Friday, July 20, 2018

#AccountaClub: July 20 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

1) Support hubby's project in any way I can.
Well, I did help him pull the trencher he rented out of a ditch. My job was to be on the lawn tractor, keeping the chain taut. Of course, I'd NEVER been on a lawn tractor before. If I have my way, I never will be again. LOL! We're still waiting for news from the construction company. Initially they said mid-July but we haven't heard any more.

2) Finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.
The book covers are done! Now to get my butt in gear and start the editing. Seems like every time I wanted to start this week, something came up. Sigh...

3) In addition, I have three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
I have one post started, hoping to finish in the next couple of days.

We kind of lost Sunday, hubby decided to wake me at 1am for an ER visit. All is okay, but by the time he came home, the day was shot. Monday was movie and errand day. Such is the life of retirees, I guess. LOL!

Another week down...see you next Friday!

To join in the fun, sign up at Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub page or post in her or my comments.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Judy Howard, "The Grieving Gift"

I'd like to welcome author Judy Howard to my blog. She has recently released a new book, The Grieving Gift, now available on Amazon. Thank you for taking time to chat with us, Judy.


Welcome, Judy. Tell us a little about yourself. 
Today I live full-time in my Winnebago motorhome with my cat, Sportster, traveling across the country as a motivational speaker and offering writing seminars. When Sportster and I are not traveling, we spend their time in Sun City, California.

How long have you been writing?
The death of my husband in 2004 gave me a wakeup call. Life is short. I sold my pet grooming business, which I had operated since the age of eleven and engaged full throttle into my new passions of writing and traveling.

What types of books do you typically write?
My writing career expands across many genres, including memoir, romantic mystery, reality fiction, travel and young adult, and now with THE GRIEVING GIFT, an autobiographical novel. In all of my books I address the same theme - overcoming life’s difficulties.

What types of books do you enjoy reading?
Reading for pleasure? I am guilty of denying myself of that luxury. When I read, I read about writing or for research.

What is different about your new book?
THE GRIEVING GIFT rises above other books which attempt to tackle the depressing subject of a deathwatch. THE GRIEVING GIFT bypasses the religious and faith issues that most books suggest one acquire to make the deathwatch journey and the grief following. Instead the reader will come away from my story believing in the impossible.

Why prompted you to write it?
The past several years I have experienced a series of experiences so incredible and so much more than I could have ever imagined that I had to write about them. That these events began the day after my sister’s death would make anyone question if anyone really does die.

I understand you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Care to explain?
Yes! I am an adrenaline junky! Perhaps I have my father’s genes. He was a race car driver. I meet so many people who envy my life and yet their fears hold them back from even trying to reach for their dreams. I won’t ever NOT do something, just because I am afraid. There has to be a better reason not to do something than just because I am afraid.

Do you have any other hobbies, other than reading and writing?
I enjoy traveling in my motorhome just as much as my writing. It feeds my inspiration. If I could no longer write I would paint. I can get lost in sketching and painting.
 

My favorite quote:
“How vain is it to sit down and write when you have not stood up and lived?”
~ Henry Thoreau ~

What would you like to be remembered for?

I want you to remember me as the one who lit your fire, who showed you your passion and who gave you the courage to grab hold and live your life!

Any advice for new writers?
If whatever you desire is the first thing you think of when you open your eyes in the morning and the last thing on your mind when you fall asleep then you must follow it or else you will live a life full of regret.

If you want to be a writer, you have to write, no matter what. Do it in spite of the voices inside and outside your head. We all are what we do. Never, never, never deny your passions.



Where to find/contact/follow Judy & Sportster:




Monday, July 16, 2018

Paradise at a price... New Book Covers

As mentioned in an earlier post, Amazon is closing all the Kindle Worlds - places where authors could publish fan fiction. I had three books impacted by this. Currently I am in the process of editing the text of all three for republication. My target date is the end of August.

Because many sites, like Goodreads, keep books forever, I decided to get new covers made for my books. What do you think? I love them!


I really like them. In addition, I plan on releasing all three books in one print book. That won't be till probably sometime September. I also want to write at least one more story with the Thompson Twins (those adorable, elderly twin sisters that everyone seems to love). With that in mind, I changed the series name from The Paradise Series to the C'MON Inn Mystery Series!

Friday, July 13, 2018

#AccountaClub: July 13, 2018


Reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

1) Support hubby's project in any way I can.
Not much going on this week other than encouraging him to work on his floor plans and getting more quotes for finishing pieces. He did a lot of work on that as well as planning the French drain system he is installing. Hey, I didn't even complain when he was gone for hours, buying materials. LOL!

2) Finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.
I have my new book covers! That is a big step. I also have the new names for my characters. Now to start editing the books, that's on next week's agenda.

3) In addition, I have two or three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.
I had hoped to write at least one guest post but it's been a busy week. Monday was errand day while the #2Doods went to doggy camp and then had a bath and mini-groom. Tuesday was vet day. Yeah, it's a big ordeal to cart two 60+# dogs to the vet - at the same time. Got a bit of bad news, the younger, who just turned one, has severe hip dysplasia. Had to order a ramp for him to get in and out of our car, no jumping in his future. Wednesday was good-off day. Had no energy or motivation. Thursday, catching back up on emails & blogs that I didn't read/write all week.

Another week down...see you next Friday! (Join in the fun, sign up at Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub page or post in her or my comments.)

Monday, July 9, 2018

For Blogger Followers!!!


Recently I posted about the comment issue with Blogger blogs due to GDPR and how to fix it. That left me wondering if folks who subscribed to following a blog via email were no longer getting notification. Since I don't follow that way, I use Inoreader.com on my laptop and Feeddler Pro on my iPad, I don't know what's happening.

So, if you followed a Blogger blog via email and aren't getting notifications, go to the blog and sign up again. I did it as a test on this blog and it let me subscribe three times without telling me I already was subscribed. But I did get the email with the link to confirm the subscription each time. Then you should start receiving your email notifications!

Again, if you post via Blogger, you might want to let folks know about this issue as well. Good luck...and tell your friends!

Friday, July 6, 2018

#AccountaClub: July 6 2018


Well, it's my first Friday "officially" reporting in for Isa-Lee Wolf's #AccountaClub. Each Friday we post an accountability update for our current projects/goals/whatever.

As stated previously, July/August are going to be very busy months for us. We are having built/building a huge pole barn for a garage for hubby. You can follow along as we prep the property, get the initial structure built, and then close it in before he furnishes it to play with cars. {snicker} Backend of Nowhere Garage

So what are my projects/goals for this summer?

1) First is to support hubby's project in any way I can.

2) Second is to finish the rewrite of my former Kindle World books, get new covers and republish them. I also plan on combining the three into a box set as well as a print version.

3) In addition, I have two or three blogs that have asked me to write guest posts.

Check in next Friday for an update!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

For Blogger users!!


For all my friends who use Blogger...
  • If you moderate comments and aren't getting email notices
  • If you marked to be notified of any new comments and aren't getting the email notices
  • If you email a copy of the blog (up to 10 addresses) to friends and they aren't getting them
This has been an issue since the GDPR regulations went into effect. There have been hundreds on posts on the Blogger help forum with no real resolution. Blogger needed to put a procedure into place that allowed folks to renew their subscription requests (and yes, that is what they are calling our asking for, on our own blogs, emails about comments).

So how to fix it? I've done this on all our blogs and it's now working again. Several friends on Facebook did as well. Here is what we did...
For anyone using Blogger: if you haven't been receiving email notification of blog comments this is how to fix the issue.

For anyone using Blogger: if you haven't been receiving email notification of blog comments this is how to fix the issue.
  1. Go into Blogger - Settings - Email
  2. Delete your email address in the box for comment notification
  3. Click SAVE SETTINGS
  4. Add your email back and click SAVE SETTINGS
You should receive an email where you confirm that you want to subscribe to receive email  notifications of comments.

If you use any comment moderation, you need to repeat the same steps under Settings - Posts, Comments, Sharing

AND, if you have been using the Email Post To (under Settings - Email), you need to copy the addresses, delete, SAVE SETTINGS, paste them back and SAVE SETTINGS. The recipients will receive an email where they can authorize receiving the posts.

Hope this helps!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

#JUkNOWuCanDoIt: June 29, 2018


Ahhh, June! Fresh air, blooming flowers, a little run, a lot of sun (we hope) and summer vacations. Last month I participated in #MAYkingItWork sponsored by I.L. Wolf on her website. My goals for #MAYkingItWork were to get back to reading (and less writing) and to restart my yoga.

Now it's time for #JUkNOWuCanDoIt and I'm keeping the goal of reading more but am changing my goal of restarting my yoga for just moving more. I will post on Fridays as to how I am doing. Any one can join in - choose a project or two (a goal or three) and post in the comments below or on your own blog (and add a link in the comments).

In addition, I.L. Wolf has now started a long term project, #AccountaClub. I'll be joining in there and hope you will, too. Just use the same (or new) goals for both and at the end of June, continue on with #AccountaClub over at I.L.'s blog.

So, June is done (okay, so there is ONE more day, if you want to get picky about it). And rather than report of my May/June goals, I'm going to set some new ones and join in the #AccountaClub group with I.L. Wolf. Oh, but I did get a LOT more reading done and don't want to stop it...so enjoying it again.

July/August are going to be very busy months for us. We are having built/building a huge pole barn for a garage for hubby. You can follow along as we prep the property, get the initial structure built, and then close it in before he furnishes it to play with cars. {snicker} Backend of Nowhere Garage

By the end of August, I hope to have updated my Paradise Trilogy books so they can be republished on Amazon as well as a print version containing all three stories. That and reading, plus going on adventures, having company, supporting hubby's garage build and taking care of the house and the #2Doods, will keep me busy all summer.

What are your summer plans?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kindle World Books Going Away


Just a reminder - my Lei Crime Kindle World novellas will not be available after July 15th. Amazon has decided to take down all the Kindle Worlds and the associated books. But if you have bought the books, any of the Kindle World books - not just mine, they are yours to keep.

For those who would like the Paradise Trilogy in print, it will be available late this summer. All references will have been removed to Toby Neal's Lei Crime characters, utilizing new character names. Then the three Paradise novellas will be republished as ebooks with those characters changes.

This is good news for those who love the characters I've created - the Thompson Twins,  brother and sister Nicholás and Lucia Santerez, as well as Lucia's love interest. So at least one new story will be written before the end of the year.

The bad news is I will lose all my reviews. So if you have read any of these, once I republish, I hope you will take time to enter a new review.

A BIG thank you to all my readers for your loyalty, patience and understanding.

Friday, June 22, 2018

#JUkNOWuCanDoIt: June 22, 2018


Ahhh, June! Fresh air, blooming flowers, a little run, a lot of sun (we hope) and summer vacations. Last month I participated in #MAYkingItWork sponsored by I.L. Wolf on her website. My goals for #MAYkingItWork were to get back to reading (and less writing) and to restart my yoga.

Now it's time for #JUkNOWuCanDoIt and I'm keeping the goal of reading more but am changing my goal of restarting my yoga for just moving more. I will post on Fridays as to how I am doing. Any one can join in - choose a project or two (a goal or three) and post in the comments below or on your own blog (and add a link in the comments).

In addition, I.L. Wolf has now started a long term project, #AccountaClub. I'll be joining in there and hope you will, too. Just use the same (or new) goals for both and at the end of June, continue on with #AccountaClub over at I.L.'s blog.

So, June is winding down and soon I will evaluate my current goals and probably change them. But how did I do this past week? Well, I've managed to read several new books - short, humorous mysteries. Fun reading! Several days were lost with chores, errands and general "stuff", but they all counted towards moving more, right? Yoga hasn't been done but I did get my new exercise DVD, "Young at Heart" from BodyGroove.com. Now to start using it.

One more week in June - hope to see you next week! Oh, and don't forget to check in to I.L. Wolf's #AccountaClub today.

Friday, June 15, 2018

#JUkNOWuCanDoIt: June 15, 2018


Ahhh, June! Fresh air, blooming flowers, a little run, a lot of sun (we hope) and summer vacations. Last month I participated in #MAYkingItWork sponsored by I.L. Wolf on her website. My goals for #MAYkingItWork were to get back to reading (and less writing) and to restart my yoga.

Now it's time for #JUkNOWuCanDoIt and I'm keeping the goal of reading more but am changing my goal of restarting my yoga for just moving more. I will post on Fridays as to how I am doing. Any one can join in - choose a project or two (a goal or three) and post in the comments below or on your own blog (and add a link in the comments).

In addition, I.L. Wolf has now started a long term project, #AccountaClub. I'll be joining in there and hope you will, too. Just use the same (or new) goals for both and at the end of June, continue on with #AccountaClub over at I.L.'s blog.

So, was this week any better than last? Sort of - I moved more, just by virtue of feeling better. It may have just been around the house but I was up and about a lot more.

Reading? I've read a dozen or more sappy romance books, just to get them off my Kindle e-reader so I can download more books. {snicker} Some were good, some were terrible and after the first couple of chapters, I just deleted them.

Do you ever do that? Delete books without finishing them? When I was reading print books, I never did that. I always finished, even if I hated the book. But for some reason, whether it's the media I'm using or the fact that I'm older and know my time is limited, if a book doesn't grab me in the first couple of chapters - it's history!

See you next week!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Small Town Living: The Gathering Spot

Every small town has one...the place where long-time residents gather to share their news, gossip about others' news, solve the world's problems and just generally stay updated.

One of the spots in my small town is McDonald's. I discovered that in my BWD (before work days). After the death of my husband I started going out for a morning coffee, just to get out of the house. I'd take along a book and sit for an hour or two, reading and sipping my coffee.

This gave me time to watch the interaction between the locals and eventually get to know many of them. The farmers who have retired and discuss local haying that needs to be done. The young mothers with small children in tow, meeting grandparents....or just as often the grandparents with young children in tow, baby-sitting for the day. The high school age kids catching a quick breakfast on the way to school or, in the summer, grabbing a bite with friends. Local law enforcement, business owners, realtors, social workers, local politicians....visiting with friends, neighbors and co-workers.

The conversation flows around me, I catch it in snatches. Sometimes our eyes meet, we nod our heads and exchange a smile. On occasion that moves into our own conversation, sometimes a new friendship starts.

"Was that Mary's boy in the crash over by the bridge last night?" "No, it was Bill & Sara's boy." "The young one?" "No, the older one. You know...the one who's always in trouble".

"Did you see what they done to that house on the corner?" "You mean the Johnson's?" "No, the old Miller house." "I thought they tore that down..." "Nope, ya gotta go by there and see it."

"How's your mom doing?" "Better, she still misses Dad but her ladies church group is keeping her busy. Don't know what she'd do without them."

"Did you hear that old Joe died this weekend?" or "I heard Sylvie's getting worse, they don't know how long she has." or "Mary Jo's boy had a baby last week."

Over the last two years I have come to know many of these folks, not usually by name but by face. We exchange pleasantries, I get teased about reading so much, we smile and know that we are not alone in the world.

I've had to trade my leisurely morning coffee for a cup to go but still stop in for lunch from time to time as well as breakfast on weekends. The staff is still friendly and welcoming and the conversation continues to ebb and flow....
[originally published on my personal blog on September 6, 2006]

As I have traveled the country, visiting all fifty states over the last several years, I've continued to see this in towns big and small. The gatherings...they still make me smile.

Monday, June 11, 2018

#SundayPhotoFiction: Traveling

Here's my tiny tale for Sunday Photo Fiction.
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding
"We're moving again?" Gracie complained.

Her husband, George, laughed. "I think it's exciting."

"I don't! I'd like to get to know my neighbors. Just once!" She stomped her foot and glared.

"Just think of all the places we're seeing. Not everyone gets to do this, you know. There are those who are just stuck in one spot."

A tear threatened to fall. "Maybe... I don't know. I guess you might be right," she sniffed and smiled at her partner.

He nestled her neck. "It'll be okay, honey. One of these days we'll be too old to travel and we'll get settled in one spot."

"Humph. More like forgotten. Or tossed in a trash heap," she snorted.

"But we'll be together and you'll always know how much I love you."

"I love you, too. There's no one else I'd want to spend my life with." The couple snuggled in their own familiar way.

The familiar sound of a truck engine pierced their reverie followed by a shout.

"Lucy, hurry up. We've gotta go!"

"Just a minute, Ricky. I almost forgot my flamingos." She plucked the two pink birds out of the ground and tossed them into the pickup pulling their trailer. "Ready!"

197 words
Read more stories from this prompt HERE.

Friday, June 8, 2018

#FridayFictioneers: I won't....

This story is in response to the photo prompt at Rochelle's Friday Fictioneers.
PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot
Look at them down there.

So self important.

Scurrying around like rats in a maze.

No eye contact.

Not really living.

I could take them out one at a time.

Hundreds before they could stop me.

But I won't. Really, I won't.

I've thought about it.

But why?

No satisfaction.

No joy.

I'll just take out one.

The real reason I'm here.

I'll take out ME.


65 words

Read more stories for this prompt HERE.

I'm sad today. The news is full of suicides. People we know, people we don't know, people who have internal demons we can't understand. Please, if you are feeling like there is no other way out, call the suicide hotline in your country


#JUkNOWuCanDoIt: June 8, 2018


Ahhh, June! Fresh air, blooming flowers, a little run, a lot of sun (we hope) and summer vacations. Last month I participated in #MAYkingItWork sponsored by I.L. Wolf on her website.
My goals for #MAYkingItWork were to get back to reading (and less writing) and to restart my yoga.

Now it's time for #JUkNOWuCanDoIt and I'm keeping the goal of reading more but am changing my goal of restarting my yoga for just moving more. I will post on Fridays as to how I am doing. Any one can join in - choose a project or two (a goal or three) and post in the comments below or on your own blog (and add a link in the comments).

In addition, I.L. Wolf has now started a long term project, #AccountaClub. I'll be joining in there and hope you will, too. Just use the same (or new) goals for both and at the end of June, continue on with #AccountaClub over at I.L.'s blog.

Oh, how did I do this week? When it comes to reading, I did great. As usual, I read a lot of blogs but I also managed to read two books on my Kindle Paperwhite. That said, the Paperwhite has two issues. One is battery life - this has been an ongoing issue so today I bit the bullet and ordered a new battery. The other is, IT'S FULL!!! I've been using a Kindle E-reader since 2010 and I'm on my third one. The first one went to my daughter, the second one to a friend. I bought this one in the fall of 2015.

I've already removed all the non-fiction books from it and still have over 2000 books loaded. For the past six months, I haven't been able to download any books to it. Some folks recommended Calibre to help organize what I've read and haven't read. This will be critical if the battery doesn't fix my issue and I have to order a new one. Right now, in order to download books from Amazon to a new device, is a painstaking process. Page after page after page after page of clicking, transferring and waiting.

Because I have so many books (over 3000 on Amazon), there is no way to easily track what I've already read or which ones I bought for my husband (he loves non-fiction war books). My hope is, once I have Calibre working, I can off-load a lot of the books on my current Kindle, and then re-install when I need more to read.

So two days of work on that and it's still on-going. Until that is done, no more reading of books. LOL!

See you next Friday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Our senses....



I love the little things that make me smile and start my heart singing. Some of these are favorites for a lot of people, others may be unique to me.

  • Watching puppies and kittens play
  • Listening to a baby or toddler laugh
  • Seeing fields of wild flowers
  • The smell of leather
  • Organizing almost anything!
  • Listening to the soft sounds of my wind chimes
  • Hearing the waves lapping on the shore
  • Seeing an elderly couple still obviously in love
  • Watching hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Lining up my pens on my desk, just the way I like them
  • Making the wrinkles disappear when I'm ironing (rarity)
  • Good, I mean REALLY good (creamy) ice cream
  • The odors of things baking - bread, brownies, etc.
  • Flowers blooming - bright and colorful
  • Watching the head on my vacuum twist to the side
  • Fresh fruit, bought at a fruit stand
  • Daisies (white & yellow), black-eyed Susans and sunflowers
  • Comedies (TV, movies, books, cartoons) that make me laugh out loud
  • Watching the ocean waves on a moonlit night
  • The smell of night blooming jasmine
  • 50's music and dancing like no one is watching 
  • Seeing my husband smile - melts my heart
What are some of your little things?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

#SundayPhotoFiction: Damaged?

Here is a short tale for today's Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.
Photo courtesy of C.E. Ayr

They walked along the side street, looking at places for rent or sale. They stopped in front of a partially built house.

"I wonder what happened? Looks like it was a nice house."

His wife shrugged. "An earthquake maybe?"

David shook his head. "Not here. Remember, we're at 8400' here in the middle of the Andes Mountains."

She studied it. "It doesn't look like there was a fire."

A man walked over and asked, "Te puedo ayudar, señor?"

His wife nudged him. "I think he's asking if he can help us. See if he speaks English."

"Inglés, señor? We were wondering what happened to the house."

"Nada. Nothing happened. In Ecuador we build when we have the money." He pointed to the house. "That house is being built by a young couple. Now they live with his parents and grandparents. They work hard. When they have saved enough, they will start work again." He shook his head. "No, how you say, no loaned money here."

"You mean no mortgages, or loans?" David responded.

"Si. No debt."

His wife smiled. "I think I like that idea. Let's build a house!"

183 words


This story was inspired by our experiences while living in Cuenca, Ecuador for two years and is based on real life there. You do see houses and other buildings in various stages of completion as they await the funds to finish them.

Read more stories from this prompt HERE.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

#writephoto: Smashed

My entry in Sue Vincent's Thursday #writephoto challenge: CONFLAGRATION

"Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning." She repeated the phrase her father taught her. It wasn't really a red sky, more orange, but it took her mind off her predicament.

Anyone passing by, not that anyone would, might think she was crouching there on purpose. "Not on your life would I be here on purpose." She laughed, now she was talking to herself. But if she didn't laugh, she might cry.

"One more time!" She tried to extricate herself again, pushing with her feet and hands, trying to ignore the throbbing pain in her ankle as well as the searing scrapes on both her legs. Three times and nothing changed. She sank down took stock of her situation once more.

"This would be funny if I weren't here alone." She'd been hiking and snagged her shorts on a bush. As she attempted to untangle herself, they tore completely and fell to her ankles. Losing her balance, she slid down the boulder she'd been standing on. Her rapid descent was stopped when she slid into a narrow crevice where she now found herself trapped.

Something glinted as the sun continued it's descent. "My cell phone!" She stretched to the limit of her arm and then stretched some more, her fingertips just hitting the edge of the phone. She wiggled them, trying to entice it closer but ended up sending it skittering further away.

Of course at that moment, the phone rang. "Damn!" She reached again, using all her strength. "C'mon body! You can do it!" Surprisingly, however she had managed to twist, her body was released from the confined space.

"Yes!" She scooped up the phone and answered, the words tumbling out. "Jack? Yes. Sorry, I'm a bit breathless. I know. I'm late. I'm headed down now. Meet you at the bottom."


And that was how Jill came down the hill to meet Jack.

Friday, June 1, 2018

#FridayFictioneers: The Hole

This story is in response to the photo prompt at Rochelle's Friday Fictioneers.
PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer
"You diggin' a hole, Grampa?"

"Yup."

"What fer?"

"Stuff."

"What kinda stuff?"

"Stuff like little boys who don't stop asking questions."

He continued digging while the young boy squatted on the edge of the hole, head on his hands, elbows on his knees.

"Grammy know you're digging in her garden?"

Wiping his face with his bandana, he leaned on the shovel.

"How 'bout you ask her for some lemonade."

"Okay!"

When the boy was gone, the old man checked the contents of the burlap bag before placing it in the hole. As he covered it with dirt he whispered, "Gonna miss you, Katy-Cat. Even me."

100 words

Read more stories for this prompt HERE.

#MAYKINGITWORK: Jun 1, 2018


This is my final post in the #MAKINGITWORK blog challenge set out by newly acquired friend, thanks to the April A to Z blog challenge, I.L. Wolf. My goals for #MAYkingItWork are to get back to reading (and less writing) and to restart my yoga. I will post on Fridays as to how I am doing.

YOGA:
Well, yoga has been a bust. First it was my back, then it was...well, it was...um... Can't deny it, it was a lack of motivation on my part. The biggest positive movement forward on this goal was finding and signing up for A Daily OM: 15 Minute Yoga for Aches and Pains. I paid $10 and I can save the emails and do the courses anytime. Hey, it's a start!

READING:
No reading for "fun" this week, unless you count the blogs of my numerous friends. I have also read a lot of flash fiction from the four or five writing prompts I've participated in recently.

Even though MAY is gone, I.L. Wolf are tossing around the idea of continuing on through June. Then I will have NO excuses...right? Well....maybe. But I do plan to get on the elliptical daily!

So here is to #JUkNOWuCanDoIt. Join in the fun and post your goals for the month, those things (or thing) you want to move forward (on, with, through) either in the comments or on your blog. Then do an update each Friday. Hope you will join us!


I.L. and I will be forging ahead...and she will be posting about another challenge, one for the rest of the year. More on that later...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Who are the #2Doods?

If you don't follow my personal blog, you might not know who the #2Doods are, so thought I'd make an introduction.

L-R: Murphy, 3 months and Cooper, 6 months
Here they are, freshly groomed.
L-R: Cooper, 9 months and Murphy, 6 months
Staring at the birds in the front yard....
L-R: Murphy, 9 months & Cooper, 13 months old
These are our two Goldendoodles. Yes, there are BLACK Goldendoodles. In fact they come in many colors. Yes, they are still puppies and yes, they are still growing! We learned that Standard Poodles can continue growing for 18-24 months. At close to 60# each, we have no idea how big they will get. When we got Cooper, the breeder thought he'd top out at 35-40#. When they sit inside their crate, their heads just touch the top, but they still need crate time (when we are gone and at night). Too many things they still try to get into.

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