Here it is–JUNE–already! Ok, not quite, but verrry close. The temperatures are rising. Yes, the humidity, too. It is North Carolina, after all. We had a nice spring this year; we don’t always. I’ve been sick a good part of this year with various minor ailments. So, I’m playing catch-up with spring cleaning–just kidding! I’m playing catch-up with this puzzle that has been sitting in the box, on this coffee table, since Christmas. I finally opened it and dumped the pieces on the table. I always work the border first. And I always set the box up so I can look at the image I’m putting together. Unlike one of my blogging buddies, Jill, who places the box picture side down and doesn’t look at it. Jill is more adventurous than I! Read about her unusual-to-me puzzle working process HERE.
This puzzle is so unique. I like that I can learn more about North Carolina while having fun. It’s not my native state, so I missed out on all of the elementary and secondary school history lessons. But, I’ve lived here since 1986. Never too late, they say!
I’m giving myself a break from too many intense writing demands: deadlines are a beast. I’m working on one article (last month I worked on six with varying topics) about historic preservation. I’m taking a leisurely approach to it in hopes that I can keep it less stressful (see various ailments above). I’ll still be able to take on another last minute assignment without overdoing it.
I’ve been working in my garden a lot lately. This is such a beautiful time of year. May brings so many delightful flowers and animals out to bloom and bear young. We saw our first firefly, or lightning bug depending on where you’re from, last night.
Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink), a North carolina native wildflower.
May is also the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife month. I wrote about this program last year for Cary Living magazine (In this issue). That’s when I decided to certify my garden. It’s a great program and very easy to commit to. Basically you pledge to adopt sustainable practices in your garden and provide food, water, shelter, and places for wildlife to raise young. I was doing this already, but my certification fee helps the NWF, and the sign at the entrance to my garden helps raise awareness. I hope. I also have an essay about sharing our gardens with wildlife in the current Seasons magazine that I’ll be sharing soon. If you would like to read, stay tuned.
I enjoy doing so many different things, which is great fun! I’m never bored. Between work and other writing pursuits, volunteer commitments (teaching yoga in the women’s prison; working with inmates to improve their writing skills through teaching grammar, editing, narrative, structure, etc), family, life, elder kitty care, NC environmental education certification, housekeeping, gardenkeeping, sanitykeeping, I stay more than a little busy. I also get tired (hmmm, imagine that.). Bear with me as I rearrange some priorities and life pieces to come back into better health and self-care. Which may mean I post less, or miss other blog posts or respond late; or read, but don’t leave a comment. Know that I am still interested. I love and appreciate my growing blogging community. This network is vital to my writing work; I learn so much. And it’s great fun! And yet, to be a vital part of this community you must participate. I’m curious: how do my fellow bloggers keep up with all of the wonderful blogs you follow? Do you set aside a day and time to read, comment, and respond to comments? What works best for you?
Wildlife welcome in Flora’s Abode (my garden)
Arranging the pieces–what an apt title for this post. That’s exactly what I feel like I’m doing right now. Arranging, rearranging, exchanging this piece for that piece that fits a little better. Not trying to make a piece fit that just doesn’t fit in where I’m trying to force it. Always moving forward. And now, learning how to rest a little more. I did adopt the word EASEFUL as my Word of the Year 2019.
Easeful: Enjoyable and not strained as opposed to burdensome or obligatory.
Knowing when to say when or whoa. Realizing that even really, really great things happening can be stressful, like more writing work and opportunities (that’s a hard one!). Making necessary adjustments. Stepping Back. Observing. Reevaluating. Isn’t that a constant learning process?
Welcome to the puzzle of the human race.