The weekend was a rather busy one for me, I worked on Saturday, and soon after I got home from work my ex dropped off my three youngest kids so they could spend the rest of the weekend with me. We didn’t do very much on Saturday or really all that much on Sunday, mostly we watched movies and played games. Although we did do something a little different, we dyed eggs. Yes, you read that right, we made hard boiled eggs and dyed them. My youngest daughter had discovered that I had a couple of Easter egg dye kits (which I had picked up on clearance) a month or so ago. Since the kids hadn’t done eggs with me for Easter (they spent it with their dad & his fiancee) she wanted to do them with me. What better way to spend my birthday than dying non-Easter eggs? *laughs* While we were doing that I was also chatting with a new friend out in Arizona – with my webcam running…. So, now we’ve proved to at least one person that our family is crazy. *grins* I didn’t have to take the kids back home till Monday night, though I wish I could have had them longer.
Over the weekend I also discovered an interesting website: Cades which has some beautiful photography, artwork and digital remastery. The images are large enough to use as desktop backgrounds on just about any resolution you have your monitor set for. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful photography and art work (I think my father has a hand in that since he’s an excellent artist and photographer). So… I’ve been spending quite a bit of time looking through all the wonderful images and saving the ones that speak to me in some way.
Meanwhile, I am still dividing my reading time between Exuberance and Blink plus working on Sudoku puzzles to my heart’s content. If I were to ever strike it rich I would wind up spending quite a bit of time exploring new places both in the world and inside the pages of books. If I’m not reading or playing sudoku then I’m writing parts of the story I’ve been working on, maybe someday it will be done and someone will be awaiting my “next” book to come out, much in the way I await new books from my favorite authors. We will see, it’s still small, only about 25,000 words, which may seem like a lot, but that’s only around 100 pages at most.
I keep being drawn to a poem by John Masefield titled “Sea Fever”
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
That poem always speaks to my soul. The ocean has always been a home to me, a place for me to center and renew myself. No matter what is going on in life, I can go to the ocean and feel whole, more so than anywhere else in nature. I too feel like he did, that I must go down to the seas again.