Sunday, December 19, 2021

Sunday Update - Week 50

Well, hello again.  Only two weeks left of 2021.  Yay.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up for '22.  Don't want to jinx it, doncha know.

Anyway, I got some editing done.  Got through 46 pages and added about 500 words.  No clue how many I deleted, so that's a net number.  The book is now 348 pages and 102174 words.  That'll change.  Of course, I've only edited through pg 79, so there's a long row to hoe, there.  Eh, it's worth the effort.

I didn't get the genie books uploaded to D2D yet.  And now Duke has dropped out of KU, so I've got that to upload, too.  Blerg.  Maybe today. 

In reading news, I made a little progress.  I read two books (sorry I forgot to detail them in the wrap-up before I posted it yesterday) and DNF'd a few.  I finished Anthem yesterday, so there's one more.  I'm still 11 books away from reaching my goal and with only 13 days left in the year, I doubt I'll make it.  Especially since I received and started reading Silence of the Lambs in paperback yesterday.  Never read that one before.  I won't finish it today unless I spend all day reading and I have other stuffs to do.  Oh, and I also bought a paperback copy of The Big Sleep.  I've been trying to find that one locally, but I finally gave up and just ordered it online.  It's not an old copy for my collection, but at least I'll finally be able to read it.

On the baking front, I did a batch of pumpkin pie bread earlier in the week and cake cookies with mint patties yesterday.  Damn those cookies are good.  (So's the bread, btw.)  

It wasn't a banner week for activity.  Only three days worth - one in the woods and the other two working on a gardening project.  Don't talk to me about my weight right now.  Let's just say, it ain't pretty.  

The project?  We're redoing the front flower bed.  We're digging the whole damn thing up, turning the earth, added more dirt, and removing all the rocks bigger than an inch or two.  Hubs and I made some good progress.  We've already pulled a wheelbarrow worth of rocks out and we're only about 2/3rds done.  But then it rained and we had to put the project on hold.  All the plants I want to keep are in pots now, sitting in the garage.  Hopefully, they're all as dormant as I think they are, so they won't die between now and when I put them back in the ground.  Digging up those established peonies was a bear.  Hopefully, I didn't kill them.  Ever higher hopes that the roots that broke off, which I saved, will grow into their own plants.  You know, like irises do.  If so, I may have a ton of peony plants around the property.  Yay.  If I lose plants, I'll have a sad, but we'll buy more.

Speaking of buying stuff, we're working on something that I can't talk about here until after it's done.  It was supposed to be done already, but due to issues and because of events, it got pushed back.  Maybe this week, if all goes well.  Needless to say, a lot of brain space has been devoted to that lately.  It'll be good to have it done and finally be able to stop thinking about it.

As for rain, we got 4 inches worth on Friday.  That put everything outdoors on hold because the ground is like mush for both digging and trying to walk around in the woods.  

Yes, Christmas is only 6 days away.  I don't want to talk about it.  Maybe I'll be in a holly-jolly mood come Friday.  We'll see.

Oh, and I FINALLY got the replacement paycheck for the one that went missing.  If showed up two days after I called the post office and bitched, and one day after I cornered the postal gal at the mailbox.  Huzzah.  The original check?  Who the hell knows where that one went.  I know I got a piece of mail yesterday that looked like it had been folded, spindled, AND mutilated.  Maybe the USPS machinery is eating my mail to the point where it's no longer mailable.  Turds.

And that's it for me.  Whew.  How was your last week?


  1. Yay for edits, projects, and good books!

    There was a week. It was mostly boring. We'd take some of that rain! Fire danger kicks to mega levels whenever the wind blows. You already know my reading update. I think I wrote maybe ten words yesterday?

    That said, I do have a plan for the Christmas story. I know how it ends, the message, and all the characters. There are some funny scenes. I'll tease a little--picture Nikos (the dragon shifter who should be on the cover of GQ) dressed up as Papa Noel (the Cajun verison). Yeah. I do plan on getting a lot done on it today.

    BLOOD MOON is out there. I have three more coming off KU between and the New Year. I've had 4 KENP in 8 days. Sales also suck. But, I am picking up a few sales in the wider distribution.

    I have LG and Baseball Boy to finish shopping for. I have to admit, it's been pretty easy. LG decided to get in the Christmas spirit. Did he go a little overboard? Uh, yeah, but I'm not saying a word. He shopped. He bought. He stuffed in gift bags. Stocking are done (except for a few more things for him). I have one present to buy for BB, because I convinced LG "I" should be the one to actually pick it out and buy it. And then I have to figure out something for LG. *sigh*

    What else? Oh, got some work done on my office. I'll detail that in my blog tomorrow. Won't bore y'all here.

    Not much else in my world. Except it got cold! Brrrr.

    Here's to a productive week for all!

  2. Yay for editing! And for flower beds, and secrets! Double yay for paychecks!

    We had 1/4" of rain. Somebody send an emergency supply, please.

    I finally finished wrapping presents. Such a relief.

    I also finished a record (for lately) number of illustrations this week -- 8! Hooray!