Sunday, February 7, 2021

Sunday Update - Week 5

Five weeks into 2021.  I'm trying to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.  So, basically, nothing new.

I'm not currently in writing mode, so don't expect any of that any time soon.  As for editing, I pulled my head out of the mire and got back to work.  I'm at 48% done with my first round.  Pages and pages of notes accumulated.  Some of it as simple as adding or deleting a comma.  Some of it as deep as rewriting whole scenes.  (Just the note to do it, not actually rewriting it yet.)

As for marketing, Dying Embers goes on sale Wednesday to celebrate its book birthday on Saturday.  Just the one book this time.  It'll be 99c/99p through the 16th.

Once again, I only finished one book in reading last week.  It was a REALLY good one, though.  I'd totally recommend it.  (And it is in Audio format, for them what does that.  Warning: if you follow the link, the description has spoilers.  Damn them.)

In baking news, I made a meatloaf (recipe below) and a batch of drop biscuits.

On the activity front, I cleaned and organized three times and walked once.  Eh, it's better than nothing.  Weight 182.2.  

It's been almost two weeks since we lost Kira.  It's still pretty hard to not wake up thinking I have to feed her or take her to the litterbox.  Or to look for her when I get ready for bed.  It still throws me when I walk into the office and she's not laying on her bed.  And to not look at her dishes and think that she needs kibbles.  Yes, her dishes are still out.  So's her litterbox.  Seeing those spots empty would be sadder than having those things in place right now.  I've been obsessed with thinking about dogs.  I need to stop that.  We can't have a dog right now, for most of the same reasons we couldn't get one before.  With the exception of not wanting to stress out Kira.  I still don't have the time, the patience, or the fundage to have a pooch.  I'm being an adult here.  Sometimes being an adult sucks, but it's better to be one than to regret not being one.  Once upon a time, I had two dogs and in retrospect, I never should've gotten them.  I didn't have the time to devote to them.  I know better now.

Okay, I think that's it for me today.  How was your Week 5?



1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 tube saltine crackers (crushed)
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese (the dry stuff)

Preheat oven to 275F.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients but the Parmesan - using your hands to squish it all together.  When it's all combined, squish in enough Parmesan to make the mixture dry enough to form a ball - usually about a quarter cup for me.  (The wetness of the mixture will depend on what grade beef you use, how much beef there is to mushroom soup, how big the egg is, etc.  Too wet a meatloaf won't hold its shape, hence the Parmesan.) Spray the inside of of whatever baking receptacle (I use a blue glass casserole dish) you're using with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 2.5 hours uncovered.  Slice and serve.  Great hot.  Awesome cold for sandwiches.  Also yummy inside a grilled cheese sandwich.


  1. I've been awake since 5 a.m. but just now getting to my blog roll. Cold and cloudy and going to get colder. Bed was nice and warm.

    There was a week. Not much happened. I got a little Stormy and Only time Tuesday and yesterday. We got Mexican for lunch yesterday. Yay.

    Took a late nap, woke up at like 8:30. Was back asleep before midnight. STILL up at 5.

    Not much writing done. I need to find my gumption. If you see it, send it home, 'kay?

    It's Superbowl Sunday. Don't care. Not even about the commercials, which is the only reason I've watched the last few years. They've gotten progressively PC and this year, Budweiser isn't doing a Clydesdale commercial. Pass. Even if I hope the Chiefs win. For reasons.

    We're looking at frigid temps this next week. I have to get out Tuesday--local elections, $10 Tuesday pizza. Will probably get out tomorrow before the arctic front hits to stock up on food, though I don't need much.

    Put out extra bedding for the ferals in hopes it helps. Low temps in single digits, highs below freezing.

    Had a good listening week. Looking at new releases coming this week.

    And hey, I think I just wrote my own blog for tomorrow. LOL. Anyway, stay warm. Later tater.

  2. I got the last of Mom's paperwork sent off this week. I thought. The next day she brought over her tax papers. Sigh, okay.

    So I pulled out TurboTax. Yikes! It won't work on W7, so I have to download W10. No-no-no-NO! Don't wanna! But I'm stuck. My sister thinks there's a way to make it act a little more like W7. I hope she's right.