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I have to brag because this weekend I worked in the yard for the first time in three years!

iris2015 Seriously, it’s been that long since I’ve been strong enough to climb our mostly weed covered slopes. Maintaining a traditional yard in Colorado is a serious labor of love. Our high desert climate makes green carpets almost more work than they are worth. Yesterday, I applied fertilizer and weed killer to our long-suffering grass, trimmed unruly trees, and photographed first flowers of the season. After three years of mowing-only by my overworked husband, the yard, like myself, is a bit worse for wear. But, good news…landscapers will be here in early May to give the yard a modest zeriscape do-over.

Too bad people can’t get a do-over, a la Avatar. I’d love to have my decorative rock replaced, my mulch refreshed, and my stumps removed!

Also, this weekend I’ve had a lot of time to think about my writing. If I wrote as much as I thought and worried about writing, I’d have three or four novels completed. Since many of the physical problems I’ve endured are receding *cheers loudly at top of lungs*, it’s time to start pounding the keyboard again. I’m starting with blogging. I STILL love it. lilac-pen-orange-writing-thThe precise word count and the perfect positioning of art makes me feel as if I’m having high tea with a thesaurus. Four hundred words or less is always a pleasure.

Even though my blog’s been silent I’ve noticed every few weeks someone new follows me. The latest is ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com. Jay is my first follower from Japan, and his lovely blog inspired me. Thanks, Jay.

So, I’m still here…having survived health problems to numerous to mention along with many other challenges. To quote Robert Brault : “Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.”

Maybe corny, but it’s true.

Tell me what you’re doing, fellow dancers!

12 thoughts on “”

  1. I’m inspired by your recovery and word mastery. Yards are such a mixed bag, miracle blooms arrive with daunting weeds and spreading perennials. Carry on bravely.

  2. Oh my aching back. I haven’t done any garden work in over six years because I don’t have to anymore. Welcome back.
    I’m still plodding along in the blogosphere. I have to keep pushing away from the keyboard to work on other projects but I don’t push away often enough. 😦

  3. It’s so great to see that you’re doing well and poking around the blogosphere again!

    As for me, I’ve been pulled away from my lovely blog by something cool and HUGE and super creative, and (for now) secret. Unfortunately, I’m so consumed with it that I have no time left for my novel writing– which is sad, but it is really exciting for me to be creative in all kinds of new ways. 😀
    I’m hoping to reveal it soon, or at least get back on A Scenic Route once in a while!

    In the meantime, I hope to hear more about your progress. 🙂

  4. It is strange the liking thing, I get the same if I leave my blog for longer than usual between posts, it’s a strange phenomenon and does encourage me to be lazy in order to get new followers. I’m glad that you are getting better and coming back to blogging more, it is an art form which demands the agonies of perfection and it’s agonies best shared with other writers and bloggers.

    1. Thanks, Ste J. Getting better takes work and I’ve directed most of my energy into that, leaving creativity in the dust. Perhapes blogs will edge me back into fiction writing. Time will tell:)

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