Other than one of the corgis being sick all weekend, which meant cleaning up diarrhea in her crate, two mornings in a row, the floor, and washing all the dog bedding and her, and the floors where she tracked it through the house, other than the other corgi throwing up in the house and leaving a present in my bedroom, and one of my dogs throwing up on the patio, and other than my granddaughter and I being sick still, it was a great weekend!
I actually got 8 hours of sleep yesterday, miraculous! Not this morning. I was sick again. ugh. She and the dogs went home last night. Nice and quiet. My dogs went to bed early and I played my game. Oh, and I did edit more pages of Vampire Redemption. I tried to write, but with 4 dogs and one toddler, impossible.
But she was really good the whole weekend, and we took a 2-mile walk yesterday because we felt better. She didn’t miss her parents, knew they were coming back for her and that was my biggest worry. And getting her to sleep so I could sleep some! At her young age, it’s iffy, but she does spend a couple of days a week with me, so she’s used to being here. And naps and nighttime? We had a routine, and it worked!
So I’m off to write because Friday I didn’t get my word count, too sick, and I have to get it today!
I took her shopping, and first store, she took my hand and put it beneath her cheek to sleep in the cart. lol But of course, she really couldn’t and we went to another store to get groceries after that.
Before that, I was making out my grocery list and asking her what we needed. She said: Milk.
“We have milk.”
She is soooooo into Baby Shark that when we found a Valentine’s one, I picked it up for her. So she’s singing the Baby Shark song while we’re waiting in line to pay for things, and I’m trying to read her the song in the book. “No, Grandma.” Then she proceeded to tell me how the Baby Shark song went. lol She had to sing all the way through Grandpa Shark before we reached the next page and she’d start all over again.
I took her on a long walk. She wanted me to carry her before we reached the mailbox because, “I’m too little,” she told me.
So Grandma carried her the rest of the way. I was trying to wear her out, you see. Not me.
We reach the mailbox and I get the mail and she tells me, “No, this way.” Which is the way we normally go when she’s in her stroller, but NO WAY can Grandma carry her all the way around the neighborhood if she was suddenly “too little” and couldn’t make it on her own. lol
So we went Grandma’s way and she walked the whole way. We had lunch, she helped me put away the laundry, and then it was time to put her down for a nap. We’re both sick, so I was really hopeful this was going to work.
I moved her mat from the living room to my bedroom.
One thing I read was that if a room is darker, sometimes toddlers’ brains will get the message it’s bedtime. I have room-darkening curtains in there, but enough light from two more small windows with blinds on them, that it still is light enough to feel safe.
So then I set a blanket on the mat. “No, Grandma, more blankets.”
We went to the other room where her infant blankets were and she got all three of them and placed them on her makeshift bed. Looking at it, she said, “No, Grandma, pillows.” She took my hand again and we trotted back off to the other room.
It is on the other side of the house, so we’re both getting our exercise, and then she had all her pillows on her mat, just like she wanted them. Two baby ones and a big round soft pillow. “No, Grandma, my puppy.”
So we went to the other room and got her puppy. One hand in mine, one arm arm wrapped securely around her puppy, we returned to the bedroom. And she laid down. Grandma laid down in her bed. And both of us began to cough. *sigh*
Her cough was worse, but she managed to fall asleep for 2 1/2 hours. Both of us scored a win. Grandma couldn’t sleep with all the coughing, but I still felt better for trying for about a half an hour.
When she woke, I was working on my story on the computer, and she was in the room calling out, “Grandma?” My desk is right next to the bedroom, and I went in and got her. We cuddled and watched a show together until her momma picked her up. It worked! Little one had a nap, and Grandma got some rest.
We shall see what happens tomorrow and the long babysitting weekend ahead!
Roses in bloom during the mild winter we’re having!
Last week, I tried every trick Grandma knows to get little one to take a nap. Nothing worked. This week, Grandma’s sick with a head cold and she has little one allllllll weeeeeekeeeeend long too. So during the week, AND the weekend, she’s got to take a nap or Grandma’s not going to make it.
So Grandma was reading how others get toddlers down for naps when they are fighting sleeping. That’s what Grandma already does. I’m going to try to do something differently. Or I’m sunk. lol Once I realized I had a head cold and not just allergies, and I have little one all weekend, I also realized two of my writing days are shot!
I managed 4,000 words on Vampire Redemption and 2,000 words on Highland Wolf yesterday. Yay!
The two days I have her this week, are my no writing days, so I need to get something done after she leaves because now the weekend really means no writing since I’ll have her at night too. Oh, shoot, I’ll have their corgis also. *sigh*
It’s been a mild winter this year, giving the monarchs that wrapped themselves in their cocoons late a better chance at survival. This one I saw a couple of days ago, another, yesterday. I do have flowers they can sip the nectar from, so I hope that keeps them going.
I have a head cold and my head was splitting in two, my teeth all aching and feeling like they needed to be pulled. I’m bad about taking medicine for anything, figuring it will go away. But I was trying to concentrate on writing Highland Wolf and proofing the last 19 chapters of Night of the Billionaire Wolf and my head was hurting too much. I’d taken allergy medicines, but nothing was touching the pain. I finally went looking for something for my head and I found kid’s liquid tylenol, and other kids’ liquid medicines. Where are Grandma’s medicines when she needs them? lol
I finished proofing Night of the Billionaire Wolf and sent it off. Yay! So I’m back to writing on both Highland Wolf and the vampire book today.
I spent a lot of yesterday weeding because we had storms coming in last night that sounded like they were going to blow the windows in and the temperature dropped significantly. So while it was beautiful out, I wanted to get the whole front yard flowerbeds weeded.
I delivered the bear too and did 2,000 words on Highland Wolf, and proofed 5 more chapters on Night of the Billionaire Wolf. Ten done, 19 chapters to go!
I’m off to work, cold out, feel like I’m getting a head cold, ugh. So staying in the house and just writing. I’m on level 5 on Tower of Time. I didn’t get anything done on vampire, but I think I’m going to concentrate on getting Highland Wolf word count and more of Billionaire proofing done today. Vampire is extra, when I have more time.
Do you ever have problems with focusing on things because there are too many other distractions? When I was learning photography, and will always be learning how to do better, I could be so OFF on my focus. Back of monkey, beautiful. All the strands of fur were in perfect focus. The face? A virtual blur. Not good. I took these 7 years ago, and miraculously, some turned out really well. lol
I’ve found with focusing on word count, knowing I can do better, I’ve been managing 2,000 per day on each of two books. I turned in my novella, but got Night of the Billionaire Wolf proofing to do, so I’m up to chapter 6 on that. And I was exercising while I was proofing, and I finished up a bear I needed to do. I started watching a French series about a thief in the woods, I guess a grim Robin Hood while I was working on the bear. And I made it to the 5th tower level in Tower of Time. So I’m able to get lots of stuff done AND get more writing done… and even have time to play, just with a little focus.
Yesterday, I was trying to get a better handle on weeding. It’s way out of hand and I can’t ever get ahead of it. So I put down some weed killer. I don’t like using it because I have so many beneficial critters out there I don’t want it to affect and I’m afraid it will kill plants I don’t want to kill. The yard guys put some down on my flowering dianthus. And yep, it killed it. It seemed like when I’ve tried this before, it really didn’t help eliminate the weeds, so we shall see. I just need some help at it, maybe until I can get it under control. Laughing.
Off to work! Have a great day focusing on what you want to do for work and play!
Gymnastics, with Grandma, was a success! I’ll take her to the younger class one more time, and then we’ll try the older class without Grandma. She wouldn’t have gone in by herself without me, and she kept making sure I was still there, watching her. I asked if she could go to the bigger class without me, and she said, “No, with Grandma,” so we’ll see.
She didn’t take a nap again, ugh. I thought with all the tumbling and running she’d fall asleep in the car on the way home. She got quiet, which often means she has fallen asleep, but as soon as we arrived home, “Grandma, where are we going?”
lol So then I fed her lunch, tried all kinds of Grandma tricks, and nothing worked. Sometimes a walk will do it. She needs her nap. Grandma needs her to take a nap. lol
Four days to work on: Vampire Redemption, Highland Wolf, and need to proof Night of the Billionaire. Oh, and weed. It turned nice and warm this morning, so I was weeding first thing, but I picked up some weed killer for weeds in the grass that hopefully will help. With such a mild winter, even some of my flowers are blooming and the weeds definitely are and I can’t keep up!
Have a fun day!!! I’m off to get mine started. Well, more than it has been already!
Okay, so today is gymnastics for Grandma and little one. Hopefully, this will work out. But it’s only temporary. She’ll have to move to an older class without Grandma if she wants to do this. It’s up to 2 1/2 and she’s 2 years, 9 months old. I don’t know why they don’t have it for up to 3. The next class is 3. So what happened to the kids in between?
I finished edits and turned in the Night of the Red Wolf, yay! It’s the new novella in the 10th Anniversary release of Seduced by the Wolf. I also managed to get 2,000 words on Vampire Redemption and 2,000 words on Highland Wolf! And made it to the halfway point on the 4th level of Tower of Time. So today is my non-writing day, though I want to get some more done if I can after little one leaves. She didn’t take a nap on Monday, so I never got writing during that time.
Anyway, I received Night of the Billionaire Wolf proofing, so I have to do that now. *sigh* I’m hoping it won’t make me behind on word count. Vampire Redemption is extra. It’s not my “official” word count requirement. But Highland Wolf is not, so I need to get it daily.
Alright, little one should be here in a few minutes. Off to get ready for an adventure!
In a good way! I’m really working to keep at my new doubled-up word count goals, yet still cleaning out storage closets and I want to try and get to the gutters today, if I can. I’m an early morning person, so I took a long walk this morning to get mail in the brisk cold, then began my day, before writing. If it wouldn’t make so much noise, besides that it needs to be a little lighter out, I’d be out there using the vacuum to try and clean out the gutters. When I was out in the country, no problem. But close quarters like this? I don’t want to wake anyone and have a bunch of angry neighbors. So I contain myself.
I’m on the third level of Tower of Time, a good ways through it, battling higher numbers and more monsters ever than before. So much fun. I think I’m in for another battle.
And I’m up to 10K on Highland Wolf, went through the queries again on Red Wolf, explained a few, and now really need to read through it and see if anything else needs changed. I might do that first thing this morning and do word count afterwards. At night, I’m more tired.
Yesterday, I had 3 ideas for Highland Wolf, which is why I was able to get somewhere on the word count with it fairly quickly. In fact, I was having so much fun with it, I was in the zone. I love it when that happens. I didn’t even get to the third idea, so I’ll work that in today. It means writing scenes out of sequence this time, but they’re good, fun scenes. I try to write straight through the story–from beginning to end, but sometimes I just need to write what the characters are showing me like in a movie scene!
Okay, I’m off to feed the dogs, take them out and begin working on the edits. I want to get those turned in today, if I can.
Tomorrow is baby day. She’s back after the long holiday break. I still try to get a 1,000 done after she goes home and maybe I’ll be able to do 2,000. I have 10,000 on Highland Wolf now, and 51,000 words on Vampire Redemption. Woohoo!
Two little chickadees visited my feeders yesterday nearing twilight. The sun was hitting my window and showing off the dust, lol, so I wasn’t sure how well the pictures would turn out. Note to self: Wash windows again. But the pictures didn’t turn out too bad. I love chickadees. They are so fast and flittery, they’re hard for me to capture. And yes, we still have roses in bloom.
Spinning circles–that’s what I was having when: I tried to edit my manuscript…spinning circle on my Word. Spinning circles on my blog. Spinning circles on everything.
Do you ever feel your life is on hold because of the evil, uncontrollable spinning circles?
For us, it’s New Year’s Eve and I’m having fun at my daughter and SIL’s this evening–dinner, games, movies, s’mores, yep, it’ll be fun. I picked up everything yesterday at the grocery store for the party. Hope I didn’t forget anything.
Yesterday, I managed another 4,000 words on the Vampire Redemption, which meant I caught up on the book, over halfway done, yay! I’m shooting for my 2,000 word goal, hoping I’ll get 4,000 before all the partying we’ll be doing today!
Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve if you haven’t already had yours on the other side of the world?