Hello, friends! Happy Tuesday.
I’m afraid these last few days, I have been rather lazy. I spent half the day Friday and most of Saturday up at Texoma, working at a labor of love event at my old Camp. I had a great time, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I especially loved being back at a place I hold so near and dear to my heart.
For the record, all of these pictures were taken on my iPhone. I didn’t take my camera since we spend most of our time working.
This was my first Labor of Love weekend, and it was a wonderful experience. It was a chance to work with members of our community, several of whom had been through tough times, and to listen to their stories. I’m also thankful for the chance to do something good for a place and people that I love as opposed to what I normally do, which is whatever I feel like doing, mostly for me.
One of my absolute favorite things about being at Camp is sitting out under the night sky and looking at the stars. There, away from the city light pollution, the universe opens up, and you can really appreciate how vast and endless the sky really is. It’s a wonderful experience, to just be, to listen to the wind and the trees and the night crickets. It’s a great reminder that life isn’t all hustle and bustle and money and material things.
The next morning, we woke up at 6:30, ate a quick breakfast, and went to work. Our task for the day was clearing out dead brush and tree limbs (and whole trees!) from the pathway to the low ropes course. There were two separate bonfires for the brush. One was pretty much the most impressive fire I’ve ever seen. It was huge, basically the size of a small room. The other fire, while pretty, was not nearly as impressive.
Although altogether a very worthwhile and rewarding experience, there are things that happen when you work in the woods all day.
1) You get dirty. Like, really dirty. Filthy. The good thing is everyone around you is just as dirty and smells just as bad as you do.
2) You get bug bites. Even if you wear bug spray, chances are, you will still come home with bites all over your body.
3) You get scratched up. Trees are scratchy! Briar thorns are even scratchier! I’d rather drag a whole tree up a hill than carry a bush of that prickly mess.
4) You twist muscles that you didn’t even know you had. I haven’t been able to walk properly on my left ankle since I got home. Instead of bending outward like I rolled it, however, it bends inward. Weird.
5) You come home extra sleepy from all the sun and working and pass out for about 48 hours while your body recovers.
However, I’m happy to report I’ve come home to all good things. I will fill you all in soon, I promise! Until then, I need to keep revising and working on the blurb for the back of the new book. July 1 is fast approaching!
Love to all!