Which means I can’t get my dogs out this morning to relieve themselves. ugh. I even went out with them. NO WAY. They came out, saw the weather, and ran right back inside the house. In a little bit, I’ll put their collars and leashes on and my raincoat on and stand in the rain until they do their business! Well, I fed them their breakfast and they finally went out with me despite all the scary thunder.
So I reached 65K, woohoo, up to revising on chapter 17 on Bear in Mind, so getting closer to the end. I also sewed up legs, arms, and bodies for the 2 bears I need to make for the twins. I still need to finish the author interview. Off to work in the storm. I love stormy days.
It was a great day with my toddler grandson yesterday! We walked to the school to have lunch with his sister in kindergarten and then walked home and walked back to pick her up and back home again. So I got a lot of walking in!
He was so good. I gave him some milk when we got home after lunch, set out his mat and told him to lie down and go to sleep. I pulled off his shoes and put a blanket over him and he fell asleep!!! Woohoo! Then I worked on edits nearby and it was so nice. Max slept next to me. But before we knew it and before my grandson was awake, we had to leave again to pick up big sister.
It worked out really great. Now I’ve got him again this morning. He was so cute. Max will sleep on my lap. He wanted him to sleep on his lap. Max isn’t as big as his dogs (corgis), but he’s still way too big for a toddler’s lap. Of course, a lot of Max is fur!
Okay, I’m off to take care of little one. We’re supposed to have rain most of the day. So it looks like we will have to drive to pick up his sister after school. Boy, once he saw his stroller, he had a fit when I didn’t put him in it right away. lol
So the challenge was to have an essentially black background and add white to it. Of course my black and white dogs were up to the challenge. I did consider a black and white chickadee but I used it for another challenge.
I managed another 3,000 words yesterday–yay! And got a better sleep last night. Little one will be here any minute, so fed the dogs, birds, got the garbage out. And getting to my blog before she gets here and I don’t get to it for hours!
I’m only 2,000 words behind. Yay! If I can get a 1,000 today after she leaves, I’ll only be a 1,000 short, since days I have her are free writing days. Sometimes I can’t get any done at all.
We plan to walk, read books, do some workbooks, maybe make cupcakes and play on the splashpad after a nap, and that should be our day.
I was going to share some trip pictures but I can’t download them to my computer, so I’m getting an SD reader that will hopefully download them instead.
I’m off to get some weeding done. When we got back, everything was green, just like the grass in this picture and the weeds and the new flowers are all out. lol Which means I have to weed again!
But I need to work on edits too and pick up my dogs from boarding them. We wanted to pick up the dogs yesterday, but they were closed for Easter. Poor dogs. As soon as I walk in the house, I’m greeted, they want to sit on my lap, want petting, etc., so it seems so weird not to have them underfoot with their cheery little expressions.
Just got a call from the groomer at the kennel. She says they are so badly matted they can’t groom them without shaving them. I don’t know how they get so messed up at this place. The other place I’ve taken them to were fine. So I’ll pick them up, groom them myself, and once they’re not matted, I’ll take them to a different groomer to trim them up nice and neat and bathe them again. So I have my work cut out for me.
We’re also seeing The Lost City this afternoon. I hope it’s as good as Romancing the Stone–another romance author story where the author gets caught up in the real world of danger.
I was trying to get the dogs to all sit together for a photo. Here are my attempts, lol.
Okay, so my dogs will sit still on their cot since I used it for training since they were puppies and I finally resorted to that but I couldn’t get the corgis to sit on either side of them for anything. I had the treats and the corgis wanted to get closer to me. My dogs knew to sit on the cot until I released them.
At least I got them all to look at me, though Luna’s ear is in front of Max’s face. *sigh*. I will try again later!
I’m having Dog Days of Christmas and having a blast. Finished While the Wolf’s Away proofing, turned it in and I’m working on The Emerald Isle of Mist next!
Going to a preschool trunk party trick-or-treating tonight. I’m so glad I live close to my kids so we can do this together. So we’re dressing up as trolls and some of the parents are putting out the treats everyone brought for the event and decorating their vehicles. Little one is here for the day so we’re going to go to the grocery store in a little while and get the ingredients for Monster Tacos for Sunday’s Halloween meal. We always do something fun for Halloween.
I always have to dress my dogs for Halloween, just for fun too. They’re so good-natured.
It’s actually chilly today and will be tonight so we’ll have to bundle up a bit. I’m glad!
Tanner is such a nut. Here he is as a puppy. You can see his chew toy in the background while he’s got my shoe in his mouth. I used Topaz Labs simplify to create the oil painting look. Thankfully, he only hoarded shoes and socks, never chewed on them. He quit hauling off shoes when he was a puppy, but he still grabs socks if he finds any lying around. I had to train my granddaughter–who always takes her socks and shoes off at my house–to put her socks up on the coffee table or on the couch so he doesn’t grab them and take them to his bed. Every once in a while, I’ll see him with one in his mouth. The whole thing in his mouth. She has little socks, but still….
Woke to wild thunderstorms this morning. It shows like 11% chance of rain. About the time I have to run out, we’re supposed to have heavy thunderstorms. Maybe it will clear out by then or come later. The weather has been so unpredictable. Heavy chance, then no rain. No chance, and heavy rain.
I reached the end which is still not the end of Billionaire, but at least I made all the paper edits and now need to make the changes on the mss. Then I need to finish the book! It all depends if I can figure out the ending! I really hope to have it done this weekend.
Yay! I worked in the heat and mugginess a lot yesterday since we’d had 4 1/2″ of rain and it made it easier to pull up grass and it was a tiny bit cooler. Last night it started to rain again and we have another 2″ of rain, so that means weeding some more tomorrow while the ground is nice and moist. It might rain until 7 pm tonight, or not. Little one is on her way soon.
I’m 1/3 of the way through proofing Vampire Redemption for print. I finished setting up and doing the print cover for Scepter of Salvation yesterday, so the book should come out soon. Waiting on Mage of Monrovia cover and then I can finish it and produce it. And sent in the specs on Vampire Redemption to the cover artist so waiting on that one, and then it’s back to coming up with the story for the Highland novel.
I thought this was an interesting article–are we washing too much?
I love my dogs. They make great frog princes, reindeer, pumpkin heads, Ewoks, whatever I can think of to turn them into and they’re so good-natured about it. Okay, so Tanner looks like he’s giving me the look and Max won’t look at the camera (but he is camera shy and he never looks at the camera if he can avoid it), but really, they are eager for me to pay attention to them so they both are jumping at me to try the “thing” on. When one has it on, the other one wants it on, then it’s time to take it off. Good puppies.
I’m still working on Vampire Redemption, 8,000 words in 3 days. I have 23,000, need around 50-60K more. I’m hoping to be halfway done by the end of next week (around 40K), but I’ll have to begin working on the Highland wolf book, so I may not get this done for another year.
Not all vampires are evil in my books. When I saw Dracula in the theater when I was a teen, I fell in love with him. He deserved to be loved. Just like Wolfman did. So in my stories, vampires can be good and some are rogues, just like in my wolf stories. Just like humans.
Hunters, who survived the Black Death like the vampires, are changed, except they don’t drink blood. They hunt the rogues. But what happens when a hunter is turned? Now the rogue vampires really have a fight on their hands.
I’m off to get things done! We’re having our Christmas early so the kids can see his parents for Christmas Day. We alternate each year. I used to see my son on alternate years, but he and his new wife are having her mother visit instead. So that will throw us off completely for next year. Either they can visit and see all of us, or I’ll visit them at some other time. Family is really important to me, but it has to work both ways.
Hope you have a delightful day!!! I can’t wait for Christmas!
I was watching a series about miracles and in one case a cat, which is unusual, warned the family about a gas leak. The couple had had surgery, her foot surgery, him a triple bi-pass and they were sleeping 18 hours a day. The cat was banging at the door to be let out and then finally convinced the woman to follow her where there was a strong odor of gas coming up from the ground. She called the gas company, the guy checks the meter, no problem.
No, wait, check the air where the cat had been digging at the lava rocks, her paws bloodied, and that’s when he found out the danger they were in. They had methane poisoning, and if a spark had gone off, 6-8 houses could have blown up on that one line.
Pets can save lives.
Well, with that note, I’m off to proof some more on You Had Me at Wolf, coming out in February!