Welcome to our first grandchild!


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Sunday was my two-year anniversary of blogging. I started slow with only a couple of post a month, but five months in, I took an online course and ever since I've posted three times a week, without fail. I've tried to keep a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule because I like the way the little blocks line up on the calendar to the right. Occasionally, I might post a day late, usually due to time zone issues, but always, three times a week. Being somewhat compulsive, ever since I made the commitment to my blogging routine, I'd not missed a post. Not when I was sick, or on vacation, or experiencing total writer's block. I might post a cartoon or short message but, by George, I posted something three times a…
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Tiptoe through the tulips…or daffodils…with me


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Hubby and I are making a brief stop in the Seattle area for a brief layover on our way to visit our first grandchild. Wait. Wait. Wait. More about him soon. We spent last night in Bremerton, Washington, with our six-year-old godchild, Xander and his family. His older brother, Dawson, performed his magic act in the school talent show and their sister, Trysta, was his lovely assistant. Their mom told only Dawson of our pending arrival so when we got there, the two of them slipped us into the media room so Dawson could zap us into the living room for the other kids. Now that was some magic trick!   We stopped by this morning for pictures with all of the kids. Count 'em. Yep! Six. The youngest one is…
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I’m attending police academy


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Well, sort of. It's Citizen's Police Academy and it's way cool. For eleven Tuesday nights from six until nine-thirty, I join other citizens from my county to learn how the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department works from the inside out. Did you know it's the third largest police force in the country? I didn't! My class is the twenty-fifth session since the academy began in 1995. Currently two classes are held per year. A couple of our classes are conducted off-site. At one, they will do an aviation overview, demonstrate hazardous devices, show the canines and mounted horse patrol, and the SWAT team will be there. The other off-site will be a tour of the Emergency Communications Center (911). We may invite our families to the former, but everything else is…
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Up on the rooftop…again


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You might recall a little over a month ago we got a new roof. Almost everyone in our neighborhood replaced their's during the fall and winter. The houses are about the same age and a hail storm came through last summer that did enough damage to warrant new roofs for most of the homes. Our property backs up to Corps of Engineer land (lots of trees) so we are somewhat protected from storms coming in from the west (as this one did).  We knew we had damage (there were chunks of siding and roofing all over the deck and back yard—should’ve been a clue). Yet, we were still surprised to learn the extent. Our insurance adjuster came today. Not only do we need another new roof, but we have a little siding…
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Rainy day and taxes


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It's pouring buckets in Nashville--I know because Hubby and I had an 8 a.m. appointment with our tax account on the other side of town and drove through downpours both coming and going. According to the weather channel, we're in for more of the same all day. I'm aware there are people who wait until April 14th to start their taxes, but you'd have to commit me to a mental hospital if I did that. I don't know why gathering the data is so stressful for me--perhaps because I keep very thorough records and there's so much to plow through. I just know when that basket of "stuff" goes out the door to the accountant, my stress level goes down with it. I finished putting together the numbers yesterday, then…
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Pleasant surprise


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I had my post all set (in my mind) for today, but when I picked up my laptop around eight this morning, I saw I had fifty-five e-mail messages. What the heck? It didn't occur to me these were birthday wishes. Several were e-mails, but well over half were e-mail notifications of messages left on Facebook. I seldom sign-on to Facebook unless I have a notification--so little time. With a personal account and a "writing" account, I find when I do get a notice, I'm usually signed into the wrong one. Consequently, I seldom send birthday wishes unless I just happen to notice one during my infrequent visits. So, I'm feeling a little guilty, but trying to let it go since it is my b'day. There are messages from friends…
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What I learned at my critique retreat


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The critique retreat for my writers' group, Quill and Dagger, was held at the lovely home of Nancy Sartor on Saturday and was wonderful. It was a beautiful day, almost warm enough to sit outside on her spacious deck, but she'd put together a powerpoint, so we stayed inside. She based her presentation on structure and used the concepts from the book STORY ENGINEERING by Larry Brooks.  In a nutshell, Brooks says a well-structured book will have an Opening Hook, a First Plot Point, a Midpoint, a Second Plot Point and an Ending. He throws in a couple of Pinch Points (which none of us had ever heard of) and WaLa--Book. Okay, maybe not quite that simple. Brooks compares the First Plot Point, Midpoint and Second Plot Point to three big meals.…
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Critique Retreat


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Are you in a writing critique group? I'm in two. My online group will post pages (no more than fifteen) twice a month (between the first and fifth, then again between the fifteenth and twentieth). We critique in between. The group, Step by Step, fluctuates between four and eight active members depending on who has a work in progress. Inactive members remain in the forum and are still welcome to critique whether or not they have something to put up themselves. We have few rules but do have a moderator in case there are problems. A couple of times I've thought things might come to blows--hard to do online--but it's always settled down when other group members chimed in with opinions and compromises. I'm fairly new to my flesh and…
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Ups and downs aren’t limited to writing


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Finally, I know up from down...mostly. I'd been fighting vertigo for several weeks. It's not unusual for me, when the barometric pressure changes to have inner ear changes as well. Usually, it's not too severe. Until Monday, I'd gone to tap class and (though some might disagree) done just fine. Last Friday, when I woke I knew a big storm was a'coming. I had to hold on to the walls to walk. Sweet, sweet Hubby moved all of my work stuff from my nook upstairs to the main floor so I wouldn't have to navigate stairs and left strict instructions not to drive. As if! Around four Friday afternoon, he called and told me to go to the basement immediately. He's not normally so bossy, so I hopped to it…
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Not Today…


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Severe Vertigo Attack       No Post Today   Back Wednesday, ~ Kay
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