And just like the woman is this picture that I snarfed on google images…I find myself staring out into nothing instead of actually "in" the saddle. I just can't seem to pin down or get inspired with my next post, after my "screen free" sabbatical.
I will say that July was hot, with a surprisingly smooth transition into our "screen free month".
How we cheated:
* i still checked email
* i updated my goodreads book reading info
* i occasionally checked on manyslices stats to see if anyone was still popping in: they did! (go figure)
* on the hideous week that it was 100+ degrees all day, i let the kids sit in the only room downstairs to with A/C to watch some movies because it was too miserable to do anything else in the evening
* we broke "screen free" this friday a few days before the August 1st, as we got home from a 3 day camping trip and it was absolutely necessary the kids be quiet while Mom and Dad spent hours re-couping, doing laundry, and cleaning
* i missed my blog
* i missed my fellow bloggers
* i did not miss TV
* i did not miss facebook
*i did miss TV for the two-year-old, come every late afternoon (hands down still the best babysitter under the sun)
*without my "blog-worthy" eye roving for shots i found myself hardly taking any pictures
though I did take a few "blog worthies" of my scorched garden last week(this queen anne's lace is one of the few blooming plants I can boast of)
I can say that our month of "screen free" was a very GOOD thing for our family.
Our house was calmer(as calm as a house with 4 girls under the age of ten can get).
We did lots of artsy-fartsy things; together and individually.
I spent lots of evenings sitting in front of a fan or on our deck embroidering (i just can't stay away).
I loved it.
Pretty little projects.
Do I have pictures? I do not.
I did lots of reading (check out Leahs books at top left)
I discovered The Daring Book for Girls for my girls. A great resource book that seemed to be written with my family in mind. That book with its old-fashioned yet Tom-boyish incentives kept my girls happy and busy outside and in their bedroom.
It gave me some time to work on my writing. And in addition to my new look, I have been giving my blog content a lot of thought. I agonize for everything, and I want to find my authentic voice and style in my blogging pursuits. After spending an evening going over my old posts, I just had this nagging feeling that my posts are a little rambling. It takes a long time to write these posts,(lets not even mention the amount of junk food consumed and TV zoned in front of while Mama is busy clicking away working on a blog post). However, writing them has re-connected me with my love for writing. Most importantly, it gave me a reason to start writing, and I think, really grow as someone who likes to "tinker with words".
But alas, only so much time in the day. I want to keep with blogging, which is in essence, an on-line journal, AND descriptive writing and photography. So from hence forth my little "manyslices" posts are going to be a little more abridged, written in a 1st short-story format:
and "A Quote for THee THursday"posts.
I just love the written word and that is the mode in which I want to communicate to my cult following of 4 readers!
I will still keep with the crafty/decorating/junking/foody updates, too.
I think I have too many hobbies.
My first short-story about this Summer should be around the corner.