My preconceived ideas concerning the idyllic life of a writer and what that involves evolve daily.
Originally, when I left Texas had a goal of completing my book in a month and a half. I pictured myself rising in the cool morning with ideas percolating in my mind and ready to spill out through my fingers to the keys of my computer. Once printed to paper, I would save these in my documents. The chapters set aside would be reopened for editing and revision after a week, so that I could pull them out to reread with fresher more objective eyes.
After thirty-three days, I do see quite a bit of progress. I just never anticipated so many activities to fill our schedules.
My days here in the tropics have been filled with appointments galore: dental, attorney, bank, church and ministry related.
Visits to see friends and then the busyness of cleaning, baking, boiling chicken in preparation for returning the favor.
Then letters, email, newsletter and blog to keep in touch with loved ones and friends here and abroad.
I stand here this morning, smiling as I converse with God over my busy mop. Yes, and there are chores around the house.
"I know this book is a priority, Lord. Thank you for prodding me to enter this place of concentrated effort. But things come along and keep me too busy to write as much as I would like." Smiling though, for it is funny how much still happens, or how many necessary trips we need to make into San Jose or Atenas, even from this small remote cabin.
I am learning to fully embrace the moment, right now, and still keep the promise of this book that is strong in my heart.
Today began in the shower, not at a writer's desk. Then during my breakfast which was lovingly prepared by my husband, we enjoyed small talk. I ate scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and drank hot cammomile tea, while he sipped his rich Costa Rican coffee.
My chair scraped as I took our plates to the sink. Wetting the sponge and then dipping it in Axion, I scrubbed, rinsed, and placed each utensil and pan in the drainer to drip dry.
Now my eyes automatically scanned the terra cotta tile as I took a couple steps to arm myself with my trusty broom. Crumbs, dust, and dead flying insects swooshed out the back door and off of the terrace.
Sorting clothes came next. The sun strutted brightly accompanied by a slight breeze. What a perfect combination for washing and hanging up a couple loads to dry before the early afternoon when the weather tends to shift this time of year.
The mop waited patiently for me, near the washer, to remind me about the dogs with muddy feet that came to greet Jerry early this morning. I wet it with cleaner and water to erase their prints. And now here I stand. Breathing in the freshness of the lemon scent.
Okay! One more stop. I plump up the pillows on my bed, which is my favorite spot for meditation and prayer. My iPad opens up to the Bible app and away I go.
When I finally find myself sitting at my computer, ready to look over my work from the day before, I hear the engine of our Expedition coming up our drive and then a light honk that asks me to climb down our steep cement stairway to lift and carry the precious groceries that Jerry has purchased.
Now, my husband is a little out of breath, but he cheerfully banters about all that he saw along the way as well as all that transpired and who he ran into as he took care of business in Atenas.
Interested to hear the news, I listened intently.
With a sigh and a look of accomplishment, this man of mine, sat on the couch to pick up his computer and begin practicing his Spanish from YOUTUBE.
First things first.
The dream is still real within my mind. The promise will be fulfilled. My book is unfolding and soon will be a tangible accomplishment, but for now... I will enjoy each pleasant moment. After all, this is exactly what my book is about: to live in the now, as a child. I want to fully appreciate this time I am holding in my grateful hands.