Archive | November, 2013

Day 29 of 30 Days/ 30 Blogs Getting Close to the End

30 Nov

It’s the final few miles of any trip that seems the longest, whether you’re in a car travelling or any life journey or race.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to run a marathon or travel to China. Those are long journey’s.

Committing to, and following through on 30 days/ 30 blogs has been long too. So has the manuscript I continue to re-write. Both are coming to an end.

My little grandson Dominick is spending the night. He’s 15 months old. It’s an amazing thing to have a little one in the house again, and take that look at the beginning of a journey once again. Everything is new. Everything has wonder and excitement. To have the chance to watch it through their little eyes is awesome. And humbling. And makes you reflect on how much you miss when you’re older and in so much of a hurry.

Tomorrow, Dominick will discover many new things. My 30 days of blogging will come to a close. 

Day 28 of 30 Days/ 30 Blogs Many good things

29 Nov

There are many good things that made me smile today.
The first, was sitting on the couch with sons watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade while we text the other family members with a plan to go to New York and see the parade once the grand kids are a little older.
It was a beautiful day to travel to Buffalo; cold, sunny, snow on the trees but not the roads…perfect.
Watching our grandson Dominick, toddle from room to room, being adored by his Aunts and Uncles and big cousins, while receiving a call from daughter Amanda and pictures on my phone of grandson Liam playing with his cousins miles away in Maryland…all good things. Even a face time call from our daughter Alyssa from Macon Georgia…And so we were really all together on Thanksgiving Day this year.
I hope in one way or another you’ve enjoyed your family today, even if it was with a kind thought or memory. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Day 27 of 30 Days/ 30 Blogs Thankful

28 Nov

Once again I’ll say, if I haven’t gone to bed yet, it’s still today, not tomorrow, but I feel like saying Happy Thanksgiving now!
I woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland and I’m thankful it looks this nice without having to have had a blizzard to accomplish it.
I’m thankful for my wonderful sister-in-law Terry Zale who is preparing the Thanksgiving feast, even though she didn’t have the day off today.
I’m thankful for face book so I can see both my grandsons faces nearly everyday and watch what they’re doing, even when I can’t be with them.
I’m thankful for my family, especially my husband Lary, because he loves me, likes me most of the time too, and puts up with me. And because he gets up in the middle of the night to feed and let the cats out so I don’t have to.
I’m thankful for my kids who, aren’t kids anymore, but they call or text everyday to let me know they’re thinking of me.
And since I haven’t gone to bed yet, I’m thankful than tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I can wish it to everyone again.
Sweet Dreams

26 Days of 30 Days/30 Blogs Tired

27 Nov

Not only is it way past the deadline for the day, but well past my bedtime. I just keep going, doing these re-writes, trying to redo the time line. I’m exhausted.
I can’t imagine anything good that comes from a quick-fix, but still. This is a long haul.
And this will be a short blog.
It’s faith that keeps me going, keeps me believing that in the end, there will be something good to show for all my hours of work. And I’m thankful. Writing is a privilege.
Just having time to write is a privilege.
Having a family that supports my efforts, with the full knowledge that there is no guarantee of success, is a blessing.
Tomorrow is another day. Maybe I’ll have some fresh, better organized thoughts.

Day 25 of 30 Days/ 30 Blogs 5 days to Go

26 Nov

Does it help to know how many days we have left? I’m not sure. But everything comes down to deadlines, right?
There are 30 days left until Christmas. That’s 29 shopping days, I think. Unless you shop on line Christmas morning.
There are 3 days until Thanksgiving, 4 days until Black Friday.
And I have 25 days left before I bid my YA novel adieu.
So, I wonder how many people are motivated by deadlines and how many are stressed by them.
If anyone actually reads this blog and has a moment to answer, I’d love to know.
There are approximately 18 hours before the winter storm hit with 10 inches of snow. I have 45 minutes before the stroke of midnight when my blog will officially be late.
If you enter any Irish Pub/bar in the U.S you will find a clock with a countdown to Saint Patrick’s Day, even down to the seconds!
I’m late more than I am on time. What does that say about me and deadlines?
I never determine to be late, but I’ve been told that I have programmed myself to be late per the decisions I make.
Hmmm if I had time to think that one through…

Day 24 of 30 Days/30 Blogs Waiting for snow

25 Nov

In our house there is always a mixture of excitement and dread when it come to snow. Something about crazy weather, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs is a bit of a fetish.
The first snowfall is always beautiful. Anything over six inches becomes, man against nature. And the stuff in between is just plain work.
My husband and son watch all three local stations on the TV to see if anyone sounds like they know something the others don’t. And then there’s The Weather Channel,
The most reliable, is the Chicago station, because if it’s happening there, it’s coming here.
When Lary first began the landscape company in spring 1987, everyone asked what he was going to do for work in the winter. He said, “We’ll see.”
In late fall of that same year, as I looked through the Tri-County Advertiser, I saw an ad that said, “24-hour snowplowing service.” It listed OUR home phone as the contact number.
I said, “Lary, we don’t own a plow.”
He said, “We’ll see.”
Well, plenty of people saw the ad and called. So, he bought a plow at the auction and that’s how we began our year-round business.

My Aunts were all very upset. My mom had passed away by then, so they took over her portion of worry and added it to their own.
The problem was, they hated snow. They dreaded it every year and it got worse as they got older; the fear of having to drive in it or get stuck in it, or housebound because of it, caused them great anxiety.
But, they felt guilty praying for ‘no snow’ because we earned our winter income by it.
Oh, how delighted they were when they heard the words, “snow-removal contracts.”
We liked the snow that fell in our are over the last 48 hrs. But now I say we’re done until Christmas. Just my opinion

Day 23 of 30 Days/ 30 Blogs Is This Worth It

24 Nov

It’s after midnight, so technically, I missed the day’s post. But I’m ignoring the technicality. Today isn’t tomorrow until I’ve had some sleep in between, which I haven’t.
So for me, technically, it’s still Saturday.
I’ve been up this late every night trying to complete massive edits on my manuscript. A few weeks ago I said It was doing Major edits after receiving feed-back from a teen reader. Now, following my last critique group meeting, I’ve progressed to MASSIVE edits.
I’m not going to make my deadline of November 27, or the 30th either. My new deadline is December 20th. That’s way too close to Christmas for me, but I don’t see another way unless I simply throw in the towel.
But I promised myself…
Each time I get stuck in another spot, I ask myself, Is this worth it?
I guess I won’t know if I don’t finish. But I wonder.
I remember hearing someone ask, “How old will I be when I’m finally good at piano if I start right now?” The answer: “Same age as you’ll be if you don’t.”
So I guess that’s my answer as well.