Working Wednesday, May 22, 2024

I made a map.

Hey, listen, if you knew the hell I went through to get that map for the Rocky Start series, you’d applaud. Bob and I thought we were writing about the same town, but it turns out . . . nope. But now we have the start of a map–some space still to fill in–and it only took THREE FREAKING DAYS.

Amazing how helpful it is, though. Bob just said,”We should probably do this before we write the books.” YA THINK?

Map in Progress:

I know it doesn’t look like three days, but we had some stuff to work out. (There’s a CREEK???)

What did you work on this week?

110 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, May 22, 2024

  1. I have no map and I must scream. Or huff in annoyance.

    I had mounted two of four whiteboards before I realized I needed to dismount and reposition them. Now I have only one mounted, and if I hold a level on the little shelf, it’ll tilt. I will resume mounting boards much later.

    Being in the close vicinity of my hydroponics, I noted some ripe peppers. Overripe peppers. Bright red peppers. Yellow tomatoes. Red tomatoes. I did some harvesting. Lunch… will be interesting.

    1. Based on your pun, I gather you have read some of Harlan Ellison’s work… I have garden envy, I just have one tomato plant my sister gave me. I will try the local Farmer’s Market for tomatoes and bell peppers.
      I think even bell peppers have better flavor when home-grown, more subtle than the tomatoes-Yum! Taf

      1. Harlan Ellison, yes. Not on my favorites list. I’ve just started four bell pepper plants, so it’ll be months before I bite a fresh one.

        I had a burger on a bagel last night with slices of tomato.

        1. I liked many other S/F writers more than him, one reason why I have eleven bookcases in a small house…(I also like reading mysteries, humor, novels, and even non-fiction.)
          After I knew enough to let the bell peppers stay on the plant long enough to be a nice deep red, they were great to bite into! A bagel, burger and fresh tomato sound great. I think when I grew them it was September or October before they were ripe. My tomatoes were faster, I loved getting Yellow Pear and other cherry tomatoes as well as full sized San Diegos and Cherokee Purples in July and August (drat that May Gray and June Gloom). Taf

          1. The advantage of hydroponics is that it requires no sunlight. The disadvantage is that it requires electricity. The dotter’s gardens will produce more and larger peppers, tomatoes, and stuff I don’t grow, like cucumbers and melons and zukes. In a few years, her fruit trees will bear fruit. I’ve never successfully grown berries, but she has several kinds.

            I posted a link to pics on GBT.

  2. I get to skip work today to deal with plants from a school fundraiser! Poor me. Might have to read while waiting for people to come get their plants.

  3. I first read that as Merriam-Webster Funerals before I got closer. Not sure what says, but probably something!

    1. Merriweather Funerals. Across the street from Nice Funerals. Owned by Geoffrey Nice.

      1. The town requires a two funeral homes. A lot of people must die there. Where is the bar? The diner?

      2. I meant to say I wasn’t sure what it said about my subconscious! 🙂
        As soon as I got closer I could read it no problem.

  4. I’m working on not bursting with anticipation. I can’t wait to read the Rocky Start series. Congratulations on the map. What an exciting development. I love maps in books. I find them very helpful. Well done.

    1. Maps are one of the joys of reading physical books. I can flip back to the map as I’m reading as often as I’d like – sometimes leaving a finger in that spot for quick access.

      1. Yes! Maps and lists of characters along with songs and artists. Although now I don’t know half of the titles and singers. But that’s me.

      2. Reading online, I ideally set a bookmark when I see a map. More often, I forget and have to do so the first time I refer back to it. So long as the map is enlargeable I’m then in business. Sometimes the confounded things are not, and I either need a magnifying glass to read the placenames or it turns out to be impossible. I could enlarge Jenny’s map above, fortunately.

  5. I took a quilting class on Saturday which turned out to be mostly a drawing class – figuring out your quilting plan with pencil and paper prior to sewing machine and thread. It made a lot of sense, and I bought some books to reinforce those ideas. Hopefully, I’ll put them into practice!

    On Sunday, I spent some time on a project that I thought I’d “knock out” in an afternoon. There is still a lot of it left, so no pictures.

    The rest of this week has been spent in anticipation of going to a quilt retreat on Friday. Hooray!

  6. After a successful trip to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, I’ve come back to my more mundane job/life. The RuPaul suit has been returned to its charging station.

  7. I have two bags of stuff to go to Savers or Goodwill, whichever comes first. Now all I have to do is not go poking in the bags and take anything out.

  8. I’m working on… ideas, mostly. I want to do things, but honestly, I’m too tired. And with the tiredness comes anxiety, so I’m working on handling that. Had a close-to-panic-attack anxiety-relapse yesterday, worst in a long while. Feeling very vulnerable, fragile and unsafe. Reminding myself that I’ve been doing really well over the last month with a lot of progress, and that it’s normal, logical and okay to slide back down a little without that meaning that I’m doing it wrong, not being good enough etc, etc. It doesn’t mean the abyss will swallow me again. The brain – and body! – can only handle so much, so it was probably a sign that it’s been a little too much lately, emotionally as well as practically. I haven’t quit, just need a breather. That’s what I tell myself. It’s okay to slow down.
    Can’t wait to see what everyone else is up to, though! <3

    1. Shass, I really admire the way you are conducting your life, given the conditions you have to deal with. Blindness is a significant challenge, and your health concerns are, too. For someone with those two, (and maybe more,) difficulties, you are doing fantastic!!

      1. Thank you, Jan! It’s easy to forget when you live with a disability that doesn’t change or go away that it IS an actual disability and that you mightn’t be able to do things the same way others do, or at the same pace, or at all. I do my best, and then I forget what that means because my brain is still a dump of old shite telling me to hurry up/not to be lazy/not to complain/that it can’t be that bad etc, and I do more than I should and/or am capable of energy-wise. Then, when it’s too late, I remember that there’s some extra unhealth-business going on right now and I keep forgetting it and overdoing it and BAM, here I am. Whew. Anyway, thanks for the kind words: I have a knack of waving it off with: “ahhh it’s nothing, seriously being blind isn’t so bad”, but forget that it…at least snacks a lot from the energy-jar.
        Speaking of the health-conditions: Tomorrow is pancake-test result-day! Fingers crossed we’ll finally know what’s going on.

        1. Shass I am wishing for good test results for you, something easy to treat and not expensive! You deserve an easy to cope with explanation for your symptoms… Taf

  9. I started a book based on a dream and am inching my way forward. I did some time writing down what I know about the main characters and the bad guys and what scenes I can think of until I figure out the plot.

    The day job is interfering, though. Pffft work!

  10. Two days into my holiday (we spend it at home in the rain) and I’m still finishing up my to-do list for the day job that I didn’t manage to complete as there was just too much to do. Minutes of a 3,5 hour long meeting. And I’m procrastinating like crazy. Listening to a fantastic audiobook before I really woke up and stayed in bed until those last 20 % of the book were done. Wrote the author via insta and gushed how much I loved it. I guess authors usually don’t get enough praise for what you all do great.
    Fodder for tomorrow’s GBT.
    Listening to playlists of some favourite author’s. Usually helps me get into the flow only it doesn’t seem to work as I’m being exhausted and still procrastinating.

      1. I honestly didn’t expect it. It could have easily been the Canucks. And their goalie is magnificent, especially considering he’s number 3 and withstood the immense pressure.
        I’m not sure how well the Oilers will far against the Stars.
        And while rooting for NY on the east coast, the Panthers seem to be VERY strong.

  11. My time has been consumed with yard work: mowing, buying and planting things to replace what died last winter, weeding, watering new plants, sawing down a dying evergreen and sawing off a weird, nightmarish piece of log on a pile across from my back door. I also attended a high school graduation. Yay! Two grandchildren down, and two younger ones to go.

    I called my home warranty company because the garage freezer was leaking into the fridge part, and on the floor. It was born in 2002, and there may not be parts for it. Eek! That is the beer, soda, nut, and flour fridge, plus the freezer repository for leftovers from large recipes. It’s been fixed before, but that was several years ago, for a different problem. The wonderful thing about old appliances, is that they are repairable, because they are non-computerized, and were not made with timed obsolescence in mind. I guess there’s a limit to that. They will have to replace it if it can’t be repaired.

    We have had a rash of Tornado Watches, and the next town had a surprise actual tornado, and the sirens did not go off. The idea that there was no warning is terrifying. No one was killed, but several houses and vehicles were seriously damaged. My son’s family lives there, and they are fine.

    1. I’m not sure about the noncomputerized part, at least in a broad sense. Sometimes it’s just better concealed. The one time my fridge, older than yours, needed repair, the technician replaced a microchip.

    2. So relieved to hear your son + family is fine. Nature is a scary and dangerous force!

  12. Beyond some hobby-related emails and posting online, my work week consisted of chores.

    Despite still not having all my groceries properly stowed from last week’s shopping trip, I find myself about out of produce and some other perishables.  So back to the car! Anyhow, an errand needs doing in the vicinity of one of my usual supermarkets.   I’ll try to keep it a short trip (like last week’s was *supposed* to be), and I am resolved not to let rush hour deter me today if it comes to that.

    On other fronts, I had the kitchen halfway neatened up at one point, but that did not last.  Now I have finally unloaded and mostly reloaded the dishwasher,  and completed  considerable manual washing of items where that’s preferable.  Several large paper supermarket bags full of recyclables have gone into the bin.  A lot of that was junk mail, which can be time-consuming to go through.  And I did several loads of laundry.  Cooking was fairly minimal, thanks to the current heat wave and time demands.  I did unearth some cooked chicken breast in the freezer that I should have used before later chicken.  Fortunately,  it not only was still edible, but had come out better than some more recent batches—either better meat to begin with, or I had hit the proper baking time better.  So that went down well for multiple sandwiches.

    I did get through books and other media, which hopefully I’ll report tomorrow.  And a meeting of one club by Zoom.  And some deskwork, although tasks there got less attention.

    1. I had last week’s groceries put away, but I managed to run out of certain staples. Like baby Swiss cheese and pepper jack cheese and carrot cake and banana nut mini-muffins and English muffins and regular size bagels and anyway, Walmart delivers.

      So, I was watching the ap for when Harley the delivery guy arrived, then went outside to await his arrival as the dotter pulled in from (did you guess it?) shopping at a Walmart. I wish she had let me know she was going – I’d have preferred walking the store and buying half again what I needed.

  13. This week is all about gardening. Part 1 of native plant garden is in the ground and annual flower pots are in progress. Soil for native plant garden is 2 years worth of leaf mulch. I always make my own soil mixture for pots but have switched out non-renewable peat (takes 220 yrs to replace) for coco coir (outer husk of coconuts) – 1/3 each of hydrated coco coir, 1/3 soil less mix and 1/3 compost (from last season). Most of my tomatoes and peppers are hardened off. Way too many of each but friends will take some and the rest will go to a woman in my neighbourhood who grows for food banks and provides plots to immigrant families (neighbourhood FB groups are a font of info). I’m working on veg garden today – the beds were all neatly organized but looks like squirrels have been having dance parties and I need to re-make the rows. Plus weed and get some seeds/plants in the ground.

    I am also making thank you cards for my friends who came to my BD dinner and cards for May-June BDs.

  14. Jan, I use to buy appliance parts for old and new appliances.
    And I agree with you old mechanical appliances are easier and cheaper to repair.
    Control boards are expensive and fragile.

    1. Thanks, Margaret. I don’t know where the technician is searching, but I’ll keep that in mind as a suggestion.

    2. That is a good site for parts, I repaired my previous washer over a decade ago with a replacement motor I purchased there. Putting a new drive belt on the previous dryer was not expensive, but it was a challenge to get it in place, it needed to go fully around the dryer drum and drive pulley. I needed my full strength to put it around the drum, then wrangle it onto to the pulley. Both appliances were second-hand, and I was a lot stronger back then…(I will be 70 in June.) Taf

  15. It is so impressive to see how much planning goes into creating the perfect story. Maps, graphics, data charts are my favorite.
    Working on replanting some strawberries. I ate a ripe one yesterday and loved the taste. It reminded me of wild raspberries we used to find in the mountains of Jayuya and Aibonito in PR. Delicious.

  16. I’m floundering a bit. There is a ton of stuff that needs done, a lot of it that I want to do, limited time to do it in and I seem to have developed a bad case of “Oh, look, a squirrel…”

    Typical spring, really, until I get the garden all the way in, and get past all the birthday/anniversary/holiday things that happen in May.

    Still, I am having a hard time deciding where to start.

    1. My squirrel brain recognizes you 🙂
      Also my storage container for unnecessary facts remembers that I saw a short on youtube where a cute Scots made videos on words Scots seem to have difficulties pronouncing, Squirrel being one of them.
      I love dialects, especially British ones, so I almost fell into the rabbit hole of his videos… sigh.

      1. Have you seen any of the videos about the Obama gas station in Ireland. It makes me laugh.

  17. At 66 I just figured out I might have inattentive ADHD. I always dismissed the idea of ADHD because I’m not hyperactive. I have 8 out of 9 symptoms, though. It would help explain why I have at least 10 unfinished novels written.

    I need to learn coping mechanisms.

    I thought my brother was ready to resume our relationship but no. He reached out once & now he is ghosting me again. And I’m back in the grieving place.

    Currently my writing focus is on a trilogy of books where the main characters are poets. I had an idea about the main character in the second book and the poetry she writes but I forgot it for a while (adhd).

    She secretly writes 4 line rhyming poems on scraps of paper that she then tucks into books or magazines or whatever. Like Liv Tyler in Stealing Beauty.

    She publicly denies writing poetry or anything because her childhood was tortured by the things her mother would do to make the horror genre novels she wrote feel authentic.

    Tiny bit of progress remembering that. Now I have to get it into my notes before I forget again.

    1. PS I wrote a fun blogpost titled – Tom Robbins Gave Me Multiple Wordgasms.

      In it I mentioned that I need to write another one with some other gasms he gave me (though none of them physical) of course, it seems like a daunting task – how ridiculous.

      1. I love that you clarified that the gasms weren’t physical. Because we were wondering.

    2. I’m sorry to hear that your brother ghosted again and that you’re grieving again.

  18. Life has been full of change recently: my neighbor who has lived next to me for 30+ years moved yesterday to a condo about 8 miles away physically but about 1 hour away in terms of lifestyle and availability. We will still see one another for dinners but this means no more popping back and forth informally. My husband’s health issue is still unresolved except that the MD’s are pretty sure it’s neuromuscular and are testing weekly with no diagnosis in sight and varying horrific possibilities (but possibly not).

    So to give myself something better to think about I have been looking at stills of Richard Gore from American Gigilo. Woahhhh. I blame The NY Times for sending me down this rabbit hole. They had an article on suits and the photo with the article was Richard. Nice.

    1. Years ago – no make that decades ago my best friend and I who had each by that time been married for decades were talking about adultery and I said I couldn’t imagine it – not even if Richard Gore stopped by. And she said “That would not be adultery . That’s life handing you a winning lottery ticket and you say ‘Come right in, you bad boy'”

          1. Thank you so much for sharing that! Wonderful article. I’m not even a huge RG fan, but yes, it would have been criminal for his shirt to be buttoned up in that picture. A man in a suit is a glorius sight indeed. 🙂

            I’m sending the picture to a friend who IS a huge RG fan! One time, our friends trio went to see “Runaway Bride” (simply because Friend 1 loves RG). The whole theater is quiet, and RG comes onto the screen. Friend 1 said (out loud) “Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, MMMMMM”. The whole theater burst out laughing, Friend 2 and I slowly slid down in our seats… 🙂

          2. Also, in the article, Jonathan Michael Square says he is treated differently when he is wearing a suit. It happens for women, too. I was in my middle 40’s and started wearing pretty skirts with nice tops. I got treated so differently than when I was just in blue jeans. And I was overweight, but still was treated very nicely by men. I was ‘seen’, in jeans I was invisible. I wish I had found that out when I was in my 30’s. 🙂

      1. Ah we are getting into the celebrity list area (of never going to happen), like in Friends, when Ross hit on Isabella Rossellini

      2. What a sense of humor! I am in the (Your Mileage May Vary) category of swooning over tall, dark and handsome actors such as Timothy Dalton…He was hot even as far back as “The Lion in Winter” (1968) playing Phillip of France.

        Excellent movie if you want to see Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn (co-won best actress Oscar), and debut performances of Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton, an excellent starting title sequence, great writing (James Goldman got an Oscar), John Barry music (Oscar also).
        If you have not seen the movie, it is well worth renting/streaming/or seeing on a big screen if some art theatre does showings. Taf

        1. Same here, Theresa.
          I liked Richard Gere more after he matured. I guess I never had a thing for cocky bad boy types and RG was cast as such a lot. And I really have a thing for cinnamon rolls (the baked variety AND the human one).

          1. I like James Spader. Especially in “Boston Legal”. He has very stong moral ethics that aren’t really obvious until you get to know him (his character). He seems to play that character type a lot.

    2. My next-door neighbors (I just have one set; I’m on a corner lot, no one behind me) and I have a pact that if either of us moves, we have to take the other one(s) with us. We’ve been neighbors for well over 30 years, been through the raising of their two kids, one of their kids getting brain cancer (successfully treated!), running a part-time screenprinting biz together, catching my pants on fire while we were cleaning up brush in the yard and getting doused by the neighbor (I had a bad burn on my shin, but nothing life-threatening), suing City Hall together when the city stole some of our land (yes, you can fight city hall and win!), and I don’t even know what-all else. Oh, wait: Many adoptions of stray cats showing up in our yards, and the inevitable loss of some of them over the years. And they took care of my cats for the two weeks I was away from home after my heart surgery. I think those are the high/low-lights! So we’re serious about only moving if the other(s) can come with.

        1. Jessie-good idea to follow up with a second opinion, not enough people get one…More tests can equal more data, great to make sure you have enough information! When I had breast cancer, chemo and radiation more than 25 years ago they gave me loads of print-outs which helped a bunch! Taf

  19. I’m all for anything that gets the writing done, so kudos on the map and discovering what the town really is like.

    I’m doing great chunks of nothing, ignoring all the piles and projects and to-do lists. I’m blaming the weather, but it may be terminal laziness. The problem with retirement is lack of deadlines, or for the new freelance project, generous deadlines.

    Went to a jazz concert and saw an old friend performing on Sunday, which was nice, because he now lives in Chicago, 5 hours away.

  20. Well of course there is a creek, it’s the Blue Ridge Mountains. 😉 Thumbs up for the map!

    When I tell people that all I do is work, read, write, and occasionally pull up a weed, I am not joking. Thus this week’s ‘working’ report is 7.5 hrs/day M-F of Day Job, quite a bit of writing, a lot of reading, and three hours of weeding.

    Also though, yesterday I found out that my two entries to the New England Romance Writers Readers Choice Awards both placed! My novella OUR REVELS NOW placed 2nd; novel MISTLETANGO won its category!! Very excited. 🙂

    L.A. Witt, who I think many of you hockey lovers have read, was the big winner. Two 2nd places, two wins (her rom-com novella ‘2 Dead Fish Named Kevin’ and 80K novel ‘Burner Account’), and the grand prize. I’ve already read the novella (liked it) but downloaded the novel this morning in solidarity. Even though it’s hockey. 😉

    1. Congratulations, Chacha1 <3 !!!

      I do remember that 2 Dead Fish named Kevin was recommended here some months ago, maybe even by you 🙂 (I intended to read it but life intervened and maybe hockey too).

  21. I got caught up on the assignments in the plotting class I’m taking after having fallen behind while spending time with family in Chicago. And I worked on a 10k story during my online writing group’s free writing time. We work on anything that’s not under contract. I had forgotten about the story and came across it while searching for a story my editor didn’t want. That editor left so maybe the new one will want it.

  22. Work this week is route-finding and researching places to visit. Oh, and mastering my friend’s automatic hybrid car. I can mostly get it to go now, though it gets hysterical when reversing.

  23. 1. Remaining patient in the face of Brazilian bureaucracy – it is harder to leave the country than it was to arrive 3 years ago, and that is saying something.
    2. Trying to make sure I am doing meaningful things that will contribute to the overall management of the school I am leaving.
    3 Trying to get my head around the new school I am heading towards.
    4. trying to get some reading and thinking done.
    5. Fretting about getting Minion 2 back into university…a lot more bureaucracy and hiding concerns as he has long-term condition that may make return to formal study a tricky prospect.
    6. Realising that we will be in transit for UK general election and so will not be able to vote.

    I think that’s it for the moment…

    1. Zeba, I gather both from your remarks and from complaints from the SNP about the election being during the Scottish school holidays that advance voting is not as easy in the UK as it has recently become in most US states.

      I missed out on the second US Presidential election after I was old enough to vote because when registration closed I had not expected still to be in Ohio at election time. I don’t know about Ohio today, but my present state now allows same-day registration, as well as easy advanced voting.

  24. So much for the best-laid plans, as I described above. Paperwork for my errand is not where I thought I left it. (It’s nothing critical, fortunately. ) So I have to hunt that up. I took another look at the supermarket list. If I’m not making a second stop, (a) I can get by without it, and (b) if I really want the produce, plus goodies for the US holiday weekend, another store is closer, and offers a senior discount on Thursdays (tomorrow). The more distant store has items that the closer one doesn’t, and vice versa, so I use both. So the new plan is to shop closer to home tomorrow and put the errand off until next week.

  25. I was impressed by the office of attorney Barry Mason on the map.  I wonder what his secretary is named (or, perhaps,  what he named his answering machine, since it looks like a small operation).   Leslie O’Kane has an oldish mystery series where the male romantic lead is actually named Paul Drake, although if memory serves he is a cop rather than a PI.

  26. Even with a map you will be writing about a different town.

    Present vs past (as flashback, yes. Nothing was paved then)

  27. Last week a truck traveling in front of me cast up a small stone that hit my windshield with such force that it cracked it. Today I got up extra early (6:00 AM) to get it to the auto glass place by 8:00. They had promised me that if I got my car there by then it would be the first one worked on and it would only take 2-3 hours at most. I got there and dropped my car off, then went to a local coffee shop to have a chai latte and spend some time reading while waiting, only to get a call from the auto glass place that they had received the wrong windshield! So, tomorrow it’s to do all over again, and tomorrow is supposed to be rainy in the morning so walking to the coffee shop is probably out of the question.

    In other news, I have been working at clearing and planting new plants on the garden bed that’s closest to my neighbor’s black walnut tree. It took several visits to the plant nurseries, and lots of physical labor but it looks much better. All that is left to do is put a layer of mulch down to protect the plants. And then there are the rest of the garden beds to replenish, but they aren’t in as bad condition.

    1. How irritating about the windshield! The last time it happened to me, some years back, a service was able to come out to my place and replace the windshield as my car sat outside my building in the parking lot. Not on a rainy day, obviously.

      I’m not sure what your situation is, such that the coffee shop is within walking distance but can’t be reached in the rain, even when you know in advance to be dressed for rain. Unpaved streets or sidewalks that turn into mud? Huge puddles??

      1. Patrick, it depends on if there are thunderstorms or not. If it’s just rain, an umbrella will suffice to get me to the coffee shop. The current forecast is not clear at the moment if the storms will have moved through by that time.

    2. How frustrating that they got the wrong windshield! When I had to replace my windshield it just took time and money (not too bad in my case-having a common model of Toyota sedan was good). Taf

  28. I’ve been busy with work (and some fun), but seem to be in that phase where work expands to fill the available time, so nothing gets finished, even as I nibble away at projects. I really could have finished my manuscript (due June 1st) a week ago, or definitely by the end of this week, but while I’m making progress, I’m also letting myself get distracted because I have plenty of time left, so I’ve been about 95% done all month. On the plus side, when I’ve been procrastinating the manuscript, I’ve been working on my niece’s graduation quilt and the cat-sized quiltlets for the Romancing the Vote auction, and I’m ahead of schedule for them both, with some time to spare, so I won’t be scrambling (I hope) to finish when I get closer to the deadlines. Except for the work-expanding-to-fit-time possibility for the quilts.

  29. Mostly dealing with contractors and a weirdly-wired house. In other words, something that should have taken an hour is complicated and isn’t finished. Sigh.

    So I went to a Democratic fundraiser at a Mexican restaurant with lovely drinks and appetizers and lots of nice people.

    My friend couldn’t make the fundraiser (granddaughter’s school concert) but we made plans for lunch next week. So something to look forward to.

  30. I love maps in books. And books set in real places that I can google and street view. Rivers of London is great for that, as Ben does everything he can to set his fantastical fictional world within a very real London.

  31. I’ve been busy processing a weeks worth of email since I returned to the Day job. 🥱

  32. We sent our lawn mower to the shop and borrowed my father in laws electric lawnmower. 3 batteries are on second or third recharging. The lawn is only 2/3 done.

    My dad had an electric one with an extension cord in the 70’s. My brother would mow and I was in charge of moving the cord done didn’t run over it. Good times.

    I guess the batteries are an improvement?

      1. Pretty sure I never ran an electric mower, but back in my yard work days, as a teenager I once managed to cut the cord on my father’s electric hedge clippers. I got yelled at pretty thoroughly.

  33. So where does the creek go? Is it outside the town?

    The blue state line down the middle of the street and through the middle of Ozzie’s shop reminds me of the Baarle-Nassau/Baarle-Hertog border between the Netherlands and Belgium.
    There are several videos about it, including one by Tom Scott, who talks more about nations and sovereignty, and this one which is more about the effects on shops, police, and people living in dual-country houses.

    Mostly, the front door decides in which country the house is counted, so if you remodel the house or shop and move the front door, that can shift your residence, taxes and applicable laws to the other country. Would that work for Ozzie’s shop, shifting it to the other state?

    1. There’s a similar town, I think in Vermont and Quebec, split between the US and Canada. I think things have gotten messier there in recent years after more stringent border controls.

  34. On the other hand, in the case of anything built since the borders or state lines were defined, there are efforts not to straddle a border. Washington D.C.’s borders abut against heavily populated suburbs in Maryland, but as far as I know the the borders run down the middle of streets or similar barriers. The same appears to be true in Rocky Start, with the state line in the street.

  35. Correction: You’re right about Ozzie’s shop, at least as shown here. Since it was built long after the state line was surveyed, it would require some sort of rationalization, and maybe a humor license, since I’m not sure it would have been allowed at all in the real world.

  36. The shelves are up in the bathroom, the garage door opener is installed, some plants are planted, some plants remain unplanted, but mostly what we have been doing is getting rained on.

    We went out on Tuesday to the nearest bigger town for supper for our anniversary (next week but Paul is working) and wound up buying a cold-hardy, combination-grafted pear tree which will be planted this afternoon, no partridge in sight, so I have also been learning about pear trees.

  37. I got some brief comments back from one friend on a partial draft of the YA novel—mostly pointing out the need for things I just haven’t written yet but know I need to include, but also a very helpful thought about including a prologue. I’m ambivalent about prologues, but I think one makes sense in this case. I also got a very detailed editing report back on the other WIP from another friend. I’ve read the cover letter but am saving the in-manuscript comments for after I finish a full draft of the YA novel. I can tell reading through her notes is going to be brutal but very helpful.

    I’m trying to make a gluten-free pound cake this morning. It’s not going very well. I’ve already added at least 15 minutes to the cooking time and it’s not firming up/drying out much. It’s sort of a pudding consistency. I remembered too late that larger cakes just don’t turn out well with all the substitutions I have to make. I’d be better off adapting one of the muffin recipes that I know work. But I wanted something yummy to eat to celebrate Kid 1’s graduation from community college tonight… Maybe I’ll just take my chances and have a bite of the raspberry cake my mom is making for everyone else…

    Did about 20 minutes of weeding this morning, then about 20 minutes of decontaminating myself of all the pollens and whatnot. The green waste bin is full, so I guess I’m off the hook for any more weeding until after garbage pickup next week.

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