Upside Down World

Do you see the red parrot turned upside down while the green parrot grooms him?

It’s just an upside down world.

Did you know that journaling is a great catharsis? I always tell myself that when something crazy, wild, bad, fun, exciting happens, I need to put it in a story. That’s how I live my life. It’s story material.

So here’s a crazy one. I hired a guy to take out a tree and replace it with one that won’t have to be trimmed to death to keep it from running into my house and the roots from tearing up my driveway. I don’t know why builders don’t think of long-term trouble. Anyway, so the guy and his helper tell me that the in-ground sprinkler has been cut in two places. Now, he proceeds to tell me just how one of the two shovels they were using couldn’t have done the job. He didn’t say anything about the other shovel. You know why? The one he was showing me did it. If I had taken forensic evidence from it, it would have shown it was the culprit.

So he says there’s no way it could have done it. The cuts were way too smooth. And he lifts the edge of the shovel to show it’s too jagged to have cut anything that smoothly.

It looked really smooth to me.

He says they had to be cut by a pair of scissors.

Tell me this guy is joking. That he can’t think I’m that stupid. That I would even consider buying into that malarkey. Nope. He really, truly, sincerely believes I will fall for his story.

I write stories for a living. One of the key elements is that you have to make them seem realistic. Even though mine are about shapeshifting cougars, and jaguars, and wolves, and bears, oh my!

“Well, it won’t cost that much to fix. Only about $3.50. It’s not that big a deal,” he says.

So why make up a cockamamie story and just fix it? He offered his services to do my yard. NO. WAY.

And, one of the guys tossed a water bottle behind my shrubs, thinking I wouldn’t find it. I was pulling weeds back there, and hey, my yard isn’t a trash dump, thank you very much. If you want to trash your own yard, go right ahead. That flowerbed is next to the house, a long way from the road, so it had to have been theirs.

“Nobody came over here and cut the sprinkler with a pair of scissors,” I said. For one thing, to have cut it where it was cut–in two separate places– someone would have had to have dug up all the dirt around that length of hose to reach it. I didn’t even think of that when he hit me with this unreal story. It’s almost as crazy as a parrot hanging upside down so his companion could groom his tail feathers.

UnREAL.

The funny thing is that when I looked at the other guy to see his take on this ludicrous story, he was smiling. I smiled at him. We shared the secret. He cut the sprinkler hose.

The guys finally came back three days later to fix it, after I reminded them they were supposed to fix it two days earlier.

“We haven’t forgotten about it,” the guy in charge had texted me.

Me either! Since the water was shooting across the yard and not watering the tree that was just planted.

I couldn’t stop thinking about it the night they had done it. It wouldn’t have mattered in the least that they had done it–if they had just not made up a story to say they didn’t do it. Are we all kindergartners or what?

My neighbor’s son is my yardman, and I told him all about it when it first happened. The day after it was fixed, he was out mowing his parents’ lawn and came over to make sure the sprinkler head was set right. It wasn’t so he fixed it for me. When he cuts a sprinkler head by accident–because that’s all it is–he fixes it. No made up story at all.

I asked him why he came over and cut my sprinkler with a pair of scissors, by the way.

He laughed. I laughed.

Telling about it is a catharsis. And maybe, someday, it will be in one of my books.

Am I still mad? Nope. Sprinkler’s fixed, and I have a fun, true story to tell.

Hope you have a fun day and any tall tales you hear or offer will be just told in fun.

Terry

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Beauty and the Beast, All in One

Okay, out doing yard work again early this morning, only the heat is back.

A beautiful Tiger I was able to photograph at the Dallas Zoo.

Okay, I’m back to writing. Getting my daily word count, but hope to get a lot more today, if I can stay focused. Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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Wild Thing

Colorful Umbrellas Reflected in the Water, Riverwalk, San Antonio
Cheetah Chilling

I spent so much time pulling grass and weeds you’d think I had no grass left. Nope. It’s like a stimulant. Pull grass, five more pop up in its place. So every morning for a couple of hours while it’s cooler, I pull grass and weeds, put down bark mulch, return to house, and write. Which meant? I forgot to blog!

Something has to give. Today is my daughter’s last Friday off, so we’re having breakfast in a few minutes, and I couldn’t put down more bark mulch. So we’re off!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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It’s Cool Out!

Dreamy Cheetah, Dallas, Texas

Well, my post went off yesterday instead of today, so trying this again.

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

My latest obsession: textured art.

Okay, baby’s here. Weather is cool. Shocker!!!! I spent half of yesterday pulling weeds because it was cooler than usual. Soooooo great!

Off to babysit. Have a fun day!

Terry

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Finding Colors in the World

Riverwalk in San Antonio–Added Oil Texture in Photoshop, but what I loved about the scene when I took the picture was the reflection of the colorful umbrellas in the water.

It cooled down!!! It was 78 yesterday morning, and around 85 during the day, finally ending up at 91, but I spent most of the day running errands and then pulling grass and weeds out of my flowerbeds. I did get my word count.

But this is the thing. Bark mulch is great because it reduces water evaporation, shades the roots of the plants, in this heat, that’s great, and helps to shade out weeds and grass. It also breaks down and makes great compost for the plants you planted there.

I. Think.

I mean, I go out there and I just weeded 4 of the 7 flowerbeds and there are more weeds and grass before I can get to the others! But I will say where I have deeper bark mulch, the weeds/grass are/is easier to pull up. Where I didn’t have much mulch, I had to get a shovel out to dig up the grass. It’s never ending. It’s like dusting. If I dust, it will come right back. And I don’t even have to be gone long for it to start all over again. lol

It’s toddler time. Potty training. We are getting the hang of it. I. Think.

Have really terrific day!! I’m off to…get into something!

Terry

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Blue Jays in Conversation

“Hey, the girl is mine,” Mr. Talkative said.

“Look at my beautiful feathers. She’s sees these and that’s all she wrote.”

“Hmm,” the other bird said.

Yep, I speak bird.

Don’t you hate it when you can sleep finally, and the smoke detector (one of like 10 stupid detectors they install in these houses) starts beeping? It’s got such a shrill sound, there’s no ignoring it and it was on the other side of the house and it still sounds as bad as if it were in the same room. Well, nearly. It meant its battery needed changing. Since I have 10-foot ceilings, that meant getting the ladder out, carrying it into the house from the garage, getting a 9-volt battery, climbing the ladder, and pulling the old battery out. Paying attention to the way the other went in because I can’t see how the battery is supposed to go in, I’m proud of myself. Insert new battery after a humongous struggle, climb down ladder, walk to the kitchen, the detector starts beeping.

Return to the ladder, climb up, remove battery, reinsert battery after a horrible struggle–my dad used to say never force things because it isn’t meant to work that way if you have to force it–in this case, he’s wrong. It’s supposed to be in there that way. Wait this time before I climb down ladder.

Beep…………….beep……………beep. And it’s not just a beep-beep like Road Runner made. Nope. It’s a shrill, ear-piercing screech, right next to my head. Of course. I take it out, try to put it in the opposite way that I know isn’t right, and can’t get it in at all.

So I climb down the ladder and get ANOTHER new battery, climb up the ladder, remove the “old” new battery, slip in the “new” new battery and voila, no struggle to get it in.

Okay, okay, so maybe dad was right, even if the other should have worked. And yes, after waiting, no beep. Climbing down the ladder, no beep. Several minutes passed while writing the blog, no beep. Time to carry the ladder back to the garage. More sleep? Forget that. The dogs want out. Food, out, in.

Time to write.

Hope you have a sound sleep and no screeching Road Runner waking you from your dreams.

Terry

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8200 Words and Counting!

Baby Blue Jay

I did it! I got caught up! I had to write 8200 words to do it, but I did it! I’m at 10,000 words, 70,000 to go. I wrote all that yesterday. It’s not easy or I’d do it all the time. I also weeded and did my usual chores, and I even took pictures of butterflies and dragonflies and flowers. But I had so much conflict, so many scenes coming to me in watered-down movie versions that I just kept writing. I need to go back and flesh out the scenes, but I LOVE it when that happens.

So I’m caught up. Today, no word count because I’m babysitting, but I always try to get some done anyway so I can get ahead of the game until more edits come. I’m caught up! Can you tell how wonderful that makes me feel? Now, if only I could do that every day. lol

Off to get ready for my granddaughter.

Hope you are always way ahead of your deadlines.

Terry

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The Beauty of Flowers

I picked up these perennials from the grocery store. They were so pretty, I couldn’t help myself. What are they? I don’t know. But they’re pretty!

I turned in the proofed version of To Tempt the Wolf last night and started working on Red Wolf Christmas. I hated to look to see how far behind I am because of the novella and proofing 2 books. Eight thousand words. So I’m getting my word count for today, and then I’ll try and get a little extra to whittle down my behindedness.

Okay, back to the book!! Have a wonderful day!!!!

Terry

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Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Calf

A Walk along Farms-a Cute Fuzzy Calf

At the writer’s retreat, another writer and I took a long hike along the farm roads and I, of course, brought my camera, just in case there was anything interesting to take pictures of. Of course there was. There always is!

I turned in the proof of Silver Town Wolf: Home for the Holidays and I’m working on the proof of To Tempt the Wolf. It’s VERY long. In the early days, we had to have more word count and I wrote a LOT of words. I managed to get through 166 pages, but still have 340 to go. It’s a fun story and I haven’t read it in 10 years (this is the 10th anniversary release book), so it’s all good.

Off to get started on proofing!

Have a wonderfully fun day!!!

Terry

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Not Meeting Goals

Boltz–the omega wolf, International Wolf Center, Ely, MN

Every day I get behinder and behinder (author’s prerogative to make up words that work for story–really) on my goals. So why make goals? I think it’s so I can play catch up all the time.

I turned in Hunting for the Red Wolf novella, yay! Got started on final proofing of Silver Town Wolf: Home for the Holidays, when I got an email from yet ANOTHER editor with a request to do the final proof of yet ANOTHER novel: To Tempt the Wolf, the 10th Anniversary Edition. The first is due on the 22nd, the second on the 29th. It sounds like for the other that I have a lot of time, but I’m still working on the first one, AND every day I don’t write on Red Wolf Christmas, I’m 2,000 more words behind. *sigh*

Looming off in the not too far distant future are more edits for Wolff Brothers You Had Me at Wolf. You see, I love, love, love turning in my books. Done. Finished. The End. But then, they keep coming back for 3 sets of edits and final proofing. lol

The problem this year is not only do I have the 3 full length novels to write and edit and proof, I have 3 novellas to write and edit and then along with proofing those, I have the three 10 yearanniversary novels to proof. I wonder why I get behind on my word count goals??? I think last year I only had 1 novella to write? So this year it’s been overwhelming.

Ugh. Stressville, here I come. I’m going with my daughter to swim this morning, last time before she works all week again, which means a little shorter hours for me on the two days I take care of my granddaughter–by about 2 hours. Soooooo, maybe I can write a little more on those days. They’re my off days.

In the meantime, I’m halfway through proofing Silver Town Wolf and hope to have it done today, and then tomorrow I’ll start on To Tempt the Wolf. Both are long books so take some time. Despite all this, setting goals is important. I wouldn’t get half of what I need to get done, done, unless I set the goals for each book all the time. And then try to catch up on the books that I’m behind on! So it works….

Before I have to run off in an hour and a half, I’m off to work.

Have a happy Friday!!!

Terry

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