Friday, August 18, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Thank Goodness Friday is here!

What a brutal week at the day job! We all take a few minutes to decompress together at the end of the day and, today, we just kept looking at each other and going ... uh... Ha! I love my coworkers!

So here's the Feel Good list:

1. Friday! Duh! And you know what? I hate that! I remember when Monday was my best day of the week because it meant I was back to writing. THAT is my goal!

2. Attic progress. Second coat of poly is down. The stairwell has been cleaned and primer began. I need to figure out what to do on the walls to hide the imperfections. Wall covering has not arrived yet. Boo. Ideas are being thrown around. It is coming together. This is my weekend though. I cannot wait until we are done with this project.

3. Air conditioning. Today was probably one of the grossest days we've had all summer. I stepped out to help bring the lunch order into work and it felt like I jumped in a big pot of split pea soup. Then it rained. My windows were down. I wouldn't have known except for the water droplets that were hanging around on my door. It was a jeans stuck to you kind of day and I'm grateful that my house is cool and comfortable.

4. Writing. I did manage to get many words on the page and figure out a significant story element this week. Yay! I like how this new story is coming together.

5. Not having to do a million loads of laundry this weekend. I busted my hump doing laundry yesterday. I have a basket to fold and probably one more load to go and I'm completely caught up.

6. Tomatoes!! Our tomatoes are ripening! I bought a ginormous package of bacon so we can have BLT's! Fresh garden tomatoes are the very best thing. I had one for my lunch the other day and it was amazing!

7. K5. Our granddaughter is such an amazing kid! For the past few years, she's been growing her hair so she can cut it and donate to wigs for kids. Yesterday, she met that goal and had her very first haircut. Gone are her baby curls and baby blonde hair. In its place is a grown up looking girl, who is so beautiful! We're so proud of her. And she looks so stinking grown up! I can't deal!

8. Getting pictures of the new grandson! He is so cute! He has these cute chubby cheeks that I just want to kiss endlessly! And his smile is ridiculously adorable!

9. Plans with That Man to escape to the camping world - just the two of us. The sooner, the better.

10. I'm stretching it now... I've got nothing else I can think of at the moment...


Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's All About the Attic...

We're so close.

The first coat of poly went down tonight. It was a brutal dance between me and That Man. He would do a section, dripping in sweat, and then I would take over, also dripping in sweat. It's hot as balls up there. (yes, we have an air conditioner, but don't want to put it in until all of the dust is gone. Plus, everything dries faster without it. There are fans running, but neither did anything for the oppressive heat tonight)

It looks awesome though. Darker than we thought, but still super cool.

Next is a coat of paint on the walls/partial walls that won't be covered in burlap. The rest of the material should be here tomorrow. But we will paint before that. We had to put a coat of poly down first so any errant drops of paint won't suck right into the 111 year old wood floor.

It's a dance. But it's working out so far.

Tomorrow is Friday, which is a good thing on so many levels!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday - Almost a Week?

I didn't mean for it to take me so long between updates!!

It's been crazy here with trying to get the attic done.

Recap of that:

Junk is gone. I cannot tell you how freeing that is! The only things left stored up there relating to That Man and and I are some National Geographic magazines the kids wanted to keep, a box of books - also for the kids, some wood, and some insulation. So technically, That Man and I have nothing stored up there (except that old timey bag cell phone we'll sell eventually). This is a very awesome thing. (Remember what we went through clearing out our parents house? Yeah... We checked box number is the basement)

We have the poly for the floor, the paint for the other floor, the half-wall has awesome wood on it, and the walls are 1/4 done. The sanding on the big half is done. This sounds like nothing, but, trust me, it's not. It already looks amazing up there. Tomorrow night, we spot sand the wood filler and put the first coat of poly down. Then we can paint (better to paint walls with a super old floor with a coat of poly down for easy clean up). We only have to paint about a foot on one whole wall and two partial walls, and then about four feet of wall on one wall. The burlap covering is working out awesome, and we're waiting for more to come so we can finish.

It is coming along quite nicely. The Kid should be in her new room by next weekend. We still need to do the other side of the room, but that will also start to happen next weekend and should go quickly since it's a super small area. Well, not super small, just a lot smaller than the big side. LOL

Other than that.

That Mom is doing okay in rehab. She does have a UTI, which explains a lot. Her roommate is a trip.

School starts in 12 days. K4 is not really thrilled about that. There are still jeans, undies, and school supplies to be purchased.

Camp is coming in about two weeks. So very looking forward to that. The Aunt and Uncle are coming to be with us for the weekend. Yay!

I need to write (writing has suffered a lot with this attic thing). I should be able to get at least a few words in before time to crash.


Thursday, August 10, 2017


Oh geeze...

The 'burban is back in the shop, which is the last thing we need right now. The Jeep is still parked until her cancer can get fixed in about three weeks. The Green Goblin is back, but we will be selling her because her life cycle is at an end, and even though we picked her up tonight, she can't be driven until the shop actually puts an inspection sticker on her. (They forgot) And even though the shop drove it and tried to figure out what was wrong with it, they couldn't, so we still have no idea... It's always something. The 'burban lost a brake line today. This is after That Man fixed the oil leak we had (we went through five quarts in three days), and when he pulled it off the ramps, we wondered if it was an electrical glitch or something to worry about. Well... After driving it with the brake light on, I can tell you that it was something to worry about. I had no brakes. Well. Some. But not the usual amount. Argh. So now... We share one car between three people. Ugh...And all three of us have to be at work at different times. How fun...

That Mom is comfortably settled in a short term rehab center. There's not much that can be done for the issues she's having. We now have a name for her symptoms and issues of late (dementia aside). She refuses surgery and is not a surgical candidate. So we do what we do... And make the most of everything. None of us know what the near future holds at this point. We're just happy she's in a place that will care for her 24/7 and that we know one of the nurses there.

Attic renovations are coming along. The garbage is almost gone. So is the carpet. Some of the wood floor has been replaced. The wall covering has been ordered. This weekend is a big push. We'll be sanding floors, and hopefully putting poly down. Hey, if anyone wants to come and help... We'll feed you and supply adult beverages... just saying. Ha!

The new book is also coming along. I'm still working the details out in my head, but Robin Hood. Yess!

Tomorrow is Friday. Thank goodness. It's been a Hell week at the day job. And that's an understatement...


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Argh. Back to the day job tomorrow. I need at least three more weekend days to get everything done. For real.

Let's see:

1. That Mom is hanging in there. She's upset that she missed the baby shower today, but she's in the best possible place right now. She has a bunch of tests tomorrow. Her doctor called us today with an update, but basically they are managing her, which is all they can do right now.

2. The attic is coming along. We kicked butt on Saturday, despite having to run errands and do the shopping. We still have quite a bit to do before we can do the construction part, but we're getting there. K4 fell down the steps today carrying a box. She's okay, but she was a little shook up.

3. The baby shower was good. It was a lot of work, but I was glad to be able to help my sister-in-law out. The tables were beautiful and the food turned out well. I made egg salad and potato salad. And then we made little sandwiches. She got a lot of nice gifts. Baby H is due in a month and we're all excited.

Now it's chill out time. We're beat beyond beat. I still have laundry to do.

That is all.


Friday, August 04, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Oh! We made it!!

We'll do Good Thing, Bad Thing...

Let's start with the bad.

1. That Man's Mom is in the hospital. She went tonight. Her blood pressure was out of control and her confusion was epic. She's in active Congestive Heart Failure, but the doctors are managing it. They want to keep her for a few days to get the fluid out and check her meds.

2. I am missing my great-nephews first birthday party tomorrow. :(

3. I am also missing my meeting and my friends. :(

4. The work ahead of me this weekend is daunting.

5. Another month of one car between the two of us. I can't wait to get my Jeep back.

Now Good.

1. My latest update on That Mom is that her bp has dropped and she's breathing better. Good. I also love the doctor that saw her before we left. He was attentive and listened to us. And I got a laugh and a smart assed comment from her when I got there, which is awesome. That Mom is very close to me and our sense of humor matches.

2. Hopefully good attic progress tomorrow between hospital time and prepping for my niece's baby shower.

3. Talking to my sister. It was a very good conversation. I miss her.

4. The thunderstorm we're having right now! Awesome! We're under a severe watch/warning. I love it!

5. Emails from good friends!

6. The plan to get stuff done this weekend, despite everything else.

7. My awesome sister-in-law celebrating her new old lady status today! :) 50 like me now! She's also FIVE years cancer free! Fantastic! She has been my friend since ninth grade and I don't know what I'd do without her! She has a heart of gold and the kind of no-nonsense attitude that I aspire to have! Love her!

8. Figuring out what to eat for dinner with K4. We wandered and wandered around the ginormous grocery store after leaving the hospital. Finally, she decided on something and so did I. But we laughed a lot and managed to keep each other sane while in the huge grocery store. (I hate this grocery store. It stresses me out, but we figured we'd have better luck getting something for dinner fast there.)

9. Living through the work week. One of my favorite coworkers had his last day today. It's sad. I'm going to miss him and his sense of humor and great attitude. He moved on to bigger and better things, but work is not going to be the same without him. Last week, we said good-bye to another guy, who I really like, but didn't really get to know. It's weird and the changes are disconcerting.

10. Meeting my writing goal! (Finished the short!!) Now on to sequels!! Yay!

That is all!


Tuesday, August 01, 2017


Today has been a pretty good day.

I wrote a bunch of words. Good words, too. (well... maybe. I hope.)

I picked up a penny from the parking lot at the day job today. This penny has been in the parking lot months - like since winter or before. Every time I would see it, it was heads down and I would hear my mom's voice telling me to never pick up a heads down penny and to wait. I always wondered if it would ever be heads up and what would have to happen for it to be so...

Today, it was heads up. I don't know how. And it's now in my pocket. It's very worn and beaten, but it was heads up. Finally. I can't tell you how many times I've walked by that penny. It was hot and a mess, but as I slid it into my pocket, I felt a definite sense of peace and rightness. I can't explain that. It is what it is.

Someone I very recently started working with bought my book and this morning, though she hadn't finished it, told me she was loving it. Awesome! Total author validation! Even if she ends up hating it at the end, she still loved it for a time. Right?

Phone calls that turned out better than I expected. Nah...  I don't want to get into it, but suffice it to say that my worries are put to rest. That's all I can ask for.

That's three good things. Awesome.

The only bad part about the day is That Man isn't feeling that great. His head is killing him. He slept a while, took some meds, and is feeling some better. Good. But what is up with that? Though, he's always dealt with headaches. It has been a while though. This is where K4 gets it. I wish I had answers and a solution.

K4 also had a migraine today. She missed work and her oral surgeon appointment. She is feeling better after sleeping pretty much all day. Like father, like daughter.

Attic work was done, but not by me. K1 went through a bunch of his stuff, and from what I can see, we have a win as far as space goes. Very good.  AND I folded all of the laundry in addition to what laundry I did tonight. That's like the bees knees or something, right?

So now it's bedtime. The laundry is as done as it ever gets around here. We had a good dinner and dishes are done. Toys are cleaned up. Trash is taken out (which was no small feat - attic cleaning. I'm thrilled to see all of the crap gone). The house is in semi-decent order. I'm okay with all of that.

That is all...


Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Was...

Long. Sucky. Exhausting. Frustrating. Back pain.

Yeah. It was that kind of day.

The good things...
Good dinner, Mr. B and his super adorable haircut - playing legos with him and making him a snack that he loved. Getting words on the page. I'm so close to being done, but the story doesn't seem to want to end. I'm already past my projected word count, which isn't that big of a deal unless I can't edit it down.

I still have a whole bunch of laundry in baskets waiting to be folded. Seriously, if I have to make a choice between folding laundry and playing legos with the grandson, there's no contest at all.

And tomorrow we head back up to the attic to see what we can get done.

I'm not making any decisions on this week yet. I'll let you know on Friday.

That's all for now. I need to see if I can get the tweak in my back to ease. I guess I'm too old to sit on the floor and play. Ha!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Well, here we are at Sunday again. Damn.

It's been a pretty decent weekend. Didn't get as much done as we wanted, but still making progress. The attic is coming along. We still have a crap ton to do. Like walls and floors. Ugh, but the insulation has been added. Laundry has been done (shh. It's not folded yet) That Man fixed the cupboard in the kitchen that keeps falling apart and the screen door. I made awesome lasagna for dinner last night. The grass has been mowed, though the weeding didn't get done. K3 came over for a bit and now That Man and I are alone. We did the grocery shopping (ugh) and got tomorrow's dinner in a marinade.

So yeah, busy weekend. I'm beat.

Now it's writing time. Maybe I'll get the laundry folded after. Maybe not. All I can think about is crawling into bed, so we'll see...

That is all.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Feel Good Friday...

All the good that is good!! (never mind my raging headache!)

1. It's Friday and the end of a very long work week. We said goodbye to an awesome co-worker, had some good food, dealt with a glitchy system, and did our best to get the work done on time.

2. Hanging out at The Thing That Man and I went to on Wednesday. It was good food and good conversation. I'm glad I went.

3. That sneezing thing going away. Yay! Though I am still achy and tired.

4. Talking to my sister this week. We don't talk often enough and while it was a super quick and necessary conversation, it was still good. I still need to fill her in on a few things, but it is what it is and we'll get there. Plans to see her next weekend!

5. No cooking or dishes tonight. We ordered pizza which was awesome and a much needed break!

6. Though it doesn't sound like fun, the plans for tomorrow to work in the attic all day. We will make great progress!

7. It's raining and I love that!

8. Getting words on the page! I've done pretty well this week. Not awesome, but not horrible either.

9. My dog being all snuggled up next to me. She's a tired puppy.

10. Bed and sleeping in tomorrow. Since I'll be going to bed very soon, the sleeping in time will be silly, but still! Sleeping until I can't sleep anymore is awesome! Ha!

That is all...


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday Ugh...

I've been sneezing all day.

Couldn't take it anymore and took some allergy meds a lady from my work had and it made me super sleepy. I'm still super sleepy. My shoulders, neck, and head hurt. My nose is getting stuffy.

Nooo! I know there's a summer cold going around. I don't want or need it. I'm gong to ignore it and hope it goes away!

No attic work has been done since Tuesday. That Man and I had a thing last night and there was no way I was going up there with the way I feel tonight. K4 was cool with that since she's not feeling so great either.

Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!

I'm going to try to get a few words on the page tonight, but not sure how many. I'm making good progress on the next story in the free anthology. So there's that.

That is all...


Tuesday, July 25, 2017


More attic work...

It's not so hot today, so we worked a little longer. Yes, we have an air conditioner to put in up there, but getting the crap out of the way has to come first. It's not that bad, but there's a system of stacking that's blocking the path.

Tonight's work was clearing out one of the storage spaces so we can put some of K1's things in there. Yeah. I'm storing my grown kids crap, but it is what it is. We have most of it moved in and took as much trash as we thought the trash men will take out to the curb.

After clearing out my parent's house, I have no desire to save things. Gone are two boxes of VHS tapes. We don't want them. We have no use for them. And I know from experience that no one will buy them. (Don't even think yard sale - that's something I highly doubt I will ever do again. Horrible)

We're getting ever closer to being ready to start finishing the walls and then doing the floors. I hope it goes quickly. I need it to be done so we can move on to the next project and eventually find some kind of order in this house. Ack.

K4 wants a waterbed, so we're on the lookout for that. Don't judge. That Man and I have always had a waterbed - he had one before we got married. I've never even thought about getting a different kind of bed. I like it. And yes, I managed four pregnancies getting in and out of it with no issues. I have rarely slept on a mattress that feels as good as mine - except one time at the beach, and then the bed at my uncles house. That's not very many in thirty years of marriage, so there's that.

Anyway. The laundry is done, the dishes, and the writing, among a bunch of other stuff. It's time to go to bed...


Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday. Oh. Monday.

So... Monday...

The first thing is that I really, really wish I was going to the national conference in Florida tomorrow! It's been a super, super long time since I went and though you wouldn't think I would be feeling this way, I do. Next year it's in Colorado and while I would absolutely love to go there, I know that's not happening. BUT the year after, it's in New York, so that's definitely on my list of things that must be done!

Monday blows. It was a really rough work day. So rough I didn't think I would still have a job at the end. It wasn't that bad, but I felt that bad. I made a pretty huge mistake and it sucks. I love my boss for having my back and helping to guide me through the rough waters. I "think" it'll turn out okay in the end.

Attic renovations.... Oy! It's hot up there. We worked for quite a while clearing out the storage spaces to make room for additional storage. We have saved a bunch of newspapers with iconic headlines. We'll be keeping those, even if the kid doesn't think she'll care about them in twenty years. My guess is that they will all care when that time comes. We have every local paper from September 11th, which is cool to me even now. There's a lot, a lot, more to do, but the vision is starting to come together.

That Man found and fixed a major leak under the kitchen sink. We have had dishes all over the kitchen for almost two days. Of course, the leak was found after we made a whole lot of mess. He fixed it yesterday once he got all of the stuff he needed and the fix had to dry for hours (and even more hours since it's humid... so... yeah), but it was such a mess we ended up going out to dinner with Mr. B since we were watching him. When I got home tonight, That Man had started a run through the dishwasher (couldn't use that either) and I just finished up washing the rest of the dishes - from the mess and the ones that got yucky from the leak.

That's all for now. I have writing to do!!!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

End of Saturday...

It was a good day, despite the change of plans for tonight.

The morning was glorious, but you already knew that. My uncle also sent me jealousy inducing pictures of him on the west coast. On a house boat, no less.

K4 and I headed out to get her eyes checked. We were supposed to do some window shopping, but after the wait at the vision place (even though we had an appointment and had our insurance stuff done before we went) and the twenty minute meltdown of a little girl screaming outside of the store "I don't know why you won't let me buy it" "I won't eat it all again" "I need it" "Let me buy it", with huge tears and A LOT of screaming, we cut our losses and headed to the grocery store.

We made a super quick trip because we were both done with people and shopping. Got back home, put groceries away, did some more laundry, and That Man made it home. Stromboli for dinner and a little mindless TV.

I am/have written. We watched Gran Torino, which reminds me of my dad. We're watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which is one of my favorite movies. I love it. My sister is totally the aunt in this. Ha!

Am missing the beach a lot. I so wish we were going in less than 70 days, but alas, it's not happening this year. Unless one of us wins the lottery... Hey, I can dream, can't I?

That is all. It's more words and bedtime soon. God. I am turning into an old lady! Ha!


Feel Good Friday On Saturday

A little late, but since I was in bed by 9pm last night...

All of the Feel Goods in one place...

1. Sleeping in this morning. Even though I didn't "really" since I went to bed so early. It was still nice to wake up relaxed and well-rested.

2. Living through the work week. It was a brutal one. One of the worst parts was that the air conditioning malfunctioned and it was like we were working in the jungle until Friday. Bleh.

3. That Man and K4 doing the shopping and cooking dinner last night. Nice!

4. Mr. B. He's such a funny and smart kid. I think he's going to grow up to be a litigator or something. He's always trying to make deals about everything. Ha!

5. Upcoming weekend plans to see two of my other grands. New baby!

6. Getting everything I needed/wanted to get done this morning finished. And having a quiet morning of just me and the dog. Now it's me and K4 and we're getting ready to head out on some errands.

7.  Writing time scheduled for later. We were supposed to have plans. Plans I was looking forward to, but since That Man is working in heat advisory temps, we'll be staying home. He won't be in any shape to go out. It stinks, but it's okay, too.

8. Talking to my UB. It's nice to just chat with him. He's all we have left on my mom's side of the family and over the years all of us kids have developed a really special bond with him. He calls us "his kids", which is awesome.

That's all for now.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Nonsense

The nonsense of today... Or just stuff...

1. That Brother left. He's heading to a conference that he was not looking forward to. (I really wish I was heading to the National writing conference coming up next week. It's been too, too long since I went. Hopefully soon.)

2. I stopped at the store to buy food for the pets, but forgot paper products.

3. It's hot outside. Damn hot. Like heat advisory hot. I just stepped outside to throw something in the recycle can and almost died. No lie.

4. Oh! So. I went to bed after finishing my post last night... crawled in and got all snuggly with the air conditioners, the fans, and That Man. And then I felt/smelled it.Not only did the cat poop on our bed, there was also pee. So freaking disgusting. It was bad enough we had to change out the comforter, but nothing like changing sheets/mattress pads and sanitizing the mattress at 11:30pm. (We have a waterbed - something I am super grateful for since we don't have to worry about mattress smells/stains/blah) I'm still grossed out.

5. We had a bunch of whatever for dinner. There were so many leftovers in the fridge that we just pulled them all out and whatever you ate is what you ate. Everything left got pitched. Of course, this should have happened (and usually does) on Tuesday before the trash is taken out, but whatever.

6. Just a reminder - I have two new releases out. The free anthology short and Into the Fire. Both are available on Amazon. I hope you check them out.

That is all. I'm dead tired and have to get up early tomorrow...


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mid-Week Insanity

Halfway through the week... Thank goodness!

Let's see...

That Brother is here. He's cooked us some awesome food and the siblings got a chance to hang out last night, which was great. Tonight we had another amazing dinner. That Man and I cleaned up. I did laundry, and the boys went to check on their mother who was having a moment of confusion.

Well, she has a lot of those these days. She's 80 and she's not in the best of health. We are frequently, very frequently, over there. And then we have the additional visits when she believes her TV remote is hooked up to her oxygen tank or her medication schedule or, dare I say, her bathroom needs. Yeah. There is that. Most of this occurs in the evening, which is par for the course. She hides candy and sweets - always has. I say, let her eat the damn candy - within reason. Which she does have. Reason, I mean. We don't have any idea what's going to happen. We're watching everything between That Man's Sister, me, and That Man. This is the first time That Brother has had to deal with this since he lives so far away and it's freaking him out, I think.

We often talk about what our next step is and how to know when we have to make a decision. I would love to bring her here, but we don't have the funds to make a safe place for her at this point. Neither does That Sister. We're working on it. And spending as much time with her as possible. It's not like any of us don't know how this ends...

So anyway. She's fine and has cycled out of the confusion for tonight. We'll see what tomorrow brings and we'll continue to do what we do.

And... That Man just went to bed and called me up to say two cats were trapped in our room and he smelled cat poop. Sure enough. There was poop. On. Our. Freaking. Bed. So yeah... That's forty times of grossness and disgustingness. I. Can't. Even. It's all cleaned up, sanitized beyond sanitized, but still...

Other than that...
There's a picked clean corn cob in my bathroom trash. Who does that?
We are 99.9% out of paper products in this house. About the only thing left is six napkins and some toilet paper - no napkins or papertowels. No paper plates. No disinfectant wipes (not after the cat poop anyway). This all, obviously, happened today.
The authentic sombreros we brought back from Missouri are starting to show up in weird places. K4 has one hanging on her door. K1 will show up with one on claiming his name is "Horatio" or something like that.

That's enough for now. I have more laundry to do now... Damn...


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up...

It's been a quick weekend around here.

Friday night was a quick, non cooked dinner (too hot to cook), running around getting That Man ready for his Saturday gig. Hanging with K1, K4, and Mr. B. To bed early. Super early for a Friday.

Saturday - coffee - iced. Trying to convince Mr. B to help me pull weeds. Ha! Attic working. (K4 is moving to the attic, but there is mucho work to be done. It's going to be cool when it's done though. We have a definite plan. I will eventually get my office - maybe by this time next year... I hope. It was a way too hot day, so not a lot of weeds got pulled.

Saturday night - That Man was exhausted from his day. We made some burgers. I made potato salad. We chilled and did a whole lot of nothing in the evening. In bed super early again.

Sunday - hot coffee. Lots of house cleaning - scrubbing floors and the like - the weekly thing. I should have done it yesterday, but... Laundry. Grocery store. Seeing That Man's mom and sister. I was trying to pull more weeds, but the sun got too hot and I couldn't do it. We made awesome chicken, corn on the cob, and fried potatoes for dinner. Had a little confab on the attic and are now waiting for Mr. B's cake to be done.

That Man's Brother (That Brother) comes in from CA tomorrow. He'll have a quick trip here for a few days before he heads back home. Looking forward to seeing him. I know That Man is.

That is all for now... It's time to write!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oral Surgery Wednesday...

K4 had to have another oral surgery. Not as bad as the one she had last year, but still rough on her. One of the chains attached to her canines disconnected and they had to remove the fixture and replace it. I took off from the day job today to take her to surgery and then had no choice but to stay home with her (I'd planned to go in to work for a half day). For one, she was in rough shape, and then we had a heck of a time getting her prescription filled and she needed me with her. I ended up having to go back to the oral surgeon, pick up a written script, and then hand deliver it to the pharmacy.

It all worked out, though much later than she needed for her pain meds. It was nice to be home. I got my laundry done, made a dinner I don't often get to make because of prep time, took care of some household administration duties. I didn't, however, get to take a nap, and I so wanted one.

Tomorrow it's back to the grind. Oy. But at least it's Thursday.

Working on my story for the next free "sentence" story. Then it's on to a sequel of Into the Fire. Yay!

We're watching "Moana" and I just had a stray thought... I want to be the village crazy lady. (If you haven't seen the movie, I recommend it. Maybe that's because I'm living in four-year-old land right now though)

That's all for now!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Where Have I Been?

So since last Thursday...

That Man and I went on an adventure, just the two of us. It was awesome!

The K's still living at home took care of each other, did their own shopping, laundry, trouble-shooting, and camping.

We road-tripped it to Missouri, which was a long drive. Despite the exhaustion, we had a lot of fun during the drive. (we'll not talk about getting pulled over in Ohio - no ticket, so all good, and no, it wasn't for speeding)

What's in Missouri, you ask?

My aunt and uncle - my uncle who happens to be my mom's only sibling. Cousins I hadn't met before and other family. I wish we could have seen more of them, but time wasn't working out for any of us. We did manage to see my other aunt and uncle (really cousins, ,but we call older cousins aunt and uncle), and had an awesome authentic Kansas City BBQ lunch before spending the afternoon visiting my old town (population: 220), and seeing old haunts. It was nice!

On the fourth, my aunt and uncle hosted a wedding. That Man and I helped out a lot. (It was a good thing we were there) and dealt with the rain during the wedding, in addition to a lot of stories I won't share here. It turned out very well, despite our obstacles.

We had a really nice time! It was good to sit and talk, laugh, and hear stories. Of course, it made me miss my folks, but it was good to share that with my uncle. We both needed it.

Then we made the long haul home and it was good to drive with That Man. We got home in the wee hours, slept for a while, and then tuned up the 'burban.

Back to work yesterday. Oy!


Thursday, June 29, 2017


Eight more hours of the working thing until official weekending. We have a crazy schedule and much to do!

I'll miss my writing meeting on Saturday and I'll miss a wedding and some camping. I won't, however, miss my granddaughter's seventh birthday party. Or some much needed time with That Man...

More on that later...

For now. It's time to sleep.

Oh, and don't forget to check out my book that came out yesterday!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It's Here!!

Into the Fire releases tomorrow!! Whoot!!

Go forth and enjoy!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Into the Fire Cover Reveal

Here it is... Like I said, release date and links coming soon!

In Olivia Sanders' world, people like her don't survive very long. Special
abilities are a threat to the corrupt government and those loyal. Olivia and those with similar abilities struggle to keep their secrets as new laws threaten them daily. Though hiding isn't enough for Olivia. A healer and firestarter, she works with the resistance to ensure the safety of the people of her sector, toiling in an unforgiving world without freedom or hope with the goal that someday they will find both.

Poisoned by someone she should never have trusted, betrayed by her
godfather, the former governor, who is using disturbing methods to control
the population and grow his army, Olivia is forced to seek help from Luke Jamison, the leader of the resistance. They join forces with his brother, Matt, and Jillian Derrick, a hard-as-nails woman leading a band of "undesirables" to safety.

As conditions in the sector deteriorate and the death toll climbs ever
higher, Olivia and Luke, Jillian and Matt, cling to the miracle of found
love while facing the horror of a future without each other.

I hope you check it out! 



Sunday Again...

I'm going to show you my new cover next. Pretty sure my release date is July 5th, but I'll let you know as soon as I know!

So... We never made it to see Wonder Woman. We headed out and went to a cool Mexican restaurant for lunch. As we're sitting there, we were remarking how it was such a beautiful day. Not too hot. No rain. Gorgeous blue skies with white puffy clouds. We kind of looked at each other and said, "why are we going to sit in a movie theater when we haven't seen such gorgeous weather for weeks", and that was that. We finished lunch, stopped at the grocery store, ran home to grab out stuff and the dog, and headed to camp.

It definitely was a gorgeous day, but the creek looked like chocolate milk and was super high and fast. No swimming for the dog. We had a great time. Campfire, chicken alfredo for dinner, lots of laughing, and good conversation. The only downside was that I didn't sleep well at all, but I did get to sleep in a bit, so that was good.

Today is very beautiful as well. We drank a bunch of coffee, ate bagels, and then loaded up for home. The dog was more than ready. Our friend's puppy takes a toll on her. He is huge and excitable, and wants to try out being a "boy" dog on her. She doesn't like that at all. They did play really well today, which is good, but Elsa was just done with everything and decided to get into the truck and wait for us. Ha!

After we got home, we cleaned up and headed out for jeans and groceries. Now I'm all alone with the dog and working on getting some things done. Laundry is going - last load in the washer. I'm making myself some eggrolls for dinner. Enjoying the quiet...

That Man continues to have a blast. He said yesterday was rough - lots of rowing, sun, and casting his fishing rod, but not a lot of fish. Poor guy. He'll be home later and I'm sure he'll be exhausted.

That's all...

Cover reveal coming next!!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Oh thank you Friday! I am so glad to see you!

So let's get to the good stuff...

1. Friday, duh! Friday is good. But every day should be good in its own way. You just gotta make it so.

2. That Man having a blast on his trip - catching lots of fish, getting soaked by rain, and eaten by bugs, but he's loving every minute of it.

3. K4 and I hanging out tonight. She got her new phone with her own monies and she's thrilled. We went to dinner and had awesome food and conversation.

4. I got my ARC for my new release! I'm working through it and hope to get it done asap, but after a while of reading the same lines over and over, the old eyes get buggy and every word looks the same, so I'm probably done for the night. I will let you know as soon as I get a firm release date! I will also do a cover reveal tomorrow (if I have time)!

5. We're going to see Wonder Woman tomorrow! I admit I haven't seen a lot of previews or anything, so I have no idea what to expect. I've heard it's good.

6. Camping! Obviously there was no camping tonight. The camping spot is full of mud and water and we have dogs... Not a good mix for anything, plus it's been raining on and off all day and raining currently. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I am hoping for it though. (by the way, I am not opposed to camping in the rain, but not going made sense tonight)

7. Air conditioning. It's the best and I love it.

8. Sleeping in tomorrow! Yes!

That's it. It's bed time.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh... It's Only Thursday...

I know it's just hours until Friday, but... I still have to make it through the day job before the weekend begins...

So weekend plans...

Up in the air thanks to the weather. Supposed to go camping. We'll see how that works out. It's been pouring here for hours and tomorrow is supposed to be the same. Oy! It is what it is and we'll definitely make the most out of whatever happens, even if we stay home, which looks like the plan right now.

In other news...

My Jeep isn't going to pass inspection. The frame has cancer. Bad cancer. We knew this was a possibility. We will fix it. The only issue is figuring out what I'm going to drive during the time it takes to get it fixed. It will be totally worth it in the end.... But...Oy!

That Man is away on his annual fishing trip. He's having a blast and he's only been there for a few hours. My house is filled with testosterone as the men left in my house think they are in charge. They are freaking wrong about this. I am in charge. And I will do what I want, regardless of them. But it's good and hysterical. I don't even know what they are doing at the moment, but the television is loud and they are laughing, so that's a good thing.

And there's a game that seems pretty fun. We just need to figure it out before we can play. And K1 is dancing...

That is all for now... It's bedtime...


Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Madness...

I hate you, Monday.

Hate is a strong word, I know, but seriously? You force me out of bed after sleeping in for two days. You make me fight stupid traffic. And then... I get to the day job and... woah... Thanks for all of the work...

Though... I will say that I felt more in control of the day job situation today, even with my extra responsibilities. All things considered, even after making an ass out of myself after being given the wrong telephone numbers to return important phone calls, I felt like I prevailed, and as it turns out, I knew the wrong number guy and we had a good laugh over it. Go me!

We took food to K2 and J tonight and to see the grandkids. Baby I is so precious. I can't even. He's alert and pleasant and didn't cry the whole time we were there (except for diaper change). Baby C - now known as Toddler C - was very excited that we brought all of mommy's Barbie books for her. She and Pappy played dinosaurs and ate pretend cake. I like Monday for this.

Our own dinner didn't happen until super late. Which was okay. It was good.

I took care of my stuff for my new release. I think that's still happening next week, but I'm not 100% sure yet. I'll post it as soon as I know....

Back to the grind tomorrow. It's going to be a crazy week, so if you don't hear from me...


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dad Day...

So... It's Dad Day... I love every single one of the dad's in my life, but I miss my own dad. A lot. A whole lot!

(I know I've been gone a week. The work week was brutal and I purposefully stayed off the computer to save my sanity...)

Highlights from the past week:

K4 started her job. She loves it and is doing great.

It's hot.

It's damn hot.

We have a new grandson. He's so adorable and he will henceforth be called Baby I. Momma and baby are doing awesome! Tomorrow we will take them dinner and there will be cuteness!

We had that damned street fair day again and it sucked.

We took Mr. B to see Cars 3 last night. Correction: my niece C took care off this. She's wanted to take him to see this movie since it was announced. She paid his way in and we had an awesome time hanging with the family! The movie was awesome and we all loved it! He had a blast! He loves his Auntie C, Uncle S, Grand Uncle and Aunt S. That's all he's talked about all day... And Cars 3... don't forget about that!!

Dad's day was, I hope, good for That Man. The kids got together for an awesome present for him and he was amazed. We had awesome food and laughter, though it's so hot we all felt like we were dying... (It's stupid hot)

We made a lot of food when we got home from visiting That Man's Mom. Food for K2 and J, food for us, and food for That Man to take with him on his amazing fishing trip coming up. We also did some laundry... which is currently languishing in the dryer... Oy!

But... Tomorrow is Monday again. Dang it.

Got to do it. Time for bed...


Sunday, June 11, 2017


So here we are at Sunday. The work week begins in a few hours and I'm sad....

We had a most excellent weekend. We made a huge dent in our yard work (my legs and butt can't deny that), we grilled great food (including awesome London Broil and the ridiculous chicken marinade idea K4 and I had, which was good, but not as good as it could have been), the laundry got done, and grocery shopping, my air conditioner got put in, and I finished and sent back my edits. (right on target)

I'm looking forward to sleeping in a cool room. Last night was brutal.

There are stupid aphids on my tomato plants. I have battled them all weekend. I think I am losing. I'm doing the mild detergent, removing them, and snipping off the most affected leaves. We'll see what happens... I still have unaffected blooms, for now, which is good.

I now have a high school senior. Looking forward to this year with my kid! She also starts her new job on Wednesday. Super cool.

The kittens are thriving. Momma is also doing well. She pops her head up and stares at us when she's hungry, which is a good thing. K4 held one of the babies last night and he was super comfortable with her and us. I haven't seen them much today, but That Man saw them early this morning - playing and nursing out in the open. I think we may have homes for all, including momma.

I've been outside doing edits all day. It was really nice to sit in a clean yard and work. K3 also worked outside all day. We ended up sharing a space in the shade when the sun got too brutal. The kids would holler at me when it looked like I was slacking off (which I did. A lot) and it was the encouragement I needed to get done.

Now it's folding laundry time and bed time...

That is all...


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Thursday... Almost There...

Hi Thursday!

I love the promise of Friday coming in just a few hours.
I love the "let's go, weekend" mentality that arrived right around 5pm today.
I don't, however, love the fact that I still have one day to work... And get up early and stuff...
I love how That Man did some grocery shopping on his way home.
And also that he had dinner taken care of when I got home.
I love kicking back on the porch with the family...
Also, I love that our plans for the weekend include yard and house work and editing, but not much else... Nice.


As I'm on my way home tonight, I'm talking to K2 on the phone. (Our new little man is due anytime now!! Yay!) I get a text from That Man about having kittens in the yard. Of course, I'm confused. I tell K2 and she thinks I said "chickens". LOL Finally get home to see some super adorable kittens living in our yard... Strays. Momma is there, taking care of them. We didn't even know they were there, though we've seen the momma in the yard a few times and we've heard meowing, but not "kitten" meowing. There are definitely four kittens, maybe five... We have no idea what's going to happen. I have a contact with a local adoption center and I've contacted them to see what we can do... We already have three cats or I would seriously consider keeping a few... But if there's an orange one, I make no promises... Ha!

Editing is going well. I'm down to the major stuff. Some of the things are easy and some I've been thinking about since the edits came... My goal is to return them by Sunday and I think that's logical.

Other than that... I'm one day away from having my very last high school senior. My baby will graduate this time next year. After so many years with kids in school, this is super hard to wrap my head around. I've had kids in school for 23 years... Wrap your head around that one. I know I can't...

That's all.


Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Tuesday...and Still With the Sickness

I swear it will never end!

I am doing a lot better. Still hacking up my lungs and dealing with the sore throat and headache. Also fatigue. Yeah, I've made it to the day job every day this week. I come home feeling like a dirty wet dishrag though.

K4 is still a wreck. She's doing her finals at school, but then comes home to sleep as much as she can. She's a mess.
I've heard this thing can take over two weeks to get rid of. Oy!

I'm doing edits for my end of month release! Working hard on them. Making good progress. Though. Not feeling like I'm doing enough each night, but still doing it.

My crock pot died. I am sad. We use our crock pot several times a week. Now I am shopping for the same crock pot, but I don't think I'll ever find it. I've had this one for a super long time - a gift from my mom and it's super cool because it has three different sized containers. The best thing would be to find the same one. Then I'll have double containers and two lids. I'm not giving up hope.

That is all for now.


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday and Sickness...

It's been a rough weekend...

I did make my meeting, though I never had to do any "wrangling". Our Prez did an amazing job getting the conversation started and keeping it going. And It's all good. I did not make lunch with the gang. I came home and napped after a super rough night of sleep.

When That Man got home from taking his mom to her class reunion, we had to run out the door for K5's recital. First stop for flowers for her and a birthday gift for my great niece. We made it to K5's recital just in time. She did an absolutely amazing job! So proud of our girl!

Then we went to my sister's for hanging out. We had a great time. It was awesome for all of us to be together. Great niece was super cute and excited and her upcoming shopping spree. She's so adorable. We couldn't stay long because I still felt like hell and That Man had an early day today. We had to stop at the store for medicine for K4 since she was still feeling like hell... Got home, gave meds, K4 pukes everywhere. I get it. That medicine makes me puke, too. She's a wreck. Completely understandable. But it does work and she sleeps for a while. And then we have a horrible night of her and I both up - coughing, in pain... The throat hurting is awful...

We made it through today. I did a lot of housework. Spaced out with a lot of rest. So, I didn't get the vacuuming done, but the laundry is done, and the kitchen is clean. The trash is all out. That Man and I did the grocery shopping and then ordered horrible chinese food for dinner. We will never do that again.

Now it's bedtime...


Friday, June 02, 2017

Feel Good Friday?

I still feel like utter hell...

K4 and I were home today. We did the doctor. We were told it's allergies... Ha!

Take some Claritin or Zyrtec regularly. You're not actually dying. You're fine. Ha! They gave the kid some stuff to gargle for her very super sore throat. It doesn't work, despite the pharmacist warning me about how she could burn herself, or bite her tongue because of the numbing effect. Also, HA!

She's a mess. She's still running a fever. I am, too. I never knew you could do the fever thing with allergies? We did a lot of sleeping today. And watched a lot of The Office. And talked about eating stuff, but never actually did that. I'm not sure when either of us have actually eaten real food. Maybe Wednesday? I picked up the prescription and bought a lot of popsicles. That was the best thing I did all day. Though neither of us have eaten a popsicle yet.

We will see if the doctor gets called over the weekend. K4 is an absolute mess. Her throat, if possible, is even sorer after her negative strep test. (She said the tech "stabbed her in the throat", but that's not why she hurts)

I hated missing work. A lot, but since I didn't have the cognitive awareness to even think about tying my shoes or doing more than letting the dog out to do her business, it was for the best. I slept. A lot. It was good, but I'm still exhausted. My boss was super cool about me calling out today. She knows I would never call off unless I am dying...

My writing meeting is tomorrow. I am to be the "pitch wrangler". I hope I can fulfill my obligation! My voice is super bad. I sound like a chain-smoking grandma, complete with the cough. Oy! I am planning on making it and then to K5's performance in the evening. I know it won't be a late night, because I just can't. I seriously hope I feel better tomorrow. Seriously.

I'd better!


Thursday, June 01, 2017

June the First

K1's bday was good. Kebabs on the grill. Ice cream cupcakes for dessert. (Mr. B's request)

K4 went to New York with school and even though she was still feeling crappy, she had a good day.

I also still felt crappy.

Today brought more feeling crappy for both K4 and I. We both have the same symptoms - fever, aches, sore throat. I'm not sure how I'm still up and I'm not sure how I'm going to get all of the stuff I need to get done finished.

We had to go to a funeral for the mother of one of my oldest friends tonight. Well, the viewing. It was a lot harder than I expected. I've been to several funerals since my dad and mom's. This one was rough. Maybe since it was her mom  and I graduated high school with my friend. Maybe since I just remembered everything from my mom's. I'm not sure, but it sucked.


I sent my critiques and got all of them back. I need to submit this before the meeting on Saturday. I've gotten through one critique. Two more to go. Tomorrow night is booked. Ack!

I also got edits for Into the Fire, which releases in 27 days...

And, our weekend is booked. But the most important thing is that I feel like utter and unholy hell. My brain is not working right. My fingers don't type right (I've been trying to write this for a really long time), my throat is on fire, and my head feels like it's going to explode at any given moment.

I need to feel better and I need to slow time a little bit...


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Whole Lot of Recap...

Almost a week! It's been a busy one.

K4's show was awesomely amazing. She did such a great job with her acting and directing roles. So proud of her and her classmates!

(Next year, I will take off the day after. We were out way late and then went to camp...)

Friday - work day was long, but not slow. If that makes sense. That Man got off early and did the grocery shopping for camp. I met him at home and we quickly threw clothing, bedding, etc together and hit the road. It didn't take long to set up and thankfully, my sister made dinner. Friday night was relaxing and fun after we got set up. We had Mr. B and he was a riot.

Saturday - no sleeping in due to a four-year-old, but that's okay. We had a really good day.

Sunday - picnic time, which was good. That Man's mom made it up, which is also good. Unfortunately, I started feeling crappy right before the picnic. My head was killing me and my throat hurt. I went to lay down and slept through most of the afternoon. Woke up feeling a little better, but still pretty crappy. To bed early, and a really rough night of sleep. It rained like hell, but that wasn't my issue.

Monday - slept in a little, but woke feeling like hell. Achey, exhausted, and just not right. I managed to help break camp and load up. Luckily, the rain prevented us from dropping the camper - which would have been more work I don't think I could have done. (we'll have to drop it once the rain stops) Got home, ordered food, napped, and went to bed early.

Today is Tuesday - woke up feeling better. Still sore and achey and tired. K4 feels the exact same way. Made it through work, and now, after getting as much stuff done as I could, I feel awful. My nose is running, my head hurts, my body aches, my throat hurts... Don't know if it's an allergy thing (think so), or something else, but oy!! Stop already! I'm going to bed very soon.

I did get my editing done and sent for critique.

Tomorrow is K1's birthday. I have no idea what we're doing yet or what's going on...

That's all for now!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Halfway through the week! Thank goodness!

Tomorrow is K4's show! She is exhausted and migraine-y. Thankfully we were able to pick up her meds and the migraine I brought her home with was stayed. She was able to eat and relax, which is awesome. Especially considering she was near puking when we got home.

I have to tell you, I'm looking forward to Friday!

Don't forget about this!

That's all for now! I have some editing to do!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's here and It's Free!!

Go forth and get your free copy of this awesome anthology!!

This whole thing started at a conference a few years ago. We were sitting at dinner talking about how each of us would write a completely different story even if we all started with the same sentence. Then we decided to do it and see what happened. And here it is...

This was a lot of fun to write! I'm in the presence of amazing company! And guess what else? We're working on a second one where each stories will have the same second sentence!

Getting Back To Normal

Yeah, I'm home.

Glad to see my family and sleep in my own bed!
Not so glad to do the working thing, the cleaning thing, and the cooking/shopping things... Already running through things for next year's retreat! (It's our 15th year, so it's going to be epic)

This week is insane. K4's school performance is Thursday and this week is full of late rehearsals. She and I are up early making sure she has everything she needs, packing lunch and dinner, and copious amounts of coffee. Two more days. Tomorrow is another late rehearsal and then Thursday night is the show.

Then... weekend plans that should be awesome!

That is all! I have to get some editing done before I crash into my bed.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Retreat: Day Five - Last Post

It has been an amazing retreat!

Everyone leaving is full of only good things! I have a list of things I want to do next year for my peeps, and I wrote the rooms down so I don't expect my brain to remember what it can't. Ha!

I'm packed. The only thing remaining is my laptop and to load the car. We'll leave in a few hours - at check out time - once we make sure the lingering folks are out the door and that our meeting room is back in place.

I am ready to go home. I miss my family and my bed (though there's nothing wrong with this one). I miss my puppy. However, I am not looking forward to the work week and that routine starting up again. ha!

For now, I'm going to work on my next story for the next Sentence anthology (more posting on that once Amazon actually makes it free... they are taking so very long!)


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Retreat: Day Four - Post Two


Better pictures...
These are from outside our meeting room. In the second one, you can see the edge of the main part of the building. I thought I'd gotten the cool balcony in the pictures, but nope. Above where I was standing is the dining room, which has floor to ceiling windows. There was a wedding going on and we spent a little bit of time outside dancing. Ha! The place is really huge. It's probably over a mile from the dining room side to the edge of that building in the second picture.

Our game was a blast. We played our version of Wheel of Fortune. I was Vanna. One of the answers was "Zee Joan Wilder". (Romancing the Stone). It was a hoot. Our "wheel" was a See and Say, complete with animal sounds. Everyone loved it, so we'll do it again next year with more answers.

Then we did our prize drawing. We had one main prize that had a whole lot of tickets in it. We started with that one, because we figured it was for the best. The coveted prize... if you will. The winner was thrilled. It had a couch-side table, a journal, cool pens, a mermaid cup, and a bunch of other things. We also gave away a coupon for next year's membership in our writing group. I also won a prize! Calendar white board, journal, cool pens... I can't remember what else. Believe me, at first I struggled with winning a prize since I organize the event, but our members were adamant about it being fair that I did. Just because I do all of the organizing and preparations, I pay just as much as everyone else, and in no way should I take myself out of the drawings. So that's cool.

We lost two people earlier. They made the hard choice to head for home when they realized they had a meeting they had to attend tomorrow. It was either leave when they did, or have to get up super early to be on the road by six. It sucks. They're new members and I had a blast getting to know them!

We're in the final hours of retreat 2017. I'm a little sad, but I'm also exhausted. I miss my family. I miss my bed. And my brain is a little broken (though super happy). We've decide this retreat is about "figuring it out". Many people made career goals. Some figured out what their next step is. Some realized what they need to do to move forward. Some napped and colored their hair and painted their nails because that's what they needed out of retreat. I'm all about that.

For me, well, I have been reassured that I am doing what I love. I have a plan of what is up next with my projects, and I have a plan to get there. I have written a lot since Wednesday and am fully aware of what I'm capable of, but not stupid enough to believe I can hit it every single time. I just need to manage the time I have and make the most of it.

This is why I love retreat so much. It is always exactly what each person needs. Everyone walks away with a fresh perspective, new ideas, new plans, and confidence. I cannot wait until next year. The contract has been signed and the deposit paid.

Probably one more retreat post tomorrow. We have breakfast and then a few hours until we have to be out. We always leave last since my name is on the contract and I need to make sure everyone leaves without issues. And that's okay. It gives me a few extra minutes of productivity.


Retreat: Day Four - Post One

Last full day!

The temperatures have dropped incredibly. I am now in a sweatshirt and socks. Yeah, my window is open, but I'm okay with that. We had a thunderstorm and then it rained on and off all night.

I did sleep, but went to bed after midnight. We had to call the desk because the teenager retreat that came in yesterday were ridiculously loud and out in the parking lot playing ball at 11:30, and riding around a luggage cart that very nearly hit a brand new Charger and then Simon's car. I have no problem with the noise, but at 11:30, right outside our rooms was a little much. Love the staff here, though. Within five minutes of the call, the shenanigans had ended.

Anyway. Our social time was a blast. I ended up staying way later than I intended, but then I exceeded my word count from yesterday by a few hundred words. I'm almost done with the first draft of the project, which is awesome!

My goal today isn't word count oriented. It's to finish the chapter, read through and tweak, and work on the synopsis. And take a nap. Which I may do sooner than later. Even though I slept decently, my butt is dragging.

We have our annual game tonight. Always a blast. We give prizes, which are also funny. Then we'll do the prize drawing. It's definitely evident which prize is the most coveted. The ticket bag is three times as full as the others. I get it. I put most of my tickets in there, too.

Okay. Time to work.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Retreat: Day Three - Post Two

Here's a picture. Ha!

Yeah, it's taken from my room window. I was just outside, but didn't have my phone on me. Then, I remembered I'd promised to get one on here.

Even with the screen, it's an awesome view. Beyond that gazebo is a pond. You can also see the dark clouds building, which may or may not produce a much-needed storm. We thought we were getting one earlier - there was thunder, black skies, and maybe about four raindrops before the sun came out again. It's very disappointing.

Usually when we are here, we have weather like we had at home last weekend. Abundant rain and chill. We like it like that. It makes it easy to hunker down and write. Okay, not like any of us are having trouble getting the words down, but that's not the point.

I've done well word count wise. I may or may not meet my awesome count from yesterday. I have about an hour and a half until our Friday night gathering. It's a social time where we talk, hand out tickets to be entered into our prize drawing, and maybe play a board game. I wasn't planning on being down there long, but was just informed that many people are excited about playing Cards Against Humanity, so...

Tomorrow is our last full day. Tomorrow night, we have our annual game which was put together by Simon. It's going to be a blast. We laugh so hard and have so much fun. After the game, we draw the big prizes and kind of start the prep to head for home.

I don't want to think about that right now.


Retreat: Day Three - Post One

I didn't sleep much better last night. I woke at 3:30am again, but managed to fall asleep again until 5:30. Oh well. It is what it is. I attempted a nap after breakfast. Attempted. I dozed a little, but then the workers here dropped something outside and it made a loud noise and then I was done.

But I'm racking up the word count, which is an acceptable exchange for sleep.

I'm still on track to start writing this new project after lunch. Though I will probably attempt another nap, too - depending. Tonight we have our social time. How long I stay will depend on how things are going with the story, so we'll see.

I'll be back later.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Retreat: Day Two - Post Three

It's late.

But I'm jazzed.

After dinner, I met up with Simon to do a little brainstorming. Not about the stuff I said earlier though. This is not something I'd planned on for this weekend. There's a purpose for the switch and my time is going to be tight, but I'm excited. And I can get it done. The plan is to finish the backstory in the morning and actually start working on it after lunch.

I had a totally awesome word count today, and I'm confident that it will be equally so tomorrow. Which means I'll be super close to finishing this project before I go home.

I'm a little worried that I won't sleep again. Not only is my brain full of ideas and stuff, but I haven't slept well for the past week. Which is why I'm still up though my awesome bed looks inviting and I'm so tired I've had to make a crap ton of corrections just typing this and I kind of think my eyes have stopped working. I have my windows open and I can hear the peepers in the pond. It's quite outside. There is no traffic here, no sounds of civilization... Yeah, I'm going to bed in a minute.

Tomorrow is Friday. Retreat Day Three. We have social time scheduled for the evening, which is always fun and is a much needed break. I love that earlier there was hysterical laughter throughout the hall, and I participated in some of that myself.

That is all for now. I have promised pictures and hopefully that will happen tomorrow. The thing is that I purposefully leave my phone behind when I leave my room. But I will take pictures.


Retreat: Day Two - Post Two

I'm rocking the word count! I have a little over 5K words and it's only 3pm! Yay! The story is flowing, but now it's time to take a break. I will do this post and then take a nap, or at least read for a bit.

All of my peeps are in the house! Also, YAY!! We've had a room relocation due to flying ants. I love my retreat peeps. They are so chill about stuff happening. And the staff here is amazing. They treat us like we're their most important guests. I love it and I totally appreciate how easy they make this for me. Our newbies are settled in and it seems like they've been here every year. Also love that.

So now I have to think about my sequel book for Into the Fire. I also need to think about the short for our second "Sentence" anthology. Plotting/idea wrangling is in my near future and I'm excited.

We've been talking a lot about what this retreat is about. Everyone has different needs, they're at different stages in their writing, lives, and are dealing with different things in their life. Usually, we end up with a singular theme that covers everyone and it's awesome. It's either something like renewal, regeneration, discovery - that kind of thing. Sometimes we know what it's going to be shortly after we get here. Other times, we know before we leave on Sunday. This year we're still working on it. Part of that is due to some folks just getting here, the other part is that it sometimes takes a little bit to shake off the real world and focus in and then there's the getting to know the new people. Most of us have only been officially here for twenty-four hours now.

Don't know if I'll be back today or not... It will depend on my plotting schedule...


Retreat: Day Two - Post One

It is a beautiful day here! The sun is shining, there's a wonderful breeze, birds are chirping. (We won't talk about the construction guys with the stuck lift beeping constantly on the road out front.) My windows are open and the breeze is coming through. My bed is huge and comfy. (though I only got about 3 hours of sleep and was up at 3:30am. Showered by 5:30. And have already napped once...)

Okay. I just spent the last ten minutes trying to find something to tie my blinds up because, though the wind is quite lovely, it made a horrible clacking noise as it goes through the blinds. That's all fixed now and I'm back to being in "beautiful" mode. Ha!

Something weird just happened though...

I was looking for a hair tie to tie up the blinds. It hasn't been that long since I've had no hair, so first I looked in my bathroom bag. None. Then, I looked in my briefcase as it tends to become just like a purse (i.e. catchall). I looked into a little pocket where I generally keep appointment cards and the like - a pocket I have looked in a million times - and I found my mom's ring.

To back up - this was her first "Mother's Ring". One with her and my dad's birthstones, my brother's, and mine. When we were cleaning the house, it was decided that I should have this. It's not worth anything - the stones aren't real - but it has sentiment. I wore it constantly and then one weekend while over there, I took it off because we were doing something gross, and I could never find it again.

And I found it today... On her birthday. On the anniversary of the day we had her services. This day is pretty hard, but finding this ring is an amazing thing. I feel like my momma is looking over me. I also have to add that this briefcase was my dad's. I immediately texted my sisters - as one said "that's crazy, but comforting". Exactly.

It's amazing how this little thing has made such a huge difference in how I feel. I have to go write now. I already have over 500 words and I want to hit as close to 2K as possible before lunch!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retreat: Day One - Post Two

Yeah, I' m back...

The newbies have arrived and the grand tour has been given. I love these newbies. I haven't had a chance to get to know them since they joined our chapter, and honestly, I was a little nervous about so many new people at retreat. There are six and ten folks that have been here numerous times.

But. They are awesome. I'm having a good time getting to know them and they've only been here a few hours. Our tour was filled with a ton of laughter, bad jokes, and silliness. I also love the fact, even though I knew it would be so, that our old-timers are all about taking the new people under their wing and helping.

Our hallway kind of got split up - meaning we have at least four rooms in the middle of the hall that are unused. They weren't offered on my rooming list, so we assume that they are under construction as we were told we are on this hall by ourselves. Which is fine, but it kind of changes our dynamic a little. No one seems to mind at all though, which is cool. And I'm not saying there are miles between us, it's just a little more spaced out than usual.

The rooms are pretty awesome though. I have a king-sized bed all to myself, super cool desk with a desk chair and my desk faces the door, so that Feng Sui is all in the right place. I have a connecting door with Simon, which is awesome. The only weird thing is the shower chair in my bathroom, but it's now the home for my cooler, so I'm okay with it.

Oh, and I wrote a bunch - not as much as I will tomorrow, but way more than I have recently. All while doing my Retreat duties.

And now, the three hours of sleep is catching up with me and I must sleep.

More tomorrow. Maybe even pictures?


Retreat: Day One - Post One

Yay Retreat!!

We rolled in after nearly dying because of a hay bale in the road, taking a different route that we weren't familiar with, counting dead animals, Simon surviving a spider in her hair, and an awesome lunch.

Let's talk about lunch quickly. We always stop at the same place in the town right outside of where our facility is. The first time we stopped, it was a Mexican restaurant and so good. The second time, it wasn't Mexican, but it wasn't what it is now, and it wasn't that awesome. But for the past few years, it's been the same and each year, the quality goes up. I had an amazing portobello and gouda wrap, which was just enough to make me happy, but not feel like Thanksgiving dinner. Like the perfect lunch - I didn't feel like I needed a nap, and now that dinner time is coming quickly, I am hungry. But you don't really care about that. Ha!

I have three more people to check in today, and two tomorrow. Everyone is super excited to be here, which I love, and they thing the swag is cool, too. After dinner, I will take the newbies on a tour, and then settle in to write.

We'll see how long I make it tonight. I couldn't sleep last night and the last time I looked at the clock, it was 3am. So... I know it's going to catch up with me at some point - hopefully later than sooner. I told That Man it's fine - I always have a bit of trouble sleeping the first night and the exhaustion should help. Ha!

So last night as I was getting ready to get on my computer, it decides to update on it's own (don't worry - that stuff is turned off now). Yep. It crashed again. Took me several hours to do a system restore, and obviously that worked. I was in a panic though. What was I going to do for five days with no computer to write on, in the middle of nowhere? Everything is good now though. Keep your fingers crossed.

I don't know if I'll be back with an update later or not...


Monday, May 15, 2017

Two More Sleeps!

Until Retreat!! Whoot!!

I'm about 90% ready.

All of the retreat stuff is ready and waiting to be loaded into Simon's car. My clothes are almost packed. I just need to throw a few things in tomorrow night.

Basically, I need to wash my blankie and my jeans, pack up my computer, and go to the store for a few things.

Simon will stop here to load almost everything tomorrow evening, except my essentials. And then Wednesday morning she will come back and pick me up and we'll hit the road for Retreat! We'll stop for breakfast, and then lunch, and then we'll finally get there!

The family has their schedules mostly worked out. They're good to go. Everyone has a car and a little money, so they'll figure out the stuff they don't know yet.

One more work day! Thank goodness!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day...

I had been writing a post about Mother's Day and how disturbed I've been about with the whole thing. I really miss my mom and this time of year is super hard. We have Mother's Day and her birthday and the anniversary of her death and the fact that we had her services on her birthday... So yeah, I've been kind of hating on Mother's Day.

I worked on that post for the better part of two weeks. I edited it repeatedly, added to it every day. And I just can't post it. It's not like there's anything bad in it, but I just don't want to put it out there anymore.

I think the thing that got to me was that when K4 and I were out shopping yesterday, she told me how much she misses her Gram. We both wiped at tears and then she did everything she could to make sure I felt special, and that extended into today. I don't know what happened, but something did. I guess I realized I'm not alone.

It was a good day.I slept in a little. I'm still in my jammies. I only did what I wanted to do, which included organizing retreat stuff, wrapping game prizes for retreat, doing laundry that I needed to get done, writing, and taking a really good nap. K4 made me breakfast. (Just not in bed because I am totally not about breakfast in bed) That Man took care of dinner and dishes. And his Momma. I talked to K2 and Baby C, texted with my sisters, and got hugs from Mr. B.

It's been a good day. I'm okay.

Just two more work days to get through and then it's Retreat time! Whoot!


Saturday, May 13, 2017


Sleeping in was amazing. I made it about an hour past my usual wake up time, even though I didn't go to bed until two hours past my regular time. But, I came down to That Man making breakfast cookies and coffee. Awesome!

That Man is not feeling good. He has the "virus" thing that's going around. K4 and K3 had it earlier this week. It's a "bathroom" kind of bug. So it's not pleasant. We were supposed to convene at my middle sister's today due to illness at our younger sister's house, but we are prevented from attending by the bug. I have a lot of sad. Fingers crossed that I do not come down with it on Retreat.

Today is the second anniversary of my mom's death. It has been a super rough day. I miss her more than I could ever tell you. She was my best friend, my rock, my comic relief, my voice of reason, my biggest cheerleader. She and That Man are the reasons I have made the decisions I have. She wasn't perfect. No one is. But she was my momma and I still reach for the phone every morning to call her, even after two years. I miss her. So very much.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day... All I can say is that I have the best kids and the best husband ever... and I'm trying super hard to focus on what I have now, instead of what I don't.... I know I am blessed.

That is all for now...


Friday, May 12, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Oh Lordy, we made it to Friday! Thank goodness!

Let's get to the good, shall we?

1. Friday! Duh! It was a brutal week at the day job. Brutal.

2. Not cooking dinner. Or even thinking about it. That Man took care of it. Which is just one of the many awesome things he does.

3. K4's Improv show tonight. It was so funny and so awesome. She's one of the leaders and she did an awesome job!

4. Sleeping in tomorrow!

5. Plans to hang with my girl tomorrow. We have to do some stupid chores, but it'll be good. Unfortunately, our sibling gathering has been cancelled due to illness. I'm super sad about it, but I also don't want exposed to sickness and it's supposed to rain like heck, so... Still sucks though.

6. Four days until Retreat!! Whoot!

That's all for now!


Thursday, May 11, 2017


Five days until Retreat...

I cannot tell you how excited I am.

I just need to make it through the work day tomorrow and then two more days at the day job. Whew. It's been a pretty brutal week so far, so this will be an accomplishment.

Currently, we are working on logistics for school and rehearsals for K4. Unfortunately, she can't park near her school because it costs an arm and two legs. There are a few options, which I know she and That Man will figure out.

I am looking forward to the weekend - especially the sleeping in part and the hanging with the sibs part. Though Saturday looks to be a wash out, which means many of our plans will not happen. We'd planned to hang out in The Wilds and do some outdoor type stuff, but with a lot of rain in the forecast, we'll be hanging at my sister's instead.

What else? Not much. Might be back for Feel Good Friday. Might not. K4 has a performance, so it'll depend...


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tired Tuesday

Eh... Couldn't come up with a better title, though I am super tired. I'm about fifteen minutes away from bedtime.

Luckily, the writing has been done, some laundry, the 'burban has been picked up from the garage, and I burned my hand pretty good on a hot pan. We made weird stuff for dinner. K3 was going to cook, but he's a victim of the latest weird bug to plow through this house. Poor guy. So we had eggs, tater tots, perogies... Kind of a "flex meal" if you want to call it that. Someone needs to go to the grocery store. We're out of bread, peanut butter, jelly, cheese... The only thing we have in abundance is eggs thanks to That Man's friend with chickens.

So, this time in seven days, I'll be hours from retreat. Yay! I have five more days to work the day job. I still need to take care of a little bit of swag, and I need to do some personal shopping. I'll be ready.

It's taking Amazon a little longer to drop the price of the anthology. I'll let you know when it's free. Should be soon. We have a bunch of downloads on Smashwords already, which is awesome. Now we're looking at the next anthology, which will be about the second sentence. Heee.

This weekend is Mother's Day. We're getting together with the sibs for a cookout on Saturday. Looking forward to that. Then Sunday is my day to do whatever I want. Like sleep and read and write (and probably do laundry and run the vacuum, but we'll see...ha ha)

That's all. My bed is calling me and it sounds lonely.


Sunday, May 07, 2017

Okay... So This Book is Live...

We're live!!

More links to come. 

Just don't buy it! This is a free offer. It should be free on Amazon in a few days! 

I'm so excited for this! 

These authors I'm with are so awesome! The stories are so vastly different. 

Woo hoo!!

When you search: The First Sentence: A Collection of Romance Novellas (The Sentence Collections Book 1)

In other news... Today was our niece's gender reveal celebration. We had a blast hanging out. And we're having a great niece! That Man and I both guessed wrong, even though I knew better than to guess boy. Love my niece and her husband. They are amazingly awesome people and we totally enjoy their company! And I totally loved being included in my sister-in-law's friend fun! 

9 days until Retreat! 


Saturday, May 06, 2017

Rain. Rain. Rain. And a Book Cover!

It's been raining pretty much all day, but that didn't stop it from being a pretty awesome day!
Writing meeting was fantastic! Great conversation and a great speaker. I left feeling jazzed and confident! It was exactly what I needed!

Below is the cover for the anthology I'm in. This should be out within the next two weeks. I'll post buy links, but you should know, we're offering it for free. It was a blast to write and I'm so lucky to be included with these amazing authors. Each story starts with the same first sentence and then the stories go in completely different directions. We're already planning the second collection, and you guessed it, each story will have an identical second sentence. Stay tuned...

I'll have my Soul Mate book cover up for you soon. It's due to launch at the end of June. I'll be working on a sequel to it next and hope to have it in the hands of my editor before too long. Just need to finish what I'm currently working on. 

That is all. I'm happy to be home and on my couch with a blanket and my laptop for the evening. 


Friday, May 05, 2017

Feel Good Friday...

I had a super suck day today.
Everything that could and shouldn't go wrong, did.
I'm not going to get into details because it's blah blah blah and wah... so, instead, we're going to focus on good things...

1. Living through a long and laborious work day. 90% of it sucked. Some was okay. Lunch was meh. Five pm was awesome.

2. Not having to cook dinner. That Man and K4 had the dinner going on when I walked in the door. They had done the shopping and the taking care of The Grandma. All I had to do was come home. You can't beat that.

3. Bonus - Margarita in hand within fifteen seconds of getting home. Mango, no less. Awesome. That Man definitely knows what he's doing and knows how to read me.

4. Conversations on my way home that made me feel better and not stupid

5. Retreat in almost 10 days. Oh yes, please!

6. A little sleeping in tomorrow.

7. The 'burban coming back into the fold. Yay, 'burban!! I drove it to the garage and while I am still in love with it, I was a little nervous. (also, I insisted on driving it to the garage)  The brakes were whacked, the steering also... But it's all good. Most of it was because it had sat for so long. When we pick it up it will be pretty much good.

8. Camping coming up! I loves the camping. And now the 'burban is back to haul the camper wherever we wish to go!

9. Writing meeting tomorrow! Yay!

10. Words on the page! I must get to that now!

I am fried. My 50 words will happen, and then I will sleep.


Thursday, May 04, 2017

The Weirdness...

There is a pair of women's panties on the grass in front of my house. They are not clean. They are not mine or K4's. No one will touch them. I have no idea how they got there, who they belong to, or how long they will stay there. We park there nearly every day. We keep our cars locked, so it's not like anyone was doing "the deed" in our backseats or anything. Likely, someone lost them from their laundry basket, but still...

The dog continues her bizarre behavior. This morning she nearly left the yard to check out the neighbors recycle bin. And she ate a pancake off of the counter. The second you get up, she's on your heels and generally appears to be waiting for more food to be left at her convenience. Her food dish is full. So is her water. We think she's being fed too much off of plates when people are done eating, so now she feels she deserves it and if we won't give it to her, she'll get it herself. Generally, we can leave food on the coffee table and her in the room alone with it and she won't even move. So, obviously, this behavior must stop. We're working on it.

There is a plastic spider/bug in the parking lot at the day job. Every couple of days, it will end up on someone's car to freak them out. It's hysterical, but weird how a plastic spider ended up in the parking lot. Also, on my way in the drive this morning, there was a kitchen sponge just laying in the middle of the road. It looked brand new, too.

It's Thursday! Yay! I'm beat though. 12 days until Retreat! Writing meeting this weekend! Sleeping in and a gender reveal picnic for my niece and her husband. And writing. Hopefully the weekend doesn't go by too fast.

That is all!


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Three Days In...

We're three days into May...

The weather is not really nice. It's cold and breezy. I'm kind of okay with that. I mean it's not cold enough to worry about heat, and a sweatshirt does nicely. Sleeping is good.

Illness has besieged our home once again. One has potential Mono, or strep, or just severe allergies. Two have stomach issues - not out and out sickness, but yucky. Of course, everyone is showing allergy symptoms though most of us have never had to worry about them. With the amount of pollen blowing around out there, it's no wonder.

The dog took a package of hot dogs off of the counter and ate half of them. She waited until my back was turned and got busted by K4. Not happy with her at the moment. She's properly regretful, but argh. I know. Dogs will be dogs.

The laundry fairy keeps missing my house. It's making me sad. And naked. Ha!

Tomorrow is Thursday. Yay. Though I'll feel more Yay when it's this time tomorrow night.

Soon I will share two book covers with you. One is Into the Fire, which comes out at the end of June. The other is an anthology I'm in with four other authors. It's a collection of shorts that all start with the same sentence and I do believe we're offering it for free. Both covers are awesome and I'm excited.

Writing is going well. I'm making great progress rewriting a Frankenstein-ish type story that I love.

13 days until Retreat. It's time to make my lists and think about what I need to pack. I need to do a little shopping since all of my comfy pants look like crap and my slippers have gone missing. It doesn't really matter if I end up in ratty comfy pants though.

And... it's bedtime...