Poetry events happening this week in northeast Ohio include
So here it is, my resolutions list for the new year, something I haven’t done in years. I do set goals for myself periodically and keep a running task list, but like many, I have found that resolutions seem to be made to be broken. I think it helps to imbue the list with a focus on one’s passions, including, in my case, Outlander.
My best advice for both of us, then: When in drought or doubt, fill your life with what matters most, forgive yourself your failings, and strive to be your best version of yourself. And if there is no doubt–or drought–for you, charge ahead with gusto!
21 Droughtlander Resolutions for 2018
1. Keep working regularly on my writing, including novel, memoir, and poetry, along with my blog, and publish something.
2. Read the backlog of Outlander STARZ entertainment news articles, and watch the backlog of Outlander STARZ videos, including panels from Emerald City Comicon and San Diego Comicon.
3. Transition from my current work for pay to a new business arrangement in a fitting niche.
4. Finally sample the bonus features of Outlander STARZ Season 2’s DVD set that I’ve been saving for a Droughtlander such as this, including deleted scenes and Diana Gabaldon’s book excerpt.
5. Spend more time with loved ones: Visit some friends up north I’ve been neglecting, have more lunches with Dad, contact my nieces and nephews more often, and support my husband as we work on our goals together.
6. Wear and enjoy the Outlander- and Scotland-related gear I got for Christmas, including thistle pendant necklace with purple gemstone, triangular Celtic knot dangle earrings, and my Outlander Fraser tartan scarf. Thanks, Hubby!
7. Completely read more books next year than I did this year, focusing on those I want to read most, or release myself from the pressure to. After all, I did read War and Peace, a mighty tome, this year, and dipped into lots more books than I finished. Although I set my 2017 goal for 25, it was looking as if I would finish the year with only 6 under my belt, but I managed to bump it up to 9 before New Year’s.
8. Re-watch Outlander STARZ Season 1, in some ways the best of the three seasons so far.
9. Continue training my anxious dog Ethan to trust and obey, and desensitize and counter-condition his separation anxiety so I can have a life outside the house and so he can be a happier dog.
10. Read Outlander book #5 The Fiery Cross, my next volume in the series to tackle.
11. Train my athletic dog (same one) to walk/run on our treadmill so he can get more exercise in these frigid teens and single-digit temperatures, and start him on agility classes early in 2018.
12. Re-read Outlander book #4 Drums of Autumn in preparation for watching Season 4, hopefully to air by the end of 2018.
13. Stretch several times a day and do modified daily yoga to manage stress, reduce pain and inflammation, and strengthen my body.
14. Continue editing, printing and framing the best pictures from our Scotland trip for gifts and to display at home. Build my next home decorating around those enhancements.
15. Take the time to draw, color, paint, photograph, explore metroparks and urban areas with the dog, and generally enjoy life.
16. Improve my health by finding and implementing an elimination diet to uncover what foods I may be allergic to; then, reduce my intake of any culprits.
17. Plan and accomplish a trip to visit relatives in California, and return to Great Lakes Theater to see Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the spring (saw Hamlet last year).
18. Simplify my life with the help of a house cleaning service, thinning down/updating my wardrobe, and planning weekly meals for the freeze and re-heat approach—using our new pressure cooker!
19. Read classic Scottish authors and poets such as Burns, MacDiarmid, Stevenson, and Scott.
20. Expand my sense of what’s possible for myself and move forward boldly with that optimism.
21. Revise, or re-envision, my resolutions as needed to focus on my best, most realistic goals and most beloved activities.
Happy New Year (and Hogmanay!), one and all.
From Scotland with the Wee White Dug, a tale of adventures in the Highlands, including the Pump Room and Spa Exhibition in Strathpeffer, a view of Castle Leod (seat of Clan Mackenzie), the Touchstone Maze honoring Scotland’s historic sites, a Moray Firth cruise with Dolphin Spirit Inverness, enchanting music at Embrace Gifts shop along with wood carvings at Victorian Station, the Eagle Stone of The Pictish Trail, and more. Just further proof, as if we needed any, that your Scotland trip deserves quality time in Inverness-shire and at least a glimpse of the Northern Highlands.
Today I’m going to share with you an eclectic mix of Victorian spa town in the Scottish Highlands and a dolphin spotting adventure on the Moray Firth.
Last Saturday after an early breakfast at our B&B near Portmahomack, we set off along the NC500 route between Tain and Dingwall to make the 34 mile journey to Strathpeffer. Strathpeffer lies a few miles west of Dingwall.
The village sits in a wide mountain valley or strath. Leafy, and surrounded by mountains it has the look of an Alpine village to it.
Arriving in Strathpeffer is like stepping back in time. The Victorians have left an instantly recognisable imprint on the architecture of the village. You half expect to see elegantly dressed ladies, strolling down the street on the arm of top hatted gents with mutton-chop whiskers.
The Victorian Station
When we arrived at the station a cute little shop calledEmbrace…
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It’s that time again–your day of the week for lovely little English phrases in a family of five.
Ever play the card game Apples to Apples? Usually four or more players take turns serving as the judge of which noun or proper noun (red card) best goes with the adjective (green card) drawn, or vice versa. You score points if your card is chosen by the judge. I’m sure there are entire blogs and clubs dedicated to the wonders of this highly entertaining game, but no, I’m not going to look them up. Here’s my two cents–or nickel plus a penny, as it were.
- “Golf-Ball-Sized Hail” – A compound modifier the game presents as a stand-alone noun (oh, look, another compound modifier!)–see Five-Phrase Friday (4) for more compound modifiers. Even my series title is a compound-modified phrase! Crikey! Another one! They’re everywhere!
My favorite winning combination from playing the game with family on holidays (not my win):
- “Chewy Warts”
And feast upon these choice pairings I came up with while shuffling through the deck today:
- “Dead Bird Watching” – Like the traffic construction sign “Slow Men Working,” where does the pause go? After “Slow” or after “Men”? After “Dead” or after “Bird”?
I think it’s the nonsensical morbidity that does it for me there, though: Is the dead bird watching something, or is someone who is dead watching the bird? Hmm… Live people watching dead birds is much less interesting, except for the mental illness factor.
- “Sultry Underwear”
I’ll let you ponder that one.
- “Philosophical Amputations” – delightfully cryptic, bizarre, eerily metaphorical
Bonus: “Cranky Inside the Sun” – How creative of the game makers to come up with “Inside the Sun.” I wonder what it’s like there.
One of our family members, who shall remain anonymous, still insists that Dolly Parton is the best noun for any adjective. Even if it’s a negative one, he just likes thinking of her.
I think we’re overdue to break out the apple crate once again.
May your weekend be full of play.