Writer’s Block: The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
My blog posts have been sparse this summer and I thought it was writer’s block. I have been thinking about my blog and have had little inspiration to write. I suppose it could be called writer’s block or maybe writing is like the weather. You have a string of beautiful days and then a week of rain and clouds. Go with it when inspiration strikes and when inspiration is low, focus elsewhere. Writer’s block seems like a lot of pressure that only creates more of block. Why can’t I write? What’s wrong with me? Why can I only get one sentence down on paper? Writer’s block seems more like a vicious cycle of overthinking – in my opinion. I have been inspired by many things this summer – just not necessarily writing.
I tackled my fear of homemade pie crust in the form of cupcake size peach pies (did you know you can use a muffin tin to create mini pies?). I was under the assumption making a pie crust was impossible till a family friend told me it is easy as…pie. As it happens with the right recipe , any baker can make a homemade pie. Souffle is my next kitchen challenge.
I painted a lot of tomatoes. I do not even like to eat tomatoes – raw tomatoes totally gross me out. However, I was inspired to paint cherry tomatoes in watercolor. I find any artistic outlet to be therapeutic though I am hardly an artist. When the mood strikes me, I like to get my paints out and try my hand at something that interests me. Last summer it was palm trees or any kind of tree. This summer I choose tomatoes for no reason I can explain. I am now the proud owner of several sheets of watercolor tomatoes in different sizes and color variations.
I have been spending a lot of time reading about and talking about problems of the thyroid with people I know (this blog will give you information about thyroid issues). A very important friend of mine has a giant thyroid. After tests and biopsies and various scans, it is more or less confirmed she is not gravely ill. Though she needs a thyroidectomy, all signs point to full recovery. I learned when a person receives a diagnosis, it is an overwhelming process to navigate scheduling with doctors and surgeons, understanding a condition, treatment and all of the questions to ask. It is a crash course in becoming a quasi medical expert and your own advocate. I also learned when you are a patient, you need people around you who can be objective and help you see your way through to the end of the medical road. Watching my friend and supporting my friend made me realize it is hard work to be a patient of any kind and a support system is very important medically, emotionally and for a sanity check.
Yoga happened this summer and with yoga I discovered all yoga pants are not black – sorry LuLu Lemon, we are breaking up (that is an entire blog post of its own). There so many colorful and interesting options in the marketplace in spite of my 20 pairs of black workout/yoga pants. I discovered a company called Liquido Active by way of my yoga instructor. I am a big fan and the customer service is fantastic. I have gotten some funny looks as a result of the crazy pants I have been wearing and that works for me.
That’s all I have for now. Thank you for reading my blog!