Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Challenge - Day 23: "Something You Made"

It is 9:15pm, a little late for me to be alert and writing, but I have struggled all day with this topic. What have I made that would be interesting to write about? I still don't have an answer. That's why it is 9:15pm and I'm sitting here in front of my screen. 

I could write about some of the great dishes I have cooked, but I've already done that. Check out this blog about my prize-winning coconut pie and this one for a gourmet chocolate cake made for my husband's birthday. I used to knit, crochet and embroidery, making pretty things with my hands, but I don't do that anymore because of arthritis in my thumbs. They go numb when I hold them in the same position too long, like you do when you hold knitting needles, crochet hooks or embroidery needles. And it hurts. 

Something that I consistently make are mistakes, but who wants to write or read about that? I might write about one if it was funny, but most aren't; best to just put them behind and move on. So that leaves me with just one thing, something I try to make every day -- an effort. I am making an effort to stick with this writing challenge, even though some days I draw a blank or produce something that's just so so. I make an effort every day to read several versions of the news and keep up with what's going on the world so that I will recognize a "spin" on an event when I hear one. I make an effort to exercise, either in the pool or on my bike, making up for all the years I didn't make effort. I make an effort to play word or number games to keep my mind sharp. I just started a new game on iPad call "Seven Little Words." It is a daily puzzle where you construct seven words from hints given using specifically lettered tiles. We need to do these things to keep us sharp and functioning. Remember, an idle mind is the devil's workshop and the devil's name is Alzheimers or Dementia. So jump into "Seven Little Word's" free download on the App Store. 

And I will make an effort to keep writing this blog more frequently after the daily challenge is over. Maybe not every day, but I'm shooting for three times a week. It is helping me develop the discipline to do the tasks that I must do to complete my novel, which I really feel is going to make it. My current frame of mind says yes and so do my husband and good friend, Andy. She has volunteered to be my drill sargent and keep me on task. It's probably just what I need. Everyone else is too nice to me.

I go to spend a couple of days with Andy in March and we will talk about the last forty years as well as my book. She will get me moving faster, I know. I'm so looking forward to it. I will post then and now photos of us when I get back. It shoud be very interesting.

So I've made an effort today and wrote this post. Not a great post but one that is here because I promised myself it would be. That counts for some success, doesn't it? If it doesn't, it's Andy's fault.

Thanks for stopping by.   

1 comment:

  1. Actually, I like the way you've interpreted "something I make," and I admire you for making an effort every day. Some days I just don't, and it's hard on the self-esteem when that happens. I'm enjoying your daily posts and hope you will keep posting regularly if not daily.