I'm hopeful that I have 30 things to write about. I must say the world has no shortage of subjects but I don't fancy myself expert on many of them. Part of why I am doing this thing is because it's winter. Where I live that means cold, snow, grey, dismal, short days, ice, and unemployment. So it is a good thing, this 500 words a day. I am a seasonally affected individual. I learned many years ago, that it's better to be busy with creative projects in the winter. Occasionally these projects overwhelm though.
One winter I was going to paint a couple of rooms in my house. But as anyone who has painted knows....There's much more to it than the actual painting. Unfortunately, I never quite got past the prep. Then there was the winter I planned to make holiday gifts for everyone in my family....I made two but I needed five.. So that didn't work out. My winters are filled with good intentions so I am determined to see this thing through. All that to say....Some of these posts may be a bit boring and I apologize for that.
I leave my perennials up all winter and chop them down in the spring. I love the "wild" look, (sorry to the nice neighbors across the street who chem-lawn their green, weed-free grass) my garden brings me a lot of pleasure even though it is not huge. I like the seed heads and the 'dead looking' stalks and grasses. The birds appreciate it as well. Seeing the winter garden is a small joy to help get me through the long cold months. Barnwords has been a huge help too. When people order signs, I have a deadline and purpose.
(In re-reading this, I sure sound like an old person.) Sometimes I feel like one too. There are so many places I haven't been, in the world. Nice to live a bit vicariously through my well traveled kids, I guess. I never sleep well in hotels anyway. Someone's post about lack of regular pooping was good the other day...reminded me of ME traveling. ( It's so much nicer when you're regular.) However, I do love to see new places and cultures. I love to experience life in a different land. I love to get inspired by the countless ways to exist. I love travel. I love cities and I love nature. But I am a bit of a homebody too. My uniform in winter is largely these gray UCLA sweatpants and my fleece. This morning I really wanted a donut (or something ). We actually have a cute new place in town thats owned by a stellar baker. But I didn't want to go out in my uniform....and I didn't want to change. Such a quandry....
Good thing I have some lemon cookies from Whole foods...Have you had them? theyre amazing...and I don't even shop at WF usually. Too expensive and too far away from my town. ah the trials of life in winter. x #500wordsaday