Friday, June 10, 2016

A Reluctant Return.

Well, I'm back. :) 

After four glorious days filled with lounging in a hammock, reading books, wading in the creek, hanging out with family and friends, riding my bike, sharing laughs, and having a down-right wonderful time, real life is creeping back in. 

While away I read/finished three more books towards my goal of 101 (putting me several books ahead at 71!!) and I wrote nearly 800 words which included starting a new short story. (Which y'all may or may not get to see sometime in the distant horizon.) 

But...I came back home to... 184 new emails, a duffel bag full and several loads of laundry to put away, and a severe campground-hangover. 

I also spent the majority of the day doing...well, nothing accomplishing-feeling. Aside from unpacking, I saw a sweet video, sorted through some research notes, and wrote...a little. 

Okay, this post is already much longer than I intended for it to be. So here's my point. I'm dreading this return to real life, I don't like how fast June is flying by, and the one year blogiversary post will be up tomorrow. 

If you actually got this far, you're a dear. Thanks for reading and I'll be back soon. ;P 


P.S. I left home Monday with about 5 insect bites and came home with 43 (as of last night's count). Is this normal? 


  1. I’m glad that you had such a fun trip, Faith! :)
    It sounds like it was very fun and relaxing. :)
    I know what you mean about a reluctant return. I felt the same way when we came back from the Oregon coast. ;)
    43 insect bites?! Wow! That’s a lot. I don’t know how normal that is, but I guess you would probably get a lot camping. But I never would’ve thought that many! ;)
    I’m looking forward to tomorrows post! :D

    1. Thank you so much, Rebekah! :)
      Ah, yes. It's such a strange feeling. Return to the world of Internet friends and the like, or stay in paradise? ;) is quite a lot. :P I've had many bug bites before, but other than a time or two when I had chiggers I've never had this many. ;)

      Thanks for commenting!! ;-)

  2. Welcome back, and I'm glad you had such a great time! Though I'm sorry it's hard to get back in the groove of "normal life". Take some time to just breathe and accomplish the "to-do" list slowly! :)
    Good for you, reading so much! What books did you read? :)
    But bummer about the bug bites - eek! 'Tis a lot. :P

    1. Thanks, Raechel! Yes, we had a truly lovely time. :) Ahh, yes, slow is the way to go. ;)
      Just reading for the pure joy of it was, ahhh, da best. ;) I finished "The Hobbit" on the way there. Then I read "Winds of Autumn" by Janette Oke, "Heaven's Jubilee" by Faith Blum, and started "The Innocent" by Willowy Whisper. ;-)
      Augh. Yes, they are quite horrid. *nod nod*

      Thank you for your sweet comment! :D

    2. :)
      Amen! I just read a couple short stories "just because" (not required to review!!) and it felt soooo good. ^.^ Nice! I've read "The Hobbit" (a couple years ago), and I want to read "Heaven's Jubilee" (though I have read her cat story in it already, which I loved. :)) Books are so lovely!

    3. Yes, it certainly does feel nice to just read to be reading. :-) Heaven's Jubilee was great (my review of it is on my other blog: and the cat story was really cute. ;)

    4. Great review! And I'm enjoying catching up on the posts on that blog, too :D
      Hehe ^.^

  3. WAIT YOU WENT CAMPING. *fanboys* I love camping! We're going in July so that's exciting. :) :) Looking forwards to the blogiversary post! :D
    (also yes totally normal XD)

    1. *snickers* Fanboy? Nice one. XD Ahhh, yes – camping is AMAZING. Ooo, cool. We're going again in August for my birthday. :-)
      (Eh. Okay. ;))

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Mosquitoes. The ONE drawback of summer. Oh, that and bee stings. (I can hardly talk since I'm one of the lucky few who has never been stung by a bee in my life...however.)
    Glad to hear you had a fun time camping DESPITE the mosquitoes. (Ha!) And welcome back. ;)

    1. Yes. They. Are. So. Horrid. Thankfully, most of my bites weren't/aren't mosquitos (lots of flies and gnats). You've NEVER been bee stung??!? Wow. Consider yourself lucky. Maybe bees aren't as common in WA as they are here. ;P I've been stung 4 or 5 times, none were fun. My dad and brother are both allergic to bee stings (as in, it could and has resulted in an ER visit) so, yeah, we don't like bees. :P

      Thanks Rebekah! And I enjoyed your comment. :-)

  5. Mosquitoes. Huh. Wait a sec and let me find that quote I used. Oh right, here it is :P The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose...but mosquitoes come close :P

    Oh, the blogiversary! I read it last awesome! I'm heading over there now to comment! :D

    1. Hahahaha!! That's so funny!! XD I think I remember seeing it on your Quotes tag. ;)

      Glad you enjoyed! Haha, and I'm following you to reply. :P Thanks for commenting!