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Camp Songs
October 27, 2019 at 6:50pm
I took my boy to camp Sauble haunted prison last night. We stood in line for an hour and a half in the rain before we got to go inside. It was wonderfully done, if I may say so myself. Great show! It was a benefit fund raiser for the fire department and they had a great turn out. Bravo! One spot in the run where I didn't do so good was the light funnel that spun and made me so dizzy that I had to close my eyes to go through it. It was terrible! There was a lot of enthusiasm going on t... [Read more]
Giant Pumpkins
October 13, 2019 at 7:44pm
Okay, I just got back from Johnson's Giant Pumpkins LLC . What a cool place! I went there for the donuts. They make them onsite right in front of you. How cool is that? Of course, there is a lot to look at. And animals of all sorts there. We had a blast. But, for now, I am off to bed. I am tired, so tired...... [Read more]
In the cards
October 12, 2019 at 5:55am
Ever have a character that keeps surprising you? I was like, uhm, you weren't supposed to be the main character. Get back in you place. Stubborn and doesn't listen. I suppose if I had better control of my planning? Surprise! Pantser is what I am, I think. Some planning is required, of course, but I leave room for the unplanned. I recently bought this Tarot card program for the PS4 for five bucks. It does the same thing as a physical deck would without actually having to shuffle... [Read more]
Where's the door?
September 27, 2019 at 7:22pm
Happy Birthday to me. It is better than any other holiday because it is all about me. How bad is that? I am not in dire need of presents or anything like that. No, I just like saying it is all about me. Truth is, I made my wife breakfast this morning. I served it so she wouldn't have to get up. It is funny because she would quickly admit that I am not a romantic. That's for the movies and such, as I see it, so of course, she is right. I am old enough to know that I don't ha... [Read more]
It was an owl.
September 15, 2019 at 11:56am
Guess what? I had an owl looking in my window last night. It's been a while since I've seen an owl, it was really cool! I called my son out and he managed a couple of pictures of it. It was dark so it was hard to make out. It didn't look at all white, but when it opened up its wings to fly away, I swear the inside of its wings were white! Like I said, it was dark but I think that is what I saw. I swear! I finished watching 'The Martian' today for the second time. W... [Read more]
I am thinking sorrry...
September 8, 2019 at 7:55pm
I went to Home Depot yesterday with an 'American Girl doll'. Yes, one of those dolls. I had some parachute chord left over from a chair re-stringing project I was volunteered for but I needed some crimp sleeves. I didn't know what they were called going in, but I did have an idea what I was looking for. Yep, once I got the parts, it wasn't too difficult to tear into the doll and put in new string. Now, the doll is tight! Limbs are staying together. Wonderful! Thanks to YouTu... [Read more]
Septemberween
September 1, 2019 at 3:45pm
Okay, it has been a while since I last blogged. I suppose September is a month I can do better in, right? So, here goes: I was listening to an audio book a few days ago, by Ellen Burke. She is also YouTuber with multiple uploads and a rather large audience. She has a great voice for audio and I probably never would have found her if all the other selections I had to choose from didn't look so bad (because they weren't science fiction or fantasy selections). Well, it so happens... [Read more]
The right song?
May 24, 2019 at 6:47pm
Weather has been a lot like Spring of late. Weird, it usually goes Winter, then Summer, skipping Spring. I will take it. So, my boy finished the first segment of driver training and will be on the roads a lot more as soon as we get his paperwork in order. How cool is that? Another cool fact, my boy can sing! So very shy most times and he ups and does a talent show/ karaoke. Not just saying it, I have proof. Check it out: https://youtu.be/StLOR9yWfVg ... [Read more]
Happy Mother's Day, all! Mother or not.
May 11, 2019 at 8:27pm
Day before Mother's Day, I am tired. Got my wife some flowers, living flowers to point out that I do know she is awesome. I am unworthy, I know this. Still, she finds it in her heart to keep me. Yay! I had one of my boys help me pick up some wood that I chopped up. Some trees and branches that fell down some time ago from a storm and we picked them up. They weren't in the way, so I took my time. Well, truth is, there are a lot of trees down out there and I won't get them all p... [Read more]
Fairy sure
May 4, 2019 at 8:48pm
May the fourth, today. The fourth is strong in this one! I went for a walk today. In the woods, I found a ring of life around and old tree stump that had rotted away a long time ago. I thought to myself, this could be where fairy rings came from! Old tree stumps gave new life to fairy kind! Maybe not, but Maybe So? I couldn't find Tinkerbell. I looked, just to be sure. I won't tell you about the fairies I did see, just that I saw no Tinkerbell. I spent some time raking today... [Read more]
She axed me? She axed me not...
May 1, 2019 at 8:13pm
Yesterday, my oldest son drove home in his first driving lesson in drivers training. Wow, I feel old. At least, there was no snow on the ground and it wasn't too sunny. Listen to me, worry much? Yep. Listening to an audio book yesterday and a character in it was discussing what she would rather be: a hangman or an axe man. Axe man it was. As an axe man, then, she could get ahead! Boooo... [Read more]
Happy Easter, all!
April 21, 2019 at 4:56pm
Happy Easter! I just got back from a long day. I had to leave early so my youth could work at church breakfast charity so they could go on a trip out of state to a seminary college which is, I believe, in Arkansas. Then church, then the Mother-In-Law's house until Easter party at my wife's cousins house. Long day, but it wasn't so bad. A week ago, we had a small blizzard. Today, it is 71 degrees! Michigan weather. I opened my novel in progress yesterday and changed on... [Read more]
Smile! Autism is what it is.
April 11, 2019 at 8:03pm
Autism. There are many shades of Autism. I am not an expert in this by any means, but I do deal with it every day. Things don't make any sense what so ever, but they must be done and in perfect order. Take, for example, the bedtime ritual: Two puffs of breathing treatment, one puff of nasal spray in each nostril, brush the teeth, and put jammies on right after going potty. Someone must feed the indoor and outdoor cats and do the litter. I have to get a drink of water. Two prayers are... [Read more]
Writing myself to an early grave, but not.
April 7, 2019 at 3:20pm
Okay, I am bad at this. But, I mean to be better, so here I write. The snow is nearly gone and I've begun to clean up a bit outside. There are oak leaves everywhere! Interesting fact about the oak trees that I have is that half the leaves fall in Fall and the other half in Spring when the new leaves come in. So, a clean up either way. I bought a small wagon to pull behind my ATV 450 HO and it works great! Before, I raked the leaves up onto a tarp and hauled them by hand. I really cou... [Read more]
Sometimes it is best to run, and run
March 9, 2019 at 3:29pm
So, the wife asked me how a certain shirt looked on her and I said fine. Wrong thing to say. Ahhh! This shirt make me look pregnant! But, dear, you look beautiful when you are pregnant! I survived only by running...... [Read more]
When I talk to myself
March 2, 2019 at 8:40am
And then, I began to write. The servants were in their quarters during the late 17th century until the early 20th century. Well, not the same servants, but those are the years the practice of having servants' quarters in big houses. Yes, I just looked that up. Isn't it amazing how one thing can lead to another and you can find yourself researching something totally different from the beginning thread? Enough said. I am sure I am but one of many to experience this daily. Micro... [Read more]
A story to remember
February 22, 2019 at 12:29pm
This is important: I received my first cup of coffee at a senior discount today! I am not yet a senior, but okay! Awesome! I sat in a House of Flavors today and noticed an old picture on the wall. There was a couple of ladies, though my wife thought one of the ladies was a fellow, in the picture, so I had to ask the waitress about it. I was right, though my wife told me I was always wrong about such things. Anyway, the one serving the ice cream in the photo, the waitress told me, sat ... [Read more]
More to come
February 15, 2019 at 8:39am
It is amazing how many previously unimportant tasks suddenly become dire when actually trying to write. Just a second...... [Read more]
Lucky cats!
January 30, 2019 at 10:12am
Called into work today. The weather is terrible outside and everything else seems to be closed today because of the storm. I had to drive home in it yesterday and visibility was often zero as the gusts of wind tore at the snow. Sub-zero temps today and blowing snow convinced me to be safe. I don't like it, not one bit. My driveway is getting narrow. Tons of snow out there! I am down to three outdoor cats, one of them I can't quite pet yet. They are all kept warm on my porch t... [Read more]
H in a bottle
January 18, 2019 at 7:10pm
A character in a book I was listening to stated that religion was the thing that kept the poor from murdering the rich. (Jeff Wheeler) This struck me as funny and of character building quality. Just wanted to make a note of this. Security has been tight of late due to an active shooter comment someone had made at my shop, and, of course, they were fired for. People can do such stupid things at times. I wonder if hindsight can ever be found in a bottle? No, is the answer. I looked there... [Read more]
Wrong again.
January 15, 2019 at 7:54pm
I was standing in line behind a little old lady who looked prim and proper. In front of her stood a younger man who didn't look like good people with his ragged clothes and he looked like a druggy in my mind. The smell of pot was quite strong. Oh, ya, it's legal now here in Michigan. The young man checked out, but guess what? The pot smell didn't go away. It was the old lady! I kicked myself for being judgy. It was funny, though. It is really easy to make wrong impressions!... [Read more]
Making Way
January 12, 2019 at 10:14am
Got up, made breakfast, struggled to write something. I found myself thinking about that darkness that crazy writers sometimes write about. This darkness can bring to life a contrast that makes the heart beat faster. That sense of being alive comes when threatened, why is that?? I don't get depressed easily. The memory of words from parents I pretended to ignore pulls me quickly from most any depression. Talking to my own teenager about suicide, underpants, drugs and soil, SUDS, if y... [Read more]
Forgiveness isn't always EASY
January 3, 2019 at 4:54pm
Quick story idea for a 48 hour challenge. This is not perfect but comments are welcome! Here it is: Jackie sat on the edge of her bed, crying. Her eyes burned and her vision blurred. Though the room was well lit, darkness seemed to hang in the room. She could sense this darkness as if something unclean snuck in and filled every crack and crevice within her room with its evil and it changed her. It wasn’t just a kiss, it was an unwanted kiss, and her lips burned because of it. H... [Read more]
Plans for the future
January 1, 2019 at 8:38pm
Happy New Year! Resolution: write more. I actually wrote a poem for the first time in a long time. WOW, I know. May I continue to do better. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Yay. It could be worse. I might not have a job! Tomorrow, I plan on working myself out of a job. Then, the next day, I plan on doing the same. It is all about the planning that keeps us in good standing. What do you say? Join me!... [Read more]
Stepping up.
November 20, 2018 at 6:10pm
Monday, I had a meeting with my boy's teachers and aids, professionals etc. We talked of the future of my boy moving on to the middle school or ESD services. We checked out the class at the middle school and it was definitely too advanced for him. The ESD was a step back, being that there weren't any communicating kids in the class. Even the professionals said he didn't fit in either class. However, do to the safety issues my boy had, the ESD was the only real choice. I guess if... [Read more]
Tabby's star
November 11, 2018 at 12:14pm
Snow. Lots of snow. Someone needs to invent warm snow, I think. Or at least Kool-Aid should cover it in rainbow colors! There is an idea! I don't have to plow yet; we barely got six inches. Not too bad. My youngest is home sick today so I stayed home to watch him. Cooking breakfast, doing laundry and working on cleaning the house is my day today. The year is nearly at it's Christmas! Can you believe it? How much writing is there left to do? All of it. Bad, I'm bad. I wil... [Read more]
Bodhi Stakes
October 28, 2018 at 9:56am
It is raining, nearly snowing, it is that cold. It is a bit blustery, not like in the Poo forest when it gets blustery, but decent enough. I am writing small clips in my stalled novel but barely enough to make much progress. I will try to stay focused. I cleaned out my heater and turned it on yesterday. The house is much warmer for it. I burned an incense stick for the first time in years. The smell wasn't bad but it lingers. Bobhi Spirit, the package reads. Which is strange b... [Read more]
Bodhi Stakes
October 28, 2018 at 9:56am
It is raining, nearly snowing, it is that cold. It is a bit blustery, not like in the Poo forest when it gets blustery, but decent enough. I am writing small clips in my stalled novel but barely enough to make much progress. I will try to stay focused. I cleaned out my heater and turned it on yesterday. The house is much warmer for it. I burned an incense stick for the first time in years. The smell wasn't bad but it lingers. Bobhi Spirit, the package reads. Which is strange b... [Read more]
Take away...
October 20, 2018 at 1:40pm
I was listening to NPR this morning on the way back from the hospital where I did some routine blood work and they were talking about how important atmosphere was for the sense of taste. One chef wouldn't serve food until the atmosphere was noticeably happy, so to speak. They set up the diners with a glass that made mooing sounds and was cued in that it was time to serve dinner once most of the tables began playing with the cups and the attitude was jolly. Atmosphere lends more to the sens... [Read more]
Never Give UP.
October 14, 2018 at 5:20pm
Weather is changing to the Fall season and I am trying to enclose a porch for the outdoor cats. I had a more temporary one for them last year. This year, something a bit more permanent. I spent days working on this project over the past few weeks. It has been a lot of work and a lot of staring, wondering how I am going to do the next step in the project. I live in the country in a little log cabin. It doesn't help that I can barely lift my right hand over my head due to arthritis. Thi... [Read more]
In between drops
October 5, 2018 at 7:24am
I haven't been doing the amount of writing I would like, but who does? I have heard of such people but I don't know if I could believe they exist. They just don't make any sense to me. The weather is changing and I have to wrap up my outdoor projects and prepare for Winter. It is a litter harder because it has been raining something fierce of late. So, in between raindrops I go. I have thoughts for a carving the pumpkin story. Gruesome little story, I think. Dare I shar... [Read more]
Know then:
September 22, 2018 at 8:54pm
Believing in Magic is irrelevant. You either practice magic, or you live it. This it is and nothing more. ... [Read more]
Make a wish 8/20/2018.
August 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
At 8:20 today, a fellow worker had me rush to the clock. "Make a wish," he said. So, I reached out and grabbed him into a hug. "Wish granted," I replied. The poor fellow might never be the same. The end. True story and I still have my job. Well, maybe. ... [Read more]
Blog name change and something else...
August 10, 2018 at 6:03pm
Actually, F.R.E.D. stands for Feeling Right Every Day. It is a standard, an active wish. Happy thoughts help others subtly. Sometimes I suck at it but I can pretty much fake it until it hurts. Faking isn't the same as lying. As I see it, my mood can affect others so I need to be moody responsibly. If I need space, I say so, but I get back on track. No, I am not a nurse. My boy was in the paper today! Yay! First time on a roller coaster by himself. The fair had a special needs... [Read more]
Not worth reading further
August 2, 2018 at 8:36pm
My boy tried to dye his hair blue today. Ended up washing it out. Made a big mess. I am happy his hair is not blue! I show nothing. I know nothing. ... [Read more]
re-write, right?
July 31, 2018 at 7:58pm
Finished camp NaNoWrimo today. I didn't quite make my original desired word count, but I did make my amended word count. Cheater? Yep. My cabin was so close to making its word count that I had to make it with them. One for all! I will make up for it later. Editing will be fun. I only started the project half-way through the month, so I was behind from the start. It was fun and a story was created. The re-write will make things better, I hope. How many re-writes will it take? ... [Read more]
Miracle Arts
July 29, 2018 at 5:49pm
Today in church, the substitute pastor mentioned that in todays time, many use the miracles of old as a reason not to believe. Personally, I think people will find reasons to either believe, or dis-believe as it suits them. Often, the beliefs of those nearby can sway ones opinion. Personally, I think the minds beliefs and the bodies beliefs don't match. It is important to realize that we don't have complete control in the struggle for growth, but it is just that: a struggle for grow... [Read more]
Worried now
July 22, 2018 at 7:02am
Ever try writing when you have a boy pushing down on your arm and digging into your shoulder that has arthritis. I can't write without this and the constant touching of my neck. The bouncing is very distracting too. Yes, he has autism. He came home from summer school two days ago with his glasses all bent and I had to take them in to get them straightened, all because he got angry. I love him completely but some days are impossible to write. I am nearing the end of my campnanowrimo pr... [Read more]
Chores
July 14, 2018 at 8:03pm
Not much time to write. I am working on a camp NaNoWriMo short story. I started late and I am behind as it is. I was feeling bad that I hadn't updated my blog in 12 days and didn't want to get further behind. Yesterday, I was fed up with my computer freezing up or going super slow so I decided to 'refresh' my computer. Well, I lost my word program and Scrivener too. I couldn't find the license keys for Scrivener so I contacted the company after a few hours of lookin... [Read more]
TFY Sells
July 2, 2018 at 6:12pm
Already we are to the middle of the year. What great worlds have I created? None that lasts. Wish I had more ambition. I am working on it. My youngest had feeding therapy today. That went well. The doctor had an office with stuffed animals of all sorts in it. Well, creature, anyway, preserved. She is quite a collector, that doctor. My oldest is out on a pontoon boat with his aunts and uncles. He did that while we went off to our appointment. Fun, fun. Too much fun, I suppose. ... [Read more]
The moat in his eye
June 27, 2018 at 8:27pm
Watched the new IT tonight. Very long moving. It had potential. I am not as easily moved as I once was on remakes. My oldest got all A's on his report card and the movie place gave a free movie for every A. Bing watching! Too much. But, for his A's, it is worth it. We all float...... [Read more]
Water in all the right places
June 25, 2018 at 4:27pm
Copied from an email to a friend: (Be careful with autistic children because they are attracted to water...) Jonah, my autisitc son, (great name, right!) takes swimming lessons through his school. He certainly requires a lot of supervision. He is eleven now and almost potty trained. We have to watch him very closly or he will pee all over the floor. Often, one of his tells is when he starts laughing..."Get on the potty! Now!!!" And it is too late many a time by then. I think... [Read more]
Someday, someday.
June 23, 2018 at 6:33pm
Mother-In-Law wanted her outdoor chair (Sun chair) re-done with paracord. Took fifty feet of parachord! I sat outside listening to music few would really appreciate but no one around to annoy and managed to re-chord her chair. Macramé knots should hold the back since I don't have clips. I suppose if my Mother-In-Law hits the ground, I will be in trouble. Spent some time raking my yard and picking up sticks today. Never ending chore, that. Well, there is winter but I don't wa... [Read more]
Then, she said...
June 19, 2018 at 4:54pm
Attempting cheese cake in the instant pot for the first time. Me, that is. I begged but the wife said no. Fine. I will do it. I know it tastes better when she makes it but she demanded proof. I know better than proving myself right. That is the thing with memory. I can remember what I like. That is good for any age, I think. I was thinking the other day when I sat down to write, that it might be fun to do a bit of an outline for a novel I don't see myself writing. Why? Imaging... [Read more]
Trailer Thrash
June 18, 2018 at 4:48pm
Today, my youngest boy went to dance lessons for the first time. Apparently, he was the only one to show up so he had the teachers full attention. It was a class for special needs and I am really glad they have such classes. I didn't catch exactly what the teachers name was, but my boy called her Miss Delight. Or maybe, Misty Light? Cool name. That is a story name if I ever heard one. Right, ? I had to share that one. My oldest boy got all A's on his report card. Next year ... [Read more]
Cooked frest breakfast
June 9, 2018 at 11:30am
Two potatoes shredded, chopped onions, fried up same and diced ham and added to the frying. A dash of sage on the mixture for pleasantness. A touch of bacon, pre-cooked for yumminess. Mixed eggs and dumped it all in. Once cooked, cheese covered the top and flipped it together with two spatulas and a bit of effort. One giant omelette! Fed family of four. It was raining outside today. The leaves rustled fromt he pitter patter of wetness. ... [Read more]
Bridal Shower
June 4, 2018 at 8:53pm
So, I recently recieved a review of a story I wrote back in 2010 where I went to a graduation party. This weekend, I found myself at a bridal shower, though I thought strongly I shouldn't be there but didn't have much choice. I had to get my brothers help with the brakes because I stripped the lug nuts and didn't have a tool to get them off. He is a mechanic, so he had the tool. We ended up and had to replace the caliper too so after store hopping looking for the part, we found o... [Read more]
Nobody takes his parking spot
May 30, 2018 at 4:49am
So my Supervisor got demoted some not too long ago, but they kept him in the same position, pretty much doing the same job. Hostile work environment, they said. Yet, his badge still says Supervisor! He's being a bit more careful but he is still getting his digs in. It wouldn't be so bad working for him if he were stable but he is very much bi-polar in my opinion. One minute he is fine, then he can launch into a cursing fit and when I question him, he falls back on, "I was joking... [Read more]
Self-worth
May 28, 2018 at 6:30pm
Once in a while, I will find little notes, usually from a long time ago, forgotten. This morning, I found: "If you can not be happy with the Universe, then learn to fear the Universe." I can't say for certain what was on my mind when I wrote that, or even how long ago I wrote that. I do regret not dating such notes. Maybe I need to start dating them. I took my boy out on my ATV on my Brother-in-Law's property today. It was fun We rode around quite a bit, until it got... [Read more]
Rewards
May 27, 2018 at 7:24am
Birthday get togethers, three day weekend in honor of Memorial Day. I missed my Microsoft Rewards streak yesterday! I had 13 days in a row on that one. In case you didn't know, rewards are given for answering some simple questions every day and those give points which add up and can be used to donate to causes or redeem prizes such as a 5 dollar amazon gift card or x-box membership sort of thing. Added bonuses are given in streaks without missing a day answering those questions. Guess I... [Read more]

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