Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Home Again

by Maggie Sefton


Back home in Colorado at last! I love traveling and meeting new people, seeing new places. But I have to admit, I also love coming home to Colorado. Just stepping off the airplane and smelling that clean, crisp Colorado air makes me feel good. This trip was a fast-paced fifteen days filled with book events for my latest release, UNRAVELED, guest speaker appearances, and several days of family gatherings and celebrations. Lots of fun, but relaxing, it wasn't. So, I plan to slow down a little these next few days.



Of course, all of us have to continue to work, no matter what our occupation. Writers are no different. However, I did take time to "smell the roses." My roses. When I left June 12th, all my rose bushes were filled with buds, waiting to burst into bloom. Normally, my roses would have already bloomed by now. But this last spring was cooler than usual and rainy, which slowed the blooms' arrival. However, when I drove into my driveway on the evening of my return, all my bushes were filled with their beautiful colorful blossoms---greeting me. What a treat.




I also plan to treat myself by driving into the Cache La Poudre Canyon on the northwest edge of the city and check on the river. Our snowpack from last winter was measured at 364% of normal, so the Cache La Poudre River is running high and fast. White water. I've been checking on the river since I returned as it rushes through Fort Collins. But I want some quiet time alone with the river. So, I'm going to drive up into the canyon in a couple of days and sit on a rock beneath the trees beside the river---just sit and watch the river as it splashes over rocks and rushes past. Peaceful. Relaxing.


It's good to be home. How do you relax when you return home?

15 comments:

Sarita said...

I walk around barefoot and don't answer the phone for at least a day!

Dru said...

I enjoy my place and like Sarita I don't answer the phone until the next day.

Aurian said...

Nice post Maggie, and welcome home! I just received Skein of the Crime today (finally) so will be reading that one this same week.
First thing is greet my parrot and fetch him some clean water and food, and a piece of apple or something. Second thing is unpacking my suitcase, throwing all the laundry on the right piles, and take a nice relaxing bath with the book I did not read while away.
After that, time to boot up my pc and read all my emails and favourite blogs.
I am perhaps crazy, but I have to get rid of all the stuff in my suitcase first, all the books back in their proper places and such.

Diane said...

Have tea with friends and get up to date on all the news. Read your latest while in Montreal!!

Cozy in Texas said...

When I return home to Texas in the summer I run inside and crank up the air conditioner. Your homecoming sounds much better.
Ann

Deborah Sharp said...

Great post! I can relate to your homecoming, and the great feeling of being greeted by your roses. I'm always sad when a trip takes me out of south Florida, and I return to find all the gardenias have bloomed (and died) while I've been gone.

Anonymous said...

I love hearing that you drive up the canyon, park and sit on a rock to ponder. And...you put that in UNRAVELED for Kelly to experience too didn't you? I remember when I read that I thought, how lovely, how relaxing - I want to do that. Sadly, I'm here in the 100+ degree heat that is Central Texas in summer. :-(

Vickie said...

I meander my garden and see what's grown. It's amazing what a week can do to the blooms and foliage.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sarita & Dru---Boy, that's an idea. Don't answer the phone. Not sure I'd be able to.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---I understand routines. I have to unpack the suitcase, too.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Diane!

Cozy Texas---Ohh, I remember that Texas heat. Wow! Wilting.

Maggie Sefton said...

Deborah---Oh, no! The gardenias bloomed then died? Not fair!

Kay---More Texas heat. My daughter Serena is in Texas, and I remember it felt like walking into an oven in August.

Vickie---You're right. All my flowers were blooming beautifully. All the pots I have planted all over and the planter beside the front walk. Color, color, everywhere.

Chaplain Jan said...

If I've been somewhere where there were crowds, noise, & much activity, I like to have a day of silence. No phone, TV, radio - anything that makes sounds. I also try to stay away from the computer, but that's my most difficult task. Generally I like a day of contemplation & silence to recharge & to absorb & feel gratitude for all I experienced on the trip.

Maggie Sefton said...

Chaplain Jan---Very wise advice. I have to confess that's one of the things I enjoy about being a novelist. I have time every day when I'm in "comtemplative" mode, creating fiction. That nourishes me.

Michele L. said...

I love going on vacation but nothing beats sleeping in your own bed. Also, I curl up with a good book and fall asleep while in my bed! A nice long relaxing sleep is my favorite thing to do when I return home especially since I tend to run myself ragged while on vacation.