Rip off the mask, tear down the walls. Show the world your beautiful self!

It was bound to happen, and today, it did.  I really got into one of my characters and created a pretty cool scene for one of them, if I do say so myself.  Imagine a slightly oversized house cat giving a full grown wolf a thorough dressing down.  Well, it amused me, and when I shared it with my daughter, it amused her as well.  I even thought about posting the chapter to see what kind of feedback I got.  I may still, but it will be in the other blog, as it fits the theme better there.

A couple of pleasant interruptions today cut my writing short, but as I can write for awhile tomorrow, it’s not a big deal.  Both visits were from my kids, one blood, one adopted, and my adopted grandson who finally got to visit his cat who has been staying with me until construction was finished at his dad’s place.  I will be losing the little guy soon, and I know that Dylan will miss having someone he can play rough with.  I have a feeling Snowball will miss having other cats to play with, but he’ll still have a human around all day and he won’t have to take turns getting attention.  I’m sure he’ll be happy to be back with his dad!

The local farm is open for business again, so my daughter brought me fresh picked strawberries and the most enormous cauliflower I’d ever seen.  After cooking it down (and making a complete mess of my ceramic stove top!), I mixed it with some garlic, garlic olive oil (yes, I’m vampire proof now!), white pepper and sea salt, I had a delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes, and the best part is, there are leftovers!  We are so fortunate to be able to get fresh produce which is picked when ripe instead of having to be picked early so it will ripen during shipping.  In fact, in this area, there are really only a couple of months of the year when there isn’t something fresh out of the fields. 

Living in an area where we have so many fresh fruits and vegetables available has made us take it a bit for granted, but that isn’t to say that we don’t appreciate it!  Lately, it seems like we get strawberries almost year ’round, plus oranges and other citrus fruits, apples and pears.  Veggies are even more plentiful and I’ve already gotten an enormous artichoke and the aforementioned, head sized cauliflower.  No wonder there are so many health food nuts out here!  We have too much good stuff staring us in the face!  At the height of strawberry season, there are trucks on the side of the road all over town!  We also have some amazing farmer’s markets, pretty much, every day of the week!  You just have to know where to go!

Yes, I know, another post about food!  I guess I’m just saying that I’m grateful for the bounty.

And on that note, my gratitudes tonight are?
1. I am grateful for the plentiful, fresh produce near my home.
2. I am grateful for visits from my kids.
3. I am grateful for new opportunities.
4. I am grateful for days when the story and the characters just seem to flow.
5. I am grateful for a comfortable mix of hectic days and quiet days.

Love and light.

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