Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Intention For This Day

She feels about being alone the way most people feel about chocolate.

Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

I intend to speak to no one today except for my Yorkie, Maya. I will bathe in solitude and sunshine, spending an abundance of time on my deck with my manuscript, a notebook, and a favourite pen. And iced tea. Glass after glass of iced Tazo Zen green tea with just a splash of lemonade added.

I will sit on the ground at my front flower bed and observe the changing landscape—there, and in flowerpots in my yard and on my deck. I will see wonder amidst the flowers through the lens of my camera.

I will take a dish of coffee grounds out to my backyard garden and work them into the soil between rows of radishes and salad turnips. I will plant some Swiss chard.

I will, at some point, drive down the hill to the community garden to water. Satisfied with yesterday’s planting effort I will observe the changing landscape there too as I water and pluck stray dill and other weeds. I will pick enough spinach and radishes to make a small salad for my supper.

I will return to my deck, with a book and more tea, and escape into another world for a while until Maya’s stomach tells her it’s time for her dinner and she insists that I do something about it.

The day will unfold peacefully and quietly; I will go to bed early with a book and the window and door wide open.

And it will be well.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. There is nothing as meditative as having tea and gazing at your garden!

    1. I agree!

  2. I love quiet days. I also love time with family and friends. But, being “alone” and quiet is not a bad thing. Though at times, I think I relish it a bit too much! I am very comfortable and content with my own company – I think that’s not a bad thing.

    1. I think that’s not a bad thing too, Karen. I crave solitude, especially after a lot of people time, which I had on the weekend. Quiet and solitary days allow me to refuel—they are necessary.

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