16 Apr 2014 @ 14:21 
Distraction of Campfires

Distraction of Campfires

I figured out why I accomplish so little, or rather, one major reason other than sheer procrastination, internal desire for perfectionism, and the ease with which I can be distracted if not fully invested in whatever I am doing.

I am a collector at heart. That’s it. Seriously. I, almost compulsively, collect ideas, patterns, recipes, thoughts, words, snippets of “Someday I may need these” facts, and emotions. I get so involved finding, reading, or absorbing “it”, I never get around to doing most of “it”.

I have literally spent entire mornings looking for patterns, ideas, changes to make. That could be why my hard drives are all full. Totally relaxed, in my own world, not giving more than a procrastinating thought to what I had planned to do,and should do on those days.

I may have laid blame on 4 awesome days of babysitting our granddaughter, lifting her so much I was exhausted. But blame must, also, be shared with cloudy skies, summer sun, or cold winds that alternate in bringing me joy and wanting to crawl in bed with a book.

Distraction of picnics

Distraction of picnics

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Last Edit: 16 Apr 2014 @ 14:21

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 14 Apr 2014 @ 23:22 

It has been a fun few years and next to no blogging. Not sure why, but I am back! And still hoping Leon will blog some, too. Haha, I dream.

A selfie in Northern FL, I think

A selfie in Northern FL, I think

We had our second grandchild, a boy, recently. To say Leon was excited to have a male heir to carry on his name is an understatement. To say his granddaughter has enchanted him is an understatement. I, of course, am immune to them both. (Wow, if you believe that, you will believe anything.)

We recently spent time at a gathering of South East Lazy Dazers (SELD) in St. Augustine and I got no pictures – my phone was full and our camera put away. Such a friendly group that Leon and I ended up in fun conversations, forgot the time and missed out on exploring. Worth it, yes, but next time we will talk while exploring. “The 50s Meets the 60s” was the theme for the last night’s pizza party. I went in the only logical costume for me… red thin headband, tie died tank top, jeans, and thongs. I was in my element. Leon rocked his Panama hat and jeans.

Workamping in MI and for Amazon.com, working in AL, visiting WI, IA, GA, SC, and WA state, and remodeling Panoply (our RV) have taken up a great deal of the past two years. Pics and stories to follow – and an opinion or two, I am sure. And I had a good opinion of the kayak below!

Testing the perfect kayak for us

Testing the perfect kayak for us

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Last Edit: 14 Apr 2014 @ 23:22

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 05 Mar 2013 @ 16:06 

I read recently that people that do two things at once – do not in reality. They are actually just switching their focus quickly from one thing to the other and back. Hmmm, so I suppose all these years that I thought I was doing two things at once I was just extremely fast at changing my focus.

In my case changing focus quickly worked hand in hand with my short attention span for most things. At work, during the afternoon rush, I was “doing more than two things at once” – and usually well. Each job I held required multi-tasking and had built in interruptions. Chaotic – perfect for my short attention span.

The only times I could focus for any length of time have been:

  • reading a novel that flowed well, I sometimes read through the night
  • redesigning the house in my head – or on paper, I could go on all day
  • choreographing a belly dance, I would go on until exhausted
  • writing poetry or my one novel attempt, I would get lost in my words

It dawned on me while writing this post: I spent most of my teenage/adult life multi-tasking. Perhaps my short attention span was more learned than not. I used to talk to Mom’s best friend when she was at the house, music playing, I dancing and carrying on a conversation. I don’t remember it as much as they do, it was natural to me, they found it a bit weird. (OK, it was!) But other than that I was normally lost in a book or studying. Not multi-tasking – hmmmm.

So, time to learn to do one thing at a time, at least sometimes.

Speaking of changes: time to get back to blogging. We have made a lot of changes to Panoply (our RV/home) and have a lot of catching up to do here. I have drafts written, just need to add pictures.

One day at a time, one action at a time.

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Last Edit: 05 Mar 2013 @ 16:06

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 30 Nov 2010 @ 20:17 

It used to be the only friends we had, the only variety we had in people, was limited to those in near vicinity. Depending on where you lived, played, or worked – “limited” was indeed limiting. The internet has changed that more than a simple pen pal or summer romance or camp experience. It brings us together, if only via written words, with people both similar and so totally different than we are.

Some people we meet turn into long term emails or phone calls, gradually shifting to friendship. Then there is the joy of finding their ‘in person’ personae is really no different than their ‘email’ one. I’m sure that doesn’t happen all the time, but in the case of C, a woman I first met many years ago in a Barnes and Noble Internet writing class, it did.

RVing allowed us to finally meet this fall. I am so glad we did! C was just as amusing and personable she appeared to be in writing. Leon had already taken to her via my ‘stories’, his opinion remained firm when they met.

Leon and I also got to meet Barbara and her husband Earl in AZ. I had been reading Barbara’s blogs off and on for years (I do everything off and on — well except run at the mouth, that is always in the ON position.) Another fun event. They were the perfect hosts and none of us were at a loss for words – or smiles.

Both Leon and I can’t wait to go back to visit them – and our former neighbors and good friends.

Between the internet classes and blogs – and our new to us RV, Panoply… my world has expanded. I am so grateful.

Speaking of grateful. I am grateful that Barbara chose to write a blog post about Leon and I. It is here. While you are there, check out her blog – all her blogs. Worth a visit for sure!

Now, if I could only talk C into blogging!

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Last Edit: 30 Nov 2010 @ 20:17

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 09 Nov 2010 @ 22:59 


The Afghan

Tucked gently
it brings warmth -
and timeless safety
from the cold reality
(of the moment).

They may need safety a bit longer


watch them wear afghan capes in battle,
fly afghan flags of victory,


huddle beneath afghan tents
and shine flashlights
toward the ceiling
in awe at their created patterns
that rival stars dancing above
a dark country road


tomorrow they may just toss it aside

though first, I’d bet,

they will wear a crooked grin
and drape it over someone’s BIG cold feet
for what better way can one child thank so many people
than simply to spread the warmth.

Marcia McLees Bogaert

This poem was originally posted on my poetry blog, MeeAugraphie, in 2008, inspired by This Eclectic Life (Shelly’s) orchestrated drive to gather squares from crafters for her first Share A Square project to provide special afghans for children battling diseases who were attending camp.

Why am I sharing it with you on this blog, two years plus later?

Because so many of us (myself included to a point) may overlook that an afghan can be more than just something to keep cold from chilling bones… There is more to this project than just a simple afghan. These are special, the sheer number of people involved in EACH afghan alone is special, the tags, and the children’s delight in just those are enough in and of themselves… combined.

Those involved could get goosebumps…. the good kind.

If you are not familiar with it or this year’s drive to provide those afghans for children in three cancer camps, just click here for the FAQ – or look for her project on Facebook, Share a Square!

You will be so happy you did. And so will the children.

Note: updated to add link to Facebook!

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Last Edit: 09 Nov 2010 @ 23:02

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