Four hours of sleep, really sleeping great, then the stupid phone goes off, buzzing twice. It was updating. Light on the phone goes on, then off, then on, then off. So annoying. So for half an hour, I lay in bed, unable to sleep. They say to get up and do something and then go back to bed if you can’t sleep. I get up and do some edits and hear this wild wind. Thunderstorms! Not scheduled at all today. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep through them anyway. Thunder, rain, wild night.
Took the photo of the baby orangutan and zinnia flower and giant yellow swallowtail butterfly. The baby orangutan is exploring new worlds.
Okay back to bed and hopefully to sleep if the storm doesn’t get too wild. I am at 44K on the book, 36K to go, woohoo! And having lunch with my granddaughter at her school, first time in 5 weeks since being so sick. Still don’t have all my voice back. But it’s her birthday, so wanted to do something special.
I was super lucky when I went to take pictures at the zoo the other day. The two orangutans were on the move and then this one climbed up onto the tree branches and posed for me. Just beautiful! Sometimes I get lucky! Rarely, but sometimes. Woohoo, turned in White Wolf Moon, worked on more of Billionaire and I was working on the dreaded taxes. And finished them yesterday too!
Then my dogs were chasing another dog on the other side of the fence, and they got their paws all muddy yesterday. So I scooped them both up, and took them to the bathroom and gave them both a bath in the tub. Then they got to go to bed to dry off after I towel dried them. They won’t let me hair blow their hair. Too noisy. And I don’t blame them. So once they had lunch, I took them outside and miracle of miracles, they both behaved themselves.
No even looking for the other dogs when they went out. Yay! In fact, while I was cutting back dead fern fronds, they were staying close to me and just chilling. Maybe I cured them of racing to the fence and then barking at the other dog, running the length of it. I just need to take them inside if they do it again, and give them a bath. lol Well, we’ll see how long that works. I suspect, not long, unless I repeat it several times and they finally get a clue.
We have thunderstorms coming in this afternoon and the temperature dropped to 49. That looks like the lowest we’re going to have from now on. Which means, maybe I can get some flowers. Things are slowly starting come back. But I suspect the palm trees people had are not going to come back. And the oleanders might not either, unless they come up from the roots.
I need to cut my dead ornamental grass back too before all the new green sprouts come out. Usually none of this stuff dies in winter. Even the ferns would remain green. But I see life everywhere. And I even saw an early yellow swallowtail flying around the other day when there are hardly any flowers out, poor little butterfly. Normally we would have tons out already.
I worked on edits again on Billionaire yesterday, need to plan my word goals to reach to get this book done by July 1st.
They’ve expanded vaccinations to more of the population starting Monday, so I’m going to try and get one scheduled. And have a ton of other things I need to do on Monday. My list is growing, but I’m also determined to write a lot. I’ll also be alternating between that one and You Had Me at Cougar, when I get stuck on Billionaire.
And I guess that’s it!
Have a super, beautiful day! I’m looking forward to the rain, just hope the electricity doesn’t go out. I have too much to do!
There is a family of them there and I managed to get a good shot of the daddy close up to the window.
Well, little one will be here, so I’ve got to engage her in some educational stuff. We count by 10s on the drive home from pre-school, and I was counting with her by 100s also yesterday. She doesn’t like to share what’s going on at school, but they take pictures, so they have one of her holding her nose while she is touching a big red snapper. lol They’re doing oceans study this month. I’m working with her on previous months of workbooks she didn’t get to finish because of Covid concerns–sharing feelings and the earth and the solar system. Cool, right?
I want to extend her learning on oceans, but when she’s here, she doesn’t want to. So we’re working on the other workbooks. She can draw a circle, but I’m trying to teach her to draw a triangle.
Okay, I’m off to get something done before she gets here.
Baby’s back! I have only 8 more chapters to proof on Claiming the White Bear, finished 11 yesterday and the prologue, and I so want to get it done today because I still need to finish up the white bear for a wedding order and I still need to do those promo blogs for You Had Me at Jaguar. Granted, the promo blogs are due early Feb, but I like to get things done early because you never know what’s going to come up and then whoops, no time to do this stuff. Plus, I’ve been thinking about the new Wolff brother’s story in Silver Town. I need to get started! And finished.
I was wracking my brain for a new idea. For weeks, I have been. And then, I had it. And it’s stuck. The Wolff brothers, and their sisters, but they still are back east trying to sell their ski lodge there, are in Silver Town. So we’ll be back to the much beloved Silver Town wolves. Only this time, it will be at the ski lodge. I mention them in the Silver wolf Christmas book coming out in Sept this year, briefly. Anyway, you see two sisters arrive at the ski lodge, and one begins to howl in the room that night. Can you imagine how upsetting that would be for the owners, and of course, the other guests? Yes, the town is run by the Silver wolf pack, but no way do they want the word to get out to humans that they exist. And that’s it! Yes! The beginning of a whole book.
So in the meantime, no extra puppies this week, but baby’s back! Which is fun and work and fun. I’m going to try and take her to the children’s museum on Wednesday for Critter Hour. They’re closed on Mondays, unfortunately. It all depends on how she is. I went to take her to the grocery store one day and she had an absolute fit. I waited until later after she’d had a nap. So I might try to be on a schedule, but sometimes it doesn’t work for her. *sigh*
Okay, she’s nearly here and I have to run. Have a super lovely day!!!
But he has lots of play things, and a female to harass, but here he is looking sad as he peered through the fence at me as I took his picture. They’re taken care of, immunization wise, food wise, and play with them for enrichment.
They even have a doll for the female to take care of before she has a baby. She wears her pink blanket all the time. I thought she WAS the baby. LOL But this is the female and the huge guy above is the male.