Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Rant

Saw something on the news this morning that made my head spin and jaw hit the floor.

"A NYC university will no longer allow cops on campus, even to use the bathroom."

Why?

"According to our research, a number of our students are afraid of the police, and having a police presence would make their 'safe place' feel less safe."

Are you freaking kidding me?

How safe are they going to feel when the CRIME RATE goes up?

Has NYC U lost it's mind?

On a side note, where did we go wrong with this generation?  We dare not offend anyone; apparently all millenials need safety blankies; we're raising a bunch of entitled WIMPS!

Everyone now wants to be a victim, to get their 15 minutes of fame.

When did the police go from being 'your friend' (you know, that GUY you call when your home has been violated, or any crime has taken place?) to 'the enemy' (that guy who *must* be shot before he shoots you)?

I don't even know whom to blame, or even cast a light on one particular incident.  Rodney King?  The incident in Kansas/Missouri/Iowa (yeah, yeah....I can't remember....)?  The kid in Florida?  #44, for his idiocy in enabling this racial divide, instead of helping to SOLVE it?  Thought he was supposed to bring about the end of the 'race war', instead, things got worse.

We have kids playing the victim card "because my great-great-great-great-grandpappy was enslaved by YOUR great-great-great-great-grandpappy.'

Instead of carrying over the 'hate', BREAK THE CYCLE!  Stop carrying around this false sense of entitlement you think the world owes you, because of said circumstances.  Pull yourself out of this 'feel-sorry-for-me' attitude and DO something CONSTRUCTIVE for a change.

Go to college.  Get a good job.  Hell, run for president/Congress and MAKE changes, instead of whining about it.

Talk talk talk talk.....how about some ACTION to back it up?

Instead of people fighting to be RIGHT, how about people work TOGETHER to repair the damage we've done to ourselves?

And while I'm on this soapbox....when did everything the world does become the USA's problem?  Don't we already have enough on our hands?  Yes, babies in Yemen are dying.  Yes, the POS in NK needs to be spanked and sent to the dungeon his room.  Yes, there's an unsavory person in power in several countries.  But we have people living in our streets; we have families who have to choose between food/shelter and having medicine.  Remember the adage 'in order to help others, we must first begin with ourselves'?  No, this doesn't make us selfish; it keeps us HEALTHY!

Right now, we have a broken political system; a broken health care system; and someone trying to repair it, except he's fighting an uphill battle.

Apparently, we're just begging for an invasion.

Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.

*steps down and bows head to pray*

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In other news, David Cassidy, one of my 1st beloved actors/singers, is in critical condition.  Sending lots of love and prayers to his family.

I had a Partridge Family lunchbox

I still have my Partridge Family Christmas Album.

I watched Partridge Family reruns every chance I got, during the summers I spent with my grandparents.

I was upset when he was rudely booted off Celebrity Apprentice, since he couldn't raise a lot of money for their fundraising task.  So his rolodex wasn't as loaded as the others.....so what?

Oops, I feel another rant coming, so time to end this before it gets out of hand.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Flashback Friday: Have We Made A Mistake? Pt. 2

Nov 1997:
Brief recap:  We'd moved into our new home in Morgan Co, on 7.5 acres of land.  Right off the bat, I never really felt as if I 'belonged', since the other women in the neighborhood seemed to be a little snooty, plus I'd had conflicts over our dog, and the kids being allowed to roam free.  Isn't that what being in the country was all about?  I realized my neighbors had brought their city ways into the country, and I didn't like it.

An early snowfall took us by surprise.  The kids and I had gone into 'the city' to meet D for dinner on payday, and snow began to fall.  We began the half hour trip home, and ran into problems.

-The temperature dropped, and ice soon formed.  I followed D, and things went well until we turned off onto SR 39.  One tap of the brakes and I slid sideways, fortunately no one was near me.  D stopped and got me back on the road.

-When we turned off SR 42 onto the back roads, the 2nd turn had me sliding into a ditch, trying to avoid hitting D, who'd also slid into it.  Since he had 4 wheel drive, he was able to get out, but it took him and another man to push me back onto the road.  By now, I was beginning to wish we'd gotten a motel room, as we'd discussed over pizza!

-When we reached the hill, D stopped me and put the chains on my tires, then we ventured onward and upward.  Halfway up, I was terrified when my car began to slide backward.  I was able to hit the brakes...and was relieved when one of our more friendly neighbors recognized our plight and towed me up the hill with his truck.

-Making it safely home, I began to seriously question my sanity about pushing to live in the area.  What would I do if I had to go to town while D was at work?  I did NOT want to end up at the bottom of any ravine!

Thanksgiving that year was spent at D's parents, and the kids enjoyed decorating her tree.  When we arrived home, I unearthed our decorations and discovered our neighbors across the street had 'stolen' my idea about how to decorate my house with the icicle lights.  Not wanting to look like a copy cat, we came up with something a little different, and K enjoyed being on the roof with his dad one sunny afternoon.

Next Month:  Hosting Christmas!

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Present Day:
My laptop has indeed died; friend Travis was supposed to come over and bring me one of his to borrow, but we both forgot.  So my NaNo word count is in the toilet.  Thankfully, the desk top still works, even though it throws a fit once in a while.

My camera was found!!!!!  It was under my daughter's bed, with about 15 pictures taken by the granddaughter.

Christmas Gift and Hobby was a success!  Sold 13 books (3 more than last year!) and was able to pay for half of next year's table rental.

Women's Retreat went well also!  I showed up Sunday at 7am, and discovered everything had been moved downstairs.  Talk went well, and turns out I was glad not to have spent the night, since the team slept downstairs, and nearly froze!

Truck Update:  Still waiting on the insurance $$ to be released.  Now he's talking about clearing up one of the credit cards, one of the medical debts, and maybe half of the leaf guards, plus buying me a new lap top, and getting a decent used truck.  I still think he needs to put at least $10K down on a newer truck.  We'll see what he decides.

Have a good weekend!  I'm skipping the Christmas Stroll this year; I've got too much to do, plus I'm sold out of four titles:  Teacher's Pet, Hotel Stories, Best of Both Worlds, and Orion.  Also, I'm down to only one copy of Kira.

Alphabet Karaoke will resume either this weekend or next:)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Flashback Friday: Rebellion, Phase #2

November 1987:
Brief Recap:
I began dating CS; began a slow self-destruction of my self-esteem; and the stress of trying to flip my schedule upside down every weekend began to wear on me.

At the end of October, when I 'kidnapped' CS for Fall Break, I learned two things:
-I was never going to be a part of his family, due to their volatile personal nature; I didn't like the way his parents spoke to each other.

-When you're newly dating someone and you need a quick Halloween costume, do NOT roll up your sweater and go as a pregnant teenager.  He will NOT think it amusing, lol!  (O1thers told me I gave a good impression, and one guest at the party thought I was genuinely pregnant!

"Bitch After Midnight"
Since my normal schedule was 9am-midnight, and C's was 2pm-3am, trying to flip my sleep schedule upside down every weekend soon took its toll, and his friends were soon joking that my mood was not the best after a certain time.  This stress soon began to take its toll on our relationship, and when TS showed up one day, I was thrilled to see him again, and took a drive with him to talk to someone who was wide awake at ten in the morning, instead of recupperating from the previous night.

Thanksgiving week was good; I took my finals, though I was stunned at the fact I'd not done very well in my 1st 300 level Social Work class.  I forgot to mention; my professor and I clashed on a personal level, so I was happy to finally be out of that class!

I showed up at the bar to celebrate my freedom from finals, and enjoyed an evening of playing darts with a few of the guys.  But soon we noticed police and were horrified to learn someone had been beaten nearly to death outside our window.  We had to give our names to the police, in order to be questioned later, and decided maybe we'd better not drive just yet, since we'd all been drinking.  One little problem:  The bar would only pay for a taxi if we were going to a motel.

I put my foot down. 

"I will NOT be seen going into a motel with three men!"

So Bill, Marty, and Mike pooled their money and split a taxi to  Denny's, then joked about who was my 'date'.

I think we spent T-day at home that year, then I returned to BSU to begin the winter quarter.  I was also not thrilled to discover that due to the new educational requirements, I now had take another year of Gen Studies, beginning with an 8am Math class.  Fortunately, it was held downstairs in a classroom just outside The Commons, so I could simply throw on sweats over my nightshirt, go to class, then go back upstairs and go back to bed for two hours.

Next Month: Rebellion, Phase #3.

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Present Day:
I'm currently up at the Indianapolis Christmas Gift and Hobby Show:) 

Also, either my laptop has died, or just the switch is malfunctioning.  I need to find out which.  At any rate, with the settlement we MIGHT be getting back from the insurance company, I've been told a new laptop is in my future.  So happy dance!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Flashback Friday: An Eventful Month!

November 1977:
After years of begging for piano lessons (okay, maybe in retrospect I didn't exactly beg, but mentioned it a lot??), my mother finally found a teacher for me, a woman down the street.  Every Saturday I would tuck my beginner's piano book under my arm and walk down, then spend hours every afternoon practicing.

I also learned this would sometimes get me out of setting the table; Mom would start to cook, and I'd start playing the songs I'd learned, plus some I picked up on my own.  But being a wise mommy, she soon caught on to what I was doing!

Someone that Mom knew was looking for a home for their cat, Half-Pint.  Since we were between dogs at the moment, she brought him home and taught me how to care for it.  But a few weeks later, the HP followed me to the bus and ran under it.  I got off and tried to coax him out....but to no avail.  When Mrs. Davis could wait no longer, the front right wheel ran over something.  I spent the rest of the day full of anxiety, sure that she'd just run over my cat.

When I arrived home, a neighbor told me the sad truth, HP had indeed, been run over.  I mourned the loss of that sweet kitty for weeks.

Thanksgiving
We traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to spend T-day with our friends the Pirkells.  Unfortunately, the stomach flu claimed me, and I spent most of the three-day weekend in bed.  My sister got to attend a college football game and enjoyed herself with Greg and Dana, who were a few years older than me.

Work on the new room was nearly complete; the walls were up, insulated, and the new fireplace installed.  Mom and Dad picked a gray barn siding for that wall, and installed shelves on either side of the brick fireplace.

Next Month:  Christmas with the new fireplace!

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Present Day:
Picking up our rental car (insurance is paying for it) and trying to juggle finances.  I'm also getting ready for my Women's Retreat, so I have to have everything ready before my trip to Indy next Wednesday.

Plus, trying to do NaNoWriMo.....think I've got the grand total of 500 words written.

Have a good weekend; I'm setting up at the 1st Fridays downtown tonight, in hopes of making some extra spending money.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Reading Schedule

October is over, and the holidays are right around the corner....eep!  How did I do last month?
-Have fun at Imaginarium and sell at least 5 books  Too many panels and not enough time at table.  But YES to the awesome time!!!
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song  Not even close.
-Write Ch. 2 of RiKar's Redemption Nope.
-Finish cleaning out Green House Everything's out except some windows in back room; stuff in front room, and stuff in fireplace room.
-Empty back 2 rooms of Brown House  Not yet; moved some stuff out of 2nd bedroom, but not all.
-Continue cleaning out storage unit  Not until Brown House has more space.
-Order inventory for November event  TP, yes.
-Dress up as Dany for Halloween.  Spouse:  Robert Baratheon; K:  The Mountain; S:  Ramsey; W:  Samwell; A:  Cersei.  Me, yes.  Rest of the family failed to cooperate.
-Buy winter clothing for my teenager  Check:)
-Find out Lyrics/Copyright for Spirit Pottery, or if I have to rewrite it  Going to have to rewrite it; I might get away with one or two songs, but not ten.  Was going to cost me $3200+.  This sucks.
-Spend a PRODUCTIVE week with my parents???  Might not have time this month.  Not sure how 'productive' it will be; friend RRW's mom passed away, so going up for funeral.

Books Read:  1
           Print:  1
       E-book:  0 (though read 1st story in the Kisses antho)


Weight:  Stayed the same, 233.

Overall Health:  Fell at the Farmer's Market on Sept 30th, and still have sore left knee.  Other than fall allergies, I'm good:)

Karaoke Songs Added:  3, due to camera being lost.  Brower still hasn't sent me the files shot from his I-Phone, so may have to re-sing those when I get another camera.

November Goals:
-Finish Heart Song (NaNoWriMo project) Laptop died.  Writing is 'on hold' until January
-Do well at 1st Friday event  Sold 5:)
-Do well at Indy Christmas Toy and Hobby Show 13 sold, plus sold out of 4 titles!  Now need inventory...
-Have successful Thanksgiving
-Start Christmas shopping
-Lose another 5 pounds
-Take 'big items' to Republic on Nov 4th  Nope; due to wreck, didn't have the energy.
-Successful CHRP retreat  Check!

Reading Schedule:
Print:
Tomb of the Moon-N. E. Riggs
Rachel's Guard -Jillian Jacobs
Maude's Score-JJ
Clayton's Star-JJ

E-book:
Accidental Kisses-Sandra Sookoo, et al
Secrets and Lies (HOB #4)-Susanne Matthews
Back To School-Dylan Cross

Karaoke Songs: (Updated weekly)
Thurs:  *NOTE*  Alphabet Karaoke has been suspended until I replace my camera, unless Brower lets me use his IPhone...
Where The Streets Have No Name-U2  Nailed it:)
I Got The Boy-Jana Kramer  Did well:)
Listen To Your Heart-Roxette  Was complimented:)
Just Breathe-Anna Nalick  Did well!  Blew one line, but still....;)
I Will Come To You-Hanson  Nailed it!
Just When I Needed You Most-Randy Vanwarmer  Was complimented:)

Where You Lead-Carole King
Make Me Lose Control-Eric Carmen
Wheever You Will Go-The Calling
Amazed-Lonestar

While You See A Chance-Steve Winwood
Man In The Box-Alice in Chains
When You Look Me In The Eyes-Jonas Bros
Angel Of The Morning-Juice Newton


Sat: (Updated weekly)
Better Dig 2-Band Perry  Was complimented:)
Heart Like Mine-Miranda Lambert Nailed it:)
Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me-Faith Hill  Wasn't too bad...
Girl Crush- Little Big Town Nailed it!
On My Own-Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald  Not too bad:)
On the Good Ship Lollipop-Shirley Temple  Nailed it, plus gave everyone a good laugh!
On The Turning Away-Pink Floyd  DNH....surprisingly enough!
One Call Away-Charlie Puth  Wasn't too bad; blew two lines.  Might resing.

One Fine Day-Chiffons
One Moment In Time-Whitney Houston
One More Try-George Michael???
One of These Nights-Eagles
One of Us-Joan Osborn

Friday, October 27, 2017

Flashback Friday: Spiderman is in Da House!

Oct 2007:
Reposted from Nov 1, 2007....here's the original link.  Enjoy!

We had one of the best Halloweens last night. The weather was perfect; we didn't have to wear jackets; no wind; no rain. W caught on to the phrase after a few houses, and he actively knocked on doors and piped "Trick or Tweet" when people answered the call:) My older ones went with their friends, and I sent them off with reservations (we've only been here a year, and my son's made some friends this week that I've not met yet, hence the caution!), just told them to 'use their brains' and reminded them that I would not be bailing them out of jail for stupid pranks, and, oh yes, is ruining your choice college chance really worth it?

"Oh Mom...you know I'm smarter than that!"

"Just doing my job as a parent."

And it paid off. Both teens had a great time, collecting candy from the various businesses, and my daughter even came back and took the baby around again to other blocks when my feet gave out!

And best of all (and this is a little selfish...) with everyone gone the first 90 minutes, there was no one to hand out candy at our house, so we still have some left!!!! Yes, mom's going to be in chocolate heaven the next several days. Especially since I 'buried' that last bag of $100 Grand bars at the bottom:)

The teens are already plotting next year's route, since they enjoyed being in town so much. Last year, we hastily threw on the costumes, bundled up in coats, and did a 2-block radius, since we had just moved into the house. Came home, handed out candy, and unloaded the last of the belongings!

"Mom...if we're still here next year, you have got to go over to Hart Street...the car dealership was handing out handfuls of candy!"

Just don't tell my hubby the kids want to stay (or at least come back!) another year?

*****Present Day*****  
In addition to the Halloween fun, I decided one Friday the baby and I had earned a trip to McDonald's for lunch.  Our McD's didn't have a playscape, but I'd heard the one in Washington did.  And a miracle occurred.

Keep in mind, my 3 y/o had previously only played by himself when at local playscapes, and usually had been tugged through the tunnels by his older siblings and down the slide.  After being at Head Start for only a month, my toddler ate a chicken McNugget and some fries, then happily joined in with the other kids as they ran around!

Yes, I hear you....'he only ate ONE?'  That's our rule.  The kids can play after eating one nugget and a few fries....but whenever they return to the table, another nugget and fries must be consumed before they head back.  I'm not one of these moms who refuse to let their darling child play in the colorful tunnels until they've eaten all their food.  I think it's ridiculous....let them have fun!  So they're eating cold food, who cares?  After a while they catch on that if they eat first, it will still be hot!

But the point is, my baby was finally socialized:)  I was so happy, I hugged his teacher the following Monday!

Also, met with friend Jackie, and we formed a 'Friday Writers Lunch'.  While the toddler played, she and I would talk shop, and she was very encouraging while I was writing Wild At Heart.  In turn, I encouraged her to write her own stories.

Next Month:  My 1st NaNoWriMo!
Present Day:
The spouse, Teen, and Granddaughter were in an accident on Wednesday.  A woman going the wrong way up 9th St (after dropping off her child at Flaget, maybe??) pulled out onto Main St at full speed (obviously, no stop sign while going the wrong way!), and the spouse T-boned her, pushing her into an oncoming car going down Main St.  Minimal damage to the Chevy van; major damage to both her Mercury SUV and to the front end of our truck.  Nobody was seriously injured (25 mph), but my spouse complained of neck pain, so was taken by ambulance to the ER.  CT scan was normal, and he was sent home with painkillers.

Now we're playing phone tag with the adjuster.  Everyone was insured, the driver with Progressive, us with State  Farm, and the 3rd driver with Farm Bureau.

Here's hoping we get a new vehicle asap!

Halloween Plans:
I'm going as Danaerys tomorrow night at karaoke.  Since my camera is still AWOL, and my phone camera is throwing a fit, I hope one of the kids will take a picture of me.  Since the weather's going to be cold, maybe this is the year I should have gone as 'Deaf Leppard'?  Since I was so hot last year in that leppard/cheetah sweater....

Friday, October 20, 2017

Flashback Friday: Halloween, Subdivision-Style!

Oct 1997:
The reason I wanted to live in a subdivision was simple.  We'd have neighbors, and I could turn the kids out on Halloween Night, and let them run around the neighborhood as I did, collecting candy and staying out after dark.

But in our spanking-new subdivision, the houses were so spread out, my kids didn't want to walk/run in their costumes.  The night air was a little chilly, and when it became apparent all the other kids were having one parent drive them around, I put my shoes on and away we went.

In a way, it was fun, getting to meet the neighbors, and my kids were thrilled with the amount of candy they were collecting.  But I was also terrified, because I didn't see well at night, and trying to turn around in a tight spot had me praying I wouldn't accidentally hit something, or damage my car.

When we'd visited the other 25 houses, this mama breathed a sigh of relief and told the kids their father would be driving them around every year from now on!

Next Month:  Early Snowstorm and Being Rescued By The Neighbors:)

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Present Day:
Had to make a trip to Lafayette this week, due to a friend's mom passing last week.  Enjoyed catching up with old friends at both the visitation and funeral, esp R's younger siblings, whom I hadn't seen in over 30 years.

Celebrated my parents' 54th wedding anniversary yesterday!  Mom wasn't feeling well, so she didn't go to the funeral, and since she didn't feel like going out to eat, we ordered take out from Walt's Other Pub.  Yummy!

Heading home tomorrow, since choir is singing Saturday night.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Flashback Friday: "Wait, You're Going To Do WHAT?"

Oct 1987:
Brief Recap:  I'd begun seeing CS, whom I'd met the previous winter, and began driving down to see him every weekend.

Several things began to happen the month of October.
-CS 'picked' me over the other girl, and I was thrilled, but after a while driving down every weekend began to take its toll.  C attended night classes, and wanted to stay up all night, watching movies.  I was on 'day shift', and wanted to fall into bed around midnight-1am.  After a month of flipping my schedule upside down, it became a regular joke that I would turn into a 'bitch after midnight'.  In hindsight, I should have put my foot down and stopped seeing him.  But no.....

-I met my future hubby.  C and I walked into a local diner for a late night breakfast, and there was this guy who radiated warmth, so I snuggled up to him.  I'd taken my camera with me, and several goofy pics were snapped that night, and I'm VERY thankful social media didn't exist back then!!

-I went home for Fall Break and thoroughly confused my parents by meeting the guy I'd briefly dated in June for lunch, then by going out to the bar with the guys from Wabash Nat'l.  Mom soooo didn't understand why I could be dating one guy, have lunch with another, and go drinking with my ex-co-workers in the evening!  We were going to attend a wedding on Saturday, and I don't remember where my mom and sister had gone, but my dad and I had a 'bonding' moment.

-BL (guy I'd dated in Aug) and I had decided to get together for drinks, and we ended up in a motel. B set his alarm, but it either didn't go off, or we didn't hear it.  Since I 'knew' my dad slept in on Saturdays, I took my time going home, even stopping at Burger King for breakfast.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the door and found my dad in the living room!

"Do you often stay out all night when you go out?"

"No; B and I were talking; we've been at Denny's all night." (yes, I lied!)

"I'll make a deal with you.  I went out with co-workers, thinking it was going to be dinner, but it only turned out to be drinks.  If you don't tell your mother I got drunk last night, I won't tell her you didn't get home until 7am."

"Deal.  Wake me up at 11, so I can shower before we head to Mike and Dianne's wedding?"

It would be at least 20-25 years before Mom learned that story!

When I returned to BSU, CS was on his Fall Break, so I stopped by his house and kidnapped him, then sneaked him into my dorm room after hours.  We only got caught once, and that's because we played Trivial Pursuit with friends, and lost track of time.  We were only 5 mins past curfew, but spent the night downstairs in the lobby, watching movies until I could safely sneak him back upstairs.

Next Month:  Bar Fight!

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Present Day:
Recuperating from last weekend, plus kids on Fall Break, plus sick kids, has caused me to do absolutely NOTHING  this week, other than watch TV, shuttle kids to doctor appointments, and forget all about getting the trash and recycling out.  In fact, Kenzie nearly forgot to even blog this week for the blog hop!

I *should* be back to *normal* next week.

College Kid attained his Orange belt in Tai Kwon Do, and has a tournament tomorrow.  Unfortunately, it's at the same time as when our Reverse Osmosis water purifier is being installed.  Hopefully, we'll be able to go see part of his tournament?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Home From Conference:)

Oh, did I not mention I was off to Louisville this past weekend?

Friday, Nancy and Brooke picked me up and we headed east.  Changed drivers in Corydon, since B didn't feel comfortable driving in heavier traffic.  Thanks to Carol P's texts earlier, we had no problem finding the motel, checking in, and locating our room.  Then it was off to dinner.

Chaos
We were told to seat ourselves, which we did, and I kept an eye out for Carol.  Finally, a server told us to go ahead and help ourselves to the buffet.  C arrived, and by that time, a server came around and took our drink orders.  The pizza side only had 3 pieces of pizza, so I opted for a salad until more pizza arrived.  Moments later, I fixed myself another salad, since the 4 pizzas brought out were swarmed upon, and not my chosen flavor.  When I was told a cheese was on the way, I stood by the buffet and waited, and only took 3 slices.  By now, our drinks finally arrived, with the exception of C's.

I'd seen a guy come out and the other server point to us and two other tables...."Those are yours."  He then did an about face and disappeared. 

C finally got her beer about the same time as her bill, and the guy who'd been told to be our server arrived to bus our tables.  C and N paid for their food and left.  B and I hung around for karaoke.

I sang at least nine songs, plus we managed to get B up on stage for two.

You Never Know Who You'll Meet:)
A woman came in and asked if she could sit with B and I.  We said sure, and it turned out to be Rochelle Weber, the founder of MFRW!  We were thrilled when we made that connection!  Plus, Frank got to hear me sing 'Let Me Be There' and 'I Will Be'.

Sat:
Went down to breakfast and while the food was excellent (scrambled eggs, country potatoes, sausage links, pancakes, danish, and fruit), the service was again slow.  I opted to wait for C while B and N went over and set up; I joined them a while later.  Was happy to see friends I'd not seen in a while, and set up my display, then started on my panels.

Kindle, KDP, and KU:
Really felt as if I needed to be on the other side of the table, lol!  Didn't have a lot to contribute, until an audience member asked a formatting question, and about royalties.

Navigating The Blogosphere:
Felt as if I was in center court of a tennis match.  Could not get a word in edgewise, so gave up after a while.  Did manage to sneak in a word or two at the end.

Revving Up The Romance:
Had better success with this one, but at times it seemed to be a one-or-two woman 'show'.  Still, had great audience questions!

Signing:
Crickets.  Absolutely no one came over.

Electrifying Your Erotica:
This one was painful.  Daniel the moderator's questions were answered with many pauses; it was if we were all going brain-dead or on sensory overload.  There was NO participation from audience, and with ten minutes left, we were asked to come up with a one line erotic scene.  I hadn't brought a pen, and absolutely struggled with it, coming up with a lame one at the end, and remembering my favorite ones from Teacher's Pet, which saved me.

Developing A Series:
Only three of us showed up, plus no moderator.  I explained the crucial need for a series 'bible', plus we all spoke about how we wrote them out of order, and timelines.  Small amount of audience participation.

End of the Day!
I couldn't get back into the vendor hall, and was slightly pissed, because my wallet, Kindle, and charger were under the table.  I'd also used my rolly cart to transport my series CDs and books, so had to store them in the car.  N paid for my dinner at Fazolli's, then we found a Walgreens for some Advil.  I put on my Danaerys costume, but by 9:15, was beginning to decompress, so went to bed at 9:30.

Sun:
Had another delicious breakfast (courtesy of B this time), then headed upstairs to finish packing and to check out.  Rain had moved in (remnants of Hurricane Nate), so B and N let me and my books out under the portico while they parked the car.  I wanted to attend the Religion In Writing panel, and it wasn't what I'd thought, but still had a good time.

Building Your Blog:
This panel was a little more balanced, and thankfully we did have wonderful questions from the audience.  The one thing I took away from this was I. Need. To. Start. Using. Tags.

Still don't know what an RSS feed is, or how to set one up.  I'll have to PM DJ later.

Finally, I attended the YouTubers panel, since a) I have a channel and b) Will wants to start one.  This one was very informative.

Good News!!!!!
Frank informed me Teacher's Pet (Kenzie Michaels) will be available by the end of the week!  Paperback will be $12-13, which surprised me; I was expecting $10.  Also found out how to order copies, so will have to have the spouse cough up some cash, since I still owe $60 for the Christmas show, and didn't make any $$ this weekend.

Nancy, however, sold 2 books, which I was THRILLED, and Brooke one.  But then again, I never really manned my booth; I was out talking to people most of the two days.

What's On Tap For Next Year:
Might try the one hour thing again, since I'll be an official Stardust author, and if B and N want to get a table again, I'll not do so many panels, so I can be behind the table.  Which means seriously cutting back on craft fairs, except for local ones.  Or maybe not; it's a double-edge sword:  Make money or keep having to order inventory?  Check back with me on this later.

In the meantime, I've had two lazy 'recuperation' days, and should be back to 'normal' activities tomorrow.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Flashback Friday: A Month of Mixed Emotions

Oct 1977:
At the end of September, my great-grandfather, whom we called 'Granddaddy', suffered a stroke and was hospitalized.  I don't remember much, but Mom recalls seeing his angry demeanor while being hooked up to monitors, and asked him if he was ready to go.  He squeezed her hand and a tear trickled from his eye.  Two days later, he died from a heart attack.

This was the first funeral I remember attending, and most of it was spent downstairs in the Hospitality Room, snacking and talking to relatives not seen in a while.  Afterward, I was disappointed that someone had forgotten to come get me for the actual service; I missed my grandmother pounding on the casket in grief; my great-grandmother's irritation at the mispronounciation of his name (minister kept calling him 'our dear departed Brother Geese' instead of Geis).

Still, we were thrilled to have our grandparents up from Florida in time for my sister's 7th birthday, and Mom had made us matching outfits, pants and a vest.  The first time, she'd accidentally sewed the legs shut, then vowed to never attempt that again!  Our cousins Tammy and Richie came also, and we had a wonderful time playing on the swing set.

I think this was also the year Mom put trick candles on her cake.  She was furious when she found out she couldn't blow them out, and threatened to dump a cup of water all over her cake!  Mom came to the rescue, and explained the joke.  We called this her 'Golden Birthday', since she was 7 on the 7th in '77:)

Forgot to mention:  While we had been in Florida in Aug, we'd gone to Busch Gardens, and nothing was air-conditioned!  Not the restaurant, not the brewery, not even the safari ride.  I was dragged onto the log flume ride, and told Mom I was going to kill her when we finished.  We also got some relief on the Flying Baskets and the Octopus (Magic Mamba).  When we went to the gift shop, I got a toy clydesdale, whom I christened 'Clyde', and still have him to this day.  He's got a rubber band around him to hold him together, lol!

The walls began to go up on the den, and I continued to play on the dirt pile, pretending to be an archaeologist.

Also got our 1st cat, Half-Pint, a yellow and white sweet thing:)

Next Month:  Starting piano lessons, and being sick on T'day.

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Present Day:
I'm off to the Imaginarium Conference with Nancy Riggs and Brooke Myers!  I'm on six panels:
-Building Your Blog
-Kindle, KDP and KU
-Electrifying Your Erotica
-Creating A Book Series
-Navigating The Blogosphere
-Revving Up The Romance

Plus, I hope to dress up as Danerys at the costume ball (practice for Halloween???) and find out the status of Teacher's Pet!  Frank says he's launching the first few titles this weekend, so I hope mine's included:)

Happy early birthday to my sister Wendy, whose 'big day' is tomorrow!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct Reading Schedule

To recap September....
-Do well at 1st Friday  Sold 4:)
-Do well at Community Yard Sale  Sold 4:)
-Do well at Eminence Harvest Fest  Sold 9:)
-Spend a productive week at Mom's LOL....was simply her chauffeur! Check:)
-Find out status of both Teacher's Pet and Anderson quad  TP:  New cover and arriving later this month!!!  UPDATE:  New cover is here, and blurb needs reworked.  Ready for formatting!
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song  Not yet....
-Write Ch. 2 of Rikar's Redemption  Not yet.....
-Finalize plans for Imaginarium  Check:)
-Make another payment for Christmas Show  Check:)  Now just need $60 more....
-Continue emptying green/brown houses  Green house is nearly empty:)
-Continue to empty storage unit  Can't do more until we empty the brown house, or do some work in the basement.

Books Read:  3
           Print:  1
        E-book:  2

Weight:  Lost 6 pounds:)  Began at 239; ended at 233.  Hoping to lose those elusive 3 pounds, then start working my way back to 220.

Karaoke Songs Added:  14
                             Thurs:  7
                                 Sat:  7

What Do I Foresee For October?
-Have fun at Imaginarium and sell at least 5 books  Too many panels and not enough time at table.  But YES to the awesome time!!!
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song
-Write Ch. 2 of RiKar's Redemption
-Finish cleaning out Green House
-Empty back 2 rooms of Brown House
-Continue cleaning out storage unit
-Order inventory for November event
-Dress up as Dany for Halloween.  Spouse:  Robert Baratheon; K:  The Mountain; S:  Ramsey; W:  Samwell; A:  Cersei.
-Buy winter clothing for my teenager
-Find out Lyrics/Copyright for Spirit Pottery, or if I have to rewrite it  Going to have to rewrite it; I might get away with one or two songs, but not ten.  Was going to cost me $3200+.  This sucks.
-Spend a PRODUCTIVE week with my parents???  Might not have time this month.  Not sure how 'productive' it will be; friend RRW's mom passed away, so going up for funeral.

Reading Schedule:
Print: 
Tomb of the Moon-NE Riggs
Devil's Retreat-Brooke Myers  Did NOT see the twist coming!  Good job, Brooke:)

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs
Where Did Our Love Go-Supremes (have to resing; camera malfunctioned) Nailed it:)
Love The Way You Lie-Eminem/Rhianna  Sang it with Tom, and did well:)
Where The Boys Are-Connie Francis Not too bad....

Sat:  NOTE: 'Alphabet Karaoke' has been suspended until I replace my camera.
My Church-Maren Morris Not too bad:)
Fancy-Reba By request; not too scratchy:)
Million Reasons-Lady Gaga  Good:)
Listen To Your Heart-Roxette  Nailed it!
Independence Day-Martina McBride  Good:)

Miracle-Bon Jovi  Nailed it:)
Baby I Lied-Deborah Allen  Did well!  Had trouble with high note though.
Let It Go-Idina Mozel (Halloween weekend, after all!)  Not too bad; missed one note.

*was gone the first weekend, then sick the 2nd.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Flashback Friday: Single Mom Issues

Sept 2007:
I began typing up the story I began writing at the BSA camp-out, and a strange story began emerging.  Instead of a triangle, another female character entered my head and began creating tension between herself and the original heroine's boyfriend.  I decided to hang on for the ride and see what happened next.

K joined the swim team, so afternoons began to get hectic:  Pick him up from school, then drop him off at swim practice; go visit the MIL; return to get him; supervise S's homework; start dinner, write.  S soon began objecting to watching her little brother every afternoon.

She also began balking at getting up in the morning, which one morning resulted in me getting a ticket for making a rolling stop through a 4-way.  I was pissed.

W was enjoying Head Start, thankfully!  I made friends with Robin aka 'Grammy', and when I attended my 1st parent meeting, I wanted to join Council, but decided to let another parent, who 'really really wanted it', to have the position.  I agreed to simply be a peon, a worker bee, and provide snacks for the November meeting.

I also enjoyed 'meeting' more authors online, and reading their blogs.  I signed up for Blogger, and people seemed to enjoy my posts.

TS and I met for coffee one day, and as we were finishing up, he looked at his watch.

"She should be getting served about now."

*needle scratch*

You mean to tell me that you chose to meet me for coffee and not be home at the exact time your wife is getting slapped with divorce papers?  Coward.

Next Month:  Our 2nd Halloween and My Child Is Socialized!  Plus, Galley Arrives!

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Present Day:
We're continuing to empty the green house!  Temps were in the 90s last week and the 1st part of this week; now they're in the high 70's-low 80s.

K is doing well in his college classes (Calc 2, Chemistry, Intro to Teaching, and Intro to Technology for Teachers.)

S has been hired at Perdue Turkey Plant and officially started her new shift (2-10pm) last night.

W is enjoying his Language Arts and Science classes; Math is still a struggle.

A is spelling out everything she sees!  Still can't read, but making progress:)  She now calls her mommy 'Mom', which I find hilarious:)

Kenzie's Teacher's Pet is getting close to a re-release with Stardust/Erotes Press, and the four 'orphaned' novellas, Appetite For Desire, All She Ever Wanted, Class Reunion, and Off The Clock should be arriving either this fall or early 2018.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Flashback Friday: Have We Made A Mistake??

Sept 1997:
Brief Recap:
We moved into our wonderful new home on 7.5 acres of land in the middle of Morgan County.  We'd met a few neighbors, enrolled K in kindergarten, and looked forward to putting down roots.

Growing  Pains:
We moved into our home and that night received the heartbreaking news Princess Diana had died.  Since we didn't have our TV set up, I made it a priority so I could watch the coverage.  My heart ached for Prince William and Prince Harry, who were only teenagers.

We attended a neighborhood picnic, so we'd get to know our new community, and right away, I noticed something 'off'.  Previously, I'd been the one to immediately make friends, while D felt out of place.  During the gathering, I felt out of my element, while D was thrilled to get to know the men.  Only one woman seemed willing to talk to me.

"Pen That Dog Up!  There Are Leash Laws!"
I grew up in the country, and in a neighborhood where the dogs ran around freely.  So, I allowed Shadow, our friendly Norwegian Elkhound, to run around.  This soon angered two of my neighbors.

P would call me and yell about the dog poop in her yard.  S griped Shadow was 'terrorizing' her horses.  We would find bagged up dog poop thrown over the fence.  We went to town one day and left Shadow outside; we found him later tethered to a tree.  S and D informed us he had been 'licking' their 3-m/o daughter's face.  Ummmm, yeah......that's what dogs do???

I called the sheriff's office and asked about the leash law.  Discovering it only pertained to city limits, I informed P the next time she called.  This did nothing to soothe things over; we reluctantly chained up Shadow, who was confused by the sudden policy change.  And continued to find bags of dog poop.

"Call Before You Come Over!"
My next 'beef' with my new neighbors was over kids' visitation policies.  When I was a kid, we cut through yards, knocked on doors, and asked if our friends could come out and play.  I was upset that the two other kindergartners in the area were in the afternoon class, while mine was in the morning.  As soon as the kids came home in the afternoon, my social-6 y/o was off on his bike to find a playmate.  He was confused by parents upset he hadn't called first.  WTH????

My neighbors across the street had a sitter for their son, who was the same age as my S.  One day she and KK came over; S asked if she could play over there.  The sitter and I agreed, and she had a wonderful time.  I would let S go over in the afternoon, and things seemed to be going fine, but then SK called and told me she wasn't paying her sitter to watch my child, and please limit S's visits.  Again. WTH???  The kids were playing together.  It's not like S was also being fed meals or anything!  S seemed confused by the shift in the rules.

I finally 'kidnapped' the twins K and D for a weekend of no drama and playmates for my kids!

Next Month:  Halloween:)

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Present Day:
I'm back home after a week at my mom's:)  Attended two events, and did well at one of them.  Mom and I had a busy week:
M-Young At Heart
T:  Retired Teacher's Lunch
W:  I had b'fast with friend Angie, then we went to Small Group Bible Study.
TH:  Lunch at Christos with Cathy C, then I went to Indy for the Sip-n-Shop event.
Today, Dad brought me home.

So I really didn't do much, other than drive Mom around and keep her company!

Tomorrow, Brooke, Nancy, and I are off to Vanderburgh Co Holiday Bazaar.  Hope we do well!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Crybaby Josh....Really Jury? #BB19

Brief Recap:
The final 3 were set....Paul, Christmas, and Josh........

Finale Begins:
Paul won the endurance comp of holding onto the unicorn's tail.

Christmas and Josh squared off in a timed competition, and Josh only beat Christmas by about 5 minutes.  I think C's injured foot slowed her down.

J and P did the 'how well do you know the jury' comp, and I don't know if P choked, or if he thought maybe it would be better if J made the final elimination, but P lost by 2 points.

Josh contemplated voting out Paul, but as the two men considered jury votes, they realized C might beat both of them.  So at the final elimination vote, J tearfully voted out C.

Dr. Will In The House!
Dr. Will Kirby led the jury discussion.  Everyone agreed J cried and bullied his way to the final, as well as was 'carried' by Paul.

Christmas was 'carried' to the final, yet had an outstanding social game.

Paul skillfully manipulated everyone.

Final Tally:
Ch-P
R-P
M-P
K-P
A-J
J-J
M-J
E-J
Co (tie-breaker)-J.

I soooooooooo think Paul was robbed of winning by a 'sour grapes' jury!  The ONLY time Josh won anything was when P convinced everyone to THROW it to him!!!!

America's Favorite Player:
It came down to Cody, Jason, and Kevin.  Winner was Cody.  Again, WTH?????  Jason's wife is expecting!!!

Surprisingly, Jess did NOT show up with another man, and was still aching to be in Cody's arms.
*gag*

Sigh....this ends the most volitile season I've ever watched.  BB Celebrity Edition takes place this winter; I'm sincerely hoping no one with the initials 'KK' or 'KJ', or even 'B/CJ' end up in the house!  I may not watch......

Oh who am I kidding?


Friday, September 15, 2017

Finally! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Alex was blindsided by Paul, and evicted.  Paul won the HOH comp.

Paul nominated Josh and Kevin.  During the POV competition, the BB 'Time Machine', where the house guests have to remember what incident happened on what day, Kevin was eliminated first, followed by Christmas and Josh.  Paul wins again!

He kept the nominations the same, and Christmas sent Kevin out the door.  FINALLY!

Jury Still Clueless?
Not about who's running the show; they are ALL aware Paul is in control of the house.  But some members still think they're 'puppet masters'.

Got news for you:  The only time a 'puppet master' has been sent to the jury house is when the other guests WAKE UP from their trance and realize what's going on WHILE they're still in the house, and conspire AGAINST the 'PM'!  The only thing Raven, Matt, Alex, and Jason did was do Paul's dirty work!

I hate to say it, but unless the jury puts aside their hurt feelings, Paul is going to find himself in 2nd place again.

Tonight the final HOH competition begins.  Josh vs Christmas vs Paul.  Unless something goes very wrong and Josh wins this and votes out Paul, I see Paul taking Christmas to the end.....on the other hand, if what Kevin told him makes him re-think that, and he takes Josh.....

Find out tonight!

Flashback Friday: Rebelliousness, Phase 2

Sept 1987:
Erica and I moved into our new 'home', 808 Woody Hall.  We then headed to Vincennes to spend the Labor Day weekend.  She to visit her boyfriend D; me to catch up with friend DW, my indiscretion from the previous Halloween.

I soon discovered DW's roommate was the same CS that I'd met last February, the guy on crutches with whom I'd danced all the slow songs at The Bank nightclub.  DW was also dating another girl, Roberta 'Birdy' (can't think of her last name!), whom I'd met briefly last year

Dad had also sold me his Pontiac T-1000, which I dubbed my LRBS (Little Red Bomb Shell).  Being a stick shift, I'd taken a crash course from him in driving it, and did pretty well.

Anyway, Saturday night I sneaked into DW and CS's room in Vigo Hall, and when I woke up the next morning, DW had spent the night with B, while C was in his bed.  I was freezing; C told me he'd warm me up.  Since I did find the man attractive, I did, and we discovered we enjoyed each other's company.

I spent the entire day with him, and we hung out at the George Rogers Clark Memorial and took pictures.

The next day, I was curious about my AF officer, so drove over to L'ville to talk to his mom.  To my surprise, he was back, and I'd just missed him by maybe 10 minutes!  I talked B into returning with me later that evening, and to my surprise, TS was also there!

S and B went to the basement, since S wanted his jacket pressed, and my answer was 'take a hot shower and hang it in the bathroom'.  B offered to iron it, so T and I stayed upstairs and talked.

He shared a highly personal story with me while making a Bloody Mary, and told me I was the best-looking of all of S's past girlfriends.  I looked at him......and fell in love.

But fought it, because he was S's best friend, and I was hoping to pursue a relationship with CS.

Hindsight 20/20
If I could do it all over again, I'd have never given up on that moment.  Because, I found out later that CS had been pursuing B's sister, and I was stupid enough to let him decide between us, something I'd done the previous year with disastrous results.  Did I learn NOTHING from history?

Me....Catty?
Remember JF, the guy who'd broken up with me in February?  I discovered he'd married T, and while CS, DW, B, and I were out to lunch, we ran into them.  I thought I could play it cool, but soon found the damnedest things coming out of my mouth, and thankfully I'd said them quietly enough they weren't heard.  I had to stop myself several times; why was I jealous?  It was the anger finally manifesting itself.

Member Of SPU On U!
When I was packing the car to return to BSU, C's RA came up to me; they needed two more people for the Tube Race, and would I be interested?  Sure; I'd use another friend's room number.  B also agreed, so I now had the following weekend planned.

I had an unusual schedule:  I only attended class T-Th-F, which meant I could head to VU by 1pm on Friday, and not have to return until Monday.  The weekend of the Tube Race, we had a great time, placing 22nd out of 33.  Whoever put our raft together didn't do that great of job.  Thankfully, the weather was nice and warm.

Apparently it was this weekend I met my future hubby, but I have no memory of meeting him.

Next Month:  I Meet My Future Hubby, Plus Confuse The Hell Out Of My Parents.

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Present Day:
I'm heading up to Lafayette today!  Going to be at the Eminence Harvest Festival tomorrow, then hope to spend a relaxing week with the 'rents, de-cluttering more of Mom's house, and seeing a few friends.  I'd also like to get 2 inches removed from my hair.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Blindside! #BB19

Brief Recap:  
Josh won HOH and nominated Kevin and Alex.

POV:
The BB classic where house guests hang on a zip line and try to remember what order the BB comics are in, plus discern subtle differences in some of the pictures.

Christmas was not eligible to play, due to her foot.
Kevin:  Tapped out at 45 minute mark.  His color blindness was too bad.
Josh:  24 mins
Alex:  14 minutes
Paul:  12 minutes!

He sat down with Alex and told her she was going home, and laid out his arguments.  She was not convinced he's doing it for game; she thinks he's doing it for selfish reasons, and that she would have played honorably, and taken him to the finals, had she gotten that far.

I personally would have loved to see a Paul/Alex/Christmas Final 3, but it looks as if it's going to be Paul/Josh/Christmas, unless something goes horribly wrong.

Split Votes?
C voted for Alex
P voted for Kevin
Josh broke the tie and sent Alex out the door.
Paul still has no blood on his hands, but he's manipulated EVERYONE since the Josh/Ramses vote.

New HOH!
Paul won the 'What the Bleep?' competition by 3 points in the 5th round, ensuring his ticket to the finale.  I predict he'll put up Josh and Kevin, and Kevin will be sent packing.  The final 3 then begin the battle for the final HOH.  Yes, P is allowed to compete in this final one.

We'll find out tonight if I'm right.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Josh Found His Spine! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Double-elimination happened!  Christmas sent Jason out the door in a tie-breaker; Alex won the HOH and nominated Kevin and Raven; Raven was sent home.  New HOH was played; we THINK Josh won.

Rumor Confirmed:
Josh did indeed win, but only because Paul and Kevin threw it to him.....after Kevin initially tried to win.

Emotionally, Josh was all over the place this episode.  He wondered if this was his chance to take a shot at Paul, but nominated Kevin and Alex.  HOWEVER....we think, by watching BBAD, that Kevin has possibly won the POV, which means either Paul of Christmas would be put up in his place. I'm betting Paul goes up.

But, I watched the last half hour of last night's BBAD, and now I'm wondering if Paul won the POV?  K and Josh were talking about the challenge, and K says he took the longest, due to his color-blindness. So????

D's going to stay up tonight and watch BBAD.  He'll let me know if any more info is mentioned.

There are pros and cons to having a spouse hooked on your favorite Guilty Pleasure.....one the one hand, he doesn't gripe anymore about me watching it.  Plus, he watches the after-show, and lets me know about his suspicions.  On the other hand, I've now watched more BBAD than I've EVER wanted to watch!

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Hurricane Irma Watch:
Irma came ashore in the Keys, and went up the west coast of Florida.  Came ashore again on Marco Island, west of Naples.  My Uncle Bill decided to stay, as did my Uncle Ed and Aunt Judy in Ft. Myers.

Will is holed up in his girlfriend's apartment, and "has plenty of beer', according to family reports.

Guess that's all you need for a Cat 4 hurricane; plenty of alcohol.

Irma came ashore as a Cat 4, was downgraded to Cat 3 in Naples, and by the time she was terrorizing Bradenton, Cat 2.

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Hurricane Harvey:
Don't think I mentioned this one; Harvey hit Texas 2 weeks ago and 'drowned' Houston with 51 inches of rainfall.  The joke:

"What do you get when you name a hurricane after a man?"

"A storm that wanders all over the place, doesn't ask directions, and causes a lot of damage!"

Friday, September 8, 2017

Flashback Friday: Head Slap Moment

Sept 1977:
Another 6th grade development:  New principal, Mr. Price.  Goodbye, Mr. Kendall.  Also, new PE Teacher, Mr. Z (can't remember his last name; we just called him Mr. Z....and boy was he cute!).

I had an embarrassing moment:  We were picking holiday committees, and I had already decided I wanted to be on the Christmas party one, but my name was called first, and my brain locked up!  For whatever reason, I got confused and thought she wanted me to PICK the people I wanted on the committee, but Mrs. Light grew angry with my confusion and wadded up my name and threw it away, saying, "Make up your minds about which party you want to plan."  She moved onto someone else, leaving me on the verge of tears and positive everyone was making fun of me.

Our School Pictures that year had a new background, bookshelves:)

Granddaddy fell ill and had to have surgery.  He had a heart attack while in the hospital, and Grandma and Grandpa Grauel flew home to be with him and Great-Grandma Geis.  He passed away Sept 30th, much to everyone's shock.

I was devastated.  This was only the 2nd family member I'd lost in the past year (Mom Katzenberger had passed several months earlier, but we only saw her maybe once a year), and while I wasn't particularly close to him, I do have fond memories of him.

He was pretty gruff, hard of hearing, and smoked cigars.  Probably the reason I was slightly afraid of him; my voice was small, and he couldn't hear me.  He'd say to us, "Twooooo minutes!  Twooooo minutes, and I get the yardstick!"

My sister wasn't afraid of him, and spent one afternoon snapping a purse closed in his face; he played along and acted surprised and shaking his finger at her while she shrieked with laughter.  I never had the guts to do anything like that.

Next Month:  Funeral and Fun in PE!

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Present Day:
We've been doing some more work on the green house!  Moved 2 stoves out of the front room, and shuffled things around.  Emptied the room off the bathroom/patio, and pulled out a warped headboard; metal head/footboard; shelving; BBQ pit; and several 45 records, including 4 Frank Sinatra, 2 Della Reece, Fats Domino, and one Ray Charles:)  Hopefully they're not TOO damaged; I'm hoping to try them when my stereo is hooked up.

Karaoke:
Did well last night, even leaving my phone in the bathroom.  Didn't notice it until I was 6 blocks from home.....needless to say, I got my exercise last night!

Tomorrow:
Not Gonna Be the One-ONJ
Nothing Compares 2U-Sinead O'Connor
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You-Glenn Medeiros
November Rain-G-N-R
Nothing But A Good Time-Poison (with Bill!)

Blindsided! #BB19

Brief Recap:
Christmas is HOH and nominated 'Jalex'....Paul won the POV and pulled Alex off; Christmas  put up Kevin in her place.  'Jalex' thinks Kevin is the target, so nice and calm.  Josh starts to stress over having to send Jason to the Jury house.

Julie revealed it was double-eviction night!  Jason is sent out the door, much to his surprise.  Angry, he stormed out, then asked Julie if he could go back in 'for just 5 more minutes'.

"For everyone's safety, I think you're better off out here."

During the goodbye videos, Josh tearfully told him about the plan.  Paul, not knowing this, lied about it, leaving Jason fuming that he'd been duped.

HOH/POV/Eviction:
Alex won the HOH and nominated Kevin and Raven.  Josh won the POV, but left the nominations the same.  Paul and Christmas voted Raven; Josh threw his vote to Kevin.

Raven was also stunned when she found herself going to Jury.

Special Announcement:
BB Celebrity will be played this winter!  Whoo hoo!  Not sure if they mean veterans or actual celebrities....hopefully no Kardashians!  Please god, no!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Shut Up Josh....#BB19

Brief Recap:
Due to Puppet Master Paul, Christmas, the one with the broken foot, managed to win the BB Track Meet.  She nominated Alex and Jason. 

Alex couldn't remember if she was supposed to throw the POV comp, so she and Paul ended up going six rounds in a tie-breaker before she answered differently from him, and lost.  The star of the new sitcom, Me, Myself, and I hosted, and now Paul and probably another guest of his choice, will get to go backstage at a taping of the show.  Since Josh is a HUGE fan of the guy, I hope he is chosen.

I did have some respect for the guy; he's hip to the fact that everyone is blinded by Paul, and not thinking for themselves!

Josh Starts To Freak Out:
Jason tossed out a casual teaser to Josh..."So I guess you and Christmas are in an alliance..." which, btw, was totally off the cuff, but Josh began to wonder if Paul was throwing him under the bus.  He whined to Christmas, who tried to reassure him, but J wasn't listening.  C then 'scolded' him and pretty much treated him like a child, instead of pulling him up to the HOH room, locking the door, and telling him the strategy.  Instead, she left the room when Raven wandered in, which left him feeling like a hurt 3 year old.

Later, up in the HOH room, C and P tried again to reassure J, but by now, the guy's worst enemy is his head.  He's so much into himself and his pity-party, he can't think straight!  It was probably very theraputic Monday night on BBAD, when he 'vented' to the camera and talked about everything he suspected Paul of doing.  He's right on some accounts, and very wrong on others.

Paul used the Veto on Alex, and Kevin went up, pissing off Josh.  So who will go home, Jason or Kevin?  Will it be a tie, broken by Christmas?  I soooooo want Kevin to go home!!!!!!

Double Eviction Night Ahead!
Will it be Jason, followed by Kevin, or Kevin, followed by Raven?  Tune in tonight!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SERIOUSLY??? #BB19

Brief Recap:
Matt was sent packing; rain delayed the HOH competition.

From watching BBAD, we "know" that Christmas is the HOH and Paul has the POV.  We just don't know how it happened.

BB Track Meet:
Okay; I'm confused.  A foot race?  How can Christmas win a foot race?

Paul reveals his 'master plan' for either Josh or Christmas to win the next HOH.  Alex said she'd throw it ONLY if Kevin did it first.  Paul managed to convince Kevin to throw it, then got Alex and Raven on board.  Then they took their positions.....and wondered how to make it look convincing.

They didn't.

Kevin false-started.....then Alex did the same.....followed by Raven.  Paul executed a sloppy (okay, ALL of them were sloppy, no matter how they tried to appear otherwise!) and was eliminated, leaving Josh and Christmas.  She wanted to race, and told Josh to trip.  But he decided to do a stupid trip-false-start, and so yes, the girl on crutches won a TRACK MEET!

Calming Down Kevin:
Paul convinced K to lay low, but when he did his daily walk around the yard with Jason, he began to wonder if he was the target, since J seemed to think so.  Back to Paul, who says otherwise.  Esp when he caught Alex, Josh, and Paul 'celebrating'.  Paul assures him the plan will be revealed soon; just stay in your room, read your Bible, and in essence, shut the hell up.

Honest vs Sneaky Game:
Alex volunteered to be a pawn.  Now, be straight up about it and nominate Jason, or be sneaky and nominate either Josh or Kevin?  Christmas decided to be honest, and Jason was shocked to see his face on the wall.  He's not too happy, but there's still the Veto comp.  Again, we 'know' P has it, but we'll wait and see!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Last Showmance Broken Up....For Now #BB19

Brief Update:
Jason holds all the power-HOH and won the POV Wednesday.  He royally pissed off the entire house, sans Kevin, by keeping his nominations the same.

'Maven' Explodes
Jason seems to be experiencing some temporary Big Brother amnesia.  We all heard him whisper to Raven he would pull her off.  When she confronted him about it, he first 'hid' in the storage room, then claimed he didn't remember saying it.  Raven was furious and in tears; Matt went on the attack against Jason, calling him a coward for hiding in the storage room, then calling him out for his broken promise.  Later, when tempers cooled, Matt revealed he'd done it strictly to paint the target on his back, and off of Raven's.

Round #2 arrived when Christmas, Kevin, and Josh got into it over Kevin's loyalty.  Christmas and Josh confronted Kevin about the $25 K which brought Paul back into the house.  Kevin denied it, but wouldn't swear to it.  However, he DID swear on his kids' heads about not being one of the rogue votes, which pretty much confirmed he was $25K richer!

Eliminated!
Bye-bye Matt....have fun in Jury and see you again later this month.

HOH Comp.....delayed?
Rain caused the competition to be delayed, so we'll find out Sunday, or try to figure it out from watching BBAD.

See you back here on Monday!

Sept Reading Schedule

Does anyone else think August flew by?  I resolved to do the following things last month:
-'Reclaim' my house  Check!
-Do well at the Watermelon Festival  Check....sold 5:)
-Dr. appts for myself and two kids  Check.....plus need better insurance.....
-Pay for Labor Day show Decided not to do it this year.
-Pay for Sept 16th show  Check:)
-Pay for KABB  Decided to skip this year, due to lack of funds.
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song, Ch 1 of RiKar's story  No to HS; am halfway through Ch. 1 of to RR!
-Change hero's name in Spirit Pottery Check:)
-Find out about publishing status with Stardust Check!  Eretos, offshoot of Stardust/Hydra
-Clear more in brown/green houses and storage unit Not yet....
-Family pics on the 17th.  Check!  Looking GOOD!  I have one good-looking family....;)

I did pretty well this month, including tolerating some family drama, and being called out as a narcissist by an intrusive family member who really needs to take a long hard look in the mirror.

Books Read:  5
           Print:  2
        E-book:  3
            DNF:  1

Weight:  Began the month at 244 (somehow gained 12 pounds at Mom's-yikes!); ended with 239. Trying to follow a modified version of the Keto diet; guess it's somewhat working!

Karaoke Songs Added:  11
                            Thurs:  4
                                 Sat:  7

September Goals:
-Do well at 1st Friday  Sold 4:)
-Do well at Community Yard Sale  Sold 4:)
-Do well at Eminence Harvest Fest  Sold 9:)
-Spend a productive week at Mom's LOL....was simply her chauffeur! Check:)
-Find out status of both Teacher's Pet and Anderson quad  TP:  New cover and arriving later this month!!!  UPDATE:  New cover is here, and blurb needs reworked.  Ready for formatting!
-Write Ch. 6 of Heart Song
-Write Ch. 2 of Rikar's Redemption
-Finalize plans for Imaginarium  Check:)
-Make another payment for Christmas Show  Check:)  Now just need $60 more....
-Continue emptying green/brown houses  Green house is nearly empty:)
-Continue to empty storage unit


Sept Reading Schedule:
Print:
Tomb of the Moon-NE Riggs
Touches of June-LoRee Peery  Interesting book; only one tiny detail left me scratching my head.

E-book:
Mann Cakes-Mysti Parker  DRR!  LOVED this book, esp the 1st few pages of Ch. 11!  VERY good:)
Bobby Hernandez-Jean Joachim  RR!  Enjoyed the story:)

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs:
When You Close Your Eyes-Night Ranger Nailed it:)
Exes and Ohs-Elle King Did well!
When You Say Nothing At All-Alison Krauss Was cheered; did well, but mixed up some notes.
When You Wish Upon A Star-Linda Ronstadt  Did well!
Life on the Moon-David Cook DNH
When You're Gone-Avril Levigne DNH
Alone-Heart (redemption/signature song) Think I nailed it; couldn't hear myself
My Church-Maren Morris  Nailed it!
Where Did Our Love Go-Supremes  Nailed it, but camera malfunctioned.  Will sing again next week
Coming Around Again-Carly Simon Nailed it!
Where Everybody Knows Your Name-Cheers Theme LOL....will only do this once!
Where Have All The Cowboys Gone-Paula Cole  Not too bad...

Sat:
No Way Out-Starship DNH
Nobody's Fool-Cinderella Did well!  Was even complimented:)
Nobody's Fool-Kenny Loggins Slightly rough, but sounded good!
Nobody's Home-Avril Levigne DNH
Not A Day Goes By-Lonestar Verses too low; chorus good:)
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now-Starship DNH
Not Gonna Be The One-Olivia Newton-John  DNH
Nothing Compares 2 U-Sinead O'Connor Nailed it:)
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You-Glenn Mediros  DNH
November Rain-G-N-R Not too bad:)
Not Broken Anymore-Blue October DNH
Now And Forever-Air Supply DNH
Now And Forever-Richard Marx Ugh....too low!
Nowhere To Go-Melissa Etheridge DNH
Nowhere To Run-Martha and the Vandellas Slightly rough; did well on chorus.
Obsession-Animotion  Not too bad; sang this with Elaine.
Ode To Billy Joe-? Did well:)
Oh Sherrie-Steve Perry Nailed it!  Changed it to 'Oh Kelly' and 'Oh Jimmy', lol!
On and On-Stephen Bishop Slightly low, but okay.
Nothin' But A Good Time-Poison Sang it with Bill, who rather drowned me out, lol!  Still, a fun song.







Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jason, Jason, Jason....#BB19

Brief Update:
Jason and Alex battled for HOH before she finally let him have it.  He nominated Matt and Raven, telling them the plan w,as to back-door Kevin.  They believed him.

POV Challenge:
The annual Trash-The-House-While-Looking-For-The-Veto-Cards!
Raven hid hers in a seat cushion (Jason found it last)
Matt hid his under a couch arm (Raven found it 2nd)
Kevin stashed his in a pillow (think Raven found it 3rd)
Paul stashed his inside his shirt, hung it up, then placed a leather jacket around it (Matt found it 4th)
Josh placed his behind the freezer (Jason found it 1st)
Jason stashed his inside the couch cushion in the living room.  No one found it, he wins POV!

Kevin spent the entire challenge complaining about the way the others turned the house upside down.  Really???  It's a game, dude....so yeah, you'll have to spend some time cleaning.  Just be glad no one did what the previous Kevin did, and empty the cereal and other food all over the kitchen floor!

Josh unearthed 'Maven's condom stash and wigged out about it!  You're all adults; surely you don't think 'Maven' is really just snuggling and talking all the time?  With all the cereal Matt's eating, he has to work it off somehow....;)

The Sting of Betrayal
After the nomination ceremony, Jason whispered to Raven, "Don't worry; we'll win this and pull you off."

Alex and Paul were strongly urging him to pull Raven off and put up Kevin.  But Jason spilled the beans to Kevin about the plan, who freaked out and pulled the friendship card, and begged him not to.  Jason was starting to get suspicious about Alex and Paul's motives for getting Kevin out, and went with his gut.

He kept the noms the same, which royally upset everyone.  I can't wait to find out what fireworks he set off.

While watching BBAD the other night, we saw that Raven had thrown cinnamon all over Matt; whether this was from a fight between the two of them, or her rage was directed at Jason and Matt happened to get in the way.....we'll find out tonight!