31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 31: Why Do I Blog…

31 DAY CHALLENGE

 

I used to blog a number of years ago, mainly to share my work, not only my writing, but other things I do, such as my quilting and my occupation as a manufacturer. I had stopped for a while as my emotions got the better of me and I went and hid in a cave. Now, most of the writing I do is for my own personal healing, but others have suggested that I share these writing with those around me, instead of keeping it all to myself. My poetry, & my stories. I am told that it could help me with my healing. Whether someone reads my stories or not, at least they are out there, out of my mind, out of my heart. I can say that I’ve accomplished something.  I know I don’t post here as often as others do, but that doesn’t mean I’m not writing. I have my pen and pad with me every day, every where I go. I just need to be brave enough to share them, to bring them out into the open. It may take a while, and there may be a few days that I’m not seen, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about posting, I just need to sit down and do it, to know that someone out there cares enough to listen. It’s just no always that easy for me. And with that, I’m going to close before the tears escape my heart & eyes.

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 30: What’s In My Make Up Bag

31 DAY CHALLENGE

 

Well, now this is one question I honestly cannot answer, as I don’t wear make up of any kind. I have always believed that beauty comes from within. Why should I have to color myself to make myself more attractive? Why would I want to put on a fake face when I can show people who I really am?  If I’m not liked for what I look like, well then whoever is judging me in such a way just ain’t looking deep enough, and I most likely wouldn’t want that person in my life anyway.  What you see is what you get, honey. And if that’s not good enough for you, well then you can just turn around and walk away.

31 Day Blog: Day 29: Where I have travelled

31 DAY CHALLENGE

To be honest, I am not much of a traveler. But, I have been a few places. While I grew up on Maui, I traveled to all the other islands to visit friends and family. Here on the mainland, I’ve been to Oregon, to see my sister. To Washington, to see some friends. To Utah, where my aunt and her family are. To Las Vegas, just for mini vacations. To the Grand Canyon for camping trips with my father-in-law, we go about every two years. And, of course, I’ve been all throughout California, where I now live. 

My most meaningful trips have been to La Paz, Baja, Mexico. Almost all the way down to the southern tip. It was an annual trip we’d take down to teach the kids how to play softball. We’d collect several big laundry bags full of equipment throughout the year, and carry them down as our check in luggage. We’d spend a week visiting the schools, teaching a clinic, with tips on throwing, pitching, catching, and batting. Then when the day was over, we’d leave the school with enough equipment for them to form a couple of teams within themselves. That was a trip we took every year for fifteen years.  I think I’ll write a little story about that and post it, as there are so many other details I’d love to share with you, so keep your eyes open… coming soon. 😉

That Aged Old Bottle…

That bottle in the back corner…

Yeah, that’s the one…

The one that’s corked up tight and looks like there’s nothing in it…

Well, there’s plenty in it…

That bottle holds pieces of me that I’m afraid to let go of. Pieces that I haven’t shared with anyone. Pieces from the last forty years of my life that have been simmering for so long. I’ve been asked about those pieces, but then I feel the hair on the back of my neck stand up and I just say, “Oh, I couldn’t burden you with any of that, it’s all locked up, safe in the bottle.”  There’s part of me who wants to share what’s in the bottle, yet part who is afraid to; or even if I should; let alone how do I after all these years. Do I let the bottle age for another forty years?

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 28 What I am looking forward to

31 DAY CHALLENGE

 

Okay, okay, I skipped Day 27…I’ll get back to that later, if you don’t mind, as my computer is at my office, and my recipes are at home. So, that’ll have to wait.

 

For now, What am I looking forward to?  Most of all, I am looking forward to healing. To feel my heart be whole again, to feel  my soul alive again. It’s been a long time since I’ve had either of those.  I know I have a long way to go, but I’m feeling as though I may be on the right path.   I want to be able to truly smile again and to feel the weight lifted off my heart.  I’m going to stop there before the tears start rolling…

My Absense

I apologize for not being here the last couple weeks. Things have been a bit crazy for me. With work picking up and planning for my big anniversary party, I have rarely had time to sit down and count my fingers to make sure they all still exist. But, yes I’m still here, and yes…I’m okay.  My dear, sweet friend, Ray made sure of that.  There have been times when I’d just disappear into my virtual cave and not say anything to any of my friends, until someone would come and poke me to make sure I was still alive.  But, this time, I’ve just been busy. I know, I know, it’s no excuse, and I can only hope that my friends will forgive me.

 

The first week of September is a big one for us.  The first is the 15th anniversary of my business, and the 7th will be our 25th wedding anniversary, so we are planning a big party. The week before that will be a camping trip to one of our local boy scout camps near Big Sur with my father in law. Then, the week after, my sister is coming over for a couple of days from Maui. So, again, please forgive me if I am absent for a little while. Things here will be a bit nuts.