- Coffee. I don't know how I managed all these years without it when I was pregnant or nursing, but now I am happily dependent on it again. It helps a lot. I love coffee!
- My husband bought me this new writing program called Scrivener and it manages all my projects, outlines, and ideas. It is fantastic and reasonably priced too!
- I know that this time with my little children is going by so fast. I'm trying to embrace and celebrate the time with them now.
- Keeping organized. When the house is chaotic and I'm searching for things all the time it is much more overwhelming to get things accomplished.
- Trust God. Pray. Meditate. These things help me to regroup and recharge.
The ugly shack behind the house is where you’ll find the Fishing Grandpa. He sits in his weathered, tin workshop among scattered tools, loaded firearms, cheap vodka, and gallons of apple juice in glass jugs.
Up before sunrise, he looks through the makeshift doors, towards his neighbor’s tree farm. Grandpa watches the Red fir, Norway spruce, and Sequoia marching along in the wind. Their conical shapes, shiny dark branches, and bluish green needles with silver tips shine in the morning air. The fresh, woodsy fragrances mingle with the smoke from his open fire.
Spitting his tobacco in the early morning light, he readies the poles. A simple set up for his granddaughter, just the rod and line. His hands shake a little, and he drinks to steady them.
No longer able to stay inside, his granddaughter Tessie runs for the shack. Still early, she warms her hands by the fire. She fidgets and squirms ready for her first worm.
“Grandpa’s making moonshine, don’t tell your mom,” he says.
“Moonshine, Moonshine, Moonshine,” she sings.
“Grandpa, will we catch a rainbow fish today?”
She remembers their best day ever, last summer when she caught a fish on the American River. Grandpa had gone to the ice chest. The line started pulling and bobbing, the pole rising and falling toward the river.
“I got a bite. I got a bite,” she called.
She reeled it in. Grandpa came to the edge of the black river, and his big, rough hands moved over the fish.
“Look at these colors, a rainbow trout. This means you’re a lucky girl,” he said.
Today they hike through a stream from watering hole to watering hole, over here to a point and now to a weedy area with some inside and outside curves. They stop in an inlet where the creek flows into the lake. He relies on the elements to catch fish, his creel brimming with bass and trout.
Noble fir and Scotch pine line the moving water. He points out the strong, wide-spaced branches protecting the smaller orange and red bark of the Manzanita and the cream-white Elderberry trees. As they walk, he notices the native grasses waving gracefully in the cool breeze and watches the animals take cover, scattered throughout the openings between the islands of woody shrubs. She is ahead collecting stones along the shallow river. He pauses, raising his bottle before the next fishing hole…
I keep trying to stick to this mantra, writer's write!