Randomness on Wednesday

Randomness on Wednesday

1. Good news on J’s progress! As he put it, he doesn’t need “nails” in his leg. Yay for no surgery! Follow-up in three weeks, and maybe the cast will come off.

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2. Do you remember this little blonde–running on air, doing nothing when she grows up, always ready to give a leg up when needed? Well, she has a birthday this week! #4 Happy birthday, Z!

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Carefree
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Wants to do nothing when she grows up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helpful

3. Last night was our monthly writers group meeting. I think it’s going to be a great year–new ideas, more writing practice, etc. If you’re in the area, everyone is welcome, so let me know if you’re interested.

4. Last year I thought I’d created the perfect writing spot, but it didn’t work out so well. I’ll share more in another post, in the process of moving to the upstairs.

5. Hubby’s home, I’m off to make fried zucchini sandwiches for dinner–one of his favorites.

What have you been up to? Feel free to share your random thoughts in the comments.

 

Update to Random 5

UPDATE

Here’s the update some of you requested, the follow-up on speaking to my writers group this evening.  I should let you know, I’m not one to get up in front of a people. The first time I read a devotional I’d written, my knees knocked loudly. I had a stool on hand tonight–just in case the knees gave out. 

Aside from a small media issue, where we had to call in the head of the media department, who, thankfully, was working late, it went pretty well.

The highlight, I thought, were your wonderful comments that I shared with the group. Your stories took away the fear of the blog and put relationships with real people in the forefront. No matter where we are on this planet, we have so much in common–we laugh, we cry, we hope and pray, and encourage one another.

As writers, so often we hear “you need a blog, an online presence, you have to market yourself and your product.” That is usually followed by a groan from the masses. I hope I was able to convey that blogging is much more, it can even be fun.

I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt words regarding your blogging lives, your encouragement to me, and to them. Who knows? Maybe we’ll have some new blogging friends join us soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There Goes the Water/Tried a New Recipe

We had a most lovely day. The temperature got into the 60s, I went out to play and never came back. OK, I did have to bring the groceries home and put them away.

The European Starlings thoroughly enjoyed the birdbath.
The European Starlings thoroughly enjoyed the birdbath. I was tempted to join them.

Last evening was writers group; today I had lunch with my friend, Ev, who leads our group.

The little Painted Bunting female is still a regular  visitor.
The little Painted Bunting female is still a regular
visitor. This is her favorite feeder.

I made something new for dinner. The recipe came from Bob’s Red Mill blog. It was recommended as a savory breakfast in the post, but garlic, kale, fire-roasted tomatoes and Parmesan sounded more like dinner to me. It didn’t take long to make, and we both liked it. I shopped three places before finding the brown rice farina for the base, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Have a lovely Thursday!

 

Football Affective Disorder

Our Writers Group prompt for January was to write about an  unusual recovery or support group. Here’s mine:

Football Affective Disorder

February is upon us, bringing with it a multitude of psychological disorders. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is one of the most publicized; however, there’s a subset of SAD which overlaps the distinctive time frame and may be a disorder in its own right: Football Affective Disorder (FAD).

OVERVIEW/ONSET:

Commencing in August, fan activities are scheduled around The Game. Many restaurants have jumped on the ball-wagon by adding multiple viewing screens in an effort to entice diners to their tables; food is essential for life, after all. This being the greatest generation of multi-taskers, football aficionados are able to add yet another facet to their dining/game experience:  A date night with a spouse or significant other, bonding with one’s offspring, or a social get-together with friends can be accomplished at the same time.

TRIGGERS:

February hosts the grand finale, the Super Bowl. For one final weekend, hoards of football fans, and those who love them, celebrate with parties to rival New Year’s festivities. The day after the Super Bowl is filled with discussion and debate anywhere people meet. This conversation may also involve ref-bashing, Monday-morning quarterbacking, and the very-popular-and-ever-pricey commercials.

CAUSE AND EFFECT:

As suddenly as January 2 arrives after New Year’s revelry and life becomes a bit blasé, in the days following the Super Bowl, FAD sufferers are tackled by the loss of their month’s long addiction to The Game. The letdown is enough to cart them off the field of day-to-day play-by-play living.

WHERE TO GET HELP:

In light of this newly-discovered syndrome, FAD support groups will be kicking off the un-football season this month with huddles of fans meeting all across the nation. To find a support group near you, type Fantasy Football into your favorite search engine.

Cooper’s Hawk Meets Its Match, Or–

It Pays to Keep a Pesky Squirrel Around.

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I thought I had shared these photos, but couldn’t find them in my WordPress Media folder. Maybe they just disappeared–along with the socks.

A young Cooper’s Hawk stopped by for lunch one day, but this squirrel let it be known the hawk was not welcome here. It kept antagonizing the hawk, until it flew off in search of a yard without a security squirrel on duty.

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I apologize for not getting by to read your posts lately. Tuesday is the deadline for submissions for our writers group book, which I didn’t realize was coming up so soon.

Susan “ComingEast.com” Okaty and I spent the day Wednesday traipsing about the countryside. You should stop by and visit her blog, she’s a hoot. Can you believe, neither of us took a single photo all day? 

Our oldest granddaughter had a birthday this week, and we plan to celebrate with her this weekend.

I’ve been experimenting with WordPress Reader on iPad, but not all the blogs I subscribe to show up. Does anyone else have this problem? I still get the email links, so I know some are missing. Maybe they left with the socks, too? Hopefully, things will return to “normal” next week.

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! 🙂

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Post #100

WordPress stats tell me this is my one-hundredth post. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people “WordPress” represents, who’ve made it so easy for a first-time blogger to learn the process.

Also, thanks to  the community of bloggers who have accepted me into the fold, especially those of you who already feel like old friends, though we’ve only “met” in the last four months. I treasure your friendship.

I probably wouldn’t have a blog if not for the encouragement received from the members of the KPC writers group who so warmly welcomed me. They’ve taught me a lot about writing.

No one knows what the future holds, but I look forward to sharing it with you.