Friday Five, which is a regular feature on this blog, will be ‘soft suspended’ for the duration of my month long blog along. It will resume after the blog along is complete. Meanwhile, I will be here every day this month with something new.
I want to start this off gently, with a loving pat pat on the shoulders and head, and a request for my inner achiever (and yours) that we go easy on one another as we undertake this endeavour. I want to remind myself that I don’t have to write a novel every day, or even a paragraph. I can drop in with a quick quip, a meme, a snippet. I can toss a photo this way, or a thing I found while I was surfing the web. It doesn’t need to be deep or meaningful or pretty. As long as I’m sharing something relevant to my present moment, I am (you are) doing it right.
Deal? Deal! Deep Breath. Let’s Go.
September is my favourite month of the year. It also happens to be my birthday month, but I’d love it just as deeply even if it weren’t because, dudes. The colours. The warm days & cool nights. The school supplies in neat rows on shelves in the big box stores. The ever-so-delicious scent of crisp autumn leaves piling up on lawns. Autumnal rain. Sunset over golden fields. Apple scented breezes. Mabon. This is often the month I do my one and only camping trip – a joint venture with my ex who shares my birthday month. I try to get in at least one or two evenings around a backyard fire. Spiced cider. Things I can slow cook in the oven without dying of heat exhaustion in my little apartment.
Winter is coming, but not just yet.
It’s an in between time. A gentle exhalation. The waning year gives us all one last hurrah before the winds turn ‘hurt-my-face’ cold and the snow comes to turn everything into a black & white photograph. It’s a glorious peak, a crescendo of colour, and the lights and shadows at this time of year are enough to break my heart with beauty.
I want to *really notice* this year. I want to take it deeply, deeply in. I want to sketch it, to paint it. I want to sit outside and breathe it in. I want to enter into an *intimate relationship* with September. I want to lift my head up and turn my eyes away from all the various screens, get my butt off the couch, leave the house, and wander aimlessly with my eyes wide open.
I don’t know if I will. I often want things, want to do things, and then I don’t do them because I let everything else get in the way. I know I’m not alone in that. I know a lot of us do that, but I figure if I put it out there, if I put it *down here in black & white*, I might feel more inclined to actually do it.
September is calling. I’d like to pick up.
In Other News
I’m dealing with a tooth abscess. As wonderful as Canada is, we do *not* have universal dental coverage, and you might not know this, but my top teeth are mostly acrylic. I’m a mixed media woman! :D Anyway, this means the loss of this tooth that’s abscessed (and it will need to come out eventually) will mean the need for a whole new denture – an expensive proposition and one I can’t take on right now.
I’ve got salt water swishes, golden seal swishes (thanks to my herbalist friend), acetaminophen with Codeine (which you can buy over the counter here in Canukistan) and black tea compresses on board, so I know I’ll be okay, but in the meantime, while I wait for this infection to clear up, I’m in a lot of pretty gnarly pain.
Mouth pain is the worst, isn’t it? It’s like SO IN YOUR FACE! Argh!
And, as if that weren’t enough of a challenge, one of my kids is boomeranging back home. I know, I swore I’d never do this again, but the situation is dire, and there is no way in hell I am going to let one of my babes end up homeless. It’s temporary, a month at the most, and there’s a possibility that his partner will also be moving at some point during this transition period. This came to light the day after I set myself the challenge of doing this blog along. It’s like the Universe figured I needed it to be *harder* so it plunked a kid (or two) into my tiny apartment for the entirety of the challenge just to make it that much more *challenging*.
I’m laughing about it. Shaking my head a little. Determined to do it anyway.
So, here I am. This is now. Let’s begin.
Today’s Nudge: Start where you are. What’s going on with you? What’s on your heart/mind today, right now, at this moment. No back story necessary. No disclaimers. What’s up, buttercup? Spill it.
There’s a bunch of us blogging along in September. Find out more here, or pop your email address in the box below, and I’ll send you a nudge to blog every day along with a link to my daily writings.
Oh, hey! While I have you!
Book Of Days 2017 is going into its third session of the year starting *today*. You can have the entire year of content for $99. This is a wonderful way to make some time and space for *yourself* for once, because you’re worth it.
We start the month off with a PDF that includes prompts for every day in September, a listing of holy days, moon lore, musings, and bits and bobs that are designed to inspire your journaling (art or written!) practice.
You will also get a new mixed media art journaling video lesson every two weeks, and a face to face conversation with me on video every single Monday morning. This session runs through ’till December 1st. Click here for more information.