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Sunday Summary: Rolling Along

After it being rainy most of the week, it turned beautiful yesterday. Which was perfect for the first motorcycle ride of the season for us. It started in my hometown and went throughout the county and raised money for the Special Olympics. We cut off from the rest of the group early because we had to pick the kids up from my MIL(and stop to get the truck from home first, obviously) since she had plans for the night. Still we were on the bike for about 7 hours, so it was good.

He seems to think she's his pillow

He seems to think she’s his pillow

Probably not doing much today. We talked about going out for breakfast or lunch, but I imagine everyone else will be doing the same, so I’d almost rather just stay home.

Boy's mother's day thing for me

Boy’s mother’s day thing for me

It was a pretty decent week for me. Words did slow down in the second half, though. Still I got some words down, so I’ll count it as progress.

  • Write/edit 20 hours – 17 hours, 40 minutes. Not quite to my target goal, but not too bad.
    • Break on Me – 3206 words
    • In the Moonlight – 2657 words
    • Protecting the Heart – 2907 words
    • Ready When You Are – 1535 words
    • Paint Me a Picture – 1623 words
    • Guarding the Heart – finished filling in details. Added over 110 words. Don’t have an exact number b/c I forgot to check on Friday before I closed Scrivener.
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 1250 words – 1268 words. Also did a Story a Day that will likely occur later in this story.
  • Goin’ Down – get to 1000 words – 1057 words
  • Snow White Twist – get to 750 words – 956 words
  • Read: Storyworld First – 25% – got to this point
  • Read: Liberty(Lindsay Buroker), Level Up(Cathy Yardley), Sunset Park(Santino Hassell), This Song is Not for You(Laura Nowlin), Stolen Songbird(Danielle L Jensen), Wreck of the Nebula Dream(Veronica Scott), & The Abyss Surrounds Us(Emily Skrutskie) – Loved Liberty, really enjoyed Level Up, Sunset Park and This Song is Not for You. Enjoyed Stolen Songbird and Wreck of the Nebula Dream. And really loved The Abyss Surrounds Us. I also started Summer Days(Susan Mallery).
  • Knit: Entwined Fingerless Gloves – I got the first of these finished, and the second started.
  • Story a Day – Write 7 stories – I’ve finished 6, and have the 7th started.
    • Every Sunday  – From Break on Me. Conversation between Gabriel and Erik
    • Selling – From in the Moonlight – 100 word story
    • Do Something – From Protecting the Heart – Eva determined to help herself
    • Face It – From Ready When You Are – Kelan has conversation with his young step-niece
    • Stay Away – From Paint Me a Picture – Rylan has confrontation with Kirsten’s ex.
    • It’s Apparent – will come later in Dance with the Devil – conversation between Hawk & Devil. Also some hints to what’s between them.
    • Midas’ Daughter – currently in progress & doesn’t involve any previous characters/stories.

All green and blue for the week! Woohoo!!! Now, goals for next week:

  • Work 20 hours on writing/editing
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 1500 words
  • Goin’ Down – get to 1250 words
  • Snow White Twist – get to 1000 words
  • Read: Storyworld First – get to 50%
  • Read: Summer Days(Susan Mallery), Trace of Fever(Lori Foster), Flowers on Main(Sheryll Woods), The Distance from A-Z(Natalie Blitt), Dead Wrong(Stacy Green), & Lower Education(A.M. Leibowitz)
  • Knit: Entwined Fingerless Mitts
  • Story a Day – Finish 8 stories


#Listifylife Challenge: Week 1 – To Me Spring Is…

Join another challenge? Sure, why not? The #Listifylife Challenge, created by Roni Loren, is only a weekly one, so I shouldn’t have a problem keeping up with it. Planning to post on Mondays, since it’s not already dedicated to another post.

I love lists, by now anyone who has followed me for long should know that. So, this one is right up my alley.




  • Warming Up – Living in Northwestern PA, we’re usually dumped with snow all winter long. This winter was strange, though. We probably didn’t get more than a total of a couple feet snow. And we had quite a few days of unseasonably warm weather. Of course, there’s still a chance we’ll get some more snow before it goes completely away. But, it shouldn’t be too much.
  • Allergies – Not such a good part of Spring, but a part nonetheless. And it seems we all suffer from them, the boy least of all, though. They start as early as April for my husband, as trees and grasses both affect him. For me, it’s mostly grasses and lter in the summer/fall, weeds. So, I’m usually sneezy/watery-eyed, through the summer. Also itchy skin. The girl reacts much the same way, getting these little bumps on her hands and face every spring. They’re already starting to show up.
  • Motorcycle Rides – This is probably the thing I’m looking forward to the most this spring. Until last May, I’d never been on a motorcycle. But since the first time I rode with my husband, I haven’t wanted to get off. It seems to be the one thing that truly drains the anxiety away. We haven’t ridden since September/October and itching to get out there for some wind therapy again.
  • Walks – Sure, I’ve walked some on the treadmill over the winter, but it’s not even close to the same as walking down the road. And out where we are, there are no sidewalks along the road. The route I usually take also goes through the woods, which is one of my happy places. So, it will be very nice to get back out there. I’ve gone out once so far, with the new puppy, now if I can just get him to not sniff at every single leaf and clump of dirt.

So, that’s what I’ve got for this week’s list. How about you? Are you joining in with this? What comes to mind when you think of spring?


Photo Friday: Start of Summer

Okay, so it’s not officially summer yet. But, the weather’s been pretty warm(except for a few days this past weekend/beginning of the week) and since noon Wednesday, both kids are on summer vacation. So, close enough.

1st grade spelling bee champion

1st grade spelling bee champion

Done with preschool

Done with preschool

Almost right away Wednesday, the boy started bugging me about taking the training wheels off his bike. He’s been riding two-wheelers all over at school, but we hadn’t taken the ones off his bike yet. Once I actually found a wrench in husband’s tool box(oh there are plenty of wrenches, find the one I needed was the issue), I got the training wheels off. He climbed on the bike and took right off. Did fall a couple times, and scraped a little skin off his knees/elbows, but he’d just get right back on and keep going. His sister still has no desire to get her training wheels off.


And last night, I got to go on my second motorcycle ride. There was a cruise-in at one of the local American Legions. We met up with some of the guys from the club my husband rides with(they’re all firefighters) and rode over to it. Had pizza, wings, and laughs. I was a lot more relaxed this time. And I found those knots of anxiety that are constantly coiled up tight loosened when we were riding. Now, that is a great feeling


This was me ready for our first ride.

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