outside the squares


When you live in a small town you sometimes just want to get out of it and go anywhere else, even if for just a few hours.  Being kind of in the middle of nowhere, there are few towns within reach that have things we would all like to see or do that we haven't already done to death.  We recently went to Yakima (chosen simply because we had never been), and while we loved the arboretum and an old bookstore that was warmed with a wood stove and steeped in incense, we didn't find much else.  I would have been happy with the drive and seeing somewhere new, but our teen was disappointed it didn't have anything more to offer.  

Sometimes just going beyond the edge of town is nice, too, and last weekend's snow and fog made for a magical, quiet landscape.  The snow all melted with yesterday's warm downpours, and today it is sunny and 59 degrees.  Perhaps our coldest days are behind us now.  

I deactivated my Instagram account this past Tuesday.  I still see a lot of good and have learned a lot there, not to mention the *insta friends I've made, some as far back as 2011, and I'm not prepared to cut the cord just yet.  But right now I'm just really tired of all of it - the lifestyles, experts, influencers - it has come to feel like noise and clutter in my mind. I am inviting more quiet and creativity into my days, more thoughtfulness and attentiveness to the very real life I am living outside of those squares. We will see how it goes, I may go back after a while, but right now it feels pretty damn good.  
by mlekoshi