Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fun in the Sun

We've gotten a lot more work done outside today. Finally finished with the tilling, I was very happy to drag the tiller across the lawn and into the shed. The yard has seen some dramatic changes this year and that shed is one of the major ones. It definitely makes a huge difference and I like seeing it back there, it goes well with our trees.
One thing you may find out is just how much I love trees. They are amazing. I've already got plans for a little writing nook and we picked up the tree that will be providing me some shade and a fresh pine scent as I write. I'm so excited about it. I've still got to pick up the swing that I want. There was one last year at Wal-Mart but we didn't get it in time and they ran out. When we get power ran to the shed I will be able to lounge out on my lawn swing and enjoy the cool evening air without worrying about my laptop battery going out on me. Who knows, maybe I'll get a rustic looking side table so I can set my drink down. Sun tea anyone?
The last little while has been kind of hard on me. We lived in Alaska for a little more than four years when I was in the military. I suddenly got a very strong urge to move back there about a week ago. The air up there smells so much cleaner and the trees would be so beautiful this time of year. We used to go on little camping trips and we would do some gold panning in the streams. We never found anything big but it was always exciting to find the little "flour gold" specks in the pan. We would sit by the water for a couple of hours and just listen to the gurgling and splashing while we sifted through the gravel. If I ever become a rich and famous author I'll most likely end up buying some acreage up there and we'll build a nice home with satellite internet or something. There are actually a lot of misconceptions about Alaska. Anchorage had a population of around 250,000 people when we lived there. Unfortunately it keeps growing. If we did move back I wouldn't live in Anchorage, that's for sure. There are some very nice towns outside of the city where you can buy more land. The architecture is actually pretty humorous in some places as well. You would be surprised how many of the houses in Anchorage look... boat-ish. You would have to see it to get the correct mental image.
Anyway, with all this work we've been doing, I have a deeper appreciation of what we have now. I would still like to move to Alaska and have my cabin on about 20 acres or so, but that won't be happening any time soon. And in the mean time, I can be happy with where I am.

I hope you guys are having a great weekend!

Creative Writing Prompt:

(A picture from Alaska)

1 comment:

Ken Armstrong said...

I am struck by how well this post is written (no, I'm not being smart). I contrast this with the heightened-style of the earlier draft-fiction.

If I were to set you a writing challenge at this moment, it would be to write a very short fiction piece in the open, flowing tone of this post.

If you wish, you can set one back to me and I will do my best to oblige.

No pressure, you can pick me up on this anytime if you wish. It just struck me, that's all.

It *was* a good w/end, wasn't it. :)