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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. 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. 🙂


  2. Actually, most Aussies have been brought up in the english tradition, so we still think about white Christmases, even when it’s stinking hot 🙂


    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. 🙂


  3. 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! 🙂


  4. 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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