Working Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I’m still sorting through Act One, making changes based on all your comments.   And starting to clear out the bedroom, the kitchen, and the living room.  Also bought yellow paint for the bathroom trim.  Bright, screaming yellow paint.  Screaming yellow zonker paint.   SO happy making.  And then there are the tomatoes; all that warm, smooth red makes me happy.  And there were blueberries at the farm stand!   Life is good.

What are you making that makes you happy this week?

45 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, July 11, 2018

  1. I have a jury duty today, so I have loaded up my Kindle and have my fingers crossed it will be just a day of reading in an air-conditioned room. A day to just sit and read always makes me happy, no matter what the circumstances.

    I wouldn’t even mind serving on a jury, but the childcare logistics would get complicated quickly.

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    1. I wish our judicial system took childcare into account and made accommodations for it so that juries could be more equitable.

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      1. In some states they do. In the last state I served jury duty, the state would reimburse you for the costs of childcare.

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        1. Unfortunately, in our area, the availability of childcare is also an issue. If you don’t have local relatives you may just be out of luck.

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  2. I’ve made a lot of progress on the crocheted baby blanket. Another row or two and I’ll turn the second corner, which will make me happy. And I’m still on the first of two giant yarn balls I got for this, so hooray for fewer ends to weave in. (I’m pretty firm about making sure that baby blankets are machine washable. I mean, they’re babies – they’re gonna be messy at some point!)

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BlFvsjegKab/?hl=en&tagged=workingwednesdaypix

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    1. As a parent, thank you for that.

      Also for making it a fairly “tight”. I got some gorgeous handmade crocheted or knit blankets for my kids but they were made out of this loopy pattern so the gaps were so large the blankets didn’t feel safe to use on babies.

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  3. I lent my kitchen and some furniture to a friend down the road who was moving back into her childhood home after renting it out for about 8 years, but it turns out that her husband has brought up a truck of stuff, so I must move it out again. But I have already used my moving ticket with my friends last month, so this sucks. But they will help me, and I will get a storage unit, which also kind of sucks.
    Off to get boxes at the grocery…
    But just had a visit from the nephew with the wife and the 3 little kids. Such a joy, they are such fun, although not restful.

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  4. I made it to the gym! Hah! Yup, the thing I need to work on is me. My cholesterol is a bit high for me age, and family history of heart trouble means I have to lock this away now. Started from my current fitness level (which turns out, isn’t awful) and am improving rest of lifestyle, so working Wednesday will have to be MOAR tasty healthy food.

    Oh, going to post the pics of the flavour blocks of tomato.

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  5. I’ve been brainstorming what to do with my blog, which has stalled again. Also whether to try doing some writing. I did enjoy writing my garden book, but I think for now I’m going to focus on editing my photographs, and maybe doing some initial selections for possible ebook projects. And just post news of any exhibitions, new web galleries, etc, to the blog.

    I long to get into fiction, but I’m so strung out about survival stuff at the moment that I can’t cope with failing at it again, as I’m bound to do as I begin.

    So trying to plan for future happiness at the moment.

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    1. I don’t think you can fail at fiction, you just didn’t get to the end. Of course, I also rewrite for years, but if I stopped after a first draft, I would fail. My first drafts suck. Well, they mostly suck with flashes of brilliance (g).

      I think the big thing about blogs is putting yourself in the reader’s place and asking “What’s in this for me?” That is, what’s funny, educational, new, what evokes a reader’s response? Can you tell people how you got a photo, both physically (had to claw through a hedge) and techically (exposures and that stuff)? Or tell them a story behind a photo? Can you give them a plan for a mini-series you want to do and then post the pictures you get as you get them, talking about why you’re happy with them or not? Invite them along on the creative journey?

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      1. I’m great at research and initial brainstorming, but I’ve never really got going with the actual writing. I feel I haven’t got a story; and I can’t bear how clunkily I write (even though I realize everyone does as they start). So I need enough time and energy to get through that roadblock. I’ve always felt it’s what I’m supposed to be doing; something
        I’d be good at, and which would make me really happy to do. I remember the joy and magic of writing when I was a teenager, before I let myself be shut down by critical teachers (‘too much levity’; ‘purple prose’).

        I agree with you about the blog; but I also feel there needs to be a pay-off for me, and the main problem is I have several directions I could go (photography, gardening, exploring landscapes, etc.) and none I’m desperate to blog about.

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        1. If you don’t have a story, try just scenes, whatever you “see” that made you want to write it down in the first place. (I’m bad at this, too. I see scenes but “plot” always feels lacking. But it’s a first draft so go for it. You can cut and paste and rewrite the scenes later.)

          Best of luck!

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        2. I wasn’t desperate to blog when I started; my daughter made me. Then I got caught up in the community, so now it’s “If you don’t blog, nobody will come talk to you.” I’m selfish like that. You know, all your directions point the same way, photographing nature. You can sort them into categories if that kind of organization helps you visualize.

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          1. Yes, you’re right about the photography (it’s really the mystery just out of sight that pulls me). And if anyone read and commented on my blog, that’d be a great incentive – but I’m not a bestselling author with an existing fanbase. (Nor have I done much to publicize my blog.)

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          2. It takes time. I started this blog thirteen years ago this month. But you have fans here who will follow you over when you start posting regularly. Well, I will, especially if you’re going to plot out a series and invite me to watch you do it.

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          3. OK. I might have to actually do it. I want to focus on several photography projects that I’d like to publish as ebooks eventually, so this might be a way to get on track with them. Thanks for the encouragement.

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          4. We’re out of nesting, but Jane, I do some landscape photography and if you write about the mystery just out of sight that pulls you, I’d be really interested to read it. That’s a brilliant way to describe it.

            Better yet, if you make a space to discuss that kind of thing, I’d be keen.

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        3. You have too much levity? Never enough levity in this world. I write purple too, and I’d like to believe one can learn to hold in check – you know, perhaps a pale lavender. As for direction, photography, gardening and exploring landscapes meld into really one subject – natural world and its capture – and I don’t need a long narration, short snippets will do me.

          Start, and you’ll find your voice. Plenty comes through on your commentary here.

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          1. Thanks, Thea. (I think the ‘purple prose’, i.e. scene-painting, may have been my inner photographer trying to get out, ten years before I had my first good camera.)

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  6. Getting some bills scheduled, paid, reconfigured, and a mammogram today. That will be quite enough, thank you. Kudos to everybody who’s getting creative work done!

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  7. So far today, I’ve talked doubtfully with a therapist to make an appointment, bought dog food and towels, fed the dogs their morning meds (one more dose tonight and they’re done YAY), and finished a mediocre Agatha Christie. At some point, I have to do actually do something, but I don’t want to rush into anything. Possibly a nap next.

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  8. My happy this week is that I pick up my aunt tonight at the airport. Then we will go on a Road Trip to Vegas, Zion, Bryce Canyon, St. George and back to Vegas where we have family. My aunt is only 9 years older than me and is a hoot. She lives in Leavenworth, Kansas…yes there are 5 prisons there! And no, she’s not from one of those. LOL Happy week everyone.

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    1. I loved Zion, especially, though I was there in March/April and had to wait days for the snow to melt so I could go hiking and photograph the sandstone canyons. There was almost no one else there (this was in 1990). I should think it’d be hot at this time of year.

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    2. What a great trip! I love Zions, and Bryce canyon is one of my favorite places. It snowed on us the last time I went camping there. I always think of a quote by one of the early ranchers “Hell of a place to lose a cow.”

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  9. I learned how to reconcile the different user names and passwords for my computer and internet. I’ve had them both for a while, but because they were set up by different people at different times, I couldn’t get them to talk to each other. Today my BIL talked me through the whole process and I now know how to fix it without leaving the little suckers plugged in and wasting power all day. Yay!

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  10. I’ve just knit the last row on a sweater. I still have the finishing to do (weaving in ends, seaming, and blocking) but am happy to be almost there. I also made a gluten- free lemon pound cake this week and had corn-on-the-cob for the first time this year (it’s not easy to get good corn in England).

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  11. We had snowboarding visitors this week, my work has been making catering look effortless. Also working very hard at not killing him in a fit of pique over the *still* unfinished bathroom. “I can do it in a month” he says, more fool me for believing him!

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    1. My bathroom has had no cupboards doors for 5 YEARS and counting because woodworking spouse decided they needed to be handmade from some exotic wood.

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      1. How frustrating are they!! I have skirting boards in the kitchen (after 8 years) but they’re not glued on, no lights (3 years since renovating) in the upstairs public areas. When anyone asks if one of our projects is finished I answer “define finished” all the spaces (except bathroom) function so I just have to smile and remember to be grateful.
        He works overseas and comes home from his hitch exhausted, it’s very hard to be nice sometimes.

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  12. I got groceries and a haircut! The nice thing about the haircut was it was done by a former high school student of mine who’s now finishing up beauty school (and ecstatic about it). She introduced me all over the shop as “my high school teacher!!!” which was adorable. She’s 24 now, which makes me feel agéd indeed! 😜

    (The other nice things about the cut were that I needed it desperately and that since she’s a student still it was only $9.)

    Of course, the toddler also helped style my hair earlier today:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BlGy6nhHms4/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=2wxtc9pakfw7

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    1. The thing about haircuts is that I’m not sure I like the style any more. It’s a Bob cut and really so easy to work with just blow dry and go but I’ve had it for years. So maybe it is time for a change. Well last week after I got home from the hairdressers I took a pair of scissors to my hair and made my own change. Gulp! The curling iron changes a lot of sins.

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      1. Mine was a bob with blunt bangs thatt had grown out into…well, a mess… and now is a bob with long layers, swooped bangs, and a buzzed undercut in the back. Next time perhaps I’ll have time to have her color it–her hair is currently a lovely mix of purple and lavender, and vibrant color is her specialty, so that could be a lot of fun! (I do currently have some peekaboo highlights that are fading from navy blue to teal. And the grey/silver highlights that I grow myself! 😜)

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        1. Lavender sounds great! I’ve just ditched my splendid blue for an almost common blonde. I give it a month until I cave and go green or purple! There had been a mishap with my undercut and I’d lost the lovely crisp line of demarcation so it’s almost grown out. I miss it.

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  13. I did get all the laundry folded and mostly put away. There’s a basket of kid clothing but the kids were asleep and I didn’t feel like trying to sneak in there to put them away.

    Also got my clothing packed for the weekend. I’m taking the kids to hang out with my parents for the weekend. Tonight the kids will pack their clothes, probably straight from the laundry basket…

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  14. This week I sent another novella first draft (#15) to my beta reader, finished a first rewrite of novella #3, and started a novel. My day job continues to be fully ridiculous in terms of not enough work … might as well do something productive. 🙂

    Around the house & garden, no work to speak of. We’re in a heat wave that just won’t quit, and no me gusta.

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