Photo 365 #342

It was a long and busy day yesterday, but this moment made it all worth it:


I just love moments like these after a long, stressful day.  They make everything seem so much better and really put life’s petty irritations into perspective. 🙂

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Photo 365 #341

This is what we’ve been dealing with lately:


The worst part is that this was an improvement – it had read 106° a couple minutes before this.  The even worse part is that this is how hot my car got with the windows cracked.


How’s your weather?

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Photo 365 #340: Where everybody knows your name

Mmm, reuben and chips, omnomnom!

Mmm, reuben and chips, omnomnom!

Writing, of late, has been an odd sort of chore. I love to write – I yearn to write – but lately when I find myself alone with my thoughts and a pencil, I find that the words won’t come. They used to spill forth from my fingers like fat drops of rain from a heavy summer storm cloud.  They used to burst froth from my pencil like rushing floodwaters through a broken dam.

But now?

Now, I find myself extracting each precious word like a miner with a gem. Or, more accurately, like a  dentist with a particularly stubborn tooth. Bubbles’ first tooth, with its inch-long root and insistence on clinging to his lower gum, springs instantly to mind.

But that’s if the words come at all.

Today, for a change of pace…

Photo 365 #339

I love you, tiny human.

“I love you, tiny human. I think I’ll keep you.”


One of our cats isn’t doing well.  Poor Buddy seems to be the target of the neighborhood bully.  I don’t know who (or what) is beating him up, but the poor guy is really suffering.  We cleaned out a wound near his eye last weekend, and this afternoon we went to clean it again and discovered an abscess on top of his head.

The poor thing is just miserable, and I feel miserable for him.

I was going to share a picture from the local paper today; there’s an article in it about my upcoming book signing, but I think I’ll wait a day or so.  Poor Buddy’s at the top of my thoughts at the moment, so here’s a picture of him from earlier this year, snuggling up to Cricket one morning as I was heading off to work.  He’s one of the most affectionate cats I’ve ever had the privilege to know, and I hope he makes it through this.

How do you cope with an ill pet?

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Photo 365 #338

If only I could fall asleep this easily:


Oh, who am I kidding?  This kid does everything the hard way.  Still, a nap does sound nice right about now… 🙂

How do you like to spend Saturday afternoons?

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Photo 365 #336

I’ve had a headache for a week, and today it’s absolutely kicking my butt.


So in light of that, and the fact that my brain won’t work, here’s a fun picture of my kids in our tractor bucket.

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Everyone knows it’s not a party unless you get out the tractor and give the kids a ride, right? 🙂

Hope your day’s going better than mine, and hopefully I’m feeling better tomorrow!

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Photo 365 #335

When I’m not busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I’m still hard at work on The Lokana Chronicles and, as writing has been on my mind quite a lot lately, today’s photo features a progress update:

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Do you leave notes for yourself in the margins of your WIPs?  I do it all the time – if I didn’t, I’d forget everything that crossed my mind while writing. *sigh*

In other news, I’m going to be doing my first book signing next week, and I’m kind of excited about it.  If you’re heading out to the Tama County Fair on Thursday the 16th, stop on over to Smith’s General Store and say hi!  I’ll be there from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., signing books and chatting with anyone who wanders in.  I’m planning a giveaway for those who subscribe to my mailing list (see the link in my sidebar – no spam, I promise!), and I know it’s going to be a ton of fun.

A metric ton, even. 🙂

Also, congratulations to Piper McDermott, the lucky winner of e-book copies of Tuesday Daydreams and A Song for All Seasons!

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Photo 365 #334

2015-07-01 23.10.14This has been one of those days.  Productive, yes.  A little exciting, even.  And any day that involves double chocolate ice cream can’t be bad.

And yet?

I’m looking forward to the end of it.

See, at the end of it will be Seymour’s homemade hamburgers, fresh from the grill.  At the end of it will be family time.  At the end of it will hopefully be an end to the headache I’ve had for a week.

Or maybe not.

Change is in the offing, and I don’t do well with change.

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