Of Purple Paint & Short Stories

Yesterday and today were spent, in part, with cans of Krylon ™  spray paint in the color designated by TX Parks & Wildlife as “NO HUNTING PURPLE”.   The idea is that instead of posting “No Hunting” signs (where they inevitably get stolen, shot up, mysteriously blown away) , you simply paint the top of your Read More…

Yeah, It’s a Book. But Is It a Series?

Current-to-the-minute (but not for long) length of NewBook is 119,243 words.   Still moving ahead strongly, though with some things that will be tightened and a few that will be cut, most likely.    It now feels like it’s more than halfway through *this* part, but not through “the whole story.”  Which means it’s definitely part of Read More…

Brief Absence

A friend’s arriving tomorrow to stay for a week, so I probably won’t get anything posted here in that time.   Today was more frantic than it needed to be…I had a full morning planned, but first on the list was paying my credit card bill so I didn’t have to worry…and instead of being able Read More…

HomeWork

Today the solar installer inspector and the city inspector (our city doesn’t have its own but has to hire outsiders…too small) met to discuss/approve our additions to the solar system.  That was about 8ish, though the inspector was on another inspection 20 miles away and didn’t get here until after 8.  Took about an hour, Read More…

After the Storms….We Were Lucky

For anyone wondering how close the tornadoes in Texas got to us yesterday evening…not close enough to do any harm, and the friends that I called (more directly in track) were also OK.  One vehicle got a tree landed on it.  Our internet went out, so we were just peeking outside at intervals at the Read More…

77-7

If that looks a bit mysterious, it’s not.   I’m 77 today on the 7th of March.   (OK, it’s now the 8th because I forgot to post this earlier.  DUH.)   A notable birthday not because of the numbers, but because my mother died at age 77, and last year I realized I was getting twitchy about Read More…

Advisory: Power’s Out

Don’t worry.  We’re on battery now, turning off computers, phones, lights, etc in hopes of keeping the (propane) furnace going–it needs electricity to light, and for the fan to circulate.  We have warm clothes, and we survived a longer sunless stretch last year.  Dunno the source of the problem; don’t care; just want to get Read More…

80 Acres Recovery

Went out yesterday to take pictures, and…didn’t look to be sure the SD card was in the camera.  “Took” a lot of pictures, none of them on the card.  So today, reprise of that, but the little frogs in the Fox waterhole didn’t show up.  SIGH.   Good day for pictures, though. Live oaks put out Read More…

Scorpions In The Dark: Calories In The Day

There is no real joy in knowing there’s a scorpion in the room at 2:45 am. You can hear it scuffling through papers.  You know it’s a  scorp, because it doesn’t sound like a cockroach (another unwanted night visitor) but when it’s not in the papers, you have no idea where it is, or how Read More…