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Grosbeak Photo Art

A Grosbeak came to visit. In seven years, I’ve only seen one about three times. I love their colors!

Well, we had 8″ of rain in two days. We had such bad thunderstorms, I had to put Max in the closet so he could sleep. For anyone who doesn’t know it, that’s a havanese, not a kid, grandkid, or a significant other. Just thought I’d clarify that. He finally slept fine so I could sleep!

I managed to get through another 5 chapters yesterday. It’s slow going, trying to fix timeline issues. This morning, I was trying to come up with a mystery still. I’m at nearly 76k. I need 80K for minimum word count. I need to write a bunch of more scenes, so that will easily make the word count, once I’m not just editing.

I went out early before it was even light to plant more flower seeds. They’re seeds I saved from flowers from last year–zinnia, marigold, gerbera daisy, coneflower. And I have a couple of packages of more seeds to plant. The ground is so wet, it’s the perfect time to plant them. Some seeds easily come up–I already have quite a few zinnia popping up from last year’s crop. And marigolds are too. I love it when the flowers reseed themselves and it makes literally no work for me. I had so many colors with them, I would take my granddaughter out, carrying her from flower to flower and she’d name all the colors for me. I’m not sure about the gerbera daisies. They might not come up that easily since I’ve never seen new ones from the seeds I’ve planted.

The daylilies are really getting prolific, finally, and making a really couple of showcase flowerbeds out front. I want to plant more so it’s a drift of daylilies. I love the Asiatic lilies, but one flower per season and they’re done. I love the gerbera daisies also that continue to bloom once it warms up and as long as it’s not too hot. But in the fall, they begin to bloom again. The same with the coneflowers. I need to plan better on what is in front of what though. I have some taller plants that are in front of shorter flowering plants in some places.

We’re supposed to get hot again today, unlike yesterday where we were cooler than Minnesota! And no rain, so I’m going to plant the rest of my flower seeds before it gets too hot. It’s nice out this morning.

I’m off to work on the book, hope to make some more headway! Want to finish this before more book edits come in for previous books.

Have a super lovely day!

Terry

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Little Bluebird Checking out Treats–Photo Art

Little bluebird trying to figure out what will be the best seeds to eat.

Well, I shipped off the rest of the bears and the last book yesterday, dancercized with my daughter for a while, and then early evening, she said she was having steady contractions so I took my granddaughter home with me last night. I can’t get her to sleep in her own bed where she could have all the star lights racing across the room or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star playing for hours that soothes her, but drives me mad.

So I have her on her mat for a few minutes in my room, but then she was crying. *sigh*

She ends up in bed with me, though I have been able to get her down for naps on her mat some afternoons I have her. Then when she fell asleep, I turned off the music, yay! Still had to endure the wildly rolling lights. But she was clinging to me and I finally went to the other side of the bed to have some me space and the next thing I know, she’s clinging to me again. lol

I did finally manage to sleep some though. I asked her if she noticed I moved to the other side of the bed last night.

“Yes, and I followed you.”

I just had to laugh. So then this morning, she did NOT want to go to preschool. I told her that her teacher would be sad–she adores her teacher, and that I might end up having her overnight again if the baby tries to come. I normally have her here Wed and Thurs, so no preschool, and I hope I sleep better! Anyway, she’s at school for now and that means I need to get something done on my writing before I have to pick her up! I may end up at my daughter’s house in the middle of the night, or I might just keep Keira tonight, who knows. The baby doesn’t want to come.

All right, got to get to work!

Have a super, lovely day! Mine, I fear, is going to be crazy.

Terry

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Wren Photo Art

Wren Deep in Thought

I love the little wrens with their upturned tails. This one was sitting on my fence. One was on the feeder yesterday. I should have taken shots of her and of the red-headed woodpecker. I don’t see them very often, but I was so trying to finish up the edits on the book. I haven’t seen the red-headed woodpecker return. See? I should have gotten shots of the woodpecker when I had the chance.

My daylilies are all in bloom. I need to get a couple of pictures of them. It’s taken a while for them to really look like a showcase of flowers. I’m glad I put them in early on! And they make me want to do some more plantings of them. They have such a sunny disposition and they flower daily, so a constant bloom. I’ve seen where some gardens have like a drift of them throughout the garden. So pretty. And they don’t mind any kind of soil. Which helps. Low maintenance!


I finished edits on the Best of Both Wolves and turned it in. Yay! No baby yet. *sigh*

And I’m finishing up the other bear for the bear order this morning. Name and birth date on paws. Need hearts and a nose and he’s done. Then I need to get him and the little bear ready to ship, and the book to Hawaii off. And then it’s back to Billionaire–67K on that book. It’s due July 1st, so I still have time, but I still wanted to finish it up by the end of April. Will I? Maybe not once baby is here.

Then I need to finish You Had Me at Cougar–30K on that book, work on United Shifter Force Christmas, a novella–2,000 words so far, this one about the human Rowdy Sanderson and all he wants for Christmas is to be a wolf, this is for a Christmas anthology with other authors, and the next deadline book, another red wolf Christmas. It has to do with Maverick and the reindeer ranch, but not sure what the story will be about.

So lots of projects to complete–all fun!

Have a great day! I’ve got to get that bear done first thing!!

Terry

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Swans a Swimming

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!!

Terry
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Baby Goldfinch Photo Art

Goldfinch Baby on My Fence

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.

“Oh, yes.”

“And I told you not to go near it so I could take pictures of it?”

“Oh, yes.”

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.

Terry
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Gold Finches

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!!!

Terry
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4 Parrots All in a Row–Photo Art

I finally manged to get a shot of the parrots all looking in the same direction! And not busy grooming themselves with beaks buried in their feathers or each other’s!

Yay, I found the photo art file! It somehow moved to another folder. I don’t know how stuff like that happens, slip of a finger and then all kinds of havoc is wreaked.

I managed to finish 3,000 words yesterday, which I was surprised I’d manage. Especially with all the things I did with little one all day.

I’m at 58K on Billionaire. With only 22k words left to go, I need to begin wrapping up this book! And that’s fun!

I finally began taking some plants outside. Hope it doesn’t get too cold out. My chives are coming up in the garden, but I have two containers of them indoors, so I repotted them outside. They’ll feel better in the sunlight. And I have a pink and green plant, not sure what it’s called, that a friend gave me and it also does better outside.

I got the other faux fur fabrics in, so I will enjoy making up some bears from that.

I noticed that it’s going to be near record colds for the eastern part of the states. Even we’re colder than normal for this time of year.

And we’re doing an Easter egg hunt–minus candy. Pennies and magnet letters that little one can set up in alphabetic order and then she can have Mrs. Potato Head as the big prize.

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a Mr. Potatohead, but a neighbor did who had grandkids. When my mother would go over and visit with her and take me with her, I loved to play with that silly thing. Now they have it again in the stores, so I thought little one might get a kick out of it. She loves it! Some things never change.


Hope you all have a great weekend coming up. My daughter is off tomorrow so I won’t need to pick up the little one and I’ll get more written, hopefully. It all depends if my mind will allow it.

Terry

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Not April Fool’s!

Rilo and Luna Loving Each Other

I was so upset this morning. I went to upload some beautiful artwork I did of 4 parrots together and my whole folder that I had all my artwork in is gone. I have no idea how that happened. I looked in the trash folder, just to make sure I hadn’t thrown it out by accident when I was getting rid of some other files yesterday, but I hadn’t.

I managed to get my 2,000 words in yesterday! Yay! That was because I had a 500 extra word count from the day before that I hadn’t counted toward that day–I usually wait to count it when I have a 1,000 words, and added a scene from another book that I had cut that amounted to another 500 words, so I wrote 1,000 yesterday.

We also put the two chairs together, did laundry and lots of fun workbooks.

So when  I went to have little one put the washers on the machine screws for the chairs, she asked where the acorns were. To her, nuts are acorns. We have acorns in the yard. All the shows show squirrels going after acorns. Walnuts, peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, I have them all, but the only thing she equates nuts to are acorns.

I paused. “Acorns? Nuts!” lol “No nuts on these. So then we proceeded to put the two chairs together.

On the laundry, I have her push the buttons on the wash machine and dryer, trying to teach her to read the words: Power, Start. She has Start down. And when I’m reading books to her, I keep trying to teach her to read words that she’s seen repeatedly. It will come naturally. She recognizes Zoo, since it’s in a book about a Dr. Seuss book about a dog wanting to be in the zoo and she reads all the signs for me. She knows what Stop says because she reads all the stop signs, so if she sees it in a book, she recognizes it. But most of the time, she really doesn’t want to read. I did get her to read all the dogs in Go, Dogs, Go, and some of the more repetitive words, the colors, big, little, in, out, up, down, and articles.

She will sit and “read” out loud to herself, just making up what she things the words are. I tell her we have to know how to read so we can do all kinds of things. And it’s coming, slowly.

She’ll be here in a few seconds. Just trying to get a little bit of edits done before she does.

Hope you have a great day! It turned cold for us! But I think it will warm up later.

Terry

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Great White Heron

Great White Heron standing by the fountain at the Houston Zoo.

My son-in-law told me when I began taking pictures of the great white heron that he wasn’t part of the zoo. lol But he was by the fountain and it was a fun shot.

My daughter told me that I was supposed to take pictures of my granddaughter at the zoo. What??? And not the animals? I did take pictures of her, but I have to admit I was having lots of fun shooting the animals.

And some of them even turned out great!

Well, yesterday, I wrote another 3,000 words on the story. I’m having trouble with conflict in the story. That means I’m having my own internal conflict. It happens often. So whenever that happens, I pull up all the resources on conflict to try and center myself on the idea.

I love it when it comes to me, when I can come up with a plot and motivation and conflict and fly right through it. When I get back to writing on the Christmas wolf anthology story, I have it! But I want to get more of this book finished first. I’m at 30,000 words and have 50K left to reach minimum word count.

I managed to plant two of the ligustrum yesterday. I’ve been cutting back the milkweed, pulling weeds. The milkweed had been leafing out and died back with the ice age, so they’re coming back at the roots now. Seven more plants to plant. I hope to get some done today, and the rest done tomorrow.

It’s chilly this morning again. I should appreciate it since when it warms up in a few weeks it will stay hot forever, and then I’ll be wishing it was cooler. But it’s too cold for me right now. lol


Have a great day! Need to get mine started!

Terry

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Robin Art

A fat little robin sitting on the fence.

I worked all day on Billionaire. Woohoo! Okay, so I should have been working on proofing White Wolf Moon, but I did the rest of the edits and then I was working on Billionaire, having a ball with it. I love it when that happens. So I’m up to 7,000 words on it. Only 73,000 words to go. And I proofed ch on White Wolf Moon.

At least I’m getting somewhere with it, so I wasn’t goofing off or anything.  And I was playing with a couple of pictures too.

So it was a great day! Today, I hope to get somewhere on proofing white wolf. lol

Even if the billionaire book is calling to me. Working on edits first on it!

Have a great day! It’s time to begin to work on proofing after I do the edits!

Stay safe!

Terry

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