Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Day 91 - Unintentional April Fools'

Today I posted on my Facebook: "The girls convinced me to buy them each a pet today. Because we obviously don't have enough animals in the house."

Given the fact that we already have two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, two snakes, a bearded dragon, and a leopard gecko, you can imagine the "outrage" my announcement caused. But then people started to laugh it off as an April Fools' Day joke. 

Well . . . 


King Finley
I think the announcement that I am expecting another baby (I'm not) would have caused less of a reaction! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Day 90 - Books I'm Reading. Books I'm Writing.

It's been a busy month on the writing front! 

I am happy to report I reached my goal of writing 10,000 words on both my Secret Book and Book to Query projects for the month of March, for a total of just over 20,000 words each. Sadly, I didn't complete BLOOD STAIN as I had hoped (though I am close) because . . . 

I've been working on a "heavy edit" for a client, a project that requires about four hours of my time at each sitting. Between editing my client's manuscript and writing three books and a daily blog post, it's safe to say writing has become a full-time job. Like other working parents, I do this on top of raising three children while trying to "keep house" and be a good spouse. Thankfully I have a husband who doesn't mind doing more than his share of the housework and cooking. Or rather, he doesn't complain. I'm still considering getting a part-time evening/weekend job because, really, sleep is for the weak (ha!). 

During those snippets of free time I sometimes find during the day, I've been reading a book called MORE THAN THIS, by Patrick Ness. Here's the trailer: 

And here is Patrick Ness telling you a little about his book.

Stay tuned for a review of a crafty-type book I recently received in the mail!

And in totally unrelated news, it's snowing. Again. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Day 89 - Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever . . . 

been pulled over by a police officer. 

Until today, the answer would have been "never." But on my way home from taking my son to a doctor's appointment this afternoon, I decided to drive home a different way. It was a split-second decision that led to me getting pulled over and ticketed for an expired inspection sticker (a blessing in disguise, I guess). For the life of me, I don't understand why New York State sends out reminders to renew your registration, but they do not send out reminders to complete your annual inspection. I think it's some conspiracy to generate revenue. 

The experience was not horrible; the officer was very nice and sympathetic. We even shared a laugh as my son, who was in the passenger seat, said to him as he approached, "Well, hello good sir!" 

An appointment has been made for this Wednesday to get the car inspected, and then I will take all documentation to the village courthouse and cross my fingers the judge dismisses the charges. My husband is slightly disappointed I didn't get a speeding ticket, though he's been delightfully referring to me this evening as "the criminal." My kids were entirely too amused that their law-abiding mother "got in trouble," however minor the offense. 

Ah, well. You can't be perfect all the time. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Day 88 - Garden Update

We're getting quite a selection of potted seeds, seedlings, and young plants, so much so that I had to dismantle a plastic shelving unit to create extra room for the pots. The plants are loving the sun today!! But don't let the fact my youngest is outside without a coat fool you - it's currently 35 degrees, still much too cold to start seeds outdoors. Though the next week will bring warmer temps, we'll also have more clouds and rain.  I desperately want a greenhouse . . . and chickens, though they will have to wait until next year.

The kale and spinach are growing well, as are the green onions. We're also seeing lettuce, sweet peppers, cat grass, and peas. Today my daughter planted foxglove and columbine (which take 21-30 days for seedlings to emerge and forever to bloom), and daisies. Last week I discovered seeds from last year, so as an experiment to see if they are even viable, I planted pole beans, moonflower, and nasturtium. We're still waiting for the poppies, basil, rosemary, and oregano to make an appearance, which hopefully they will begin to do this week. Weather permitting, I'll be out in the raised beds this week clearing weeds and working soil. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 87 - Short Story Saturday

Young Nutmeg used to spend his days staring longingly at the Great Beyond just over the rickety wooden fence, dreaming of red apples and sweet meadow hay, and maybe a girl or boy to call his very own. 

Until one day when the wind whispered, JUMP!  

*Play along by commenting with your own short story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 85 - The Show Must Go On

My youngest daughter overcame her stage fright and performed beautifully at the school talent show this morning, delivering one of her best performances yet. My good friend captured these photos of her as she performed her routine.

This evening, at the second talent show performance, my daughter learned a valuable lesson. Only those intimately familiar with her routine would ever know that she missed a step midway through, at which point she forgot the choreographed steps and improvised the rest. One of her biggest fears, in fact, was forgetting her steps and doing absolutely nothing. As she practiced, our mantra became: "Don't stop! Keep going!" And although she confessed to wanting to run off the stage when she "messed up," she didn't stop. She kept going! 

My daughter is disappointed with her performance. I understand her feelings. Her routine was a great routine, but it wasn't the routine she planned or practiced. In time, I hope she recalls the wonderful performance she gave during the morning show, as well as how she persevered during the evening performance. Given how dedicated to her sport she is and how critical of herself she can be, my guess is we'll be learning a lot more of these difficult lessons in the coming years as she begins competing.