Monday, March 30, 2015

Sale and New Book

Wayfarer is on sale for 99 cents!  It will be on sale for about a week.  I'm hoping to publish Wayfarer Trials this weekend.

PicturePictureWayfarer is the beginning of the story and on sale for only 99 cents.  It is the beginning of the story between Decker and Adara.  Wayfarer Trials is the latest installment of their story.  Decker and Adara return from their honeymoon to fall right back into the investigation into Castitate Colony and Patrick Richardson with the rest of the command staff.

Danger rounds every corner in this book for the crew of the Pritchard.  Decker's family comes onboard for protection as Delilah tracks down the businesses involved in their cases.  Action packed and fast paced, Adara, Decker and the rest of the crew face bombs, pirates, and human traffickers as they gather evidence to take down a lifelong criminal.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

End of Crafting Weekend

I'm back from my long weekend of crocheting with my daughter.  I got some stuff done and definitely organized a bunch of other things but I didn't accomplish as much as I wanted to.  I have two shawls started for her and one I'm hoping to finish this week.

Tonight has been recovery from driving.  I've got my feet up but still in a bit of pain from the drive.  I'm trying to stay awake so I can take a second dose of Tylenol before I go to sleep.

It was great to sit at my daughter's apartment and work.  I got some stuff done but the time with her was wonderful.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her.

She had all sorts of goodies for me including the softest most scrumptious afghan she knitted.  It is absolutely lovely.  I LOVE it.  She also made me a shawl and wristers and spoiled me thoroughly.

Now it is back to the regular schedule.  Spring break is over on Monday and I'll be facing advising issues as well as registration issues which starts next Monday.  It will be a busy month for April.  I have a lot of work to get done for writing and crocheting.

My niece is getting married the beginning of May and my daughters are all going to be home for it.  This in and of itself will be wonderful but I want to have my oldest daughter's afghan worked on so I can show her it - maybe finish it (it is complicated not holding my breath on that one).

I have two novels I'm working on and hope to finish sooner rather than later but you just never know how the creative flow is going to go.  However, my day job is going to be stressful and busy for the next few weeks with registration so crocheting is generally a better option.

It feels like this year is flying by and I don't have nearly enough time to get all the things done I want to.  We are already at the end of March, a quarter of the year is gone.  How does this happen so quickly?

It doesn't matter, I'm just going to work on balancing all the things I have going on.  Bridal shower, wedding, daughters visiting, us traveling, and so much more.  It's all good.  I just have to keep it all straight and balanced... don't worry I'm not holding my breath on it... just doing the best I can.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Second Day for Crocheting

Vicki went to work this morning leaving me at her apartment.  I worked on a trivet for her.  The concept of the pattern was pretty and nice.  The execution of the pattern - miserable.  I liked the technique was good but the pattern was poorly written.  I had to read sections multiple times.

She came home for lunch and we ran errands in the afternoon.  Joann's, eye doctor, grocery store, Walgreens and home for supper.  Joann's was wonderful (of course) and her grocery store has a wonderful craft section where we found some amazing yarn.  We also got these great new bags which will be great for carrying craft projects around in.

This evening I worked on a scarf for her.  We were both tired though and she crashed early.  I dozed, being too tired to work long on the scarf.

Tomorrow, she has a few errands she wants to run.  While she's gone, I'm going to work on the scarf and whatever else I feel like.  I'm looking forward to a full day of crocheting.  I'll share pictures when I get home and can download them.  She's definitely spoiled.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

First Day of Crafting

I made it to my daughter's with no traffic issues at all.  I stopped and got gas and of course the next three places I saw were all less expensive.  We talked till 2 in the morning.

At her work, I sat and crocheted while she worked.  I finished one dish towel and started another.  I am hoping to finish it before we go back to her apartment.  I don't have buttons for them but we are going to Joann's tomorrow.

We went out to lunch and in the same mall, there was a Michaels.  She still had over 30 minutes before she had to be back so we went to look at yarn.  I got some on sale and a crochet magazine which she grabbed before I could look at it and tagged it already.

I have the material to make her one more dish towel and will try to finish those tonight.   Tonight we are going through all the yarn she has claiimed and I plan to make a detailed list of what she wants from each yarn.  

She fed me lunch and now I just want a nap.  She's offered her keys for me to go back to her apartment but that just seems silly.  I will either put my head down on her desk and nap or I will be a good mom and work on her dish towel.

When I got here she had goodies for me and I LOVE the blanket she made me.  Apparently people have offered to take it and I said absolutely not.  Well okay I said fuck no and if they try I'll chop off their hands (it is that nice of a blanket).

Hopefully tonight will be an earlier night but I'm not holding my breath.  We always stay up late talking.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Craft Weekend

Tonight I'm running away from home.  Okay I'm driving to my middle daughter's apartment and spending the next four days with her.  My task - take all the yarn with me she has claimed, organize what she wants done with it and start getting some of the stuff done. 

This weekend we plan to watch movies - like the Jane Austin movies - and work on crocheting for me and knitting for her.  I'm looking forward to it.  Ken has opted out of the crafting weekend.  He didn't seem overly interested in hanging out while we watched these movies or while we crafted. 

I think my gout has backed off enough I'll be able to make the drive.  I may have to take things easy tomorrow but I'm hoping no ill effects from the trip. 

My schedule is crazy busy over the next few weeks.  I have a bridal shower and wedding reception to go to for my niece.  The girls are all coming home for the reception.  This will be WONDERFUL!!!  I can't wait to have them all in my house for a few days.

I have three books I want to publish which will be a weekend of work at the computer desk in my office and then planning and plotting how I'm going to promote each of them. 

It is going to be hectic and crazy but wonderful.  I can't wait.  I made gifts for my niece and I hope she will like them.  I'm pretty sure she will. 

Once I'm back from the middle daughter's I'll be turning my attention to my oldest daughter's afghan that I promised her.  I would like to have it done before she visits or at the very least before we go visit her later this year.  It will be my focus.  I also have to schedule time with a friend to whom I promised a gift.

Plus I've got two novels I'm working on.  I'm going to have to schedule my time.  Once I'm back I think I'll spend a week (provided writing doesn't insist on being done) listening to books and crocheting.  Hopefully that will get me through a chunk of the afghan.  Then I'll be able to determine how much time the afghan will take me. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome Spring!!

Spring has sprung and look we're covered in snow again.  I'm laughing because this is Wisconsin and I know there are people who are cursing the weather today.  I say - it's March and it's Wisconsin, what do you expect.  It seems ironic that the spring equinox was last week and now we have about four inches of snow and it is still snowing.  If you ask me, I'll tell you I'm not a big fan of the cold and snow but it is a fact of life here in Wisconsin.  Complaining about it won't make it go away and won't make it warmer.  It does bring the mood down and makes it harder to get through the season.  The thing is, it's beautiful.  Yeah I know it's March and people are tired of winter but if you look at the evergreens frosted with the white it's picturesque.  If you don't have to drive in it, (which really doesn't happen) the puffy snowflakes are gorgeous, the ice on the trees looks like crystal.  It is a beautiful season even if it is cold and difficult.  Sometimes we get the best things when we deal with the difficulties in life. 
I've been laid up with gout.  I'm in pain and frustrated because I have a lot of work at both my day job and for writing.  I'm not able to sit at my desk easily when gout flares up.  My legs are painful, swollen, red and just plain miserable.  I need to let go of my expectations when my gout is being annoying, which I try to do.  This past couple of weeks I got through three manuscripts for editing.  I got the paper edits entered on the computer, read through the manuscript one more time, ran a spell check and essentially got it prepped for production.  It isn't how or what I planned to do over the past couple of weeks but I made progress. 
Today it is snowing.  Tomorrow could have temps in the 60s.  It's spring the time of new beginnings and fresh starts.  Everything is new, fresh, and bright (and muddy).  It's a time to look around at all the possibilities and pick the ones which appeal the most and work on them. 
To the grumblers, I say just stop it.  It will be better sooner than you know.  To those who see the beauty in all the weirdness of our weather - I say go make snow angels or have a snow ball fight.  Make the most of the (hopefully) last hurrah of winter and enjoy it while it lasts.  It is Wisconsin after all and if you wait ten minutes the weather will change. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gout Equals Pain

Monday my new doctor called to tell me my uric acid levels were double what is considered normal.  I could have told him that just from the pain level I've been dealing with.  I went to work late on Monday after taking my drugs - gave them a chance to ease some of the pain.

Tuesday was a no go for work.  I woke up hurting and couldn't hardly stand.  Wednesday I went to work and stayed almost ten hours.  I felt miserable the whole time.  I have work to do but every action felt like it took twice or three times the energy to perform.

Today I'm home.  I slept through my alarm - never a good thing.  When my daughter called and woke me up I knew even when I took my meds, it wasn't going to ease the level of pain much.  Here I am four hours later and trying to hold off taking three more Tylenol for another hour and I'm finally able to sit up without feeling awful though the pain is still too high.

It's time for me to go into hibernate mode I guess.  I have to stop letting the pain get me down, making me cranky, and I have to recognize I can only do what I can do.  Today that means I have classical music on, I pull out my crocheting or my editing and I sit in my recliner drinking lots of water and hope the meds do their job.

I've got two manuscripts to get edits on the computer.  I'm going to work on those until I'm too tired to work.  If I get tired of the editing, I've got a list of crochet projects I need to work on.  It's the best I can do for now.

Monday, March 16, 2015

More Crochet Patterns Published

Lacy Length, Light and Lacy, Fiesta Throw and Drunken Doubles are all individual crochet patterns I created and published yesterday.  To create a hard copy, I put Woven Winter Scarf with Drunken Doubles, Lacy Length, and Light and Lacy to create Collection of Four Scarves.

There are links to all of them on my website:

The collection is available in hardcopy on Amazon
Light and Lacy and Lacy Length were made for my daughters in Georgia.  They are made from baby yarn which is light weight so the girls can wear them on their cooler days and still get use of them in the warmer climates.

Drunken Doubles - love this name - was made from Caron Simply Soft yarn which is one of my absolute favorites.  I ADORE the yarn, it is always good quality and great color combos.  The pattern was fun and easy to work up.  The simplicity of the pattern allowed the pattern of the yarn to come through and be amazing.

Fiesta throw was made for one of my student workers as a graduation gift.  Her face on seeing it was worth every second of the time I put into it.  She loved it.  It is fun with bright fun colors.  It is a throw to flip over you on the chilly spring nights.


Back at the Grindstone

With nine days off, you would think I got a lot accomplished.  I did when it comes to spending time with my girls but off my to-do list?  No...