August 27 and day 27 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. The end is almost within reach. I do want to finish on a strong note. I’m fighting the clouds and the blahs again. The hibernation response got its hooks out, pulling me in. I’m fighting lethargy and sleepiness. The snacking response is not intense yet. I have that to be thankful for.

Wanting and doing are two different things. I’m learning that over and over. So it is August 29 and day 29 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am not at all ending on a strong note. I’ve not completed day 27 and was missing in action for day 28. Just to let everyone know though, I was not sitting idly on my ass. I’m finding it difficult to think my thoughts and form my words on these autumn days. It is hard to perform cerebral functions. So I did what I could – the physical chores of living.

Those are not so easy either. It seems both body and mind were in cahoots together. I had to push hard to work my mind to move my body. So at least I could show up here at the keyboard, flexing and bending my fingers, tapping out the letters, words and sentences. Somehow thoughts are coming out. I am such a whiner but every effort is painful. Do you ever feel that way? Sometimes I do think, what if I don’t show up? If I was a bear, I could just curl up in a log and sleep till spring.

I don’t do it. I’m not a bear and one just don’t do such things. We are taught to never give in or up. One must carry on as best able. And so I do. I couldn’t make myself go swimming yesterday morning. I went today. I’ve finished shelling the dried beans for those winterish dishes. Somehow I was able to talk myself into cleaning the shower and bathroom. The greenhouse and the garden are watered.

I am lacking will power. I could not finish this post last night. I was ever so sleepy that I threw myself into bed and dreamt of driving through Manitoba and looking for a toilet in Chan’s Cafe. How strange dreams are. Now it is August 30 and day 30 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It is getting close to bedtime again. We had a road trip to Elbow, Saskatchewan to put the boat away for winter. I will come back tomorrow and wrap up this up.

So it is August 31 and the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. August was hottest and driest of all Augusts known to me. August was hard! Here is its last day. A sigh of relief perhaps but partings are always such sweet sorrow. Even with its ups, downs and wind swept days, it is still the month of bountiful harvest despite some failures. I’m choosing to look at this month’s writing challenge in a positive light, harvesting my successess and learning from my failures. True I haven’t shown up every single day but I didn’t throw in the towel either. I’ve come back again and again whenever I could. I’m here now to wrap it all up.

I will have shown up 16 days out of 31 counting today. It’s not a great record but I have a beginning, a middle and an ending. I will probably participate in the next writing challenge in a few months. I am looking forward to it. It’s like going back to school, getting a new start. I have a few writing ideas brewing in my head. Perhaps I should write them down before they evaporate. Organization makes for possibles.

8 thoughts on “AUGUST WAS…

  1. Congratulations, you did great, 16 is more than half! I hope you participate in the next UBC, I think it’s November. Everyone is a winner just for trying!

  2. Lily, Martha is right! You did amazingly well despite being in slow-down mode. I want you to know that I am also affected by weather patterns. Sometimes, on cloudy days, when a rain front is coming in, I can hardly move. I recently bought a blue light for brain stimulation, and I hope that helps. If so, I’ll write about it. The normally-bright Phoenix days are very good for me. I have felt the best ever, since moving to Arizona in 1976 from the east coast. Be proud that you’ve done as much as you have. Take care of yourself!

    1. Thank you, Kebba. Yes, I am a weather vane. I’m getting more organized so I can cope better. The blue light sounds interesting. I do have a feel good lamp but I don’t use it anymore. I have a sunroom which helps alot.

  3. You did great, Lily! I too did not really complete the challenge! It’s so hard during the summer. But however much we do, it’s okay. Storytelling and self expression are great, even if they don’t happen every day!

  4. You’re not alone feeling like a bear getting ready for hibernation. It’s like that for me too only it starts right about now when it’s getting colder. You’ve done beautifully in spite of being a bear. Respect!

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