2013 in review

Wishing you all this, from me and mine to you and yours.

Wishing you all this from me and mine to you and yours.

 

It’s been a busy year, that’s for sure!  Some of the personal highlights for me include:

– meeting The Boyfriend’s daughter, Chelle;

– the birth of The Grandbaby;

– my daughter turning 14, she’s such a beautiful girl;

– my son turned 17 way back in February, he’s quite the young man and 2014 will bring his 18th birthday! I’m astounded;

– Dayla, the book reviewer, interviewed me

–  I met my favourite radio show hosts and talked about my book on air!

Shades of Pink.  What an awesome experience!

I met Michelle Duff and developed a burgeoning friendship.  I can’t wait to go and visit her!  (Okay, okay, I know I’m using exclamation points excessively but it’s all so exciting! hehehe)

– I ended up with a wonderful story for NaNo, even if it did nearly break my thinker

– And I’ve had some awesome story inspirations.  Like this one.

I also got my 20 gallon fish tank back. My ex-husband has had it in his keeping for 6 years. I’m pleased to see it.

Here’s WordPress’s number crunching year in review:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

I like it.  I love how many views I’ve had but I think it could be more.  I intend to make it more this year.  I would like 2014 to see HW2 published, the website launched, Lizendale in publication (even if it’s just for me), The Bodhisattva Warrior completed and well on its way to publication, HW3 completed and well on its way to publishing, I want to do another giveaway soon – I’m almost at 200 posts!   I would also like to learn more about digital photography.

Personally, I’d like to see me in less pain.  Definitely want to see fewer problems with my back and the slowing of the degeneration.  I’d like to see me in a safer home and I’d like the next two tattoos done.  I want to deepen my understanding of both mindful meditation and my energy work skills.  And I can’t wait to finish my fish tank and take pictures for you all.  It’s going to be gorgeous.  

In the coming week we will talk about gratitude and delve into the gratitude jar.  I’m not sure which day because we are going to see The Boyfriend’s daughters (I get to meet the other twin!) and see The Grandbaby plus I think we’re going to the motorcycle supershow in Toronto.  

That last is a maybe.  I have a sneaking suspicion TB (oh that’s unfortunate! We’ll stick to The Boyfriend) may put the kibosh on that since I seem to have pulled a muscle in my chest. Doesn’t keep me from walking!  And I use my cane with my other arm.  I’m good to go. 😀

Happy New Year to you, my readers, friends and family.

MUAH!

 

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Happy Yule! Merry Christmas!

And an all encompassing Happy Holidays to everyone else...

And an all encompassing Happy Holidays to everyone else…

Sorry to put it that way but my memory is lousy before breakfast.

It is Christmas Eve here in the western side Northern Hemisphere, though I’m sure Santa is just about ready to start his run, if not just beginning it, way in the east.  

And the cat has been helping

And the cat has been helping

I have been a bad, neglectful blogger this month and you have my apologies.  I have been baking up a storm.  I am, as usual, the typical starving artist so I thought I would do baking instead.  The Boyfriend has helped but I have to tell you, baking Gluten Free can be far more expensive than ‘regular’ baking.  I’m going to have to find a more cost effective way to buy the flour.  I think we ended up buying – in total from the first cookie to the apple pie for Christmas dinner – ten bags of flour.  That’s 10 bags at an average cost of  $4.50 CAD a bag (500g bags I think).    That’s a lot of money in flour.  

Crazy!

But I think it was worth it.  GK has tried almost everything and she got completely addicted to one of the cookies.

I have been thinking about 2014 and what it will bring for me and for you, my followers and readers.  I think it will bring the publication of Lizendale, my first NaNo book; the completion of my website (since I’m doing half the work now and my brother has weekends off, I”m hoping end of Feb for the launch); the publication of HW2; the completion of both HW3 and Bodhisattva Warrior – which means a BUTT LOAD of editing (whatever a buttload is 😉 ) – and a NaNo book about the TLC show Four Weddings and a… really being a front for a human trafficking cartel.  

2014 will also see me in Scotland.  And hopefully in a house that is safe and easier on my body than the stairs of this walk up apartment.  Everyone keeps telling me that stairs are good for you but when the tendons in your knees and hips are screaming at you with every step and continue screaming at you for hours after I’m hard pressed to agree.  

I need to go begin the preparations for my family dinner.  I just want to show you one last thing:

Meet Edgar

Meet Edgar

This is Edgar.  He’s a Canadian Goose.  GK and I met him one day when she had a doctor’s appointment.  There’s a small river fed lake in a conservation area in the middle of the small city I hope to move to (doctor, school & pharmacy are all there) and there were a lot of water fowl hanging out there.

Including this adorable couple

Including this adorable couple

The moment GK got out of the car every single duck, and Edgar, got up and started waddling towards her.  We were unprepared to feed them so she fetched a granola bar out of her lunch and tore it to tiny bits.   Edgar was by no means satisfied and started following her around.  We stopped in our walk towards the lake (where I wanted to take pictures of the landscape but ended up only taking ones of the ducks and Edgar) and let him get ahead of us.   He did and led us to the bridge.  

It was really quite cute though poor Edgar had a golf ball sized lump of ice on one wing.  We felt really bad about leaving him like that but there’s no way to get close enough to do anything without getting bitten.  

And now the cat is letting me know that I am past my deadline for getting off my ass.  All he wants is treats.  

Greedy thing.

Have a wonderful holiday and may 2014 bring you all you wish for.

Muah.

Inspiration!

hehehe Found this on Facebook, totally true. ;)

hehehe Found this on Facebook, totally true. 😉

So there I am brushing my teeth and watching the end of TLC’s Four Weddings when a story idea popped out of my froth-filled mouth.  “You know what would be awesome?” I queried the man sitting on the love seat.

The man in question, The Boyfriend, looked up from his computer and said, “What?”  I do believe he looked a little suspicious. 

“If Four Weddings was a front for a human slavery cartel!”  I waved my toothbrush around, totally elated with this idea.

His response?   “What?”

“Imagine if Four Weddings was a front for human slavery!  It doesn’t really matter what the grades from the other brides are; it’s the ones this shadowy cartel in the background decide would sell best who win the honeymoon!”  I rinsed out my mouth and popped out of the bathroom, continuing to wave my hands excitedly as I spoke. 

 His reaction was pretty typical:  Wide eyes, a groan and, if I remember correctly (I’d already taken my night meds so my memory is a little hazy, kind of like that cartel 😉 ), a tolerant, loving kind of head shake.  “Only you,” he said.

I can totally hear you now:  “What is TLC and what is  Four Weddings?”  [Those of you from outside North America.  Those from this continent are probably reacting with “OMG!  That would be horrible!  …Can I read that???”  Peter says he’s stuck in “OMG That would be horrible!  Period!”]

TLC is a cable channel in North America called The Learning Channel.  They have a lot of reality shows from Bringing Home Baby (about the last couple weeks of pregnancy, the birth and the first couple weeks at home of a chosen family) to What Not to Wear (a make over show) to Breaking the Faith (a show about Amish people) to other ridiculous shows.  

Every Friday they do a Bride Night with shows about picking wedding dresses, wedding make overs and the show Four Weddings, which is about four brides from the same city (a different set of 4 every week) who take turns attending and grading each other’s weddings.  The bride with the highest score wins an exotic honeymoon to places like Cabo, Taiwan, Barbados and last night’s “the coast of South America!”  

I think it was the location that sparked the idea.  I thought “What a great idea for next year’s NaNo!”  but that means hanging on to this idea for ELEVEN months.  Riiiiiight.  I should get a journal for story ideas, I suppose.  They do happen semi-frequently.  If I wrote them down, I wouldn’t forget them.  *laughs*

While The Boyfriend is familiar with these flights of fancy my brain takes every now and then I take him by surprise.  

*giggles*  He just got up.  I told him about the picture here and the blog and he says, “Oh you are… you are… I don’t know what you are!”  By the time he sat down beside me he’d figured it out:  “You are terrible.

*evil cackle*   Sometimes… I am.