Need to get my writing done today. I was thinking, probably with a cold-congested head, that my granddaughter and the corgis would be here tomorrow, but nope! They will be here this afternoon through the weekend, so that means I need to get ready, get my writing done early, and be prepared.
I coughed all night last night and all day yesterday, so still battling this cold.
Hope you are all bug free and enjoying the weekend!!!
by Margaret Wise Brown, a beloved book that my kids listened to as I read the story to them many a night before they went to sleep, and my daughter loved it so much, she kept it to read to her children when she had some. Her daughter adores it just as much. Sometimes when we’re on a walk, I’ll go through some of the things in the story, and instead of goodnight, I say hello, sky, etcetera, and she says hello to everything too, and as we pass things by, it’s goodbye, kitty cat, goodbye, house, goodbye, truck. It’s just such a classic.
I was thinking, Ohmigod, there’s something bad in the book and I’ve been teaching my kids bad things all these years. Nope. Just a very powerful librarian who wouldn’t allow the book in the New York Public Library.
She was the gatekeeper.
When I first began writing my books, I had some Highland books that were published by a small press. I checked with my local library, and the gatekeeper turned up her nose and said, “Is it with a major publisher?”
I ended up working at a branch of the library, and my books ended up at the library. The wolf ones were with a major publisher. And I realized that budgets are limited, and not all books can be bought to include in the system. Some are requests from readers, and that’s good, because that’s what it’s all about. Readers. What they like, what they want to read.
I was glad to read that Margaret’s beautiful little book is fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. Just with the gatekeeper that kept it out of the library for so many years. And the librarian did good things, but she had a bias against certain kinds of books. So forget that the kids loved the books. I thought it was interesting too that little children were not allowed in the library because they couldn’t read the books. Ha! Keira will “read” them to herself, telling the story we’ve read to her numerous times. She’s just two. We’ve been reading to her since she was born.
And she LOVES books. When we were making the grocery list, a ‘book’ was one of the items she wanted to get. lol
Okay, so she is home with her mom with a fever. Her mom is sick. I’m sick. So I have the day off to try and get some rest so I can manage the weekend with little one.
I took her shopping, and first store, she took my hand and put it beneath her cheek to sleep in the cart. lol But of course, she really couldn’t and we went to another store to get groceries after that.
Before that, I was making out my grocery list and asking her what we needed. She said: Milk.
“We have milk.”
She is soooooo into Baby Shark that when we found a Valentine’s one, I picked it up for her. So she’s singing the Baby Shark song while we’re waiting in line to pay for things, and I’m trying to read her the song in the book. “No, Grandma.” Then she proceeded to tell me how the Baby Shark song went. lol She had to sing all the way through Grandpa Shark before we reached the next page and she’d start all over again.
I took her on a long walk. She wanted me to carry her before we reached the mailbox because, “I’m too little,” she told me.
So Grandma carried her the rest of the way. I was trying to wear her out, you see. Not me.
We reach the mailbox and I get the mail and she tells me, “No, this way.” Which is the way we normally go when she’s in her stroller, but NO WAY can Grandma carry her all the way around the neighborhood if she was suddenly “too little” and couldn’t make it on her own. lol
So we went Grandma’s way and she walked the whole way. We had lunch, she helped me put away the laundry, and then it was time to put her down for a nap. We’re both sick, so I was really hopeful this was going to work.
I moved her mat from the living room to my bedroom.
One thing I read was that if a room is darker, sometimes toddlers’ brains will get the message it’s bedtime. I have room-darkening curtains in there, but enough light from two more small windows with blinds on them, that it still is light enough to feel safe.
So then I set a blanket on the mat. “No, Grandma, more blankets.”
We went to the other room where her infant blankets were and she got all three of them and placed them on her makeshift bed. Looking at it, she said, “No, Grandma, pillows.” She took my hand again and we trotted back off to the other room.
It is on the other side of the house, so we’re both getting our exercise, and then she had all her pillows on her mat, just like she wanted them. Two baby ones and a big round soft pillow. “No, Grandma, my puppy.”
So we went to the other room and got her puppy. One hand in mine, one arm arm wrapped securely around her puppy, we returned to the bedroom. And she laid down. Grandma laid down in her bed. And both of us began to cough. *sigh*
Her cough was worse, but she managed to fall asleep for 2 1/2 hours. Both of us scored a win. Grandma couldn’t sleep with all the coughing, but I still felt better for trying for about a half an hour.
When she woke, I was working on my story on the computer, and she was in the room calling out, “Grandma?” My desk is right next to the bedroom, and I went in and got her. We cuddled and watched a show together until her momma picked her up. It worked! Little one had a nap, and Grandma got some rest.
We shall see what happens tomorrow and the long babysitting weekend ahead!
Roses in bloom during the mild winter we’re having!
Last week, I tried every trick Grandma knows to get little one to take a nap. Nothing worked. This week, Grandma’s sick with a head cold and she has little one allllllll weeeeeekeeeeend long too. So during the week, AND the weekend, she’s got to take a nap or Grandma’s not going to make it.
So Grandma was reading how others get toddlers down for naps when they are fighting sleeping. That’s what Grandma already does. I’m going to try to do something differently. Or I’m sunk. lol Once I realized I had a head cold and not just allergies, and I have little one all weekend, I also realized two of my writing days are shot!
I managed 4,000 words on Vampire Redemption and 2,000 words on Highland Wolf yesterday. Yay!
The two days I have her this week, are my no writing days, so I need to get something done after she leaves because now the weekend really means no writing since I’ll have her at night too. Oh, shoot, I’ll have their corgis also. *sigh*
It’s been a mild winter this year, giving the monarchs that wrapped themselves in their cocoons late a better chance at survival. This one I saw a couple of days ago, another, yesterday. I do have flowers they can sip the nectar from, so I hope that keeps them going.
I have a head cold and my head was splitting in two, my teeth all aching and feeling like they needed to be pulled. I’m bad about taking medicine for anything, figuring it will go away. But I was trying to concentrate on writing Highland Wolf and proofing the last 19 chapters of Night of the Billionaire Wolf and my head was hurting too much. I’d taken allergy medicines, but nothing was touching the pain. I finally went looking for something for my head and I found kid’s liquid tylenol, and other kids’ liquid medicines. Where are Grandma’s medicines when she needs them? lol
I finished proofing Night of the Billionaire Wolf and sent it off. Yay! So I’m back to writing on both Highland Wolf and the vampire book today.
I spent a lot of yesterday weeding because we had storms coming in last night that sounded like they were going to blow the windows in and the temperature dropped significantly. So while it was beautiful out, I wanted to get the whole front yard flowerbeds weeded.
I delivered the bear too and did 2,000 words on Highland Wolf, and proofed 5 more chapters on Night of the Billionaire Wolf. Ten done, 19 chapters to go!
I’m off to work, cold out, feel like I’m getting a head cold, ugh. So staying in the house and just writing. I’m on level 5 on Tower of Time. I didn’t get anything done on vampire, but I think I’m going to concentrate on getting Highland Wolf word count and more of Billionaire proofing done today. Vampire is extra, when I have more time.
Do you ever have problems with focusing on things because there are too many other distractions? When I was learning photography, and will always be learning how to do better, I could be so OFF on my focus. Back of monkey, beautiful. All the strands of fur were in perfect focus. The face? A virtual blur. Not good. I took these 7 years ago, and miraculously, some turned out really well. lol
I’ve found with focusing on word count, knowing I can do better, I’ve been managing 2,000 per day on each of two books. I turned in my novella, but got Night of the Billionaire Wolf proofing to do, so I’m up to chapter 6 on that. And I was exercising while I was proofing, and I finished up a bear I needed to do. I started watching a French series about a thief in the woods, I guess a grim Robin Hood while I was working on the bear. And I made it to the 5th tower level in Tower of Time. So I’m able to get lots of stuff done AND get more writing done… and even have time to play, just with a little focus.
Yesterday, I was trying to get a better handle on weeding. It’s way out of hand and I can’t ever get ahead of it. So I put down some weed killer. I don’t like using it because I have so many beneficial critters out there I don’t want it to affect and I’m afraid it will kill plants I don’t want to kill. The yard guys put some down on my flowering dianthus. And yep, it killed it. It seemed like when I’ve tried this before, it really didn’t help eliminate the weeds, so we shall see. I just need some help at it, maybe until I can get it under control. Laughing.
Off to work! Have a great day focusing on what you want to do for work and play!
Gymnastics, with Grandma, was a success! I’ll take her to the younger class one more time, and then we’ll try the older class without Grandma. She wouldn’t have gone in by herself without me, and she kept making sure I was still there, watching her. I asked if she could go to the bigger class without me, and she said, “No, with Grandma,” so we’ll see.
She didn’t take a nap again, ugh. I thought with all the tumbling and running she’d fall asleep in the car on the way home. She got quiet, which often means she has fallen asleep, but as soon as we arrived home, “Grandma, where are we going?”
lol So then I fed her lunch, tried all kinds of Grandma tricks, and nothing worked. Sometimes a walk will do it. She needs her nap. Grandma needs her to take a nap. lol
Four days to work on: Vampire Redemption, Highland Wolf, and need to proof Night of the Billionaire. Oh, and weed. It turned nice and warm this morning, so I was weeding first thing, but I picked up some weed killer for weeds in the grass that hopefully will help. With such a mild winter, even some of my flowers are blooming and the weeds definitely are and I can’t keep up!
Have a fun day!!! I’m off to get mine started. Well, more than it has been already!
Okay, so today is gymnastics for Grandma and little one. Hopefully, this will work out. But it’s only temporary. She’ll have to move to an older class without Grandma if she wants to do this. It’s up to 2 1/2 and she’s 2 years, 9 months old. I don’t know why they don’t have it for up to 3. The next class is 3. So what happened to the kids in between?
I finished edits and turned in the Night of the Red Wolf, yay! It’s the new novella in the 10th Anniversary release of Seduced by the Wolf. I also managed to get 2,000 words on Vampire Redemption and 2,000 words on Highland Wolf! And made it to the halfway point on the 4th level of Tower of Time. So today is my non-writing day, though I want to get some more done if I can after little one leaves. She didn’t take a nap on Monday, so I never got writing during that time.
Anyway, I received Night of the Billionaire Wolf proofing, so I have to do that now. *sigh* I’m hoping it won’t make me behind on word count. Vampire Redemption is extra. It’s not my “official” word count requirement. But Highland Wolf is not, so I need to get it daily.
Alright, little one should be here in a few minutes. Off to get ready for an adventure!
Yesterday was a non-writing day, since I had to take care of my granddaughter and we were doing a million things last night, including taking little one to gymnastics to try it out. She was scared, cried, not ready for being left alone with a group of older kids who knew what they were doing.
Did you ever want to do something through your kids? Or did your parents do that to you????
Okay, so I admit when my daughter was five and all the other little girls were in ballet, like I’d wanted to do when I was little but my parents couldn’t afford it, I enrolled my daughter. After a few years of it, she wanted to do tap dance and jazz instead. I didn’t force her on anything. But later, she wanted to do gymnastics. I think she was about twelve, but all the kids had been doing it since they were little. So she didn’t go for very long.
So last night, this was an open session where you could try a kid out on it with kids that were probably about six. There was one new girl who was about 3 and a half, very outgoing. My granddaughter isn’t even three and she’s shy around new people. Instead of taking her to a class of preschoolers where moms sit this out now, Grandmom will be taking her to a 1-2 1/2 year old class where Grandmom (according to my daughter), must wear comfortable clothes to help out. Grandmom does just about everything in jeans, except for swimming. Walks. Hikes. Jeans are my go-to exercise outfit and for everything else.
Wait, Grandmom has to do toe touches? Grandmom has never been able to do toe touches except up to the age of about I don’t know, six? Cartwheels? Forget that. Handstands? Ha! Balance beams, I had cat like balance. Really! Hey, and I could do the monkey bars when no other woman in our mixed group of men and women could cross them during Army ROTC before having our breakfast in the mornings.
Anyway, I am always up for a new adventure. Maybe it will be in a story some time. I’m sure she would have tried some of the stuff if she’d had one of us in there with her, so we shall see. Once we reassured her all the kids were having fun, she wanted to go in and play on the mats, but she was still too scared.
In the meantime, oh, I did manage to get 1800 words yesterday, despite all the running. I actually did some writing sprints of 1000 before she arrived at the house, yay! But now, it’s a day of writing.
Tomorrow, Grandmom is trying out for gymnastics.
Have a super fun, stretchy kind of day! Limber up!