Have you ever been kept waiting and wondering?
That was yesterday, for the Burton family. Thing is, we still don’t know, and there isn’t much we can do about that except keep on waiting.
We were put in this position by a family member…and that reminds me why I’ve chosen to limit contact with this person.
The short story is that we welcomed said person into our home, and, four days later, they called the Department of Social Services (I know it was this party because of the specific allegations made, and because no one else has been here).
The thing is that honest concerns could have been dispelled, if the party were truly concerned for the children’s welfare (past patterns of behavior, and a four day delay in calling, suggest other motivations). In a healthy dynamic, this person would have told us they were worried, and listened with an open mind while we discussed the areas of concern, since every allegation was either false, based on a misconception, or was something we’re already addressing or were planning to.
The case worker never arrived for yesterday’s appointment. We spent over three hours of my Accomplice’s day off with most of our activities suspended. We still haven’t had a call to explain, reschedule, dismiss the case, whatever.
So we wait, and wonder…
I’m thankful for this reminder that, though I would rather have a civil relationship, there are valid reasons I’m estranged from this person. And, since we spent several days in intensive hometending and maintenance, many of the projects I’d slated for this fall are now complete, or well on their way to being so, leaving us with a sense of well-being, and the freedom to go further. =)
Enough about that…the kids, who are far from endangered, are happily Skyping and Minecrafting with friends, and I have an update to complete.
Below are my October goals, and current progress toward them. Most of them will look pretty familiar, as they’re carried over or next steps from Round Three goals.
Second Serving Sunday: The Not Sure What to Say Edition (a recap/mashup for your reading pleasure!).
Goal attained = blue with overstrike.
Goal in progress = green.
Goal-in-waiting = red.
Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: read, and decide whether to rewrite missing, scenes,or set aside until I have access to the rest,Resume and complete draft (currently on Scene 29/50).
Write one poem daily for the OctPoWriMo Challenge. Each poem will fit the theme “Gratitude”. 4/31 poems written – A little behind, due to the CPS issue…hoping to be caught up by end of day tomorrow.
The IDIC Romance: Complete 2/3 paragraphs for the remaining letters (Q-Z); do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. Choose one paragraph for each to develop into the post; make episode list for rewatching. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen.
The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, complete rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Rewrite and offer as a beta read. Scene 3 in progress from Round Three.
Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises and submit. Exercise 2 in progress from Round Three.
Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible: Sunday posts done; no Mindful Monday this week.
Catch up all blog comments and visits. Attended to some.
ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Complete and submit Round 4 Sponsor Post. Another thing delayed due to circumstance. Will get caught up before I sleep; sponsor post needs links and polishing, then can be submitted.
- Empty email inbox and maintain below 333 messages. Some messages weeded; at about 1100.
- Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork.Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
- Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. Lots and lots! Weeding, Lise’s room, living room, ceiling repairs…and more. Much more. 3/5 days this week.
Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. It’s been a more cocooning spell, here, with most outings still pending. Doctor’s appointments made, and plans underway for Halloween.
- NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Write-in and Facebooking.
Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long.
- My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Yup!
- Read 3 fellow author books; complete 7 reviews.
Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation goals: 3/7.
T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice.
- Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/6 days; 2/3 with phone app.
Leaps of Faith:
- Blog/Website: Spent some time bouncing ideas around with my Accomplice.
These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!