Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Update - Week 7

And here we are again...

Despite a firm commitment to working this week, I got nothing done.  Well, not nothing.  I sat down yesterday to work and managed to edit 3 pages before I let myself get distracted.  But hey, three pages is better than nothing.  And it's a start.  Here's hoping today goes better.

As for marketing, I'm doing it, but I'm not seeing any sales.  Fertile Ground is on sale now.  Early Grave will go on sale Wednesday.

I finished one book in time for the reading wrap-up and another book last night (which will be on next week's wrap-up.)

In baking news, I made mini-frittatas and coffee cake on Monday.  Those are all gone now.  I also made a vat of spaghetti and a vat of beef stew this week.  I should probably make cookies today.  Or applesauce bread.  Somethin'.

The big news of the week was the cold and the snow.  It got down to negative something and we got about 6 inches of snow.  We cheered when the cold snap ended and the furnace shut off for the first time in days.  It's blissfully quiet in the house right now - no furnace and no space heaters running in the garage.  Later we'll get the drippy noises of the snow melting, which is fine by me.

The deer look good.  It's nice to know we helped get them through the worst winter had to throw at us.  Arthur, Lear, and Midas all stopped by to eat yesterday - antlerless, but still recognizable. Yay. The birds also are doing well.  Mostly.  Unfortunately, Hubs did find a dead bird laying next to the car.  I suspect it ditched into a car window.  Hubs thinks it froze to death.  We also have a bedraggled looking wren hopping around on one leg who probably won't make it.  I hope that's it for the casualties.  

I don't want to think about what the cold might've done to my gardens.  :shrug:  Time will tell.

Due to the cold and my inherent laziness, I only got one day in where I did anything active.  Let's not talk about weight, eh?  

Insomnia. What fun, eh?  I saw a commercial for a menopause supplement of some kind that said sleeplessness is a menopausal thing.  Oh, yay.  As if the hot flashes weren't enough of a pain in my ass.  On the upside, I'm rarely ever cold at night anymore.  

Anyway...  It's the start of the last week of February.  Two months down, ten to go.  Not that I think getting rid of 2021 will do us any more good than ditching 2020 has done so far.  =o(

As to not end on a bummer note, the birds are singing, the squirrels are looking fat and fluffy, as are the deer.  Spring isn't too far off.  New growth.  Green stuffs sprouting up.  Flowers blooming.  Fishing again.  Yay.

How are things in your world?


  1. Yeah, 2021 is it's own source of misery. 'Nuff said.

    We went 293 hours below freezing with way to many of those hours sub-zero. We broke some tempurature records but not the hours record, with was 360-something set back in 1983. That was the first winter LG and I were married. You'd think I'd remember that winter. I don't. Ah well. Anyway, we kept power, gas, and water. Only had one minor blip in a frozen pipe, which the hairdryer took care of.

    All ferals made it through. I've seen them all as of last night. This morning, only 3 showed up but that happens. They'll be back around tonight. Also, we stay above freezing last night. Yay!

    We've turned off the wall heaters and the space heater in the garage. Still keeping the house on 68 as a way to compensate the bump in usage which will bump up the bill.

    Writing was most nil though I did get some new words. I really need to get back in the saddle and make myself work. I had great plans for this year and I'm letting my head get the best of me.

    I'm actually down a little on the weight, under 190 this morning. I ordered new jeans as incentive to stay there and/or lower.

    The birds ARE singing. Haven't heard them in over a week. Nice noise now that the sun is fully up.

    Not much else going on. You got my reading update yesterday. No special cooking/baking, just our usual cold-weather fare.

    Giving blood this afternoon since there's a major critical shortage. Probably won't get much written today as a result. I finished the audio book I was listening to and now I need to find on to listen to while I'm at the donation center. Off to do that and start stuffing protein into my mouth in preparation.

    Hang in there! And I'm soooo ready for Spring!

  2. I got a little work done this week, but not much. It was too darn cold, and my brain froze. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

    The water situation is trustworthy enough I did laundry today. Yay! (It's the little things that make me happiest.)

    So far I've only seen one dead bird, probably a dove. I've heard of far worse south of here. But most of the tiny birds seem to have made it through.

    My nephew is currently fixing Mom's pipes, and later will work on my brother's. My sister's kitchen pipe froze, too, but BIL managed to fix it yesterday. Everybody thought it would be my place that froze up, since I'm out on the wind plain. I feel so lucky!