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Sunday Summary: October Wrap-Up

Yesterday was Halloween and our town’s trick-or-treating night(my hometown always does it the Thursday before Halloween). We started at the fire station and walked around for close to an hour. Then, we stopped at one of the churches for hot dogs and hot chocolate before heading back up to the fire station. On the way there, a call went out for an outside fire. So, the boy got to see the firetrucks leave. By the time, we were in our truck, they’d already cancelled the call(so, probably someone burning a leaf pile or something). So, he got to see them come back too.

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Before trick-or-treating, we’d gone up to Erie. I took 15 paperbacks I had stacked up on a shelf to the used bookstore. This was my first time taking any in, though I have bought some from there. We walked out with another 8 books(only 4 of those were for me) and only spent about $10. And I wonder why my TBR piles doesn’t seem to shrink. πŸ˜‰

I posted my WeWriWa snippet separately this week, but you can go check it out if you want. It’s been a pretty good week, and I seem to have found a good routine for balancing writing/editing and everything else on my to-do list.

  • By the Gun – get to 3000 words – 4236/3000. A lot of these were old words moved over from my last attempt.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – reach 16000 words – 16687/16000. These rolled out pretty easily.
  • Let It Begin – finish 1st draft – done, done, DONE! At 33226 words. Over a total of 10 writing days.
  • My Way to You – reach 6000 words – 7144/6000. These were rolling good, too, and a bit emotional. I got through the beginning ‘present’ chapters and have moved into the ‘past’ chapters where Bryan & Leo first meet.
  • Guarding the Heart – reach 70000 words – 70262/70000. I’ll be working on this first in November, but realized there was a really big plot hole in the upcoming scenes. Spent some time this morning, re-outlining the final chapters to try to fix that.
  • Chasing the Ghost – revision note cards – this is done.
  • Just Add Moonlight – Finish revisions & submit – done, Done, DONE! Submitted yesterday morning, just under the wire. Now, I wait to hear if any of my submissions will be accepted.
  • Read: 2k-5k – finished this on Friday
  • Read: Into the Devil’s Underground, Cutting Edge(Allison Brennan), Foolproof(Jennifer Blackwood), The Heiress Effect(Courtney Milan), & Bringing Home the Bad Boy(Jessica Lemmon) – finished my Loving on The Edge series(Roni Loren) re-read Wednesday night & read the new novella on Thursday. Then, I started back on the list of books I’d planned to read this month. Read Into the Devil’s Underground(I’d read an older version of the book before she changed the title and revamped it. I did like the changes). Realized Cutting Edge is the third book in a series, so I set it aside until I read the other 2. Then, I read Foolproof yesterday. Really enjoyed it. Moving the other 2 to November’s list, though I have read through a little more than half of The Heiress Effect.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – didn’t work on this at all this week. I did just finish this afternoon my first project on a rectangle loom, though. wpid-wp-1446417294956.jpg

I do love seeing all that blue. Now, since it’s the beginning of a new month, I’ll check back on last month’s goals and see how I did.


  • Bryan & Leo: Finish Outline – finished this


  • Guarding the Heart: 12000 words – 12927/12000
  • Some Fools Never Learn: 12000 words – 12677/12000
  • Bryan & Leo: 9000 words – 7144/9000
  • Let It Begin: 15000 words(should get me at least close to 1st draft) – 15526/15000 & finished 1st draft
  • Also worked on: By the Gun – 4212 words, 3329 words in plotting, and 746 words on short story.

Total new words for the month: 56,561


  • Stained Blood: Finish revisions & Polish – finished this and ready to send to CP
  • Chasing the Ghost: Revise & Polish – just got revision notes done
  • Flames of Retribution: Start Revisions – didn’t get to this at all
  • Work on anything I get back from CP/beta readers – still waiting on stuff


  • Read/listen: 21 books – 19/21 – doesn’t count the ones I reread. If I did, I’ve read 30 books this month.
  • Read: 2K-10K(Rachel Aaron) – finished this & applying some of the methods to my writing


  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – still haven’t finished this
  • Crochet: Twist β€˜N Shout Slouchy Hat – didn’t even get to this

My goals for next month:


  • Love Who You Love(Kurztown #3)


  • Guarding the Heart – 1st draft
  • Some Fools Never Learn – Reach 32000 words
  • My Way to You – Reach 21000 words
  • By the Gun – Reach 7000 words


  • Chasing the Ghost: Revise & Polish
  • Flames of Retribution: Organize for revisions
  • Anything I receive back from CP/Betas


  • Read/Listen: 22 books
  • Read: Gotta Read It(Libbie Hawker)


  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket
  • Crochet: Twist N’ Shout Slouchy Hat
  • Loom: Scarf

And for this week:

  • Guarding the Heart – finish 1st draft
  • Chasing the Ghost – 1st revisions
  • Read: Gotta Read It – 25%
  • Read: The Heiress Effect(Courtney Milan), Bringing Home the Bad Boy(Jessica Lemmon), Hot On Her Heels(Susan Mallery), Forever Grace(Linda Poitevin), & Lucky In Love(Jill Shalvis)
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – Get through Strip 19
  • Loom: Hat

Photo Friday: Halloween Time

I’m a little late getting this post out. I realized this morning that I did not have a picture of the girl in her costume, even though I had one of the boy. And, of course, they were both at school at that point. Then, we picked them up from school to go to the funeral home for viewing hours for my husband’s grandpa. After that, we came back for dinner with the family then trick-or-treating. Got a picture of both of them and individually, but that was right before we were heading out the door. So, now it’s almost 8. We’re home and both kids are in bed. The boy didn’t even make it home before he was asleep.

vampire girl!

vampire girl!

My MIL came over last weekend with some pumpkins the kids had helped her pick out. Plus they both brought one home from field trips to a local pumpkin farm. In all, we ended up with 10 pumpkins(3 really small ones that we didn’t carve).

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The girl wanted to be Elsa for Halloween and the boy decided he wanted to be Olaf, even though he’s never watched the movie(she’s seen it twice). His costume didn’t come with any pants, and we couldn’t find any plain white sweat pants for boys. So, I bought some white fleece and a pattern and decided to make them myself. Was doing fine until I got to the waistband. I royally screwed that up. But, the rest of his costume hid it well enough at least. The girl’s hair isn’t long enough to do a good braid, so I took some white(off-white really) yarn and made a thick braid out of it and tied it onto one of her hair ties.

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Photo Friday: Happy Halloween

Halloween was rather rainy here, but we still got the kids dressed up and went out. We didn’t hit too many houses, as it was wet and chilly out and Nathan was tired since he hadn’t taken a nap that day(or the rest of the week so far). He still did walk around to all of the houses we went to. Which I figured he would get tired and not want to walk. He proved us wrong though.

Last Thursday when she went trunk or treating with her aunt and cousins.It was warm then.

my little puppy


the witch and her puppy

maybe they actually like each other…for a minute

My pretty witch

he was checking out the fire trucks at the station while we waited for trick or treating to start




Family Friday: Pumpkin Carving

This past Sunday we went to my husband’s aunt’s to do some pumpkin carving(and eat some good food). Both kids picked out which pumpkin they wanted.

Carrying his pumpkin to the table

And both helped clean them out(to varying degrees)

Hayleigh even helped carve out the face on hers

Helping carve the face

And Nathan watched while Mommy carved out his.

with his pumpkin

Now, to put lights in them, and they’ll be ready for Halloween.

Family Friday: Halloween Recovery

I hope everyone had a good Halloween and you rescued your kids from all the poisonous candy . We have way more candy in our house than we need right now. Before any trick-or-treating, we still had a large bowl of candy from the two parades we went to in September, mostly Tootsie Rolls(which is currently Hayleigh’s favorite).

Last Thursday, we had to take Nathaniel to the doctor to get the booster for his flu shot(since this was his first time getting it, he needed to have two). And apparently, laying down on the table is more traumatic than actually getting the shot. Since we were up in the city anyway, we decided to go over to the mall for their “Trail of Treats”. Tick or treating inside, out of the crappy weather? How can it get any better? Well, maybe if it wasn’t such a madhouse and people actually knew how to walk(Yes, I’m one of those people who speed walk through the mall). And if it didn’t take Hayleigh 5 minutes to pick out one piece of candy(only a slight exaggeration). Both kids had their pumpkin buckets, and I think they were both filled more than halfway with candy(most of which was once again Tootsie rolls). We took out the stuff she can’t have(or just what we wanted), and added the rest to her all ready full bowl.

On Saturday, we carved jack-o-lanterns. Hayleigh really surprised me by actually sticking her arm all the way down in one pumpkin(even if it took a lot of prompting from us). This is the child that has to wipe up the tiniest amount of milk from the table as soon as she spills it. And has to run to get a napkin as soon as she has a little bit of food on her finger.

digging out her pumpkin

not sure what this pumpkin is doing on his table

sticking her arm all the way in

our family of jack-o-lanterns

Then, on Monday, her class at school had their Halloween party. She was so excited to get to wear her costume to school. She brought home a paper lunch bag full of candy so, that was even more to add to her bowl.

Hayleigh's stash from her party at school

And even though it was rainy Monday night, we still decided to go trick or treating in town. We were going to skip it, but she was so excited about it, we just couldn’t disappoint her. We only stopped at a few places, so she didn’t get too much more candy. And I think carrying Nathan around to the places we did go should count as an upper body workout. Next year, he’s definitely walking. He would have this year(at least some of the time) if the sidewalks hadn’t been so wet and uneven. Next year, he’ll be even more sure on his feet, so that shouldn’t be such a problem.

taking a break from trick or treating in the rain to eat some popcorn

the hat kept falling down over his eyes, so he was glad to get to take it off for a little bit

We’re dishing out the candy 1 to 2 pieces a day(to Hayleigh anyway. Don’t ask how much Mommy eats a day). But, I would not be surprised if we still have some come Christmas(and we’ll probably still have some Christmas candy when we start getting Easter candy).

Knitting Monday: Fire Hydrant Cap

I finished the hat for Nathaniel’s Halloween costume last week. I may add some ties to the sides(so he doesn’t just rip it right off) and maybe a few other touches, but other than that it’s finished. I think it turned out pretty good for really just winging it. I just made a basic hat with about 1 inch of ribbing for the brim then stockinette stitch(knit every row since I was working in the round). Then, I knit a little piece to sew onto the top to look like the top of a hydrant. And I stuffed it so it would stand up instead of falling over.

Once I get the other pieces finished, I’ll post a picture of the whole thing.

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