Category Archives: Some Thing4 Sundays

This is NOT Sunday

Secret Carverns waterfall

Secret Caverns, Cobleskill, NY; some of my Weekend Fun

Something 4 Sunday posts have been a bust this year.  I’m almost always out doing things Sundays (and Saturdays), or I’m at home recovering from being out and doing things.  Yeah, I know, I could more effort with my blogging, and I should.

It’s doubts and distractions.  Am I just talking to the wind here?  Do I really have anything worth saying (this is big with me…  I really would like to offer content that people enjoy)?  Shouldn’t I be writing stories or spending more “quality time” with family?

Coverd Bridge Schoharie

Coverd Bridge, Schoharie

Basically I do this two days a week schedule because of the ROW80.  I need to keep an eye on my progress toward my goals daily, and these twice weekly  check-ins help keep me on track (somewhat).  But I know that my life, while busy, is pretty much Dullsville compared to many, and that my busy is not as fascinating or imposing to other people as it to me.  They have their own busy to deal with.

So…  thank you to those of you who come here despite your own busy to visit today.  I hope you enjoy my little internet offering and check-in.

ROW80 and More

Old Stone Fort

The Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, NY; we didn’t get to tour because the site was closing as we arrived, but we walked around outside and I grabbed this picture and the bridge one above

Actually, since the ROW80 is the challenge that knows you have a life, all things could technically be filed under the check-in label, but…  well, you know.  Better safe than sorry.  😉

Thing is, I’m not getting a ton of writing in at the moment.  My head seems to be wanting food…  or at least lots of cool things to think about and relaxation time to process them all.  I’ve been:

  • scribbling lots of notes (does that count as writing?)
  • taking bunches of pictures (my Flickr photostream is woefully out of date, but then I have a lot of stuff to edit, and a lot that just looks crappy but reminds me enough of things to use for stories)
  • reading lots of articles and some of my favorite comfort reads
  • getting moving (daily exercise and exercise adventures…like the stairs [also called the prehistoric escalator] at Secret Caverns yesterday)
  • not editing…  nope, none, nada, haven’t even tried
Not your local confectioner's delight

Not your local confectioner’s delight

We also have made homemade chocolate here at Chez Mabee… totally wrong texture, more like fudge than anything, but still quite delicious.  If you’re interesting in trying the kit yourself, it was reasonably priced around Christmas-time (about four dollars more now, oddly).  We cut the sugar in the recipe a bit and added milk (which was probably what ruined the texture) before the cooling.

The picture is after we had all eaten a few pieces…. Despite the criticisms in the Amazon reviews, I think it made a nice amount of chocolate for the price.  And if I’d used a double boiler instead of guessing temperatures with the microwave?  Who knows?  Maybe it’d have been even better.

So, as I said, not a lot going on here.  How about you all?  Did you have a good weekend?

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On Vacation?

Writing to you (very briefly) from the Boston direction, typing away at my laptop on my -in-law’s dining room table.  My SiL is …well, amazing (and she has a definite flair for interior design that I would so love to emulate).  And my BiL is such a sweet guy.  Though he does love the Boston Red Sox….*

The Boodle is having fun with his cousins too.  Vacation weekend…  I wish we could visit a bit longer, but Monday morning the grind starts again.  Today, though, will be sightseeing and the Children’s museum.

Sliced strawberries

Sliced strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So ROW80ish, that means I’m not doing a lot of stuff.  No editing, just 5 sentences (I missed yesterday for long drive and migraine), some exercise daily but not nearly enough to counter all the yum food (who said sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries and whipped cream don’t qualify for a nutritious breakfast?)

So onto my visits…  I’ll be checking in with people later this week.   And I make no promises that I’ll have a Wednesday check-in on Wednesday (we’ll be home, but busy, busy).  So…  see you all Thursday! 

*Disclaimer: I actually have no opinions about the Red Sox or the Yankees or any baseball team.  But by longstanding joke in the family, I had to mention this.

Post Trip Monday

Yesterday was the day of the drive.  It was Grandpa’s 92th birthday, and so the Boodle and I picked up Mom (he’s her dad after all) and we hightailed it out to Syracuse to eat double chocolate cupcakes and ice cream and talk about harmonicas and family photos and old tractors.

Happy 92, Grandpa!

Happy 92, Grandpa!

So…  I didn’t get much writing done (Friday I was sick icky bleh!) since Wednesday.  Getting back into the flow of writing daily and not in spurts and bubbles isn’t happening quite as fast as I’d like, but it does seem to be happening.  Even when I didn’t write, I pulled out the notebook and gathered up a pen…  just one more step to go.

I did reread/review some of my other story-work everyday (except yesterday); I got up and moved every day except Friday, and I made time daily for some happy reading time.  Slow, steady progress and plans for consistency…

Consistency is the dog that hounds me.

But since we don’t have a dog…  here is Mr.Kitty my (mostly feral) lovebug begging for scritches.  If he didn’t panic and go into full “Fight or Flight” mode at the slightest sound or shift in movement, I’d have him in the house with us too.  He so wants love and stroking and head bonks…

Someone couldn't stay still for the photo...  he wanted to hug the camera and the hand holding it

Someone couldn’t stay still for the photo… he wanted to hug the camera and the hand holding it