Kay’s Journal: Mid-Summer Snippets

Here’s what I’m writing about in my journal this week!

JV icon K JournalFirst. It’s mid-summer and my flowers are crisping  up. I’m having lots of friends over for wine and tapas on the patio.  I’m reading Megyn Kelly’s and Al Franken’s memoirs and binge-watching The Americans. 

Second. Seems like this day comes earlier every year, but yesterday the “79-cent therapist” of my youth became my “19-cent therapist” for all of 2018! School supplies are on sale in the grocery store. What can I say? I’m in bliss after my annual stock-up on simple (but never simplistic) spiral notebooks.

Bliss is 15 new journals for $2.85

Bliss is 15 new journals for $2.85

Third. I’ve been trying to wrangle a learning curve so that I can put the online version of the Journal to the Self workshop and my continuing education classes for therapists on a stable, well-functioning platform.  I did extensive research on the top 8 or 10 systems and made an informed choice. Many frustrated hours into it, I still felt inept. I moved to my second choice and within 15 minutes I was competent. Moral (in my dad’s voice): If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Fourth.  A few months ago I joined a newly forming writing critique group and dug out my half-finished novel, Sausalito, which ran out of plot about 12 years ago. After some drops-and-adds I think we’ve arrived at a really great combination of seven writers with completely different styles and projects. Like my pottery class, I probably wouldn’t have met any of these people (except for my hairdresser, who started the group) if we hadn’t come together in this form. As a bonus, I’m actually making progress on my novel!

Shark attack!

Shark attack!

Fifth. My grand-nephew, Jace, who started life 21 months ago at just under two pounds, is now a robust chunk of boy who runs, climbs and eats anything in sight. What a miracle! He loves my sister’s family dog, so my niece floated the idea of a dog to her husband. He vetoed it. “I played the micro-preemie card and everything,” she said.

That’s it for me! Your turn! Write a Snippet about what you’re doing at midsummer and post it in the Comments.

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4 Responses to Kay’s Journal: Mid-Summer Snippets

  1. Katherine Cox Stevenson July 20, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Always such a pleasure Kay to read your journal. I am especially interested to learn more about your online new creations. Congratulations with that!

    I am loving summer as this is the first one since I was 15 I don’t have to work or be a care-giver. I have a huge garden and love growing lots of my own food and flowers. Gardening is both nurturing and mediating for me especially when accompanied by my chickens. I spend long afternoons writing in my journal at the beach.

    I am drafting plans for finally get a website going. September will be the focus for that. For now, summer bliss.

    • Kay Adams August 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

      Katherine, the first summer since you were 15! Wow! It sounds idyllic–garden, veggies, flowers, chickens, journal, beach–only yourself to care for–sounds like you’re coming to the other side of a long and difficult transition. That makes my heart happy!

  2. Lizabeth Smith July 21, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    Unbelievable that tiny Jace is now that husky upright little boy! Ah,the power of prayer and love.Thanks for the picture. His “aunties” who hung on all news about his birth and early days from our gathering in Scotland have broad smiles.

    Even in the Blue Ridge, it’s HOT! Gardening is on
    temporary hold until heat
    warnings desist. More time to write…

    • Kay Adams August 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Yes, I give silent thanks every single time I see him or a picture of him for the strong “auntie” group in Scotland who prayed that fierce beam of light and life to him when his diaper was the size of a Post-It note. Hope the heat has broken and your garden is unwilted by now.

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