Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday Update - Week 50

Tick tock tick tock... that's the sound of the end of 2019 fast approaching.  Part of me can't wait for this year to be over, as if everything will change at the stroke of midnight 1/1/20.  Another part of me doesn't want 2020 to start yet because I know I'll have all sorts of year-end and year-beginning things to do.  :shudder:

I actually did write something this week.  As I was trying to nap, I thought of a new beginning for Cinder Ugly.  And I remembered part of it, so I wrote it down.  Not sure if it's a keeper, but I wrote something.

No marketing.  I probably should set something up for around Christmas, but I can't seem to muster the will.  It was a marketing heavy year and I'm a little burned out. 

In reading news, I had a good week and finished 4 books.  That brings me up to 111 for the year so far.  Only 9 books left to read this year to reach my goal.  4.5 books a week?  We'll see.

I haven't been keeping track of my activity or my weight.  This week, we got all the leaves into the woods, though, and I've started throwing logs again.  Gah, I'm amazed at how many limbs fall in the months I can't go into the woods.  Oh, well, it's giving me something to do in there.  We've also been pulling dead vines out of the trees.  We killed them in previous years, but we have to wait until they deteriorate enough to let loose.  And just walking from the bottom of the property to the top (400 feet, all uphill over uneven, rocky ground) is a workout.

The baking slowed down a bit after the bake-apalooza, but I did make pumpkin pie bread again yesterday.  (We ate all the stores and needed more.)  I could eat that batter by the spoonful.  I'll also make more apple cranberry bread in the coming days because we're almost out of that, too.  And I did something different for dinner one night and made BBQ pork steaks in the crockpot.  Yummers.

All my Christmas things are mailed.  Cards are winging their way all over the country - CA, CO, NM, TX, OK, MI, and FL.  The MO ones were hand-delivered.  All three of the boxes should be at their intended destinations.  One I know for sure, and the other two are marked 'delivered' in the tracking.

I have no clue what I'm doing for Christmas dinner, but I need to get on that this week.

The other day, we were sitting out back and just happened to look out the window in time to see our resident broad-winged hawk fly up and land.  He's been absent for months.  They're migratory*, I guess.  I hope he's back for a while, so we can watch him hunt for small critters in the forest.  He's so cool.  (And no, I don't know for sure it is a 'he'.  Could be a she.  Don't care.)  Also, I'm seeing bald eagles on a regular basis again.  Yay.  Oh, and I'm seeing the yellow bellied sapsuckers again.  Also, yay.  I love our winter bird visitors.

Well, I guess that's it for me.  What went on in your world last week?

*Yes, I pronounced that my-GREAT-or-ee.  Monty Python has ruined that word for me. ;o)


  1. I'm late getting around today. It's cold outside and I'm feeling lazy so I cleared a bunch off the DVR. I also listened to books. I have 5 to listen to by the 31st to meet myupdated challenge of 260 books. I shouldn't have trouble doing that.

    I'm going to have to start spelling Walmart. If I say it outloud, Jake wants to go for a ride.

    I procrastinated and then I wrote. And then I wrote some more and I finished the WIP even though the final chapter is not quite 1K words. I had the perfect opening and ending so screw it. A short chapter. Readers will just have to deal. I let it sit part of yesterday and today. Tomorrow bright and early, edits!

    I did the Jammie thing quite a few times. S'all good.

    It's totally dark outside and I'm thinking I need a nap but if I take one now, I'll be awake all night.

    I gave myself a haircut. It's short. Yay.

    And that was my week. Pretty much in a nutshell. Here's to a good week ahead for all of us!

    Oh, and I got your card. Thank you! And happy holidays. ☃🎄🎋

  2. Yay to 2020? I hope it's better for all of us.

    Hooray to new words! I hope the new beginning inspires even more words!

    Your bird sightings sound so cool! We mostly see grackles and vultures. I'm thrilled when I see a hawk.

    Not as much writing done as I'd like. Too much Dad-sitting, and it'll be worse this week. Mom must be getting cabin fever; she's been coming up with excuses that MUST be dealt with immediately. She ran out of medicine but didn't notice until yesterday. Tomorrow she needs to take my brother to the dentist to get a tooth filed down. What? They surely won't put him under to file a rough edge. Will they? Though they'll probably want to before he's through with them. LOL!