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So, usually, I can get up and move on the prompt. In this case, it is ‘letter’. Thank you, Linda G. Hill for a seemingly simple prompt. Maybe it is because I have a whole lot to say and I can’t tie this in. YET, I have used it a couple times now–hehe.

Thursday my husband and I got to take a road trip to Portland. He had a minor procedure that he needed to have done on his toe and there are no VA podiatrists nearby. So the VA paid us travel expenses including gas and motel. We paid the $10 pet fee so that Kali could come, too. She was sort of happy. She doesn’t like road trips. But she hates being left alone even more.

When you have an appointment across town or even an hour or so away you can plan your trip accordingly. Planning something for five hours away leaves many variables. Such as, exits whose names are similar but for one letter. (See what I did there?) And that puts you in the wrong part of town.

Portland felt like Los Angeles and Orange County and Inland Empire all put together. I felt nothing weird at all. Just the irritation that had me leave the big cities a few years ago. “It’s called a freeway! Why does it look like a parking lot?” That quote is mine. This picture is the right area yet not nearly the traffic of which I speak.

We had to get there by 6:30 PM to check in to the Inn. But how can you know what the traffic will be like until you are smack dab in the middle of it? Luckily, I was in the non-stop driving mode so we didn’t stop for anything. And we made it there with an hour to spare. But now because we pushed so hard it was all we could do to order pizza and watch Grey’s Anatomy barely able to move. But look at this place. I was so happy to get to stay here at Shilo Inn. This is where Kali and I walked. It was beautiful. Only now do I find out they had a pool. Um, we have a follow-up appointment in June!!! Have bathing suit will travel!

The next day was the appointment. I played dog sitter while C went in to have the procedure done. We were alone too long so we had to take a couple walks around first in the garage and then outside. I was needing something to read. Finally got out my Kindle but that’s when he showed up in one Frankenstein boot and his normal shoe in a bag. Yes, he still had the other shoe on.

C’s toenail had been so damaged as a kid, it never grew out properly and now it was causing problems. So the doctor had to totally remove it and make sure it wouldn’t grow back. I have to admit that this whole thing grosses me out big time. I can’t imagine what it will look like and I thought he would need some heavy duty shoes to protect that piggie. I’ll spare you the pic of pig. But he is back to wearing regular shoes today.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about road trip distraction therapy.

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1-Liner Wednesday


Finished “Girl on a Train” last night about 3:30. Woke this morning and was talking to my hubby about the book. Still not quite awake and needing to hit the necessary room.

“It had a few–um–fish in it–you know–” Slam the door. Come out much relieved.

“Red Herrings!”

Brought to you by Linda G Hill.

 

Review to come in the next few days. (Road Trip slow down blogs!)

Tuesday Talk


Yeah, I have no idea what I am going to talk about. I just want to make sure I stay in the habit of blogging. No more A to Z. No more CampNano. I haven’t even done any knitting lately.

When my kids were little I felt like I was being followed by four tornadoes. Making a list of what I needed to do made me feel worse when nothing on the list got done even though I was busier than ever. So I started making lists of what I did get done, even if it was a repeat of the same things over and over.

So here’s the list for today:

Moved two chapters from Word into yWriter so that I could detail everything and get lists of items, locations, and characters in each scene.

 

Did a few minutes each of Russian, French, Esperanto, Japanese, Spanish, and German. Yeah, my list has grown on Duolingo but I find it fun to work on all of these. I may never be conversant with any but I may have a better understanding when I meet people who speak these, or when I find words in books of these languages.

Found out that I have a road trip with my Honey coming up. Unfortunately, it is to a hospital in Portland. Fortunately, the motel (hotel?) is covered so for this minor procedure. We just don’t have the kind of doctor he needs close by. Yay, Road Trip!

Unfortunately, I don’t think we can take Kali. Fortunately, there will be two people here to give her lots of loving while we’re gone. One plans to take her on long walks to wear her out. Maybe she won’t miss me? I will miss her.

For my background of the editing, I have been binging on Z Nation. It isn’t as good as TWD but there are moments that I am proud of the way they handle certain issues. And it is more humorous.

I guess that about covers it. What did you do today? How do you edit? How do you get things done? What do you do to improve your brain/body?


So I not only finished my first edit for Haven, I started on my next revision. Maybe there is hope? It’s funny because I wrote this so long ago that as I read I got excited as I go to parts I had forgotten about. I used this last round to use Grammarly. I know that doesn’t fix it all but it makes it more legible. There will be more writing to get it the way I think it will read the best. But I have to be careful as I have written 12 (at least) books on this series so I don’t want to stray too far away.

I have put the whole thing as it is now in WattPad. I would love some constructive critiques, either on that page or here or send an email if you choose. There are places I need the questions asked or gentle shoves in right directions.

Escapist Coloring


I thought I already did a coloring for this month. But I don’t see it reflected on the coloring page so here goes another. Here is the picture before:

And here’s the finished product. I do love coloring. I’m always surprised at how much fun I have while doing it. I need to make it a habit!

Thank you, Linda G. Hill for the Escapist Coloring Club!

Zero


I can’t believe that I actually made it to the end of the alphabet! Especially since I did it illegally (I never signed up here: A to Z Challenge ) and I was rarely on track. But all letters were used even if not so creatively. I even got kicked out of Linda G. Hill’s cell I think thanks to John Holton. It has been fun, and best of all it kept me blogging through the month.

Isn’t it nice to tick things off the list, finish something? This month I can say I have hit the blast-off zero on several levels. Tomorrow I will have finished my first full edit of my first book. There is still a lot of rewriting that needs to be done, but at least it isn’t as lame as it would have been previously. This I was encouraged by CampNaNo. I had set my goal to edit two hours a day with a total of 60 hours. I didn’t know it would take less than that to get through the whole book and I have two chapters to go through tomorrow. Woo-hoo!

As soon as I’ve finished writing this blog I will post my newest color escape. Boom!

The feeling of accomplishment is swelling my chest!

Oh, and I finally got to watch Hidden Figures which is why I chose the above picture and didn’t go with Zombies for the final Z.


Testimony Testimony by Anita Shreve
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Our little library now has books on CDs. I saw them the last time I was there and decided I should grab a couple to encourage this new accommodation.

This was one I remember hearing about so I thought I couldn’t go wrong. The librarian said I shouldn’t read it at night, but that is the only time I can sink my teeth into a book.

I realized early on why I don’t like reading with only the audio version. There is no way to look at words or pages to clarify what I just heard. And this book has many points of view incorporating second-person on a couple of them. It didn’t quite work for me. And the actors playing the different characters weren’t always the best, I didn’t think.

This topic is worth talking about with the ‘Me, too’ movement. It shows the other side of the rape story. I don’t think it should send us back to women not being heard. But to remind us that there are those women who don’t care who they ruin with accusations. The main male character wasn’t on a power trip or trying to hurt someone. This story does need to be told. It needs to be read.

But I don’t have to like it. I didn’t hate it either.

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I’m once again behind. A day of driving around yesterday. We got a late start. Didn’t know where we were going. Why isn’t there a real

to mark the spot? We were looking for a Habitat for Humanity ReStore to find bookshelves and dressers. Got there just as they closed leaving us to settle for Wally World.

We didn’t like the dressers but found a cube bookshelf that could hold cloth baskets and eventually, if we find a better dresser this could stand up and be for books.

Long day. Plenty of pain, on many levels. Kali didn’t get to go so she gave me quite the lecture when I got home.

This “dresser” bookshelf was fairly easy and outside of missing a locking screw–WHY??? turned out to look like its picture:

That was how it looks on the box. We haven’t put it in its home yet so can’t take a picture of how it turned out.

The real bookshelf… Says on the box that it is 71 in high but comes in a box half that height. The instructions were horrid!!! WHY???? Here’s how it looks on the box:

We finally got ours to look like that without the stuff. It seems upside down as it turns out but we fixed it. Now it needs a wall to put against and help to restrain it. Then a bunch of books will find their new home and a dining room might emerge from the walls of boxes. Yes, all from my hobby room that is now my son’s room.

The easiest project was the coffee table that turned out way smaller than I thought it would be–so I need another or a storage hassock or something. Here’s how the coffee table looks on the box:

It will be nice not to have to drag my TV trays around the sofas so that I can knit and compute. But now I need to have coasters. LOL!

SO this was a SoCS brought to us by Linda G Hill

With a little of the A to Z Challenge mixed in. If you couldn’t tell X and Y were the letters of the day for me.

Well…


Wow, this day nearly got away from me. I did get to walk through the golf course near the lake. The sunshine on the water, the warble of waterfowl. It wasn’t a long walk. Less than half a mile. My back is still hurting tons. I just didn’t want to stay inside on such a pretty day.

The wind whipped up a bit of rain but never got bad enough to send us inside.

Well, I’ve played the ‘W’ game for the A to Z challenge. I need to get ready to read. Nearly finished with Testimony by Anita Shreve.

Yesterday’s picture should work here now as it was the same place.

 

1-Liner A-Z Plus!


Sorry. Thanks! Understand? Verbose?

 One-Liner Wednesday meets A to Z Challenge.

 

Okay, to explain the above line. Sorry it has been so long since I wrote here on the A to Z or otherwise.  After the long trip to town and back last week my back decided it hated me. I couldn’t find a comfortable place to type. I’m feeling a bit better now, thanks. Not ready to run any marathons–or walk any farther than the end of the driveway. I hope you understand. I hope that wasn’t too verbose.

But today I got out to take pics of the library, the surrounding golf course, and the lake. Here ya go!

This is from the parking lot. See the wheelchair ramp! And the bike rack?

Maybe you can see it better here.

 

There’s a nice shady spot at the end of the building with a picnic table and a view.

Kali made sure to walk the playground and golf course with her ‘uncle’. He makes sure Kali and I get out and enjoy the world.

There is also a playground and baseball diamond in this area and the park is not far from here, so nice grassy areas to enjoy.

The lake from two different angles.

 

Kali is happy she got out for a while.

And she earned her ‘cookie’!

 

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