Sunday Morning Coffee


Hot water with lemon. I’m not sure why, but I felt like having some this morning. Lately my sleep patterns have been a little out of whack. Staying up too late, sometimes writing, sometimes not. Unable to find sleep until the early morning hours, which then leads to sleeping later than I intend in the morning, feeling groggy, and not quite myself. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well and ended up curling up in bed for a portion of the day. I knew sleep would be near impossible last night, but managed to force myself. I think I successfully hit a reset button because I woke up at 6:30 feeling more alert than I have in a while.

I got up, turned on the kettle, and washed dishes. It’s been a while since I completed that task so early in the morning and I had forgotten how good the ritual feels. Puttering about the kitchen, trying not to make too much noise, watching out the window as the tiniest hint of pale light begins to wash over the neighborhood. A hummingbird arrives, one of the two that have been fighting over my feeder and four o’clocks, and has her breakfast. It occurs to me that I do most of my thinking when I’m near running water.

Things I’m enjoying:

  • The Spiritual Practice of Gardening — This blog post from A Sacred Journey really touched me because the idea is something I can identify with–and because, like with running water, I think some of my best thoughts while my hands are in the dirt. I tend to work things out there. As I walk around my gardens, I can tell you what was on my mind whenever I first planted them. From the first tomatoes I planted in the backyard boxes (they have since deteriorated and been removed) to the circle in the middle of my moon garden.
  • Urban Wife shared this recipe she found for Cilantro-Lime Shrimp & Quinoa bowls and it sounds delicious, but since I’m grain-free at the moment I’m going to need you all to try it and report back.
  • I saw this paper butterfly wreath and immediately thought of a friend, so I’m going to share that with her now :)
  • The whole reason I found the butterfly wreath was because I was looking for book page garland ideas, for next year’s big adventure. I found this one and it looks promising (replaced with a seasonally appropriate theme).
  • I know we’re months away, but I would like this Creamy Vegetarian Christmas Stew right now.
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Something Wild


I don’t jump in very often. What I mean is, I think about things for a long time before I do them. Usually. Not this time.

I saw an article floating around social media today, clicked the link, and thought it sounded like fun.

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This small town is full of book shops and one of them is offering people a chance to live in a flat above the bookshop for a week while they learn to run the place. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to have a bookshop, so this appealed to me immediately.

And then I thought maybe I would like to do it someday. Go stay for a week, see what it’s like to sell books, enjoy life in a little harbor town in Scotland. Then I asked myself why not now? I couldn’t come up with a good reason.

Jolene and I have been talking about a possible trip for a while now. I looked at the calendar and estimated the dates I thought we would be there. Flying into London, doing goodness knows what for a week or so, making our way up the country…

So I found the place on AirBnB and requested a week I thought would work.

Then I twiddled my thumbs and got discouraged because of course the dates aren’t available anymore, why would they be, of course this won’t work out, but I really really want it to work out so I’m going to be calm and then an hour later…

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Everyone — I’m going to Wigtown! I’m going to be spending a week in a little town, about the size of the one I grew up in, working at The Open Book. I can hardly believe it. It’s a dream come true!

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Listening Lately: Writing Edition

All I’ve been doing lately is writing. I need to sit down and tell you all about it and I will, soon, but for now I thought I’d share the music I listen to when I write. A lot of it has been curated from various Songza playlists or things I’ve stumbled upon on Youtube.

My playlist is usually instrumental because that’s what I find easiest to write to, but if there are lyrics they have to be the sort that don’t distract.

What do you write to?


Leo Kalyan – Fingertips

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