"Give all to love:
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame.
Plans, credit and the Muse,
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Give All to Love"
"Time for a little something," said Pooh. A.A. Milne
That funny little bear, one of my favourite creatures, had it right. This weekend it was definitely 'time for a little something' and I certainly tried to make the best of it. Starting on Saturday night when Suzaki came for dinner and we went out dancing. Unexpectedly we were joined by two other friends, men, which made the evening even more interesting.
I don't remember when I danced so much and so well and felt so good! It was that incredible lightness of being. An almost perfect evening, dancing our cares away. Chachacha...
And the goodwill continued all weekend with other celebrations. (Pooh would have loved it!) A Celtic festival with a St. Pat's parade (lots of rousing pipe bands and Irish dancers). Couldn't have asked for better weather which made it all the more pleasant. I bought my usual smokie and iced tea from the street vendor and sat on the Art Gallery bench watching the men play chess. Then I walked through town and caught the bus home, tired but happy.
In the evening, another surprise when my chileno amigo came over and we talked for a few hours just like we used to, always a stimulating discussion about politics and life, but also all about my Cuba trip. And he brought me a video of several Cuban art films. And we both agreed how much we have missed these little get-togethers.
So the week has started off on a high note. And plans are being made for coming adventures.
Ingrid and I went and booked our tickets for Greece this afternoon and got a good deal.
So now that's all set and lots more to plan. London first, then a quick trip to Wales, and on to Athens. I'll be the tour guide. I love doing that! Of course, as usual, I'll be flying on a wing and a prayer, but somehow I just know it's going to work out okay. It always does.
In between all this excitement I actually did some writer's work. Last night I spent a few hours researching short-fiction markets for my classes (and myself). I've sent off my Welsh Coal Mine story to two places and sent off queries about some other articles that have been out there for awhile. And I did a bit of editing on writing from my classes. No time to focus on the novel although it has been on my mind and I am plotting my next segment.
Tonight was my writer's critique group here (we take turns having the meetings at each member's homes). We are planning our next island retreat for the end of April with a theme of romantic poetry and Springtime. My classes end this week and I'm looking forward to the Spring break so I can get caught up on all my writing. I simply must try and get at least one more travel article written besides working on my novel. And do some marketing too.
"If I had more time, I would write a shorter story." Mark Twain