How can it already be the last day of September? It was a whirlwind month. Though, aren’t they all?
September was . . .
– reading three really good books: Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, and The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection, by Michael Harris (NB: I finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman, immediately before September and it was a really touching read—as in ugly cry—so I’m including it here too)
– my daughter starting first grade and turning seven in the same week
– me now starting to ask my daughter for her permission before posting photos of her (and having a stricter set of guidelines of what I think is fair game now that she’s seven)
– the start of cold season around our house (boy, that was quick!)
– starting a new habit of commemorating a few lines of gratitude each week
– biting my tongue many, many times . . . and realizing that I am having an increasingly harder time convincing myself that “preserving the peace” is a noble endeavor, especially if it means my daughter hearing or seeing things that I no longer want her to
– realizing the value of taking a bona fide break from Facebook (and to a lesser degree, other social media) and making usage tweaks going forward
– submitting essays to four new places (one of which has already been accepted for publication…stay tuned!)
– waffling on which direction to go with a particular writing topic (that I’ve not covered anywhere publicly) and realizing I need an “idea-bouncer-offer” (any takers??)
– no rain but many, many great sunsets
– for the first time in seven birthday parties, a not so agreeable forecast of thunderstorms and 90 degree weather on the day of M’s outdoor party, leading to a partial cancellation/rain date…and yet it was still wonderful all the same
– capturing “September light” on Instagram (@littlelodestar)—I may do it again this month…something about this slanted light that moves me
– hearing the words, “she has a cavity” for the first time…oof!
– discovering I can no longer easily pick up my now 50+ pound daughter
– starting the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker (I’m reading it to M)
– speaking of ginger . . . this month’s go to cocktail: Moscow Mule
– having a few much needed and long overdue telephone conversations, some harder than others
– the realization that I did not grow a single tomato (on purpose) for the first time since I started gardening . . . and that it was a HUGE mistake
– ordering garlic for the November planting and July 2015 picking (another way gardening keeps me tied to an awareness of time)
– flower girl dress shopping
– really hoping time slows down before prom dress shopping!
- becoming quick fans of some sites that I now frequent more regularly (or follow on Twitter)…here are just three of them:
www.bloom-site.com (featuring authors who published their first book when they were 40 or older)
www.featureshoot.com (featuring moving and visually stunning photography projects/photographers)
www.amandamagee.com (man, does she get you thinking, fist pumping, and/or teary eyed, both on her blog and Twitter)
– signing up for the October session of Writing Naturally series hosted by Corinne Noel Cunningham (can’t wait!)
– tweaking my usual “Things That Make Me Smile” type of post into this one, because it seemed more coherent (and because cavities don’t make me smile!); seeing Rudri’s post solidified my gut feeling on this format
– that this girl is now at what might possibly be my favorite age (so far!)
How was your September? Now let’s get excited about October, my second favorite month of the year!
Copyright (c) 2014 Kristen M. Ploetz