Have you ever said the wrong thing? Wrote the wrong thing? Or typed the wrong thing and then hit post, send, or publish?
Well, I am a back peddling pro! People say, “There goes that back peddling idiot. Always got her foot in her mouth.”
Yep, that’s me! Hey, I might get a little red in the face, but I get a lot of exercise!
So here is my email once again and it’s the correct one (blushing)
And I’ve also corrected it in the other post.
So I’m done (I hope) with my exercise for today. :-) Now to finish my climb to the top of the week. Happy Hump day by the way! And then slide down on my backside to the weekend!
Follow James on twitter, he’ll help keep you on your toes and headed in the right direction. :-)
Till then; HUGS!
With the dog days of August coming to a close and the kids back in school (my kids are past that age :-) Thank goodness )
I thought we could kick off September with, “What’s new with you?” It’s kind of like that first day back to school and the teacher asks, “What did you do on your summer vacation?”
The topic is your choice. Do you have a new book coming out? Or just released a new novel? Are you having a countdown promotion, or a free day? Maybe you moved to a new house, or painted your old one. Or you went to an exotic place for a vacation. (Hey, we might be writers and authors, but we are still people too, and fans love to know.)
You decide what you want to share.
The rules are simple;
- One photo
- One link
- Wrap it up in 300 words or less
If you want to participate and get a mini promo just email me what you want to share and I’ll start posting, first come, first serve, on the 1st of September.
I’ll post mine next Monday.
I look forward to hearing from you and let your friends know.
Till then; Hugs!
Awesome! Look what I got in the mail today!
Michelle Proulx sent me some swag! Bookmarks and stickers.
Thank you Michelle!
Follow her on twitter
And check out her website HERE and see what she’s up to.
I’m here! Oh wow, where do I start! Haha.
Well, let’s start with my dad and Jinny. They are doing good. Dad has been getting physical therapy 3 days a week and we are still waiting for the insurance to approve Jinny’s. Dad says he feels pretty good. No pain and has started doing a little driving again. As for me, I am buried a mile deep in paperwork. Scheduling doctor appointments, canceling doctor appointments. Jinny changed doctors after her fall and now she’s in a different network, so appointments with specialists have to be cancelled. I think the worst part about all of this is, my dad has gotten so forgetful and it scares me.
Okay on to other news.
I had my son’s dogs for three days while he took a short vacation. Hey wait! I don’t get a vacation. So not fair. :-) But I enjoyed puppy sitting even though they would wake me up at 3:30 in the morning. “Grandma, I’m scared. Can I come sleep in your room?”
They are adorable though, aren’t they?
I have been making to-do lists this past week and even though I am accomplishing quite a bit, some days I feel like I haven’t accomplished a thing. Do you have days like these?
I have been cleaning and fixing things around the house that need to be done before winter arrives, that is if we get any winter. :-) Painting the outside of the house; One gallon and one paintbrush at a time. And have even been cleaning windows! I actually like to clean windows. It gives you a much brighter outlook on life.
I tried my hand at some spray painting. I know that tagging is bad, but I have seen some detailed and awesome murals on the sides of trains and buildings done with just spray paint, so I decided to redo a patio table (No, no tagging on trains or buildings for me).
You can check out my other blog for what inspired me to do this.
I have been making homemade; Peanut butter, carrot juice, yogurt, carrot cake, chili, and cornbread and that’s just been the last couple of days. :-)
I have been taking photos.
And last night’s full moon.
I have been house hunting. Don’t go getting all excited, it’s more of a dream or a fantasy. But when I win the lottery… :-)
Heck, I even have the housewarming guest list made out and what to serve! LOL
I have been checking out hand held voice recorders. Any suggestions?
And I’ll wrap this up with, I have been writing! Yay! Well a little bit.
I changed the title of my short story book and updated the cover. (Again) Keep in mind it is still a first draft)
And I’ll post more details next week as to the stories and when it will be available.
And now I am off to tackle today’s TO-Do list. Have a great day everyone and till next time… HUGS!
I want to thank all of my awesome blog followers.
I am pleased to announce that I now have 500 followers!
Thank you all!
You guys and gals are the best.
I am honored to accept the Versatile Blogger award from Samantha Bacchus!
And I was supposed to have gotten this posted yesterday. My apologies to Sam and a big Thank you for nominating me for this wonderful award.
And now for the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you, (as I have above).
- Include a link to their blog – click on Smantha’s name (up there ) to follow the link to her fantastic blog,
Samantha’s Blog: Living The Write Dream
- Nominate 15 bloggers. – I’ll do this at the end.
- Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
This is the hard part! I am a simple, uncomplicated type of person, who tends to share all kinds of things about myself all the time and yet I keep my thoughts and opinions to myself (most of the time :-) ) so as not to offend anyone. But I’ll try to come up with a few that you don’t know.
I’m allergic to metal. Not sure if I was prior to having my ears pierced when I was 18, but that’s when I first became aware of it.
Just carrying change (coins) in my hand or pocket will cause a reaction. Within seconds they start to feel warm and after a few minutes they will leave a red mark that is similar to a moderate sunburn that can last for days. All jewelry has to be either sterling silver or nickel free. One thing that I learned when I had a severe reaction 15 years ago was that many people allergic to metal are also allergic to spandex. Yes, I am one of the many. Do you know how hard it is to find clothes that don’t have spandex in them? Try reading the labels sometime. Bras, underwear, stretch jeans, even socks can have spandex.
I’m afraid of birds and all feathered creatures! Ducks, geese, and chickens are the worst. Maybe it’s because as a child, my family had a pet chicken who hated me and would chase me every time I went outside and would peck at my legs. Brrr…Gives me the chills just thinking about it. :-)
I cut and color my own hair. And I have only had my hair cut and colored by a professional stylist 6 times in my entire life.
I’ve been thinking about going gray naturally. What with all the brands and shades of hair color available today, the little old gray haired lady has become a rarity. Heck, even my step-mom who just turned 91 last week still has her hair colored on a regular basis. But I am scared. What if I don’t like it? What if it makes me look…OLD? Guys seem to go gray more naturally than women do and they don’t seem to mind. Is it a society thing? Or are women just more vain?
I have three sons and my middle son is truly a middle son. My oldest was born on a Wednesday, my middle son was born on a Thursday, and my youngest was born on a Friday, but wait there’s more. My oldest weighed the most, but was the shortest. My middle son fell right into the middle because my youngest son weighed the least and was the longest of the three.
I don’t like wearing dresses. Sorry, but they make me feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. I believe that if you are comfortable with what you are wearing (I prefer jeans myself) you exude self-confidence and self-confidence is way more sexy than a self-conscious, uncomfortable woman in a short dress anytime!
At 5’5″ and a whopping 130 pounds, I’m the biggest in my family. And I have always felt like an Amazon compared to my mom who topped out at 5’2″, both of my sisters at 5’3″, and my brother at 5’4″. I even had an uncle who was a jockey before he was killed in the Korean war. From what I’ve heard he was pretty good, but I never got to meet him. He died seven years before I was born.
And this is hard too! I follow so many wonderful blogs that it’s hard to narrow the list down to 15, but here goes.
Well, that’s my nominees. I understand that sometimes we are so caught up in our day to day lives that we might not be able to accept the award and that’s fine, I understand completely. When I received an award about a year ago one of my nominees emailed me and asked if I would give the award to a very nice lady whose blog had never received an award. So if you can’t accept please consider paying it forward and nominate a blog of your choice. Just leave their link in the comments section and let them know you have nominated them. Hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Till next time; Hugs!
As my last post was titled, Always Trying to Catch Up, (You can read it HERE) I have decided that,
I WILL NEVER CATCH UP!
So I’ll just go with the flow and do what I can.
Samantha asked me how my dad was doing and since I can only post 140 characters on twitter… :-) I figured I’d share an update.
Life is funny sometimes and I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so let me catch you up.
Most of you know my dad fell on the 17th of June and it was originally thought that he broke his collar bone, but the last x-ray showed it was his shoulder. Let’s move on to June 20th; My step-mom fell and fractured a vertebrae.
Jinny, my step-mom, is doing okay. Sore and bruised, but she’s in good spirits. She goes to see the doctor on Wednesday. My dad’s neighbor and good friend, Orvil, said he wants to take Jinny for her appointment.
Now Orvil is one of those guys who would give you the shirt off his back, or at least he’d give my dad the shirt off his back. :-) He’s a great guy and a wonderful friend.
Dad had blood drawn and the doctor said everything is perfect, except for the shoulder, dad’s in great health. :-) He must be feeling pretty good because he is getting cabin fever and had one of the caregivers drive him, my step-mom, and the dog to Trader Joes today. :-)
Anyway, my dad called me last Thursday, June 26th, and said, “Guess what happened?” (Lately this is a very scary question.) “Orvil just came over.”
The first thing out of my mouth was, “Don’t tell me, he’s on crutches.”
“Nope, he fell in the store parking lot and did the same thing as me!” Dad tells me as he laughs.
I asked him which arm and Orvil’s is the left and dad’s is the right, so I told them they were a fine pair and now they could help each other button their pants! (Dad had sent me shopping the day before to buy pull on shorts)
I know you are thinking just how horrible this is, but frankly, the three of them think it’s quite funny.
Now let’s get to the bad part. My step-mom had a series of strokes back in 2005 and since then my dad has been her main caretaker, except for the few times he was in the hospital, but with his fractured shoulder he can’t take care of her or, drive, or do the dishes, or cook!
Now I don’t know if you know this or not, but caretakers charge anywhere from $10 to $20 dollars an hour!
I was talking to Roxanne on the phone the other day (She organizes which caregivers go where) and she was telling me that there is a board and care in the area that has a bedroom, with a walk in closet, available for…Wait for it…Seven thousand a month. A month! Good God most people don’t even make that much in a month, especially on social security. My dad’s not rich, nor even well to do, but they live comfortably. They both get social security and dad has a reasonable pension along with a stipend from the Veterans.
BUT $7,000.00 a month!
Okay, I’m done ranting. I told my kids, now I am really scared to get old.
So I am going to have to find someone to live-in. They’d get free board and care and a reasonable salary. Want to know the really scary part? Where do you find a honest, trustworthy person?
Did you read or hear about the lady that was hired to live-in in Upland, CA? And now she won’t leave. If not, you can read about her here. http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/29/us/california-nanny-squatter/index.html
So my advice to everyone is to start saving now.
There is a sliver of silver lining in the clouds though. If you are a Veteran or the spouse of a Veteran there is an Aid and Attendance benefit that you can apply for. You can learn more about it here. http://www.vetangels.org/
(Sorry this is a jumbled mess, but it’s totally like my thoughts!)
Okay, I‘ll save the rest for another time (Like, How I broke my dad’s computer today) Eek! Shhh, don’t tell dad.
Hugs till then!
Last week I felt like I was ahead of the game. Posting reviews and catching up on reading. (Not so much on writing, but more about that later. )
And then my dad fell. He was done shopping and had pushed his basket out to the car, grabbed his bags, and in a hurry, as usual, he tripped over the curb.
A Big Thank You to the customers in the parking lot who came to his aid and called the EMT’s.
The ambulance whisked him away to the hospital and he has a fractured collarbone.
He’s in a sling and in pain, but his mood is good and I think, no wait, I know, he loves all the extra attention.
So hang in there with me and I’ll take every day as it comes and keep you updated. I do have a few draft posts that I can share and hopefully will get all my reading done. And maybe, just maybe, this is a good time to catch up on my writing. There just might be a story hidden in all of this. :-)
Till then, Big HUGS to all of you!