“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Living a 7 Calendar Life

I have a life full of calendars.

Which is funny, because I could live without clocks forever. Very Easy Rider of me. I suppose that means it's the little moments I don't mind, or that I find unnecessary to keep track of, but that can't be it, because I write those little moments down on those calendars, and at the end of the year, when I get new calendars, and I transfer birthday & anniversary information from the old ones, I am always quite taken by the small moments I have bothered to list. For instance, from 2008's DayPlanner, which, by the way, is always full of much more detail in January:

1/1/08: You are here. What now? (With pasted quote: "Scatter joy." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson) . . . spotted daytime raccoon. Year of the Trickster?

1/5/08 . . . possum in daylight this morning! Odd goings-on. 70 degrees & sunshine.

1/12/08 . . . took RBL's shutters down; out to the little house in back. Clearing out my creativity area! LOL!

2/2/08 . . . bought Artful Blogging. I want to do this so bad, but am scared.

2/22/08 . . . started my own art blog!! Terrified, excited, giddy. In response to panic attack. Up at 4:30 a.m.; 1 mg. lorazepam. Sicker by 6 a.m. - went to lab; 2 more mg. lorazepam.

2/24/08 . . . absolutely ILL re: my blog, but have sent out the address to everyone anyway.

3/3/08 . . . red sky woke me this a.m.

3/27/08 . . . 2nd anniversary of Lily's arrival

7/3/08 . . . 5 owls

7/4/08 . . . 3 owls, then 4 more this a.m.

7/5/08 . . . 5 owls this a.m.

There are also notes for my blog - ideas that would wake me at 2 a.m. & push at me to write them down. I'd lay there, trying to convince myself I'd remember that line the next morning, then eventually talk myself into turning on the lamp, grabbing a pen & just writing it down. There are notes on calendars here at work, notes in journals with dates, notes everywhere. Calendars everywhere. There is one on the wall here in front of me at work, and 2 new ones laying on the floor, waiting for that all-important transfer of information. If I were a restaurant, I'd be in good standing with William Least Heat Moon. From Blue Highways:

“There is one infallible way to find honest food at just prices in blue highway America: count the wall calendars in a café.
No calendar: Same as an interstate pit stop
One calendar: preprocessed food assembled in New Jersey
Two calendars: Only if fish trophies present
Three calendars: Can’t miss on the farm boy breakfasts
Four calendars: Try the ho-made pie, too.
Five calendars: Keep it under your hat, or they will franchise
One time I found a six calendar café in the Ozarks, which served fired chicken, peach pie, and chocolate malts, that left me searching for another ever since.
I’ve never seen a seven-calendar place.”

These calendars keep me filled in, keep me alert to those little things. I am pleased to go back & see how scared I was to let anyone I knew in on my blogging secret, but how I did it anyway. The stress of Maggie's sickness, the excitement of meeting Christy, the agony of buying the jeep, anxiety & panic episodes, are so vivid when written in that moment.

You journalers already know this.

One day at a time- this is enough. ~ Ida Scott Taylor.
today my hidden words are for all to see


  1. You really are smart, funny and adorable.

  2. Michelle - I don't know about adorable, but I will fess up to thinking I'm smart & funny sometimes! :)

  3. I guess it's the little details that make life so interesting. At least you write things on yours I always seem to have 4 or 5 empty calendars each turned to a different month,lol.

  4. Calendars
    keep life
    between the ditches.

  5. Thank you sweetie! You have enriched my life more than you will ever know. You have SO much talent, it's just oozing from you, take it, take it and run....I am stumbling but I will catch me. Love you, me : )

  6. The emma tree,
    wound tight
    for a trip
    to her star.

  7. Oh, I so get this! Especially the waking in the night to write things down. So many times I've tried to convince myself that I'd remember in the morning...the words just vanish with the morn if I don't write them down...

    I'm looking forward to a new year of your words and images...:)

    Happy New Year!

  8. I can so relate to having so many calendars. And then, I'd keep them for a long time. Too long.
    Panic attack for me. Right now I only have two calendars for 2009 and I didn't buy either of them! The Dayrunner doesn't count.
    But, whoa! So many owls! And starting off the year with racoon sightings! And a newbie to blogging! What a year of accomplishments for you!

  9. Suvarna - Oh my! Turned to different months?! You are a busy woman!

    Christy - I must email you!! I have your birthday listed in December and then again in January, and while that would be cool present-wise, it might not be so cool when someone asked your age. I need to know. I so hope the January date is right, so that I haven't missed it! :)

    Celeste - Thank you. I am happily awaiting all the goodies you & everyone else has to offer in '09. And thank God for notepads & calendars & pens. And bedside lamps!

    Paula - Only two? Better hurry - tomorrow's the new year! LOL! I used to keep old calendars, but finally got better at just tearing out the pages I wanted to keep, and letting the rest go. But it was hard!

    jfrancis - Calendars certainly keep me between the ditches, if those ditches are on either side of the road! Thank goodness!

    :) Debi

  10. I am grinning at this post because I have been making plans to buy three calendars. I haven't yet only because I keep telling myself, "How many calendars does one woman need?". My answer? Just one more.

  11. What a great idea...you see, I can't keep a diary, a journal. I never stick with it...becomes a burden. But I could start small like this...write a few things in each square each day that I can look back on in a year and remember much more from those few little words.


  12. Relyn - If they wouldn't make so many beautiful calendars, life would be so much easier! LOL!

    Jaime - Keeping calendars is so much easier than keeping journals. And the pressure is off. It's already beautiful!

    :) Debi


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