It it time to answer this question:
“Where did you go?”
Geographically, I went 9.3 miles North and East of where I previously picked up my mail. We bought our place in November, spent 3 1/2 weeks remodeling, moved in December and 2 days later our girls came home.
We celebrated Christmas as a family.
The college girls returned to school.
We unpacked boxes, hung things on the walls, gave more furniture and stuff away.
Then, wonderful people kept showing up – in the kitchen, on the deck; coming for dinner; staying over.
We unpacked the storage spaces and under the beds where we just “put things for now.”
Still more giving away, loaning out, a little storing.
In the leaving of one place and coming to another my desk/space disappeared. I got a portable computer – but somehow the lack of location has become a new obstacle of sitting down to write. And I had been on such a roll. Why in the world is it so hard to get started…again?
I still have no desk. I’m sitting on the patio, looking at the boats, the water, listening to the neighbors chatter. (BTW – sound travels loudly over water). And I am starting again with this messy little note, explaining where I’ve gone.
Sometimes it’s helpful to go back to the basics when beginning again, so I will copy here what this blog, Crema, is meant to be. (From my website: Lauradegroot.com)
espresso: a strong coffee brewed by forcing steam under pressure through darkly roasted, powdered coffee beans.
crema: the tan-colored foam that forms on the top of espresso–the simple, yet joyful evidence of coffee done well.
Crema is a place for writing about the simple yet joyful evidence of life done well. Not perfect mind you – not the writing nor the life, but observations of lessons learned, beauty noted, insight grasped. It is a space for stories about my favorite things, current events, and the activity of God.
Crema – the foam – is a part of the espresso beverage. It is the visual lure of espresso, the aroma, the mouthfeel, the flavor, the aftertaste of espresso.
Crema – the writing – is a part of life. It is in telling the story I share awareness of the sensation of Life, the flavor, color, commotion, the sentiment.
I most often enjoy crema, the beverage, in conversation with others. I am hoping that will happen here in Crema, the blog, as well.
I hope not to be gone so long this time.