a lesson in patience.
To add a little variety to the mix and to keep life real, it was also time to have our septic tank pumped.
On the bright side, we received high praise from our septic company.
“Ma’am, I just want to say that your tank is in the top 2% of the best tanks I’ve ever seen. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’. Great job!”
“Um…thanks for the compliment.” 🙂
How very kind. I smiled as the nice gentleman meandered on his way.
I liked his company’s motto: “We’re NUMBER ONE in the Number Two business.” (As I said, friend, keepin’ it real.)
Now, where was I?
This season’s been a lesson in patience.
While I stewed over thwarted goals and time infringements, home repairs and must-dos made me realize just how much we sometimes take for granted.
For instance, while unsettling, unplanned events can sometimes lead to big blessings.
Because of everything I had on my plate this summer, blogging was relegated to the back burner. Ugh.
I missed being here. I missed blogging.
As I said, though, committing to a summer sabbatical (of sorts) was a great way to recharge.
I worked on various writing projects and brainstormed ideas for new stories.
I played Mother Hen to college gal.
I tended the home front.
I said good-bye to the guilt.
In the next several weeks, I’ll ease back into my usual Wednesday/Friday blogging schedule, but until then—thanks for stopping by!
I let go of the guilt to do this.
THOUGHTS TO ENJOY
Motivation and encouragement for writers to stay the course.
They say age is relative, but how long should we pursue our goals?
Breathing life and love into our characters and stories.
What do YOU need to give yourself permission to do?
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