Saturday, December 01, 2007

November is over

That means the writing challenge is also over. I didn't reach the goal, didn't even come close to it, didn't finish my story either. The story still needs to be told, so it will get written. Having started a new job was a big part in my not getting it written. I know that it sounds like an excuse, I haven't held a real job for a few years. Raising kids is a job in itself, in some ways more demanding than a job outside the home, yet you can take a nap when at home unlike in an office.

When I started this job, the company I work for had just bought a very successful bookkeeping business. So I was behind in work before I had even begun. I am now caught up for the first time since I started, I will succeed at staying caught up with out to much overtime. I have a hourly pay rate based on a billable client base of $10,000 per month, the clients that were brought in are at a billable rate of $12,000 per month. What this means is that if I can keep my overtime down and don't need any extra help, is that I get a bonus of 30% on the $2,000 over the original base. I am so excited about this.

Jerry and I working at making our marriage work. So far things are going good. We have our own rooms. I know that sounds strange, yet with the hours that we work it makes sense. I don't have to worry about waking him up when my alarm clock goes off, and he doesn't have to worry about waking me up when he gets home after midnight. We are spending more time on the weekends together. We are doing better. We will have to work on our marriage for the rest of our lives, that's the way it should be.

Live fully....

Saturday, October 27, 2007

November is almost here.....

and you know what that means!?! It's time for NaNoWriMo! Yes, once again I'm challenging myself, and any of you who are game, to join and write a 50,000 word novel in one month. See the icon on the side bar to navigate to the official NaNo site.

So, as October 31st turns to November 1st I will be hovering over my keyboard getting ready to type feverishly. I still need a topic for this year. This year I am working a full time job, making it even more difficult to reach the goal, I will do my best though! I will not be defeated! I will write 50,000 words, they may not all be good words, but they will be words!

Any way, the posts will be few and far between, even fewer than normal, just know that I'm still here and writing away. I will try to keep you all informed on my progress. If you decide to join the madness, I mean fun, you can add me as a writing buddy.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

A Quick Update

I really love my new job. I am working with a great group of people. The company I work for just acquired a bookkeeping service, and I will be the one to take over that part of the business. I am very busy, and like being busy. More on this when I'm not so tired.

Jerry and I are trying to work on our marriage. He has moved back into the house. He has his own room. We are both trying to make it work, we both want it to work. He has even started hanging up pictures, something that hasn't been done for quite some time. I am happy and hopeful. Life is good. I will post more when I'm not so tired.

I'm still trying to get used to getting up every morning, and going to work. I'm tired when I get home, I'm also happy at being tired.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I've got reason to celebrate!

I got the job I've been waiting on. I had several interviews with them, and they liked me well enough to hire me! I am so excited! I start on Friday, I am a bookkeeper for several clients. It is so good to know that I will now have money coming in to pay the bills. That is one less thing to worry about. I know that I will enjoy working for this company, they are very nice people. If I get the clients done that I have to do for the week, I can then take an extra day for the weekend if I want, or I can take on more clients. I like the idea of some flexibility in my schedule. It will be up to me to keep my clients happy and sticking to the program that has been set up.

I also cut my hair, and put highlights in it. It is shoulder length, I'm still getting used to how short it is. I will change my picture soon.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

It's that time of year again!

It's time to take the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I am once again trying to write 50,000 words in one month. The month of October is the time to sign up, November is when the writing takes place. Go to NaNoWriMo to join in on the madness. Take the challenge, I dare you!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Goals made and some acheived

I've made several goals for myself, and have actually achieved some. Others will take time to reach, that's the way it works though. Last weeks goals were to start getting Jerry's things packed and ready for him to pick up, get Julie's car out of my yard, get Jeff's stuff out of the house, start getting rubbish out for bulk trash pick up, and start the paperwork for a Legal Separation. Last weeks goals achieved: all of them!

This weeks goals are to get more of Jerry's stuff packed (if I wait for him to do it, it may not get done), finish one more item finished for State Fair entry, get a job, get information on going back to school, and get resume written. I have written and sent out my resume, signed up at, have had two interviews at Temporary services, and have one more interview tomorrow. I have an appointment with a college adviser on Friday, I want to become a counselor. I am still working on the item for the State Fair, I am almost done with it, it and other things will be turned into the fair on Saturday. I will post pictures of these items at some point in time.

I have also been meditating everyday, and doing Tai Chi. I have found that both of these things have helped me to become focused and to generally feel allot better. Even though I am not a morning person I have been waking up before 8 am every morning without using an alarm clock.

I want to thank everyone who listened, gave me a shoulder to cry on, prayed for me, sent good thoughts my way, and was generally very supportive. I appreciate everyone of you, and I will be talking to you all again about how I feel and what is going on in my life. Thank you all for being in my life and for your help.

Live fully......I finally am......

Monday, September 10, 2007

Life changing events

Life has taken some strange twists and turns in the past week or so. Jerry has decided to leave me. The reasons that he has given me seem very superficial, not that they aren't true, just doesn't really seem to be "marriage breaking" reasons. He says he wants to live on his own, he doesn't want to put me through the worsening of his emphysema, he can't make me happy, musicians make lousy husbands, and other things like this. He can't even look me in the eyes when he is telling me his reasons.

He had a few complaints about me, I'm not a great house keeper, and I've been depressed off and on for several years, so things didn't get done that should have. I agreed that I shouldn't have let the house or myself go, so I started doing the things that I should do. It was a few days after this that he told me he was leaving me. You will all be glad to know that I am still cleaning things up, though it will take time to get the house back into shape.

At first I was very upset, cried for a long time that day and into that night. Then I was angry, very angry because I couldn't believe that he wanted to leave for such simple reasons. I cried some more, after that I was just pissed. I was mad for most of this past weekend. Sometime Sunday afternoon I went from being mad to being frustrated over the whole thing. I'm frustrated that he hinted at others that he would be leaving before he said anything to me. I'm frustrated that he can't face his own demons, denies that they even exist. I'm frustrated that he won't or can't say what the underlying reason he wants to leave really is. I am very familiar with my own problems, and bad habits, and I'm working on them.

I think that a marriage should be worked at, that problems should be worked though. I don't like giving up on this marriage without even trying to work out the problems, yet that's what he wants to do. So, with that in mind, I went to the court house today and filed for a Legal Separation. It is the best way for me to protect myself, get what I need, and I'll be able to initiate counseling. We both could use the counseling.

I feel stronger now than I ever have before. I'm growing as a person, and will continue to do so through this whole separation/counseling/divorce thing that I have to go through.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Grandson!!!!

Talena had him early this morning. He weighed in at 8lbs 10ozs and 21 1/2 inches long. He's a big boy. His name is Gage. I will put more pictures up soon. I took several, I just need to edit them so that they will fit here.

Mother, son and father are doing great.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

They jumped the gun a bit....

We live in a mobile home. We own our mobile home. We pay lot rent for the space our home sits on. Lot rent is due on the first of the month. Monday (July 30th) we walk out of the gate, I'm going to QT and Jerry is putting his tools in the truck before I leave. On the gate is an envelope. Jerry opens the envelope to see what it says on the note. He reads part of it to me and it says that we are late in paying lot rent. Since it is still July we are both thinking that they are talking about July's lot rent. Jerry hands me the note, I'm looking it over, telling Jerry that I have the money order receipts for the rent being paid. We are talking loud enough , which doesn't have to be that loud in a mobile home park, that one of our neighbors from across the street hears us. He says "Look at the date for payment". I look at the date for the month that they say we are delinquent for, and it's for August. They, the management, are telling us that we are late in paying August's lot rent, and it isn't even August yet.

Have I ever mentioned that I'm not to impressed with these managers? They are good people, just not very bright managers.

Oh, yeah, add us to the list of those that are looking for a new home. We are both of the opinion that the new owners are going to eventually close the park and build apartments. If they can get everyone that speaks English as a first language to move, then they won't have to send out the proper notices of closing, that's my thought anyways.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Guess what I am?

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 56%
Lifer: 33%
Mandarin: 49%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

Monday, July 23, 2007

What is it?

The sun is not as bright. There are white fluffy things covering it, and some are black. The wind has picked up, and it is cooler than normal. There's thunder and lightning, I love that! Now there is something else coming out of the sky. It's wet, I think it's water. It is! It's raining! WooHoo!

We finally got some rain today.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Some Self Promotion

I've been doing a lot of editing and adding pages to Pagans Lounge. Go check it out.

There's only a few of us that are members, yet we have written quite a bit. Come add your 2 cents worth, or your own writings at The Written Page. I look forward to seeing what all you've written.

If you like playing D&D but don't want to spend all night at it, come join the action at Kathus. This is Greg's game, he's the Dungeon Master, so the game proceeds only when he can get the time to add to it. Because of this, the game goes very slowly, his school work comes first.

I know you all are curious, so go look these sites over. Join if you want.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Permanent Station

When Greg graduates from his school, he will be permanently stationed at Camp Pendelton. Well, it will be his home base anyways. He graduates in October.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!!!

As Americans we celebrate this day with parties, grilling, fireworks, and being with friends and family. And we should do this with pride. We fought for our independence with not much more than the will to be independent from all other countries, and monarchies. We fought, and still fight, amongst ourselves to free those that we had enslaved. We fight for the freedom of others.

No matter when or how our families arrived here, someone in the family had to fight for that freedom. This is the day to remember them, to remember what they did to give us the freedoms that we have today. It is a day to celebrate the sacrifices that they gladly gave to see their families live in peace.

My grandfather was a sailor, my father is retired Army, my husband was also in the Army, I was in the Air Force, I have a son that is a Marine, and his brother is a Sea Bee. When my boys come home for a visit they occasionally bring a friend, when they leave we thank them for serving their country, for choosing to keep all of us safe, for being patriotic, for doing a job that isn't easy.

We should all take the time to say thank you to all the men and women that have served, and are serving their country, for sacrificing their lives and time away from their families, for doing that which many cannot do, for keeping our freedoms intact. If you know a veteran or an active duty military person, tell them thank you. If you don't, or would like to send a card to someone who is in the military now to say thank you, go to this site: Let's Say Thanks. The art for the cards is done by children, and there are several to choose from, there are several messages to choose from, or you can write your own.

We may not like the fact that we have military fighting any where, yet there is fighting and we are there in it. The men and women that are now in the military have chosen to serve their country and we should support their choice.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Things I've made

I started making this when I was in Portland visiting Shannon and Kevin. It didn't take me too much longer to finish it. I am going to wear to a wedding in July. The wedding is in Payson where it is much cooler than here in the valley.

I made this 6 strand afghan for the wedding. It will be good in the evenings on the back porch swing and during the winter on their couch.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007


Greg is now Squad Leader!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What a great weekend!!!

Greg and Kyle came home for the long weekend. I actually got to spend quite a bit of time with them, and I loved every minute of it! We went to see Pirates 3 (it was a good movie), Greg had brought his Wii and we got to play games on it. I got caught up in playing Zelda, what a fun game.

Kyle passed the test to become an E-4, the promotion itself happens sometime this next week or two. He's had to get information together to get his passport in order, as far as he knows he will be going to Korea in December. That, of course, could change before his battalion is actually deployed.

Greg's MOS had been changed, it's still electronics, and it's still communications of some sort, he's not even sure what kind yet. His next set of classes starts this next week. He will graduate from all of these classes in September/October. He won't know until then where his duty station will be.

It is interesting to see how they have matured so much more than their friends. A friend of mine who was able to see them this weekend paid them the best compliment, she told them that she felt secure knowing that they were there to protect us all. I am so very proud of them.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Kyle has a Tattoo!

This is Kyle's tattoo. It is a memorial for a friend of his that had dies last year. He was helping out someone who needed his help. He was in a car accident. He was a very good kid, he is missed and loved by everyone whose life he touched.

Sushi Night!!!

Last night was sushi night, Jerry doesn't like sushi so he didn't participate. My friend that I met through my crochet group, and her friend, and myself got together to make sushi. This is the second time that we have done this, according to the note of the first friend it has been almost a year since the last time we had gotten together. A whole year! It didn't seem that long ago.

First I have to go pick up V (the friend from crochet), I have to show the yarn I picked up with my sister in Portland (she absolutely loved it!), show her the progress I have made on an afghan that she helped me find the yarn for, and the progress I have made on the Sarafina poncho that I had started while in Portland (I had a very productive visit with my Sis). Then we gather things together to take over to M's house, this is where we are doing the sushi this time. We get the van loaded and we're off!

We finally reach M's house, it's about a 45 minute drive by freeway. She has a beautiful home. We unload the goodies from the van, sit and get the grocery list made. We then go to the Asian market, that in itself is an experience. If you ever have the chance to go to an Asian market, do so. Most of the labels are in Chinese, Japanese, or what ever the type of people the market is for, there are a few labels with English on them. You can tell if you are in the section that sells soy sauce and stuff because there will be at least one brand with English on the label, the others are not, because of the color of the liquid in the bottles you can tell that it is at least some type of soy sauce or maybe taryaki sauce. The chip isle is easy too, the picture on the packaging is a great help. The sweets are even easier, you can see some of the goodies through the packaging, I got myself something called Pocky. It is really good, it is a thin cookie stick dipped in chocolate. It is really good. There are tanks of different kinds of live fish that they sell, not just a tank for lobster, one had live eel, another had catfish, I didn't look in all of them, there was so much to see. There was even a in store lunch bar, where M bought some roasted duck, they even cut it up. We got everything that we needed, and headed back to M's house.

We made rice, which had to cool first, then seasoned, veggies were cut, fish was cut, wasabi was made. Then the fun began. Discussions on how much rice should be put on the Noori proceeded through the making of them, what should be put on each roll, and how to roll them. We made eight rolls, we had about four left to split between us. along with the rolls we had some other goodies that I can't remember the names of. I will have to have V send me the names of these goodies again. (Shumai, is one, these were very good.)

The food was great and the company was even better.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'm Back!!!

I made it home. I had a wonderful time visiting with my sister and brother-in-law. She and I shopped for yarn, I visited the store where she works, learned how to play Mah Jong, and had Thai food for the first time, met a bunch of their friends, great fun was had by all. We all promised not to wait seven years to see each other again.

The plane ride was fairly uneventful, a bit of turbulence coming into Phoenix. I got in about 9:30 and it was still 93 degrees outside, much warmer than Portland. The weather was gorgeous while I was there. I even tried to bring some of the cooler weather back with me, all that came with me was the wind.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

I'm here!!!!

I have arrived in Portland. The flight was uneventful, which is just the way I like it. Both my sister and I forgot to check with each other on where to meet when my flight arrived. With the help of our Dad, we found each other.

It is so good to be here and visit some with my Dad and spending a few days with my sister and her hubby. Yarn shops will be visited, so will the store where she works.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

New chapter

I have added a new chapter to the book that is here. It has been along time since I have written anything on this story. Please check it out.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Been doing some homework.....

I have been doing some research in the Mobile Home Tenant and Landlord Regulations. (Not sure that is the correct name of the document, it''s close enough though.) Seems there is a regulation that the owners/managers have to keep the community areas in good working order. This includes the pool, jacuzzi, and the park playground equipment. There is even a recourse that can be taken if they don't do this, unfortunately it is to give notice that we will move if they don't fix it. We don't really want to move, at least not in the short period of time that would have for this course of action. We are of the opinion that the owners of the park are trying to find a way to get everyone out so that they can build apartments on the land instead.

I did find out that if they want to close the park for any reason they have to give a 180 day notice of their intentions. I think they are trying to avoid having to do just that for as long as they can.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Possibility of a move....

It's like rats leaving a sinking ship around here. For those that don't know, we live in a Mobile Home Community (just a fancy way of saying we live in a trailer park). The owners changed managers several months ago, since then it hasn't been the same. Different people have different ways of doing things, the new managers seem to drag their feet about fixing the jacuzzi and the pool, neither has been open since they took over.

Jerry and I both wondered how long it would be before the park would be turned into an apartment complex. Since we moved in here six years ago, we have seen two parks empty and then become apartments. There are just over 100 spaces here, maybe a half dozen are empty spaces, maybe another half dozen homes are empty. Just on our street there are about four people selling their homes. One family that moved out today. Yet a nice double-wide home came in today.

We don't want to move, we like our little home. We have been getting things just the way we want them. I now have a sewing room. Jerry's getting the front room set up with speakers and other music stuff.

We will see what happens. I will keep you all posted on whether we move or not.

On another note, I would like everyone to consider joining my forum The Written Page. It is for those who like to write.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

County Fair

I entered a couple of things into the County Fair this year. I did good, I got 1st place on my Mobius Shawl and 2nd place on the Alpaca silk shawl. I know at least one of them is on flickr, go look.

I think I may enter both into the State fair this year, it will be interesting to see how well I do there.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

More cleaning....

I have for the second time in as many years, cleaned out my closet and dresser. I have even brushed the dogs. Jebo has only just begun to shed this year, so I've only gotten a little of the undercoat that will be shed. Hopefully I will be able to get that undercoat before it escapes to cover every bit of the floor in downy fluff. P-Bear sheds single hairs that cover everything no matter how much I brush him. Thankfully I have a good vacuum cleaner.

I'm going to see my sister in May!!!! I'm soooo excited!!!!

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Finally...another posting

I have been watching the granddaughters for the last three weeks. I love them dearly, they are full of energy, I am not. Yet through it all, the urge to reorganize has struck full force. This weekend I have moved small pieces of furniture, my sewing machine is now in what had been Greg's room. It is now my sewing and craft room. I have even moved some of the yarn I have into the room and even organized it in such a way that it isn't taking over the entire room. I am feeling very satisfied with myself. I still have a lot to get done, a little bit at a time and it will all get done.

I will be posting more pictures of the girls in flickr, so keep a watch on the badge here and you'll soon see them.

Dad, Maryann, Julianne, and Shannon, I was sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. I am glad that everyone was able to laugh and cry together over her memory. I am happy to know that all made it home safely. Margaret was a great lady.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

New Forum

I have started a new forum. It is for those who like to write, whether or not you are already getting paid for writing. It is a place to go to get help, recognition, or just because it's another place to write. Come visit, join, write, help, or just be. Find it here: The Written Page leave your mark.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Ren Fair and other stuff

The boys were down last weekend, about ten of us went to the ren fair. Greg brought a couple of his buddies from the marines, Kyle came by himself. It was such great fun! Lots of shows, shopping and just hanging out. Greg found a sword that he liked, Kyle found a practice sword that he liked. I found a great walking stick, a beautiful parasol, a neat necklace, a small woven pouch, and a CD of one of the performers (the singer of the New World Renaissance Band, he has a gorgeous voice). Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Greg passed the first course in his classes, he not only passed he was at the top of his class! He received a book and a certificate.

Kyle took the test for becoming an E-4, he won't know the results of the test until sometime in June. When he passes, the promotion won't take effect until September.

Talena has had the girls for the past couple of weeks, I've been babysitting for her while she's at work. She has a new job now, it's better than working in a coffee shop. She is now the receptionist at a CPA's office, working a 40 hour week and for better pay. I am very proud of her, and very tired from watching two active little girls. Gotta love them though.

This is how I...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Not much of a spring

This week has been rather warm. It's been almost 90 the last couple of days, if it keeps this up we may hit 100 before the end of March. Normally it doesn't get that warm until May. Haven't even had time to contemplate the cleaning, maintenance, and replacing of things on the swamp cooler. That stuff isn't usually done until April. We may just see record heat this summer, over 120. That's life in the desert.

Hope everyone has a beautiful spring this year.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Grandparents again!

We are going to be grandparents again for the 6th and 7th time. Talena is due in August, and Maggie is due in October. Both girls are happy about being pregnant, we are happy about being grandparents again. I will be making more blankies for the little ones.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Old friends found

I've renewed a friendship with a wonderful person. We first became friends when we were married to brothers, neither one of them was good to us, that is what we had in common then. Now we both have good men in our lives, and are very happy. It was great to go over to their house and have dinner.

We got reacquainted over good food. Not only did we become friends again, our mates became friends as well. I am looking forward to talking to her again.

Hopefully they will join me and all the kids in going to the Renaissance Faire in March. As of right now there is about 30 people going. This is going to be fun.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Road to Nowhere...Revisited

Greg came home again this weekend. It was good to have him here. The only bad thing about the visit is that I had to drive that road to nowhere twice this weekend. His dad was supposed to take him back yesterday, and then backed out. That meant that I had to take him back. I noticed though that while there are no homes on that last part of the trip, there are buildings, and burnt out shells of buildings along this road. Not many, but a few. It can be amazing what is in a desert when you take the time to notice it, and sometimes all it takes is repetition to see it.

Anyway, Greg and Kyle will be back in March for the Ren Fair. That will be fun! Greg will either be picked up by Kyle or will be getting a ride with one of his friends in the Marines, this means I don't have to drive! There will be a bunch of their friends and hopefully a couple of mine going to the fair.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

The road to Nowhere

I now know where the road to nowhere is and where it actually leads to!

Greg had come for a quick visit this weekend, he came to pick up his computer. Well, he needed to get back to his barracks at 29 Palms. When someone tells you they live out in the middle of nowhere, unless they live at 29 Palms, they are living near somewhere. The drive is about four hours long, not to bad really. From Phoenix to Parker, there are the usual little towns and homesteads, places to stop, sights to see, things of that nature. Parker is a little town just inside the Arizona-California border. Once you cross the border into California there is an Agriculture check point, this is where you stop and are asked if you have any fresh fruits or live plants that you are bringing with you, they also ask where you are coming from.

Across the state highway from that is a gas station/convenience store, with a sign near it that states that there are no more services for 100 miles. Even when you see a sign like that you think that there should be homes, farms or some sign of civilization along those miles even if you can't get gas or something to eat. Most of the vehicles that have crossed the state line are either turning left or right to other towns, few keep going straight. The state highway that goes straight leads to the highway that leads to 29 Palms, it goes through the high desert. There is absolutely nothing on this road. There are no houses, no farms, no signs of civilization of any kind, the only other sign that it isn't totally empty are the railroad tracks. There weren't any trains either. There aren't even any billboards, no advertising of any kind for anything.

As you keep driving down this road, you have to marvel at the number of people that are also travelling down the road. After quite some time, you finally arrive at another road, this is the road that you have to turn down. This is the only turnoff since leaving the little gas station that there is, no other roads or driveways were passed along the way. Once you turn down this road, there is still nothing to indicate that you are anywhere that people have been or could be other that the road you are on. After a while you begin to wonder if you missed a turn or if you are really going to see a town or any kind of civilization ever again. Then just as you think that you're lost, you go around the last foothill and you finally see in the distance a few man made structures.

Then as you get closer, there are a few abandoned homes, some homes that are actually being lived in, a sign that says you are entering the Joshua Tree National Forest. When you finally get to the town that is next to the base, it is actually a very busy little town. A lot busier than the surrounding desert would lead you to believe.

This is truly the road to nowhere, and it leads to 29 Palms. Yes, there are palm trees there, there are none anywhere else, just there. I drove this road on Sunday, I will be driving it again on Friday when I go to pick Greg up for the three day weekend. It is roads like this when a car that can drive itself would be really great.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Book update...

I have taken out the red pen and have started the editing/rewriting of this past years NaNoWriMo novel. This is going to take a while, have only managed a page and a half so far. I only started last night, so I figure I'm doing pretty good. When I get this first editing done, I will send a copy to you, Dad, for your help and suggestions. Thank you for offering your expertise.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

A visit from the boys

Greg and Kyle came for a visit this weekend. They are doing good. Kyle bought himself a car. It's a 2004 Ford Mustang. It's so cool!

They managed to hang out together, and with a bunch of their friends. It was really neat to see them all together. Some of the kids don't really like each other, but they all wanted to hang out with Greg and Kyle, so they put aside their differences for the weekend and behaved themselves. All of them had a lot of fun together.

It was great to see them.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Another step to being published.....

I have taken the next step in possibly getting a story published. I'm still a long way from even submitting it to any publisher. I printed a copy of the rough draft of the 2006 NaNoWriMo story that I finished, I then mailed it to myself. That way I can prove that I wrote it myself, not that I took it from anyone, and so no one can take my ideas from me. Now I'm going to start the long process of editing and rewriting.

At some point in time I may even have someone else read it, and help edit it. I'm not sure when that will happen, though. This is a big step for me.

Live fully.....

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Quiet is good.....just makes for boring posts.

Maggie's job is sending her to California temporarily. They are opening new stores there and need people that know what they are doing to work until they can get others trained. She is very excited about going, and she likes that she will only be there for a few months.

Kyle bought himself a car. Both boys will be here next weekend. Kyle will be picking up Greg on his way here.

I keep calling them boys, they are no longer boys, they are young men. Young men that I am very proud of. Young men that are starting their lives serving their country.

I taught my first class on runes and ogham sticks last Saturday. Everyone seemed to enjoy the class, and maybe even learned something. Next week is my next class. When I first thought about doing these classes, I had set them up to be very organized with little room for surprizes. Thankfully those plans got tossed, the classes are now very free-form. That works out very well. I have even started putting them on the Pagans Lounge website. Just go through the divination page, then through the runes section. My pages start with Runic Oracle Introduction. I'm still working on adding more information to these pages, and adding pages to the ogham sticks pages as well. I know that I have enjoyed these classes and have learned more myself while putting these classes together. Look at the pages if you want, don't if you don't want to.

Live fully......

Friday, January 12, 2007


Ever have the feeling that there is something that you should be doing, yet can't quite figure out what it is? I've been working on some pages that I'm putting together for classes that I'm going to teach, and put on the web, I've even worked on some crocheting of sock edgings for grand daughters and niece, even been looking at stuff online. Yet none of it seems quite what I should be doing. So I sit here and write this hoping that maybe I'll figure out what it is I should be doing instead of this or anything else I have been doing. Oh well, it's getting late, I should be getting to bed, then again that may not happen either as I'm not sleepy.

Live fully.....

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

It's quiet here, sort of...

The granddaughters have gone back to their Dad's in California, so it is quieter now that they are gone. The big girls are still here, Kyle leaves in the morning. With both of the girls working it can be kind of quiet during the day, with Jerry working nights, it's kind of quiet at night. I am very rarely alone in the house. Someitmes it would be nice to have the house to myself for a couple of hours a day.

Any way, everybody is doing good, working hard, and living fully.

I found the perfect Thank You card for Grandma Sam!

Live fully......

Monday, January 01, 2007

Opininions and Thoughts wanted

I would like the opinions of anyone who uses flickr. I use flickr myself and have enjoyed the free photo sharing and storage. Unfortunately I want to add more sets, and to do that I need to upgrade to the pay service. If any of you use the pay service, is it worth it? If you don't use the pay service, why don't you or would you consider upgrading? I've got a bunch of pictures that I want to share through the site and would like to keep the various photos in their own albums.

Tell me what you think, whether or not you like the pay service, whether or not you would upgrade. Thank you for your thoughts on the subject.

Live fully.....