Gosh, I’ve done it again. I’ve gone and dropped off the face of the (digital) earth yet another time.
Winter is often challenging for me. When the northwest gray comes in to blot out the sun and I’m forced indoors by darkness and dreary weather, my joie de vivre deflates faster than a Patriots football.
I always think that winter will be a great time to catch up on indoor projects and work on internet-y things because I’m usually still in my high energy summer mode – like, “Thank goodness it’s going to be rainy and dark so I’ll have an excuse to get on the computer and write some of those posts I’ve been putting off because I’ve been busting my ass in the yard every waking hour!”
But then reality and despair set in, and a Netflix-fueled death spiral ensues until the sun finally comes back in
May June July.
But I haven’t only been avoiding life these past months. Among the more interesting things that have happened (maybe there will even be future posts about some of them!):
- I finally finished work on the chicken coop
- We climbed to the crater of Mt. St. Helens
- We ran a frigid 5k
- We got a new niece!
- I had my first successful chanterelle hunt
- I published two pieces of fiction on Amazon
- I learned how to dig razor clams and go surf fishing (and reeled in a Dungeness crab!)
- I went duck hunting for the first time
- Our chicken, Marjorie, was carried off by a coyote (and lived to tell the tale!)
- I started work on building a new website for a professional photographer
- I started a new niche website project
- Breanna and I started working out again (after a hiatus of several years)
- Okay, I did also watch several seasons worth of TV shows…
So why am I back now? It’s only February – arguably the deepest pit of the Pacific Northwest winter, a time when I’d rather be hiding under a rock, usually wishing to be in Maui floating in the ocean or a waterfall or maybe even a hot spring on the Olympic Peninsula.
Well, I credit a few things for my rebound in general vim. First, publishing on Amazon helped me realize that I love writing – but only about things I’m interested in. Trying to write what I thought would make money instead of what I care about took a toll on me and made me miss writing here. Second, committing to working out 3 days a week with Breanna has really transformed how I feel about myself and boosted my energy level. And finally, my older sister started showing me up.
My sister Alise has been running circles around me on her little quarter-acre in Massachusetts. She’s turned a boring suburban yard into a beautiful and bountiful garden and has been working on all sorts of cool DIY projects. Some sibling jealousy was already creeping up, but then she started her own blog.
Reading through all her posts, I saw that her “half-assed” was handing me my ass. As we talked about the finer points of blogging and our attempts to become more self-sufficient, I got incredibly homesick for my online home here and I decided that I really needed to get back to writing something that gave me joy.
So, here I am. Crawling out from under my rock…