“Set your affection on things above . . .” (Colossians 3:2 KJV)
Hello, Random Journal Friends! Thank you, Dawn for getting us back together.
If you’re new here, a few years back I met Dawn and her band of merry journal keeper friends through her monthly Random Journal Day. Each month, we would randomly (or not) choose an entry from our past journals to reflect on and share a part of our journey.
When Dawn mentioned that she was having the reunion, I was super excited AND getting ready for one of our boat trips. So, all my past journals are back home! However, I did bring a journal that I started in January 2018, and its first and only entry was some musings about a book that I borrowed from the library. The book is called Write Your Heart Out by Rebecca McClanahan.
Rebecca’s thoughts and ideas for journaling are very much in tune with what I think of when I keep a journal. It was January, and I was retreating from winter. Here is my offering for Random Journal Day Reunion:
Sifting through and releasing the tension of living in this world and longing for another. To be part of a play, a story, a grand adventure, to get lost…I miss winter re-treat journals with magazine dreams and cozy little spots to think and muse and write and be prompted to imagine what otherwise I might neglect or miss.
A short entry, but packed with hopes, desires and memories of how I used to make winter re-treat journals. My journals continue to be a place where I pour out my heart, imagine new things, and practice creativity.
Often on our boat trips, I write posts for the blog called “The Intuition Diaries.” (If you search for “Intution Diaries” in the archives, you can read along with some of our past adventures.) Right now, we are anchored in a side channel off the Tombigbee river near the Howell Heflin Lock and Dam. You may wonder why we would be taking our time off to explore a river in Alabama. 1) It’s warmer in the south. 2) It’s part of a great loop that we are doing little by little. 3) Because we enjoy exploring new territory.
I like traveling on our boat. It is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of our daily life. For this trip, I made a matching set of journals that are bound together using a cut out notch in the paper and skewers. I plan to use these for capturing quites, collage art and sketching.
Today, I spent time creating collages and organizing my art supplies that I brought along. We had a wonderful day on the river, noticing the bluffs and all their texture, the hum of the boat cutting through the still river.
Many of our trips include exciting moments.
I am happy to report, we did NOT almost lose the boat while towing it to Alabama. When we stopped for dinner on the first evening, Les noticed one of the straps holding the boat to the trailer was dangling and the boat had shifted. Thankfully, the other three straps were secure and the boat didn’t bounce off the trailer. (We think the strap broke when we went through a rough pothole.) After dinner we drove on to Walmart in Holly Springs, MS to buy a replacement strap, groceries and “camp” for the night.
It was the first time that I didn’t complain about sleeping on the boat in a parking lot. This particular Walmart seemed to welcome travelers. A couple RVers parked with us, and even came over and admired our dog and the boat. One of the admirers told us that “We must have had something going on, and that we should never get rid of THAT boat.” Her comments stirred my heart, and I hoped that one day her dreams would come true again. She mentioned that she used to have it going on, but now she didn’t.
I am also happy to report that the rest of the trip has been very relaxing and uneventful, except that we lost one of my oldest beach towels. The wind took it last night. But that didn’t even phase me, because for some reason, I packed three towels for this trip.
And lastly I am happy to report that as part of the RJD Reunion, I am offering a giveaway of my little book, which I recently republished through CreateSpace. To win a copy of Defining Moments: Overflowing with Living Words, leave a comment below, and I will announce a winner by April 1st. (Just kidding, I’ll announce the winner on April 2nd.) Ha! I love an April Fool’s joke!
I look forward to reading the other RJD Reunion entries over here. Hop on over and see what other random offerings Dawn and her friends have for us.
Come back later this week for more from “The Intuition Diaries,” as we make our way up river to our next stop along the way.