NaNoWriMo 2011

Monday was a day of celebrations:

  • 36th wedding anniversary
  • Verified NaNoWriMo winner!

The November roller coaster ride that crept ever so slowly toward the highest point, chugged along at a tortoise’s pace, finally reached the apex. The last two hundred words were written, verified on the website, and a winner declared. Join me, as we stretch our arms high overhead and scream at the top of our lungs (I hope you remembered to fasten your seatbelt)!

My journey began when the seed was planted by the leader of my writers group at our September meeting. I had heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but didn’t know much about it. Evelyn‘s words were encouraging, we had nothing to lose in trying to write 50,000 words during the month of November. 

I considered it briefly, then quickly forgot about it as we prepared for an October vacation. Upon returning home, I got a email from Evelyn updating what I had missed at writers group that week. She included information on NaNoWriMo, which lightly watered the previously planted seed, and added the warmth of her encouraging words. A doubt came to mind, what would I write about? To sign up required a working title. 

Out to the garden I went, trying to make up for a month of neglect. Bending low over the yarrow to cut away the deadness, the increased circulation to my brain brought with it the words, “The Gardener’s Guide to Devotion.” I stood up. I had a working title! 

The first few days of November, I wrote with abandon, occasionally visiting the NaNoWriMo website to learn more. That’s when I realized I was writing nonfiction, not a novel; but found there was a rebel category for people like me. 

To reach the 50,000 word goal in thirty days, 1,667 words per day are required. Knowing that Thanksgiving, a granddaughter’s birthday, and our anniversary fall in November, I increased my daily goal to 2,000 words per day, giving me five days “off.” 

Early on, the words came easily. There are many life stories I want to share with my grandchildren, and this was the perfect opportunity to spill them upon the page. When it seemed the well was running dry, I found that taking time to get outside and experience nature refilled it. 

The third week of November, hubby took a long weekend to do some work at his parent’s home. I came down with a cold, and seized the opportunity to write as much as I possibly could on that four-day weekend. That was the boost I needed. I was so close to the goal, I had no guilt in staying an extra day after Thanksgiving with the family. This past Saturday was spent doing some much-needed housecleaning, Sunday was a true day of rest. 

Today, I’m sitting on top of the world. Join me to celebrate. And bring cake! 🙂



No, we’re not working for the CIA, or any other organization of that sort. Intelligence happens to be Monday’s Word A Day at Nancy’s blog.

Thirty-six years ago today, my husband showed his mental acuity by marrying his lovely bride. (Yes, it was me, silly!) 

Poor fella, blinded by love, didn’t know what he was agreeing to:

  • for better or for worse, 
  • for richer, for poorer, 
  • in sickness and in health, 
  • to love and to cherish; 
  • from this day forward until death do us part.
In all fairness, I don’t know that any of us really know what we’re getting into when we respond in the affirmative with, “I do” or “I will,” to those age-old vows. Apparently, many people don’t take them seriously, or they never imagined how bad things could get. It’s pretty easy to glide along, living day-to-day when things are better, richer, everyone is healthy; but there are no guarantees that these will last. We’ve certainly been poorer for a season of un- and under-employment, and dealt with chronic pain a good many years.
A dear friend offered sage advice to a couple of newlyweds. He told us of a three-fold cord that is not easily broken. He also used this example:  Picture an equilateral triangle, and at the top angle, place God. Put the husband and wife at each of the remaining angles. As the husband and wife get nearer to God, they get nearer to each other. 
Today, I plan to write the rest of the words to finish NaNoWriMo, upload for verification on the website, and get busy making an anniversary card! 
Enjoy your day!

A Word A Day-Reckon

Since I found some cute Thanksgiving images, I reckon I’ll post one a day early for those of you traveling for the holiday. The rest of you are allowed to look, too. 🙂 Read more below.

Image courtesy of Vintage Workshop

I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve “met” this year through your blogs. Thank you for coming to see what I’ve been up to, for encouraging me, offering help, and making my life richer through the reading of your thoughtful, humorous, even ranting posts, and allowing me to see life through the lens of your camera. You have enlarged my world, and taken me places I never could have imagined. 

If you haven’t checked my numbers lately for NaNoWriMo, take a peek at the counter at the bottom of the page. I do believe I’m going to make it! Thanks for your support, and  letting me “slide” this month with mostly pictures and prompts. 


A Word A Day–Dose

I don’t know how she does it, but Nancy and her A Word A Day page, seem to have my number.  Today’s word is “Dose.” As a noun, it describes an amount of medication. Dosing is the verb, meaning I have been dosing myself with a dose of Robitussin to keep a cough under control. This is not to be confused with dozing, which is what I found myself doing a lot of this past weekend. 

Good Stuff!


And it was a beautiful weekend here, not that I would have known, but I did notice the Weatherbug on my task bar said it got into the 70s today. I did manage to get dressed and go to the drug store before it closed–without a coat!

I tried to keep from breathing on this page, so go wash your hands and you should be safe from any germs that might have escaped. If it’s too late, I’ll be happy to share a dose of my Robitussin with you. 

I hope your Monday is exceptional (in a good way).