Moving….makes me exhausted!

We purchased our new home!

Actually, it is our second home, we still have our first home in another town. It is currently being remodeled because it is only 100 years old. 🙂

Fun.

I call it our Puzzle House because it is two structures that were put together to form a home and then was added on several times. So much fun. I do love it. We say it is our family home because it is nice to escape to when we want to. 🙂

It is only four hours away. You could say it is our way of taking a trip only not to some fancy destination. The small town I grew up in is nice and I love that we can go home when we feel like it. It’s a way of holding on to some great memories and to still be able to experience small town living.

There are good things about living in a city and good things about living in a small town. I am very lucky to be able to have both. 🙂

To me that is a luxury worth more than any fancy vacation or vacation home. (But if I won the lottery I bet I could be persuaded to take a few vacations! LOL)

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Eventually, we will live there again but not until it is finished and most likely way down the road. We are playing it year by year. There are more jobs here to choose from then the small town so that is why we are currently happy here. It is nice to have that choice. Plus, we got tired of living in a remodel. Did that for twelve years. Very stressful.

Back to the new home! This one is only 5 years old! So nice to live in a finished home! Though we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t find a home that we still need to do a bit of work on. The plus side of this one is it has a full unfinished basement but the basement could easily be left alone. It is a nice basement, not dark and dreary like some. It is wide open. Plans are to put two more bedrooms, a hobby room, a bathroom, a storage room, and then the rest is the open area for a family/game room. Yes, it is that big! I love that it has two big windows and not the normal basement windows. Again, if we don’t want to finish it we don’t need to. We want to concentrate on the Puzzle House for now.

The main living area is two levels. The boys have their own level with a bathroom and it has a open balcony that overlooks the living room. Pretty cool. One cat even decided to take a leap off it. Scared the crap out of me! Cat just fine. Curious if he will try that again. 🙂

The main floor has our bedroom suite, yes suite. Love it! The living, dining, and kitchen are all open to one another. Really like that. The laundry room is close to the garage. We have a yard that has real grass and some trees! If you knew what our grass was like at the Puzzle House you would understand. LOL….it is a luxury to have grass here. 🙂

I hope to be organized by next week so I can begin writing more and reading! I still have some things to move at the duplex and then the fun of cleaning really good.

It has been a long few months. I tell you the process of buying a house is the most stress ever! I better win the lottery if I ever want to buy another house. I’m not going through all that again. Mostly, because our first lender was not a good lender. Our second lender was the bomb! She did excellent! She was local so it pays to stay local when shopping!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Fall! Happy reading and writing!

Big Apple Hunter

Review of Maddie Cochere’s novel Big Apple Hunter

In Big Apple Hunter, Susan decides to go on a trip with her friend Darby to New York City. I love the character of Darby and his friendship with Susan. I admit at one point I was hoping for them to get together. But, as we know, well…you must read the first book, Sunshine Hunter, to find out what makes their friendship just friends.

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I think setting one of the scenes in New York made the story line even more exciting and adventurous. I so loved the bus tour of men. Who wouldn’t want to tour with a bunch of hot guys?

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I liked the mystery of the bad guys. It kept me guessing what their angle was clear through the book. There was enough mystery to keep me reading and wanting to know the answer.

The ongoing turmoil with her boyfriend makes me wonder if they will last as a couple. I keep thinking maybe they can’t get past their previous relationship disasters. All of Susan’s encounters with available men adds to the question of whether they will stay together. I like that with each book you just don’t know.

All the characters are interesting and likeable. I had all kinds of ideas going through my head about what each character might end up doing throughout the book.  It keeps you assuming things to the end. I believe that is what makes a good book.

I loved the ending. 🙂 Just read it, no spoilers from me.

I love the author’s style, it is witty, adventurous, and easy to read. The characters are like everyday people with added adventures.  She leaves the ending at a point I am ready to read the next book. 🙂

I see with each book where her writing becomes better and better. I like being able to see her grow as a writer. I believe that is what is so interesting about self-published authors, you can see their writing develop with each book. Thank goodness for the internet.

Check out her blog! She has her own witty adventures that will make you smile. 🙂

Our Very Old House

This is the beginning of what will be our new bathroom at our house in my hometown. The last of the dirty slat wood! Yes, it is a very OLD house. Actually, it was two buildings that were put together way back when and made into a house. It looks to have been a second hand store at one time.

This is what we found when we took the siding off to put new on. We have asked around but no one remembers it. It might just be that long ago. Interesting.

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Back to the bathroom, the history of the bathroom has had many occupants before now.
First moved in:
Oldest son’s room (he was a toddler and didn’t sleep in it much) 🙂
An office
The daughter had it as her bedroom for years.
The two youngest boys shared it for awhile.
My dad’s room for about six months.
Lastly, a computer and art room.

It’s final purpose will be our wonderful big bathroom. I bet it takes a good year to get done. I am just glad we don’t have to live in it while we are working on it like all the other remodels. A short weekend will be just enough time and then high tail it out of there back to where we currently live. It has definitely been an interesting challenge. Hubby and I call it “An Adventure”! 🙂

First Chapter Edit 2, 3….I lost count…any help appreciated OR hit the like button if you think it’s good!

One remarkably warm spring day, I decided to take a walk along the Sappa Creek. A beautiful creek that meanders through the south side of Obeyville, Kansas. Though these days not a whole lot of water fills the creek banks. It gets less and less every year. We need a good steady rain season, one we haven’t been blessed with in a few years now. Our farm fields are screaming for moisture and so are the farmers. If the farmers do not have a good season than they don’t buy art, knick knacks, and books in my family store. The winter brought little snow fall. It was like having spring and now spring is summer. I believe Mother Nature is confused.

The kids don’t even know what it is like to have a foot of snowfall. They think an inch is exciting. I haven’t even had to buy snow boots in the last two years. I can’t really say I miss the blistering cold temperatures but a good snowfall would be great. I miss sledding. My friends and I would slide down the steep creek bank which would zoom us across the frozen water to the other side. We would giggle all the way and hope the ice wouldn’t break. It wasn’t but a foot deep but it would freeze one’s buns.

I like to explore, it makes me feel like I am ten again with no concerns. I suppose you would think a twenty-five year old woman would rather be chasing men and hanging out in bars, not me. I would rather be outdoors and learning. I’m like a sponge, soak in every bit of information I can. I have an entire room in my house devoted to books. I call it the Library Cave, some people have Man Caves, and I have a Library Cave. Yes, I am a nerd. A reborn nerd. I did my share of partying and being on the wild side in my High School days. I want to be a nerd now, much more relaxing and better for your health, maybe not the pocket-book.

I spend my work day inside catering to customers at least five days a week and sometimes more. My parents own the store but I manage it so they can live their golden years fishing or whatever they want. I’m a good child like that. Nah, I just didn’t want to go to college, yet. I know someday I will just not in the mode.

I appreciate my customers, but once in a while you get that one bad apple to ruin the day. So then I come down to the creek and stand in the middle of the thick lush trees and yell at the top of my lungs to get my frustration out. The fresh air and exercise are an added blessing. A wonderful stress reliever. I sometimes bring a book with me and sit in one of many trees along the creek and get lost in the story. I imagine I am the main character and it becomes one adventure after another. Sigh. If only life was that way.

I walked to the edge of the bridge and made a sharp right turn where a well-traveled grassy path led into the dense trees. It’s a wonder that I actually like to come down here because I really am extremely afraid of snakes. Luckily, I have not come across one, alive or dead. As I walked along the path I had to keep shoving the branches out of the way. They are really getting overgrown, mental note to trim them back a bit next time.

A shiver ran down my spine from the increasing chill of the shade trees. I wish I had brought a jacket. When I stepped out my front door after work, the sun beat down on my face feeling rather warm and it didn’t occur to me that the thick of the trees would be a different story.

The branches were snapping loudly under my tennis shoes, at least I was smart enough to not wear sandals this time. The previous adventure the sticks kept poking in through the sandal holes. On the right side of the path I saw the old crooked tree that we would play truth, dare, or double dare when we were in grade school, it was coined the Love Tree, hence all the initials carved in it. I touched the initials that I carved into the tree of my first crush. Ah, the memories.

I looked at the base of the tree and saw sting weed was growing there. A person gets their skin next to that and it is like itchy non-stop for a few days. I actually laid in some without thinking once, never again. Itched in places no person should have to scratch.

A twig snapped behind me. I twirled around.

“Who’s there?” I asked.

No answer, and I couldn’t see a thing. Instant panic. I could run down the path I was going down, but then I will go deeper into the woods and may not find a way out. Whoever it is, came down the path I had. I looked around for a big tree branch to defend myself. Crap, all baby twigs.

Next thought, was to drop to the ground and get as low as possible, maybe then he won’t see me. Sting weed, I don’t want to go there again. It made me itch just thinking about it. The shadows of the trees are pretty dark, I can blend in with them.

Another twig snapped.

I could see a shadow of one person. He was tall, masculine built, and wearing a hat and far enough away I couldn’t make out the face. He slowed his pace down. I moved behind the tree. I hope he didn’t see me or is far enough behind me that he may not even know that I am here.

Duh, I spoke, so he has to know the general direction. Idiot I am, number one rule don’t ask the hunter if they are there. Looking behind me I could see a fallen tree along the ground. I can crawl across which leads to the other side of the creek. The creek is barely full of water so I can walk across anywhere to get back to this side. Then maybe work my way around him and get back to the path and run like crazy back to my house. My house is only a block away, an easy run. I can get help then.

I ran for the log. Oh, please let me get out of here. I didn’t hear him moving anymore. I stepped up on the log which was big enough for both feet side by side. Thank goodness it is only a foot above the water or this girl would say the heck with it and take her chances with the mystery man. Objects in the air with little walking space is so not my thing.

I wobbled a bit making my heart race. I kept thinking about him being right behind me and grabbing me. I got to the end, stepped off the log and turned around to see if I could see him. If I can’t see him then maybe he can’t see me. The early spring leaves on the trees created a maze of hiding places. I couldn’t see anything and could only hear the sound of the breeze on the tree tops.

I ran along the creek a good few minutes and then jumped across a narrow passage of water to get back to the town side of the creek. I didn’t bother to look back. I had one goal in mind and that was to get back to the path. I was running through the tall weeds, praying for no snakes, I heard the sound of feet hitting the ground behind me. My heart pounding and my mind telling me to run faster. I felt a hand grab my arm and I swung around, losing my footing and falling to the ground. My head smacked the ground with a thump, and then the world went dark.

Camp Nanowrimo

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I am doing so much better on this challenge for my novel-writing. The story line is coming along better than it did the last five months. I am still shooting for the 50,000 word mark for this month of Camp Nanowrimo. My total word count is now 10,286 words as of yesterday! I couldn’t stop smiling seeing that I have already way surpassed the initial 3,000 word count that I had done last November. Big smile! 🙂

I have found if I take my mini laptop away from my desktop computer I get so much more writing done. I don’t care to web surf on the mini laptop so it is not a distraction like the desktop computer is. I have tried to handwrite first but I admit I like checking that word count tool way to much. 🙂 It tends to be my motivator. I like all the likes I get on here and my Facebook page. It has really helped me to keep going. They are small numbers but that’s all I need to motivate me. I thank all of you. 🙂

I use the WriteWay software and really enjoy it. I do not use all the features, I tried at first and just didn’t like the electronic use of note taking. I have a mini notebook that I keep all my short notes in. I guess you could say I am all about paper when it comes to the note process but all for the electronic way when it comes to writing. I have found that all the research on outlining sounds like the way to go but this ole brain just isn’t into it. I am all about sitting down, daydreaming, and then writing the story. In fact, I am backwards in doing all of it. Once I am done with a chapter I print it and put it in the three-ring notebook I have titled Novel #1 . Then for each chapter I fill in all the note taking on the characters and scenes. Yep, backwards. I guess that is the way my mind thinks. My grandmother always said I did things backwards and she is right. 🙂

Once I complete this novel, then I will do all the wonderful editing and polishing from the printout chapters. I get to play teacher and mark all the bad grammar and silly scenes that tend to happen when putting thoughts to paper. My goal is to be able to self-publish this on my wedding anniversary, June 22nd. It has been the best day of my life and has brought so much good things I figured it might bring some good vibes for the book. Even if people don’t like my book, I will feel like I achieved my long time goal of publishing a novel. 🙂

It will be the first in a Trilogy series. I  intend to begin the second book in July and then the third one in November since it is a Trilogy. My favorite number is three and so I may be a little OCD about it, but it is also kind of fun to have hidden meaning behind the book. Afterall, it is an adventure book with many secrets unfolding throughout the story. The best part is the year is 2013, a three in the end so I believe it is the year to do this. Plus, I have to get a job next year, so not as much time to write then. LOL

I’d like to say I should have done this a long time ago, but in reality, my heart and thoughts were not in sync before this year. I don’t know if it is because of the changes in my life or just life in general slowing down a bit. I know it helps not working outside the home at this point.  I feel it in my bones that now is the time. I’m going to give it my best shot. 🙂