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Magic summer evening where nothing is more immediate than the robin's-egg sky, the white clouds, the warm breeze and the multi-hued horizon where the sun is diving down through whitened blue into rainbow layers of light. A beetle busily crosses the path and a caterpillar moseys along a leaf. Peacock butterflies flit nearby as you head into the over-arching greenness of the snail trail tunnel. The lawnmower is singing in the backyard, scything down the purple and white clover sprinkled over the lawn, and once in awhile a pheasant ratchets a high note harmony.

Martin is on the phone with my mom. Karin already talked to her, after we serenaded her with the Swedish birthday song, and then raced out into the light-suffused evening hours to find a friend to play with before bath-time falls due. It's my mom's birthday: Happy Birthday Lizardmom! Here's to many, many MANY more. I love you :)

Verdict from the doctor's visit: nothing at all to worry about, though they did take a biopsy and I'll have the final results next week. So that started my day off right.

I feel like I've lost the writing touch. Everything that tumbles out feels trite and over-thought, as if I were thumped on the head and can only cough up generalities, mundanities, blabbity blah. Perhaps I need a creative writing class, assignments, a deadline or two. Even trying to write every day (more or less), doesn't seem to be doing the trick. I persevere.

Karin wants to clothes-shop online, so time's up here!
mood: cheerful
music: Coldplay—Strawberry Swing


Happy birthday to Lizardmom!

I did some online clothes-shopping yesterday. Spent nearly 1000 kr on "rea" :)

Even when you've lost your writing touch your writing is as wonderful as ever!


Karin and I hit the mall today and totally hit the sale jackpot!


Thank you for the birthday wishes- adds extra sparkles to my wonderful day! Lizardmom

You think this every now and then, but that doesn't stop us reading you or thinking otherwise. : )

I think it more than just every now and then, actually. I just get tired of myself :)

Nothing to worry about is great news!

Don't criticize your writing to me, at least you're putting something out there. I think the mere fact that you blog as frequently as you do means you produce more great entries than those of us who only do it now and again.

But since you mentioned it, have you thought about doing an online tutorial or are you on a site with people who write and critique each other? I don't do that at all but friends of mine who are writers love it. You're a social gal, I can see you being into that (when time permits of course).

Re: Nothing to worry about is great news!

Naaah, not for blogging. I was in a writer's group back in Chicago and it was really nice, but there hasn't been much in that line around here.

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

I know :) He said he could feel what I was feeling but thinks it's merely thickened tissue, but that's why the biopsy.

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

Yes, ma'am. *nods* :)

Yay for nothing to worry about! And yay for writing every day despite your self-criticism! And Happy Birthday Lizardmom!


Oh what fun to get birthday wishes from readers here- thank you! Lizardmom


Happy BDay Lizardmom!

Maybe you could write about adventures in online clothes shopping from Karin's perspective? That could be interesting.



Thank you very much- I had a wonderful day! Lizardmom

From Megsie

OH, THANK GOODNESS. I am so glad about the good report.

As for the writing funk...well, I don't know if you really wanted advice or not, so if you do here you go...Write poetry. Free verse. You already have the material in the beginning of this very post. Do a Sunday Scribbling. I always have a hard time with that, but some people are amazing. Read a good writing book (Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, look up Ralph Fletcher or Georgia Heard--Writing towards Home) That is where I get inspiration. If you don't want advice--disregard :)

So happy about your Doctor's appointment. A sigh of relief.

Just write, just write, just write. There isn't anything else.

uhmm . . .that first paragraph there? The one that transported me to a layering of summer delights? THAT is in touch with writing . . in my book!

Yea! on the verdict.

yay for the health news! did it hurt much taking the biopsy?

No, just a pinprick for a few seconds. It was a "thin" needle.

(Anonymous) fun to have so many extra wishes here! Hope Karin's finding new ideas for clothes! Maybe she'll spend all her cash so we won't be shopping for her Boston! I've been thinking that would be fun! Love, Lizardmom

Happy Belated Birthday to Lizardmom!

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