Friday, July 10, 2015

Three years Gone

The last time I accessed this account seems to be three years ago. That's a very long time to be away. Writing used to be a passion, something I tried doing as a hobby. Then life got in the way as I pursued college, worked full time, and supported my youngest children leaving the nest. They still haven't earned their full wings, but I really wish they would. I have retired from my employer of 25 years and am now working from home part time. It's very nice to have that luxury, but I miss seeing people every day. Except for my hubby, who is home with me due to losing his job last summer. At least he gets his monthly VA check to tie us over, so it hasn't been a bad thing at all. He has time to get to those pesky home projects. And now I have time again to think about writing. I have a new manuscript being developed, The Groundsman. Its a story revolving the turn of the century, between a man keeping up with the grounds of a manor and the woman he falls in love with who is in a wheelchair. There is a time when he has to leave her, due to dire circumstances, and this particular part is difficult. I have to review and research information during the turn of that century, when the railroad was the way to travel across country, when electricity began to filter into homes and businesses, when California began to build up their cities. Other than this, I love the story interaction in the romance. I hope to get this project done by fall. The other thing I need to do is finish The Cross Passage Series. These books are self-published and there are two more manuscripts to edit. From a friend, I have discovered google docs and love the simple way I can edit the work. Perhaps I can get these done by fall and winter. That is my goal now. To get back to these, finish them, and move on to new creative projects. I want to pick up on my hobby where I left off. And to continue with this blog with a fresh outlook. Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

No time to write

Wow.. What happened to this blog? I wrote one post at the beginning of the year and failed inbetween since then. Not good. However, I will admit my life has been extraordinarily busy, so finding time to write has been next to nil. "No bueno", as one of my dearest friends would say to me. Life gets in the way for sure. I am caring for my elderly mother, within my own house. They say two cooks spoils the soup, but in this case, I am the only cook and have to spoil her. Not always easy to do. I am in charge of her medications, doctor appointments, laundry, grocery shopping, and taking her to the hair dresser. She is temperamental and I am inpatient, so we sometimes clash a bit. So far, we do manage to get a long, but there are days I'm not the perfect daughter. I realize i have to work on this myself, to make her comfortable and content at the very least. On top of that, I'm also going to college. So far, the spring semester brought me A's, and this fall I finished with a B in A&P 1, which replaced a D I made in that course over ten years ago. And I made another A in an internet health course. My GPA is not bad at all. I'm not at a 4.0, but I am trying to be a dedicated student. Perhaps in a year, I will be able to apply to the nursing program. :) My personal writing has slipped onto the back burner. I have managed to pick up my manuscript twice this year, but have progressed no further in editing it all the way through to get book three into press. I am hoping to get that done in 2013. That's the goal, at least. Managing my health and weight this past year hasn't been too bad. I have managed to hover around 200 mark, within a five pound range. My diabetes was being managed, but the latter part of the year has brought on stress and my numbers did go up a little. I know what I have to do to bring it down.. exercise. I just need to motivate myself back into it again. To ease up my stress, i devote my time watching the cooking networks. I love these and strive to find new recipes. Maybe once in a while, i will share a favorite recipe here. This blog has turned into a diary of sorts and I don't really mind sharing my thoughts with the world. I do apologize that this year has been lacking, but hopefully you can try to understand. I do wish anyone who still tunes into my blog a very Merry Christmas. Times are hard, but with God's love, we can manage them, with grace, compassion and humility. It is better to give than to recieve, and there are plenty of souls needing help all around. If you have been blessed in your life, share it with someone out of luck. They will appreciate your generosity. If you are one who is enduring hard times, things can turn around. Remain optimistic. I know I take in the little things and cherish my loved ones. They bring me great joy and love and material things can never take the place of that. God bless you and keep you well as we venture into 2013. Hugs :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Manageable resolutions

Happy 2012 everyone! Isn't the new year always about starting over and doing things better? Or to stop procrastinating on projects left undone last year? One of mine is to improve the look on my blog. How do you like it? I think it encompasses so much of me that is easily readable by all. So on day one, I have achieved a simple thing off my resolution list. But how about the rest? The time to make those other pesky resolutions is upon us. Can they last longer than the month of January? Qhite simply, to achive this, we should all make resolutions that are manageable: I will jot down a few of mine: Exercise at least 3 or 4 times a week 30 to 45 minutes. (If I do it first thing in the morning or right after work, this should be easy) Take breakfast/lunch to work instead of buying from the cafeteria. (I can save $800 a year by doing this. Prices in the cafeteria are outragious! And I can choose healthier options.) Eat more carb freindly fruits and vegetables. (lots of berries and sweet potatoes and more green veggies such as spinach) Eat more fish and salads (I tend to eat too much red meat so for me, these are healthier options) Be more mindful of people's feelings. ( I tend to be a bit snappy when crabby) Get more sleep. (Set my bedtime a bit earlier and strive for at least 8 hours of sleep) Write more. Get some creativity time in. (I've been lacking on this for quite awhile, so this is definetely for me.) Take time to study more (I'm taking college classes, so I got to read more and understand my classwork.) Take time to destress often (Work can get crazy; Needy family members can make you cringe- so I need to find time to listen to music, read, or just sit in quiet to balance out my life) I am sure there are more I can jot down, but I believe it's always best to start off with a few resolutions. Why overwhelm ourselves? If we can tackle these items into being routine then soon it should become second nature to us. At that point, we can add more to our list. Anything to better ourselves and get balance in our lives is supurb. It will make us feel better overall. When life's bumps get in our way, we can handle it better. As you jot down your resolutions, I hope you will strive for those that you can easily manage too. Let 2012 be a year you can accomplish all that you dream. Happy New Year to all of my friends and readers.