This is also the last Saturday of the Slice of Life story challenge (see the information at the bottom of this post). I can't believe we're in the final stretch. Last year when I first did the SOLSC I don't think I came anywhere close to blogging all 31 days! Now here we are at the end and, though I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying this, this time I may actually manage to share a slice every day this month.
But there are still a few days to go before that happens. Instead I'd like to tell you about my week as we sit sipping our coffee. I've really been inspired by how Tammy structures her coffee share posts, so I am going to try and mimic that writing style today.
If we were having coffee, I would lead us outside to my patio with our mugs. I would mention how I just got a new order of coffee in from Grounds and Hounds that I hope we can both enjoy. We can hear the birds singing in the trees and a quiet lofi song plays from my laptop. It's cloudy and cool this morning, but pleasant if you have a warm beverage to enjoy. It's a little disappointing after the sunshine of most of the week, but at least it's not raining yet. There are likely to be storms later, but at least we're outside for now. There's a small window to enjoy temperatures like this in the southern US and I want to take every advantage I can to be outside.
If we were having coffee, I would point out my nearly empty bird feeder and the new hummingbird feeder I put out. According to what I've read the hummingbirds should be migrating through my state soon and I want to make sure I catch their attention this year. I just hope it doesn't draw ants or wasps instead. The other birds are happily partaking of the bird seed at least and I'll probably need to refill that soon. Unfortunately, it looks like they may have also attracted a cat to skulk around this morning. Her belly is low to the ground though and I'm starting to wonder if maybe she is a pregnant cat looking for a safe place to give birth. I really don't need a cat or her kittens -- my dog Cooper doesn't share attention easily.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you about the adventures I went on with my dog this week. It was our Spring Break and I forgot how nice it was to just take things slow and go out into nature. I took Cooper to several parks and gardens. I tried to get him to ride in a special dog-back pack I bought, but he was pretty stubborn about that and insisted on being on the ground. I think he enjoyed getting to smell and leave his mark on all the trees and bushes. While he did that, I would try and leave my mark on the pages of my notebook: sketching the plants and creeks and scenery in either drawing or words. It was pleasant and did wonders for my anxiety and stress, the opposite of having to brave certain crowded places in a mix of masked and non-masked individuals.
If we were having coffee, I would definitely share those pages of my notebook with you, as well as, some of the pictures I took of my time out and about yesterday with my friend Katie. We are both vaccinated and felt a little more comfortable eating outdoors at a restaurant in Hot Springs called Diablos Tacos & Mezcal. We ordered tacos and margarita flights to top off a day of shopping and garden walking. It was delightful, though I'll admit I probably drank a few two many margaritas. It was a nice treat for myself though and I don't regret the money spent at all.
If we were having coffee, I would sigh and say that unfortunately we are going back to school next week and that I'm not sure I'm ready for Spring Break to be over. It was relaxing and I have not yet prepared lessons for Monday. It's still break though and I need to focus on that, not the fact that I didn't grade anything over break. It really is hard to get out of the mindset that I should work during this time -- I shouldn't! I've also reached another snag in my novel writing because I've reached a part in the story that's new and not just revisions, so it's causing some frustrations for me to write. I know I just need to push through it, but it's not always easy to find the motivation to even open the document.
If we were having coffee, I would reach over and pet my dog's head for comfort. He's sleeping soundly, even snoring, likely still exhausted from yesterday's adventures. I would offer you a smile and invite you to share your celebrations and frustrations as well. No sense in me doing all of the talking.
I'll sip my coffee and wait for you. After all, it's not raining yet and the coffee is still warm.
This post is part of the 14th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.
#SOL21 and information around Slicing can be found on Two Writing Teachers.