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JusJoJan: Day 19 – Climate

Welcome back to Day 19 of Just Jot It January. Today’s prompt is Climate, brought to us by Joanne. This is actually kind of fitting for how my day started. Although, I suppose, technically that’s more weather than climate. But, still.

I woke up about four thirty this morning. Yeah, I hear it now. But, that’s actually not too early for me. Planned to go out and start my coffee then get some writing done before the kids woke up. I went to turn the water on and…nothing. Sometimes our hot water freezes in the winter, and we can put the heater to it in the house and get it going again. Well, I tried the cold water, too, and still…nothing.

And, of course, my husband had been out plowing since late Sunday night, and he still wasn’t home. So, I was going to have to take care of it myself. I’ve never had to before, so I sent him a text asking what I needed to do. After a quick call, I had a plan.

Of course, I hadn’t shoveled out the whole walk way between our house and garage when we got dumped on last week. And guess where I needed to get into? Yep. Where some of that snow had frozen over. It took me about 45 minutes just to clear the ice out, then I had to pull away the skirting so I could get to where it usually freezes. Had on coveralls, boots, gloves and everything. And still my toes and fingers were freezing soon. But I kept a hair dryer blowing on it for about an hour. This is the only thing we use a hair dryer for in our house, really. We have a heat gun somewhere in the garage, which probably would have been better, except I couldn’t find it. And several torches my husband said would do even better, but using them makes me nervous. After an hour, I took out an electric heater and had it pointing at it(with an extension cord to the garage).

My husband got home a little after 10:30 and by 11, we finally had water again. So, all my attempts didn’t do much good. We can just say I started to thaw it, though, right? And thankfully, no pipes burst.

Now, I just have to remember to keep some water trickling through from now on. Or at least until it warms up again.

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Sunday Summary: Readying for Winter

For some, October might seem early to be getting ready for winter. But, considering it’s only about 37 degrees(F) here this morning. We have two tons of wood pellets stacked up in the garage right now and three more waiting for us down at the co-op. We can only haul one ton at a time in our little trailer, so we’ll be getting the rest throughout the week. Over the last few years we’ve developed a good system of unloading them. I pull them down and hand them to my husband, and he carries them into the garage. Works good until I actually have to climb into the trailer to get the last of them, and have to stay crouched down since the trailer isn’t quite tall enough.

I fell a bit behind on my goals on Wednesday. Editing out ‘was’ too me all that day. I played catch-up on Thursday and Friday. I had all my writing goals finished by 6 Friday night. Yesterday meant playing catchup with crafting and other goals. I finally figured out the new sewing machine and fixed the girl’s nightgowns that my MiL had made for her. And cut out two pieces of white fleece to make the boy some pants for his Halloween costume(seriously, we could not find any white sweatpants anywhere). And I’ve been fleshing out a short story. It started as a flash pieces I wrote during the Story a Day challenge a couple years ago. It was less than 500 words then. Right now it’s sitting at a little over 1800 and I think there’s 2 more scenes to add. And it’s putting ideas in my head for a new series.

  • Healing the Heart – finish polishing – I finished this up on Friday and rearranged chapters Saturday(I had some around 1k and at least one that was over 6k. now all are between 2-3k-ish). It’s now ready to send to my CP as soon as she’s ready for it.
  • Chasing the Ghost – Draft through Chapter 8 – this is done. Added 5857 words this week. Chapter 9 starts with a scene that would happen about a month after chapter 8 ends, so I need to figure out what happens between then. That will probably move the current start of 9 to a later chapter.
  • Flames of Justice – write another 1250 words – I wrote exactly 1250 words this week, and no, I didn’t end in the middle of a sentence.
  • Brainstorm Pirates idea & Nolan’s story/decide what to plot next – decided to put the Pirates idea aside for now. Did some brainstorming on Nolan’s story. Realized it’s going to start later than I’d planned, so thinking Callum’s story might come first after all(which had been the planned next story until Nolan started telling me his).
  • Revise RoW80 sponsor post – done & sent in on Friday. Keep second-guessing what I wrote, but I just need to stop worrying about it.
  • Read: finish Firelands & Summer of Change(Elena Aitken) – just finished Summer of Change last night. Really enjoyed it. That finished my goal of 10 books for this month. Also finished listening to The Collector(Nora Roberts). I may have loved the side characters’ love story even more than the main characters’, but I liked it.
  • Read: Rise of the Machines – Through Section 3 – got through this on Friday.
  • Crochet: Lamb hat – finished this yesterday. I have 2 more projects on my list for this month, but I don’t have the yarn for either of them. So, I’m going to make myself a pair of slippers instead. IMG_0236

Goals for next week:

  • Healing the Heart – send to CP
  • The Choice – start revising as soon as I get it back from CP
  • Chasing the Ghost – write 5 scenes
  • Flames of Justice – 1250 words
  • Short Story – finish fleshing out & read over again
  • Callum’s Story – Brainstorm
  • Read: Rise of the Machines: Section 4
  • Knit: slippers

Knitting Monday: Winter is Coming

Not sure what it is like where everyone else is from, but here it is certainly starting to cool off. We’ve gone from temperatures in the 70s down to 50s the next week. So, it’s definitely time to start some winter knitting. I started that last week by making Nathaniel his first pair of thumbed mittens. Knowing my son, I knitted a cord so they can hang through his jacket, or sweatshirt for right now. This first pair match his Halloween costume, and I’m planning on making another pair to match the hat I made him last month.

I also started a pair of gloves for Hayleigh, but I think they are going to be too big for her. But, it will be some practice with double pointed needles on something other than decreasing hats. I guess I should have measured her hand circumference before I started. I thought about just adjusting the pattern, but I’m afraid I would not adjust it right and really screw it up, particularly the fingers. So, I’m just going to see how they turn out. Maybe she’ll be able to wear them sometime down the road. If they don’t fit her now and I have enough of the yarn left from the hat and scarf I made her before, I’ll make her a matching pair of mittens instead.

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