The sign says: “SEAWALL CLOSED – SEAWALL TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO TSUNAMI DAMAGE – REPAIRS TO FOLLOW SOON”
If I can face my tsunami phobia, I can face this summer!!!
It has been summer break for less than forty-eight hours, and nothing too terrible has happened yet, thank God. We got through Friday the 13th/the full moon in one piece. Although Lucy the puppy, in her playful way, bit Rilla on the lip with her razor-sharp teeth. Although it was a tiny wound, Rilla bled profusely and the poor girl screamed like a banshee; the decibel range she hit was extreme. I was folding laundry in another room. When I heard screams and tracked down Rilla, all I saw was bright red blood – it was on her clothes, hands, floor and of course her face. I was amazed at the amount of blood I saw given the minute size of her scratch. That’s how my Friday the 13th began: with plenty ‘o blood, which was fitting, I suppose!
After the excitement of Rilla’s scratch, it was just one of those “blah” days where nothing much happened. We went to buy ballet tights, got stuck in construction traffic, and the trip to the store took twice as long as usual. When finally arrived at the store, the staff measured Avonlea’s height so we could select the appropriate tights. At the register I was informed the store, which I had shopped at for over twenty years, no longer accepted checks. I considered their policy to be rather ridiculous, but instead of throwing a hissy fit as I was tempted to do, I sighed and put the item back. ( In case you’re wondering, I didn’t have enough money in my other bank account to use my debit card for the tights.)
I felt nervous during our excursion because we left twelve-week-old Lucy “Vampire” Puppy alone at home. I made sure she had plenty of water, food, and Pandora classical music playing softly in the background. I checked that the room was totally secure. When we came back home, she was fine, but I wish she could have joined us during our errand.
We hung out around the house the rest of the day. I forbade the girls to turn on the TV because we’ve all been watching it way too much. We played “School”, in which Avonlea was our teacher and instructed us in my least-favorite subject: math. Then I took a Facebook surfing break while they played “Chutes & Ladders” and chess.
Afterwards we walked Lucy on what I refer to as our “death street”. What could be a relaxing, enjoyable stroll with little Lucy is a scary risk when it comes to walking her on our road. We live in one of the absolute worst neighborhoods for dog walking. I was a desperate dumbshit during our search to buy this home. (A ripe topic for another post, I promise you.) Perhaps if I ‘d walk Lucy when I’m partially naked, that might get our unneighborly speeding drivers to slow the hell down for ten seconds when they pass us. On second thought, that idea could backfire – they might speed up instead, because seeing me without clothes would frighten them! 😉
As the evening came to a close, I completed a book that I’ve wanted to finish for some time: L.E. Henderson’s A Trail of Crumbs to Creative Freedom: One Author’s Journey Through Writer’s Block and Beyond. I discovered Trail of Crumbs while searching my Kindle for bipolar-themed books. I hit a goldmine when I found this book because I had also been searching for books about writing. In the sample I downloaded, Henderson reveals that she has bipolar disorder and in the book she explains its influence upon her writing career. In Trail of Crumbs, her third book, she vividly describes her experience with bipolar disorder interwoven with tried and true writing advice. Apart from buying her book, I located Henderson’s blog and Twitter account, signed up to follow both, and we’ve been in touch ever since. Henderson has been a wonderful source of encouragement and has inspired my writing process.
Henderson is a fantastic, imaginative fantasy novelist as well. She is creative and original when sharing a variety of techniques to spark one’s writing. Out of curiosity I read two Amazon reviews for Trail of Crumbs. One review made me feel wistful, for it was the review I wish I wrote for this book! Here it is, in part, by “Carrie” of Ohio: