At this hour #sol22 7/31

At this hour…

A gentle rain plinks against the windows.

The lesson plans I didn’t have time to write on Friday beckon.

A cup of coffee, still hot, waits for me to take a sip.

Three cats curl across my outstretched legs, a warm, purring blanket.

The sky has not yet begun to brighten.


My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today’s slice idea was borrowed from Ramona at Pleasures from the Page who borrowed it from Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life who borrowed it from Julieanne at To Read To Write To Be. It was just the inspiration I needed on a time-crunched Monday morning when the lesson plans I haven’t yet written are due.

27 responses to “At this hour #sol22 7/31”

  1. What a wonderful photo of Oliver and Smudge! You borrowing from Ramona, who borrowed from Leigh Anne, who borrowed from Julieanne reminds me of Henry in Northanger Abbey telling Catherine about the old pelisse–still serviceable and much appreciated–being passed among friends.

  2. A simply beautiful slice. I am envious that you have three kitties on your lap – lucky you.
    I appreciate the context you provide at the end for the inspiration for your slice.

  3. I love the picture of the cuddling cats. This is a wonderful mentor text to steal. It’s so inspiring to write in community.

    • Absolute perfection! Well, it would have been improved if I could have read and commented on slices instead of writing lesson plans! But sometimes there are tasks to complete first.

    • I recently changed my blog appearance and it seems like I need to be adding photos all the time to make it show up correctly. I was too lazy to take my own rainy morning picture but I did like the cityscape I found.

  4. Oh, I was fearful that this year’s theme might mean a paucity of cat pics. I’m delighted to see Oliver (my grandson’s name)and Smudge (the best name ever) snuggling and snoozing amid your words.

  5. I came to leave a comment for a comment, and found this delightful post! What an excellent insight into your morning. Short, sweet, and powerful. I’ll be using you as a mentor text as well! The goodness keeps passing on.

  6. I was definitely in crunch time early this morning. Why can’t I worker harder on Friday so I am not putting it together at the last minute?

    Your three purring cat blanket sounds so inviting! How could you ever end up leaving for school with those cuddly creatures enveloping you?

    • We had a wild impromptu grade level all day study hall on Friday because so many staff were out. So it’s no wonder I didn’t get my plans done! Still, I hate waking up Monday morning with that looming over my head. It’s not easy to leave the cat blanket in the mornings!

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