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Friday, January 8, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things

It's time to. . .


This is a weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about those moments. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

 If you'd like to join in and add a little more joy to your week, then go ahead and sign-up on the linky below or, better yet, head over to Lexa's!

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Kids back in school! This is more of a bitter-sweet celebration. I'm sad to see them go, but I'd be lying if I'd say I get any writing done when they're around. And I desperately need to get some work completed.

2) Funny farm animals! Our neighbor is building his dream home and asked my husband to lend a hand. The man in the picture has several very friendly turkeys which love to go everywhere. This one is on the roof.

3) A brush hog! For those of you who don't know, this is a type of weed mower which is pulled around behind the tractor...a ferocious beast. And I really, really needed one. To be truthful, this is another half-hearted celebration. Part of me is thrilled that I can finally clean up some fields. The other part of me is groaning at the thought of more work. I'm still working on taking care of the wood from a gigantic tree we cut down and the Christmas storms left us with a flooded field--lots of debris to pull out of there before the grass starts growing again. If only there'd be some ice and snow, I'd have an excuse to stay in and write. . . which I'm doing anyway due to a deadline, but it's playing havoc with my conscious. So much work to get done *sigh*

Those are my celebrations for this week! And what about you? How is your year starting off? Bright lights on the horizon? Snowflakes on the tongue? Rays of sunshine warming your face? Or maybe a piece of super yummy pizza?

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. At least the kids are in school so you can get some field work done.
    I guess turkeys do fly if that one ended up on the roof.

  2. I'm familiar with a brush hog. In WV, it's even a verb. Every season, fields have to be brush hogged.

    I always hate to see the kids go back too, but you're right- getting back to work is a good consolation prize.

  3. Never heard of a brush hog before but it sounds like it will prove very useful. Hope you are getting some time for writing with the kids back to school.

  4. Wow, it sounds like you're caught between a rock and a hard place. So much to do and never enough hours in the day, right? So true. Good luck with your writing & thanks for the funny turkey pic! :)

  5. Kids do impede the writing process somewhat! Love the turkey picture!

  6. I'm back to teaching. I wonder if any of my parents are writers breathing a sigh of relief.

  7. Amazing picture - I had to look twice to really believe it was sitting up there on the roof!! I know what you mean about chopping trees into little pieces - I have three that will need a chainsaw to make them into pieces I can actually chop!! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  8. Wow--who knew turkeys were so friendly?? Of course, they might feel differently come Thanksgiving-time . . .

    Haha--when you said "brush hog," I had something entirely different in mind. I envisioned a wild boar snorting through dense, dry weeds. If it's any consolation, all that labor is probably burning through calories, so more of an allowance for chocolate!

    This week I'm celebrating the BIG THINGS of finally getting my last MAGE book (for now) out, plus the omnibus. Then it's on to polish up SELUNA for publication before moving onto the sequel. Squee! Having so much fun projects is the best. The overwhelming, exhausting best. ;-)

  9. Tonja, there is always something else that needs attention when you have other work to do, isn't there? Hopefully with the kiddies back in school you can resume your writing. I know how distracting it can be to have children underfoot. I get your bittersweet emotions. After we entered the empty nest phase, I felt confused. One minute I liked having my life back and then the next I missed the sound of my kids. This was particular hard for me at times. I homeschooled our children K-12, so being a SAHM was really a 24/7 job and with no family or close friends to call on then they were with me all the time. Of course, I wouldn't change a thing even if I could go back and do it all over. Best of luck to you!

  10. Oh my gosh, that pic with the turkey is hilarious.

  11. I'm celebrating that I get my new apartment this Friday. ^_^ It'll still be a week before I can move in, but that delay is because my friends and family up here are helping me move, so it's still all great. Even if I feel like I just moved not long ago. >_<

  12. TURKEY ON THE ROOF!! ^_^ I love it so much! Yay for farm tools and writing sessions! I'm waiting for some snow, too. If it's going to be cold it might as well snow!


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