Friday, July 2, 2010


Happy Poetry Friday, everyone! Roundup is at The Poem Farm.

I haven't been writing poetry in the past few weeks because I am hard at work on another MG historical novel about an orphan boy and an orphan dog in the 1880s.

I have, however, been honoring my little bedside plaque that says, LIVE YOUR POEM. Are there any wiser words? I love those three syllables so much.

What have I been doing?

Hanging out with my family.
Washing the dogs.
Holding the new kitten.
Piecing my charm quilt.
Cooking. Using a new recipe book I got from a favorite restaurant: THE LANDMARK.
Eating. Cheese fritters, anyone? Dark chocolate? Yummmm...
Reading. Today: THIS I BELIEVE (a collection from the NPR series by the same name)
Exercising. Heard of the CD series INSANITY? I am on day 13. Out of 60. I feel stronger already!
Buying odd items, like new pillows.
Cleaning odd places, like the bathroom sink drain. (You do NOT want to see what I pulled out of that thing! Looked like a RAT in there!)
Reconnecting with friends. Like my kids' Best Babysitter Ever! Now she has the cutest 2 1/2 year old of her own... and a gorgeous step-daughter.
Other fun stuff.
Napping, when possible.

Good stuff...



  1. Hi, Irene! I think you have the beginnings of a list poem here. I'd love to hear more about the cheese fritters and dark chocolate. Mmmm.

  2. Everything you're doing is good for poetry and good for health. Salud!

  3. What a joyful list, Irene! So celebratory of daily life...

  4. Live Your Poem? That's EXACTLY what I did this week! Thanks for giving us such a fun peek into your summer! (except for the bathroom drain...that was sort of scary...probably more so because I've seen a "creature" like that in MY drain!!!)

  5. Summer is the best time to live your poem, and your bevy of family, kitten, quilt, food, exercise, naps, and that middle grade novel sounds most rich. I seem to be all about porch, porch, porch these days, but I'm getting a taste of some of these pleasures, too. Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Sounds like fun and like the topic of your new MG can't wait to hear more.


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