Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Here we are in September...Happy New Year!

This is a picture of a book about ironing. I did not buy it.

I have always felt that September is the beginning of the year. January always just feels like something to be endured, (even though we have Josh's birthday in there, and usually manage something fun on the 5th). But September! There is canning to be done, preserving all those luscious fruits and vegetables that are so beautiful and delicious. There are new books to be ordered, new schedules to make, plans and beginnings and clubs! I love September, except for the fact that it means summer is over, it's my favorite time of year.

This is me, in Heaven, or at least on a lavender farm in Sequim (pronounced "Skwim") in Washington. I was told that I could pick all the lavender I wanted...for free.
I don't know why I was so blessed.
Sometimes you just have to accept that God really does love you.

Heaven smells really good.

I have decided to try to refocus my blog, (or not) and try to decide what I want from it. Is it a place to share what I am learning? Is it a family journal? Is it a place to share my creative side? Is it a place to brag and show off my wonderful grandchildren? (Absolutely! LOL)
Once I figure it out I'll let you know. In the meantime, I will do what seems right at the time.

This is me and my cousin Kathryn on a yellow thing being dragged behind a boat in the Pacific Ocean near a place called Smugglers Cove. It was not as cold as it might have been, though I screamed a lot.

No apologies seem necessary, and you're invited along for the ride, but I can't promise you I know where I'm going!

These are some rocks I left on the beach. Because Liam told me I was only allowed to bring ONE (!!) rock home. I cheated, but I did leave some for next time.

I can't visit a beach without missing my seester, who loves rock picking as much as me. I wished really hard that she could join me and I wrote her name in the sand so that next time I go, we'll be there together.

This....well this is gum. On a wall. Lots, and lots of gum on a very big wall in Post Alley at Pike Place in Seattle.
No, I don't know why.
Yes, you can go have a shower now.
I know I wanted to when I saw it.


Kim Mailhot said...

Yippee ! Yahoo ! Hooray !!! I am soooo happy that you are back ! This is, of course, where we met and I have to say I have missed you while you were away. I am so willing to go wherever you take us because I know it will be filled with love and heart along the way !
Seems like you had a nice trip, Beautiful One (Yay ocean and rocks, right, Baby ? That gum...ewww...not so much !)! Welcome back !
Love Kim

Dan said...

Thats...a lot of gum.

Great photos (of everything, not just the gum)!

arlene said...

Oh my! Someone stopped by?!! I am so surprised to find someone is still out there. LOL

Kim, I am going to try to make this a more regular occurrence. I need to drop some other things to make time, because I do meet the nicest people imaginable here! Yes, I mean YOU! LOL

Dan, thanks for the encouragement to hop back in. The water is really fine!

Karyn said...

OK, so the gum wall is just as gross as you said. Colorful, but gross.

I agree about September being the beginning of the year, BTW... except there isn't time for a New Year's Day holiday - that's why it is in January - it serves the dual purpose of extending the Christmas holiday and starting that awful month of January off with a bang.

As for what your blog is for....I say ALL OF THE ABOVE! I understand what you are saying, though....I've been having a bit of a blogidentity crisis lately myself - but I'm just coming to the place where I'm willing to accept that it is fluid....it's focus changes as priorities ebb and flow in my life. Sometimes I want to write something profound but can find nothing in my head that would qualify....other times, I can expound in my brain on weighty matters but have no time to sit and write it out. I just need to accept that what I have to share when I have the time to share it is just what I need to be writing about at the time. When I remember that the blog is really for myself, primarily, I can let go of what it 'should' be and just let it be.

There's a song in there somewhere, isn't there?

BTW...need any potatoes? :)

arlene said...

Thanks for articulating the blog problem thing. I do want to write, and most of it is for myself, and I do want to share my beautiful, blessed, colourful life in some small way!
Do you have extra potatoes?