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Blew a Fuse

That’s not code for getting mad or anything. We actually blew a fuse.

I had just thrown a load of laundry in the dryer and started another one in the washer and sat down at the computer to start reading blogs and maybe write one of my own. And suddenly power went out on one side of our house. It took out the whole kitchen and everything on one side of the living room. Which included our router and modem. So, no internet, excerpt for on my phone. There was a loud piercing noise which I finally realized was or carbon monoxide detector. It want the alarm tone (which is 4 beeps, 5 second pause, 4 beeps), but a unit error tone. I was still a little worried about that, so I took the boy outside to play in the snow (which was too powdery to build a snowman or anything). Couldn’t even get into the garage to get the sled out.
I called the power company, and they were out a couple hours later. Nothing wrong with the line they said and most be something in our box. So husband went out and opened it up, and sure enough there was a blown fuse.
We live in a small town and my husband belongs to the volunteer fire department. One of the other firefighters is am electrician (or was. Think he’s retired now). So called him and was talking to him about what to do. We were hoping we could just replace the fuse, but the box is older, and it looks like we might have to replace the while thing. Until we do, we have no hot water, no internet, and only a couple lights that work. Thankfully, our pellet stove(our only source of heat), refrigerator, and microwave still work. And an outlet in the dining room, so I can still charge my computer and plug my coffee maker in there(priorities, you know). I swear, this crap always happens in the winter.
Posting this from my phone, which is a bit of a pain  but at least I have that.

Sunday Summary

We’ve had a week of sick in this house. The boy seemed fine Wednesday until after dinner. He threw up twice that night. Everyone seemed to be fine Thursday. Until the girl woke up that night, throwing up. And some other stomach issues in the morning. So, she stayed home from school on Friday and of course was fine the rest of the day. The boy had those same stomach issues Saturday morning and threw u after dinner again last night. But, seems fine this morning(actually seemed fine right after he did it). Not sure what’s going on but hope it’s worked its way through the house now(and that I don’t get it).

Slow Revenge – My reader is sending a couple chapters at a time back to me as she finishes them. She was sick the last week too, but she got the next couple back to me last night. I’m working on the changes as she gets them to me.

Stained Snow – sent a message to my CP to see if she’d finished reading it. She thought she’d emailed me about it, so somewhere wires got crossed. She said she’s going to get that to me soon, so I’ll start working on changes once that happens.

Chasing the Ghost – Worked 1/2 hour each day through Friday. Added 2852 words to this. Seems a little slow to start so far, but hoping it picks up.

Flames of Renewal – Worked 1/2 hour each day through Friday. Friday’s words were written in a notebook because I was having trouble focusing on the computer. But, I still wrote. 3381 for the week.

Guarding the Heart – Worked 1/2 hour each day through Friday. Friday’s words were very unfocused on this one too. Only managed 40, which is why I usually don’t do time goals. Most of the time that seems to be working with these, Friday was just a bit of an off day. Still, I managed 3437 for the week on this one.

A total of 9670 new words for the week. Not too bad.

Reading: I finished Deadly Call, First of Her Kind, The Dark Light of Day(T.M. Frazier), Before(Nicola Marsh) and am 66% through The Teacher’s Vet(Wendy Sparrow). I basically declared Friday a reading day and maybe from now on. Good way to end the week.

Knitting: I finished strip 4 of the Lapghan and only have 1 more block to finish for strip 5. Once I seam that to the rest of the blanket, it will be done. Finally!(Since I started it back in December, I think).

Goals for next week:

  • Slow Revenge: Work on as I get chapters back
  • Stained Snow: Start editing(if I get back from CP)
  • Work 2.5 hours on each of 3 WiPs
  • Reading: Finish The Teacher’s Vet, Forged(Jennifer Rush), Dark Witch(Nora Roberts), & Frosted(Wendy Sparrow)
  • Knitting: Finish lapghan
  • Crochet: 45 minute cowl

Writing Wednesday: 6 More Weeks

I may be the only Pennsylvanian that pays no attention to the Punxey rodent.  But, since some of my family wanted to make groundhog stew after this weekend, apparently we have 6 more weeks of winter(I tend to be a rather literal person – we always have 6 more weeks of winter) 🙂

This week has been going pretty good. Until I woke up this morning, went to check on the kids before I made my coffee and couldn’t find the boy. His bed was empty. I went and looked and he had thrown up in it. I’d already looked in on the girl, so went and checked the rest of the house. Couldn’t find him. Decided to look in the girl’s room again, and he was laying at the other end of her bed. Hadn’t seen him the first time I looked in there. Apparently he decided to sleep in there instead of coming to get me. I let him sleep, cleaned up his bed and finally made my coffee. Then, wrote until he woke up a little before 5:30 and cleaned him up. He seems to be fine now so I’m still working through my goals for today. Had to add a couple extra loads of laundry to the list, but still getting things done.

I finished writing the first draft of East of Abilene last week, but didn’t want to leave everyone hanging, so I’m opening it back up for this week’s WiPPet.

I moved back toward where both horses now grazed next to the river. A thought of running the horses straight through them started to form in my head. Until the image of Elijah being trampled joined it. I couldn’t do that, couldn’t be responsible for that.I stumbled at the edge of the river and bumped against Elijah’s horse. He snorted but barely moved. I was glad for the steady older gelding, or I probably would have fallen into the river. I felt something under my hand as I brushed it against the saddlebag. A shiver ran over me as I realized what it was.

Elijah’s pistol. He never wore it around his waist as I’d seen a few young men start to do. He only carried it in case he ran into snakes or other predators. I was starting to think these man counted as that.

I pulled it out of the saddlebag and just held it in my hand for a moment. I had never even touched one before. I’d like to think I could have talked Pa into teaching me to shoot one if he hadn’t been taken from me. But, that never happened. I heard a scream and it jerked my back to where I was. I saw the man beating Elijah shake his hand. Had he bitten him? Good. Then, he hauled his arm back and slammed his fist into Elijah’s stomach. He barely even grunted. The man made a quick gesture and the other two let Elijah drop to the ground.

Maybe they would just leave now. No, they had come for me originally. They wouldn’t leave until they had me. I was not going to let that happen.

They started toward me. Obviously they had never been worried about me getting away. I raised the gun and cocked back the hammer. I could feel my hand shaking, but I didn’t take my eyes from them. The first one just chuckled. “Do you really think we’re scared of you, girl? You won’t actually shoot us.”

“I will. If you come any closer to me, I’ll kill you.”

He laughed again and took another step toward me. My finger jerked against the trigger almost without me planning to. The bullet slammed into a tree trunk behind him. His face paled, but he kept coming. “Like I said, I knew you wouldn’t actually shoot us.”

I realized I didn’t post my goals for the week on Sunday’s post. So, I’ll just do a quick summary of where I am with each area.

Editing: Slow Revenge is still with my reader, so I haven’t done anything with this. Stained Snow is with my CP so waiting on that as well.

Writing: I’ve been spending half an hour on each of my WiPs every day. So, that 1.5 hours of writing each day. I actually did 2 hours yesterday because I finished my goals for the day and started on today’s. I’ve only done an hour today, but will probably get ahead again. Numbers so far for the week: Chasing the Ghost – 1719, Flames of Renewal – 2721, Guarding the Heart – 2462. That’s a total of 6902 words for the first half of the week.

Reading: Finished Deadly Call(Martha Bourke). I had some problems with this one, but will still probably pick up the next. I’m 82% through First of Her Kind(K.L. Schwengel). Loving it.

Knitting: Finished another strip of the lapghan finished and seamed to the rest of it. I have one more strip to finish. Still on track to finish it this weekend.

That’s about it for today. Sunday I plan on remembering to do actual weekly goals.

Sunday Summary: Another Month Gone

So, January’s over. I’m still trying to decide if it crawled or flew by. But, either way it’s time to evaluate how I did for the past month.

Friday report cards came home for the second quarter of the school year. The girl is only in Kindergarten and they don’t do actual grades. It’s mostly proficient or not-proficient. And she is good in all the areas. In the newsletter the teacher sends home, she said the benchmark goal for this point in Kindergarten is an instructional reading level of 3. The girl is currently at a 20. This really shouldn’t surprise me since she finished reading Alice in Wonderland & Black Beauty(both chapter books) in the last month. As well as a few other shorter books.

As for my progress this week:

  • Flames of Redemption: Finish Revisions– done. Added about 5k to this
  • East of Abilene: Finish 1st Draft – Done! Ended up just short of 30k
  • Flames of Renewal – Finish Character Worksheets – done! As well as the rest of the plotting and wrote the first 120 words
  • Catch Up on Reviews – Got caught up last Sunday and have been writing them now as I finish a book.

I also read another 6 books this week. Two of those were shorter works though.

January was a pretty good month.

  • Slow Revenge: Line up editing – Set this aside for right now. I do have it out with another reader though.
  • Flames of Redemption: Read Through & Revise – Done!
  • East of Abilene: Finish 1st draft by writing 1 scene a day – Done!
  • Read 15 books– 24/15
  • 3 knitting projects(lapghan, stocking cap, knitted hood) – I finished 3 projects, just not the ones listed. I did finish the hat then did two dishcloths. Yesterday I picked up the yarn I need to finish the lapghan, so I’ll be working on that this month.
  • 3 crochet projects(cowboy booties, 45 minute cowl, baby converse) – I finished 2 of these, the cowboy booties & baby converse ones. Didn’t get to the cowl because I needed a hook that I didn’t have. I got this yesterday as well, so I should be able to get to that this month too.

4/6 goals for the month met. Not too bad.

I’m planning on doing more playing around this month. I have three different stories plotted out. Two of these I had plotted last year and ended up setting them aside before I started writing them. I had Guarding the Heart(which was my 2011 NaNo that I decided to completely rewrite) plotted out last summer when I got the idea for my contemporary romance, The Choice. So, I wrote that one instead. And I never got back to Guarding the Heart. Then, I plotted out Chasing the Ghost, the 4th in a series, that I was going to write for last year’s NaNo. Then, I decided to rewrite Flames of Redemption instead. And I now have Flames of Renewal(follow-up to Flames of Redemption) plotted. So, my plan is to work on each of these during this month. Whichever I’m furthest ahead on at the end of the month, or the most eager about, is what I’ll put my focus on for March.

So, my goals for February:

  • Slow Revenge: work on edits(when I hear from my reader)
  • Stained Snow: work on edits(when I get it back from my CP)
  • Chasing the Ghost – work 1/2 hour a day
  • Flames of Renewal – work 1/2 hour a day
  • Guarding the Heart – work 1/2 hour a day
  • Read 13 books
  • 3 knitting projects(lapghan, Knit Child’s Solid Sock, Tidewater lace scarf)
  • 3 crochet projects(45 minute cowl, Ladybug, Sly Fox Hat)

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