Tuesday, January 16, 2018


It's colder than a witch's nose and everything is covered in snow.  Part of me wants to make a snowman, but the smarter part doesn't want to freeze, so in I'll stay.  Just when I was starting to think about things I want to plant and how I want my gardens to grow, the whiteness put a stop to that.

Every time I hear a mouse in the wall next to my desk, the next day there's a mouse in one of the garage traps.  My desk is not on the wall by the garage.  I know there's a huge maze of mouse runs throughout the walls.  I just think it's an interesting coincidence that I hear one here and then there's one dead over there.

I know he didn't say what they say he said, but part of me wishes he had said it.  It wasn't incorrect.  Uncouth perhaps, but not incorrect.  I could name a dozen places that fit the term off the top of my head.
Since I couldn't buy a new day-to-day bird calendar (they didn't make them this year), I'm using last year's again.  It's kind of correct - today is January 16th.  Unfortunately, 1/16/17 was a Monday.  This, of course, will not help with my inability to tell what day of the week it is.  Blerg.

Back to the snow again... I'm out of eggs and milk, but I'm not willing to risk life and limb to go get them.  This has the unfortunate effect of me wanting to make things requiring eggs and milk.  I could really go for an omelet right now.  Except for the actual act of 'going for' the ingredients.  ;o)

Some people have developed what I'll call The Black Knight Syndrome - after the Monty Python bit in Holy Grail.  "Your arm's off."  "It's just a flesh wound."  No matter how much you point out that something is awry, they'll deny it.  Of course, denying reality doesn't make it go away.  Too bad, so sad.  Denial is not just a river in Egypt.  ;o)

Did you know there are male and female trees?  Female cedar trees, for instance, are the ones with berries, and male trees have no berries.  I'll have to go check our cedars so I can tell which ones are which.  The two in front are both girls, for sure.  Covered in little blue berries every year.  Maybe the two in back are boys. Hmm.

Okay, that's about as random as I can get this morning.  Anything random from you today?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Update - Week 2

It's so much easier to get the week number right when it's only the second week of the year.  ;o)

Anyway, here we go...

I didn't get that round of edits done by Friday like I wanted.  I was too tired after doing other stuff to stay focused on the Kindle for too long.  But it's all good because I still have about two weeks to have it all done and ready for JC.  And if I go a little longer, it's not really a big deal.  (But I don't want to push my luck either.)

Also, I didn't get much reading done.  Shogun is a beast of a book.  Oh, it's entertaining for the most part, but it's a big and unwieldy paperback (like 1200+ pgs in tiny font).  I'll get it done.  When?  Hellifiknow.  Between editing and tiredness, I'm only managing a few pages a day.

Fishing?  Nope.

My big thing this past week was going out into our woods and tidying things up a bit.  Every day, at some point, Hubs and I would take the rake and the limb saw and the garden shears, and head off into the woods.  The wooded part of our land is about 2/3 of our 1.25 acres, and the top third of that is pretty much done.  We've started on the middle third.  It's good exercise and we're having fun doing it.  Plus, it gets both of us out of our desk chairs and into the fresh air for a change.

I heard from the Kid this past week, which was awesome.  When they grow up and go off into the world, the contact gets more sporadic.  :shrug:  I raised her to fly on her own.  Fly and be free, little bird.

I found a new recipe for rolled biscuits this week that are big hit with Hubs.  It still needs some tweaking, though.  Once I get it to where I want it, I'll share it.

And that's about it for me.  What's up in your world?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Fishing Report - 1/13/18

If you stopped by for a Saturday Fishing Report, please understand that it's mid-winter in the Ozarks and I have no boat I can use by myself. 

I did go out once this past week.  The water level is most excellent for bank fishing.  I can walk pretty much to everywhere I've caught fish in the past.  Unfortunately, nothing was biting.  Well, actually I did have something hit my worm on a reel-back, but it didn't seal the deal and it never hit again.  Then the wind started to pick up and I was freezing my buns off with nothing to show for it, so I went home and had a cup of cocoa.

I can't wait for spring to begin.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday This n That

Today is the 24th anniversary of my car accident.  I hardly think about it at all anymore, but I can't see January 11th and not think about it.  :shrug:

Every day the world seems to be a little more ludicrous.

I read a news story yesterday about a man in Arkansas who stabbed his wife to death because she changed the channel on the TV.  He'd been outside smoking when she did it, but it was football and somehow she was responsible for him missing the score or some such nonsense.  Derp.

Working in the woods yesterday resulted in my eyes feeling like I spent the whole day reading without my glasses.  Must be something in the air that's got me all gritty and gummy.  Today, the weather is supposed to be gross, so I probably will spend most of today reading.  Reading my own book that is.  Early Grave ain't editing itself.

Speaking of working in the woods, we really busted a hump yesterday.  Now, it might look a little TOO neat.  :shrug:  Oh well, it'll fill in come spring when all the weeds start to grow.

Coffee is freakin' awesome.  Jus' sayin'.

Your turn...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Woods Work

In the woods out back of the house, we have loads of deadfall.  It's pretty much everywhere.  Some of it is there because trees die and fall over.  Some of it is there because the previous owners of this place made carved signs out of the cedars, so he cut the trees down, took the fat part for his sign business, and left the rest of the tree just laying there. 

If you've been around the blog for a while, you know I like to go out in the woods and make trails.  I skirt around the piles and the deadfall, snaking my way from the top to the bottom.  This year, though, we're changing things up a bit.  We're moving the deadfall to a few centralized locations.  We started yesterday.

Lemme back up a bit.  First, I need exercise, but exercising in the house or going for walks becomes tragically boring after a while and then I don't do it.  Hubs also needs exercise and he doesn't go in for actual exercising.  (And he, too, is bored with walking.)  I got a wild hair to go make trails yesterday and Hubs decided he'd help.  But then while we were out there, we changed our minds and started dragging deadfall to the woodpile.  Then we walked the property, taking note of all the crap laying all over everywhere.  Tada - new plan.

Now, there's a dude here in the neighborhood who routinely cleans out his property and then burns it.  It's very clean in there.  We don't want that.  Too stark.  Plus, where would the critters hide if they needed to?  Nope, we just want to pick of the big stuff and centralize it in a few key piles.  That'll help the small critters find hiding places and homes, and it'll leave a lot of low lying bushes for the big critters to hide in come summer.  We also figure if we clean out some of the dead crap, it'll let the small trees grow better. 

And we'll get our exercise.  Win win.

So, yeah, we were out there yesterday afternoon, picking up sticks and limbs and logs and stuff - carrying or dragging it to where we wanted it.  I'm a little stiff this morning, but Hubs says he feels fine.  Either way, it's a good thing. 

As long as the weather holds and it doesn't get too warm, we'll be in the woods as much as we can.  (Warm = snakes and ticks in the woods, so we stay out when it's warm.)  I really do love it out there.  =o)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Update - Week 1

Well, here we are again at the beginning of another year.  2018.  May it be our best year yet, eh?

I started the week editing like a regular writer and ended the week editing like a madwoman.  Big fun.  I'd start somewhere between 5am and 6am, edit off on on all day, then call it quits between 7pm and 8pm. Because of this, I got 'er done.  Blink of an I is now in the hands of my AWE (Awesome Wonderful Editor).  It'll be back by the end of the month. 

Meanwhile...  I went through the usual black hole void of post-editing, wherein I sit around feeling like I OUGHT to be doing something and wondering what the hell to do with myself.  That took about 28 hours.  Then I figured 'screw it' and got back to editing on Early Grave last night.  I hope to have EG edited to a point where I can turn it over to AWE after Blink goes live.

I spent some of my downtown between finishing Blink and getting back to EG working on book covers for Blink.  Check out Outside the Box tomorrow for a fun post about that.  

Reading?  Well, I'm kind of sucking already on my Goodreads goal, but I'm reading a behemoth of a book - Shogun by James Clavell.  It's like 1200 pages and I'm on page 150-something. 

Let's not talk about fishing right now, shall we?

Actually, I don't have much else to talk about.  It was too cold to do anything outside.  And I was too busy to think about doing anything inside except sitting here editing.  There was sleeping, too, but not a lot of it and what there was wasn't very good.  I slept better Saturday night because the book was out of my hands. 

What was up in your worlds for the auspicious beginning of 2018?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday Fishing Report - 1/6/17

Welcome to the first Saturday Fishing Report of the year. 

And I got nuthin'.  It was colder than a witch's nose outside.  I walked out of the house and it felt like my eyeballs were starting to freeze.  Needless to say, not the best time to stand on the shore for any length of time.

The lake is at 909.73 as of 4am this morning.  Which means that my good standin' rock is probably above the water.  Another foot or two lower and it'll become my good sittin' rock.

In fishing news, a two-man boat competing in an FLW tournament went down on Lake Okeechobee Thursday.  One of the competitors was found.  Last report is that he's in criticial condition and suffering from hypothermia.  The other man has yet to be located.  =o(  Be careful out on the water, folks.  Right now, even FL waters are too frickin' cold to sustain human life. 

The report is that it's too cold to even go ice fishing in Michigan right now.  If you are ice fishing, please make sure the ice is thick enough to hold your weight.  If you're not sure, stay the hell off of it - and keep your kids and pets off it, too. 

I drove over the river (on the highway, not on the ice) on one of my few journeys outside the house last week.  It was frozen over.  The river.  Flowing water.  Frozen over.  :shiver:  Yup.  Hubs went over a couple days after I did, when the temperature was up about 15 degrees and he said it was starting to break up with big sheets of ice floating down it. 

Tomorrow, though.  Tomorrow is supposed to get up into the 50s.  The fish will probably still be too deep to bite near the shore, but I'm jones'n for some fishing time.  Which means I might actually have something to say about fishing next week. 

Until then, enjoy nature as much as you can in this winter chill.