Spring Forward

I’m currently sitting on my back porch. The sun is out, the sky is as clear as it could possibly be, the temperature is just barely 70, and it’s so so so quiet.

I try to sit outside as often as possible spring through autumn. In the middle of summer that amounts to a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evenings because once the sun is up, it’s like hell here in the South.

The trees are turning green, a few things are starting to bloom, and the mountains are calling in the distance. Although, the mountains are always calling.

My cats love the porch, too. They often lay on their sides so the sun can warm their bellies.

This is my favorite part of the house. This screened in porch off the dining room. I think often about laying blankets on the floor and sleeping out here. I’ve been known to lay my head back in the chair and close my eyes only to find myself waking up thirty minutes later.

These are the days I long for and look forward to. The days I can settle on the porch with a cold brew coffee or an iced latte, a magazine or book or my laptop.

I am grateful for this, for what I have right here. I have big dreams and big goals that may at some point take me away from here, but for now, I am so grateful for calm, sunny, quiet days on the porch.

Lissa

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Still Here…

It’s a new year and I’m still hangin’ around.

Do you ever wonder when I’m going to give up the ghost and let it all go? If you haven’t wondered, I’ll be honest and say that I have. I have wondered a lot and have been close many times. And yet…

I’m either a glutton for punishment or… I… I’m just a sucker for pain (Thank you Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, X Ambassadors, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Wayne). Maybe I’m just tenacious and don’t know when to quit, even if it seems that I’ve done exactly that.

I’ve let everyone down from readers to editors to publishers to friends, but let’s be honest here… The one I’ve let down the most, the one who has suffered the most is me. It’s not the fault of anyone, but me. No matter how much I’d rather it be on someone else, it’s not. It can’t be. I’m the only one in charge of this train wreck.

And I still have stories to tell. I still have books to write. I still have things I want to say. So, for the time being, whether it’s a year or two or more, I’ll be here writing, publishing, reinventing myself, growing, changing.

Just thought I’d let you know…

Happy Wondrous 2018

I started to add some text to the image above, but it’s too beautiful to touch. It’s bright and it’s crisp and it’s new and it’s open. It’s open to all the wonders we can imagine.

Happy 2018, Y’all!

It’s bitterly cold here in the south and while I don’t usually mind cold, we southerners aren’t built for this kind of cold. We have thin blood. We can handle heat and humidity better than most. But this cold stuff? 11 degrees? Nope.

As I write this, though, it’s cloudy and I have two cats in the office with me. Two more out on the couch. One upstairs. And one in a cat tree in my old office. What I don’t have with me is a cup of coffee which will be rectified momentarily.

There is no purpose to this message other than a HELLO! And a wish for you, whoever you are, to have a wondrous 2018.

And you know what? I believe that will be my word for the year… Wondrous! Do you have a word for the year?

In the coming weeks, I’ll fill y’all in on my ideas for the coming months, but for now, let’s all just stay warm and cozy up with a good book.

~lissa

Hurricane Irma

If you are anywhere in Irma’s path, you’re in my thoughts. I hope you are safe, or safe as you can be if you stayed.

My family stayed. My brother and his family are in the Tampa area. My mom and grandmother are in central Florida between Ocala and the Gulf of Mexico. The spouse has family in the Jacksonville area.

Irma is serious and seemingly pissed off at something and my stomach is in knots with worry for not only my family, but for friends who have decided to ride out the storm.

I lived in Florida for 37 of my 46 years and though I’ve been through storms before, even I would have left.

Take care and hopefully we’ll see all on the other side of this.

~lissa

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