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Wolves and More Wolves

The Wolf Pack–I created this with Clip Art from Creative Fabrica, Daily Texture, and Oscraps.

After little one went home last night, I finally managed to proof another 10 chapters, so I have 8 chapters to go on Silence of the Wolf, and 10 chapters on the novella. I should get that done by Friday.


We went to the mall. It’s so hot that I thought it would be fun to walk the mall and maybe I could find some clothes for me. Skip that, but I did find an outfit for both baby and little one for Memorial Day and I’ll take some pictures. At the mall, everyone for the most part was wearing masks. So I was glad to see it. We went to the Cheesecake Factory and they had everything spaced so that people weren’t on top of others. I haven’t been to the mall in about a year and a half, maybe longer. I haven’t been to a restaurant in about the same amount of time because I just don’t eat out very much.

A friend of mine is in Weight Watchers and so she and I are doing the Blue Plan together! It’s fun and in 2 days, I’ve lost 3 lbs. I’m hoping I will continue to lose weight and get down to what I was before I quit working at the library. My problem is that to write, you have to keep your butt in the chair. To maintain weight, you have to get up and move. lol

I don’t eat that much–so I could never figure out what was wrong. I don’t eat bread very often, or pasta either.

Chocolate is my downfall, but even after skipping chocolate for a couple of weeks, I was still being a yo-yo on my weight. When I was younger, I used to count calories. I hated that. So now I’m trying to follow the WW plan and free foods are most vegetables and fruits, fish, chicken breasts, turkey breast…Anyway, so here’s the scenario. Instead of eating what I normally would–a half of a Chicken Marsala dish at the Cheesecake Factory, which for the whole dish is 50 points!, I had Tuscan Chicken on the Skinnylicious menu. It was 11 points for the whole thing. I didn’t know it at the time, so I was being careful of how much I ate, but I couldn’t eat all in one setting anyway. There were three pieces of chicken breasts and vegetables.

So I had only one “portion” and saved the other two for two more meals. Yesterday, I ended up having 2 portions, one for lunch and one for dinner. I had more tomatoes and broccoli as a side dish and for breakfast I had a poached egg (eggs are also zero points) and a sprinkle of cheese on it. The day before I was getting close to my limit of points because I had a chicken thigh and it’s 3 points, so I skipped the butter on the broccoli. But I could splurge yesterday and had butter. I measured it, when I normally don’t measure things.

Now, yesterday, we arrived too early for the mall to open, at least I thought. Shops weren’t open until 11. Though I finally found an entrance where people were entering to walk. It was way too hot to sit in the car. Panera was open and they have all that stuff you shouldn’t eat–that I shouldn’t eat. Cinnamon buns.  29 points! All my points would be shot in one sweet 620 calorie roll. They do have half sandwiches which are about 11 points, so that’s not too bad.


So see? I might not eat that much, but if I had done what I would have in the past, I would have had the cinnamon bun for breakfast, the Chicken Marsala for lunch, and the other half for dinner. And that would have totaled 50 for the chicken Marsala for the day, and 29 for the cinnamon bun, and if I’d had some dark chocolate to finish it off–104 points for the day. Now I could see why I wasn’t losing weight! I don’t eat much, no snacks all day, no chips, nothing, but what I was eating was higher in calories and in points.

I don’t want to change my diet completely, as in eating foods I don’t like just to lower my points, because I won’t last on it, but I can definitely watch what I eat of the stuff I do like. And the Tuscan Chicken was really good. What makes it easy is I can look up the foods I normally eat, or even restaurant food and decide how many points I’m willing to have.


I’ve been balking at doing this because I don’t “eat much,” but it wasn’t getting me anywhere. A lot of the reason was that my friend eats a lot of things I don’t like and so I just couldn’t see myself eating whole new menus of food that I can’t stand. So I’m working on varying my own eating habits now but still eating what I like–except for some of those really high point items. So I’m working on it now! And I’m feeling better and I hope to feel lots better soon!

Have a super wonderful day. I’ve got to get ready for little one! And need to feed the dogs and birds!

Terry

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Playing Around with Scrap Art

I finally, finally figured out where I’m going with the Billionaire. Kind of. It helped not to have little one here every night and day for a couple of days. Anyway, I’m on the home stretch, I think. I need to run some errands this morning, ugh, and I have to pick up my granddaughter this afternoon, so that will cut into my writing time, and I’ve got a repeat of something like that tomorrow. But hopefully, I’ll get this done by the weekend. I’m 900 words shy of word count. While editing, I was adding and cutting so much that I would have had it if I hadn’t cut over a 1,000 words yesterday, but that was good. It’s all good.

I have a scene in mind to write today, and I have 3 chapters left to edit, and then I still need to finish the book, but it’s getting there!

I had a nice letter from a fan today that she couldn’t put The Wolf Wore Plaid down after she started reading it. That is the greatest compliment a writer can get. And she loved how I had Guy injure his back and write about it realistically since she has back pain. I’ve injured my back and it’s something you can’t undo. Through the years since then, if I twist and lift a certain way, I’m in pain for days. Sometimes, I can manage to only re-injure it slightly, but other times, I really throw it out of whack. So yep, I know all about it.

She wanted to know if I would have more about Guy in a future story. Yes! I love it when readers are interested in new characters and want to see more of them. I figure when I write the last MacQuarrie’s brother’s story, I’ll pair him up in a movie with Guy like before, different castle, and then I’ll have to write Guy’s story.

While I’m running around on errands today, I think I’ll pick up more daylilies. When I put them in, they were pretty, but not that showy. Now that I’ve had some of them in for a few years, they are really showy. So it’s time for more. They do block out the weeds. And that’s what I really need. Showy flowers that bloom all the time and no weeds. A perfect garden!

Okay, got to get busy with the book, feeding the dogs, etcetera!

Hope you have a beautiful day! I’ve got to quit goofing off and get mine started!

Terry

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Playing with Scrap Art with My Granddaughter

My granddaughter and I try to put together a picture a day when she’s here–using scrap art. I was trying to teach her the basics of drawing a house, building blocks. But she’s more into just wildly scribbling. My parents were both artists and I had hoped that maybe a grandchild might be an artist. I think some of it truly has to do with the genes.

Yesterday was Earth Day, forgot to mention it, but we planted oregano and thyme and chives in the planter box we put together. We still need more dirt and I want to put pavers in there to walk to the herbs so that it doesn’t fill with grass and weeds around it.

I only got about a 100 words on Billionaire during edits, but got up to chapter 11. I had a couple of ideas if I remember them this morning. It was at 3 am and I didn’t want to get up and write them down. And that can mean forgetting them by morning. lol

So no granddaughter today and that means that I hopefully can get to the end of the book and begin writing a bunch of new scenes that will finish the book!!

No baby yet. And my SIL cancelled his vaccination shot for today, thinking if she goes into labor today, he needs to be there for her.

Our vaccinations are lower than the country’s–23.7% for fully vaccinated, 27.2% for the country. Hopefully, that will pick up. I keep thinking that if people would just get it done, we could be able to open more things up, not have to wear masks all the time, avoid lengthy hospital stays, you know? Normalcy? Or near normalcy? They say that more women are getting shots than men. Hmmm.

Now the guys are supposed to be alpha heroes… So what’s the deal with that?

Okay, I’m off to get started on my writing.

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

Terry

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Making Scrap Art

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I was writing yesterday, but my new obsession is creating scrap art. The golden jaguar at the bottom of the page on the left is a photo I took. The background was from Pixabay, the princess tower from Louise Nash’s freebies, the fur from Etsy fur photos, the word art, flowers and butterfly from Oscraps, the black jaguar from Renderosity. I used ink splotches to create the masks that made them appear like art scraps.

Curious Giraffes

For this one, I took a picture of a giraffe baby and junior and used a mask on a background from Pixabay. Then added flowers and a butterfly from Oscraps.

I did manage to get 3,000 words written on the novella. I only need about 3,000 more words to make my word count goal, but I have to figure out how to wrap the story up. Didn’t set my alarm last night and woke only 15 minutes before baby got here. ack! So I was rushing around getting ready.

She’s been tired and needy, so we’ve been cuddling and reading stories.

We’re off to walk in the heat before the sun gets too high in the sky, and the pool day after that.

Have a wondrous day!!!

Terry

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