Friday, July 2, 2010


Headed to the lake for a week -- fireworks over the lake on the Fourth of July.

Cooking out.

Farm markets -- not at their peak yet, but the fruit will be wonderful, and so will the baked goods.


Thinking. Maybe writing.

Creating. Celebrating.

I've started making my "rules." Rules help give me structure, keep me on track. Since they are my rules, I can choose to defy them if need be, but at least I'm starting with something solid.

And, since I probably need accountability, I'm sharing them with you! We'll see how I do.

1) Do art every day — even if it's very small art — just a sketch or a drawing. And art is defined as fiber, painting/drawing or collage.

That should be easy enough. Maybe I should add photography to that. Although that's probably not fair. Well, OK -- if I consider not the snapshot type of photos, but photography I have to work at.

2) Walk at least two miles every day that isn't crappy. More would be better. That's really only twice around the block or back and forth to the public beach a few times. Or walking to the little store. Really. I should be able to do that. That's "low" expectations.

3) Complete at least two or three household chores I don't want to do. (Like clean the utility room or garage or a nasty closet or something. (This should go without saying, but who wants to, really...)

(Don't you just love how this picture has Rick working, not me!)

4) Read at least three books (or maybe finish at least two books and make good headway on a third.) (If I take "John Adams" with me, I may revise that. These are "normal" books. Of any kind or topic. It's not like I don't have a few to take with me!)

5) Take a field trip. Maybe more. Take pictures. Blog on it.

Meanwhile, Favored Cat will be able to watch squirrels, birds, and ducks to his heart's content!

Think I can do it? We'll see! Meanwhile, I will have a couple of preposts (more visits to the museum's collections) in case I can't get online and will do my best to keep current and visit you from the library once or twice if nothing else!

And there are book thoughts on Chopsticks and String -- Just up is a new Aimee Leduc mystery by Cara Black set in Paris' Marais district. Of course the post has Paris photos, because it's been a year, I'm homesick, and I just had to use them!

I need structure. Even if I choose to defy it.


Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Enjoy your holiday weekend at the lake!!

Vagabonde said...

Thank you for coming to my blog. I came to visit yours and had to do a double take when I saw your cat – he looks so much like one of our, Cody. I wrote a post on Cody a while back, please go and have a look when you have the time, you will see what I mean - I have to write a post now but will come back. Have a great time at the lake – it sounds wonderful.

Linda said...

Great post and great pics! Happy 4th!!!

Joanne Huffman said...

Sounds like great plans for a wonderful vacation week - have to tell you, I think photos count as art. Enjoy!

anno said...

Lovely ambitions, but who could blame you if you spent the week sipping a glass of wine, reading books, and looking at that beautiful lake. Rules are like mattress springs: sometimes they're there for support, and sometimes they're a springboard to a different kind of adventure. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

This is a great plan, the list you made. Hope you don't mind; I may try copying it this afternoon as I sit out here enjoying the gorgeous day. (I did housework this morning, I really did!)

And love the do-ability of your list, too.
And the pictures.
Your picture stories are a fave of mine.
enjoy being on vacay - i believe it's a forgotten art.

Now going in search of music and a cool drink...and sunglasses! enjoy, my friend, and hellos to all!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Lovely post Jeanie!
Hope you getaway is everything your heart desires!
Enjoy * Enjoy!

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Karen Owen said...

The photos make me want to come up there too! I really like the photo of the radishes, but all are great. As for your rules, follow them when you feel like it, and don't when you don't! Rules are made to be broken, right? Have a wonderful and relaxing week at the lake!

Lulu said...

Sounds and looks fantastic. Enjoy your vacation!

Take Care,

Sugar Bear said...

Hope you have a fabulous vacation Jeanie!

Wrightboysmum said...

I think rule three is defintely crying out to be broken but they are pretty good. Chores make you appreciate the good stuff as well I suppose lol. Glad to see museum visits and blogging are there as I love the photos.

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