Sunday, October 30, 2016

It's the Little Things

Friday I asked my husband to help me with a couple of things this weekend.  He never said yes or no, because that's how he is.  Saturday while I was chatting with my daughter and my sister, plans were made for me to go to craft shopping with my sister and mother.  It gave me two hours to get the prep done on the next set of projects I'm working on and get lunch.

Ken went in the craft room and started putting the suitcases away.  He didn't come back out, I thought he was waiting for me while I was on the phone with our middle daughter.  I told her I had to go but she wanted to keep talking so I went in the craft room while on the phone with her.  Ken was sitting in one of the chairs in there waiting on me.  He had put away all the bins which had been out for the suitcases.  He had brought in the bins which I'd gotten from a friend.  He'd put all the books which had been on the table on the shelves for me to go through and he'd put the bags of left over projects in one place under the table.  My habit is to gather a few projects and work on them in the living room and the left overs - extra skeins or balls of yarn go in a bag.  When I'm done, I'll take the bag back and put them away.  I've been so busy with making, I've not been putting them away.

On the table he had all the items I needed.  He spent a good half hour with me picking yarn, getting the projects organized, and carrying them all out to the living room for me.

Later in the day, he put my favorite lounge around the house jammies in the bathroom for me.  It was thoughtful and sweet.

Now today he did the grocery shopping.  When I came out to do the Ibotta and Checkout 51 stuff, he helped me get it organized.  While he was shopping he found a breakfast thing for me to try rather than going out every morning.

He's been on the ball with all these little things.  He's not so great at the big gestures but on a daily basis he does a lot of little things which make my life easier and better.  He's thoughtful and sweet.  Now don't get me wrong, there's no one else who can annoy, frustrate and tick me off faster than my husband.  However, it's all the small things he does which have kept us married for more than 35 years.

It's the little things - if I'm going to be philosophical - that keep us going together.  It's the holding hands, the help on the projects, and other little things which keep us appreciating and loving each other.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Next

With Ken gone, I had a couple days to myself at home.  I enjoyed the time on my own.  At one point I realized nothing had been said.  I was playing a game and cursed the game out loud.  It startled me which also made me laugh.

I've finished the projects for my sister and now I'm turning my attention to my own projects.  I have the student worker gifts done and now am prepping to make for the faculty.  This weekend I hope to gather the items and do any shopping I need to so I can settle into getting the items made.

At the same time, I need to finish an article and get it submitted.  I also have a crochet pattern which is going to be published which I need to make up again.  Once it's made up, I'll send it off to the publisher for pictures.  These are the three most urgent things on my radar.

I think the gifts will take me through most of November and then I'll be going back to writing and crocheting in more balance I think.

I'm looking forward and thinking - it isn't that long until we are in the holiday craziness.  My middle daughter is already talking about where we are going on Black Friday - i.e. which JoAnn's store we will go to.

My day job will get busy - crazy busy - in November.  I'm hoping with the changes we've made it won't be horrible.  Registration always is stressful with a heavy influx of emails.  I'm hoping for a lighter year as we've been steadily making improvements.

From now until the end of the year, I'm going to be busy both at my day job and at home working on projects.  I still have my two bigger projects I've been working on and I'm hoping to have those done before the end of the year as well.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Book!

Wild Magic is out!  I've published this one and it's available on both Amazon and Smashwords!

Here's a description:
Mallory follows her magi gifts back to Linos Province where almost all the magi were killed. Her magi powers send her to help a boy. In saving the boy, she joins a small group who need her magi powers. The small group escapes from hostile villagers and magi hunters. Reaching Scons Province doesn’t offer safety only more challenges for Mallory, Leland, Pintra, Faolan, Jadan, Ovra, and Erga.



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Long Long Day

Ken left for Georgia yesterday.  Vicki and I took him to the airport at 3:30 in the morning.  This meant we were up at 2:30.

Not being a morning person, this was not a great start to the day.  Vicki and I were home by 6:00 but we didn't come back and go back to bed.  We stopped at Woodman's.  We shopped for both her household and mine.  By the time we were done, we'd saved $57 in coupons, $6.25 in Ibotta rebates, and $2 in Checkout 51 rebates.

We came home so she could unload.  All the perishables got put away and some of the sorting out of what she wanted and what I wanted.  My mother and sister stopped by so they got to see Vicki for a few minutes.

Once they left, we made a list for Sorgs and I called it in.  Since it was Saturday Sorgs is always busy so we wanted to expedite our time there.  We stopped at Urgent Care because Vicki has a sinus infection.

The rest of our morning we spent time going to Shopko, Target, Penera, and Walgreens.  That finished our morning.  We came home to eat lunch.  I took a nap but she was bouncing all over getting things organized.

She brought home her laundry so she wouldn't have to pay to go to a laundromat.  She did our laundry as well, so we folded and hung up several baskets of clothes.  Once we were done with that, we went to the kitchen.

The two of us made lasagne, chicken tetrazzini, and diced chicken which we marinated with dressing.  Once those were all done, we had lasagne for supper, did some more laundry, and then went back to the kitchen to make cranberry apple sauce.  Vicki canned the results of this experiment so she had to stay up long enough to get the ten pints in and out of the water bath.

All of this got done yesterday with only about three hours of sleep.  All in all, a good day but exhausting.  I kicked Vicki to bed at about 10:30 and got to sleep short after 11:00.  Today, I'm going to work on crocheting and watching movies or documentaries.  I'm planning to enjoy my peace and quiet.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Harvesting

It's FALL!  I love fall!  The cooler temps, the changing weather and the harvest.  While driving over the weekend, I loved seeing the fields and farmers working hard to bring in their crops.  I know from growing up on the farm they are in a state of constant work - long hours, hard work, and worry over whether the crops will sell well.

Fall has always been about canning, freezing, and prepping food for the winter.  At this point in my life, we aren't doing this as often.  In fact this year, we aren't doing any canning at all.  I did get apples but we will probably eat them as apples rather than making applesauce or slicing to freeze.

This has made me wonder what I'm harvesting this year.  What have I done, created, and so on that I'm going to harvest.  There's nothing in my life which has to be grown and harvested at a particular time.  I've published many things this year and still have a few to get out.

I'm in the middle of making holiday gifts.  I've been working on several for the past couple of weeks.  My sister asked me to work on some blankets for her - she has fleece which she wants a crocheted edging around.  I have one or two other things to finish which should be done tonight or tomorrow night.  I'll move on to doing the crocheting for her before I work on my next group of projects.

My craft room is in chaos and in need of a good cleaning.  I'm hoping to get it organized again and move forward with all these projects.  If I get my sister's stuff done, it gets two or three bags of things out of my craft room.  After that, I'll be working on my own holiday gifts which will empty many things out of my closet.  Then it's back to the skirt and afghan I'm working on.

I think for this year, this is my harvest.  Getting all these projects done before it's too late is a good goal.  One I'm hoping will be accomplished.  On top of this harvest, I have several things which still need to be published and finished.  Now things have calmed down a little with my middle daughter, I'm hoping to spend my weekends working on projects and publishing.  However, I'm aware that the best laid plans.... generally don't get accomplished because of life...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Surprise for Grandma

Yesterday I took my mom and friend to Gays Mills.  The purpose was to get apples but there was an underlying purpose as well.  Vicki, my middle daughter, met us there.  We had a lovely day getting apples, having lunch, and chatting.

The fall colors this year are a bit muted.  Some trees are vibrant but mostly there are the muted greens and golds.  It was a lovely drive.  I hope everyone had a good time.

I came home with apples, cider, cookies, and salad dressing.  I got to spend time with a friend, my mom and my daughter.  It was a good day!

Today we've had a bit of excitement with our power going out for about an hour.  It went out and we heard a loud bang outside.  No idea what happened but we were without power.

I sat and crocheted after I notified the utility our power was out.  I saw on their web site that almost fifty people were without power so probably a transformer blew.  Now the power is back on and I'm at the computer for a little while.

Once I'm done with the computer, I'm going to work on holiday gifts.  I have a number of them done, a lot more to do, and some to do for someone else.  Next step for me, go to my craft room and gather up bags of the projects.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Back to Couponing and Crocheting and Publishing

Saturday afternoon I spent a chunk of time clipping coupons - for myself, my sister, and my daughters.  For the first time in nearly six weeks, I made a grocery list based on my apps and coupons.

Ken went grocery shopping early on Sunday as he usually does.  He overspent by a little but I knew he would because we haven't really shopped while we've been helping our daughter move.  He used a bunch of coupons - saving over $32.  In apps, he saved over $5.

I meant to spend my Saturday working on publishing but by the time we were done with errands, I was wiped out.  I tried napping to get rid of a headache and get some energy back but spent the time talking on the phone with multiple people including some of my daughters.

Sunday I managed to get one book published - Draconian Peace.  Here's a brief description of it:

Racial tension has destroyed the relationship between the Draconians and the humans, leaving thousands of mixed breeds disenfranchised.  Prejudice and suspicion mar the joining of Dewi Bradon, half and half, and Lord Lachlan Camdon until they learn to look passed their race and trust in each other.  As they begin to trust, changes ripple through society and expose rampant corruption and crime.

It's available on Amazon and Smashwords for now.  It will get out to all the other options as time permits.  There is a paperback as well on Createspace.

I kept getting interrupted so only one item published.  I did work on a holiday gift and have it about three quarters done.  I'm pleased with the pattern and how it's working out but it means I'll have another pattern to publish.  I might submit it for publication first to see if I can get it in a magazine.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Back to the Routine

It's a normal pay weekend.  I've gotten up, paid bills, talked to one daughter, and am about to head out to run errands.

Once the errands are done, I'm going to be sitting at the computer to work on several projects.  I'm avoiding my phone which is telling me the two games I've been playing are ready for me to play again - my lives are full now.

It's funny how I have to have a game tell me my life is full.  Yes - it is.  From my work, to my hobbies, to my family - I'm busy.  I have a lot going on and some days I'm lacking in energy and ambition.

Motivation is key today and tomorrow.  I have a lot I want to clear off my to do list in the hopes of feeling like I'm moving forward with these projects.

Went to the rheumatologist yesterday - Ken came with me which was nice.  She wants me on a drug so I get to try a new drug to see if I break out, have other nasty side effects, or if my body can tolerate it.  If I can take it, I get to wait weeks (up to three months) before we know if it's helping.  I'm not optimistic but at the same time I know something has to change.

For the first time in over a month, I'm going to sort through coupons, make a grocery list, and send Ken off to the store with a detail list rather than "get what we need" comment.  We've only been picking up the bare necessities while we've been helping Vicki move.

Lots to do today so I better get off the computer and head out for the errands.  Hopefully they don't take long and I can be home soon to work on publishing, couponing, and the other tasks I have on my todo list.

Catching Up

Over the weekend, I got three manuscripts edited and worked on two other manuscripts.  Ken and Vicki did all the errands on Saturday.  Sunda...