Muscovy Ducks are bigger ducks, smaller than geese, and when I saw them I wasn’t sure what they were. These were at the Japanese gardens by the Houston Zoo. And then I worked some photo art texture magic.
So no baby yet. It’s past due. I had pizza with them last night and I managed to finally get to ch 19 on Best of Both Wolves edits. I wanted to get further–at least to ch 20, but I had to do a lot of revisions on ch 16, which led to revisions on ch 15 again and got through ch 17 and 18, yay! The prologue I had is essential to the story. When I tried to take it out, it wouldn’t work. And when I made it work, I reached ch 16, and realized just why it couldn’t work!
I wanted to make this a summer story. The heroine had been in the Christmas story working the job she’s working. She’s been with the pack for 7 months. Unless I wanted to make this a winter story, and I didn’t–I have too much invested in boating on the lakes, etc, it wouldn’t work. The easiest solution is to have a prologue. Like I had already and everything worked!!!
Okay, so I’m hoping to get this done, expecting the baby any minute, and halfway done on finishing up the last bear order. I want to get those 2 bears and a book shipped Monday morning first thing.
Hope you all have a great day and note to self–the book is mine. The story is mine. I have reasons–valid reasons–for how I write them. 🙂 Now I have to go back in and resurrect the story the way I had it in the beginning. But I’m getting close to the end. Again!
Swans and their reflections on the pond. I took the photo at the Houston Zoo and then added Daily Texture textures.
I didn’t get a lot done yesterday. I did ship off a bear and 2 books. I spent the whole day working on the Best of Both Wolves. I reached the end and started over again, so I reached chapter 12 last night, which isn’t too bad, considering this should be the last time.
l was hoping I’d get this done this weekend, still hoping for that. It all depends if the baby ever comes. lol. But I’m working on the edits constantly, so hopefully!
In the meantime, still waiting on the baby.
We had wild storms yesterday, but for today, it looks like it’s tapering off. And we had a cool down, so our high is only going to be 66. I think some sunflowers are coming up, and maybe a bell pepper plant!
It’s really chilly this morning. Okay, no baby yet, off to get going on the book edits again. Hope to get to at least to ch 20 today.
Have a great day! The dogs and birds are waiting on breakfast!!
I took this picture of a baby goldfinch that didn’t fly off when I went outside. The birds wouldn’t if the dogs would always chase them. It’s like a game for them.
This time the bird was just sitting near the fountain. But little one was with me. “Don’t get near the bird, just stand still, don’t move.”
That’s like telling a butterfly not to go to the flowers in her path. lol
Anyway, she scared it off to the fence, but the bird was so calm. It just sat on the fence and got close and I was able to get some good photos. So I was showing her the picture that I had turned into art and asked if she remembered the little baby bird.
“And I told you not to go near it so I could take pictures of it?”
So when her mom came to pick her up, my granddaughter was telling us to be quiet, not to talk loudly, sneak across the floor or we would would scare the birds. Now, we’re sitting inside and not chasing after birds. I just thought it was funny.
Well, we managed a nice long walk yesterday. And another later, no baby yet today. Violent storms and pea sized hail last evening. One of my dogs is terrified during storms but he finally settled down on my lap while I combed him out. We had nearly 2 inches of rain.
And I managed to get up to chapter 24 of Best of Both Wolves. This is the first time through and I have 5 more chapters to go. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to finish it up. My daughter said she’d pick up my granddaughter from daycare today. But that’s contingent on if the baby doesn’t come. It looks like we’re going to have thunderstorms all day too.
I’m going to try and ship books and one bear this morning. I still need to finish the other for a 2 bear order. Trying to get the edits done on this book. And I managed to reach 30K on You Had Me at Cougar.
Hope you all have a lovely day! I’m back to edits! Once I’m done with those, I’ll be back to working on the billionaire story and the cougar one.
So my granddaughter and I planted lots of flower seeds yesterday. We also walked in the misty, rainy morning and my granddaughter was worried about her hair getting damp. lol I told her that’s why she should wear her hat, that she kept dropping. She had a ball planting. She uses my kneeling pad to sit on, then scrapes away at the dirt and then pours ALL the seeds from a package in one hole. I try to teach her they need to be spread out. It doesn’t seem to be sinking in, so that’s my job. Spread them out and cover them up. She tells me they need dirt, water and sunlight to grow.
We have fun gardening together, and of course I’m weeding like crazy too.
So my daughter finally decided to take off from work to have the baby and I’m so glad. She wants to walk tomorrow. I’m still taking care of little one. So I suggested Little One and I meet her at her house a half mile away and we walk her to the community center to sign up for the pool. But I drive my car to the center, so that I can drive her home if she can’t make it back. I’ll have little one’s stroller because I know she won’t be able to make a mile and a half. This is all contingent on the weather, my daughter not having the baby in the middle of the night, or by the time we’re going to walk in the afternoon, or that she feels she can walk that distance.
At least I think it’s going to be a little cooler today, and we did finally have storms last night.
We had a notice thanking us for conserving on our electricity because we nearly had a catastrophe yesterday. Wait, what? Number one, I didn’t get a notice to conserve. Number two, I absolutely refuse to put on my air conditioning until it’s consistently at a hundred or so degrees. I had the fans on. The house was fine. But one day of 98 degrees and we’re going to be without electricity? Like when we had the freezing weather for a week?
Something is seriously wrong with our electric provider in this state:
Thank you for responding to the request by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to conserve power yesterday.
According to ERCOT, demand for electricity came close to the amount of power generation available yesterday afternoon. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 13, ERCOT issued a conservation alert and you answered the call. Because of your response, the grid held strong.
Wait until we have weeks of 110 degree weather!!! They have really mishandled things. And I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse. Weirder weather, you know.
Okay, I’ve got to get to work. And I hope you have a lovely day!!!
Roseate Spoonbill wading in the water. I did a Topaz Labs oil on top of it, and added fish to the water. This one was at the Houston Zoo, but we saw one flying overhead here too.
I’m on chapter 9 of edits on The Best of Both Wolves and enjoying the re-read. I wrote it last year, so I forgot all that I had written. On the story, the editor asks, “Are there tornadoes in Portland, Oregon?”
Not while I lived there, but we are now into Weirder Weather time. And so in 2019 they had a tornado and in 2020 they had three. So yes, they’ve have tornadoes in Portland, Oregon. I do research. Really, I do.
Does Houston get category 5 hurricanes? Not usually. Do we get 9 degree weather for a whole week? Not usually. And snow? And ice? Not usually. Though we’ve had snow twice before during a winter season over a period of 2 years since I’ve lived here in 6 years, before the latest snow. See? Weirder Weather.
I had where the rain was coming down hard, then dropped to a light shower and the editor asked, “Can it do that so quickly?” Uhm, yes. It can pour violently, stop, shower, shower, pour violently, be like a heavy fog, go to big water droplets, but not really a heavy downpour, then go to a heavy downpour or stop, or….. Really? Of course. Rain can do all kinds of things, in all kinds of order. It can fall in one spot and not another, or lightly in one spot and heavy in another at the same time. Heck, I’ve had rain in the backyard–pouring down cats and dogs rain and then out front? Nothing! Or half a mile away at my daughter’s house, it can be pouring and I don’t have a drop of rain. The same when I lived a half mile from my mom. One of us would have a downpour and the other wouldn’t, when we both wanted it!
The baby hasn’t come yet. Every time I go out to weed or replant or plant, I forget my phone and then have to check it to see if my son-in-law has called to say I have to drive him to my daughter’s workplace so he can take her in her car to deliver the baby. Or when I’ve gone to bed, worrying that they’ll drop off little one in the middle of the night and I’ll have to get her settled somewhere. Any minute now, the baby could come.
So today I had planned on all kinds of outdoor activities with little one. A walk to a pond to take pictures by a bank of yellow irises, planting more flower seeds (yesterday, she was looking for the ones we planted two days ago, asking where the flowers were, lol), and playing in the sprinkler. But we’re supposed to get storms all morning through tomorrow. Hmm, the baby will come then. At least that’s what some sources say. Storms=more deliveries.
The baby is due tomorrow, so maybe. Though it was full term a couple of weeks ago.
So, little one and I will probably be doing lots of indoor activities instead of outdoor activities today and tomorrow.
Hope you all have a beautiful day. We are supposed to have thunderstorms, not just rain. But I can always use the rain. I’m hoping to get a couple of more chapters edited before little one gets here. I have 20 to go! Just finished edits on You Had Me at Cougar. 300 more words and I’ll have a 1,000. 🙂
Here is the list of my books in the wolf series and connected books in the jaguar series. They are growing and growing just like my roses. Isn’t that neat!
Heart of the Wolf Series Terry Spear
1. Heart of the Wolf
*Night of the Wolf: A Heart of the Wolf novella*
2. Destiny of the Wolf
*Day of the Wolf: A Destiny of the Wolf novella*
3. To Tempt the Wolf
*SEAL Wolf Team to the Rescue: A To Tempt the Wolf novella*
4. Legend of the White Wolf
*White Wolf to the Rescue: A Legend of the White Wolf novella*
5. Seduced by the Wolf
*Hunting the Red Wolf–A Seduced by the Wolf novella*
6. Wolf Fever
*Wolf in Need: A Wolf Fever novella*
7. Heart of the Highland Wolf
8. Dreaming of the Wolf
*Tangling with the Wolf: A Dreaming of the Wolf novella*
9. The SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing
10. A Howl for a Highlander
11. A Highland Werewolf Wedding
12. A SEAL Wolf Christmas
13. Silence of the Wolf
*SEAL Wolf Pursuit: Silence of the Wolf novella
14. Hero of a Highland Wolf
15. A Highland Wolf Christmas
16. SEAL Wolf Hunting
17. A Silver Wolf Christmas
18. SEAL Wolf in Too Deep
19. Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
20. Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing
21. Between a Wolf and a Hard Place
A Very Jaguar Christmas – Prelude to “Seal Wolf Undercover”
22. Seal Wolf Undercover
23. Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas
24. Flight of the White Wolf
25. All’s Fair in Love and Wolf (Silver Town Wolf)
26. A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas You Had Me at Jaguar
27. Seal Wolf Surrender
28. Silver Town Wolf: Home for the Holidays
29. You Had Me at Wolf
30. Night of the Billionaire Wolf
31. Joy to the Wolves
32. The Wolf Wore Plaid
33. Jingle Bell Wolf
34. The Best of Both Wolves
I was out early this morning before it was barely light out trying to move a boxwood that isn’t happy where it’s at. It’s dying, and then sprouting new green leaves and dying, so I hope where I moved it to will be a great new start for it. It’s a section where everything grows well. But it might be too late for the poor little boxwood. It was so far behind plants, I could barely see it to notice the bad shape it was in. Initially, it was the biggest of the boxwoods back there!
No baby yet! I thought with the storms we were supposed to have last night, it might have come then, but we might not have had any storms. It looks like we’re going to get them about the time I have to pick up my granddaughter from daycare instead today.
I was working on more edits yesterday, and I finally found the buffalo plaid ribbon for my grandson’s bear. I also found the chicken wire fences from Hobby Lobby that I had gotten a couple of years back. I love them because they’re easy to move around and they stay put. They keep plants standing upright, or the dogs from peeing on them. That’s why having female dogs is a boon. lol I want to keep them from reaching my chives that are in the ground. The rest are in planters.
I ordered a raised bed planter, though I’ll probably use pavers to raise it up a bit more, to hopefully use for all my herb plants. Maybe even a tomato plant or two. I just hope it’s easy enough to build! It’s long and narrow so I can put it against the fence and hopefully that will be a deterrent for the dogs getting close to the fence and other dogs, but also a neat way to have a garden that’s easier to maintain. Hopefully.
Well, it’s time for me to get to work on writing. Or editing. I still need to finish one more bear. I’ll try to get it done tonight. I ordered some more fun bear fabrics to play with too.
Have a lovely day!! I’m excited about getting mine started!
One thing about babies–they come when they are ready to come, unless of course they come early. But when you think the baby is never going to come, you know it will. Anyway, my daughter said she was ready to wake everyone in the middle of the night, thinking it was time, but then the contractions stopped.
I have the fun job–being the grandma! I’ll be there to help out–though when I had my kids, no one was there to help me, but I love helping out and that’s what Grandmas, if they can–I feel–are meant to do.
My dad told me once that my mother wasn’t going to be a babysitter for my kids. I didn’t expect her to be! My mother was glad when I could start having intelligible conversations with her as a kid, and wasn’t into babies and all that stuff. Whereas my dad played with us lots when we were growing up. Yet, my mom and I were close when I was older.
I used to scoff at TV shows where grandmothers were loving and devoted to their grandchildren. And that the idea was that they could love on them, spoil them, and the grandkids loved them back. Because it just wasn’t the case with us.
Breaking dysfunctional family patterns is important when you can make the choice to do something about it and not fall into the rut of–well, that’s how my grandparents treated me. So why should I be any different as a grandparent?
I love being a grandma and helping out and then when the day is through, handing the grandchild back to mom and dad and getting some things done that I want to do and a good night’s sleep.
I finished the Celtic Clan bear but I’m still working on the last big bear for an order. I managed about 1700 words on You Had Me at Cougar yesterday too! I did a little bit of work on Best of Both Wolves also. And some on trying to block the fence and the dogs need to bark at the neighbor’s dogs. I hope to get the last bear done today, and ship them tomorrow. And hope to get a lot on the edits on the book done today, before I have to pick up little one.
Have a super great day! I’m bound to be a grandma again soon!
Every time I find a flower, I wonder, is it a weed or a flower that I planted from seed? I mean, if it’s one that I don’t recognize. But then I recall the idea–it’s a flower if it’s where you want it to be, and a weed if it’s not. Which is so true! It can be any plant than that is good or not, but if it volunteers in the wrong place, it’s a weed!
Do you ever wake up and just feel good? I think it’s because I finally finished one bear, have another started, and another started, and my daughter’s bear is done, except for embroidering the birthday, oh, and need a buffalo plaid bow or something buffalo plaidish. But I’m getting somewhere with them at least.
I need to start edits on that other book, Best of Both Wolves, but I had to just take a break. Billionaire is set aside. I worked on some of You Had Me at Cougar and managed 1400 words. And I weeded a whole bunch!
Sometimes, I just need to switch gears. I also planted a miniature rosebush, pulled up tons of grass and weeds out of two flowerbeds–the one is the biggest. If only the plants would begin to take over and crowd out the weeds! I discovered a pretty flowering plant is scarlet pimpernel so it’s an invasive weed. I had to look it up before I got rid of it. And the other, have no idea, but I think it’s a weed, so will pull it up today. It’s hard to tell. I still have two sunshine ligustrum to plant and two pots of herbs and a whole bunch of flower seeds. So I’ll do some of that today too.
Then I have some kind of a tree that began growing in one flowerbed, don’t know what it is and probably need to pull it out. They are sneaky. When I’m least expecting it, here one is.
So my daughter checked on me yesterday to see how I’m doing after getting the 2nd vaccination and I’m doing fine. So I asked her how she’s doing and she said she’s still pregnant. lol Any day now! It’s just a waiting game until baby decides it’s time to join the big world.
Oh, I forgot to post a blog yesterday? How did that happen?
Okay, I’m off to get to work on something! It’s cold this morning, but I’m sure it will heat up. Hope you all have a beautiful day!!
They are really comical and they’re so bold that they either tell me off, or like with this one, give me a stare down. Who won? The squirrel, of course. It’s amazing how still they can be while trying to pretend they’re not there and how much they can flatten themselves against a tree. I missed capturing shots of the one hanging down to eat birdseeds from a basket. They are truly entertaining.
Another neighbor has dogs now. They’re little. Smaller than my dogs and they love them, but the little ones don’t love my dogs back. lol So, sigh. Now I have dogs on two sides and on the back, two different homes of dogs. It’s just the way the cul de sac in back is set up so I have two homes that back part of my property. I try to keep mine from barking. I let them out so early in the morning to potty, I don’t want them waking anyone who might be sleeping.
I’ve tried everything I can think of to keep them away from the wooden fence. I have pavers piled 3 high on one side, but the bigger dog there has been digging a hole under the fence to get to them and undermining my wall. lol I feel like I’m under siege. She barks every time she hears them out in the yard. They really just want to greet each other, but they bark and make a mess of the yard.
With the other big dog in the back, I placed timbers along the bottom of the fence behind the holly shrubs, but the dogs race along the shrubs and make a mess of themselves and my border. With the little dogs, I rearranged some little fencing panels I have, I loaned some to my daughter, but she loves them and won’t give them back, lol, and unfortunately, I can’t find anything like them or I’d buy more. I finally set them up where I hope I can at least keep the dogs away from the fence. My dogs don’t bark at the little ones. They love small dogs, but the little ones do bark. And I’m afraid mine will start digging.
Then on the other side is another big dog. She’s pretty quiet. So if she ignores my dogs, they ignore her.
And that’s enough about dog news. I’ve got to run to the grocery store, need to get some stuff done on my writing, and have to get my shot this afternoon. It will be the 2nd Pfizer shot. I had hoped to get it earlier in the day, but I can’t get it anywhere else. So either I will have to pick up little one late from daycare, or her mom will if she’s not in labor.
Have a great day!! I need to get a million more things done before I sleep.
Blanket flower, sunny coreopsis, red gerbera daisy, lavender azalea, red rose
Lots of flowers in the garden. We didn’t get to do half of what we wanted to do. Life got in the way. Little one was running a fever first thing, so we ended up just staying home and she spent the morning watching cartoons, relaxing. I actually managed to get some writing done on the book and added 1600 words for the day while editing. Yay! We finally did play in the sprinklers late in the day. She didn’t take a nap. So we plan to do the things we didn’t do yesterday, but I’ll have to see how she’s feeling first and hope I don’t catch what she’s got!
Okay, she’s good today, so when it gets hotter, it decided to get cold last night, and poured rain–which is great!–we’ll play in the sprinklers again.
Tomorrow is my 2nd COVID vaccination shot so I don’t want to get sick and miss it!