Creative Energy (or lack thereof)

I have so many unwritten posts and topics that are overdue. I’m afraid they will be ‘old news’ and irrelevant if I don’t catch up soon. I still haven’t posted pictures of the long haul from Louisiana to Washington (we have at least finally looked at the pictures together); I have home improvement and gardening projects I could share; I have movies we’ve watched and I’ve not written up; I’m reading again (slowly) and will soon have books to review; we’ve been cooking with The Cobb again and I’ve wanted to share those stories as well.

But finding time and the creative energy to write is a challenge, to say the least. I’ve tried scheduling time slots for myself and I’ve tried just diving in and attempting to write in a window of opportunity when it’s come up. But I’ve come to realize that I cannot force the creative inspiration. And what really kills me is that I’ve written, I don’t know how many drafts (in my head) while driving back and forth to work, while doing the dishes, cooking dinner, weeding the garden, painting the porch steps, going to sleep… Yet, no matter how many stories I craft in my head, they don’t stay with me. When I have time to sit down and write, even now, it’s all completely gone. I might remember a phrase or two I was thinking of using, but it always sounds out of place, dry, uninteresting, or it’s just plain not enough to get me rolling.

To those of you still hanging in there with me, thank you. I am still trying and constantly hoping to make more regular appearances.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
~ Earl Nightingale

Movie Monday – After the Dark, 300: Rise of an Empire

afterthedarkForgive my brevity; life is full and I barely had time to scratch this together. I have oodles of posts floating around in my mind lately. Too bad there’s no way to record my thoughts and have it all typed for me.

After the Dark. Interesting idea – a philosophy teacher challenges his students to a mental game of apocalyptic survival. Mediocre execution. Slow. Dull. Terrible ending. Don’t watch it


300300: Rise of an Empire was more enjoyable than the first, for me; I think. I don’t remember much about the first except the over-the-top violence and gore. Much the same in this sequel/prequel (you get a little of both). This round, the story had a little more meat to it in my opinion. If you liked the first one or you just like this type of movie, it’s worth a watch.

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Movie Monday – Divergent

divergentDivergent was GREAT. I haven’t read the series. I want to, and I had high hopes to read Divergent before the movie came out but no such luck. So I can’t comment on how it compares to the series. From a movie-only perspective, I can say that I think it was very well done. We both really enjoyed it. I was skeptical and I guess you could say ready to be disappointed. Far from it. I anticipated more love interest bogging the story down but not at all. It was a good blend of action, character development, and just a touch of the teen romance. The story provides an interesting look at government (control) and the exploration of the possible consequences of such a design. If you’re not tired of the dystopian theme yet and you enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, then I highly recommend Divergent. We can’t wait to see the next one.

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”
~ Veronica Roth, Divergent

Full Bloom

What a difference a few months can make!

I was looking through my phone to show a co-worker some pictures of our yard, knowing that I took some when we toured the property in April before purchasing. It was like looking at a different property! I had no idea it had bloomed so much and looked so different. (It gives me an advance look at how quiet it will look in the winter.) ;-)

Take a look at a few before (April) and after (today) shots:

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Here’s our veggie garden a couple of weeks in…

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And here’s today! I know it’s a different angle but I think you get the idea. ;-)

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We have hydrangeas, grape vines, beautiful ground cover I don’t know the names of, and stargazer lilies (my absolute favorite!).

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Some plants are early bloomers (so I’ve been told by greenthumb friends). Our predecessors at the house sure put a lot of thought into the choices. We are certainly enjoying it all.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
~ Luther Burbank

Total Chaos

I don’t even know where to start! So much has happened over the last month.

I have photos of the drive from Louisiana to Washington… (sneak peak)…which which Don and I haven’t even LOOKED at yet. LOL Seriously. Life is such total chaos right now.



He drove the U-Haul and towed our van (Rosie) and I followed behind in our little truck (parked behind the van). We have since traded the truck for a larger, used truck and a Subaru. So many freaking changes, lol!

We’ve been out riding our dirt bikes a few times with friends.



He’s got a new bike that doesn’t match mine anymore. :-( It’s got more power and he couldn’t be more thrilled.


The weather has been amazing since we’ve been back. We’ve been trying to take full advantage before it changes.

We’ve been out sailing with new co-workers.

I haven’t been writing.
I haven’t been reading.
We haven’t been watching much TV or movies – although we did watch the entire Season 2 of Orange is the New Black. OMGosh. Now we have to wait SO LONG for the next season, I’m sure. LOL

So, just letting you all know we’re still here. I’m still hoping to be making more frequent appearances and getting back to our normal routine. It just seems like getting back to ‘normal’ sure takes a L O N G time. I hope you all hang in there with me. :-) I hope to make sense of it all soon and be back more regularly.


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
~ Alan Watts