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!

‘A Boring Little Update’

Hey hey, how have y’all been?  Me, I’m taking things one day at a time.  Summer is not yet officially here, but the days are growing more and more humid with thunderstorms looming overhead creating a thick moisture in the air; like walking out your front door and into a sponge.  Though this weather won’t last the entire summer, I still see us using the hose a lot throughout the summer.

My daughter is taking summer school this year because she’s as good in math as I was at her age.  She absolutely despises math, yet she loves earning an allowance.  Basic addition compared to adding letters to the numbers.  I understand her hatred.  She’ll either get it enough to pass, or she’ll retake.  Her dad sits in and helps her, so it’s looking good that she’ll continue on to the 10th grade for next school year.

I took a little time off from writing, as writing an entire manuscript in four months is taxing.  However, I’ve been brainstorming which is now why I need to get back to writing, because otherwise I’m going mental trying to store it all.  With my manuscript currently in the editing phase, I’m moving forward, brainstorming a cover design, and going through my mental files for any additional material I may want to include in my book.  While I’m doing that, I’m also generating ideas for my next book “Y’all Didn’t Hear It from Me: Another Journal of Life Stories”.

Having said that, my husband and I were talking, and I want to celebrate my accomplishment once my 10 copies come.  Granted, my book won’t be to that stage until at least the end of this year, but I can begin planning for it now, right?  Why not, right?  We’re going to throw me a celebration party!  It may be holiday themed, or I might be able to pull it off of my own creative theme, but I’m going to celebrate.  Then, after the party, I’ll post the first vlog, me seeing my book for the first time.  I admit, it’s very exciting to think about.  I’m tickled pink!

Well, y’all, I think that’s it for now.  Is there anything y’all would like to hear about because my book is considered self-help/memoir.  I like being an ear for someone else in a situation.  Usually I can relate and I enjoy the input of others.

As always y’all, thanks for reading!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Hey y’all!  I know, I said I wasn’t going to post again until St. Patrick’s Day, but I have to say, it’s been raining in my area for three days now.  The sad part about this three day rain I’m receiving, it’s been an on/off process for the better part of an entire month.  February.  Normally, I don’t have a problem with rain, but this past month has been much rainier than it needs to be.

We were in a drought through the entire summer last year, then winter came and with winter came the end of the year holidays.  No snow because I’m in Central Georgia.  Now, we’re finally getting back into the Spring season, and I swear, Mother Nature is trying to drown us.

No lie.  I stepped outside onto my porch this morning, between my first and second class.  The sun was not yet up or rising for the day, but it was clearly cloudy and raining.  No sooner did I step outside, turn around and shut my screen door, I saw an enormous flash of lightening, bright enough to light up the entire sky as if it’s the middle of the afternoon, and then it was like someone spilled a gigantic bucket of water, or something.  Had temperatures been about 30-40 degrees warmer, I could have had a shower.  Ironically enough, the rapid torrential downpour now taking place was coming down so hard, I didn’t think it could come down any harder, but it did.  In that moment, the rain coming down became so powerful, it was like standing beneath or beside a waterfall.

Since then, the sun has came up, but we can’t see it behind all the gray clouds, and yes, it is still raining, but the rain has let up to a misting drizzle.  My husband took out our garbage this morning, and as he was coming back around to our porch, he told me, each footstep is ‘squish, squish, squish’.  Like the last three days, it’s supposed to rain all day today, so the ground is going to be ‘squish, squish, squish’ for awhile.

Thank goodness I don’t have anywhere I have to be today, or my mood would be worse than what it currently is.  Right now, all I can do is sit around, think, and of course write.  Being stuck indoors is becoming very frustrating, I have to say.

Speaking of writing, my manuscript is steadily building, and very nicely.  I just recently finished and printed “Runaway”, a story about why I ran away after I turned eighteen, and “My All Time Low” which is a story about just that, my all-time low in life.  Dating a guy, moving in with him, and then learning that I should have followed my gut instinct.

While it might be raining outside, at least I have plenty of inside things to do.  Writing, washing laundry, writing, baking muffins, writing, and I have plenty to read.  Maybe I’ll get some sketching done.  I’m currently sketching a piece that’s symbolic of 9/11, and this reminds me of another story I’m rewriting, “Bleeding Patriotism”, about my very first time giving blood.  I was seventeen donating for the victims of 9/11.

Well, it was unexpected, but I’m sure you enjoyed the reading all the same.  Thank you for reading and I’ll post again on St. Patrick’s Day, or the day after because I have a really full schedule on St. Patrick’s Day.  I have three classes in the morning, my daughter has school until noon, I’m cleaning my parent’s house for them, and finally a doctor’s appointment.  See what I mean by a full schedule?

So, again, thanks y’all for reading!  Please, feel free to comment below!

‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game…’

Hey y’all!

I don’t get out of my house much, but over the years I’ve come to prefer it that way…for the most part.  When I do go out, it’s to take my daughter to gymnastics or to a doctor’s appointment.  Occasionally, something bigger comes along.

For example, I just went to my first ever, Major League Baseball game.  The Atlanta Braves were playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Suntrust Field in Marietta, Georgia.

My dad bought tickets to go with a couple of his guy friends, but at the last minute they both had to back out.  Guess who went with dad instead.

What an experience!  I don’t usually watch baseball, but then again, there was a time when I didn’t watch racing or football.  Now I’m watching and following both college and professional football and I’ve been to Talladega Motor Speedway two years in a row.  Baseball might have a chance.

We didn’t get any autographs, I didn’t catch any foul balls, hubby and I weren’t caught on the KissCam, and none of us were caught camera time, but I certainly enjoyed watching others dance, react, and rock out during their 2-3 seconds of game fame.  Chipper Jones himself was caught in the stands, on camera, during the game.  The kids were so adorable showing off their dance moves and jamming out, and a couple at the game got engaged!

All the action happened in the second inning.  Four home runs, in a row, by the Atlanta Braves!  Our batters were on fire!

Then the real action came in sometime between the bottom of the 8th and the top of the 9th inning.  The weather was clear all day, then the sun went down, and the rain came in.  Everyone in ‘foul ball’ territory came in under the eaves where we sat, dry, to finish the game.  The weather decided for us.  When the fielders got to work covering the infield, we figured the game was called.  Now we walk.

It looked like a steady rain from the stands.  It wasn’t.  We walked all the way back to the car in torrential downpour.  We were soaked!  Dad drove home shirtless because his shirt looked like it came out of a loaded washing machine.  Hubby rode home shirtless for the same reason.  The rain was coming down so hard and in thick sheets, it made traffic crazy for lack of visual ability.  You couldn’t tell one lane from another.

Thankfully, my dad is a retired truck driver.  He’s driven in weather conditions not deemed safe by other members of the public transportation system.  Sometimes I don’t give him enough credit for his driving, other times I remind him he’s not my age anymore.  However, the lesson is we never lose our ‘niche’, no matter how old we become.  It’s always there, always with us.  My dad is a professional driver.  Who better to navigate traffic in treacherous weather?

Thanks, y’all.

As always, thank you for reading and thank you for your support.

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!

Let’s Talk About this Weather… and My Headache

I have a pain, searing through every vessel in my brain, right above my right eye.  I started feeling the tinges before the sun came up, through every class the pain intensified, and it moved.  There’s nothing worse than a moving headache.

It’s the barometric pressure, because it’s soggy and dreadful outside, and it’s making me miserable.

Getting through classes this morning was somewhat of a mental struggle, but thank goodness we’re in the last week of school before the Thanksgiving holiday.  We’re not really covering much, basically catching up on missed assignments, and making up any failed attempts.

The weather outside is wet and gross causing our front-walk to be a muddy, trencherous mess.  The forecast is predicting we’ll have rain every day this week.  I don’t mind the rain, but the headache isn’t necessary.

I was telling my husband, during lunch, how I’d rather suffer through menstrual cramps than battle a headache.  I spend so much time using my mind for everything, when I do get a headache I can’t work.  Function-ability is possible, but still a struggle for me.  When I’m cramping, sitting on my heating pad is my ‘go to’, no effort, home remedy, but I can still function completely and think without pain ripping through each thought.

Having said that, before my head explodes, I’ll close out this segment.

Until tomorrow… and thanks for reading!

 

“A Raging Storm to Bring the Spring”

All it took was a strong, loud clap of thunder to wake me from a dream, and bring me to the reality of a thunderstorm.  What a light show!

The noise woke my husband and I out of a sound sleep and scared our daughter slightly senseless.  I don’t know.  Maybe my instincts kicked in, but I didn’t freak out or become nervous like I used to when I was a child.  Instead, I was wandering back and forth between her room and our room watching the skies out the window and listening for hints of possible tornado activity.  One can never be too safe in a storm.

I would say the storm came through our area at it’s strongest (right overhead) around midnight, but our clock read 12:10am when the thunder physically woke me, like a sounding alarm.  As I said, I spent some time walking the hallway between our rooms, but I also watched out my office window, taking a seat on the couch as the lightening was bright enough more often than it wasn’t to light up our entire front yard.  For only a second, it looked like the middle of the day.  I found the view outside our side window that overlooks our largely sloped side yard to be better to watch the sky.  The trees surrounding our property stand so tall, and that wind last night was wicked strong.  In some parts of Georgia, the wind and rain took the siding right off a street of houses.  The houses themselves look to be structurally standing, but they still need help recovering from last night’s raging storm.

I kept watching the sky over our side yard because the view was better.  I admit, it was like a creepy scene in a horror movie.  The whole world being dark right outside your window, until a storm comes rips through on a temper tantrum, lighting the sky with bolts so sharp they make the thunder almost ring instead of rumble–like a tuning fork.  I kept watching for the lightening to light up the sky so I could catch a quick glimpse of the cloud covering, and roughly analyze any activity.  Still a creepy scene.

Luckily, we didn’t have any activity in our immediate area.  It was still one heck of a storm though, and here it is, the first day of Spring!

 

“All in a Week”

I’ve certainly had an interesting week!

Monday, my husband had a doctor’s appointment as well as an errand or two to run before and after.  I spent all morning in Class Connect with our daughter.

Tuesday, my husband had other business to take care of in town, and he had to leave early.  Again, I spent the morning in Class Connect with our daughter, and completing household chores between classes.

Wednesday was our daughter’s doctor’s appointment, so after Class Connect sessions were over and lunch and homework were done, we left, and ran some errands after.

It was Thursday that was the ‘doozy’.  I found myself facing a new milestone, and living it two different ways at once.  Well, three different ways.  I recall my own experience (when I was her age), I’m reliving it through my daughter, and I’m relating instinctively.  It’s awesome, but I also feel as if I’ve aged several years overnight, more so because I discovered it the night before.  We were both tired that day and she didn’t feel up to going to gymnastics that evening.

Come Friday morning, my dad’s brother stopped in for a visit since he was in the area.  It’s been 14 years since I last saw my uncle, and times have certainly changed the both of us.  However, it was interesting, some of the conversations we had during his brief visit.  I learned a lot, about our family, about him, and about myself.  In addition to my uncle visiting, my husband had another business errand to run early that morning, so while he was taking care of that, I was reclaiming my daughter’s attention during breakfast to get her ready for school.  She’d never met him before now, so naturally she would be socially interested.

Now here I am.

It’s Saturday, the sun is shining, and tomorrow’s weather is calling for rain which pretty much guarantees I won’t be able to work outside.  I feel the need to re-energize, and being outside, in the fresh country air, beautifying the yard, cultivating the ground, it’s therapeutic to me.

That reminds me, I can’t wait to get started on my vegetable garden!