Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Insomnia and New Career


I am now paying for the siesta I took this afternoon; it is almost 3:00 a.m. and I am writing instead of sleeping. Steve and two of the four cats are sprawled out on the bed. Perhaps a king-size bed is not out of the question. The weather is slightly chilly, so I am donning Hello Kitty pajamas and curled up on the couch with a favorite grey blanket.

Oscar is taking advantage of the fact that I am in the living room; he stared at me with those gorgeous orange eyes and begged to be let out on the porch. So, I caved. He is now camped out on top of the cat condo, and probably will not move until dawn. Lucky cat; sleep still eludes me. Hopefully some almond milk will help. I now stand corrected: the two youngest cats are running back and forth and playing out on the porch.

Well, you may already know this, but if you don't, here goes: I GOT THE JOB!!! :) I received the telephone call last Thursday. On the week of July 4, I will be starting my new gig as the Teen Services Librarian at Middlebury Community Public Library. I am looking forward to it, although it is odd not to be going back to an adjunct teaching gig--at least, for now. When I learn my new position, I may be able to teach online or a blended course if the schedule allows it.

Returning to a full-time position at one location after six years of piecing together jobs will be good. Librarianship is going to be fun again, and I am going to (again) pour my heart into it. Having a steady job will allow me the freedom to pursue writing and other creative endeavors without the worry of finances. So, I didn't get a coveted full-time teaching job. That's okay--I think I'm meant to be back in the 'bary where I can use my degree, and the overwhelmingly positive responses on my Facebook account confirms it.

Okay, my eyelids are starting to droop, so I am going to sign off. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 21 & June 22, 2016


Malbec and insect repellent do not taste good together. ;) I need more practice using bug repellent. (Note to self: keep mouth closed when spraying.) I spent about a half hour outside in the garden tonight and about a half an hour this afternoon. There’s something grounding about photographing perennials and strolling through the yard in my bare feet, especially since there’s been a lot going on personally and professionally. Thank goodness jury duty was cancelled today; the thought of being sequestered in the middle of uncertainty absolutely terrifies me. This is the second time in three months that I have been summoned, and then the trial is cancelled.

I had a job interview last Friday for a full-time position, and I am waiting to hear back sometime this week. The part-time adjunct teaching gigs have fallen through this summer due to low enrollment and college closings. I was not expecting this setback this spring and summer, but I am doing my best to roll with it. It’s not worth my health not to—during a wellness checkup last month my blood pressure was high for the first time—perhaps because the medical assistant repeatedly gouged my cold, clammy middle finger in the attempt to extract blood.

Anyhow, I am cuddling with Steve and the kitties, playing music, taking photographs of animals and flowers, working out several times a week, and writing poetry. I am also doing my best to reach out to family and friends and not to retreat from the world, even though that is what my introverted self really wants to do.







Saturday, June 04, 2016

Poetry Garden

Happy June! It's been a little soggy the last couple of days. That is good for the yard. I meant to post earlier, but life happens. So, here's the blog. Enjoy!

On a whim, since I've been writing so many poems recently, I decided to add that component to our garden. So, I decided to paint the flower box and the birdhouse purple. Perhaps I am paying homage to Prince. I was drawn to the dark, lovely shade of purple. Before my anxiety (and perhaps some common sense) grabbed a hold of me, I worked through it and took a chance. It's only paint, right? The end result was pretty good. The only change I made (thanks to Steve) was that I painted the words with white paint instead of black. (The black paint did not show up well and the scribble looked ominous.) Doing something creative in the yard has inspired me to do the other mundane stuff, like cleaning and pulling weeds.

Bushes,flowers,fruits,plants,trees,vegetables,and words work well together, probably because greenery appeals to the senses. Gardening and writing is a popular combination. The writers Wendell Berry, Robert Frost, Gwen Frostic, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman are only a few I can think of that combined their love of farming and of nature with poetry or prose. (There are so many more that I need to discover! Please share with me your favorites!)


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