Today, I wish the view from the Summerhouse looked like this:
My plan was to post my ‘Bench At The Beach’ (May’s theme) photo on Friday for Jude’s Bench Series that she runs every month. Too late for the cut-off, I know, but I thought she would like it anyway. It is certainly a special photo to me.
For almost twenty years, this area of Cambria along the Pacific Coast Highway on the Central Coast of California was a favourite hang-out for me and my children. Even now, if I look closely enough, I can see their playful shadows and hear the distant peels of their laughter carried along by the cool, sea-breeze.
As a child, the sounds of the sea while holding a seashell to my ear fascinated me. Sometimes, I wanted to disappear into that watery world, imagining living out my days on a beautiful island, peaceful and still with only the gentle tide lapping at the white sand shore.
Recently, I read this: the same letters appear in the words ‘silent’ and ‘listen’. Not mind-blowing, I know, but it made me stop and think. It truly is in the silence that we hear so much more, when we pay attention and really listen. Maybe that is why silence is so uncomfortable sometimes, why we look for distractions to drown it out.
I know one thing: enforced silence is not so good. For me, this means a blogging silence, because I am utterly cheesed off. Yes, dear friends, I admit defeat. I have run out of patience with trying to make do with my old laptop as it takes forever to load pages, the monitor freezes, emails are a mess and I can’t use the Reader (so slow).
The view today, therefore, is more like this:
I can post here, reply to comments and use the notification button to reply to my earlier comments on your blogs, but even that freezes so it is a frustratingly slow process all round.
Hence, this will be my last blog post for a while which I was really hoping to avoid, but having thought about it over the weekend, I feel this is the best way, although it pains me to say so. Until my new laptop is repaired/replaced and fully functioning with everything re-booted, it just isn’t practical to struggle on like this.
Thankfully, I can use my Gmail account and Facebook Page via the apps on my Smartphone (and there I was complaining about it not so long ago), so I can keep in touch with some of you there, as well as read blog posts through links shared on Facebook.
But so far as blogging goes, this is it for me until modern technology does what it’s supposed to do and gives me the right tools of my trade. Without it, I’m like a bear with a sore head. And I’ll miss you all loads. But until then, be good and remember, the door to the Summerhouse is always open, rain or shine, laptop or not. And God willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you all as soon as possible. And thanks for listening, I feel a lot better now.
Love Sherri x