Writing life, vacation’s over, now what?

Back to work I go. On the flight home I worked out a schedule looking at the hours in a day, and what I can allocate to writing. Also to blogging, photography, social media.

 I allocated four hours a week to photography. Well I spent four hours just processing the photos from Vermont. And an hour or so writing this post, now I am rewriting it. I changed my mind about what I wanted to say. So that’s 6 or 7 hours on photos and blogging in one day.

But I like it. Maybe I’ll cut out what I “should” do, and just do what I love to do. I love blogging and taking photos. And writing and editing and fiddling with my website and reading and talking about books.

I was going to cut down on being online, planning on cutting way down on social media and networking, but it’s early morning (still on east coast time) and I just spent an hour reading the New York Times and links to other articles. And I like sending emails to friends, chatting on messenger with friends, and meeting for coffee, lunch, or writing marathons.

I guess I’ll plan to keep doing things the same way because I’m going to anyway, and if I embrace my choices instead of doing that while I’m supposed to be “disciplined” about my time, I’ll just feel bad, but not really be doing anything different. I think I just had an early morning epiphany. LOL

I guess I’ll just keep making lists of the important stuff, embrace the chaos, and see how I go. Do you adhere to schedule or just wing it?

Here is the chronicle of my last day of vacation, spent with friends in Vermont.

Picking apples is really fun. My friends and husband did most of the picking while I did most of the clicking.

Picking apples at an orchard in Vermont
Picking apples

I picked a couple apples…and ate them. I did contribute a couple to the bags, but the rest of the time I was having a blast taking photos.

Macintosh apple

Vermont orchardsv
Vermont orchards
Artsy apple picking ladder shot
Artsy apple picking ladder shot
Macintosh apple
Macintosh apple

My friend said my taking photos was okay, though, because if all four of us picked apples, the fun would be over too quickly. As it was, it only took 20 minutes to fill two bags. These Macintosh apples were incredible tasting. We also had fresh-pressed apple cider and hot fresh cider donuts.

Then we went for a hike in a park called Red Rocks near Lake Champlain to try to work up another appetite for our picnic lunch.

River rocks in Lake Champlain
River rocks in Lake Champlain
Forest trail at Red Rocks park
Forest trail at Red Rocks park
Lake Champlain, Vermont
Lake Champlain, Vermont
Sail boats on Lake Champlain
Sail boats on Lake Champlain
Forest trail in Red Rocks Park
Forest trail in Red Rocks Park

The orchard also raised and sold flowers, and they made a beautiful display in front. What an inviting display.

Vermont orchard
Vermont orchard

Oh…wait, guess how we ended our vacation in Vermont? Watching the eclipse. We all had our chairs out under a cloudless sky. Because we were in Vermont, we could watch the whole thing. Here’s one shot.

Moon eclipse 2015
Moon eclipse 20