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Friday, April 27, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things!

Hello! After neglecting my poor blog for a few weeks, I'm back again! What better way to start up than with this wonderful blog hop?

It's that time of the week again—time to celebrate! (I love celebrations, don't you?)

So, what are we celebrating?

Anything. . .everything! Every week, things happen which put a smile on our faces. Although some are hard to forget, others are more passing moments. But it's these small things in life which can make all the difference.

Thanks to Lexa Cain and her co-host, L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge, we can sit back for a second and remember these happy moments.

I have tons to celebrate. . .

1) A break! I didn't mean to hide away for a while, and I'm not sure I have everything organized yet, but the break was necessary. Not intentional. I thought of everyone every single week. The down time was nice and hopefully, I can hit this with new energy.

2) My husband loves his new job! (and this is why my life need re-organizing) Okay, he's still in training, but I've never heard or seen him so excited about anything. (For those of you who don't know, he's hitting a 'boy' dream of his and has gone from business manager to trucker.) We're putting a big map on the wall, so we can keep track of where he is during the week. . .and he does keep moving. He's even already picked up a nick-name with his colleagues that he loves and will probably have painted on his truck when he gets his own in another month—'Doc'.

See that smile?

3) Birthdays! In our household, almost everyone has their birthday between late March and mid-April, which means a party a week. . .and TONS of cake. Now, it's time to burn off all of those extra calories.

4) Baby calves! We've had four in the last weeks. I love watching them romp around. . .so cute!

5) Flowers! Although the weather has been cool (which is not great for my pastures!), the flowers have managed to pop up beautifully. I'm hoping for warmer temperatures now, so that I can at least sit outside a little bit and enjoy them.

And that sums it pretty much up for now!

What about you? What put a smile on your face?
Was an irritating pothole on your way to work finally fixed?
Did you find some money hidden in the bottom of your pocket?
Was a cashier unexpectedly friendly at just the right moment?

What are you celebrating this week?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG and Wacky Life Weather In Sight

It's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, otherwise known as. . .


This is a place where writers come with all their doubts, fears, suggestions and words of encouragement, and was founded by none other than the amazing Alex Cavanaugh

If you want to learn more, head on over here. 

Alex's helpers this month are:  Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!  Thanks guys for all that you do!

I still haven't gotten all of my 'technical difficulties' worked out (my inability to comment on Blogger posts or several followers to comment on mine), but so far, it appears to be a browser problem...Google Chrome just isn't always cooperating with Blogger. So, I'm going to have to switch browsers to comment (pain in the neck), and others. . .well, if you notice that your comment isn't showing up and you really want to comment, then it will take a switch of browsers for that moment.

As said. . .pain in the neck.

And now, it's time for this week's question:

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? 

At the moment, my life isn't really filled with rain and clouds, but it is doing a weather flip-flop. My husband is living a boyish dream and heading into trucking for a few years before he hits retirement. (The Europeans don't have the huge semis like we do in America, so his little kid heart has always dreamed of cruising across American highways. . .he's dreaming of ice-trucking in Alaska too, but that's still in the future.)
So life is taking a drastic change, since the kids and I will be on our own most of the time. And that with a farm, which I'm not sure will work yet. In other words, I'm getting our house ready for sale this summer and planning on moving...no idea where yet...

Which is such a cool adventure of its own! Florida? Arizona? Oregon? Minnesota? Anywhere!

So, yeah. Keeping my head in writing isn't easy.

But I do it. Writing, like reading, is an escape to a different reality, where only the characters and their problems matter. Do I always feel like writing? Heavens no. But once I sit my backside down in that chair and force myself to concentrate for ten or so minutes, I find myself getting swept up into the other world. It's like getting out of bed on cold mornings. You don't want to do it. . .it hurts to do it. . .you're sure you can't do it. . .but rip off that blanket, get dressed, and suddenly, life's happening.

How do you get yourself to write on those rainy, stormy or simple weird weathery periods in life?