An unwelcome delay in the plan

The holidays are over, once again my home contains the usual two human and one feline occupants, and this was supposed to be my first day back to serious work on my next novel. However, there’s a glitch. I’ve pinched the sciatic nerve in my back again, and the pain and discomfort makes it hard to think or to sit for long.

I have a few things in the works for January, but nothing today, so I’ll give you a glimpse of a day trip we took a few days after Christmas. Three adults and three kiddos piled into a van and headed for the coast. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny, warm day with little wind, but, as usual, the water was frigid at the William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach near San Simeon, California.

The water temperature didn’t keep the little ones from playing in the surf, though, and they had an equally good time digging holes in the sand—or making a sand angel. We had to drag their teeth-chattering little bodies to the picnic table with a promise to let them return to the water after they ate and warmed up a bit.

After lunch, we walked on the pier, and I watched the waves. And, of course, I thought about Jalal, Meredith, and Renee in The Brevity of Roses, which only increased my desire to get back to writing. As soon as my back pain eases up, I’ll be back to work.

It made me sad to leave the beach before sunset, but, on the way home, we caught a gorgeous view of the valley looking out toward Morro Bay just as the sun kissed the horizon. It’s a blessing to have these lovely scenes etched in my memory to escape to whenever I want.

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30 thoughts on “An unwelcome delay in the plan

  1. It looks like a gorgeous day! Such beautiful photos.

    I hope your pain eases up soon, I know from experience just how nasty sciatica can be and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. The words will be flowing soon enough 🙂

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  2. Hope you feel better soon Linda. Don’t stress out about writing, use the time to get better, and you can always keep a notepad near your bed and write down anything that comes to mind.

    Lovely pics by the way 🙂

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  3. Oh to be at the beach!! I miss it so much.

    I hope you get better soon. There’s nothing worse than a pinched nerve.

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  4. Making the memories – a trip to the beach is the best.

    Hope your back improves quickly. I’ll have a banana for you. 🙂

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  5. The pictures are beautiful, it is easy to see why you would miss being there; the children were definitely having a grand time and the water looked so inviting!
    Relax and feel better soon, Linda.

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  6. I hope you feel better soon, Linda. I’m still clearing my throat constantly over here, but am refusing to let it stop me from getting some writing in. I have to be ready to get back to the day job next week anyway. Last week was another thing, however. I had days of fever and slept more hours than I usually sleep in a week over a two-day period. I guess I needed it, right?
    Great pictures! My son and his buddies spent the day in Pismo yesterday. We’re always a nervous wreck when the teenagers drive that far on their own, but we all managed to survive the experience. *looks to the heavens, thankfully*

    -Jimmy

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    1. Let’s hope the extra sleep helps, Jimmy. 🙂 Glad you got some writing done at least.

      Is Pismo’s water warmer? I’ve only been there once, I think. I sort of envy these kids that pool their money and take off for an adventure. 😉

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      1. Not sure about the water temp. I do know there’s a couple of places to eat that they always hit when they go. Splash Cafe is famous for the clamchowder, so I know they went there.
        Just a bunch of seniors in high school getting together and enjoying what’s left of their freedom, in more ways than just one.
        How are you feeling today? Better?

        -Jimmy

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  7. Looks like a fun trip. I’m always amazed at the water temperatures kids will endure in the name of fun.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. I’m getting new knees in two weeks so I’m all too familiar with the notion of life getting in the way of plans. But it’s a test of creativity (or something – maybe grit) to figure out how to make those plan changes work for you. Good luck! I wish you well in 2012.

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    1. I lost track of time, Natasha; I thought you must have already had the surgery. I hope you have a lightning-fast recovery. 🙂

      Well, I’m getting in a little more reading, but I can tell my back is healing today, so I’m almost ready to hunker down and let the words flow.

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  8. Sciatica ouch! I know that feeling all too well. I hope it passes quickly.

    On the other hand, I’m terribly jealous of that day at the beach. What a wonderful time and adorable kiddos.

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  9. So sorry about your pain! Love the pictures. I envy you living close to the beach. I would love that, although I’m not wild about the sand, but with water, sun, seashells, sand angels, and the waves, I could learn to cope with the sand. Do hope you’re felling better soon.

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