Friday, January 24, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things: Sometimes We Need a Break

I think I need a break......
A Sleigh Ride through the trees would be so nice right now.
I rebelled and avoided my computer for most of the day. I'm feeling pressed for time as the end of January approaches one week away. But as always, there is much to celebrate and it is good to reflect on the week . . . I know I will feel better after I do :)

First, it is always good to remember ....

 I have no Yesterdays,
Time took them away;
Tomorrow may not be--
But I have Today. (Pearl Yeadon McGinnis)

 Things to celebrate this week....

1) I  put my living back together after the fireplace install (had to move the furniture back). I actually like rearranging furniture. I can work out a lot of stress this way, and anyone who knows me has seen me do this a lot over the years. 

We are still waiting to have the rug re-tacked. Ugh. A small thing really, but finding a carpet business willing to take on a small job when they have more important jobs to do (i.e. large carpet orders) was a bit irritating. "I'm your future customer," I wanted to say . . . "or not." Okay, long story short, someone finally agreed to help . . . celebrating one merchant's kindness and consideration.

2) Completed some serious edits on the last chapters of my book. Not sure I'm going to make the 'end of month' deadline for a full-on submission, but I'm going to try. I'm a whole lot closer this month than last month.

3) Read 3 chapters for my Master Gardener's class and took three online quizzes. Holy moly! I'm learning about cell structure, botany, soil chemistry, and all things related to plant science and horticulture. Gardening is all about good planning and knowledge beforehand.

But the good news is I'm really enjoying it! Met someone in class who planted an heirloom apple orchard 2 years ago...179 trees! Can you imagine? She and her husband are having a ball taking care of them and already have a cider press ready to go.

4) Edited a book proposal on Biofuel Production for a professor I occasionally work for. I know nothing about Biofuels, but it will be interesting to learn about this subject. We certainly need more fuel alternatives!

5) Celebrating a product called 'Arnicare' for bruises and aches. When I slipped on the ice and hit my head last week, I had a terrible bump and bruising. Still do, but it looks a lot better. Hope I don't shock two writer friends this Saturday. I know I look like someone punched me in the eye.

6) Attending a SCBWI writer's workshop in Spokane this weekend called "Building a Following: How to Grow Your Author Platform Before and After Publication." Hopefully, I will learn something!!

So back to needing a break, I really do. I'm going to drop off the blog grid for a while, probably for the rest of January. I need to get my book ready for it's crunch time. But I'll be back, I promise. Blogging is in my blood. Sometimes we just need a break . . . 

Hope there were good things in your week, too. 

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  1. Sounds like you had a really busy week. And now you have a fireplace, that must be awesome. Sorry about your fall, but I'm glad your on the mend.
    Nana Prah

  2. You've certainly been busy, and your gardening class sounds amazing!

  3. Wow sounds busy. Hurrah to a kindly merchant!

  4. It's good idea to 'drop' things every now and then. Sounds like you have more than enough to keep you amused.

  5. I love going to SCBWI events. I hope you have a lot of fun!

  6. Sorry you took your spill, but glad you are doing better. I love conferences too and need to renew my SCBWI membership. Can't wait til your book is published and I can read it. Good luck with finishing it.

  7. I also like moving furniture, come to think of it. Almost never do it, though.

  8. I really appreciate your comments and good wishes. They always make my day brighter!

    Nana - I'm mending slowly, but so much better...thanks.
    M.J - Stay tuned on the gardening class. I'm learning so much.
    Viklit - Some merchants consider small jobs just as important. Love this.
    D.A - Ha-ha. Oh...I'm always plenty amused. Just overloaded.
    Kim - Glad you stopped by. Hope to see you again.
    Mary - Oh, that makes me happy to hear. Thanks!
    Misha - I knew there was another 'furniture rearranger' out there :)


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