Monday, October 19, 2020

Little Bit o' This, Little Bit o' That

First--new WAY MORE self-check stations at my Walmart with large "counter space" for bagged groceries. Check it out. I'm very excited for this. At least there's a bright spot while the rest of my store is topsy turvy and I have to hunt down the new location of my groceries.

After umpteen years we have also finally gotten rid on non-running vehicles--gaining a little pocket cash as well as valuable space in our warehouse!



Aaaand... I finished the birdfeeder bed. Almost. There are no flowering trees for sale at the Home Depot this time of year, so that will have to wait. But the rest got done.




Hope you had a good weekend. Here's to a productive week.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Happy Fall Y'all

It's gorgeous and cool in the mornings now and I feel the draw to be outside and puttering in the yard.


I'm still knee-deep in edits and they're going well. But there's still a long way to go and I can't take the mornings off to putter.

But IF the afternoons start being cooler, then one of these Sundays, I'm going to get the bird feeder / birdbath area fixed up like I've been wanting to since the deep heat of summer and it was tooooooo hot to work outside.

Here's the way it looks now:

There also used to be a weed growing to the right of the birdbath, offering it some shade, but it has since died off and chopped down.

Eventually, these...

 ...will get placed back around that area. I'd dug them up this summer, but that's as far as I got with the project. I have three bags of mulch to make it look neat and tidy, and I'm contemplating buying some sort of flowering tree (hibiscus, maybe?) to plant in there to provide shade and possibly draw humming birds next year.

I'm feeling a trip to Home Depot this weekend coming on... :0)

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Home Retreat...

Had COVID not caused the havoc it did, including the cancellation of conferences across industries, I'd be headed for St. Louis this week to participate in my annual GRL conference.


Instead, I tweaked my time off request to half-days this week so I could get some quality writing time in while I attempt to finish the latest Work In Progress but not get behind at work.

It's been great. I've gotten in five focused, quality sprints every morning before turning my attention to lessens for an online class I'm taking.

The time spent on writing has been great. That being said, I'm not sure I'm going to be ready to publish on November 18 as I'd hoped. I'm gonna keep working hard to make it happen, but I'm not feeling confident at the moment. We'll see where progress stands by the end of the week. I'm not overly worried about it, except for the fact that I scored a Facebook Group Takeover slot for November 19 and I don't want to have to release it.

But in other book news, today is release day for two other books. :0)

Rookies at Love is book 3 in the Face Off For Love Series. (the book I'm trying to finish is book 4)

The Face Off For Love Box Set is the first three books in the series in a single volume...

Hope you're enjoying the weather. Fall is descending on North Texas and it's wonderful.

Take care and have a great week.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The end of an era...


My 6th Gen iPod has finally kicked the bucket once and for all. I can't tell you how bummed I am about this. I've had that thing for well over a dozen years, and it works great--when I can get it to show the contents after I've charged it. Problem is I can't get past the "lock" screen (I guess) which shows the (incorrect) time and the battery charge level.

It has my writing music on it as well as my thunderstorm white noise for when I travel, along with some random videos I like to watch every once in a while.

New iPods--devices that look like phones just without the phone parts--cost $200. I have an old-iPhone dealer, so I'm gonna see what he's got in stock for cheaper.

Could I use my current iPhone? Sure, I could. Most people do, which is why iPods have gone the way of the dinosaur. But I prefer to have a separate device for my music for various reasons, none of which are that big of a deal.

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In other news, my Dallas Stars re-signed our 1B goalie to a new three-year contract.

This is great news as we've had the best goalie tandem in the league for two years now but our 1A is, unfortunately, a bit fragile. Without this guy, we wouldn't have gotten to game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

As bummed as I am about the iPod, I am about 1000X that thrilled that Dobby is back. :0)

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And now that the mouth is about as good as it's gonna get aside from continued healing in the graft area, it's time to eschew the soft foods and the carbs that I've allowed myself to binge for the last couple of weeks.

No guarantees I'm not going to fall off the wagon, because I've allowed my body to develop its sweet tooth again. I've allowed myself the Greek yogurt and a carb-light tortilla in my daily diet and not going full Keto again yet because that would def be a recipe for failure. I'm going to struggle enough as it is.

I am going to reward myself at the end of the week, though, if I can get through and stick with the diet plan.

Hope you had a great weekend-- Hope you have a great week.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Rest in Peace...

We've had some big-name deaths in the last few weeks. The last three that I heard are all from the music industry: Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, and just yesterday, Eddie van Halen--a rocker icon from my childhood.

Of course, Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed a few weeks ago.

It always hits a little too close to home when celebrities from your childhood--no matter how much older than you they might have been--pass away. It's even worse when they're not that much older than you...