Sneeze, cough, sleep…being sick sucks!

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Hello again everyone, I am sorry for the lack of posts for the past while. I am finally feeling up to sitting here and composing a post to let you all know what’s been going on.

This cold or flu or whatever it is hit me on January 16th. When it did it hit me like a Mac truck. In fact, I hopped on my Facebook account and asked if anyone had gotten the license plate. LOL

It was weird the way it took turns with my body parts. It started with a sore throat then went to headaches. From there it hit me with such a lethargy I spent a lot of time sleeping and reading.

Fever was the next stage and at this point I was miserable. Then came the sneezing and runny nose which reactivated a sore throat and headaches.

I don’t mean to go on and on whining is really not me. I just wanted to let you all know if there was any way to keep content going here on my blog and on my YouTube channel I would have made it happen.

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I think now that I must have picked up this bug at church although it could have been anywhere really.

Somehow I fought nausea and coughing etc. to keep up my commitments to my church. We have only a couple of people, myself included, that can run the sound board.

I didn’t want to leave them stranded with no one and figured I would not infect anyone if I didn’t hug anyone or get too close. The entire service I stayed up in the sound booth and tended the board.

Everyone who saw me, including the Pastor, commented that I should be home in bed but if I was determined to come in that they would pray for me. We even joked that we should pray the rest of them not get this. So we did just that!

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Slowly I am feeling better each day and this blog post is step one to getting back to my routine. I still take naps when I need to and am restricting activities to what I need to do.

So what else have you been up to Susan?

Okay, I did work on my story outline for my grandson’s book a little bit.

I have a cast of characters listed which includes; King James, Queen Crystal and Prince Ethan, the townsfolk in the kingdom and our friendly dragon of course. I still haven’t thought of a name for him.

Basically, I am going for a story in the style of Robert Munsch. I want to introduce the Kingdom of? (no idea what to call that either yet) the castle and those who live in it. I will then expand out to touch on a few of the townsfolk.

Word will come from an attack on the kingdom from the next kingdom over. Prince Ethan will be playing in the backyard of the castle and befriend a dragon perched on the castle wall.

Through this friendship, Prince Ethan will save the kingdom when the attack happens by calling on his new friend the dragon to chase away the attackers.

Once the kingdom is safe again there will be a huge banquet held in honor of Prince Ethan the hero. His dragon will make an appearance at the banquet to share in the glory.

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Again…thinking of drawing a dragon like this guy. ^ (I did not draw this it is just meant as an example).

I know this storyline has been written many, many times before but by personalizing it to Ethan and his parents and coming up with my own dragon I will make it my own.

What do you think so far? I would love to know your thoughts on the direction I am going with this.

I am considering making the book using plastic page protectors which I can slide pages into back to back and then seal the tops with tape.

I think this would give the pages some durability from the many, many times it is read to him (hopefully). I will probably then stitch the pages together using the holes where they are meant to be put in a binder.

If I just slap them in a binder some would get lost once he learns how to spring the clips open. Trust me with my grandson this will not take long to figure out….he is pretty determined when he wants something. 😀

On a final note, I just learned, today, how to run the laptop using Easy Worship 2009 to put the pictures and words to songs, scripture etc up on the screen at the front of the church.

Our usual person who runs the laptop during service is away right now so the one other person who can do soundboard will sub for me there and I will be on the laptop this Sunday.

Life is interesting if nothing else and it continues to be a busy one for me so I am glad that I am finally on the mend.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog post once again my friends. I really appreciate you sticking with me even though the postings are erratic. That means the world to me that you do that and I don’t take your attention for granted, ever.  🙂

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Why I NEED To Write

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Surprise! I am actually writing  a post not based on a prompt. LOL This is something I have been thinking a great deal about lately and a great topic for writing in a blog post.

Hello everyone, today I thought I would talk to you about writing. More specifically I thought I would talk to you about what writing means to me.

I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. Perhaps the reason I have not achieved that goal yet is because I lack the discipline to keep working on a manuscript.

Perhaps it is the fear of failure that keeps me from sticking my neck out and actually creating a manuscript to submit to publishers.

However, there is something deep inside of me will not let the dream of becoming a writer die.

Chances are one day I will conquer my fears, establish a routine and the discipline required to produce said manuscript.

The thing is I do not want to go to my grave with any regrets or wonder what could have been if only I had pushed through my reticence and freed the book that I know is within me begging to be written.

What would I write about? I can hear you asking so I will tell you; my life story. I have been through a lot of things I think people will be able to relate to.

Maybe someone out there (hopefully lots and lots of someones) will want to read my story. No, I am not someone famous, nor do I have a glamorous life that will make people want to flock to bookstores to buy my book but one can hope.

Still, I feel like I have something to say; something of value to contribute to the universe.

I have joked around with my friends before when discussing the thought of writing my life story. What has gotten the most laughs and nods of agreement, is the idea that librarians would not know whether to shelve it under fiction or non-fiction.

Apart from the whole book idea, there are a lot of other examples of writing that I do on a sort of regular basis.

There are things like this blog, shopping lists, journaling (not as regularly as I should; see comment about my lack of discipline above), sentiments written in cards, cheques (does anybody do that anymore?)  and so on.

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Along with the various forms writing takes there are just as many media with which to write.

Personally, I prefer using a computer as editing is quick and easy; with practice, even these corrections on the fly will not slow down or interrupt your writing.

You must, however, remember to save your work often. A piece of advice I have had over the years and have never forgotten is this; save your work as often as you are willing to redo it.

In other words, save every half hour if you are willing to redo that half hour’s worth of work should something go wrong.

This is one thing I appreciate with WordPress; it autosaves quite frequently leaving me to concentrate on the words I am putting on the screen instead of worrying how long it has been since the last save.

I tend to think of writing in terms of producing a manuscript and submitting it to a publisher in hopes of getting a book deal. I want a book actually printed on paper and bound  between covers with a graphic on the front and my picture on the back.

I want a book actually printed on paper and bound  between covers with a graphic on the front and my picture on the back.

It has to have a tempting synopsis that will make readers want to pick up and purchase my book.

I would love to have Stephen King, my favorite author, say something kind about my book along the lines of he couldn’t put it down. 😉

I like, no, I prefer reading real books as opposed to e-books on a device like Kobo or Kindle or whatever.

This blog is not about reading, though, it is about writing and the only reason I bring up reading is to underline what form I want my writing to be published in.

Writing endures for years and years. I want that to be part of my legacy; passing on things I have learned and experienced in this life to generations into the future.

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What I am curious about is how you feel about writing…is there a book inside of you wanting to get out into the world or is blogging as far as you want to take it?

Please let me know in the comment section what you think about writing; what it means to you and for you.

Thanks for once again stopping by my blog to read my thoughts on this subject. I really appreciate your support and your input. Have yourselves a wonderful day/night, as always. 🙂

Now, this is Heaven!

 

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Hi, welcome back to my blog. Today’s post was inspired by…you guessed it, 365 Days of Writing Prompts. =)

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A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

Thank you so very much, Genie. I have always wanted a room like this and you have just given me a little piece of heaven here on earth.

I am going to spend many, many hours in here reading and writing to my heart’s content. Trust me Genie; my heart is now content.

I love the way you made this room look; I told you what I wanted but you managed to make it even better than I imagined.

The paint on the walls and the ceiling is a wonderful shade of blue; really solid and not hard on the eyes at all. I love this shade of blue genie…it is perfect and makes me feel so relaxed. This is the color of a beautiful summer sky.

Oh, look! The trim around the doorways and that big picture window is white just like the clouds. I love how the window looks out across the country field.  

I see there is a beautiful reading nook over there in the corner where I can curl up on the faded denim covered mattress with a book. All those pillows make it so inviting.

It is a perfect combination for me; if I feel sleepy while reading I can place my bookmark and just close my eyes. You’ve remembered how fond I am of reading before sleep.

Thank you for building in a light above that relaxing spot so my eyes don’t get tired too quickly.

I especially like all the plush tapestry covered pillows you put in there too; it looks so comfortable. They are thick and fluffy making me want to lean back and relax.

That is ingenious (pardon my play on words at your expense Genie) having the bookshelves run all the way up to either side of my cozy little nook.

Oh my, the shelves are made out of beautiful oak; I can see the vibrant grain pattern in the wood too.

My books will always be handy to grab and so easy to put away when I am done with them. All of my books are awaiting me on the shelves, I see, and it was so nice of you to organize them alphabetically too.

The floor is covered with a green shag rug that reminds me so much of the grass just outside my window. It is even the same shade as the grass out there.

Even when the snow piles up in drifts out there I have the heavenly days of summer in here. I will have to remind myself I do not ever need to cut this grass.

Thanks, for the gorgeous cream-colored marble fireplace with oak shelf, that matches my bookshelves, down there at the end of the room.

The big comfy tub chair in front of it  and the blue Hume tartan throw are beckoning me to come snuggle up. I will never be cold in here.

There is lots of space for my writing in this room too. The glass desk by the window is big enough to fit my all in one computer, keyboard, and mouse on it.

That was an excellent choice making the desk out of glass. It just about disappears in the room instead of dominating it. I feel like I am sitting in a field writing; what a freeing feeling.

How clever you are Genie, I see you have wired the lamp on my desk right into the house wiring down there on the floor by the table leg. That is brilliant; no cords to trip over!

The chair you have paired with the table is a perfect choice as well; very comfortable and yet sturdy. Very funny Genie, I know you couldn’t make the chair out of glass too.

Aww, I appreciate that coaster for my tea mug you placed beside the keyboard for me. Genie, you think of every small detail even when it comes to things I have forgotten to ask for. You are so good to me.

You know how I enjoy not only blogging but working on my manuscript as well. I am not sure a publisher will ever deem it worthy of publication.

I can’t help it Genie; this book is waiting inside and my soul demands it  be written down. This autobiography of mine will be hard to classify, though; should it be shelved with the fiction or non-fiction?

Oh, you don’t understand what I mean? Wait until you read it Genie, just wait…you’ll see. Some of my experiences people will think I made up but I can assure you I did not.

Tall torchiere lamps have taken up their sentry duty in each corner of the room to provide indirect light that will give the room a warm glow rather than harsh lighting.

I really like the elegant brass lamps at my table, by my tub chair, and over my reading nook as well. My eyes thank you as they won’t have to strain to see when I am reading or writing.

Bravo Genie, you have outdone yourself making this room a reality for me. I am so happy here and can’t wait to get started exploring each small detail, then, I really must get down to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s raining, it’s pouring… the old man is snoring. =)

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As I sit here at my computer writing this the rain continues to fall outside my window. It started in the wee hours of the morning and has not stopped yet but I must get up and start completing dinner soon. It is 5:15 PM already. Boy, the day flies by fast when you read a book and fall asleep on the couch. I had my couch time earlier this afternoon, not too long after lunch, in fact. Now it is my husbands turn to grab a few Zs. I don’t know what it is about the rain that makes one tired. I had sufficient sleep last night (at least I am pretty sure I did) but I could not hold my eyes open very long once I picked up my book. I finished it today and am already on to my next one. I am a voracious reader and have bookcases full of books to prove it. LOL

There are pork chops in the slow cooker smothered in cream of mushroom soup with an extra can of mushroom pieces and stems thrown in for good measure. I must get up shortly and peel the potatoes I need to make whipped potatoes, my hubby’s favorite, to go along with the corn. Tomorrow night we will be having chicken when my best friend comes to visit. I get to see her for the first time in three or four years. I also get to meet her boyfriend this time so I am looking forward to that. I am not sure what recipe I will be using with the chicken but there is time to figure that out.

Even though the rain outside makes me tired it also makes me happy to be warm and dry inside. I sip my hot cup of tea and write this blog post and cannot think of anything I would rather be doing. Sure, the sunshine and hot weather are nice for swimming in the pool and working on my tan but I know that the earth needs this rain. Otherwise, the fire ban will be in full force again due to the risk of the dry grass and hay burning in the fields that surround us. I also like bonfires and if there is a fire ban is in force there won’t be any of them in my future either. So I welcome the necessary rain and use this time inside to do something I love, writing my thoughts down in my blog. Now I am off to the kitchen to finish preparing a hot and satisfying dinner for Kevin and I. Have a wonderful day/night everybody. Thanks for visiting my blog once again. I do appreciate it. =)

Rant Video Now Posted On My YouTube Channel

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Good evening everybody. I just had to post this on my blog tonight. I was not going to post again until after we had moved on Tuesday morning, then today happened.  =(

Have you ever dealt with an online company that thinks they do not have to care what their customers think? Banggood.com is just such a company. If you want the full story please watch my video on my YouTube channel where I did a joint video with my husband who also had issues with Banggood today. We both had the same issue, overdue orders (one on his account and one on mine) that had not shown up in the mail in the time specified by the company (7-20 business days). The difference is Banggood eventually treated him like gold and me like dirt. We each went on Live Chat on the website with very different results.  Let’s just say I am not a very happy camper…with all the stress of moving (packing, cleaning, organizing and moving our stuff) I did not need this today.  Companies like this need to learn to cultivate a GOOD reputation and not tick off customers, especially ones that not only have YouTube channels and blogs but are also on all the social media platforms. I just wanted to share my experience so that others can possibly avoid having to go through what I just did.

Here is the link to my video.

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Please have a look and let me know what you think either here or on the video in the comment section. Thanks, everyone, I appreciate your time and your thoughts. Have a good night/day. =)

 

I’ve Got An Update On My Last Post

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Hello all, I thought a little update was in order since my last post. The days are going by at a fairly fast pace with lots to keep me busy. I have been packing and cleaning as I go. We have taken 14 car loads down to the new apartment so far.  Just a couple more to go before the final trip down with the truck at the end of the month to transfer our washer, dryer, fridge, stove, bed, dressers and table and chair set. As we take boxes down we unpack and put in place the items we have taken down then throw the empty boxes back in the car to bring home and pack some more. This will save us multiple trips to various places to get boxes and it will reduce the number of boxes we must dispose of at the end of all this. It is also allowing us to see our things filling the space so we can better judge how much more to purge rather than move. 

Kijiji (an online classified site where you can post items for sale or give away free for $0.00) has been humming with activity from this household. We have sold quite a bit with only a few items remaining to find a buyer for. We have also given away quite a bit for free. Now comes the rub…tomorrow we lose the internet and the satellite tv for the last eleven or twelve days we must spend here before the move. So this is just a brief update to let you know that I won’t be posting for the next while until we can get the internet hooked up at the new apartment. There is still plenty to get accomplished before moving day so with no distractions I am sure I will get it all done. 

I do miss Munchkin a lot but for the most part, I am focussing on the move and ticking things off my to-do list. The hardest times are at bedtime since she always slept beside me on her own pillow and I would be lulled to sleep and awoken with the sound of her purring and the feel of her warmth and soft fur. It also takes me a moment to realize I no longer need to rush to close the door after us when we load items into the car. I have sold her Pet Taxi and given away the large container of cat litter I had as I won’t be needing it anymore. She was my friend, companion, and confidant and we connected on a very deep level.

Well, my friends, I must finish this post and get it uploaded to the net before our service is cut off and then toddle off to bed. I am one tired and sore woman but this move is so worth the effort. I will post again from our new home…until then I hope everyone reading this is well and has a fine day/night. =) 

Can You Read This?

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Today’s post is in response to the daily prompt  Handwriting

It is funny that this prompt appeared today. I have been talking to people and commenting on other blogs lately on this very subject. What I think is, it is to the detriment of the generations growing up and to the world that the school system has ceased teaching cursive writing. The written word continues to be my best and truest form of expression…if no one can read it what would be the point? Oh, I know, technology has given us keys to tap on in order to get our thoughts on paper and on screen. That is not the only place words appear, though. What about places like job application forms? What about journals? I still prefer to put my thoughts down on paper the old fashioned way. When I journal I pull out a book made for this purpose (I prefer hard cover although I have used coil bound and soft cover over the years) and a pen to jot down my thoughts. I can immediately lay it aside when done ready for the next time I need to use it. I don’t need to worry about power like I would for a tablet, or phone or computer. I don’t have to worry about it being hacked and leaking all my private thoughts and feelings onto the internet. It is very old school. I could journal even in candle light if I had to.

As for job applications can you imagine the mangled mess some companies receive and what kind of a first impression they create? If this guy/girl can’t write properly can they perform the job they are applying for? Do they have the discipline or training to follow instructions or are they more likely to look for the easy way out as they obviously did when it comes to penmanship? You may scoff but I sincerely believe this to be true. I know this is how I would feel as an employer.

I remember in school, back in the day, having to practise over and over the formation of letters and how to join them. Neatness counted and it still should. I have a great example of how crucial good penmanship is from when my eldest son was in school. His English teacher at the time, Mr. Zeltcahns, told me he did not want to stop the flow of ideas by correcting him on his writing. I asked my son to read back his latest assignment to his teacher and he could not make head nor tails of what he wrote. I simply looked the teacher in the face and asked him where the flow of ideas was now. If he can’t read it they are essentially lost. Mr. Z. finally got my point. It is for this reason, I think, the world is worse off when people of all ages can not write clearly in order to communicate ideas and feelings to themselves and others. Humanity needs communication and to leave a record of advances and progress for generations to come. I shudder to think of a future where that record is only on a screen in an impersonal typeface. Where is the humanity then? There would be no connection to a live person actually doing it. Even computers can write logs and records given the right programming.

These are just my feelings on the subject – I know there are going to be those that disagree and that is fine. My blog is about things from my perspective and if I could mass produce it somehow I would write this out longhand. LOL =) It is by the sheer necessity for publication on the internet that I type these words for the world to see. My first preference is and always shall be the handwritten word. Thanks for visiting my blog and I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject in the comments. =)