A Little Bit of Everything

Good morning y’all.  I’m sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted, but things have been, for lack of a better word, slightly depressing.  Some changes have occurred where my family is concerned, and I wasn’t sure how to deal with it.  To sum it up, my dad quit talking to me for reasons only he knows.  At first, I didn’t know how to deal with it, but then I had an epiphany.  If he doesn’t want to talk to me, that’s his choice, not mine.  He’ll come around in his own time.

So, moving on.

After more than a month, last week, I finally heard from my publication coordinator, via email, that my manuscript is ready for me to review the edits the editing department has proposed in my manuscript.  Since this past weekend was 4th of July weekend, I took that time away from work, and now, today, I’ll begin reviewing the edits in depth.  This should be fun.

In other news, about 5 years ago, I gave up my Facebook account.  Why?  It was the only way I could disassociate myself from select people I no longer wanted anything to do with.  It was the only way I could seek the solitude I needed to overcome the dramas and stresses of my own life.  While Facebook is a great way to keep in contact and communicate with select friends and family, I didn’t want any part of any of it.  Recently, I’ve been thinking that now might be the right time to regroup and restart.  I admit, part of me is fearful of Facebook because of the people I once knew.  Like the movie “Cyberbully” with actress Emily Osment, I couldn’t escape, but I wasn’t being bullied.  People just would not leave me alone.  However, with my book in publishing and ‘Moore’ Books Free Library slowly coming together, I think those two things are reason enough to restart a Facebook account, but rather than a personal account, I’m thinking more along the lines of ‘Public Figure’ account.  With coronavirus cases still on the rise, Facebook will be an avenue that I would not otherwise have for online book signings and other such events.  Actor and author, Chris Colfer did it, so why can’t I do similar?

The entirety of it will take time, but that’s okay because all of the best things in life take time.

On a totally different note, I gave gardening another shot.  My first time didn’t go so well.  While I tried my hand at growing green beans, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and a couple other vegetables, things were going good until I transferred them to bigger planters, then they all died.  This time, some friends and neighbors gave me a few a tomato plants, and I’m very pleased to say that I have 8 tomatoes producing so far.  They’re still green, but they are growing.  My ‘bae’ has to craft together some stakes to help my roma tomato plant stand more upright, but it’s doing well and that’s all I can ask for right now.  Roma hasn’t yet produced anything, but it’s early yet.  I do have a few pictures to post of my budding tomatoes, and I’ll post them soon, but I have to first transfer the pictures from my phone to my computer.  Then I’ll be able to share them with you.  If things continue to grow as well as they are, this time next year, I’m going to try for a raised personal garden.  Time will tell.

Finally, the Georgia heat has really kicked in full swing since summer officially began.  The humidity is practically through the roof, making it harder for my ‘bae’ to breathe when outside what with his heart condition.  Heck, I’m perfectly healthy and the humidity is even getting to me.  The only time I’m really going outside is to feed and water my plants, or to take out the garbage.  It’s so hot out, we don’t even feel like grilling.

So, that pretty much sums up the essence of my life currently.  A little of this, a little of that, but not much of anything else.  I’m doing what I can, and practicing patience by working on the inside.  More or less cleaning, rearranging, and reorganizing.

Well y’all, I guess that’s it for this post.  As always, thank you all for reading and following my blog.  By the way, is there anything y’all would like me to write about?  I’m always open to suggestions; something new to talk about.

Until next time!

Spring Cleaning Brings Brainstorms

Hey y’all!

 

I thought ‘Spring Break’ meant vacation.  Yeah, a vacation from working on one thing to concentrate on another, smaller project.  I wound up filling my spring break with spring cleaning.

 

For two days our weather was absolutely gorgeous, so I opened the windows and shampooed the carpets!  What’s sick, I can’t wait for the first week of summer vacation to give the carpets another good shampoo cleaning.  I hate carpet, but I do enjoy playing with the shampoo-vac.

 

Wednesday, while the weather was proudly displaying the sun, radiating small, warming heat rays, I was basking in its brilliance, absorbing all I could for all it was worth at the time.  The sun felt so amazing, covering my back as I worked, raking dead leaves from around our hummingbird tree.  I would imagine, by raking up the dead foliage, it’ll irrigate the dirt so oxygen can get to the soil beneath.  Makes for an appealing front yard scene.  After I finished raking what I’ve come to call ‘Hummingbird Hill’, I swept the garage patio clearing it of the foliage raked off the hill and cleaned off our outdoor furniture.  One of these days, I must invest in a tri-folding lawn chair for the summer.  Fun in the sun, some reading and sketching, for relaxation and refreshment.

 

Friday snuck itself back into the week, signaling spring break is almost over.  I’m kind of sad by it because now I’m yearning for the summer with our extended 2-month vacation.  A break from my daughter’s schooling.  At the same time, like spring break, summer break is time off from one position to work another.  I’m going to get a break from tutoring to teach more, plus more time to work on building the business.  More time to write and edit narratives.  More time to sketch.  More time to build on brainstorming.

 

I don’t know what the summer season will bring me, but I am hopeful.  I have a lot of ideas, and as the saying goes, cliche as it sounds, ‘Time to lean, is time to clean.’  Brainstorm.  Research.  Action.  It’s not work if you love what you do.

Thanks for reading with me y’all!