Saturday, March 21, 2015

2015 SOLSC 21/31 and Celebrate This Week!

                                    Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
                                                      and for nurturing our writing lives.

                               Join us each weekend for Celebrate this week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
  A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  Words!
There are certain words that I'll forever associate with certain friends:
Pause - Tara
Sweet - Elsie (aka LeAnn)
Shine - Ruth
I've joined friends at Spiritual Journey Thursday to blog about the spiritual focus of our One Little Words for 2015.  I'm surprised how often the word we are writing about pops up during the week we write.  I discovered this title on display at the library after Thursday's post on "brave." How serendipitous is that!

2.  Two boxes left!
I'm almost finished moving everything back into the kitchen, but I promised myself no pics of the the new kitchen until I finish.  I'm trying to declutter as I go, thus my slow progress.  The two remaining small boxes are filled with stuff/junk that requires a certain perky time of day and attitude for me to tackle.

3.  April is around the corner with two reasons to celebrate!

 1. Poetry Month!  I celebrate poetry all year, but I'm always excited for April to arrive.  A small envelope arrived this week - my free poster for National Poetry Month.  I love the poem "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand, and I love Roz Chast.
 Double pleasure!

2.  Daughter Sara's visit!  She's coming to look for a place to live
(they arrive in June), to interview for some jobs,
and of course, to visit her mom and dad!

4.  The mess on the bed!
I like to write in my daughter's yellow bedroom.  Yesterday I turned around in the chair after finishing Friday's slice and saw:  a blue jacket, a blue sweater, a cordless phone, a stack of books and magazines I moved off the desk to work on a slice, an envelope of notes from NCTE (used for writing Friday's slice), my scriptures, a newspaper bag, unread newspapers from Wednesday, Becoming His (my current spiritual read), clean jeans needing to be hung up, an Ensign magazine, a Simple Living magazine, the Island Books Top 40 List of Bestsellers for 2014 (which I forgot to take to the retreat), a UW bookstore bag (a definite keeper, they are so sturdy), and a basket of clean clothes waiting to be folded.  I should be ashamed, but instead I'm celebrating these pieces of my life!  I grabbed my notebook to list the stuff and then cleaned off the bed,
except for one live object:

5.  My writing buddy, Hadley!
You may recognize her, she made the cover of Bonnie's video.  
She'll be 18 next  month. She knows that sometimes I write on the bed,
and she snuggles with me while I write.  


  1. Sounds like the "mess" on the bed includes some stuff that hold importance. I love associating one word with people. What is my word? I will have to think on that one. Thanks for this SLICE.

  2. So many points of inspiring in your blog today, including the power in writing to a word, the comfort in our favorite places, and the meaning in all the "clutter" that surrounds us. I have a few ideas for another slice already. Thanks!

  3. Love that cover of Brave!! My eyes have been searching more images of brave in them all week! I think that my daughter's bed could also tell a story with all the things that I have placed on it!

  4. It's a testament to seeing things as other)wise when you can understand the mess on the bed as something to be grateful for.

    Lovely post. Inspiring.

  5. Love reading that you are moving back into a lovely new kitchen. Can't wait for pics! I didn't pick a new word this year, so I guess I'm holding on to my "sweet" word from last year. Funny that it stuck with you. How exciting that your daughter is moving back to Seattle! Lucky you! (I'm truly jealous.) I don't see clutter either, I see life.

  6. So fun to read this newsy post Ramona. It really fits with "A Slice of Life. " my favorite line..."The two remaining small boxes are filled with stuff/junk that requires a certain perky time of day and attitude for me to tackle." I do know exactly what you mean by that! Well said. SO happy for you about your daughter!

  7. Lots to celebrate! Loved the last photo of your writing buddy! Our cat lived to 21! Still miss her.

  8. Love these little slices of life! What a busy person you are involved in a lot of things while being surrounded by things you love.

  9. This was like having a nice conversation with you Ramona. You told me how things were going, things you are looking forward to and a bit about your day.

  10. Love your celebrations. I have to write mine still. And isn't the Poetry poster fabulous?

  11. Hey there, Hadley! I love that you looked at a pile o' stuff and celebrated all that the various pieces of it represented: a full and rich life. You are wise, my friend, wise.

  12. Funny how the "stuff" in our life reflects the "stuff" our life consists of. Thanks for sharing this insight into your world. And so much to celebrate! Wonderful!

  13. yay Hadley! I love the yellow bedroom and all your things around you. I am excited that your daughter will be close to you...and I wish it was me! xo nanc

  14. Hadley is the cutest!!! I love Annie Downs. I haven't read that book yet. I'd love to know what you think of it!! Such great celebrations!! :)

  15. Isn't that poster fabulous? I just received mine in my In The Middle journal. Love the list of the 'mess'. Sounds like my dining table, except no Hadley!