2017 – Year in Review











For the last day of 2017, I decided to look at my yearly stats. This past year my blog views went down from 2016. The reason why, I simply have not posted as often. I noticed in March I wrote about Shawn’s 45th birthday. Wow that feels like it was more than a year ago. Still one of my favorite photos of Shawn and me; I can’t believe the canvas print has been on my wall for such a short time. Then at the end of March I started an honest to goodness job (you know something with more reliable pay than writing). Despite working in April, I finished another year of NaPoWriMo – go me!

Of course after that my posts really became sluggish, not sure where my muse went off to this year. It was a little disappointing Silver Birch Press went on hiatus and then decided to close. Melanie always came up with refreshing prompts. I did not write for all of them, but I enjoyed reading everyone’s work and recognizing names of poets who became regular contributors like me.

At the end of May, my job wrapped up and Gretchen began a new adventure, taking courses at the community college. Rachael finished her first year at ASU, working hard to maintain her 4.0 GPA. The hard work seems to be paying off as the honor society invites have rolled in this past semester. Then in July I flew up to Buffalo and then my family (Dad and three sisters) traveled to Germany. I learned about the elevenie (German elfchen) during NaPoWriMo this year and put it to good use when I got back from Germany. You know me, I like short pieces. Pecking on the keyboard with one hand, short and sweet is much easier.

And that pretty much brings us to today as my blog lacked many posts in September, October or November. At the midpoint of December I blogged about my November; I had a nice birthday dinner at the Wigwam Resort. Then we had a quiet Thanksgiving and Rachael finished her fall semester by the first week of the month. An early end means an early start, school resumes for both girls on January 8th and the routine begins over again in 2018. I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year. And to friends and family back East – stay warm.

Contemplate finish
Keep thrill alive; transition
See new beginning

Poetry at Work Day

Scrub to shine sublime
Poet pursues perfection
Water winds down drain

Poet's day job

Poet’s day job

Sit inside the box
When I grow up, I want to…
Think outside the box

Future high school freshman

Future high school freshman

Welcome to 2015! I have not been writing much. The girls had two weeks off for winter break. I used it as an excuse to not write. I also wanted to finish reading On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay. I got the book back in November, but then had little time to read. The girls started back to school last week, but having them home was also a good excuse not to do housework. I had to catch up on this as well.

Yesterday I was cleaning the girls’ bathroom and heard a strange noise down the hallway. I went to investigate, thinking I would find a cat up to no good. Didn’t find anything. Followed the noise down to my bathroom and realized it was coming from the sink. Air was being sucked down the drain. I stood there for a minute or so wondering what caused this phenomenon, but it was making me uneasy. I went back to finish cleaning the other bathroom and noticed the water completely drained out of the toilet?!

Then last night was Frosh Night (future freshmen night) at the high school. We attended it with our future freshman. When we got home, Shawn was looking at old pictures and he brought out the one of our baby. This was taken the first day of pre-school (4 yr old) for her older sister. Arizona is a school of choice state. Open enrollment means a student can pick the school she wants to attend. District lines don’t mean anything except the school has to make room for the students in their district first and there may be a wait list if a student choses to go out of her district. We’ll see what Gretchen decides; though getting her to another school will be difficult since I don’t drive.

Where will she wind up
Open enrollment creates
High school dilemma

Well I am off to work and write more poetry for #poetryatworkday. Thus far the two here are from the #haikuchallenge word today, wind. The third was poetic license with yesterday’s word, side.

Poetry at Work Day

Tweetspeak Poetry is hosting their second annual poetry at work day January, 14.

My last post was a rondelet about resolution. I don’t make New Year Resolutions, but I do have writing goals. This year I would like to compile my poetry into a chapbook manuscript. Today I wrote a senryu about my job:

Lounging in bed
Rhyme, meter and verse coalesce
Poet hard at work

Maybe I should take Tuesday to stop lounging and get to work.