Earth To Andrea

There’s a flurry of activity ~ lots going on and lots to ponder for these first couple of weeks into the new year. This used to be such a blessedly slow, take-a-breather and recoup season – wonderful for mindful writing and taking my delicious time to do so. Forget about it. Now it’s all I can do to keep up and if this is any indication of the pace I’m on for 2017 – then I just may have to “drop out” for awhile. (Remember that saying?). There are only so many leeks I can chop to use as a medatative tool in order to ground myself. Oh well, no one to blame or applaud but myself. We constantly make choices despite how trite they may seem at the time only to realize the full consequences in a somewhat startling manner later on. Just called Life.


almost the Year of The Fire Rooster
I book two extra nights
for a fall holiday



January 31…

Last day of January and mindful writing 2015. I leave with a ditzy ditty:


Slippery Soap


I scrum I yawn

lose control

oh no there it goes

on a forward reach

past my toes.



’round the tub

scud the rim

a few seconds later

those verbs-of-sin.


Having some fun

life on its own

a bar of soap

sails right past into

that slippery zone.


See you tomorrow for the first of NaHaiWriMo – National Haiku Writing Month.


ag ~ 2015




January 28…

I have to try to remember (in the actual moment) that the more you do – the more opportunity for making mistakes. Today I made soup and had to add store-bought stock when I realized I did not have enough of my own. I was thrilled to be using some that I save for occasions like this that had not run way (key word here) past its expiration date. Of course, I did not read the highlighted notice Easy Open Cap – No Pull Tab before opening. When I twisted off the top, I saw that the seal was broken and immediately deduced that someone was either trying to poison me, or that I already opened it and forgot to refrigerate it. Okay, either way I decided to pour it out and get another one – only thing now was that I did not have another chicken stock and had to use vegetable stock. Once again after twisting off the top – I saw that the seal was broken. This was my AHA! moment – when I realized that the words Easy Open Cap – No Pull Tab was actually related to my process, and that the twist itself broke the seal. Duh and not! Are we (read that AM I?) really supposed to know this stuff when “Package Opening 101” changes every ten minutes, or can I be excused once in a while? I feel bad that I wasted a carton of good stock, but I’m also happy to recognize that “Package Opening for Baby Boomers” will rank up there on the best-selling Dummies book-list  along with “Learn-the-Computer,” “Cell Phone Dos and Don’ts” and “How-To-Work-the-Dashboard-On-Your-New-Car.”

blizzard soup – the misnomer of easy off lost in the pot


ag ~ 2015 



January 26…

Hang in there. Fall in love. Saw this on my Tumblr feed which I rarely check anymore but thought it curious. There’s a blizzard raging here on the east coast, and while I agree with the “hang in there” advice, I got a little lost with the “fall in love” part. Then I remembered that it’s about falling in love with wonder. Here now, it’s the wonder of nature despite any inconvenience. The silence and beauty of snow falling never fails to inspire me, and I hope I never outgrow this sense of innocence and playfulness. Silliness too – as I am well stocked up on the usual storm non-essentials – popcorn, wine, peanut-butter cookies…

blizzard baking at midnight begins a sense of awe


ag ~ 2015

January 25…

Blizzard!!! I admit it – I succumbed. Went out into the crowd and bought supplies to make soup and cookies. Dunno if I’m really gonna do it – my heart is in the right place, but my head and feet yell out – you need a rest – not another project. We’ll see. Tonight (Sunday) I am going to watch an old movie with Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery and imagine myself wearing a long slinky gown, tossing my head into his gaze…

dog snores interrupt the steamy screen romance ’til I toss a bone her way


ag ~ 2015