When it comes to oranges, our prompt for today, the first thing that came to mind was freshly squeezed orange juice. Admittedly, I don’t have orange juice very often, but when I do, fresh is definitely the best. Actually, I’m more likely to have this version of the juice at a hotel while traveling so it always reminds me of being on some sort of adventure. Perhaps that’s also why I have a penchant for this kind. It’s the close of a long holiday weekend break and no matter how many days off I get, it’s this point where I always fantasize about getting just one day more. Were someone to grant me my wish, however, I would simply feel the same way tomorrow, so it’s just as well I’ll be returning to work. It’s still a short week as we’ll be heading to visit family in Texas on Thursday. This is always such a busy season, but it’s filled with lots of food and lots of love so it’s my favorite one of all!
There’s so many things that I have to get done in the next three days that my head is spinning a bit. Once we’re in the tiny town in North Texas where my mother lives, also known as Burkburnett, we’ll be losing many creature comforts, like nice restaurants and a reliable internet connection. Beyond my daily post, I won’t be able to do much of anything at all on this site until we return to civilization. And if memory serves, even making the daily posts becomes a fun challenge of running outside to point my phone into just the right portion of the night sky before hitting publish. On the bright side, it’s also a chance to unwind and enjoy time with family. We only visit once a year, so we try to make the most of the time we have. And my mother has something I haven’t had for nearly a decade called cable television. So, it’s a chance to “channel surf” to find weird and random new programs to watch and see once more just how ridiculous and irritating commercials can be.
Sometimes, I find myself moving so quickly that I forget to stop and take stock of life. To pause in the moment and think about all the things that ultimately matter most. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and all the chores and deadlines that have to be completed. But it’s so rewarding to forget all about those things for a brief moment and add up all the things that truly count. As it turns out, it’s a very short list. Life isn’t that complex after all. We can make life as difficult as we like, but in the end, it demands to be simple. Just a world filled with friends, family, and love. No matter how many things happen along the way, it always comes back to this. And that’s what makes life so amazing. It’s actually ridiculously uncomplicated. While I have a tendency to make it more complicated and convoluted than it needs to be, it always answers back with a giggle and, if I’m truly lucky that day, a glass of fresh orange juice.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Benzimida Orange, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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