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Christmas 2008 - Depoe Bay

Just a reminder that Mike and I will be 'camping' at Depoe Bay December 16-19.
I need a confirmation ASAP as to:

1) whether or not you are planning on staying with us
2) what days you will be there
3) whether or not you would like to sleep in a room, on the pull-out couch, or on the floor

There are NO DOGS ALLOWED in the condo, so if you were planning to stay with us, any/all dogs will need to have other arrangements made. :) Sorry, J-Dawg.

We have other friends that we can invite in order to make good on our declaration of spending time with friends and family. We need all the extra time that we can get in order to make arrangements.

I have the day after Christmas off. Mike and I are not opposed to driving down to Oregon for a day or so to spend time with you all if that would work better for all (or some). Let let me know as soon as possible!

NaNoWriMo - Day 25

In case none of you ever read my blog... *wink*

This month I've been competing in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. This month, November, is that national event. In fact, this event has been going on for 10 years now. This is my first year participating, though I've heard about it for years.

Sunday I hit 50,000 words. Today I hit 51,405 on my way to completing the storyline--that being my personal goal for Nov. 30th. Apparently only about 17,000 people hit the 50k goal by the end of the month. From what I understand, there are a LOT more than that who participate. Amazing eh?

If you would like to read the story I've been writing for NaNo, it can be found on my writersprite LJ, or you can find the first four chapters on my nonaking.com website. As part of the winner's prizes, I get to receive a free proof copy of my nanovel from CreateSpace.com. Then I will decide if I will invest the money to print out more copies for everyone. Let me know if you would be interested, as this will determine if I give it serious consideration or not.

I know that some of you knew about M being laid off come the end of this month.

Well, he had an interview with a national company yesterday and they offered him a safety engineer position with a substantial raise in pay! The only down side at the moment is the fact it will mean 55-60 hours per week.


M is going to be gone today through Sunday on a camping trip with his high-school friend Aa. An is going to come over this afternoon to help me put up the curtain rod that fell (it was previously hung over the arcadia slider), so I'm hoping that she will spend the weekend. If she does, maybe I can drive down to OR for a day?

But should I? What with the ridiculous gas prices and everything....

Plus, this will be a great chance for me to get work done on my book, this is true, and perhaps even work on piecing together a book proposal to post online to see if Bethany House or another publishing company picks it up. If it isn't picked up, I'm going to look into the possibility of self-publishing through iUniverse. I just have decided not to do that FIRST because I don't want to use it as the easy way out. It will be hard work to put together a book proposal, and I'm thinking that might be why I'm pushing to do the self-publication. Maybe it's also because I don't want to submit my manuscript that I've agonized over and have them say "change this", "edit this", "this is immature", "this is overdone" as they did when I submitted the story to the self-publishing book awards contest.

That was heart-breaking, and very hard to swallow.
So we just bought a Mantis tiller/cultivator and can't get the stupid thing to start! We know it runs because it started before we bought it. What is going on with this thing? Suggestions? We need to cultivate/till the south-side fenceline before we can plant the pyracantha.

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There' s no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that i t's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them."

Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4 .
Enjoy the simple things.

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

The [alleged] Joy of Gardening

I planned and potted my first hanging basket today! It is comprised of Dwarf Bi-color Marigolds, Gypsy Gypsophila, and Lanai Royal Purple with Eye Verbena. It hangs a little too high, so we will be buying some type of extender to drop it down again. We put it just outside the kitchen window.

Can you believe it's 95 degrees??


In law

If you read my 'writersprite' blog you'll know that M and I just got back from visiting his family in Florida on Monday. JJ was house/dog/cat sitting for us the week were gone. It was great!

The only bad thing was that we had the graffiti on our fence to deal with once we got back home. Hopefully mother will be able to come up this weekend to help us do some landscaping to cover over it while beautifying our place.

Since we got back from vacation we've been really motivated to get more things done on the place, which is very nice! I just got done putting away laundry and deciding where the remaining pictures should be hung. Hopefully we can get those put up by the end of this weekend. I am especially looking forward to displaying the season plaques I was given by M's mom. :) She's going to ship another set to me sometime later. They match the privacy screen that is currently in the dining room.

Oh! And I may have found a few more people that are in to beading, so I might be resurrecting Bead Night. :) I'm excited about that possibility. It will only be 1-2x per month, so maybe you can come up, mother? A thought.

Tabula Rasa

Hey J-Dawg~

Do you think you would ever let me have the information for your TR account so that I could log-on and check it out? Do you not have any slots available? I'm interested in seeing what's going on with it, even though I doubt I would ever get a monthly-pay game like this.

Oh, and did you ever submit your story chapters to fanfiction.net?
 I can't believe none of the fam are getting involved in this board! ;_; Certainly people have things happening that they can let everyone else know about?

Communication people!!