I’ve been lazy this week or maybe it’s just sagging motivation.
Next weekend I get to move into my own apartment. You can’t even imagine how excited I am after living for the last year on family member’s futons or sofa beds. The lack of major responsibilities has aided in the healing process. People who have not seen me in the last year remark how much better I look and sound. Their observation reinforces that there is still hope for complete recovery from two and a half years with Bells Palsy. The last doctor I saw gave me no hope.
Last weekend my daughter drove the two of us to the Newport Beach here in Oregon. I’m specific because I know there is one in California. We made a quick stop for hugs in Albany at my niece’s and then visited several quilt shops in the surrounding area for a little quilting inspiration. I found a Christmasy Log Cabin quilt on Pinterest that I’m anxious to start. It amazes me that each quilt shop is so very different. Albany has a less than inspirational store. Lebanon and Corvallis, Oregon had bright, cheery places with lots of finished quilt items and fabric to inspire for years to come. I believe they reflect the owners taste in quilts and fabric choice. The quilt shop in Newport Beach was almost not worth the stop unless you are looking for a little beach themed fabric.
The first place I wanted to visit in Newport was the Sylvia Beach Hotel. I had the pleasure of staying there once several years ago. It’s technically a bed and breakfast that also serves dinner if you want it. Every room is named after a different writer. The dinner menu is listed as “Chapters”. There are books available to borrow if for some odd reason you forgot to bring one and there are quiet places to sit and read or to do your own writing. It sits right on the edge of the beach so the sound of the surf will lull you to sleep each night or sit and peacefully write your next chapter of your own book or life.
Newport happened to be cloudy and quite cool as we took off shoes and socks to walk along the beach. I watched as my feet would sink down into the sand but as soon as I lifted it, the footprint disappeared. It was as though I had not even been standing in that spot. The earth has a way of showing us how fleeting we are on it. I chose not to spend the money for the Sylvia Beach Hotel this time though my free night at the La Quinta was more than comfortable.
Maybe after I’m all done paying the expenses of another move, I will save enough to spend a week there. It’s a good place to find both, peace and inspiration. Even one quiet day and night at the beach can do that. For me, peace has been essential to healing while inspiration is essential to life itself. We all find both in different ways. How do you find your peace and inspiration?
“Inspiration is God making contact with itself.” ~ Ram Dass
From my heart to yours,
Comments on: "In Search of a Little Peace and Inspiration" (3)
Marlene, I’m so happy to hear you’ve got your own place. Good for you. I’m happier, still, to hear you are feeling better. That is great news.
Thank you for your kind thoughts. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. In a way, it helps keep me grounded in this vast sea of uncertainty. I miss working in my son’s yard but the 102 degree temps make the missing bearable. 🙂 I will garden on the decks.
Thank you, Marlene. That is such a nice thing to hear. For years I lived in apartments, so I settled for planting pots and the occasional patch of dirt. I think planting on deck sounds perfect. Depending on your railing style, I’ve seen some clever pots that attach to the sides, maximizing sun exposure and minimizing bending over. Win-win! Thanks for reading and commenting. Best of luck with your move.