the unexpected poem for #SoCS and #OctPoWriMo Day 3


If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

For October 3rd, the OctPoWriMo prompt is “Showing Up” – coming to the page even when you might rather not, because life is being troublesome. As it happens, life recently threw our family an unexpected wrinkle, and, while things might be rather less than delightful right now, it appears that the outcome will perhaps unexpectedly bring benefits we were struggling to provide for ourselves.

I transformed this angst into a poem – because the written word is how I process the unexpected in life….which is where the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt comes in – “expect/unexpected”.

Anyway, it’s now officially Sunday, so I’m going to go ahead and finish this belated post (life held the unexpected on Saturday, and I’m running late…). Click the links to read more poems or stream-of-consciousness posts, or add your own! =)

the unexpected poem



life to move


its trajectory

measured mapped charted

but sometimes my life


throws in a




wanders off

                           in directions

of its own choosing

                                                                 leaving me to hold

                                      for dear life to the

high-strung lifeline that







Reflection and Growth: 2015 Writing Goals End of Round 3 Progress

My overarching theme for 2015 is Exploration.

I’m exploring various aspects of my life, learning and growing as I move toward and evaluate my goals…changed goals appear beneath existing ones, in bolded italics.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

My quarterly themes:

  • January-March: Re-Visioning
  • April -June: Expansion
  • July-September: Reflection
  • October-December: Gratitude


Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Draft novels in July and November. Otherwise, focus on revising/submitting, to end the year with twelve submissions.

  • July CampNaNo novel, Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft #2) in progress.
  • November novel, Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3) plotted and ready to draft.
  • Submitting stalled at one; revisions in progress…
  • Goal change: Complete revisions of “Peach Liqueur Love ”and “Slow Jazz Awakening”, and submit both, for a total of three submissions this year.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles series: Draft 3 novels in 2015.

  • 2/3 drafts completed: Transitions (KIC #1):58,730 words; Generations (KIC #2): 62,787 words.
  • 3/3 plotted and pending. (KIC #3: Sea Changes) will be my NaNo novel.

Complete rewatch of Star Trek: Enterprise, excepting finale; begin rewatch of The Original Series as part of the Star Trek Chronology Project.

Develop The IDIC Romance: Write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site.

  • 2015 Story-a-Day May Challenge; 31 stories; several stand-alone stories written, as well.
  • Additionally, I wrote over 30 stories in September.
  • Slow Jazz Awakening” moving through revisions; Suliban cell story percolating for Revision Pass #2 prep; 2/10 in progress; fan site selected.
  • Goal Change: Submit “Slow Jazz”. Consider plan for 2016 revisions and submissions; create rough outline.

Blogging from A-Z: Draft 26 alphabet -themed travel posts.

  • 26 travel posts, intro and reflections completed.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan, plot, and draft one novel in each series; as July CampNaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo projects.

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft #2): drafting in progress.
  • Goal Change: Rather than address another Warp volume this year, I’ll wait until I’ve further developed Niaan’s storyline, and a long-neglected timeline – projects slated for 2016 and beyond.


Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision using Rock Your Revision; reread/create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

  • Goal Change: This project will be back-burnered through 2015, but will be a  major focus in 2016.

The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”.

  • First revision pass made on the “Suliban cell” compilation story; percolating.
  • Detailed notes made forSlow Jazz Awakening” Revision Pass 2.5 prep.
  • 2/15 in progress.
  • Goal Change: Obviously, this was too much. Focus on “Slow Jazz” submission, and creating a plan for next steps.

Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process.

  • 1/5 complete.
  • 2/5 in progress.
  • Goal Change: Complete and submit “Peach Liqueur Love.”

2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

  • Nothing yet.
  • Goal Change: Research chapbooks; consider poems in that light.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits.

  • Doing well enough here to claim a win.

Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • I had been planning to delete this goal, but am now building queues again, so…
  • Goal Change: Build queues for WIPpet, #8sunday, C and C, and Mindful Monday posts. The goal is to have enough of each to cover NaNo, and to rebuild queues to pars of 3 in December.

Blogging Action Plan: Revise; and implement.

  • Pondering some big changes soon after the beginning of the year…stay tuned!

Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Not as much as I’d planned, due to computer fail. Need to remember that I can do this with my Kindle, too!

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • No. Some Pinterest. That’s it.
  • Goal Change: Delete this goal for the rest of 2015.

Share posts – mine, and others’: Share at least 15 items per week.

  • Not even close, when I get busy. I need a pla -…
  • Goal Change: Just share. No count, at least until computer issues are resolved.

Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

  • WP: 242
  • Total follows: 818
  • Views gradually and intermittently spiking; best day 149 views…
  • Goal Change: Continue offering interesting content and interacting; less focus on numbers.


Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen.

  • I’ve been pulled in more directions; some progress made in each.
  • Goal change: Make reorganization/maintenance/beautification/uncluttering part of daily life. Make master Oregon list and start working through it.

Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home.

Continue to inhabit and improve my study.

  • Progress/use happening; not exactly daily.
  • Goal Change: Continue evolving my study as my personal creative space. Make organization and decluttering regular practices.

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess.

  • Progress stalled on personal files due to computer failure.
  • Working through email.
  • Goal change: Resolve computer issues; clean and maintain email Inbox and Archives folders.

Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, on time. Streamline where possible.

  • Summer complete other than one minor issue to resolve with school district. Fall paperwork pending.

Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.

  • Plantings a success. Maintenance better. We missed the spring cleanup day for our town, but will either catch the fall one, or rent a roll-off container before winter.

Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Nothing new.
  • Goal Change: Delete, at least until computer issue is resolved.

ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.


Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • 5/22 read. 1/22 review complete; 1/22 drafted.
  • Goal Change: Read 3 new books for Round Four; write reviews for all read.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • More interaction; attended write-ins regularly.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.

  • I exceeded this; now meditating nearly every day.

TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile.

  • Goal Change; Delete goal – the books moved!

Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book.

  • Nothing.
  • Goal Change: Place on hold until 2016.

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Nothing new.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least thrice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • More than scheduled! <3

Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers.

  • I’ve lost track of the exact number of promo posts; I’ve done several. No new betas….
  • Goal Change: Do promotional posts as requested; complete queued beta readings.

Fitness and Nutrition:

One hour physical activity, measured with phone app, thrice weekly.

  • Not so much. Some, though.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly.

  • Some…mostly walks with daughter.

Practice: Resume t’ai chi classes, either/or at least twice/month.

  • Yes for t’ai chi.

Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized.

  • 34% complete; lots to chew on…not much new to report.

Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • 4/30. Nothing new.
  • Goal Change: Delete for now. Need more focus/ intention.

These goals are my guide for Kait Nolan’s ROW80, the writing challenge that knows I have a life!

Candlelight Commingled Kisses for OctPoWriMo Day 2

If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

For October 2nd, the prompt is imagery, using a favorite scene, muted. My poem’s subject is a first time – between T’Pol of Vulcan and Trip Tucker of Earth.

Why them? Well, I’m grateful for Enterprise, and this relationship that feels so true, and has given me endless material to dream and write about, and delight in…and this moment was beautifully written, acted, and presented.

Need more proof? Here’s the scene that inspired today’s poem.

Candlelight Commingled Kisses

After all the words parried and thrust

Candlelight on their dulled blades

All the words have vanished

Like smoke from the candles

Blended into the air

And the sound of our breath

Here in this womb of a room

Held in deep space

Quiet as breath

And the waiting heartbeats

And then leaning in

The instant of decision

Candlelight in dilated eyes

That hold nothing of doubt

But contain all that matters

In this life

The kiss a potent live thing

Known and alien

Binding and promising

Eyes the color of

Earth’s summer skies

When there are no clouds

Dazed and wide open

Not quite believing

Never so close as this

Closer than the next

Poised and whispered breath

A candle’s flickering uncertainty

Between what has been

And what will be

The leaning in and pulling away

Like the dancing of these small flames

Decision held in hazel eyes

Hands lifting in another dance

Silk robe slipping away

Unveiling proud curves for

Candlelight’s caress

Welcoming sky colored eyes

Wide and dazed

Pulled down the length

Of the revealed form

Then up, up, up

Back to soft

Welcome promise demand

An end to mystery

A beginning to knowing

Lips parted eyes holding

Wanting that erases

All control

All discipline

All logic

Except this

This breath

Warmed by candlelight

Witnessed by chaotic


Standard Disclaimer: I don’t own Trip, T’Pol, or Trek. I also don’t accept money for playing with them. It’s an act of passion, like the suddenness of T’Pol’s kisses. =)

If you’re interested, you can find links to my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction here!

Return tomorrow, for my next poetic thanksgiving….and, until then, maybe you could share what you’re grateful for today!

If poetry happens to be on your gratitude list, you can find more imagery-centric poems at the OctPoWriMo Day Two list, or visit the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

This video was my alternate selection, so I’m sharing it as well.

Full Moon Clouds for OctPoWriMo Day 1

If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

For October 1st, the prompt is “Clouds”. My poem’s subject is the nightly walks that my daughter and I take – specifically, the walk we took last week, just following the Super Blood Moon full lunar eclipse.

Full Moon Clouds

We step out the door,

My girl and I

for our nightly walk.

Full moon night

After an eclipse

And a skyful of clouds.

The silver moon

Glows like a nightlight

Seen behind frosted glass.

We walk and talk

My girl and I

Illuminating spirits.

We sit in the front yard.

In our camp chairs

And watch the clouds.

“They look like snow

When the wind’s blown it

Into little hills and valleys.”

“Or the surface of a brain

If you flattened it out

And it was white, not grey.”

It’s about more than clouds

This time that we share

More than full moons and walks.

It’s about connection

Little moments holding hands

And sharing secrets.

She’s growing up fast

This girl of eleven

Will soon be a woman.

She’ll live her life grown

On her own terms

With clouds we don’t share.

Our walks will be memories

These hand in hand times

Sharing secrets beneath cloud blankets.

What we’re weaving tonight

While clouds roll above

Is the fabric of her future self.

Return tomorrow, for my next poetic thanksgiving….and, until then, maybe you could share what you’re grateful for today!

If poetry happens to be on your gratitude list, you can find more cloudy poems at the OctPoWriMo Day One  list, or visit the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

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Reflecting on Round Three: ROW80

Do you ever stare into a mirror so long that you don’t recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply looked your life, your goals…your soul, to see what’s reflected there?

I wrote that way back at the beginning of Round Three, when I set forth my goals. Now we’re a few days past the end of the round, and it’s time to take account of where I am on those goals.

I didn’t finish everything, and some things, like revisions and reviews, didn’t move forward very much at all. But, since my laptop died at the end of August, and I’ve been using a very elderly substitute, and summer is a busy time for our family, I’m well satisfied. I tend to set forth more goals than I can complete in 80 days, because I like moving forward in diverse areas.

Some of what I didn’t get to will carry over to Round Four, and some will be set aside for now, or longer.

Do you set forth periodic goals for yourself? How do you approach them? How do you feel when you complete a goal? When you don’t? I’d love to know!


  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Created chronological list of all 31 stories; created files for each; corrected continuity errors. Also wrote new stories for Story a Day September.


  • Write1Sub1:  Complete “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits using Deep Revision, choose a market for “PLL”, and submit both. Choose final short story to revise in 2015. Revision and submission moving very, very slowly. 
  • Chameleon’s Dish; reread revised scenes and revision plan; complete revision of all plot and pinch points , using existing plan. 11/24 scenes left to reach this goal; Nothing done on this.  I’m not as interested in how long the revision takes, as in attention to the process. I expect to get faster and better with practice.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. Success!
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. I did well enough to claim this, despite a bit of lateness and laptop fail.
  • Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar. Several changes to sidebar; more planned. Nothing new since July.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously and variously as inspired! Did intermittently well with this – but I think a plan would help considerably.
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. Fizzled some when my laptop died, and browsing got a lot trickier.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Much better once the heat broke. Some major progress has been made here.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results when received; develop IHIPs for 2015-2016, and submit fourth quarter reports and Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel form once the quarter ends on July 31 (due September 15). Done – but the school superintendent had an issue with the Peer Review I will be addressing during the break.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Carried over from last round…no new progress.


  • Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 3, and write reviews for 5. Read 2; review for1. It’s progress.
  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete three critiques. Gradually making the checking-in part of my social media routine. Two critique projects queued and waiting…and waiting…and waiting….
  • Meditation: Practice meditation four times a week. Experiment with five new techniques. Doing well with practice, meditating daily. 5/5 new techniques in play (t’ai chi, tai chi walking, eating, silent companionship, and mandala).
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting. Nothing yet.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. A great big success – and I mean more than the goal. Time and connection are valuable commodities. =)


  • Make one hour of physical activity a part of every day; use phone app to track. I’m still erratic here; only getting an hour on days I go to t’ai chi or have some family activity planned. Remembering to use the phone app more frequently. Overall, I’ve been more active than at the beginning of the year.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. I attended class most weeks, although at-home has been a bit hit-or-miss. I’ve been reading and expanding.
  • Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering. Nothing new read. Pondering what I have read.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge!


“Vulcans Don’t Scowl”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Writers in many genres share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of their writing each Sunday. Participants encourage you to  read, critique, and comment on their #8sunday posts.

This week, installment #3 in my serialized flash fan fiction story, “Mission Accomplished”. We begin where “Wasting Time” ended.

Trip and T’Pol have a job to do…and other ideas on how to pass the time…and that’s proving to be quite a distraction for the human half of this duo…

Note: Rated PG-13 for language, suggested nudity, and, well, suggestiveness…Reader discretion is advised.

“Vulcans Don’t Scowl”

“Vulcans don’t scowl- “

“Bullshit. You’re wasting time.”

“These clues lack specificity, or corroborating evidence.”

Trip read it again. “It seems pretty cut and dried to me.”

She just stared at him over the rim of her mug, her scent saying things she didn’t need to put into words. The little stopwatch in the corner of the screen said that they’d been talking for three minutes and thirty-three seconds, already. Damn. By the smell of her, she could be naked now, and all over him, if the Cap’n hadn’t decided they needed these damned ‘team-building exercises’.

Is T’Pol scowling, or isn’t she?

Are the clues as cut and dried as Trip thinks?

How much time will they waste?

Will Trip get to play with a naked Vulcan tonight?

Will they ever complete this mission?

Come on back next week to find out!

Need to Reread?

I was a bit stymied by this prompt, at first. Mysteries aren’t my thing, really. But that ended up being in my favor, and I had a lot of fun figuring out how to deal with this the way Trip and T’Pol might, if they were feeling feisty…

One of the reasons I participate in challenges like Story A Day September is that they encourage me to think outside of my own head, and my own experience. Adding a personal challenge, like fitting all of these prompts into my fan fiction universe ups the ante.

More than that, it feeds my creativity and expands my perspectives for all of my writing, and on into the rest of life, too.

Of course, I also get to play with Trip and T’Pol! =D

And, now, the obligatory disclaimer:

Trip, T’Pol, and Trek: None of these are mine. No money pads my bank account; this is a labor of love.  Can I help it if these two unlikely lovers keep insisting I tell their stories? =)

Want more #8Sunday?

Warning: There’s a bit of rear view Vulcan nudity at about 2:40…but this might explain why they like to argue…..

The Miracle of “Making-Do”: Coffee and Conversation

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me. I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.

What do you do when your needs outstrip your circumstances?

“Making-do” was a point of pride in American culture during the Depression and World War II years. People scrimped and saved whatever bits and pieces they could, reusing and repurposing, bartering, repairing and applying that once-famous American ingenuity to make what they had do for what they needed.

Somewhere along the way, much of that spirit has been lost. Our current economy encourages disposing of the broken, upgrading the scuffed and not-quite-latest, and consuming the new and shiny, delivered straight to our doors, in two days, with free shipping,.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I like new and shiny – at least, for some things. My family’s Amazon Prime account pays for itself annually in just the shipping, and, since we live in a rural area ten miles from the nearest department stores, it also saves on gas and time spent in actual brick-and-mortar acquisition of needed or desired items (especially handy when my Accomplice was dealing with unexpected car repairs!).

But I also love items that come with stories. My wedding rings came from a pawn shop, my wedding dress from a consignment shop.  I later gave it away on Freecycle. I’ve never wanted a new car. My current chariot is a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon with over 278,000 miles – enough to drive to the moon, and be on the way home again!

Our house is filled with make-do items. My father’s childhood dresser holds bathroom supplies, and my grandparents’ hoosier cabinet serves as a work station in my study. There’s the repurposed – doors hung as shelves and turned into a worktable. My Accomplice built all of our beds.

He’s the executive chef at a small local restaurant known for its diverse array of artistic and from-scratch Southwest fusion dishes. It’s a quality menu, with daily specials…all created in the tiny kictchen of a building that used to be a pizzeria!

That he creates what he does in such a tiny space is nothing short of miraculous. I’m not exactly objective, where my beloved blue-bearded chef is concerned, but I’ve also worked with him, so I have a wider-than-wife perspective on his skill and resourcefulness..

It’s a way of being that extends beyond that kitchen to our home life. His ability to make do as a chef supports us, and his ability to make do as the family carpenter, mechanic, and general handyman makes that single income go a lot further than it otherwise might.

I’ve had a lot of recent practice in making-do. As regular readers here will know, I’m working these days from an elderly laptop which uses an operating system several generations older than that fresh, flexible new Windows 10 I was loving a few weeks back.

My Lenovo Yoga- the shiny new laptop of my dreams – is currently incapacitated, and we don’t have money in today’s budget to repair it. Not this week, not next, and not, likely, for at least a few more to come. With winter on the horizon, there’s heating fuel and firewood to purchase, taxes to be paid, and some other household things that need to be seen to first. The children keep growing, outgrowing clothes and growing into new interests..

Life happens, and, for my right now, this little old machine is my connection to you.

Sometimes, making do can rise to an art form…beauty created from entropy.

It wasn’t made for the uses I’m putting it to. It was intended to be a portable work station for construction sites, excavations, law enforcement – In its previous life, it was docked in a sherriff’s patrol car. It doesn’t have a battery (well, more accurately, the battery, such as it is, is Elsewhere), so, if it’s unplugged, it turns off immediately, taking anything unsaved with it. I’m more locked into working from one place than I was.

It’s meant to be a means to make an internet connection and do bookkeeping. It’s not intended as a writing machine; it can’t handle the volume and variety of projects I typically indulge in, and, as for the Internet – well, I’ve been known to run the Lenovo with over 20 open tabs; here, I’m pressing my luck with five, and six simply will not work.

Like my Accomplice cooking an extensive menu in a pizzeria kitchen, I’ve had to adapt my goals, my pacing, even the way I write and work.

It could be enough to defeat me – or, it can be an exercise in making-do, and experiencing the benefits of increased productivity and creativity. I can use my imagination to do as much as I’m able with this little machine, and I can practice acceptance of my current limitations, and shift some of my focus to areas of my life that aren’t computer dependent, and know that, once I’ve resolved the issues, and have access to modern computing again, I can move forward more efficiently, with some Other Things cleared off my project list. I’ve got more time to spend with my beloveds, building connections and memories in ways large and small..

That’s what I’m doing, as much as I can. Because I’d rather put my energy into making do with what I have than making a fuss about what I don’t right now. That doesn’t mean I’m not itching to get my shiny, capable, and just-right-for-me laptop back up and running. It just means that I’m making do and making progress, until the day comes, rather than putting everything in abeyance until the situation is ‘perfect’.

And, along the way, I’m growing, using my imagination, expanding my capabilities., paying attention ..little miracles born of this time of making-do.

Do you relish the challenge of making do, or dread it? Have you had to make do lately? What have you learned along the way?

I’ve got a fresh pot of coffee, and it’s a lovely early autumn evening….tell me all about it!