Days of no wine … but rain and strawberries

I confess; I’m a procrastinator. Last night I checked to see what I had ready for the blog today and realized I’d used up all my stockpiled posts. Then, this morning, I had almost finished writing today’s blog post when I decided it wasn’t time for that one yet.  So instead, today you get fluff.

I live in the central San Joaquin Valley where yesterday’s high temp was 90° F and today’s will be 66° … ahhh variety. It’s also raining today, which is actually a little late in the season for us. I believe I’ll enjoy the atmosphere and maybe even write something deep today. Does weather affect your writing? That’s something I’m considering as I sit here. I don’t normally think of myself as a gloom-inspired person—I just want to curl up with a book and a cup of tea—but, thinking back, I believe the bulk of the dark scenes in my novel Brevity were written during gloomy weather. Hmmm …

Unfortunately, cool, gloomy weather also makes me hungry for stick-to-your-ribs food (though it sticks more to my belly) but I have a refrigerator full of Trader Joe’s salads! I love Trader Joe’s, I went there yesterday for sparkling water and Tejava tea and spent $90, not just on those two items, but the thirty other items I couldn’t resist. I did bypass the wine display though … only because my wine rack is full.

One of my sons brought me strawberries still warm from the field on Saturday, so I do have those to look forward to eating today … gloom or no. The strawberries grown here are the best, and most are huge. I wanted to buy raspberries yesterday at TJ’s but felt like I’d be cheating on the strawberries waiting at home. I’ve realized I’m a serious berry kind of woman, which makes me blush, since I consider berries the most sensual of fruits.

Ahhh, yes, I must apologize for this post about nothing. I’ll do better next time. Maybe. Please, tell me how much more exciting your day is, was, or will be.

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19 thoughts on “Days of no wine … but rain and strawberries

  1. Oh I am so with you on the berries! My absolute favourite kind of fruit in all the world. One of the things I love about my birthday being just before Xmas is that it means I ALWAYS get to eat strawberries. In fact this year my mother made me a ‘cake’ which was pretty much a huge pile of half chocolate covered strawberries…. yum. Roll on summer.


  2. It’s raining down here on the flat east coast too. You would think the weather would inspire the muse, but instead all I want to do is eat and curl up with a book.

    I’m a big fan of the berry. Raspberry’s unfortunately make my lips swell up like a cosmetic injection gone wrong, so I’ve never really thought of berries as an erotic food -until now. Strawberries are King in Florida and always in great supply.


    1. I’ve never heard that term “flat east coast” before, so thanks for increasing my trivia databank. 🙂 You and raspberries … ouch! I have to be careful with peach fuzz; it doesn’t make my lips swell, just sting and peel.


  3. I think you should share your wine stash. I mean, we’re practically family what with the whole “I love to write, too!” thing going on.

    Think about it. 😉


  4. I love berries, too! I have a bunch of raspberries at home, just waiting for me to make them into a lemon-raspberry tart. Totally with you on your comment to Laura, too – I toss berries, raw honey, and almond slivers into steel-cut oatmeal, and it is SO AMAZING.

    Also, it is weird to imagine Christmas in summer, like you wrote to Cassie. That said, I’ve experienced 90F Texas heat on Christmas day, so it shouldn’t be too hard to imagine. Still. I always hope for snow.

    And gloom…you know how I love gloom and rain and dark skies! The sky’s threatening rain here, but unfortunately, it has yet to follow through on that threat. Dark clouds are good enough for now. 😉

    I guess I’d better do something productive today. Glad for this fun post, it made me smile on an otherwise semi-blah day.


    1. That tart sounds so delicious my mouth is watering.

      I suppose the Aussies think we’re weird for having Christmas in Winter. 🙂 I haven’t seen snow for Christmas in 11 years … except on the mountains in the distance.

      I am not a gloom loving person and generally it’s unproductive for me, but the past two days were hot and I didn’t want to turn on the air, so I appreciate today. But you have no excuse for being nonproductive, so get to work, girl! 😀


  5. One of the (few) things I miss about living in California is the huge variety of fruits and vegetables available year-round and grown right there in the state so they’re fresh and delicious. Here in the big fat middle section of the nation, the variety is nauseatingly small even at farmer’s markets. *Sigh*

    I LOVE cool, gloomy weather, btw. I feel so much better I can do anything and everything when it’s overcast and gray. And I love writing then too.

    But that’s me. Oh, I like fluff too. 🙂


    1. I live in the in-between now. No chance of snow, but we usually find ourselves putting up Christmas lights in a chilly drizzle. But, to me, it’s still weird to wrestle with my 7 ft. high Queen Elizabeth and Graham Thomas roses to do so. 🙂


  6. Since I most always get your post in my inbox a day late, I can’t share that I was enjoying the rain. But I did. Rain makes me euphoric. Fog makes me gloomy. But whatever the case there must be something in the air because I had no blog post planned ahead, either. At least you wrote something. I wrote a sentence with links to two flash pieces of mine. It feels like cheating.

    That Trader Joes salad looks so good, I must go there and buy one.


    1. Fog makes me want to write spooky stuff. 🙂 Hey, try subscribing by the new email link at top right of this blog. I guarantee you’ll get my posts immediately … so you too will experience the aftermath of my premature clicks of the Publish button! 🙂


  7. I love strawberries and Trader Joe’s salads.
    Yes, weather does effect my writing, as in, I get more done when it’s raining. 🙂 But, yes, I can write more gloomy scenes when the weather is bad. It also helps to have dark music on my IPOD.

    BTW: I love these ‘I have nothing to post about’ type posts.


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