Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wayfarer Negotiator

The fourth book in the Wayfarer series is now available:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RNGAJ5A
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/506155

Decker and Adara return from time on Command Space Station collecting new members of the crew.  Their new sectors await their arrival.  Adara is called to negotiate a settlement between two groups – Wayfarers and shopkeepers – on a space station. 

Avin gets a murder case that is both baffling and odd.  Adara reminds him that Etienne society is much more polite than human society.  She aids him in one murder investigation which leads to another migraine. 

Adara’s continued health issues have Decker trying to control her decisions.  She has to negotiate with him to get him to treat her like an equal. 

At the same time, Adara meets Decker’s parents for the first time.  His mother disapproves of her instantly thinking she is after his money or using him to advance her career.

The data crystal from Commander Farin contains a design for a weapon or space station the command crew needs to figure out.  Janet gives birth to her twins at Bedelia’s instead of in med bay as she planned.  Decker finally proposes.  

Watch for the fifth book to come out early next year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Unplanning My Next Year's Goals

My year has certainly not turned out the way I planned it.  This is one of the reasons I don't like to make long term plans. 

It isn't that my year has been worse - quite the contrary - it just hasn't turned out the way I planned.  I could be disappointed in myself and the events of the year but that would be ridiculous.  I was supposed to submit to contests and publications at least four to six times each month this year.  I didn't.  I was supposed to get my poetry books, romance book, and meditation book all published.  I did this.  I did more than this.  I got eleven books and two crochet patterns published. 

In looking back at my year, because that's what we do at the end of December, I find myself very satisfied with what I've accomplished and am looking forward to the accomplishments of the coming year.  I have four books in progress that I want to get done.  I'm certain these will get done and published. 

Knowing me, there are other stories rattling around in my head that will find their way onto paper and into publication. 

I keep telling myself I need more balance in my life - equal out the time I spend crocheting, writing, working, spending with family and so on.  I'm not sure that is true.  I think having the imbalance helps me accomplish things.  When I'm so focused on one or two things, I get them done.  Very little gets in my way or stops me from accomplishing what I set out to accomplish.  Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what I want to accomplish but once I do - it usually works out in the end - even if it isn't the way I planned it. 

When I look forward to the next year, I know I want to write, crochet, spend time with my family.  I think I'll leave the details of how that works out to the future and just enjoy the journey I'll be taking in the upcoming year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

No, I'm not going to start spouting about a Clint Eastwood movie but the title seemed appropriate for all the things I want to talk about.

Vicki made it safely to Wisconsin and we've had a good visit with her.  I missed my other girls this holiday but know they had other responsibilities and obligations.  Ken's family Christmas was good.  I have to say two of his nieces have done a great job raising their daughters - Tara and Marcia.  Their daughters were friendly, polite, and welcoming.  The behavior of these four girls reassured me that not all of our society is going to hell (see my post about Are you the One on MTV).  I had wonderful conversations with many of his family and enjoyed the time we spent with them.

Christmas day, Vicki and I organized my craft room.  It was nice to stay home and not have to drive anywhere.  We got all the yarn sorted into the shelving and baskets I wanted them in.  Vicki stole many skeins of yarn I had purchased but I won't complain.  By the end of the holidays, I had two new scarves that are amazing.  The one I'm thinking of adding a button to and making into a wrap or shawl.  It is GORGEOUS, soft and warm.

Friday we ran all over the place.  We went to Shopko, Woodman's, Joann Fabrics, Sorgs, my mom's, my work, the university for Vicki to get her id and we picked up a friend.  We returned home to order supper and video chat with Virginia and Stephanie while everyone opened their gifts.  It was a twenty-first century holiday.

While at my mother's, I found out my great aunt had passed away.  Her visitation is tomorrow night so I will be picking up my mom and sister to go to it.

Saturday Vicki and I cooked.  I miss cooking with her.  We worked together in the kitchen with me chopping and prepping and her cooking.  We made turkey meatballs for her and us, beef meatballs for Ken, and she made lasagna for us.

Sunday Vicki went home.  This always makes me a little sad.  My friend came over who lost her significant other in November.  She has been so busy, she hasn't had time to grieve.  We talked at length about the death of her loved one.  I reminded her that she is going through the natural and normal grieving process.

After my friend left, I opened my email to wade through a day's worth of emails.  I was thrilled to see an email from a friend.  Unfortunately, that email included the sad news that her husband had passed away. They just celebrated their anniversary with a renewal ceremony.  He's been in pain and struggling with depression.  Within the last year, she lost her father to illness.  She's having a rough time.

My heart breaks for my friends who are struggling with the losses in their lives.  Their grief is heartbreaking.  The loss they feel is sharp and painful.

Death is a demanding beast and it seems like I've been to a lot of funerals and memorials lately.  It is difficult to express the sorrow and compassion you feel for people and sound sincere.  I'm sorry for your loss is lame.  But what else do you say?

Sorrow and joy seem to go hand in hand this season.  It is a balance of emotions I guess but not in the way I think is healthy or positive.  For those who are grieving, I send them love and positive energy in the hopes that it gives them a bit of comfort.  In my experience, sorrow and loss is only dulled with time and patience.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hours...

My daughter is coming home tonight.  She called this morning to tell me how many hours it would be before we saw each other.  I love the day we go from it being days (weeks, months) when I'll see her (or any of my daughters) to hours. 

The excitement is palpable.  Of course it's December and we've been watching the weather hoping for safe driving conditions.  Hopefully the rain they are calling for will be just rain and the temperature will remain high enough to keep it from being icy. 

My nephew just drove home yesterday.  He had a seven hour delay because his truck broke down.  Fortunately, he was able to get it fixed and back on the road but his short five hour drive turned into more like a twelve hour day. 

Friday, we will be doing the video chat Christmas with the girls in Georgia.  It will be our way of  having the whole family together.  We will watch as people open gifts and talk about our holidays.  It will be our unique family time. 

I'm excited to have whatever time I can get with them this week.  I'm sorry the girls couldn't afford to come home (or get time off to come home).  However, I'm betting they are loving their house and the space they have. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Busyness

I edited and refined two stories to submit to a contest.  I don't know how either of them will play for the company but they are strong stories even if one is a little controversial.  That's what I did with my morning yesterday. 

A friend came over and she graded while I worked on editing and crocheted.  I made her a lovely cowl and then worked on editing.  It was a good day, yesterday. 

I work two days this week and have the rest of the week off.  I'm looking forward to the time off even though it will be busier than I normally like to be.  Vicki will be home and I wish Gin and Stephanie could come home but we will video chat with them for the holidays. 

I have five days off but each and every one of them is booked so full, I could wish for a vacation from the holiday.  Hopefully it isn't too crazy but I have the feeling this is a futile hope.  I have all this stuff to do with Vicki and at the same time I have all this stuff in my head I want to get done. 

I'm looking at getting one book out in January - I'd like to get the fourth Wayfarer book out - Wayfarer Negotiator.  I am working on edits right now which always takes a bit but hopefully shortly after the Christmas holiday, I'll have time to finish refining it. 

It will be on to the fifth book after that.  It needs the edits on the computer and all the extras.  Hopefully that will happen shortly after I get four done.  However, I have the Defenders third book to work on.  I want to finish that before I dive into more stories.  Once those are done, I'll dive into my pile of starts or my ideas and see what comes out as interesting. 

Over the five days off, I'm hoping to get my craft room organized so I can have my yarn organized and easily accessible.  I know I want to work on a few smaller projects but I also have three larger projects to do. 

At some point I'll find a balance amongst all the things I do - I hope.  If I don't, I guess I'll continue with the craziness of working like a mad woman on crocheting to get things done and then switching to writing and so on.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sleep, blessed sleep

Sleep was the order of the day yesterday.  I dozed until after 11 in the morning.  I worked on the computer for a short period of time updating the checkbook and such.  We had lunch (or breakfast for me) and watched West Wing.

He put up the Christmas tree while we watched.  I meant to crochet but I didn't.  After the tree was up he did other things and I napped.  With supper, we watched Diners, Driveins, and Dives and then West Wing again.

He went to bed and I thought about going to bed.  Instead I worked on editing a manuscript.  Once I started editing, the night slipped away from me.  Still I made it to bed before midnight.  Apparently I needed sleep yesterday but not today.  I woke up early this morning and am up, showered, dressed, and ready to face the day all by 8:00 am (or 8:20 as it is right now).

Ken's wrapping gifts and I'm going to crochet today I think.  I have a few things I want to get done but we will see.  I've not written in a week it may be time for my brain to kick back into gear and work on writing.  I edited the fourth and fifth books of the Wayfarer series over the last few days.  They aren't done.  I need to swipe through them again once I get the edits in the computer.

Before his game starts, I may see if he wants to watch Babylon 5 or West Wing but if he doesn't I might just decide to make it a writing day.  I'm feeling ambivalent about it which could be good or bad for the writing.  I could open the file and the words could just flow or I could putz around and not accomplish anything.  I'll have to see how the morning goes.

If I'm not knee deep in writing, this afternoon while he watches football I'll work on getting the edits on the computer.  After that it is a matter of getting all the pieces together.  Wayfarer Negotiator and Wayfarer Wedding are the next two in the series.  I have the cover for the one but need other pieces in order to publish.

As much as I slept yesterday, I wouldn't mind a nap at some point today but I'll have to see how the day goes and how involved I get with what I'm doing.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Losing Brain Cells

This week has been about being a bum I guess.  I have been watching TV and crocheting.  I feel like I'm accomplishing nothing but at the same time I don't have a story pushing at my brain. 

I finished Bomb Girls.  I mostly enjoyed the series but was ticked about the ending.  They killed one of my favorite characters.  Additionally, one of the characters enlisted in the CWACS but earlier in the series she'd lost the sight in her eye.  They also messed with the dates of the timeline.  At one point earlier in the series it was 1944 and then for the last episode it was 1943.  Overall good series and interesting premise. 

I started watching Are You the One last night - random show in Amazon Prime.  It was produced by MTV and was about ten men and ten women who are looking for love.  I watched three episodes and will probably finish the season as it is ridiculous and stupid.  There is nothing redeeming about this show.  Why do people expect to find love in a reality tv show?  Yet I'm ridiculous in watching it but I have to.  Supposedly they've done matchmaking and each person has a perfect match on the show.  They have to find their perfect match and if all ten couples are matched up after the ten tries, the entire group wins a million dollars. 

I blame the loss of brain cells from this show on the yarn and crochet project I was working on.  My yarn was tangled and it took me forever to untangle it.  I didn't even untangle it completely.  I ended up cutting out the tangle.  I watched the first episode to see how it was and knew it was blah.  The second episode I watched to finish the project but didn't finish it.  The third episode was because I still wasn't done and I just wanted something to watch in order to finish it. 

Sadly, I'm probably going to have to watch the rest to see if who ends up with who.  It is crazy and I'll be losing brain cells.  I'll be crocheting at least while I'm doing it so there is one redeeming factor.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wastral for a Day

Saturday was busy with tasks and a nap.  Sunday, I was a wastral.  I did next to nothing and didn't really care that I accomplished nothing.

In the morning, Ken and I went to the new and bigger Aldi's grocery store.  We had a coupon and needed several items so went to shop.  He put gas in my car and we came home.  From that point on, I did nothing.

I watched Bomb Girls which is an interesting show about women who worked in the bomb building factory in the 1940s.  Vicki has been trying to get me to watch this one and I was tired with absolutely no ambition.  I watched while Ken did the football thing.  I'm pretty sure he put stuff away too. 

I have crochet projects.  I had every intention of crocheting but the hook seemed too heavy and the patterns too complicated.  I could have read a book but my kindle was too heavy to hold up. 

I curled up under the blanket and watched the show.  I didn't think I was all that invested in them.  They are good but not great.  I planned to go to bed early because I had a bad night on Saturday night (lots of pain and didn't sleep much).  When it got to be 9:00 ish, I ended up saying I can't stop here.  I have to watch one more.  I did watch just one more. 

The show was interesting.  I was a little turned off by the one scene early in the epsiodes where a woman is scalped by the assembly line (her hair gets caught in a moving hook) but I generally don't like gore. 

At one point, I worked on the checkbook - writing in the grocery and gas costs.  I made a point of grabbing my orange pen to do editing.  The pen got really heavy between the office and the living room.

I curled up, watched the show and spent the day as a wastral. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Quiet Life

Ken and I lead a quiet life.  We go to work.  We come home and are home bodies.  He does stuff around the house.  I write and crochet.  Rarely do we go out to socialize.

Yesterday my boss had a holiday party at his house.  It was fun to get together with the people in our department, see their spouses, and be outside the work setting.

Normally when it comes to large gatherings I get anxious.  I am almost always nervous and cranky because of the nerves.  Even though there were a lot of people, I didn't feel that way ahead of time.  It was just nice.  I sat and spoke with people as they rotated around me.  I got snippets of conversations from all sorts of people.  I stepped outside my comfort zone and had a good time.

While I enjoyed myself, I still prefer our quiet life.  Yesterday morning we spent running errands, helping my mom with legal documents, and getting ready for the party.  This morning we ran more errands and got gas in my car.  My plan for the day is to take it easy.  I may crochet or read or edit or write.  I haven't quite decided yet.

It was a rough night last night for me with lots of pain and restlessness because of it so I'm feeling a little lethargic today.  Ken will watch football.  I will be a bit putzy.  We are back to our quiet life.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Six Days...

Last Friday I worked on changes for the fourth Wayfarer novel and came up with a splendid opening for the fifth book. 

Over the last six days, I've been busy.  Monday I had 22,000 words in the fifth novel.  This was not my intention, though it was certainly a nice surprise.  There are times when I'm writing that I know the story is going really well.  I can't get the words out fast enough and as I'm writing I know that every step I take is the right one.  That's how this one went.  Four I struggled a little in places, rewrote some scenes, added in to the rough draft, but this one.... this one was a dream.  There were nights I was mad because I had to go to sleep in order to get up for my day job.

Last night I spend an hour putzing because I was trying to think how I wanted to do a scene.  I was annoyed with myself because I had written myself into this scene and there was no way around it.  It was supposed to be the culmination of a plot from multiple books. 

I did wha tI normally do when I'm feeling grumbly about a scene.  I called one of my daughters.  I rambled around the topic and the options and eventually decided on a method for handling the scene.  Since I finished writing it at 12:30 last night, I don't know how well it worked.  My test readers have it and will tell me if I need to change it.  I'll read it and decide if I need to change it. 

There is one scene after, maybe two little scenes, in which the two main characters are together.  I went for a little funny, a little romantic, and hope that it worked well. 

Now all my test readers - I'm working on a different series for the next month.  No nagging for the sixth Wayfarer.  It isn't even in my head .... yet....

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Late Night or Early Morning

It has been a week of late nights and last night I stayed up writing (and waiting on my computer to shut down) until Ken got up. 

Ironically, he always asks me why I'm still up.  It's a silly question because mostly I stay up writing.  It could also be that I can't sleep but lately it's that I'm writing. 

I'm working on the fifth Wayfarer novel.  The fourth one is done and needs editing but I've been really busy with writing the fifth one.  I did some rewrites on Friday to the fourth one.  I sent them off to my test readers and they liked them.  After I was done with the rewrites, I realized I knew the perfect opening for the fifth book.  I wrote it hoping it would get it started and get it out of my head so I could work on other things.

I wrote it and the next scene seemed to follow in its heels.  And the next... and the next... and - well you get the idea.  I now have 42,000 words written and two more scenes to write.  One will be a big scene with lots of smaller scenes leading up to the culminating scene.  The other will be a summing up scene, not quite an epilogue but a scene that says essentially - hey this is where we're at and maybe hints at what comes next. 

Hopefully when I'm done with the obsession five has become I'll be able to go to the last Defenders book and finish it.  Unless the sixth Wayfarer takes over my brain, that is entirely possible.  I'm going to try to put my foot down though because I don't want to have three books to edit in one series. 

Two of my test readers are cranking at me to finish the fifth book.  They apparently want to read it.  Of course they will read it and ask for the sixth book.  It is just a neverending round of demands from them.  They are such slave drivers.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Family Discussions

Ken and I have been working on paperwork for in case of situations.  We have two power of attorneys done.  We're going to work on the other two documents I posted about previously. 

It was interesting to hear what my daughters had to say about the legal documents.  It is always a touche topic when you are talking about who will be in charge of what.  Certainly there is no indicators of favoritism or even trust. 

I trust all of my daughters to do the right thing.  I trust them all to manage our wishes the way we would want.  The problem is, it is a burden.  I'm reading these documents.  In case I'm in a vegatative state what happens. 

One would hope that if I'm in that state my daughters are going to be emotionally upset so making difficult decisions like not hooking me up to tubes to sustain life would be difficult.  We tends to want to cling to people we love, not letting them move forward or move on.  How do you look at the loved one in the bed and not want to do everything possible to save them? 

This is why these documents are so important.  Here are my wishes is basically what the documents are saying.  Here are my wishes and you have a legal obligation to follow them. 

That means if my daughters are emotionally distraught when I'm laying in this hypothetical vegatative state, they don't have to think.  They just have to follow directions.  It isn't that simple but it makes it easier - I hope. 

I know some people will read this and be uncomfortable with the topic.  We all are going to die eventually. Isn't it better to go into that time prepared and having things in order so your family is prepared and doesn't have to make decisions that are difficult. 

A friend of mine died years ago.  It was sudden and tragic.  I remember speaking with her mother about the disposition of her body.  Did she want to be buried or cremated?  Her mother wasn't sure what her daughter wanted and as her best friend she wanted to know what I thought.  I don't know that I was in any better state than her mother was but we worked through it.  I remember feeling more upset because I didn't know and I wanted to make sure my friend was honored. 

That's why the paper work is important.  That's why it's important for the discussions to happen. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Times Awasting

I need a clone.  With all my responsibilities, I need a clone or a longer day or to somehow stop time so I can get more done.

This morning I spent two hours working on the business end of writing.  Mostly I compiled data about sales so I could see how that would help me for marketing.  I told Vicki yesterday that I'm getting steady sales with an average of about 45 books a month for the last three months.  This is great as I'm just getting started but at the same time I have done very little marketing.  The thing for me is to figure out how to market and where to spend my money for marketing.

This led to another analysis of sales - which books are selling the best.  By knowing which book is selling the best I can either choose to put more money into marketing that book (because it is popular) or I can choose to let it grow on it's own (because it is popular).

When I'm done with this blog, I'll be heading to the recliner to put my foot up because my foot is doing better and I want to keep it that way.  While in the recliner, I can write and listen to music or crochet while I watch tv or listen to a book.  I'll probably write for a time because I have a new book going and there are scenes I want to work on.  If Ken and I opt to watch something together I'll try to pull out my crocheting but we usually do that when we're eating so I might be busy eating.

If only I had a second me, I could work on all of it at once.  I have three crochet projects started and several in the works.  I have a half dozen writing projects started and actively working on plus all the other ones that aren't being actively worked on.

It promises to be a full day one way or another and that is with only the writing and crocheting demands.  Two of my daughters just bought a house so they are calling with questions.  My sister is writing a paper so she will want me to edit it for her.  I'll slide those in because it's family and they are important.

We've been watching West Wing and in their they're always saying - "What's next?" That is my life right now.  I'm done with this so what's next.    

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Necessary Documents

With my mother's recent hospital stay, I've been digging into what legal documents you should have in place just because.  This is an uncomfortable topic because it involves conversations about what happens if you are incapacitated or dead.

First I'm not a lawyer so this isn't legal advice.  This is me telling you - this is what I've learned.

The one most people know about is the will.  You should have your will updated regularly.  This helps to ensure that your stuff gets distributed the way you want it to.  Now anyone can contest a will but hopefully your heirs will respect your wishes.

There are two power of attorney documents you should consider having as well.  The first is for health care.  It is simply who will make decisions about your health care if you can't.  The other one is for your finances.  This is the person you want taking care of your money when you're incapacitated.

A living will sounds like a regular will but it isn't.  It is a document that states what happens if you are in a vegetative state.  Again this is so your wishes are followed when you can't say what your wishes are.

For Wisconsin there is also a document about the disposition of your body.  Obviously, you're dead so this is telling people what you want to happen to your body once you're gone.  

Like most other people I am guilty of not having these in place.  I have a will but it is thirty years old, two of my daughters weren't even born when Ken and I had them made up.  The other documents don't exist yet.

I will be rectifying this.  I'm going to sit down with Ken and we are going to create these documents.  It won't be hard because all I have to do is go to google and type in power of attorney wisconsin and all sorts of things come up.  Mostly though I'm looking for the ones the government gives out for free.  I get the four (not the will) from there.  The other thing I'm going to do is find our current wills and use that format to create new wills.

After we get them all done, we just need signatures, notary (I think) and witnesses.  But we won't be done yet.  The final step is to distribute all of the documents to our daughters.  This way they know what we want and have a copy so they can be responsible and not have to make the tough decisions when they are upset because we have croaked.  At least I hope they are upset - maybe not - depends on how much we've annoyed them... (That's humor - sick and demented but still humor).

It is hard to talk about this stuff for a lot of people because no one wants to talk about death and ultimate this is a conversation about death.  However, in order to make sure you have your wishes followed this is necessary.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Next...

Finished the next Wayfarer novel.  It still needs work since it is just the first draft.  I don't even have a name for it.  I will soon though.  My first test reader finished it last night and she pointed out some flaws.  I will be fixing those as I work through the edits.  I'm sure the other two test readers will come up with other suggestions as well.

I've gone back to the Defenders series.  I have one more book to write to finish that story - I think.  I started rereading the last book so I can get back in the groove with the story.  I'm hoping to finish that in the next few weeks. 

My test reader finished the fourth Wayfarer and said where's the next one so I have to think about the next plot and how I'm going to work in the details and subplots. 

My gout decided to flare last night.  My left foot is unpleasant today.  I've changed my regime to hopefully nip it in the butt early.  I'm fairly certain it is stress related so I need to find some zen moments. 

I'm hoping for a calm weekend with lots of time to do writing and crocheting this weekend.  I think it will help to settle things down.  I've also been making a point of sleeping more as I seem to be needing that. 

It comes back to finding the balance in everything.  I'm working on it but it is an ongoing struggle.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nag, nag, nag

Two of my three test readers for the Wayfarer series are nagging me to finish the story.  I can't help that there is more in the last chapter than I would have thought.  I have to tell the whole story and not leave out the good bits. 

This means they have to have patience.  I thought I'd finish it last night but I got distracted by other tasks.  One of these things was a conversation with one of the readers. 

I am hoping the ending will be good.  I have an exciting scene in my head that I want to include but I'll see if I can make it play out. 

In the meanwhile, I've had requests for two hats and a few other crochet things.  I probably should work on my daughter's afghan which I haven't worked on in a while. 

My mother is resting comfortably if not patiently.  She wants to get up and go like she did before her stroke but the doctors are telling her to take it easy.  I understand the anxiousness to be back to regular routine but there is also the matter of taking care of yourself. 

This next weekend I'm hoping for some writing time so I can work on marketing and writing.  I need to do both so I'll have to see how things go.  I have another crochet booklet I want to get out there for production.  I'm hoping it will be a productive weekend. 

This week I've been struggling with a lot of pain in my legs, partly due to stress from all the stuff over the weekend, and partly due to the overwork from driving and doing stairs on Saturday.  It slows me down and wears me out but I'll do what I need to in order to get better.

Hopefully - fingers crossed - Virginia and Stephanie close on their house today.  They are waiting on one form and if that gets delivered they can still close today.  It is exciting for them to buy their very first house!  I'm hoping for a call saying they are owners at some point today!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

To do is getting done

I'm nearing the end of a manuscript, I am pretty sure I'll finish with the chapter I'm on.  The problem is there is a lot to fit into this chapter.  I have story lines to finish, plot lines to clean up, and a murder to solve. 

This book has been a little different for me as I've worked it in bits and pieces with the crazy schedule I've had in the last month.  Normally when I work on a Wayfarer book I take two weeks and zip through the story. 

I have three people (my test readers) who are begging me for the next installment for this series.  I don't know if they are going to like this one as I delved into different storylines but I'm sure they will tell me if they don't.

On another task on my to do list, I got all the presents ready over the weekend (with the help of Ken) and brought them into the office.  It was a nice little thing for the people to get after the long weekend. 

Friday while I was down in Indiana with Vicki, I got my hair cut and donated 12".  I now have short hair.  I don't hate it.  I know that sounds odd but I'm so used to the long hair that going short is quite a change. 

We had fun at JoAnn Fabrics again.  All the yarn I bought was on sale.  Between coupons and sales, I paid half price (or less) for every item.  Vicki got a bunch of flannel super inexpensive.  It was a good couple of hours in the store.  Ken and Vicki went to Menards to look at a few things and both of them came out with goodies from there. 

Violence is not the solution

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