Monday, April 27, 2009

My parents' 60th wedding anniversary

My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary a little over a month ago, on March 20th. That's quite an achievement I think, and I'm very proud of them. They've stuck it out through good times and bad--but mostly good, as far as I know!

I see their long-standing relationship as a good role model for me, and I hope to follow in their footsteps. My husband Mark and I still have a way to go to hit the 60 year mark, but already we're more than halfway there.

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
--Mignon McLaughlin
(alas, I have no idea who this person is, but I assume he's not a steak)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Fever

My husband and I just got back from four days in the Palm Springs area, visiting my husband's brother and my sister-in-law. It was nice to get out of the rain and cold in Seattle, though today it's supposed to be mid-sixties, and tomorrow may even reach into the seventies. Roll on, spring! Whenever the weather turns nice for a couple of days, it's easy to be lulled into thinking it will continue that way. But this year, I resolve not to be fooled! I will take advantage of those sunny April/May days and get outside to enjoy them before the showers start in again.

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" ~Mark Twain

Monday, April 6, 2009

Making Lemonade

Today I'm making lemonade. No, not the kind you drink--the kind you make when life throws you a few lemons. I put my back out yesterday (the lemons), so I'm pretty much confined to the living room couch right now with an ice pack and ibubrofen--and my laptop. Here's my recipe for today's lemonade:

Take 1 day off. (Repeat as necessary.)
Add 2 parts sunshine. (It's a beautiful spring day and I CAN sit outside for short periods of time.)
Mix in a half-dozen overdue responses to emails and a Facebook message or two.
Sprinkle in some time to read, and journal, and blog.

Stir slowly. Enjoy!

Lemonade Days have taught me to slow down, and to appreciate the good things and people in my life even more. (Thanks for the sympathy phone call, Leslie, and for the on-line good wishes from Helen and Paula and others. Thanks to my husband Mark for fetching and carrying, and putting up with the occassional self-pitying whine.)

Lemonade Days have also taught me that adjusting my plans is not really as difficult as I might imagine. I had to miss my regular writing group meeting today, but one missed meeting is not a tragedy. The speech I was supposed to give to a UW children's writing class tomorrow can be postponed until May, thanks to instructor Brenda Guiberson's flexibility. I was looking forward to going to the SCBWI-Washington meeting Wednesday night. Besides wanting to hear the presentations, I had planned to meet up with my name-double, author Suzanne Morgan Williams, who will be visiting from Reno, Nevada. I'll have to give that a miss too, but I was still able to order her new novel, Bull Rider, so she can sign a copy for me at the meeting. Exercising at the gym and walking my dog will also have to wait.

But I plan to enjoy my Lemonade Day (or days). And before long I know I'll be back on my feet again--literally and figuratively. I wish you all the best on your Lemonade Days too!