A Mile Marker…100th Post!

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My stats says this is the 100th post so it better not make a liar out of me. 🙂

My grandpa always said I was “windy” growing up. I never thought when I began this blog that I would get to this point in two years time. I congratulate those that can blog several times a week. I suppose in time I will get to that point, maybe.

My problem is I think of something fun to blog about, discuss it with my “thoughts” and then I forget what it was when I finally sit down to write it. I have a small notebook but forget to jot the ideas down. I guess I should start putting scratch paper everywhere. 🙂

OR

I could place my post-it notes around the house.

14 - 1 I have plenty!

I can usually recall a memory from a few notes so the small ones would be plenty big. I can write pretty small.

Actually, that jogs my memory from school days.

I can remember a few of us girls going through a phase of seeing how tiny we could write. It drove the teachers nuts! The writing was nice and neat, so I don’t understand why they frowned handing the paper back.

Of course, now that I am that age, I do see the problem. I imagine after grading tons of papers the last thing they wanted to see was something so small they needed a magnifying glass to read it. 🙂 It sure was fun though.

I almost messed up blogging about my 100th post. I did those two reblogs, about did another, when a little light bulb went off in my head and I remembered I was about to hit the 100th!

Phew, that was close.

I meant for the 100th to be my first book cover reveal, but I am still working on it. I am also working on my edits. I am over halfway done. When I edit, I edit one chapter at a time. I actually end up editing it close to four times if not more.

I do my crossing out in red,

type it, reread,

retype, shake my head a few times,

talk to myself about how ridiculous that sounds, grab a Pepsi, watch some detective movie,

reread, retype,

daydream the scene with me in it. (LOL), go on to next chapter.

I will come back after a few chapters and read from the beginning till the end of my editing. I can not seem to do it in one sweep from the beginning to the end. In fact, I can not tell you my ending as of this moment. I wrote it a year ago. I’m weird. 🙂

I’m hoping to be ready to hit that publish button by the end of the month. Hopefully, the movie watching won’t delay that. 🙂

I want to start the next book during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. The books are part of what will be a trilogy. I rocked it last year so I have a good vibe about this year!

I like writing in the warmer months better than the colder months.  The last two years, November through February, I have not been inspired to write my book or edit it. I call it my vacation time. 🙂 Sounds good to me.

I have been struggling with the question of, will anyone like my book? I think that has made me slow down on editing the most. I hope people will like it, but at the same time, I am writing it for me first. I have wanted to write a book since I was in junior high.

I am thankful for the technology of e-books. I will complete one dream because of it. 🙂

When was the first time you wanted to publish a book?

a pocket sized beauty

I love this lady’s photography. The flowers make me think of Spring, yes it is around the corner. 🙂

making it up as i go

I cannot go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens without stepping inside Leaf & Petal. My poor husband knows I will come home with another mouth to water. :) Glorious blossoms in miniature. The pear beside is to give scale as to the size of this African Violet. My Grandmother's favorite is slowly becoming mine.  An inheritance of sorts.  I cannot go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens without stepping inside Leaf & Petal. My poor husband knows I will come home with another mouth to water. 🙂 Glorious blossoms in miniature. The pear beside it is to give scale as to the size of this African Violet. My Grandmother’s favorite is slowly becoming mine. An inheritance of sorts.

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That Calorie Counter Thingamabob

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Well, for the last few weeks I have been keeping track of my food intake. I downloaded the myfitnesspal app to my phone.

It has been an eye opener.

It has me on calorie intake of 1550. I know from shows I have watched that I can actually do more than that but I have tried, note the word tried, to stick to the 1550.

I have lost about 4 pounds. 🙂

What I am amazed at on this neat little app is the adding up of the carbs, sugars, etc.  It has made me think twice about getting that extra pepsi during the day. Note I said twice and extra. 🙂

Actually, most days I have talked myself out of it or I have added more ice to the pop. I’m trying to trick my brain. I know I don’t need the sugar. My last doctor visit my blood work was showing an elevated sugar level, so I am trying to get that back down to normal.

If anything, this app has taught me to downsize what I eat, drink and to exercise, even if it is twenty minutes a day. I am not a big snack eater so that was never my problem. I was surprised to see how fast the calories, sugar, etc add up for a meal. Meals that I thought were fairly healthy and low calorie.

The sugars are astounding in some foods. I had always thought of sugars as desserts. This app has showed me my thinking is all wrong. I could never give up the foods I love, but I will definitely eat in moderation.

The weekends are my lazy times. My oldest son keeps bringing me a McDonalds meal. I call it sympathy food because he wants someone to eat with. (His girlfriend is grounded, she is in High School still, nice girl, good parents)

I add the meal to the app and watch the calories blow up, I begin to exercise. Anything to get more calories for the day. 🙂  Sneaky little app, bad son.

At this moment I am trying to decide whether to order pizza. My app says no, but my tummy says you can work it off later. 🙂

Awesome Power of Extreme Weather: Thunderstorm Time-Lapse

Ready for Spring. Love the storms here. Just don’t want anyone hurt. 🙂

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Stormscapes from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.

The Great Plains of the United States produce the most beautiful thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures in the world. Nicolaus Wegner spent the summer of 2013 on the northern Great Plains photographing some of these storms.

Shot in Wyoming and South Dakota by  Lightalive Photography

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