Archive | May 2016


Went to see my friend Mary Jane, who just retired from the state agency I used to work for for Social Security.  She was so much happier than she used to be.  I think it was a great idea for her to retire and enjoy life before typical retirement age.  SHe is reading and traveling and taking caré of fire rescue dogs. She was so happy.

I have another friend who has retired a couple of years back but is bored.  I understand that.  That’s part of why I’m  going back to school about.  I don’t want to get bored.

Days like this I don’t get bored, though.  Went to PT and then cleaned then went to lunch with her, then laundry here.  I have lunch with Katrina tomorrow and Holly the next day, then school is out. Busy week.

Hope everyone has a good week!



Runaround Again

So I got my oldest shipped out to Scotland today for her study abroad.  We drove up to where they were flying out from yesterday, and I took her to the airport today and got her intol the hands of her professor and came home.  I ate lunch, went grocery shopping, and am now cooking supper.  My husband requested broccoli cheese casserole, so I’m trying a new recipe.  My middle one requested Asian for tomorrow, so we will do that next.

My middle one went for allegery testing.  She reacted to grasses, pollens, ragweed, and dust mites.  So she is starting an allergy regiment to control her symptoms and see what we can do about her repeated sinus infections.  Hopefully we won’t have to go to allergy shots and hopefully she will never be as allergic as Bob.  But we will see.


Even Busier

I ran around a lot today.  Went to PT, then lunch with a friend, then to get my middle one out of school for the year.  Helped my oldest unpack her car when she got home from school for the year and then helped her repack to go to Scotland on Monday. Then took the youngest to dance and came home.  SO I’m finally able to type.  I turned my story in to the magazine this morning and  really feel good about it.  It’ll be months before I hear back on it.  We will see.

Very tired after all this business. Wish I could rest tomorrow but the oldest has some last minute shopping to do for the oldest to get ready for her trip.  SHe’ll be gone a month.  I hope it’s everything she’s wishing for.  SHe’s been working towards this for two years and I just want it to go well for her.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Busy, Busy

So today has been the polar opposite of yesterday. I went and worked in the food pantry this morning, left early to meet Jo for lunch to thank her for participating in my article, then went to the grocery store, then finally did Bob’s laundry I’ve been puotting off.  SO that was good.  Getting ready to cook dinner.

SO in all my busyness today I have felt well–not manic or depressed.  So that is a plus.  I feel like I’m on an even keel and ready for the summer.  The past few years I haven’t; been, but I think we can make this summer great.  At least I’m  hoping to.

GOtta run cook dinner.   Here’s to everyone ending the week on a good note tomorrow!


Not So Hot

I thought I might do better today.  I went to PT early and that went well.  When I came back though, I just had to crash.  I slept a good long time this morning and don’t feel so good for it.  I’m not sure what went wrong except I have been busy this week.

Talked to my friend from high school yesterday.  It wasn’t as helpful to my story as I thought it would be.  He didn’t remember things the same way I did.  It’s a valid viewpoint, but I’m not sure I can use anything we talked about. I’m going to give it another try and then I guess move on to someone else.

I need to finish up my article for Creative Nonfiction Magazine.  I’m almost done–Just have to file in quotes for the end and come up with a good lead.  I’ll send that in as well as a short story to another place and see how it does.  We will see.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week.



Memory Lane

I just got off the phone after leaving a message for a guy I knew back in high school.  If he hadn’t said his name during the message, I wouldn’t have known who it was.  I’d’ve thought I had a wrong number. He sounds so different.

I’m planning to talk to him about high school.  It’s to add somewhat to my memoir for grad school–get a different opinion on what I remember.  I don’t know if he will want to do that or not.  I plan on introducing he idea to him and seeing where the conversation goes from there.  We will see.

I’m still stuck in the 80’s with my music–I’ve been listening to the same set of five CD’s for about a week now and enjoying it the whole time.  I thought it would be a good background noise for the conversation :).

I’m a little nervous doing this talk.  He’s not the only one I plan on talking to but I;m limited.  I only want to talk to those I considered my friends in school, and I’m no t really in touch with very many of them, not that there were that many I really considered friends.   So I have a limited pool to draw from.  WE will see how it goes.




I’m listening to my oldest unpack her stuff from college.  She has to go back tomorrow to finish her exams but she took out a day to come home, unpack, and spend the night with us before she has to go back up.

I’m done with school until June 1–I ordered my textbooks yesterday and saw what we will be studying by reading up on the  plays in Wikipedia.  I think it’s going to be interesting if a bit leftist.   A lot of agitprop plays on leftist ideas, that sort of thing.  We’ll study Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, TN Williams, and others.

I hope to start on my essay on joy today for Creative Nonfiction Magazine.  I hope what I’ve got in mind works for them.  We will see.

Rachel has awards night tonight–I wonder what she will get.  Her grades aren’t good enough for the all  A’s honor roll.  But we will see tonight.

I’m feeling okay today. I slept in and that was nice.  I can’t do it on the days I have physical therapy and so I will be up tomorrow  Not very energetic but enough that I m getting some things done.

Hope everyone has a good week!


Well. . .

my essay didn’t make it to the preliminary stages for the Masters Review anthology.  But I’m okay about it.  I’ll just send it somewhere else.

I’m looking forward to working on my essay for Creative Nonfiction Magazine.  I’m going to start work on  it Monday–it’s due by the 15th.  We will see how it turns out.

I’m also going to send out a short story to the Masters’ REview Short Story Contest.  They   put in a line encouraging me to submit again, so I’m going to.  ANd sit and wait on the rest of what I’ve sent out to come back.  You; ve got to get rejected some or you’re not sending out enough.  That is how I am trying to look at it.

A good day today.  Went to physical therapy and then met with the painter to get the rest of my house interior painted AMD get rid of this horrible green paint we had everywhere.  We’re going with a pale yellow in the kitchen, lilac in the laundry and half-bath and blue in the kids’ den.  Going to be a big endeavor–that’s  four rooms plus a staircase area.  But then we’ll paint the girls’ rooms one more time next year and see where to go from there once we get them all moved out.  I’m looking forward to it.



Published Poet!

Not only am I  published short story writer, I’m a published poet as well!  The Gordian Review out of Sam Houston State picked up one of my “Bipolar Poems” the one called :”Crazy Days”. They will publish it in their inaugural issue soon to be out online.  So I got that news yesterday and that made me feel good.  I’m starting to see some results finally from what I’ve sent out, and that is encouraging.

The next one I should hear from is The Masters Anthology, which is supposed to put out a shortlist tomorrow of forty works it will send to the final judge.  I sent them an old piece I did on my trip to New York City and hope they will see some merit to it.

My back has been bothering me lately.  I’m taking a painkiller for my knee and my back has hurt so much it breaks through that.    I’ve been super careful this afternoon and hope that it will stop for good if I am careful.

Hope everyone has a good Friday and a great weekend!’

Physical Therapy

So today was my first day of physical therapy for my right knee.  I did stretching exercises and had a electric knee massage.  SO it wasn’t too stressful or painful today.  We will see how it goes over the course of the therapy.

My therapist is mulling whether or not to help me with my story.  She called to get an idea of what I was looking for and said she would think about it.  I haven’t heard from Gretchen Rubin and don’t think I will.  But it was an effort that may pay off if her people get around to forwarding the email.  I’m glad I made the effort to reach out to her.  We will see.

I’ ve reworked my final essay and will likely turn it in soon.  I think it is much better than the original even though it doesn’t do what the original did.  But it will fit into the overall scheme of the thesis, I think.  This class has really shown me what I need to work on in my thesis, and it’s going to be scary.  But the end result is always the end result–to tell my story to help people.  I need to keep that in mind.