Monday, March 6, 2017

SOL 6/31: Discoveries while Breaking my Rule!

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

I really try to keep my new rule, no reading slices until you've posted your own slice.  But almost every single day, I break it.  Today I woke at 4 am ready to write the slice about my disappointing sophomore year that's been sloshing around since one night last week when I took a memory stroll in the middle of the night.  But I made the mistake of grabbing my phone first to check my email and there was a slice from Elsie.  And who can resist her slices?  Especially one about food?  It's bound to come with some pics.  I click and I'm not disappointed.  

Resolutely, I set down my phone and reach for my computer.  Ready to write the slice about sophomore year.  Except that when I open my computer, up pops a blog that I was planning to comment on last night when my computer had to be charged.  I'll just take one minute for a quick response to Write 4 Today's "Sunday" post.  

And then my eyes stray to Michelle's sidebar, a Twitter link to Cathy Mere's poetry!  I don't think I've had a chance to stop by Cathy's blog since I read her post summarizing why she almost didn't join the challenge this year.  I'm weak, irresolute and totally unable to resist the lure of "Each Sky."  I click, read the poem, and sigh with satisfaction.  

And just like that, today's slice switches tracks.  

It's Sunday morning, I dash downstairs, almost ready to leave for church when I spy blue sky.  I promise myself I'll snap a pic on the way to church.  Who am I kidding?  I'm already running late.  So I stick my phone up to the window and capture a "through the window" shot.  
We've just finished the worship service and are transitioning to Sunday School class when I stop to chat with Jared, Melissa's husband.  She's a nurse and working for the second Sunday in a row.  They are new to our congregation, and I have a note for Melissa (and chocolates) that I failed to deliver last week.  I head to the car to retrieve it.  As I turn from the car to return to church, I stop in my tracks.  A beautiful blue sky!  I'm so glad I have my phone in my hand.  I capture this anomaly and return to church.  I hand Jared the envelope and share my blue sky pic.  (And when I leave church two hours later, our gray skies have returned.)

I celebrate Cathy's love letter to the sky and how it led me to share my Sunday sky pics with you. 
"Every single time 
my breath catches.
. . . 
each sky
a gift."


  1. I love this window into your Sunday. I totally relate to the distractions, but now I've embraced them. How wonderfull that you notice.. your beautiful skies..

  2. I noticed the blue sky yesterday & promised Jack a walk if he would go back to sleep. By the time he woke up, it was back to gray. Way to seize the moment & capture the blue.

  3. What a good chuckle I got out of reading your slice today. I have good intentions too and get so easily distracted. Your distractions were worth it though. I'm glad you broke your rule!

  4. Rules are made to be broken, right? Thanks for leading me to a few new slices!

  5. Thanks for taking us on your journey of slicing today! I laughed and went along for the ride too! And that sky ... oh, the beauty!

  6. Breaking your rules seems to be working for you so I say, "Carry on!" Such great links you have shared, along with the musings of sharing with others, and blue skies, and rules worth breaking. Thank you.

  7. I love those sky pics and I'm not surprised you do too. And you made us laugh and enjoy the way you wrote this slice, too, Ramona. Write on!

  8. I know you have many gray days lately so I don't blame you for wanting to snap that picture! Now I am off to read Cathy's poem.

  9. I just loved the way you structured this, Ramona - and those sky pictures, which remind me of Linda's of the Denver sky. You two should get together and do a book!

  10. Oh my, Ramona. Thank you for your kind words. Like you, I try not to read a Slice until I have written mine, but the problem becomes it takes me all day to get my Slice written ---- oh the deciding, the writing, the crafting. By then, I try to get to several Slices, but the day is coming to a close and exhaustion starts to get the better of me. The first year I joined this event, I thought the writing would be the challenge, but across the years I have found that it is being able to read and comment the way I would like that is the challenge.

    I had no idea I'd stop by and find these kind words, I just know your blog is always one I love to visit. What a beautiful sky! Thank you for sharing.


  11. This is so beautiful! I love how inspired you are by reading other people's blogs. That's my favorite part of all this! And I like your're inspiring me to snap some pictures tomorrow to use to inspire my writing.