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Fog, Baby, and Bears

Babysitting day makes it hard to do a lot. But when she went home, I finished the last bear order. I have another to show off once the daughter’s birthday is passed. And I need to get permission to share a couple of the maternity photos when she’s seen them. I did take one of grandbaby and her daddy while she was watching the couple and their two dogs.

I still haven’t taken a picture of the bear I did last night. Today, it’s COLD, pouring rain, and thundering. So it will be pretty dark when I take the picture still.

Yesterday, it was pea-soup fog. Really thick even later in the day. I finally managed to get a couple of shots of the fog while baby was watching Llama Llama. And I captured her in the semi-dark, not much light, but it didn’t turn out bad. I’ve been walking her. She’s really strong, but at this point, she walks really well, but still needs to have me hold her hands.

I realized after looking closer at the maternity shots, that several of the photos with the husband looking in the direction of the camera had glare on his glasses. So I need to copy and paste his eyes from another photo where there was no glare. Thankfully, I had them move to a new location for some of the shots.

Today, I need to ship bears, and then I need to get back to the book!

Have a great day!!!!

Terry
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Fog and Christmas Lights

I like storms, as long as they don’t fill your house with water, tear down your trees or pull off your roofs, but a nice rainstorm clears the air, charges it with electricity, makes a change in the humdrum of weather. So we have storms coming in for the next few days.

Temperature changes can be wild too–highly fluctuating–from hot to cold, cold to hot. This morning I expected cold like it’s been, but nope, it’s hot. Well, warm. But not cold. And it’s going to be hotter, well, warmer, not cool later today.

It keeps me on my toes though. I HAVE to look at the weather report, just to get a ballpark idea. Because, as we all know, weather reports sometimes aren’t all that accurate. It’s great for changes in stories too–when the weather turns bad, or really nice. Characters have to adjust to the changes too. And it can make for great conflict.

Think of the ship breaking up in a storm. No shelter. A sunny, breezy day. A cold, rainy, blustery day. A foggy dark night. A Highlander in a kilt. *sigh* Got to get back to the story.

So this morning, we had major fog. We had it a couple of days ago, but I was busy and didn’t have time to photograph it. But methinks, wouldn’t it be fun to try and photograph the fog and Christmas lights???

And so at 4:45 this morning, that’s what I was doing, after I took the dogs out. Most everyone had their lights off, so I only had mine and one of my neighbor’s and another’s across the street to capture in the fog. Christmas lights are pretty. Fog is pretty. It was fun capturing them together.

Off to work on a bear and My Highlander. I’m halfway through edits, but still finishing the book too! Picture the Bubblegum Bear (in blue and purple) in Blue Rainbow’s larger size, the big one lying on his back. 🙂 <3 That’s what I’m currently working on. Well, I cut it out….

Hope you have an excitingly wonderful day! Mine is going to be excitingly busy.

Terry

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When Life is Stormy…

Do you embrace it? Or take cover?

We had a partial clearing, though the thunder was still rumbling when I took the pictures, and it poured again shortly after this–the clouds blocking out the sun and filling in, darkening, the rain coming down in a deluge.

I love cloud formations–the wispy ones, the wind blowing them so hard way up above that they look like cottony softness that would be silky to the touch. And low lying clouds in the form of fog.

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Or those touched by the setting sun, colorful, majestic.

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Or these. blue-gray, contrasted by brilliant sun brightened white against a smattering of blue sky–the clouds filled with water droplets ready to let loose.

Or just a sheet of gray that colors the day gray–dreary, definition-less, wet.

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Storms are filled with conflict. And conflict is filled with storms.

Embrace it? Or run away? 🙂 <3

Terry

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The Fog

I walked.

Afraid the fog would vanish.

But it didn’t.

It grew.

And grew.

And deepened.

Until everything within it vanished.

Have a super moody day! 🙂 <3

Terry

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Fog of the Brain

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Do you ever have so many projects to do, you don’t know where to begin?

Hopefully, I’ll begin them right and all will be done as planned.

I’m aiming to get the first 10,000 on Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf–which means 2,000 words today.

Plant 4 mini boxwood shrubs. I planted all the flowers last night until it got too dark to see what I was doing. 🙂 It’s supposed to rain today, so I’ll have to figure out where to put them sometime today.

Do edits my first beta reader sent to me and then turn this over to my second beta reader. Book is due April 1st, so running out of time.

AND, proof Exchanging Grooms for print. I really, really need to get all my ebooks into print. It’s already in audiobook too! So it needs to be in print. I spent a good part of yesterday formatting it and creating the cover.

Okay, that’s it!!! So as long as I do first things first–edits to Flight of the White Wolf, I’ll be all set to go onto the next assignment. No time for fog brain.

Have a great clear brain day and live up to your potential. You can do it!

Terry

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Flowers and Fog

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An anemone in oil paint. The leaves to the upper left hand corner is a miniature rose bush. The anemones didn’t come up last year, so I figured they didn’t make it, so I almost planted a rosebush on top of them. Whoops. 🙂 <3

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I’m more into purple and red flowers, but yellow brighten purple and red, and when I found these peach, I totally loved how they had multiple colors on the rosebush. This is Peach Knockout Drift. And yellow Asian lily.

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And a cool, spooky fog.

That’s it! Back to proofing print for Galaxy Warrior!

Have a wonderful day!

Terry

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Hike to the Wetlands

wetlands-7-half-mile-900-004We went for a hike to the Wetlands, which for now should be called the dry lands. Nothing wet about them. It was a seven and a half mile walk, and it was hot, but we had fun.

We’re taking my son to the airport this afternoon, and while we’re continuing to have 80 degree weather, he’s headed for 45 for a high today. So he had a reprieve.

Thick fog this morning with a little cooler air, but the temperature will be high again today.

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Enjoy the day!

Terry Spear

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Early Morning Lights

early-morning-1000iso-900-foutain-lights-005We had really dense fog this morning, but it had burned off quite a bit by the time I got myself out the door. I wanted to see if the fountains were lit up in the early morning, but they aren’t. 🙁

So that means I really will have to do this at night. I tried the other night, but between the mosquitoes and then my battery dying, I couldn’t wait for the lights to come on.

early-morning-lights-1000iso-900-006Light fog and lanterns glowing.

I want to learn how to take low light pictures, and these are turning out nicely. Believe me, when I took interesting shots like this in Scotland and Daytona Beach at night, many were awful. Some turned out. But I’m trying to learn how to ensure MORE turn out and not just at the photo god’s whim. 🙂

early-morning-1000iso-blue-sky-fog-lights-003You can see the foggy trees way in the background. I love fog, unless I have to drive in it. So I was disappointed I hadn’t gotten out earlier to take some pictures of it. But I will persist.

And that’s the key to accomplishment. Never give up! Never surrender!

Have a great day!!!

Terry Spear

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Fog is Beautiful

Fog before sunrise, summer

Fog at Dawn

Fog at Dawn, spring

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Fog after sunrise, summer

bend in the road in fog (640x479)Fog in Scotland when we drove around a bend in the road, October.

fog 005 (800x533)Fog in Crawford, Texas, winter

fog and peach orchard pastel (640x427)Fog in a peach orchard, my next door neighbor’s, pink flowers blossoming in spring.

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Fog is beautiful. Evocative, mystical, spooky, beautiful.

Foggy Days Remind Me of Fall

Foggy Days Remind Me of Fall.

Fog in Scotland, Morning Sunrise

Fog covering the loch in Scotland, Morning Sunrise, September

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Terry

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Under 8 Flood Warnings and One Flood Watch

And more rain coming. We have storms through Monday, then tapering off and starting up again on Saturday again. But of course this is all subject to change. Even when it said we had barely any chance of raining, it was pouring.

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rain 056 (640x427)I was running puppies out during these breaks, though at one point we did have a half clear sky. You know, you get complacent. You think it’s poured its guts out and that’s it. No more rain. It’s clearing. That’s what a normal storm would do. But…it’s not true. It’s an illusion. Get complacent and you’ve lost your chance to run out when it’s “dry.”

I ran out to get the mail one time. It’s a couple of blocks away, and it was one of the times I thought it had really ended. Another time, I grabbed my garbage can since they did pick up. Yay! I took the dogs out when the sky looked like this thinking I’d better really walk them and make sure they did their thing.

And then it let loose.

rain 064 (640x427)pouring rain (640x427)rain and tree (640x427)I will give the weather service credit for raising the percent to 45% chance of rain when it was pouring.

Soooooo, I had to get some really important documents signed, notarized, faxed and fedexed. I had gone out the night before, after they sent them to me soooo late and we were in the middle of a terrible storm. Thunder, lightning, deluge of rain. It’s dangerous. It’s not fiction. People most often drown in cars swept away in flood waters. But I had a deadline on the documents. Which is why I was soooo irritated that they hadn’t come in earlier and I could have taken care of the matter then. Even when I had gone out earlier to mail a package, and planned to go to the grocery store, the torrential rains started, and I returned home. Underwriters waited til the title company was closed. I didn’t get them until nearly 6 pm. Six-thirty, the fedex office was going to be closed. They also do faxes and notary. I assumed that since the rains were going to continue ALL NIGHT LONG, it would be better to go out then.

WRONG.

With that much rain in such a short period of time, roads were badly flooded. Lower riding cars than mine were sitting still, in a quandary, not sure what to do. Cars moved around the barrier, which I didn’t mind, but were headed straight for me, and I had to pull over when I could. I ended up doing the same thing when I saw the floodwaters ahead and trucks that ride higher than mine were submersed in water up to their headlights. A low riding truck had put his flashers on and just stopped before he entered the floodwaters.

Turn around, don’t drown has become the motto to warn people how dangerous it is to enter flooded roads. Car engines stall out. The car quickly fills with water. People drown. At Fort Hood, they were still searching for 6 soldiers missing after their truck was swept away in flood waters, 3 drowned, 3 are in stable condition, and 6 still unaccounted for.

I called the title company in the morning to let them know I was going to risk going out to get the documents signed, but that we’d had really bad flooding. Our streets are fine. The road we get on from there was fine. The roads leading to the main one where the businesses are located and where I needed to go, flood. Since I’m new here, I had no idea.

My neighbor had gone to the grocery store in the same plaza. I had heard him leave, so I called his wife to see how the roads were. She told me where he was at. So I tried calling him, but no answer. I let everyone know I was going and would let them know when I got there and got back safely. Then I got in my car and drove the wet streets, took a different road, and it was fine. Now, we’d had rain ALL NIGHT LONG. And that morning when I got up, it had started up again. But we had a two-hour break from the rain before the bank opened. I was there 15 mins before it opened. The post office is behind that, and the grocery store next to it. So I figured maybe I could make it to all three before the deluge began again. It was coming. The sky was turning pitch black. I was running out of time. I needed to get the paperwork done pronto, risk getting some groceries, and return home before the rains started and the road flooded again.

Okay, now this is like a book. Conflict, conflict, conflict. Deadlines. Ticking time-bomb. Threats. Bad stuff coming. Yet the thing I had to do was so important, I had to get it done, pronto. Motivation.

You always wonder why anyone in their right mind would leave their home in the middle of a disaster, unless their home is flooded and they need to leave to get to safety. Most of the people were trying to get home from work. Others, like me, were going somewhere. I had a really important reason. Anything else, and I would have said, no way, Jose, and stayed home. Not worth the risk.

So, I get the documents signed notarized, faxed. Drive to the postal annex and the clouds are looking eerily ominous. Darkening by the second. But no rain. So I run inside, get the paperwork fedexed, and run right next to the grocery store. I can do this. I wanted to get bottled water in case we have problems with our water. I needed potatoes. That’s the Irish in me.

And then it happened. I had just left the grocery store when it began. The deluge. Now…I wasn’t wearing a rain jacket. Dummy me. It was in the car. It was so hot and wasn’t raining, and I just didn’t think of it. I just thought: run in, and get out.

I had bought eggs. I think buying eggs is a mistake for me. I bought some and crushed them (since I don’t buy them but rarely), and then I bought some and we had the power outage and I had to throw them away. So I bought some and the rains were coming down hard, soaking me, lightning striking right overhead, I’m running for the car, pushing the metal basket ahead of me thinking, this is so not good. I’m throwing the 3 bags I picked up as fast as I could into the car. The bottled water is heavy and it took me a couple of minutes longer to throw it in the car. Then I had to run the basket to the basket corral. And then I ran back and got into the car and just sat, soaked, the adrenaline still pumping.

And I thought–oh, no, where did I throw my eggs?

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I kept thinking the road’s going to flood before I can get home. It was coming down hard. The lightning was cracking right overhead. But 5 cars were trying to back out at once. My windows had fogged up and I couldn’t see. I don’t usually have to use the defroster, so still having a time with figuring it out. I finally leave after 3 of the cars leave, and then I’m on the road, barely able to see because the rain is coming down so hard. The road is beginning to flood. I make it home, drive into my dry garage and just sit there. The adrenaline still pumping.

I unload the groceries, greet the puppies, put away the groceries, no, I didn’t look at the eggs. I couldn’t. Not yet. I let everyone know the documents were off, the title company, my realtor, my kids, my friends to let them know I was home safe and sound.

And then I checked the eggs.

All intact. And I’ll have some for breakfast.

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That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Fog this morning. More rain coming. Weatherman says in half an hour, so I took the puppies out one more time. And I’m back to the real world of edits. And I’m not going anywhere.

Happy TGIF!!!

Terry

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