Monday, February 26, 2024

Staycation Day 8

Can you guess what I'm doing today?  If you guessed pickleball with the Mrs., you guessed right.  If you guessed another extended writing session, you also guessed right.  Before we head to the pickleball courts this morning, I have one contribution to make to our household – cleaning the inside and outside of our bedroom window.  Sadly, I've been looking out my home/office window every morning at sunrise through a dirty window I was too lazy to wipe clean.  That all changed yesterday when I declared, "Enough!"  Even though it was a bit chilly, I unhinged the window and treated both sides with pure vinegar before putting everything back together.  I really can't believe the difference it makes.  I wrote an entire manuscript with filthy windows.  What other things have I overlooked during my confinement to my home/office?  Perhaps my wife will forgive me for being mostly MIA these last few months.  Maybe I've overplayed the rules of pickleball where it's widely known that if you want to win you must stay out of the kitchen.  There's no mention of all other household chores that I have been mostly ignoring during my writing spree.

I finally cracked the writing code.  It sure took long enough.  2,500 love letters. A memoir.  A novel.  5,200 blog messages as of yesterday.  And two very stubborn writing projects that are more complicated to extract out of my head than the gopher from Caddyshack who became a squatter on Bill Murray's golf course.  The average writer would have given up long ago.  The superior writer would be sipping cocktails in the Bahamas enjoying retirement.  The remedial writer like me simply puts his head down, ignores dirty windows, and just keeps plucking unaware of the world around him.  The key to cracking the code?  In my opinion, cracking the writing code means you write from the heart and you don't aim for perfection.  In fact, it's the imperfections that make your stories unique.  The flaws, like my dirty windows, are simply a part of who you are.  Stay tuned.  By the way, sunrise looked amazing from my home/office window this morning.  Have a great day.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Staycation Day 7

 It's time to rest today.  Maybe you're asking, "Isn't that what vacations are for?"  I prefer to be active.  It's in my blood.  If the Creator of the universe says the 7th day is reserved as a day of rest, who am I to go against that?

I hope writing counts as "resting" in God's eyes, because I'm going to sit down for an extended writing session after my wife and I visit our house of worship this morning.  For me, writing is like playing in a sandbox.  I will probably be building sand castles right up to the last minute before I say, "It's finished."  

Please keep my mom's older brother in your prayers.  While you're at it, please pray for his wife, a former Iowan, and his eight adult children, their children, and their children's children.  It's not easy to see a loved one struggle.  This will be in my heart when I attend our morning services.  God bless my uncle Victor and his family.  Have a great day

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Staycation Day 6

 Tennis Drills begin at 8am followed by two hours of doubles with my teammates.  It's day 6 of my staycation.  Besides daily exercise and writing, something else has been going on in my community – a grass roots transformation in the Pickleball world.  I've been hesitant to write about this as there will be teammates in the tennis world who may feel like I'm betraying them because I'm splitting my time between both sports.  Some may even challenge the idea that Pickleball is a sport.  

This transformation I'm referencing is not only happening in our family, we are witnessing the birth of a whole new lifestyle.  Never before have I seen a community rally like they are now.  Not only are these folks showing up daily to play Pickleball, they are gathering monthly off the courts to get to know each other.  My wife and I are doing something together that is deepening our relationship.  It doesn't even feel like we are exercising.  

I will share more about this later.  For now, it's time to get on the tennis courts and then get in front of my laptop for a serious writing session.  The finish line is on the horizon.  Stay tuned.  Have a great day.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Staycation Day 5

 Wow!  Five days in a row of Pickleball and some tennis mixed along with some heavy writing sessions seems to be an ideal way to stay balanced.  This happens to be my very first staycation.  As much as I love to travel, the only way I'm going to get my priorities done is to focus on the tasks necessary to cross the finish line.  I'm super thankful my wife and I found an activity we can do together.  Pickleball opens the door to meeting new people while having fun doing something that actually helps with physical fitness.  Life is good.  Have a great day.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Staycation Day 4

 Morning Pickleball.  Extended writing.  Quality time with the wife.  Looks like a repeat of all my other days on staycation at home.  I will also be praying for my mom's older brother who has been in a medically induced coma for three days.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Staycation Day 3

Morning Pickleball.  Extended writing.  Evening tennis.  Quality time with the wife.  That's what day 3 of my staycation is all about.  Have a great day. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Staycation Day 2

 Priorities.  They are well-defined and they have specific time targets.  This staycation, my first ever, is going rather well.  I will share more later.  Stay tuned.  Have a great day.