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“Oil” Painting a Tulip

These are fun to do. They take considerable time, but it’s a nice way to work on something new. And I hope I’ll get good enough to do some really great works later.

Okay, so yesterday I ended up taking little one home with me after I ran to the grocery store and we had several hours of reading and playing and puzzle working and she didn’t want to go home. Her momma and daddy are working from home on certain days, so they’re busy. But Grandma needs to work too. I finally took her home at 3 so I could get my writing done.

I also got an urgent request to write the novella for Dreaming of the Wolf yesterday. It’s going out of print otherwise.

Say what? That’s part of Silver Town. And that’s Jake’s story. So I need to write the novella for the 10th anniversary release. I already did Heart of the Highland’s novella. So the Dreaming of the Wolf novella and Wolff Bros 2 are due October first now, not to mention I need to do a bunch of promo posts for the release in September–Joy to the Wolves.

See? Grandma is working too.

Okay, I’m off to get ready to take little one for a few hours this morning. I told them it’s just 2 days next week unless I can manage a few hours more, but once she leaves, I’m brain dead. Nearly. lol

Have a great day and stay safe, please!

Terry
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Feeding the Turtles and Catfish at the Pond

I took little one to the pond to feed the turtles and catfish. We have two other ponds in the development so we’re going to try those too. And that’s a Carolina Anole.

I’m off and running. I have barely any food in the house, and so need to go early before the crowds come. At least everyone is wearing masks. A lady in a Facebook group I belong to just posted she lost her husband to Covid-19 and my son-in-law was playing online with a friend who’s friend lost a brother at 29 to Covid-19.

I saw where a teacher in Arizona lost her life to it, and half the teachers and staff had it after kids returned to school in one part of the country. I don’t know why anyone would think sending kids back to school would be “safe.”

Even if they are just carriers and don’t get that sick from it, teachers and staff and parents and grandparents and the list goes on, are exposed to it. Then take that to the grocery stores and everywhere else they can carry it to. This stuff spreads exponentially.

Have a great and stay safe day!

Terry
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For when you don’t have time to do anything else: A Quick Page from Oscraps. This one is from Old Masters, and the picture in the frame is one I took of flowers at the pond. The rest was created for me. Easy, quick. lol

I’m still trying to make up my word count for Monday. I’m just editing, which means taking out and adding in, so I usually add some, but only 500 words yesterday with little one here. She’s here again today.

I will be lucky if I get 200 today to make word count for Monday. I will be having dinner with the kids after little one goes home.

I’m requesting professional critiques on my art work, rather than protege–doing this for myself and friends, just in case I want to do some for a picture book or something and I want to really learn how to do this right.

I bought some turtle food to feed the turtles and frogs in our ponds. If little one and I can go first thing in the morning to beat the heat, we’re going to go talk to the turtles. The food consists of floating sticks so maybe I can take some pictures while she’s feeding them. I’ll have to teach her only to throw a couple in and wait for the turtles to get them or she’ll probably dump handfuls in and it will all be gone. We’re taking a little bag of them with us to do that and leaving the rest home.

They should be here any minute, so off to try and get to work on art or the book. Last night I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about the book. Which is good, but only if I didn’t have a long day ahead of me with little one. lol

But maybe when I have a chance to write, I’ll be able to write some more scenes and move forward with the book.

Have a great day!!! Hot here and muggy!

Terry
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Painted Tulip

Trying to get one or two of these done a day. I missed weeks of painting class, while working on deadline books. So I’m trying to keep up with both.

Little one is here today and we’re having cheesy eggs and hash browns. Yum.

Okay, I’ve been running all morning, so now, it’s time for more running!

Have a fun, safe, and exciting day.

Terry
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Glitches

Yesterday, I wrote my whole blog and then there was some kind of glitch and I couldn’t post it. I’d hurt my back after pulling weeds and grass and spent flowers all morning in the light rain on Saturday, it was cool out, yay!–5 40-gal bags worth and so I gave up on the blog on Sunday when it froze up.

Today, thankfully, my back is much better. My daughter gave me tomato plants to plant and I want to get those out in the ground. I could barely walk still yesterday, did some yard work and it seems to help to continue to stretch the muscles. When I sat for too long writing, it was worse getting up again. So today, I managed to walk around the neighborhood and get my mail and get the rest of the garbage out.

I’m going to try and get the tomato plants out this morning because it’s going to be beastly again. We had a brief thunderstorm last night, and that helps to cool things off. I need to run out and take a picture of my mushrooms! lol

Have a great day! And stay safe!

Terry
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Try, Try, Try, Try and Try Again

Practice makes…well, passable? I will have to keep working at it. Maybe in ten years, I’ll be good at this. lol

So I’m spending the morning with my granddaughter and daughter, last time and then she’s back to regular hours and I have little one on Tues and Wed this coming week. No wonder I get some mixed up on my days. I’ll take her Friday morning for about 3 hours too, but then it’s writing time for me. So is today.

I can’t figure out what to do on the story. I still don’t have any real mystery. I’m trying to keep murder and mayhem out of the Christmas story. It’s really hard for me to do. lol

Okay, I’m off to get ready. Did my walk, it was nice out. Yay! But it’s going to be another scorcher today.

Have a great day and stay safe!

Terry
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In a Rush This Morning

So this morning, I was getting the garbage out, killing fire ants getting into my house with boiling water, and then here comes little one, early. lol So I switched gears and had to find something for her to eat since her daddy didn’t feed her. She’s having a granola bar and I fixed eggs for her because, even though she didn’t want any, as soon as I fix myself one, she wants two. I top them with shredded cheese and mine had mushrooms. Add some orange tomatoes and it’s great!

Then she wants a towel. Her hands are a mess. She knows how to use a fork, but she wasn’t. While I’m wiping off her hands, I said, “Do you know how little hands get messy like this?”

She looks up at me, waiting to hear how.

“When you don’t use your fork to eat your food. Humans use forks.”

She laughs. I don’t think she has the concept of humans down pat yet. There are wolf shifters and there are humans. That should be known from birth.

Okay, I’m back to getting stuff done. I had been getting edits done and I did do several lessons on the oil painting last night. I have to say I’m lousy at it. But, I am still trying to figure out the Wacom. I swear I tell my hand to curve the strokes one way and it goes straight, curve another way and it goes in the opposite direction.

I know that practice makes perfect, so I did all the original samples we were supposed to do again before going on to the next lesson. Then I started the new lessons. I love the background one. At least for yesterday’s, I did really good on it. And when I can do that, it encourages me to practice more backgrounds and I’ll get better. I have 3 more practice ones to go.

I’m going to try and set up a “preschool” of sorts for little one since she’s three and the kids will be doing virtual school at home for a few weeks. I just need to get more organized and do it in more of consistent manner. I homeschooled both my kids, so it’s fun.

Have a great and safe day! We’re off to get ready for some fun!

Terry

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Green, Green Eel

I captured this picture of the eel at Omaha zoo. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s art in and of itself.

Little one will be here soon and I’ll be busy today, but I’m hoping to finally get back to doing a little of the “oil” painting techniques I haven’t been able to do. Instead, I’ve been writing–5,000 words on Sunday, 5,000 on Monday and 4,000 words on Tuesday. Since today isn’t a writing day, surely I can get in a few paint strokes. Though I still hope to get about 500 words in tonight after she goes home. We shall see. I finally caught up from all the days I missed in the beginning and the extra babysitting days that were unplanned. Yay!

Have a super great day and stay safe.

Terry

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Bird and Flowers

We had more rain! We are supposed to have more today late this afternoon. Yay! It helps to break up the miserably hot, sunny days. The temperature is going back up again by Friday, so I’m enjoying the cooler days. I need to weed more, but I’ve got to run an errand first thing this morning, so I’ve taken my walk, put out the garbage, fed the dogs, all that routine stuff, and oh, yeah, I did pull up some spent sunflowers.

I wrote 5,000 words yesterday! Yay! I’m over halfway done. Like by 2,000. Not like near the end. But when I started, I have to remind myself, I didn’t have anything close to 42,000, so I’ve come a long way, baby.

I was so behind on writing last week–had little one on Monday and Wednesday and Friday and Saturday. I had planned to get my 3,000 on Saturday after she went home. I only managed a 1,000 words after taking care of little one until 10 and then we all got together and they took her home at 11. I was so tired, I didn’t get much done. Even so, on Sunday I ended up filling a 40 gal bag of weeds before I really sat down to write 5,000 words yesterday.

Which proves to me that I can do both and still get a lot of writing done. So no excuses!

Have a super day and stay safe!!!

Terry

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Hot!

Well, it cooled down a little, which gave me the bright idea of weeding first thing this morning when it’s light enough to see. It also had rained yesterday a couple of times–yay! Which makes it easier–kind of–to pull out weeds. Before long, the sun was bearing down on me, no breeze, fire ants all over the place, and though I filled up a 40 gal bag with weeds and grass, I still need to do a lot more. But I figured if I expired on the spot, I wouldn’t get any more done either.

Hyacinth Bean Flowers I Discovered the Hummingbirds Love

So I’m back inside trying to cool off, drinking tons of water. I check the weather. Feels like 86 degrees and we have mostly cloudy. NO WAY. It’s more like fully sunny with a hint of cloud if you look really hard to find them.

Hot. Hot. Hot. And Muggy.

Okay, I’m back to my regularly scheduled writing. Have a great day and don’t believe everything the weatherman says!

Terry

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