Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Saturday, October 09, 2021
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
The whole birthday month things peeves me. One day is plenty for me. The only thing I'm doing for my birthday month is clearing the decks. Making space. Cleaning house. Changing course. Having a sale!
Click on the link up there for the details. Email me with your picks. As ever, first come first served.
Monday, October 04, 2021
Right now, Facebook and its mutant offspring are down. Dick-in-the-dirt down, and it's an interesting turn of event that this happened while a FB representative named ANTIGONE was defending the company against some pretty damning allegations made by a whistleblower. FB did what lined Zuck's pockets regardless of how it stoked political divisiveness and misinformation. NO SHIT!!
I do miss Instagram. Bailey was a star yesterday.
Ah, technology. The new version of Scrivener sucked into the big laptop today with no issues. Now I'm going to force myself through the learning hoops. I limped along only half using this powerful tool for the first three books. I'll try to work smarter this time and pretend I paid to sit in a classroom and get the most out of it.
Just this morning I bought an 18-month planner because a web-based calendar tool that I've been using for years is saying goodbye so it can become another silly I-phone app. Dude, I think you may have chosen poorly. Anyway, I will clean my fountain pens tonight. I already have a bunch of stamps that I'll have to do the math to use, they are so old. I can do that with a pencil and paper too.
the prosy stuff: I bought my first-ever set of dishes. Mom's hand-me-down Corelle was good forever, but even Corelle is not indestructible. I have three of the four coffee mugs that my sister-in-law gave us for a shower gift. Number four paid the price when Jimmy took it to work with him one day. Joked to his buddy that they were supposed to be unbreakable and banged it on something as if it was a hammer.
The new stuff is gorgeous, huge, and heavy. I will probably wind up putting the dinner plates under my house plants. The bowls and dessert plates are perfect.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
It was much too early for that kind of conversation. Let's just call that a fever dream. I had my booster Monday and ran a little hot that night.
Here's a sweeter conversation. A dear friend called out of the blue. We've known each other forever. Two human beings could not be more at odds, but the core of our relationship was our good fortune of having had decades-long marriages to good men.
Time and distance did their thing but Barb and I still had the biannual hour-long catch-up calls. This time she shocked me. My dear girl has always been straight as an arrow and charmingly old-fashioned. How we meshed remains a mystery. She called to tell me that she's bought my books, read them and loved them and when was the next one coming out.
I guess I had better pick up the pace.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
It's back to work Monday. All kinds of work. Here's some fun stuff.
All this week, the Kindle version of Out of Step, book one of the Prophets Tango trilogy is FREE !!
I feel a little like a crack dealer though, 'cause I promise you'll be back for the other two to complete the story. Go here for that free taste.
Turns out that little snip of conversation that I started the other day is going to be in book 4.
I love it when they let me eavesdrop.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
We flung ourselves across the bed and read comic books, taking turns with the panels. Stopping to research things that were unknown. Kilroy was here. Inconsequential. He has a phenomenal vocabulary grasping the nuances of words mostly from context. "Where they live."
I am re-watching the most amazing film adaptation of a novel- Cold Mountain with Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. I'm in the mood for pure love and stone heartbreak. Don't know if I'll make it all the way through.
There's a book waiting for me, too.
Starting this conversation with a long, hard look at some things that are hanging all around me.
That they are here is not so much depressing, but an indictment of my scatteredness.
Between homeless pieces of art and peddling Prophets Tango, it seems like lately most of my ram is devoted to marketing. I am out of ram this morning.
I was geared up to a small promotion on FB tomorrow - a group of 90K+ potential readers- BUT the Zuck threw me in jail for a comment that Violated Community Standards. I'm sure many of you belong to Guerilla Sewing. Someone posted a set of fabulous gallery shots of her work. Large, in-hoop embroidered pieces that included LED accents that illustrated online icons and images. Wonderful, engaging work. Once piece done on vintage doilies had SEND NUDES. It made me laugh out loud.
I commented "SEND NUDES....hilarious and wonderful" and was instantly banned from FB for 24 hours. Zuck would be getting on my last nerve, but I won't give him the power. Fuck you FaceBook.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
What a fine day yesterday was. Clear skies, warm sun, picnic with a live friend. A long overdue visit. Marked for a repeat soon.
Today, a spell of grayness sets in. Perfect for some quiet cloth shuffling. List making. Music listening. Plotting.
I'm packing up orders to take to the post office tomorrow. Thursdays at 1:30 seems to be the magic hour there. Few cars outside, no lines. Staff back from lunch looking to get on with their day. In and out in five minutes has been the rule.
My co-pirate was here for a little bit on Sunday. As soon as he got home his other front baby tooth fell out. Here he is dreaming about the tooth fairy. Photo by his Dad. Tinkering with it by me. If I leaned toward painting, I'd make this one huge.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
I haven't made time to shoot and post set threads because I'm still processing them.
Every time I think I am so done making these, something like this pops up and keeps me going. It's headed right into my stash as soon as it's dry.
Update: mine. Check the store. Yours might be in there.
Thursday, September 09, 2021
year since I bought it, I broke out this warhorse of a machine because I don't trust the Janome or the Featherweight to do the right thing by eight+ layers of service weight linen.