Archive | January 2018

Not Much To Say

Not much is going on today.  All is quiet on all fronts.  My mom is recovering nicely from her fall three weeks ago, my kids are all fine as far as I know, and we have a lot of plans set for what all we are going to be doing.  Usually when it is all calm like this I spend time waiting for the other shoe to drop. But that free-floating sense of anxiety seems to be gone.  So I am glad   of that.

We’re taking my kids out this Saturday night to celebrate the oldest one getting the job at Disney World after graduation.  It’s going to be nice–we’re going to a fancy steakhouse called Shapley’s.  It’s where we always go for our anniversary every year and we reserve it for very special accomplishments for the kids.

Guess I will get to work doing something useful at some point today.  It’s not like there’s nothing to do in the house.  Hope everyone has a good weekend!


Slow Days

Such slow days I’ve had.  I finally left the house last night to go to church and enjoyed that immensely.  The kids went to school today although it was a delayed start–they didn’t open until 10:15 a.m.  I go get my hair done today so am looking forward to seeing Holly. We will have fun talking while she is working.

I think I am about to get some good news from one of my play submissions. I don’t want to say too much in case it doesn’t work out.  But it will be really good if it does.

The sun is out even though it is still below freezing here. That at least makes it more cheerful.  The snow is almost gone from our yard, what little we had of it left from yesterday.  It should be all gone tomorrow.

I guess I will run get ready for my appointment.  Hope everyone stays warm and waits out the snow.


Cabin Fever

I am staying home with the youngest one for another snow day–it should be mostly melted by tomorrow since it is sunny out today.  And they should go back to school.  That will be nice.  She isn’t any trouble but just HERE.  And I’m not used to trying to amuse her.   She keeps herself busy but it’s just kind of eerie having her here.

Still submitting things and hoping something will stick somewhere.  I am really frustrated about some pieces I should have heard something about by now.  I can’t believe how SLOW some of these “best” journals are.  At least they’re not sending rejections quickly, which means I have a chance.  But you’d think they’d send acceptances quicker than six months.  Makes me wonder if they have closed down or something.

Still continuing my fast from secular music.  I have been surprised at how much of the Christian music we have collected over the years–I’m sure some of these CD’s belong to the kids but they haven’t claimed them back yet.  I’ve especially enjoyed listening to the older stuff I used to listen to as a teenager. Good memories.  ( I never thought I would ever say that about being a teenager.)

My mood is holding up well so that is good.  I see Tillie in a week and will be able to fill her in on everything.  Still making plans with friends and enjoying that.  I need to find time to buy MJ a birthday present for our lunch later on.  Good plans.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week.  Happy snow day!



Another Snow Day

that it didn’t start snowing on until about thirty minutes ago at our place. But it had snowed early this morning in other places so they called school off.  My little one is glad for the extra day off but is doing laundry since there’s not enough to play in yet.

Talked to my parents who live north of us and they have a good covering of snow, my dad said.  It’s supposed to snow all day and all night, according to the weatherpeople.

I think I’ll be able to continue 46Reasonswhynot after all.  I’ve talked to some more people about writing lists and hopefully they will come through in time.  I have one more list to start next week then will just have to wait and see if more come in. I’ve reminded one person to finish theirs and talked two other people hopefully into doing a list and am waiting on one guy that said he should have it done February 1.  So we will see.

Turned in my fiction exercise and my workshop piece.  I am  on pins and needles about the workshop piece–it’s the original short story version of Hurricane Baby and I hope I get some good feedback on it. We will see what happens.

Hope everyone has a good week and stays warm!




We’re Going to Disney World!

Specifically, my oldest won a CULINARY INTERNSHIP to Disney World!  She will work there from June 4 to December 6 as an intern with the chance at a full-time job offer at the end of it.  We are all beyond excited about this opportunity for her to move into the culinary industry after she finishes her degree May 10.  She has time to be home and organize her life for the next chapter.

Even if she doesn’t get a full-time job there–the experience with them will be a great entrée to wherever else she might want to go.  So we are excited and happy and proud and will help her move and then enjoy the park ourselves for a couple of days while she settles in.  WE know the opportunity is the results of prayer and grace from God and are working to share that good news with as many people as we can.

In other news, our middle one is settling into her new internship in Georgia and seems to have made friends with the other interns so that is good.  The youngest has started school again and so have I, so we are rocking along together on course work and what not.  Soon we start the competition dance stuff and that will be not so much fun, but it is the way it is right now.

I have hit the halfway mark in January still sending stuff out to be published everyday. I doubt I can keep this up all year, but I will go as long as I can sending everything out I can.  Trying not to spend too much money submitting as well, looking for the free places to send and trying places that look hospitable for it.  We will see how this strategy works.

SO what big news do any of you have to kick off the start of a new year?  Feel free to share in the comments.



Had a good writing day yesterday. We have to do exercises in my fiction class and we had one out of  a book that sounded boring as everything.  But in the discussion thread for our class reading, the author we read compared making a story anthology to making a mixtape and talked about the confusing things that used to happen when landlines were the only means of telephoning people.  A girl in my class proposed an exercise where we write about mixtapes and landlines, doing 1000 words.

So the instructor picked up on the energy of the class on the idea and made it an alternate assignment of 700-1000 words–and when I quit yesterday,  I was 725 words in.  That may be as long as it gets, but I really, really enjoyed doing it.  I was happy to have a new idea.

I don’t know how much longer I will be able to keep up the 46ReasonsWhyNOt website.  I am reaching the end of a list and have only one list left with another person who promised to do one by February 1.  Most of the people who agreed to do one either explicitly dropped out or just haven’t done it.  If anyone reading  wants to make a list of reasons to continue on in this life even when you don’t want to, drop me a note in the comments and we will work something out.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



Almost Forgot

that i was supposed to go to the food pantry today. Got there just in time to start handing out food.  We had a big crowd to help today but a big crowd of volunteers to help out also.  So that was good.

Turned in my response to the reading today before I left.  I hope it works for the assignment.  I talked about how what ties together all my stories finally became clear to me just recently.  So that was a good feeling and gave me something good to talk about that related to the reading.

Getting close to when we should be hearing about my oldest one’s job prospect with Disney.  I so hope she gets it.  But of course, you feel like the longer they wait to contact you, the less chance it is that it’s you they want.  SO I am praying she  will hear something today and she will at least know where she stands.

My youngest one has a weekend-long church event starting tomorrow, and I am looking forward to some quality time with Bob.  WE’re going to have to figure out something to do together o keep us busy while we have no children in the house.   I think we will manage.  I hope she has an uplifting time and enjoys it.

Hope everyone has a good end to their week and that you all have a good weekend!