Fun Outside

Last week was productive for household stuff, but not for writing or editing. Maybe I will figure out how to do both in a day or week. LOL.

I began painting the backyard deck again. We started the project last year and didn’t finish. Seems to be our theme. Oops. It was nice enough with a breeze that I ended up with a lovely farmer’s tan. Darn it. Now I will look funny in a sleeveless shirt. It doesn’t take me long to tan either. Must be that Indian blood in me from my mom. 🙂

I did get the railings painted on two sides of the deck. I was going to finish the next day on the outside and steps but the weather man said it was going to rain.

Wrong. It didn’t rain until Sunday.

Hopefully, later this week I can begin again.

I did plant some morning-glory and bachelor button flowers. They are from seed, so I hope they will come up. It has been awhile since I done that. I bought the marigolds already bloomed. The marigolds I put in painted recycled ice cream buckets.  The bright orange puts some pop of color on the deck. 🙂

Painting the buckets put me in the mood to paint the kitchen chair which I originally bought the spray paint for. Needless to say, I saw the next morning that I had painted the garage floor as well.

Hubby laughed.

I did put the chair on plastic first, just my aim sent sprays of orange in other directions. Believe it or not no orange on me! The color is slowly coming off the floor so not all is lost. 🙂

I’m not done with chair yet so I will post a picture later.

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I did 3 containers with the orange. That large planter has the bachelor buttons planted in it. There is another one that has the morning-glories. Can’t wait for them to start blooming.  🙂

I love solar lights. Makes a nice glow on the deck at night.

Even though I did not write or edit, I did edit three chapters today! So this week is off to a great start. Have a great week!

Do you like to plant flowers?

Journal Time…Sept 20-26

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Sept. 20th

Question? What’s your favorite television show?

2012

I have so many! NCIS is at the top!

2013

I do have a long list but it is still NCIS by far. I love the characters. They are fun. I will miss Ziva when she leaves the show soon.

2014

I bet it was till NCIS. LOL

2015

Love Blacklist! New top favorite! But I still love all the NCIS and CSI shows.  I should have went to school to be a CSI! 🙂

Sept. 21st

Question? Where do you think your road is going?

2012

In a good way. Going to succeed.

2013

It’s going slowly but that’s ok. I’m not rushing and messing it up. I believe it is good.

2014

none

2015

A much better direction than about five years ago. I’m happy just getting a little bored at home. I think I need a part time outside job to mingle with people. 🙂

Sept. 22nd

Question? What shocking news have you recently learned?

2012

None.

2013

I do not have any shocking news. I believe that is good though.

2014

none

2015

None. Nothing shocks me anymore. It’s a crazy world anymore.

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Sept. 23rd

Question? Write down a quote for today.

2012

Be True To Yourself.

2013

Reach For The Stars.

2014

none

2015

Anything Is Possible.

Sept. 24th

Question? When was the last time you went dancing?

2012

Way too long ago. Forget when it was.

2013

I do not know. I use to dance a lot. I do miss it. I was on my high school dance team. Always made me happy dancing.

2014

none

2015

In my mind, today. 🙂 LOL I miss dancing. Hubby and I use to in the beginning of  our marriage. Hope to start again someday soon. 🙂

Sept. 25th

Question? Do you plan, or are you flying by the seat of your pants?

2012

Half plan, half fly! 🙂

2013

There are certain things I plan and other things I do not. I don’t like to plan everything cause things happen and I don’t want to be disappointed.

2014

none

2015

A little of both. Plan the bigger things as much as possible. Day to day can be flying by the seat of my pants. 🙂

All 4 Kids Fall My kids when they were younger. 🙂

Sept. 26th

Question? Today was amusing because _______

2012

Kids are funny.

2013

The cats were being goofy. They were chasing each other and running into things. Lazy was pushing things off the end table. 🙂

2014

none

2015

Hubby was home, enough said. 🙂 He makes me smile and laugh. The boys enjoy him picking on them and that’s fun to watch.

Trip to Chicago

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Kansas City

On our way to see the oldest son graduate from Navy Boot Camp. Very proud of him. So far a pleasant trip with the hubby and the other three kiddos. Sure miss our van for space though.

It has been cloudy and rainy on and off.

Thank goodness for the invention of DVD players. Great for passing time.

I’m glad hubby likes driving in the big cities because I don’t. I like looking all around.

I’ll keep you posted! First getaway in over a year. I needed it. Love traveling.

Memories Can Be Inspiration

The current novel I am writing, Obeyville Snoop, centers around a mysterious underground cave system. In the middle of this cave is a stone town. The discovery leads to adventure and surprises.

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The inspiration of this story came from a childhood memory of mine. About sixth grade a few of my classmates and I discovered the remains of a burned down house on a hill located in town. The shell of a door remained that led to a downstairs portion of the old house. At the end of the steps to the right a dirt tunnel led to a round dirt room.

The rumor was the man who had lived there was paranoid about a war starting in which we would be bombed. He built the underground tunnels and room so he could hide. We only found the one tunnel and room but there looked to be a possible other tunnel which was caved in.

Being the young kids we were we would sit in the round room and play Truth, Dare, and Double Dare! 🙂 We would be goofy but also try to scare the crap out of each other. On one side of the tunnel there was a tube-shaped object that looked as though it fell into the dirt from the house above that burned. I suppose it was a tank of some sort but we convinced ourselves it was a bomb missile that did not go off. It was more interesting to a sixth grader. 🙂

What remained of the house above was a few framed walls and scattered household items. A pair of overalls hung on a nail on one of the walls and we liked to believe it was the man burned up.

Imagination overload!

It made for fun after school exploring for a while. We stopped going up after we opened our mouths to our parents. Can you believe we listened? I like to think we spooked ourselves away. 🙂

I never did return to that spot and as far as I know it remained like it was until a couple built their beautiful home over it. This happened after I graduated, left for six years, and then moved back. So many times I wanted to walk up there and ask if they caved everything in. My imagination likes to think they restructured the tunnel and room and it is now under their house.

How cool would that be? 🙂

If you like this memory, I think you will enjoy my novel when it is finished. Thinking back on this time in my life I really think that’s when my imagination took off on its own adventure and my love for mysteries, adventures, and the unknown sparked my love of reading books. Those books ignited many daydreams in which I was the main character. I wish I had written notes on those dreams. I would have lots of material for stories and novels. 🙂

Doing research I came across this article by Stephen Wagner.

It is cool to think the possibilities of other discoveries. Granted a few stories are pretty far-fetched but that’s what makes a great adventure novel! It is one of the reasons I love to write. Love making up fun stories.

I hope my imagination will entertain many, if not at least a few.

Stay tuned, I will update as my novel progresses!

( If you click on the blue title, Obeyville Snoop,  it will take you to my website which will have the link to buying my book eventually.)

Selfies

I don’t do a lot of selfies but every now and then I like to have fun with them. I actually try to avoid pictures when we take them during outings. Or that could be I am the one usually taking them.

I actually feel weird taking my own picture. I guess I just haven’t developed my inner selfie.  Or maybe it’s those dang pounds on me that fill the picture. Oh, who am I kidding, even if I was the weight I should be, I would still feel weird taking my own picture.

I enjoy when people post goofy ones. It makes me laugh. I like seeing them smile and have fun. Especially, in a world that tends to post way too much sadness.

Me! Take 1 !

I like a variety. Face it, life is a variety.

Take 2 !!

And again.

Take 3 !!!

Ok, one more time.

Take 4 !!!!

Alright, I am done. 😉

I don’t think selfies are boring when they are trying to tell a story like holding up something or showing an action shot. After all a picture alone can tell a story.

IMG_20140107_145643 Oh, this was part of the Zero to Hero 30 day challenge. I had never tried embedding a url into my blogs before. Pretty simple and you got to see my face 4x! 🙂

If you want to do the challenge you may click on the image to the right and it will explain everything. I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with everyday, but I will give it a whirl!

Before I write off into the sunset, it was a happy day today, kids back to school! 🙂 YAY!