Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not The Brightest Bulb

I think of the best thing to blog about right before I fall asleep at night.  By morning, they're gone.  And, lord knows, I am NOT the most creative, witty person first thing in the morning. 

Derpy derpy derp, coffee. 

Okay, so I haven't been the brightest bulb lately coffee or no.  For instance, today I have to make an extra trip to town, because Sunday I forgot to sign the check I wrote.  And they'd kinda like to get paid for the goods they sell, if ya know what I mean. 

I could blame 'writer brain'.

I could blame my seasonal inability to sleep in the summer. 

Or I could always fall back on the old brain injury thing.  That's always good for an excuse.

Whatever it is, I'm a toad.

Are you a toad?  Or is it just me?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Update - Week 27? No, 28

I'm too lazy to actually verify what week this is right now. (Week 28... verified... I think... )

So, last week.  Things happened.  Stuff occurred.  It's all kind of mashed up in my coffee deprived head right now.  Let's see if I can sort it all out...

I wrote about 10K words in the WIP.  Still don't have a title.  It's being saved as SCIU Ned.  Because it's about Agent Ned Washington out of the Detroit office investigating a string of deaths in Toledo.  A Toledo detective believes they're murders, but Ned's not too sure at first.  So far, it's pretty good.  I think.  I'm at about 21K and there's a lot of work to do to finish this and make it reader-worthy, but it's something.

Last Thursday, someone hit our resident wild rabbit, Bun Bun, in front of our house.  It's still kinda hard to think about.  The sight was horrific in ways you can't imagine.  Hubs and I are still both pretty pissed off because it probably could've been avoided.  People drive around in here like the extra couple minutes it would take to get to their property will ruin everything and they have to VACATION FASTER!  I'm considering getting signs - Slow: Wildlife Crossing.  I doubt they'd do any good, though.  Let's all keep our fingers crossed that no one hits a fawn or a doe here.  I can't be held responsible for my actions if that happens.

In happier news, we're seeing fawns now.  This year, we have a plan.  Take beaucoup pics of each fawn and use the spots as identifiers so we can tell exactly how many individual fawns we have here.  So far, we have four different fawns: 
Dot & Dash (the twins), the one with the parallel lines on its neck, and the one with the blurry spots on its side.  (Names for them will be decided later.)  I know naming them will make it harder to take if we end up losing any of them, but I can't not name them.  Like naming Bun Bun.  Of course, she was a special cottontail, so... :sniffle:

I have some advertising going out for Wish in One Hand tomorrow and Tuesday.  Keeping my fingers crossed it nets me some sales.

And now, I'm off to drink more coffee and hope my brain kickstarts itself soon.  How are things in your world?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Squash Bread

Or Zucchini Bread.  Or Courgette Bread (which commenter Fran tells me is what the UK calls Zucchini). 

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups zucchini (peeled then shredded)
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350F.  Liberally coat two 8x4” bread pans with cooking spray.  Beat eggs until light and fluffy.  Beat in sugar, oil, and vanilla until thick.  Stir in shredded zucchini and squash.  In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients except coconut.  Add dry mixture to wet mixture.  Stir in coconut until well combined.  Pour equally into prepared bread pans.  Bake for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out  clean.  Allow to cool 15-20 minutes.  Turn out from bread pans onto cooling surface.  Slice and serve, or cool completely, package, and refrigerate for later use.  Can be frozen.

I don't know the UK conversions for this.  Sorry, Fran.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday This n That

Yesterday, I saw a threesome of strange (to me) birds in the redbud tree.  Turns out they were summer tanagers. A mama with her two juveniles - a male and a female.  I've never seen those before, so it was pretty cool. 

We saw our first fawns of the year.  Twins.  I'm calling them Dot and Dash - because she's very spotted and he has a line on his neck:
And, no, I am not certain of either one's gender.  I'm just assigning the left one as a girl and the right one as a boy.

The pump went wonky on our sprayer again.  We just got this new pump in May and it's already pooping out.  So I call the company where we bought it.  The customer service gal was really nice, but ineffective.  I tried to tell her we didn't need to trouble shoot because we knew what was wrong.  Eventually she told me I had to call the manufacturer directly, but that if I had any problems with them to call back.  I called the manufacturer and got put on forever hold where the recording kept telling me if I wanted to let them wait, press one and they'd call me back or press any other number to continue waiting.  I continued waiting until they got sick of me and dumped me into voice mail anyway.  I called back.  Got dumped into the queue again, but I'd lost my place in line.  Screw that.  I called the distributor back, got a new gal, and had her sending me a new pump in under ten minutes. 

The political miasma in this country is really bumming me right the hell out. 

I'm making zucchini bread this morning.  As soon as I can muster the will to move.  Need more coffee.  Tanker truck more. 

I've been having the weirdest dreams lately.  I think it's because I'm writing again.  There seems to be a correlation between the frequency and weirdness of my dreams and whether or not I'm plugging down new words.  :shrug: 

What's on your this-n-that radar today?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Update - Week 27

Week 27 is a blur.  Let's see if I can cobble it back together.

I went fishing once, but the fish weren't biting.  It's really getting too hot to fish from the bank because the bigger fishies are happier in deeper, cooler water.  Only the baby fishies are hanging out in shallower water, and all they do is steal my worms.  =o\  Dirty worm stealin' buggers.

SCIU Ned - which is what I'm calling the WIP - is over 11K words right now.  With 8K of that written in the last week.  Not burning up the keyboard right now, but it's all good, baby.  It features Agent Washington from Fertile Ground.  And that's all I have to say about that.

Still haven't seen any fawns.  The does are starting to come back in multiples again - rather than alone - but they're still hesitating about bringing their babies to feed.  I'd like to see at least a couple before they lose their spots.  Sheesh.

We seem to be having a banner year for orb weaver spiders.  Thus, walking through the yard has become something of a feat.  I haven't walked directly into a circular web, but the guy lines they use to attach to trees aren't fun to walk into either.  One day last week, I walked around the yard waving a broom in front of me.  I took down 5 webs at head height.  :shudder:

It's been quiet around the interwebs this week.  A whole bunch of people are at the RWA conference in California.  :waves:  They'll be back soon and then we'll get back to some semblance of normal. 

We took a couple walks.  It's harder to get the gumption to walk when it's already hot and muggy by the time I wake up and it just gets worse from there.  This might explain why I gained two of my lost pounds back.  Bleh.  Either that or I need to stop eating ice cream.  Maybe both.  ;o)

What happened in your world last week?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday This n That

Last week a neighbor brought us some squash.  I used it to make bread and then gave her a loaf.  Yesterday, she stopped by with enough squash for me to make eight more loaves.  She really liked that bread LOL.  I told Hubs it would take us months to eat 8 loaves.  He said, you make it, I'll eat it.  So, I'm making it. I was going to start in on that this morning, but I don't have enough coconut.  Maybe I'll make one batch (2 loaves of my regular recipe - the one I usually double) and freeze the rest of the squash.

Then while we were talking with the neighbor gal, she told us how she'd been mowing her lawn, but her mower lost a wheel off the mowing bed and it was tearing up her lawn, but her husband wasn't home to fix it.  Well, being who we are, we talked about it after she'd gone and decided to drop over there and help her out.  We'd never actually been to her house.  She's a neighbor only in that she lives in the general area and they drive by regularly on their golf cart, so we've developed a neighborly relationship with them.  Lemme tell ya, I was not expecting what their place looked like.  It's huge.  I mean, when she said they mow 7 acres, I expected they kept a couple fields near the house short with a brush-hog or something.  Nope.  7 acres of parklike lawn.  It's freakin' gorgeous over there.  And her home is lovely.  Like a lodge you'd rent out for a vacation by the lake, but cozy.  Set way back in the woods where you can't see it from the road, and overlooking the lake. So pretty. Anyway, Hubs fixed her wheel and then took her riding lawn mower for a spin while I toured her home and then we came home despite her invitations to come inside for a while. 

A pertinent note here, I'm really uncomfortable being inside other people's homes. Like approaching panic-attack uncomfortable.  But she's so sweet and she so wanted me to see her home that I sucked it up.  They've invited us to come visit dozens of times since we moved here, and I feel bad about declining necause they're both so nice, but what's a gal to do?  I think I need to take her aside and explain the situation, so she doesn't think it's them. Or that it's their dogs. I love their dogs. They have awesome dogs.  It's totally me.

Well, that's it for me today.  What's going on with you?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Silence is Golden

Just because I am generally silent publicly about certain issues and current events doesn't mean I don't care.  I'd just rather not piss everyone off.  I'd rather keep my thoughts off the world wide web because:

Silence is golden.

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

And, yes, I would probably end up pissing everyone off one way or another.  Those that would agree with me on one point, would probably be offended by another, and vice versa.  Hell, even when I don't say anything, just 'liking' things on Facebook pisses people off.

:shrug:  Not much I can do about that unless I want to quit Facebook altogether because I won't stop liking the things I like.

And hiding the things I don't.  Or blocking the things I totally disagree with.

The way things have been lately, I'm surprised I have anybody left in my newsfeed. I'm an opinionated person and I'm at a point in my life where my opinions aren't going to change without some MAJOR epiphany through facts and evidence to the contrary.  And lately things like facts and evidence are in short supply when it comes to opinions.

But you know what they say...

Opinions are like assholes.  Everyone has one.  And they all stink but mine. 

Crass, I know, but true.  It's a bit of Dad wisdom that works for me.  So, I'll keep my opinions to myself for the most part, lest someone get a whiff of something disagreeable. 

And if you should stumble across one of my opinions that carries a disagreeable odor to your sensibilities, feel free to block or hide or whatever.  It's a free country.  Kinda... sorta... for now.