(All photography by Emily C.)
Red orbs shimmering,
Whipped cream art swirling beauty…
Sorry! Just one piece.
~ Emily C. 9.2.17
I’ve not been around much as life has been busy on many levels. I haven’t been writing a lot, and I haven’t been reading on WP. I’ve been trying to squeeze the last few drops out of summer, while still managing my vestibular therapy needs. I’m probably overdoing myself some, but soon will be back in a rhythm, I hope. Having to keep moving for my brain to compensate, and spending 1.5 hours a day on my therapy exercises, means I have little time to sit, and reading and screen time are not comfortable on my brain.
At least a few times a day, I get a first line for a poem popping into my head. I haven’t been listening much, nor writing them down. My attention has been on friends and family, summer, and my health.
I do hope that I still have the words and that when I listen, I will be producing more like I used to. Right now, I’m filling my real life with memories and moments out in the real world to sustain me through the upcoming year.
For example…spent time in North Bend recently, an hour from Seattle where they film Twin Peaks, both the original (which is on Netflix) and the new season (which I can’t watch since I don’t have Showtime).
The Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls is always beautiful. It’s long been a staple day trip for me growing up, and just happens to be where they film for Twin Peaks but in the show it’s known as “The Great Northern Hotel”. They have luxury world class accommodations and dining, and while I’ve never been able to afford staying there, I’ve eaten there and it’s amazing.
Then there’s Twede’s Cafe, or in the show it’s known as the double R, or RR2Go. Been coming here my whole life, too, for some diner fare and a slice of cherry pie. If you know the main character, Agent Cooper, his tagline is that he loves the cafe for it’s “slice of cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee.” Well, it’s true.
It’s a beautiful area and I’ve spent many a summer visiting. Snoqualmie is a neighboring town with quaint shops, the oldest operating train station in the country with a charming museum, and a backdrop of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Picturesque and charming.
Many a time I have run up Mt. Si in North Bend, the foreboding and dominant peak that is so prominently looming over the town. It’s a beast, but provides an amazing view. I like the way down better. Takes a couple hours to run up, practically 45 degrees, while other hikers look at you like you’re crazy (you are), but the way down is like 40 minutes. Just don’t slip and fall in the snow like I did once. That hurt.
Thank you for your support as always, and I will check in with your writing when life returns to more of a normal pattern.
I hope YOU are all out and away from the computer for a bit and taking in your summer sustenance with nature and people as well.
Much love, always!