February 28th, 2006

‘One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar’
~Helen Keller

Have you ever had those days where your mind is going a million miles an hour? Where ideas and things you want to do, to accomplish, to start, to finish are bottled up inside screaming to get out? You want to do it all. To accomplish everything in the space of a day, a week, or even a month?

That’s the way I have been feeling lately. There is so much to do and so little time to do it. I think I am too old to be ADHD :???: but can definitely emphasize with those that are.

I am presently working on two stories right now with a third in the ‘it’s rolling around in my mind’ stage. Neither of the two stories are getting very far along, but hope to set goals for them and get moving.

I wanna finish my paranormal THIS YEAR!

I wanna finish my sweet romance by December 1.

I wanna have my children’s book outlined by this summer.

I have realized that I will have to give up some things to accomplish these.

And, I have started by having my acrylic nails removed two weeks ago. The time and money I spend on those can go toward my writing.

I have also started closing the doors and drawers of the closets and cabinets that need cleaning. By closing the doors to my sons rooms and only cleaning the rooms that I have to live in will give me more time to write. When the smell gets too bad, I’ll hire a cleaning service to deal with it or make the boys do it themselves.

I will spend more of my weekends writing instead of doing things that amount to nothing. What time I spend with my husband will become more quality time instead of quantity time.

And I will run errands, grocery shop, and do laundry only on a specified day of the week.

Brenda and Dennie, have you picked yourself up off the floor yet? :lol:

Sandy and Mik, thanks for the inspiration!

I know I can do it!

Hey, Cece’s back! Check out her new blog and find out the fabulous news she has to share!

Dennie’s new book is counting down! On March 14, check out my blog for details!

Today is errand day, off to get those millions done.


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February 26th, 2006

‘The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually to be fearing you will make one’
~Elbert Hubbard

Just home from Southeast Texas area celebrating my grandtwins’ third birthday and I must repeat again and again, that grandchildren are so much more fun to have, that I should have had them first! They love you so unconditionally and sweetly that it proves there is such a thing as ‘pure love’.

Saw for my own eyes that Southeast Texas is still not fully recuperated from Hurricane Rita. Although most everything commercial is up and running finally, there’s still so much work left to do on the private front. Everyone I spoke to says that they are not able to get workers out to their homes for still several months yet as the waiting list is so long. Everywhere you go, blue-tarp covered roofs dot the area. Gigantic trees still lie twisted and broken and uprooted in some of the rural areas. I saw several outbuildings in back yards with huge trees lying on top of them like toothpicks which, of course, totally destroyed the structure. Many store and restaurant signs still have the glass missing out of them, just the posts standing. Makes it hard to find a particular place you are looking for with the signs all gone.

Nature can be a mean beast for sure!

On the happy front, got to see relatives I haven’t seen in a long time. Sometimes that is good, sometimes…maybe not :eyes:


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February 22nd, 2006

‘Ships in the harbor are safe, but that’s not what ships are built for..’
~John Shedd


Your Inner Blood Type is Type A

You seem cool and collected, though a bit shy.
You are highly driven and a perfectionist, but that’s a side you keep to yourself.
Creative and artistic, you are a very unique person who doesn’t quite fit in.
People accept you more than you realize, seeing you as trustworthy and loyal.

You are most compatible with: A and AB

Famous Type A’s: Britney Spears and Hilter


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February 19th, 2006

‘He that will not when he may, when he will, he shall have nay.’
~Robert Burton

Me, coming down the stairs at midnight: “What are you doing?”

Husband: “Watching TV.”

Me: “Why is the oven on?”

Husband: “I’m cooking a frozen pizza.”

“Don’t forget to spray the pizza pan with Pam.”

“I’m not using a pizza pan. I can read the directions on the box, ya know.”

“Yes, but if you….”

“Honey, go back to bed. Got it all under control. I know what I’m doing.”

“Yes, but you need to…”

“I KNOW I am not doing it EXACTLY like you would do it. But there is more than one way to do things! I think I know how to cook a pizza!”

Me, coming down at 6:00 am:

“What are you doing?”

“Trying to get the burnt pizza off the oven rack.”

“Don’t forget to…”

“I’m using SOS pads.”

“But, the SOS pads will…”

“I know what I’m doing!”

30 minutes later:

“What are you doing?”

“Trying to get this stupid SOS residue off these blinds above the sink.”

I smile.

The window behind the blinds has been needing a good washing for a long time.


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February 17th, 2006

‘Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things…I am tempted to think…there are no little things.’
~Bruce Barton

Brrr! Winter has finally hit North Texas. I’d almost forgotten what cold feels like. The rain is supposed to start right after midnight, but hopefully it won’t turn icy. Both sons and the hubby are out and won’t be coming home until late.

Didn’t work at my regular job today, but still WORKED! DH has a new office and helped him organize, decorate, etc. then went grocery shopping at Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Kroger. Came home, unloaded the car, put the groceries away and ordered pizza! :loser: WHY do we need all that food when I have no plans of cooking? :mrgreen: After hitting all those stores, who has the energy to cook? And, besides, I am supposed to be WRITING!

My father, who has now been gone twenty years, had the sweetest wife in the world who gave me my half sister and two half brothers. I have only seen them about twice in my life, but have developed the neatest relationship with my half sister in the past several years. All via emails. The other day, I received a letter from my stepmother and in the envelope, she had included a picture of my mother and I when I was about two years old. I was so touched by this gesture.

In the picture, my mom, who passed away three years ago, was in the prime of her life, full of beauty and glowing health that it now seems really hard to remember how ill she was for so long. It made me realize that, at one time, she was like me. She dreamed and hoped and maybe wished upon stars in the night. She laughed and loved, danced and sang. Once, she had her whole life in front of her. I have often wondered what regrets in life she may have had. Regret for things she had done and things she had not. She wasn’t just a mother, but a wife, daughter and a woman.

Thanks, Margaret, for sending me that picture! It’s a precious thing to me now!

Now going to work on getting pics of Margaret, my half-sibs, my brother, and Tony and Judi. People who I don’t see much but are still close to my heart.

Don’t know why I am so melancholy tonight. I think I need a Starbucks fix. :coffee:


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February 16th, 2006

‘Writing is mostly thinking, sometimes on paper.’
~Paul Raymond Martin

It’s sad, but now my Wednesday nights are taken up by American Idol, followed by Lost, and then Invasion. All three are progressing along, the plots getting more and more involved. We’re down to the twelve females and twelve males on AI, there’s definitely trouble in paradise on Lost, and Muriel just found out she is one egg producing machine on Invasion.

I used to shake my head at my Grandmother not wanting to miss her “Soaps”. But now, anything that has to be done on a Wednesday night is done in three minute commercial time or has to wait.

Our spring like weather is finally coming to an end. We definitely need the rain, though, but hope the drop in temperatures will not make it icy. I hate ice. Unless I stay home with a good book and good supply of my favorite junk foods.

Haven’t done in writing, but an idea for the Prez’s Column is perculating. Hope to get it done before the weekend.

Off to work. Tomorrow I help my dh with his new office. And this weekend I will WRITE! That’s a promise.


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February 13th, 2006

‘Don’t be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin.’
~Grace Hansen

Happy Valentine’s Day to all and Happy Birthday to my son – who will always be a special valentine!

Your Heart Is Red

You’re a passionate lover – you always have a huge fire in your heart.
Too bad it’s hard for you to be passionate about just one person!

Your flirting style: Outgoing and sexy

Your lucky first date: Drinks and dancing

Your dream lover: Is both stable and intense

What you bring to relationships: Honesty


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February 11th, 2006

‘To experience burnout as a writer, you must first be on fire.’
~Paul Raymond Martin

Today is our RWA chapter meeting and we are celebrating our fifth anniversary. There is such a feel of accomplishment and joy as I was there for the very first meeting in 2001 and have been priveledged to see it grow and become successful. We have a fantastic group of women. There is a wonderful comaradarie, celebrating each other’s successes and to cry over the rejections. Each one of us encourage, push, hope, listen, and generally kick butt to help the others with their writing career.

The founder of our group has flown in from out of state to celebrate with us so today couldn’t be more perfect.

And we have cake!


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February 8th, 2006

Tagged by Voodoo:

Four jobs that I have had:

1. Medical Transcriptionist
2. Nurse (still am)
3. Realtor
4. Insurance Agent

Four movies I could watch over and over:

1. Armageddon
2. Titanic
3. Ladyhawke
4. A league of their own

Four places I have lived:

1. Beaumont, Texas
2. Huntsville, Alabama
3. Louisville, Kentucky
4. Fort Worth, Texas

Four TV shows I watch:

1. American Idol
2. Lost
3. Invasion
4. DIY Scrapbooking

Four places I have vacationed:

1. Paradise Island, Bahamas
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Colorado – Vail, Breckenridge, and Colorado Springs
4. Cancun and Cozumel

Four of my favorited dishes:

1. Pasta
2. Cheese enchiladas or Fajita nachos
3. Sesame Chicken
4. Chocolate

Four sites I visit daily:

1. Dennie’s Thoughts
2. Ye Olde Inkwell
3. Jill Shalvis
4. Daisy Dexter Dobbs
Also visit Mary’s Musings, Voodoo’s Room, Ink in My Coffee, Double cheeseburger’s journal, Jenny Crusie’s Blog, Sandy S’s blog, Caroline Clemmon’s Blog, Tess Gerritsen, and too many more to mention.

Four places I would rather be:

1. Ireland
2. Scotland
3. with the grandtwins
4. anywhere there are mountains or a beach…preferably with both, LOL!

And now, though I will be killed or maimed for doing this, I tag:

Sandy S
Caroline Clemmons

Dennie WILL kill me if I tagged her, so I didn’t.


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February 6th, 2006

‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.’


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