It’s been an odd week. I’ve been having trouble focusing on my blog post writing.
Yesterday presented a terrible case of writer’s block for my tiny tip on a Thursday. Everything I wrote just stunk. Sometimes, it’s best to just put posts like that aside for a bit.
Today, I pondered whether to even bother with a Five on Friday post. Still having trouble focusing and not just on blog post writing either.
Seems so many things pull for our attention. Funny how the pull increases in an empty house. I’ve finally conceded to allow myself to be lazy today. Still wanted to participate in the Five On Friday link up hosted by Tricky over at the F.A.S.T. blog.
Random Thoughts and Images It Will Be:
ONE: A Botched Breakfast And Two Tiny Tomatoes
My plan was to have a simple scrambled egg for breakfast this morning. A little butter, a little salt, a little garlic? Wait, who put the garlic where the pepper shaker belongs? So much for simple. A little Italian seasoning, a little Parmesan cheese, a couple chopped up tiny tomatoes, a sprinkling of bacon bits, and a bit of shredded cheddar cheese turned the egg into a not too bad omelette.
I found the two tiny tomatoes last night in the mess of tangled weeds we call a garden. We also had a slightly larger one not quite red enough to pick.
I picked TWO green beans last week. There are two jalapeno peppers that may be ready. My husband’s okra has a few small pods growing. Pretty cucumber flowers but no vegetables, we must have bought 2 different varieties in our plants.
If Armageddon happens (and it scares me how much less of a joke that seems recently), I don’t think our garden will sustain us for very long. Although….edible weeds (Creeping Charlie) are taking over. Perhaps we’ll be okay after all.
TWO: Summer Seems To Be Fading Into Fall
Seems like I just put out this flag and yet, our weather doesn’t match the sentiments. It’s been much cooler, the kids have gone back to school (just this week), and the acorns are already raining down on our back deck. Where did my summer go? I have many friends and a few family members who love the next season but I would like to see a few more swimming pool friendly days. Today is not one of those days. It’s gloomy, overcast, and dark. Appears it might rain any minute.
Hope the high school football game marching band performance still happens and sure hope I don’t have to sit in the rain to watch the band!
THREE: The Coming Eclipse
I was actually both excited and relieved when asked to work the full day on Monday. Originally, my schedule was only to fill in for a teacher a few hours in the late afternoon and was pondering what I’d do during the event.
Now, I get to be somewhere I love during the event. It should be interesting although all the constant warnings and talk about it have me a bit jittery.
I’ve seen lots of people making jokes about having the song Total Eclipse Of The Heart stuck in their heads. For me, this Thomas Dolby number keeps popping into my head instead:
Got to love the ’80s. We’ll I may be a bit biased since I belong to that generation. (Does that make me old?) I just told the kids on Wednesday afternoon, I don’t care what you think about the ’80s, there is no denying we had the best music and made the best movies. No argument from the teenager on that point.
Four: A Forced Park Visit
“I want to practice taking a photo of the sunset from that park over there and you guys need the fresh air.” “Please don’t make me be the creepy lady with camera and no kids at the park.”
They finally begrudgingly and unhappily agreed to go with me to a local park a bit to the west of our house. A park not in the best area, just a good park to be aware of your surroundings. Turns out not a great park to capture a sunset after all. The photo I posted on Wednesday was my best one. The search for a good sunset photo spot continues.
The park did have a lot of pretty elements to photograph although it was quite dirty. Ugh, throw your trash away people…the walk to the trash bins is not that far from the playground. I cropped a lot of trash out of my photos.
Five: Conversations With My Boys
So often I see different forms of media stressing the importance of talking to your kids about various issues. Personally, I think it’s just as important to listen to them and hear their thoughts and opinions. It was probably one of the highlights of my summer when after work on Wednesday afternoon, I just sat and listened to the boys’ thoughts on many different subjects including education, politics, the environment, and procrastination.
While listening I did take the opportunity to remind them of a few things:
- Critical thinking is important
- The media is not a huge solitary monster sitting in a corner plotting against everything
- Their grandfather (my dad) fought in WWII against evils that should never return and side by side with people who weren’t allowed in the same restaurants with him
- Showing Empathy and Compassion to others does not mean everyone is becoming “too sensitive”
So much for writer’s block on this almost one thousand word rambling and random post. How has your week gone?