Monday, February 10, 2020

Now - A Daybook

Some of the greenery I put out mid-December, still going strong, 
except in the kitchen where it gets more sunlight.

"Forever is composed of nows."


It's early, around 5:30.  I'm always the first to awake and seldom sleep past five or maybe a half hour later. Every now and then I can stretch it to six, and some days it's even earlier.  It's not an uncommon thing for me to wake around four a.m., once or often twice a week. I don't mind though, I love the quiet of the house this time of day, before the rush of all that must be done sets in.  

Winter has been a bit disappointing this year, though to keep my stress levels to a minimum (I tend to fuss about things over which I have no control), I'm trying to find the bright side. The warmer weather has afforded us many days to be able to work outdoors on the van in comfort, and at this point, I'm now looking forward to spring.  If it continues I'll most likely resume my morning walks soon.

I haven't done a lot of baking recently, as I'm trying to recover from a round of antibiotics that has left my body in a fight for balance. I've struggled with candida from time to time before, but until recently was always able to get it back under control. But being on three different antibiotics over the course of three weeks for an abscessed tooth and the aftermath of such has proven challenging. So I'm cutting back on sugar, taking a pro-biotic and I've added several fermented foods to my diet. Here's hoping I'll be feeling better soon. It's taken a toll.

I noticed yesterday that the greenery I had put up in the kitchen is finally starting to look a little worse for ware. Its amazing to me how long pine will last, even without water. But once it is done, it weathers quickly. I plan to take it down tomorrow, which is always a mess with pine needles falling everywhere. But the beauty it lends to the holiday season and the early days of winter is worth it

Today Kate and I are going to sort through some boxes we brought home from storage. We need to take pictures and get a few more things posted on the Facebook yard sale sites we belong to. One wall of our bedroom looks rather like a second hand store right now, and I guess in some ways, it is. I don't like all the clutter, but it's a necessary evil right now as we work on downsizing and preparing for life on the road. I've had to lower my housekeeping standards a bit, but I don't know that it hasn't been good for this OCD girl.

I got a good start on my book last week. I did some research on what genre it will fit in to, which appears to be Guide / Self Help. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but its an important thing to know.  I learned that such books are typically 40,000 - 50,000 words in length, and that on average most writers attempt to write 500-1000 words a day. Unless you are Stephen King, who is said to average 2,000. Right now I'm in the research stage, which I discovered is favored by many writers, and so many of them warned to be careful not to get stuck there and never actually write. I can understand why. I used to feel the same way about homeschooling. Planning it all out was my favorite part, and while I loved living it out as well, it never turned out the same in real life as it did on paper. Probably due to the wills of little humans getting involved. :) It will be interesting to see how that translates in writing a book.

I also made some changes here at the blog, as by now you've probably noticed. I shared a little about that in this post, but I'll include a brief re-cap here. I've returned to my beloved header, which I seem prone to always do, and have vowed NEVER to even consider changing it again. I just love it, and as green and red are my favorite colors, as well as black though that is less prominent here, this is what I'm sticking with. I think it is important as a writer/blogger to be inspired by your setting, both in your home and in the spaces you create online. A pleasing layout draws me in, and every time I change it I spend more time tweaking it than actually writing. In time I always grow frustrated with the changes, throw it all out and go back to the original design, as was the case last week. That has happened, I digress, far too often and it makes things confusing for everyone. So my apologies, I hope you like the new (old) look, because it's going to be around for awhile! 

I finished Poldark and I'm now in viewer's remorse. I keep scrolling though possibilities, but in the end what I really want is for the story to continue on. There are several books left and storylines to be explored, but as the focus was on the younger generation coming of age, I suppose aging Ross, Demelza and the other adult characters would have proven too much. They could, perhaps, have followed the lead of The Crown and simply hired older actors, but I wouldn't have liked that, either.

I've been watching Sanditon and I am really enjoying it, and my husband and I are watching the new Star Trek installment, Picard, and I like it, as well. But I still hope to find something that captures me as Poldark did, and I'm sure I'll eventually come on to something. I received a number of suggestions from friends when I mourned having completed the last episode on IG. To be honest, writing has taken up so much of my time of late, I'm not sure that not being swept up in multiple seasons of another show isn't a good thing.

And with that, I'll close. Its time to pull myself from this couch and go start tending to those boxes in the bedroom that I mentioned. I hope your week is off to a great start, friend!

Until then,



pam said...

I LOVE this header that you went back to, and green and red are my favorite colors as well! Your blog looks just beautiful!

Kimberly Lottman said...

PAM! So good to hear from you and a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you enjoyed your day, and thank you so much for your kind, encouraging, words. Red and green are your favorites???? I'm not sure I've ever come across such a kindred spirit! <3

pam said...

Yes. Really and truly. Red and green. Swoon....

Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a rather rough birthday, with the flu going thru the household. Lots of people; lots of flu, though thankfully my elderly mother stayed healthy. She IS the only one of us who had a flu shot~ well that and her room and bathroom are in a separate building than the main house. Regardless, we are FINALLY all better now. It was brutal, I'm telling you!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Oh my! I had the flu three years in a row, and one year I had it twice, two different strains. Thankfully I've been able to avoid it this year, knock on wood! I know how awful it can be, and I am so glad your mother-in-law was able to divert it. I never know about the flu vaccine. The one and only time I got it was the year I came down with it twice. Maybe not related, but it's left me questioning. I am glad you are on the mend now, but sorry that your birthday was less than desirable.