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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday Musings: Lazy, hazy days of summer


You guys asked for it - here I am in all my red-headed glory, getting ready to do a Sugartime gig.  Why does being a red-head show up so many more freckles??







I don't know if it's the smoke and ash and haze from the Wallow Fire in Arizona that has cast it's spell over Albuquerque, or just the fact that it's hot, but I am feeling so darn lazy. I can remember being a kid in Queens, NYC, and playing hopscotch and catch and tag in 90+ degree heat, with humidity.

Now, mustering energy to get into my car to run errands is difficult. There are air quality warnings not to be outside unless you have to. I can only imagine what it is like in Arizona, in close proximity to the fire. We are 200 miles away and it is bad. They say it's like smoking heavily over a short period of time. Our poor lungs.

But summer always meant a time for slowing down after a hard year of school work. So perhaps it is nature's way of telling us to take it easy. Since I am feeling more inner peace and contentment, I am putting down the whips I perpetually wield on myself that I'm not doing enough. Whatever I accomplish in a day is just fine. It is a new space for me--not to give myself a hard time. Thanks to all of you who told me not to over-think the new-found contentment and just enjoy the ride. I am.

What are you musing about today?

By the way, if you don't know, check out these photos of a volcanic eruption in Chile. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394503/Chile-volcano-causes-ash-cloud-lightning-tears-sky-apart.html

Blessings,
karen

38 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Love the hair! yeah, I know about that freckle thing. That's why I stopped wearing red lipstick! :o)

Odie Langley said...

LOOKIN GOOD. I can see why you feel better about yourself since you look so much younger. Yep, enjoy the ride but be careful with the heat and air quality.

Dafeenah said...

I totally LOVE the red. So glad to hear you that you're letting yourself just enjoy being. Good luck trying to keep cool.

Mason Canyon said...

WOW, I love the new look. Not that there is anything wrong with white/gray hair, but the red makes you look more adventurous.

Glad to know you're not too close to the fires. I hope there's rain soon to help those poor, tired firemen battling the blaze.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I too love the new look, loved the post and glad you're not near any fires.

Thanks for visiting and the kind comments.
Yvonne.

Joanne said...

Great choice on the hair color and style ... It's very pretty, and has a great energy to it too :)

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Jess - you know my hair when I was young was your color!
Odie, aww, shucks - thanks.
Dafeenah, thank you
Mason, yeah, that was the dilemma - so many folks thought the white hair was beautiful - maybe, but I didn't feel good with it.
The fires are 200 miles away - but the smoke and ash are affecting us here.
Yvonne, you are so welcome - and thanks.
Joanne - thank you - yes, for some reason it has given me renewed energy.
Karen

L.G.Smith said...

Yowza, the red hair is gorgeous.

I'm north in Colorado, and even here we are getting the haze and smoke from the fires. Couldn't even see the mountains the other day.

Today I'm musing about which story I should work on next. I'm torn between loves.

KarenG said...

I like your new picture! You look lovely.

Karen Walker said...

L.G., the smoke is traveling as far as Iowa, I understand. I hate it when we can't see the mountains.
KarenG, thank you.
Karen

Talli Roland said...

Oh, you look gorgeous! And don't talk to me about freckles - I know all about it.

If you want to escape the heat, come to London. It's like we've gone back to winter these days!

Ann said...

Looking very well Karen. Freckles my grandmother told me were kisses from the angels. I choose to hold that in my belief system!!!

Suze said...

Look at you, my dear Karen! I love this picture! I, too, have lots and lots of freckles, and I love my freckles. I think freckles add a whimsy and an innocence to a face that is rather alluring and disarming.

I love the hair, friend. I really do!

Claudia said...

You look great! Honestly! And what I am musing about? Sadly travelling again to Estonia :(

K.C. Woolf said...

Wonderful picture, you look beautiful!

I think it's okay to be lazy at times, especially in the summer. It's the perfect mood to read all the books I don't get round to during the first half of the year. :-)

Karen Walker said...

Talli, thanks, and I'd love to come to London - actually will be there for one night in October - maybe we can meet up!
Ann, thank you - I love that about freckles - thank you!
Suze, thanks so much
Claudia - sorry you have to travel again
K.C., thank you - and yes, I'm with you on lazy summer days and curling up with a good book. I'm reading way more and loving it.
Karen

Manzanita said...

I can think of "stunning" and you look fresh like a summer breeze. As we'd say in the old day, "What a dish." I think older people wilt faster in the heat and kids can go on forever. :)
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You look good as a readhead! And we've been getting air quality warnings as well. I have no problem with staying indoors.

Arlee Bird said...

Great photo! I've always been kind of partial to redheads. I've been musing about getting caught up and actually trying to do something about it. I'm making some headway, but got a long way to go.
Don't breathe too much!! :)


Lee
Tossing It Out

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the red!!! Of course, I'm biased, but red is so in. And freckles will only make you look younger.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The new hair color is great! Now you LOOK as sassy as you FEEL!

GigglesandGuns said...

You look great as a redhead! I too am acting like it's August instead of June. Just moving at a speed that's comfortable.

Karen Walker said...

Manzanita, you're a sweetheart, but I don't think so....
Alex, thanks - is the Arizona fire reaching as far as the Carolinas?
Good luck, Arlee, and thanks
Diane, you are the most stunning redhead--but I do love looking younger again.
Susan and GigglesandGuns, thanks.
Karen

Jennifer Shirk said...

You look beautiful! I went red once. My hubby is still telling me to go back to it. :-)

Linda said...

You look beautiful! My granddaughter isna redhead so I love the look!

I look forward to the day when I can enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer. Alas that is still a couple of years away.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I think the color is really flattering! And your smile is the best part of the picture. :)

Liz Fichera said...

Karen, We were up north in AZ this weekend and I'm happy to say that the fire is being contained somewhat, although the winds are not helping. So sorry to hear that the smoke and fire has moved into your beautiful state.

By the way, I love your new profile pic. :-)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Speaking of playing tag. I've tagged you on my blog today. Love the red hair! Enjoy! And, yes, the summer slow down tried to work on my yesterday, and I would have gladly succumbed, but I spilled rootbeer on my floor and had to wash the kitchen floor instead. Maybe I can be lazy today.

Julie said...

I love the red hair, it looks fabulous. Great picture!

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