The Halfway Point

Here it is June first already! Happy June! I have to say that this year is not going as I originally planned – creatively speaking of course. My writing has hit a stand still – more than it was standing still before. I can’t quiet my mind. The worrier in me is worrying about everything around me and that is eclipsing my ability to sit down and write. This is something that seems to strike me every year around this time. It’s a pattern, I see. I realize that now and what concerns me is the question, am I allowing this and falling willingly into this pattern? I could be. I do not favor that thought. But I have to entertain the possibility that that is what I am doing. Right? Question is, how to free myself of this muck I’ve become mired in. And then GET the heck OVER it. πŸ˜›

So this last weekend we went up north to my mom’s and then the uncles. I love tulips and the tulips my grandma planted long ago still come up every year and fill me with such joy. I took a bunch of pictures of them.  The ones I posted below are just a few of the pictures I took.  We played croquet with one of my new favorite cousins (first time meeting him) and I got some great kettlebell workouts in outside – which was glorious.

This week, I’m learning how to use a pressure cooker – an electric one my mom gave me. It’s an eight quart one and I am testing it tonight for the first time – just with water to be sure that it is in working order. I’ve been reading more and more about the pressure cooker and finally got up the courage to try it out. I have a glass stove top and noticed I’m not supposed to use the old fashioned PC for that. I have big plans for this PC and cannot wait to start making tons of stuff for freezing and preplanning of meals.

I have to credit Tracy Reifkind, RKC for the inspiration to do this. Her blog is fantastic. She is a kettlebell instructor (known as the Queen of the Swing in the kettlebell world) and fantabulous cook. Check out her blog if you get a chance. She has tons of information about the kettlebell – her workouts are awesome – and she has great ideas for cooking, food and a massively invigorating outlook on life. I first read about her in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Body and that is how I got turned on to the kettlebell.  Tracy has a book coming out later this year which I will keep you updated on because I am really excited to read it and I know you will be too!

I know I promised Matt over at that I would post some of my ambien writings because yesterday’s poem about my dad was a little too depressing. I don’t mean to make you all sad! It’s a poem I wrote recently that I finally cleaned up and “sent out into the world” if you will. As for my more lighthearted and dare I say, CRAAAAZY ambien writings, I’ll do that another day. I’m not sure if that is a good idea or not as it might scare you all away to see what goes on inside this head of mine! HA!

For now, enjoy the pictures I took this weekend! I hope you like them!  πŸ˜€

Tulips, Beautiful Tulips

So vibrant are the tulips! So full of life. So happy!

Nature's Artwork

Looking into the Orchard


Into the Depths

0 thoughts on “The Halfway Point

  1. I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it again…these pictures are beautiful. Satisfies something in my soul to see the flowers you share with us. I love that the tulips your grandmother planted come back year after year. What a lovely renewal to look forward to each spring.

    Don’t sweat the pause in your writing. It will come when it’s time. Just take the time to enjoy your home, your family and the coming of warmer weather.

    Hugs to you!

  2. What gorgeous shots, Tracy! I do envy you for living so close to the countryside where this kind of scenery abounds – that’s the thing about living in London, you have to seek out the pockets of vegetation.

    Like Brandee said, don’t worry about the break in your writing. It’s all ebbs and flows and I think I’m ebbing a little right now too. It’ll all come back, don’t force it.

    Sending lots of love to you!

  3. I can appreciate awesome pictures. They are very pretty. Flowers are awesome.

    That said, my brain is a crazy place for insanity, and it likes to collect other people’s drug induced hallucinations. So THERE!

  4. Thanks Brandee, Onyi, Noel.
    Noel, I saw your post and thought oh my we are on the same wave length!
    Honestly, I think of you all when I’m taking pics of flowers. I love that.

  5. This is such a frustrating thing to go through, I know, because it’s not like you can write to fulfill an assignment when you’re doing a novel. No one else is in the same place as you are, and no one else needs a particular assignment at the same time you do. Sometimes when I’m facing that I will skip the scene I’m on chronologically and write a scene that comes later, just so that I’m going through the motions and thinking and getting words down. Maybe that’ll help?

    As always, your flowers speak to the quiet places inside me. Thank you.

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