Thursday, February 25, 2021

Eh...You Know...

So I saw this meme about why no one feels like talking right now and it pretty much sums it up... 

Basically (and paraphrasing) it said that no one wants to talk right now. Replies are brief and late. Group chats don't really happen anymore. It's because we're all spent and have nothing left to say. You can only say "I miss you" and "I can't wait to see you again" so many times. And let's face it, we're all doing the same thing we were doing about a year ago. It also said that we're not supposed to apologize, because we're all feeling and doing the same thing. 

I feel that so hard! 

I have started a blog post four times in the last few days, but then I become apathetic and feel like I have nothing to say. And I really don't. What I have to say is basically nonsense. 


We're going to a funeral tomorrow. I don't know what it's going to be like with social distancing and all. But we feel like we need to go and pay our respects. Ben was a very dear friend to us. We haven't seen him in a few years, but he was one of those guys who didn't care about that. He was always happy to see you and talk your ear off. He was one of the most non-judgmental and funny people I have ever known. 

We moved up to his neck of the woods many, many years ago. His son was That Man's best friend. We moved up there based on his son's urging and knowledge of cheap land for sale. We had a lot (a lot) of good times while we lived there. They took us in and treated us like family. 

We eventually moved back down the mountain. Martin (the son) was killed in a tragic tractor accident shortly after my mom died. It was rough. We still made the trip to visit as often as we could. But it's been a while since we've been there. 

We don't know what to expect. We just know we have to be there. 

So we both have a shorter work day tomorrow. That Man is working from home because it doesn't make sense for him to drive into the office for an hour and then drive home so we can leave on time. 

Saturday is helping K3 and A get their stuff out of their apartment and into their storage unit. They've been here with us since Sunday and going over every night and doing as much as they can to make Saturday easier and quicker. 

To clarify, I am just a truck driver. We are borrowing trucks from work and only employees can drive them. So I am just there to drive the truck. I am not lifting, cleaning, or doing anything but sitting behind the wheel. Ha! I am too old for that crap! 

Other than that... Same old. Same old. 

I am writing. I am working the day job. I have been loving the snow, but equally loving the sunshine and warmer temps. (I know. You just can't please me... Ha!) 

Also, I have been doing taxes. State and Local are filed. Just not paid. Federal is 99% done, but I need to double check it. And then pay them. Yeah, it sucks that we owe everyone this year. But that's normal. Ugh. I hate it, but I'm glad to be almost done and know what the damage is. Next up is helping K4 with hers. Which should be easy. 

And that is all...


Tuesday, February 16, 2021


The first storm predicted this week turned out to be a bust. What was supposed to be ice turned out to be only rain. Bummer. 

Now they're forecasting 5-8" of snow starting tomorrow night. We'll see. The weatherman contradict each other, so I don't think anyone really knows. We'll end up with nothing though... Again. Sigh. 

I know you all think I'm crazy for loving snow so much. But I do and I can't help it. I could happily live in Alaska. 

Our new showerhead is pretty decent. Well, after I figured out how to adjust it so it quit spraying the wall and not my body. Ha! 

I found a sweet dresser and bedside table at the thrift store for the spare room. It's retro and in really good shape, and it was cheap! So I picked it up and brought it home. All we have to do is get K4's cabinet out of the room, and then finish setting things up. 

The writing is going well. I did my art sheet for the re-release of Cursed Fate. I'm excited to see the cover! Next will be edits. I'm plowing ahead on the new book, though plow isn't the exact best word. I was going solid and then hit a wall, so I've had to take a step back and do some character work. But I am working. 

Just found out the winery book signing event has been cancelled for this year. I'm sad, but I get it. It's already on the calendar for 2022 though. Obviously the greenhouse Valentine's event was cancelled. That one really made me sad. That's one of the best events ever - from just getting to be in the greenhouse, to seeing my author friends, to talking with readers, to lunch with my pals afterwards - it was the best. I hope that comes back next year!

That's all I have for now. 


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day & Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope your day was as you wanted it to be. Ours was pretty decent. I slept in. That Man made me breakfast. We went to the home improvement store for wood, a new shower head, and the stuff to fix the bathroom sink. And a new ceiling fan for the spare room. 

We spent our weekend cleaning out the spare room closet and dealing with the tonnage, installing the ceiling fan, getting the bed set up, and doing random fixes. We are tired, but things are coming together. 

We have winter weather in the forecast, but we'll see if it actually happens. 

That is all...


Tuesday, February 09, 2021

10 Days!

Holy crap! I didn't mean for ten days to pass between postings!

So we got about 8" of snow. I think. It was nice. I never made it to the office, but that's okay. 

Thursday was That Man's birthday. I surprised him with a long weekend trip to a little cabin along a creek about forty minutes from our house. We've never been there before and it was super nice. We left Thursday afternoon after our host let us know we were good to check in earlier than planned. 

It was the cutest, most cozy, little cabin! It had a loft that I never went up in thanks to a straight up ladder that threatened me when I considered it. Ha! Big comfy bed (on the main floor). Big awesome tub. Efficient kitchen and comfy sitting places. A fire pit that we didn't get to use this time. There was a huge deck that overlooked the creek, which was beautiful. 

I made him stir fry for his birthday dinner, complete with eggrolls, and cheesecake with a candle for his birthday. There was a sweet grill on the porch so we ran to the store on Friday for steaks. That was an amazing meal. 

We watched movies, napped, ate good food, read, I wrote, we walked the trails, talked, and soaked in the tub. It was a beautiful weekend. Especially since we woke up Sunday to snow. It was beautiful to watch the snow on the creek. We sat out on the deck with our coffee for a long time. Until it was time to clean up and head for home. It was a really awesome weekend!

Sunday K3 and A came over to pick up some boxes and have dinner. We had a nice time talking and making food. They will be staying here for about two weeks while they wait for their new apartment to be ready. It just makes financial sense for them not to have to pay a full months rent and a half months rent. 

Then back to the grind. I did make it to the office on Monday and got my office packed up and ready for the new office flooring. We have more snow in the forecast, though no one seems to know when or how much. 

I guess we'll see...


Saturday, January 30, 2021

Snow in the Forecast!

We're forecasted for 8-12".

I hope!

I know. I know. It probably won't do anything, but I can still hope for it!

I mean, I get that I don't really have to go anywhere, so it doesn't impact me as much as it does other people, but come on! Snow is awesome! (I was planning on going into the office on Monday though and my week is pretty crazy so I don't know when I'll get it, and it's important that I do)

It's been a pretty quiet weekend. 

We picked up my Jeep on Thursday. The price tag was almost twice as what I had budgeted for, but there was more work to be done than we thought. I am super happy with it though. The rattle that we thought was exhaust, was actually rust and it is no more. It feels solid and tight and we're good on paying our welder for a few years now. (Yeah, we'll need to do more work in a year or two, but my Jeep is an old lady) Next is the fuel lines, and then I should be good to go! I have trails to ride with my brother and my kid and my other kids. 

Friday night was pretty much chill. We made some good food and watched some stupid television. 

Today has been pretty chill as well. Though we did make a trek to the store for cat food and hamburgers. We absolutely needed the cat food. The hamburgers not so much, but they will make a great dinner tomorrow night. Especially if we grill them in the snow. Ha! 

The store was insane! People were coming out with heaping carts of everything. We got out of there as soon as we could. We would not have gone at all if it wasn't for the cat food. 

We were supposed to clean out the spare room. For why, I will tell you soon. We got the huge pipe out - this thing was in our attic when we bought the house. We moved it when we did K4's room, and frankly, it would have been a huge pain to try to bring it down via the stairs. It's like they put it together in the attic or something. I'm not sure how it came down the attic stairs. It went out the window. Ha! 

So, technically we were going to make the burgers tonight, but we changed our minds. I had a gift card for the food delivery place and we ended up ordering Indian food, which was amazing. I am full, but I am thinking about grabbing my leftovers out of the fridge. It was that good. 

Just checked the forecast and from the map, we'll be lucky to get a flake. So I guess we shall see...

Off to write now...



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Post Retreat

 Not much to report on the last morning of retreat. I slept in. Write a few hundred words. Packed up. And headed for home. 

K4 hurt her foot pretty badly and couldn't push in her clutch. She was at a friends, so we ended up going to pick her up. Mr. B's birthday present (that I ordered the day after Christmas) finally arrived, so we headed over to give it to him. He was excited and loved it. Little Mr. B was hysterical and is so attached to his pappy. 

Other than that, we're back to quiet around here. It sleeted over night, but not bad enough to make the roads bad. K4 has had to drive my car all week because of her foot, but since it's feeling better, she'll go back to driving her own. 

And that is all...


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Retreat: Day Three - Last Night

It's late and I should go to bed...

But I just finished a terrific word count and need to decompress a bit.

I am the only one up, but not for long. I have to say that this house makes a lot of weird noises when you're the only one in the space. Ha! 


I started the story after lunch. And it's going remarkably well. Things kind of just clicked into place and instead of doing extensive pre-writing like I normally do, I hit the bricks and started in chapter one 

I am on chapter three now. I'm excited and pleased. 

This retreat has been amazing in so many ways. To get to hang with my closest writing friends for days after not seeing them forever has been absolutely epic To be able to do my own thing and not have any kind of a schedule to adhere to has also been epic. To have my own bathroom and to take care of my own needs is awesome. 

To say I have loved this time is an understatement. To say I have needed this is also an understatement. This house was amazing and suited our needs pretty perfectly. Though it's doubtful we can afford it again. 

We have a few hours tomorrow morning and then it's over, but I highly doubt the energy gained here will wane for a while. We all made amazing progress on our goals. 

And now I'm going to bed...


Retreat: Day Three - Morning

Ha! Pretty much the same time as yesterday morning!

It's really cold and really windy here. The wind howling through the trees is epic, but kind of comforting at the same time. I wish this fireplace to my left was a working thing. It's ginormous--two-sided with a hearth on each side and an exposed chimney. It totally fits in with the aesthetic of the room. 

Currently, I'm on a loveseat with a dining room chair serving as my footrest. One of my companions has both arm chairs. They're situated so one is her foot rest. And the other two companions are camped out on the sofa. It's working for us and despite the fact that everyone said they were willing to move if someone wanted to try out a different spot, we've all stayed the same place the whole time so far. 

I slept better last night. Woke around four freezing to death. Grabbed another blanket. Then I woke around eight sweating like crazy. The temperature in my room had risen fifteen degrees. Yuck. Got up and showered, made breakfast, goofed off for a while and have spent some time going through old book files looking for an idea file I made a long time ago.

So what happened is that as I started editing the book that killed me to finish, I realized that even if it's published this time next year, it's still too soon. The similarities between the pandemic we're in and what's going on in the book are remarkable. (Yeah, it's way over the top compared to our pandemic, but still...)And I started that book over a year before the pandemic started. As I was editing, I was cringing. So... I stuck it in my "to edit" file and am now doing some research on one of the other books in the series. I've had to familiarize myself with what I said about this place in the first book.

I'm getting ready to start writing - hopefully no later than after lunch. I still need to figure out my characters and all of that jazz. 

That's all for now!