Cathartic Release

This is going to be a short post.

I recently found myself waking up with tears running down my face. In my dream, I remember sobbing about … something. Whatever it was, it seems that my mind decided I needed to release some strong, pent up emotions.

Sometimes this catharsis is gained by purposely watching a sad movie or listening to a sad song. In my case, my unconscious deemed it necessary for me to release these emotions on a schedule I was unaware about. It doesn’t happen often, but from time to time, I find that I cry in my sleep.

Perhaps I’m an oddball, or perhaps, I’m not the only one. All I know for sure is that releasing emotions that I’m holding onto, whether consciously or unconsciously, certainly helps me feel better. And that is always a good thing.

Baking Weather

It’s been raining for the past few days.

This weather makes me want to be warm and cozy inside, maybe snuggled up with some tea and a good book. It also makes me want to bake. I find myself in the baking mood more during fall and winter than spring or summer. It must be the weather, since the cooler it is, the more time we want to spend inside with the things that bring us comfort. I find myself returning to certain recipes year after year. Those recipes include: sausage rolls, chocolate chip candy cane cookies, and cobbler.

With the change in the weather I decided to break out a baking dish and do just that – make cobbler. Now, usually I would make peach or maybe blackberry cobbler, but all I had on hand was a can of strawberry pie filling. So, I made a strawberry cobbler. It turned out pretty good.

I didn’t follow a recipe, I just put the pie filling in the bottom of the baking dish and mixed up some Bisquick biscuit dough (with sugar to make it a bit sweeter) and poured that right over the top. I baked it at about 375 degrees for 35-45 mins, until the crust had cooked through. It was just a small cobbler. Perfect for the two of us.

Since then, I’ve bought a few more cans of fruit filling and plan to get my bake on. There’s just something so inviting about the smells of baking. It makes me happy.

A Change of Seasons

Fall is a time for beautiful foliage, cozy sweaters, and everyone getting sick. It’s back to school and more time spent indoors. Both of which leads to more opportunity for germs to flourish and spread.

I should know – I just got sick about two weeks ago. Apparently, I’m a bit of a go-getter and got a jump on being sick this year.

While it’s no fun dealing with sniffles, coughs, aches, and tiredness, I still love this time of year. After all, my favorite holiday is during fall – Halloween.

Heck, even the dog gets into it…

So, for all the ups and downs that come with the changing of the seasons, I always try to remember to go with the ebb and flow that is this wonderful thing we call life.

 

A Writer’s Life

Five months ago, I published my first book – a book of poetry titled Juxtaposition that speaks to the highs and lows of life. Just before that, I started this blog. Since that time, many distractions have arisen to knock me off my chosen path of writing.

Things have started settling back down recently and so, I have decided it’s time to start writing again. I intend to post to this blog twice aweek – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I also intend to learn more about blogging since I’m a novice and would like to improve.

I realize this post is rather short. I will work on making them longer and more detailed in the future. But for now, I’m just happy to be able to get something down.

For all those undertaking this journey with me, welcome and thanks for keeping me company.