Monday, December 14, 2015

Chaos of this time of the Year

My brain is a mess of unorganized thoughts, problems, and issues.  I have been trying to come up with a decent blog for several days now and I have nothing.  So today, you get the chaos that is my mind.

  1. Editing manuscripts.  I have two completed first drafts of novels on my desk that need my attention.  I spent last week working for one hour each night on the edit.  I don’t feel accomplished.  I don’t know why I hate editing so much.  I love the writing of a book.  The edit…is absolute torture.  I will get on it fellow readers.  I will.  I have some down time coming up and I will work hard to get at least one manuscript off my desk before January 1.  That’s my goal.  Will I reach it?  Not sure.

  1. Wrapping Presents.  Why is wrapping such a time sucking chore?  Plus, why is it only my job?  I have wrapped approximately ¼ of the gifts.  I can’t bring myself to sit down and do the rest.  Maybe that’s why I was able to edit last week.  I was procrastination the wrapping.

  1. Cookies.  My gma makes me cookies every year for Christmas.  The best cookies ever.  The problem is, that I tend to eat them all.  I had four for breakfast!  This is a problem, esp. since with my busy life at the moment I don’t have time to get to my zumba class.  All those cookies are sitting in my gut procreating fat cells as we speak. 

  1. Social events.  I am dreading them.  They always sound like a good time until the time comes to actually attend.  Then I get ill at the thought of going.  I have so many that I have been invited to and I’m having a hard time getting together my strength and will.  Can I just attend by phone?  Do people really need to see me?  I’ll ship all the gifts and foods I have for all the events.  The funny thing is that most people wouldn’t even miss me.  I sit in a side chair and don’t talk a whole lot. Why must I attend?  Maybe this is why I have a cookie addiction.  I’m eating my anxiety of the events to come. 

  1. Birds and Squirrels and Foxes oh my.  One nice relaxing pastime lately is that I have the bird and squirrel feeders up. They are coming in droves to feast at my new house.  I am very happy about this.  Esp. as the birds include blue birds (not the blue jays) and red headed woodpeckers.  I find myself sitting in that window for quite a bit of time in the mornings, simply gearing up for the day.  It’s nice.  Haven’t seen the red fox lately.  I think he comes through around dusk and as I’m not getting home now until dark, I’m missing his race through the yard.  The days will start to get lighter earlier so maybe I will see him again soon.

That’s it for me this week.  Hopefully my brain will settle down in the next week or so and I will have something interesting to discuss.  For now, this is all you get.  Have a great week everyone.


Monday, December 7, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time...

18’ish days give or a take a day depending on when you are reading this, until Christmas.  I love Christmas, well that’s not entirely true.  I love parts of Christmas.  There are plenty of things about it, I hate with a purple passion, but today, it’s all about the good things I enjoy.  

I enjoy the excitement of trying to find good gifts for the people on my list that I love the most.  Kids are pretty easy. Adults are harder, but let’s face it Ladies, men are hard to buy for you.  You can only get so many screwdriver sets, or handsaws, before you get tired of that idea.  Then you hit the sports wear and outdoor tools, and it’s not as much fun anymore to find gifts for them.  I start looking around August for my husband.  Why? He’s hard.  I mean almost impossible, but sometimes, every once in a while I get an awesome gift for him.  Not all the time, in fact sometimes I bomb it.  For instance, last year, I thought I had the PERFECT gift.  It was an art piece, “bust” type thing.  It arrived on time, (added plus) and I opened it and…it was like 2 inches tall.  I was so upset as that was supposed to be his main gift and it sucked.  I was heartbroken.  He loved it.  Or at least he insisted he did.  This year, I may have sucked again, as I ordered way in advance, but forgot about my address changing and forgetting to update it on my payforit account, and…well we will see if it comes on time.  Darn it all.  But even with all that, it’s very fun to find something you know, just know someone will love.  So the hunt, that’s part of the holiday I like.

I also love all the food.  I mean, turkey dinner and leftovers and homemade noodles, and pie and cookies and pie!  I have to work really hard for the next three months to get rid of all that pie on my hips, but man is it worth it. 

Christmas morning with the children.  That is such a wonderful moment.  I love the excitement and the tearing and ripping of paper and the ooh and ahhs and the wow!  I love the light in the eyes of everyone.  I could sit back and watch that all day and not even think about opening one gift of my own.  I love children at Christmas.  I just do.  I wish I could bottle that feeling for the dark winter months when I get lost in the cold. 

What do you love about the Christmas?