The Miracle of “Making-Do”: Coffee and Conversation

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me. I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.

What do you do when your needs outstrip your circumstances?

“Making-do” was a point of pride in American culture during the Depression and World War II years. People scrimped and saved whatever bits and pieces they could, reusing and repurposing, bartering, repairing and applying that once-famous American ingenuity to make what they had do for what they needed.

Somewhere along the way, much of that spirit has been lost. Our current economy encourages disposing of the broken, upgrading the scuffed and not-quite-latest, and consuming the new and shiny, delivered straight to our doors, in two days, with free shipping,.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I like new and shiny – at least, for some things. My family’s Amazon Prime account pays for itself annually in just the shipping, and, since we live in a rural area ten miles from the nearest department stores, it also saves on gas and time spent in actual brick-and-mortar acquisition of needed or desired items (especially handy when my Accomplice was dealing with unexpected car repairs!).

But I also love items that come with stories. My wedding rings came from a pawn shop, my wedding dress from a consignment shop.  I later gave it away on Freecycle. I’ve never wanted a new car. My current chariot is a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon with over 278,000 miles – enough to drive to the moon, and be on the way home again!

Our house is filled with make-do items. My father’s childhood dresser holds bathroom supplies, and my grandparents’ hoosier cabinet serves as a work station in my study. There’s the repurposed – doors hung as shelves and turned into a worktable. My Accomplice built all of our beds.

He’s the executive chef at a small local restaurant known for its diverse array of artistic and from-scratch Southwest fusion dishes. It’s a quality menu, with daily specials…all created in the tiny kictchen of a building that used to be a pizzeria!

That he creates what he does in such a tiny space is nothing short of miraculous. I’m not exactly objective, where my beloved blue-bearded chef is concerned, but I’ve also worked with him, so I have a wider-than-wife perspective on his skill and resourcefulness..

It’s a way of being that extends beyond that kitchen to our home life. His ability to make do as a chef supports us, and his ability to make do as the family carpenter, mechanic, and general handyman makes that single income go a lot further than it otherwise might.

I’ve had a lot of recent practice in making-do. As regular readers here will know, I’m working these days from an elderly laptop which uses an operating system several generations older than that fresh, flexible new Windows 10 I was loving a few weeks back.

My Lenovo Yoga- the shiny new laptop of my dreams – is currently incapacitated, and we don’t have money in today’s budget to repair it. Not this week, not next, and not, likely, for at least a few more to come. With winter on the horizon, there’s heating fuel and firewood to purchase, taxes to be paid, and some other household things that need to be seen to first. The children keep growing, outgrowing clothes and growing into new interests..

Life happens, and, for my right now, this little old machine is my connection to you.

Sometimes, making do can rise to an art form…beauty created from entropy.

It wasn’t made for the uses I’m putting it to. It was intended to be a portable work station for construction sites, excavations, law enforcement – In its previous life, it was docked in a sherriff’s patrol car. It doesn’t have a battery (well, more accurately, the battery, such as it is, is Elsewhere), so, if it’s unplugged, it turns off immediately, taking anything unsaved with it. I’m more locked into working from one place than I was.

It’s meant to be a means to make an internet connection and do bookkeeping. It’s not intended as a writing machine; it can’t handle the volume and variety of projects I typically indulge in, and, as for the Internet – well, I’ve been known to run the Lenovo with over 20 open tabs; here, I’m pressing my luck with five, and six simply will not work.

Like my Accomplice cooking an extensive menu in a pizzeria kitchen, I’ve had to adapt my goals, my pacing, even the way I write and work.

It could be enough to defeat me – or, it can be an exercise in making-do, and experiencing the benefits of increased productivity and creativity. I can use my imagination to do as much as I’m able with this little machine, and I can practice acceptance of my current limitations, and shift some of my focus to areas of my life that aren’t computer dependent, and know that, once I’ve resolved the issues, and have access to modern computing again, I can move forward more efficiently, with some Other Things cleared off my project list. I’ve got more time to spend with my beloveds, building connections and memories in ways large and small..

That’s what I’m doing, as much as I can. Because I’d rather put my energy into making do with what I have than making a fuss about what I don’t right now. That doesn’t mean I’m not itching to get my shiny, capable, and just-right-for-me laptop back up and running. It just means that I’m making do and making progress, until the day comes, rather than putting everything in abeyance until the situation is ‘perfect’.

And, along the way, I’m growing, using my imagination, expanding my capabilities., paying attention ..little miracles born of this time of making-do.

Do you relish the challenge of making do, or dread it? Have you had to make do lately? What have you learned along the way?

I’ve got a fresh pot of coffee, and it’s a lovely early autumn evening….tell me all about it!

Mindful Monday (on Tuesday) in the Material World

What do you think of when you consider the word mindfulness? Meditation, intention, purpose?

How about washing dishes, chatting with a child, or rearranging the living room? What about any of the simple acts that are part of your everyday life? Can these things feed our mindfulness?

I think so.

Were an unschooling family. My Accomplice and I hold living in a peaceful and mutually respectful way, with one another and with our children, as our ideal. That means supporting our kids’ learning in a natural and non-coercicve way.

Natural learning is amazing – and often unpredictable. It’s also not exactly neat and tidy, most of the time. When we’re all immersed in our own varieties of learning and living, things can get chaotic, and the house cluttered with various bits and pieces of assorted projects in various stages of completion.

Also, our kids are growing up. At 11 and 14, their projects, and the consequent clutter, look a lot different than they did when they were younger. Once, it was toddler toys strewn across the lower reached of our landscape, an obstacle course of scattered and exuberant floor play. Now, it’s more likely that every flat surface will be claimed by a shifting variety of books, notes, sculptures, electronic devices, inventions, game pieces, and art supplies..

Sometimes, as we’re going about our lives, we don’t notice that we’ve outgrown the usefulness of a space. 

A couple of weeks ago, I realized that our living ro om had been hugely lived in – to the point where there was very little room left in it for any more living. With the cooler weather on its way here in upstate New York, there will be more inside time, and, if our pattern holds, more creative projects.

Our house is small. We need the living room, to allow for the life that will soon be lived there, and the learning that will occur as a natural outgrowth of that living.

The space was in dire need of a Mindful Makeover.

I looked at the room, and considered what each family member is likely to do there. I considered our collection of mostly second-or-greater hand furniture and accessories. I looked at the visible clutter and debris left behind, and I thought about what it would take to make this space embrace us, as we are at this point in our lives.

I suggested a round of changes to the rest of the family (none of us like sudden and unannounced changes to our environment). Everyone was cautiously willing to explore the possibilities. So, last week, while my Accomplice had an extra-long weekend, he moved furniture, and then we both worked on decluttering and prettifying (remember what I said about natural learning? There was LOTS of clutter!).

We’ve got a long way to go before we get to ‘done’ – if there is such a thing, in a family that is in a state of constant growth and maturation. It will take time, feeling how things evolve as we go, stopping sometimes to just relax and enjoy where we are.

But there’s already a palpable difference. Where the kids had been gravitating toward being in their rooms, they’re now spending more time in the living room. So am I. We’re hanging out together, watching shows, talking, and just being there in a space that’s more welcoming than it was a week ago.

Yes…there’s a lot left to do. I’m not ready to share pictures yet, because it’s more of a cocoon or a nest just for us, right now. It’s still cluttered; it’s likely that no one but those of us who live here could see or appreciate the changes. I’m still feeling my way, considering what’s next, and taking suggestions and input from the rest of the family.

I’m doing this mindfully. It’s less about ‘finishing’, and more about finding the blend of order and freedom that allows each of us to use this space, separately or together, in ways that delight us, or allow us to simply relax into being. I’m not looking for a decorating-magazine living room, but one that truly supports our individual brands of living.

It’s a service I can give to myself, and to my beloveds – like doing dishes or the laundry, or chatting with a child who will be older and more grown at the end of that time than the beginning, and who will, almost before I know it, be so grown that he or she is ready to live a life that doesn’t include me on a daily basis.

I call this type of service hometending – because the words that I use to define my life are significant in how I experience it. ‘Hometending’ allows me to think about the business of caring for our home as a means to support mindfully living in ways that nurture, sustain, and delight us.

Do you look at the tending of your home as a service to yourself and your family? Have you truly looked, lately, at your living spaces, to see how they can be made more of what you most value?

I’d love to hear your stories and insights!

For more Mindful Monday, please visit Silver Threading.

Writing this post made me think of this: Watch the whole thing, or start at about 21:53 for the best fountain anywhere….or something…


Writing On Amid Entropy: Ready. Set. Write! July 13 -20, 2015 (Week 6 Update)

e66ae-rsw4Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, we check in at the linky, or one of the host blogs. Come join in, or cheer us on!

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

I was a day late last week, and the linky list closed before I could post my link. That was a bummer, and I’m determined that, despite a weekend when everything I tried to do seemed to go of in some random and unexpected direction, I’ll have this post up by midnight!

I’m not going to say a lot, except this: I’m writing. The story has come to life, and I’m more or less along for the ride, waiting to see how much cooler my characters are going to make this story than what I plotted….

So, up goes the post, and on goes my life – see you all next week! Don’t forget to check out some other RSW posts at the #RSW2105 hashtag, or check in on the linky..

Color-coding key:

Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

Goal in progress = green.

Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

I’m making progress…not the blazing, get-to-everything progress I was hoping for, but progress that fit relatively sanely with the rest of life…but when I look at my goals list, I see I did indeed make progress!


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: draft to 45K as my July CampNaNoWriMo novel. 40,202/45,000 words. I didn’t quite make it, due to life being, well…life. I did write 34,135 words for the week, so this is a positive, if not quite the win I was hoping for.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and submit ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post. Sponsor post delivered. 8/9 features posted or scheduled, and.a bonus reblog, too! The final post (my ROW80 update) ran late. Almost a win on posting; but the sponsor post is a solid win!
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me! Fine-tune the flowand get to at least a few of the ‘pending’ comments, too! Made some dedicated ‘elderly comment’ and visiting time in my Thursday cycle.. keeping new comments tended to, and even answered five pending comments. Not caught up, but closer by a bit.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015; submit Annalise’s PASS test scores to school district. I’ve started the peer review form, and photographed th test results, which came earlier in the week. No win, but progress.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times. 5/5. This can safely be called habit, I think! =D A great big WIN!!!
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)  No, still not. Almost, but the weekend chaos got in the way…

My goals for this week:


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: draft to 70K as my July CampNaNoWriMo novel. This translates to 29,798 words for the week; less than last week’s total.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, Since I ‘m still in the thick of drafting, I won’t be too fussy about timing – I just want to get all 9 up by week’s end.
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me! Fine-tune the flowand get to at least a few of the ‘pending’ comments, too! Keep on fitting this into my schedule….

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015; submit Annalise’s PASS test scores to school district. I started; now time to finish! =)


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate four times. Adding a bit to this goal, for the stretch, and the soul.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =) Giving this to myself as a gift!

A favorite line  passage from my story:

“She had no answers, as yet – nay, the first Hunt must be for the words to speak what was there within her, growing and ever Changing. Then must come the Hunt that planned the Hunt to help those who had the need…

So many Hunts – and no certainty that she would take her prey, that she wasn’t simply snapping at dartwings..”.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Entropy. Sometimes life just doesn’t go according to plan, and I’m not as good at adapting as I’d like to be…this week, I’ll try for more flexibility. =)

Something I love about my WIP:

  • The characters have all come to life – and there’s more life, conflict, depth, strength, hunger, vulmerability and all those other great storymaking threads than I could ever have planned…which gives me an idea you might hear more about, in a week of two.

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 20, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!


Who Are the People in YOUR Neighborhood? : Coffee and Conversation

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.

So settle in, and I’ll get you a cuppa something refreshing, and let’s have a conversation…

How well do you know your neighbors?

I recently heard a news story that said we don’t know our neighbors in the way previous generations have. People move around more, so neighbors come and go more quickly than they once did. We’re busy with work, activities, electronic devices –

Our own lives are full of busyness, sometimes to the point where we might almost forget we have neighbors – where we exist in a kind of tunnel vision, where they’re only on the periphery of things rather than a vital part of our lives.

I live in a rural area, on the same country road I grew up on. It’s a little funny, to me, because I’ve traveled the country, worked in national parks, had my feet washed by both the Atlantic and the Pacific. I’ve hiked in the Grand Canyon, crossed the Continental Divide, and scuba dived in Key Largo.

And here I am, only a few hundred feet away from the home I grew up in, the place we moved to when I was only four and a half years old.

I know many of my neighbors, in theory. There’s the elderly widow and her son, who live next door on one side; I went to school with her grandson, and the father of the family who lives on the other side of us, and the three children of the couple on the other side of the street.

That’s about half the families in our six-house cluster.

So I know them – and yet, I don’t.

We’re not exactly an insular community, but it seldom goes much further than a wave and a few words exchanged. We’re not unfriendly, but we are, somehow, in some way, rather detached from one another.

I hadn’t given this much thought, until my daughter began to say that she’d like to bake some cookies and go meet our neighbors, get to know them, talk with them, see the insides of their houses instead of just always the outside…

And then, last week, I dropped her off at my parents’ house down the road. It was a very hot day, and humid, and she didn’t want to walk. As I pulled into my own driveway, I noticed my neighbor’s other son, the father of the boy (okay, a man in his 40s, now) I went to school with. He was tending his mom’s yard, as he often does on the weekends. Because he usually seems focused on what he’s doing, we generally nod or wave and move on.

But thinking about what my daughter had said, I stopped, and made a comment about the weather – which led into a twenty minute conversation, there under the murky and blazing summer sun.

We talked about our lives, his son, his wife and children. We talked about our homeschooling, and his years of driving a school bus, a job he’s recently retired from. We talked about the world, family history, our aging dog, and cats.

We talked about life, and the weather, and yard work.

And, at the end, I felt that I knew this quiet man better than I ever have, even though I’ve known him, to some degree, for most of my life.

We haven’t baked any cookies yet – July in upstate New York isn’t the best time for such a venture. But, when autumn comes and the weather cools, I’m not going to forget my daughter’s wish, or that conversation with the man next door. We’ll get some cute containers, make some cookies, and carry them to the other five houses in our little cluster. We’ll offer something sweet, and hope to get to know our neighbors – the ones we’ve never formally met, and the ones we thought we knew.

I expect we’ll laugh, and talk, and connect, and learn things about one another that we didn’t know….

How about you? Who are the people in your neighborhood? How well do you know them? Can you learn more about them? Reach out, in some way?

I don’t have cookies today, but I’ve got a wide range of refreshing beverages. Here, have another cuppa whatever tickles your fancy, tell me a bit about yourself, and let’s be neighbors!

Striding Forward: Ready. Set. Write! June 15, 2015 (Week 2)

Wow, can you believe how fast this last week went by –  

or was that just my life?

It’s already time for my Week Two Ready. Set. Write! update.

Short description:

Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing, We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, we’ll check in at one of the host blogs, visit other participants, and spread some summer sunshine to them, too!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:


Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Generations (KIC #2): Complete through Scene 15. 12 /24 scenes complete. Scene 13/24 in early progress. Progress, but not quite to target.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Set plot/pinch points for all characters; organize scene by scene outline. 24/24 scenes complete.

The IDIC Romance: 

  • Write one sentence ideas for A-Z C-M 2016 potential topics. Letters done; 13/26.

Trueborn Weft Series:


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Scenes 6 – 12: Reread scenes/in-line comments; create detailed revision notes. . Scene 9/16 complete. Scene 10 in early progress.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, on time. 7/9 completed on time. 2/9 completed a few hours late.
  • Create blog page for IDIC stories. List links to 2015 Story A Day May posts, and the prompts that inspired each. Page created, with story links. Prompt links and descriptions in progress.
  • Write #StaD wrapup post. Done.
  • Blog sidebar. Play with one new widget. Yes! Yes! Yes! See that cool Community widget, just below my Follow button? I did that!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Finish administering Annalise’s state-mandated standardized test. 2/3 sections and final placement test complete. Not quite done; but good progress.
  • Complete third quarter reports for both children and submit to school district. Reports complete; and submitted.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal three times. 4 entries each, for the journals; 3 for meditation.
Thought I’d share a bit of our not-so-distant past!

My goals for this week:



  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Scenes 10 – 16: Reread scenes/in-line comments; create detailed revision notes.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, on time.

  • Add #StaD prompts to IDIC Romance blog page.

  • Play with two new sidebar widgets.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Finish administering Annalise’s PASS test – Language Usage -and submit.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal three times; meditate three times.
  • Prepare for and enjoy trip with kids to visit out of state friends.

Snowy Bliss!

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

(Okay, it’s more a snippet than a line, but it’s a taste that helps to explain another heading, as well).

“And now, liebchen, it’s time you run on. Too beautiful an afternoon for you to be inside.”

“But that is where you will be, until your chores are done.” Howard had a way of sneaking up unnoticed, until he was ready to make his presence known. Now, as Airisu stood there, halfway across the floor to Gladys, with nowhere to hide, frozen as surely by her fears as Gladys could be by Parkinson’s, he smiled his cunning smile, and she knew he planned something, something he didn’t want anyone else to see, some way of tormenting the child because she existed, and was happy.

Howard didn’t want others to be happy, unless there was something he could gain from it.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

(ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc):

  • Howard (the character written about above). He’s nasty, and, the more I write, the deeper and more complex the nastiness gets. I understand he has reasons, but they don’t and can’t excuse his behavior. Writing his scenes is uncomfortable, at best.

Something I love about my WIP:

  • It explores the difficult and personally relevant topic of social and familial dysfunction across generations, with what will, eventually, be a positive message.


Okay, that’s it for today. Since we will be traveling, things may not move as fast as I hope, but I’ll be moving forward as I can. Come back Monday, June 22, to see how I got along, and hop on the linky list to join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

Let this be your gateway!

The Sowing Seeds Edition: Second Serving Sunday

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphere…are you ready?

It’s been an interesting week,for me, in ways that might seem commonplace, on the surface, but which are filled with depth and breadth and possibilities.

Maybe I should try to explain?

Last week, my daughter, who is almost eleven, was having a Very Hard Time with this whole Growing Up Thing. Hormones were surging in whole new ways she’s not yet used to, and she grew significantly, and everything seemed Not Right. At All!

But, after the storms, come the rainbows, or at least a time of quiet…

It’s still not easy for her, this Growing Up Thing. But, while helping her learn to navigate her emotional rapids, seeds of connection and deeper bonding have taken root. We’ve been going for walks, and chatting, late at night when we two are the only ones awake. The content of our conversations is perhaps less important than the fact of them, even though we’ve covered a lot of ground in them.

More on that in future posts…the point is, it’s been a week of sowing seeds, strengthening roots, new possibilities….

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: Digging Deep Big Thing and Small Things lead to deepening roots – and interruptions.

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

Last week’s features:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

  • Growing Pains:  Deep growth is seldom painless or without stresses…and still I write.
  • Quiet Growth:  After the intensity of growth, comes the quiet time…


  • “What Kind of Home…?”  In the aftermath of global tragedy with personal implications, Trip struggles to find reason – or even a place to belong.

Mindful Monday:

  • The #onegoodcup Project: I undertake a new ‘non’-activity; a cup of coffee without technological distractions, and with presence.

WIPpet Wednesday:

Coffee and Conversation:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Almost Too Much: A little ring, a major digestive issue, and small gestures lead to jealous conclusions…

Story a Day May:

  • Something Completely Different…(as yet untitled and incomplete story for May 22)….coming along slowly, but coming along!
  • Letters Unsent: In the wake of a huge shift in their relationship, Trip and T’Pol are at the center of a communications breakdown.
  • “She’s A Natural”: Trip watches T’Pol with their daughter, and reflects upon her maternal instincts.
  • Born of Us Both:  A private interlude for a new family…shhh, they’re nesting…
  • “A Sweet Wild Dream”: Sometimes, dwelling in illusion trumps an impossible reality.
  • Interspecies Medical Exchange:  Doctor Phlox observes and contemplates interspecies interaction in his Sickbay.
  • Not Jealousy: Confronted with too much evidence of a relationship he doesn’t want to accept, Captain Archer chooses denial…
  • Artistry in the Aftermath: In the wake of tragedy, Trip learns that T’Pol has a previously-undiscovered artistic side.

What’s Next:

May Focuses:

June Focuses:

This week, on the blog:

  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week….one last snippet from The IDIC Romance.…because I can’t resist!
  • For Mindful Monday: A new feature! This week, we explore parenting with intention .
  • #8sunday: Ten final sentences from my WIPpet Wednesday story, “Pillow Talk? a little further on…
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday. This week, I transition from May to June goals, and update my Round Two progress.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

And that’s my week, in a blogpost. How about yours? Was it full of sunshine, shadows, or a lovely blend? Did you plant any seeds, or spot any sprouts?

Yes, I’m a little nosy. Writer thing. So, if you want to satisfy my perhaps inappropriate curiosity, drop me a line or a few in the box below!

Have I Gotten A Round Tuit Yet?: A Coffee and Conversation Post

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.

Last August, while pondering all the things I keep wanting to do and the way I don’t ever seem to get around to it, I conceived the ideas of 33 Round Tuits. 33 is an arbitrary number I just happen to love, and it seemed like it could give me a lot of variety without being hugely overwhelming.

I didn’t put an timeframe on the list; it’s just meant to be there, in the back of my mind, so that those things don’t just get forgotten. I updated it once, in December…

And today, I want to look again, as spring morphs into summer, and see where I am on the Round Tuit 33…are you ready?

OK, then, off we go!

I “got a round tuit”:

  • Delete files from old computer (Sweet L’il Lenovo), reset to factory default, and give to Declan, a young friend looking for an XP machine for gaming.

  • Write a blogpost about my long-lost friend, Barbara Leonard, whom I would LOVE to reconnect with.

  • Contact Kristen Lamb and collect my WANACon Social Media Prize.

  • Return embarrassingly overdue library books.

  • Buy a new pair of workout sneakers.

Public domain image; courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


I’m “getting a round tuit”:

  • Scan all old photos, organize files, and begin sharing them digitally. I’ve done some scanning, some organizing, some editing that wasn’t part of the goal, and some sharing.
  • Reread and organize all my old story notebooks. I did some organizing and some reading in the winter.
  • Read all nine books currently in my bedroom To Be Read stack. Oops! Shifted stacks, and lost track. Three books in my room, but I’m sure there used to be more.
  • Complete all the items in my Play Jar. Did a couple, then forgot again.
  • Finish resetting the family room, playroom, and kitchen. Progressing, sometimes upstream, and not consistently, but progressing.
  • Rehome wandering game pieces. As I find them, I’m moving them to containment on the games shelves.
  • Update my bio and my blog sidebar – it’s outdated and jumbled. Sllooowwwllyyyy…..
  • Finish organizing my study. Progressing, in fits and starts.
  • Buy a wheeled storage footstool. I looked; but might not choose to do this; I’ve got another idea.
  • Buy a set of Corelle dishes. Not yet. Haven’t seen ones I love.
  • Read all old writing practice notebooks and mine for usable materials. Some; not remotely all.
  • Begin submitting Trek fan fiction to a fan fiction site (this will require a bit of experimentation to find the right “home”. Moving through revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”, the first story.
  • Complete rough drafts of all novels in the Trueborn series (I think there are between 3-5 waiting to be developed and drafted. Preparing to draft 2 this year, the first in July.
  • Complete the first revision pass of Chameleon’s Dish. A bit stalled, but returning in August.
  • Reclaim the flower beds, and begin growing cutting flowers, herbs and vegetables. In progress, now that spring is well underway.
  • Complete revisions of 3 short stories: “Morning Coffee”, “A Splash of Red”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”; submit to L.S. Englers World Unknown Review. Two completed and submitted, one published! Third currently in revision.
  • Write 31 new poems for OctPoWriMo; revise the ones written in 2012. All new poems written; no real progress on revisions…planning to deal with that in the late summer/early fall.
  • Watch all of Star Trek in chronological order. In Season 2 of Enterprise, the first (and my favorite) series, chronologically speaking.

Fragmentarry Progress….Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

I haven’t “gotten a round tuit” yet:

  • Blog about The Star Trek Chronology Project.
  • Go get a professional massage.
  • Buy an Irish cloak.
  • Learn how to thread my sewing machine.
  • Buy wireless television headphones.
  • Create a visual timeline for my Trueborn series.

Wow. That’s actually more progress than I thought I’d made!

How about you? Are there things you’ve been meaning to do, “when you get a round tuit”, too? Inspired to make a list? What would you put on it?

Join in the conversation, and I’ll get you a fresh beverage while I listen!

And onward we go…Willamette Valley Sunset from Rt. 1-5….Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.