My husband and I have been watching M*A*S*H together since our dating days, sixteen years ago. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve gone through those eleven seasons of shows – on TV, on homemade, videotape, on retail video, on DVD..Both of our children knew the theme song before they could talk, although, thus far, they’re not especially interested in watching.
It’s time for Friday Frolic, our weekly visit to Youtube, to see what wonders we can find to kick the weekend off right….let’s see….yup!
This week, I offer you….
FUN WITH WATER!
Normally, mid-June finds us indulging in wet fun…this season, though, has been rainy and chill far more often than hot and dry. Our lawn is lush and shaggy (we mow; it rains. We mow; it rains)…but we miss the other forms of water…sprinklers and fountains and lakes and pools.
Maybe this post will give the weather a little nudge…
2 Babies playing in the water
Funny cats in water, EPIC
Funny puppy walks on water
Dog Dives to Bottom of Pool, the Deep End
Cute children playing in water fountains at Hanbat Arboretum
The tumult of the last session has eased into a calmer, happier space. There is a new, fresher breath in the air, and we’ve begun moving more, which seems to have cleared out some of those dusty winter cobwebs. We’ve had reminders of winter, and harbingers of spring, and we seem mostly content.
I am still reading, and writing, and learning; still in the slack tide that comes before the surge, the place of neutral buoyancy. The foundations are being made strong, and inspiration is starting to waft in through the sometimes -open windows. It smells rich, like newly softening earth, and is laden with birdsong.
Life is sweetly flowing, and I pause, for a time, to stretch slowly and with presence, like a cat…the flash of sinuous motion is yet to come, and this is the time to prepare body, mind, and soul…
How about you? As we near the end of the round, are you feeling strong and certain, muddled and unsure, or something else? I love when you leave comments, and love it more when that sparks conversation….
It’s been a productive few days, here, on many levels. Jim spent most of his Monday and Tuesday taking care of seasonal errands. The children both fell in love with my new Kindle Fire HD, and decided that they would like their own as Christmas gifts this year. Jim and I worked the budget, and realized that we could manage it. So we ordered them with the understanding that this was our Christmas budget, so there will be stockings and no big presents on Christmas Day – Jeremiah has asked for a big bag of barbecue chips (his favorite), and five dollars. Annalise has mentioned Littlest Pet Shopsand Zhu Zhu Pets – and there will of course be treats of assorted varieties!
I have been writing – mostly the reports, which are due this weekend. I’ve been sneaking in bits and pieces of my NaNo WIP , and a little of my Thankvember Blog Hopposting. That will become a higher priority during the current session, since the blog hop ends on Friday, and I am currently three days behind.
Speaking of the bigger girls, they are adjusting. A little more than a week after their arrival, both are easing into the flow of life at our house.
Srindi, Miah’s kitten, seems to like smaller, enclosed spaces, and observing the sights and sounds around her. She has staked a claim to my office, and is gradually exploring it. During the day, she tends to stay behind or under something at the edges of the room, but, once things quiet, she moves out into the open. Yesterday, for the first time, we spotted her on the table where Achoo eats, and also lying, alert yet relaxed, on my office chair. She has let Jeremiah touch her a few times, and likes to be talked softly to. She’s a bit uncertain about Achoo, but is getting used to her.
Squeak, Annalise’s kitten, is more of an adventurer. She likes larger areas to hide beneath, and moves more frequently – first, under our bed; then under the family room couch; and, the last day or two, under the kitchen counters. She and Achoo have struck up a close friendship, but she hasn’t yet allowed any of us to touch her. She seems to have recovered fully from her spaying, and has explored the kitchen, family room, and bedrooms, thus far.
Both of the bigger girls use litter boxes, and Achoo had chosen a cleaning rag forgotten in a corner. She’s now getting the hang of the box.
I’m not sure that Srindi and Squeak know yet that their sister is here, as they have been mostly in separate rooms. We are all looking forward to their eventual and hopefully happy reunion.
All signs say that we will eventually have three cats who get along well with each other, and are at ease living with us. =D
First, a few New Things, as the November Challenges wind down…
I’ve attained one of my Big Five for November. Two more are well underway. The last two are ongoing, and I am current with them.
That means a little room is clearing up in my mind and my writing flow, and so, I am adding a few small secondary projects to the list, to fill in the gaps that will be appearing as other things are finished or humming along nicely.
Resume using Twitter for reading, commenting, posting, and connecting.
Twitter is becoming more naturally a part of my life. I am especially enjoying reading articles, and connecting in a more concise way.
I’ve gone through my “Who to Follow” list, where I found some friends, and let intuition and curiosity lead me to new following adventures.
I have answered all current questions, and have attained this goal.
I’ve resumed my pattern of answering comments on Mondays and Thursdays.
Modified #ROW80 / #NaNoWriMo Projects November 1-30, 2012
I have completed theNaNoWriMo Challenge . I’m focusing on the homeschool reports, and interspersing smaller projects – “hometending” in my writing spaces, both physical and virtual, so that I can ring in 2013 fresh and ready for new and continuing writing adventures.
I tend to get quite solitary when I am noveling. I intend, this time, to visit my buddies at least a few times each during the round, and to visit the NaNoWriMo 2012 Facebook Page at least once a day, as well as the #NaNoWriMo folks over atTwitter.
I’ve checked in at the Facebook page, offering congratulations, support, and cheering.
I’ve visited with folks over at #nanowrimo for cheering, kudos and community.
And, of course, I will be writing a novel this month…or 50,000 words of one, anyway! =)
My current word count is: 55,361. My goal is to finish the month with 56,000 words or more. Getting closer! =D
Fitness Goals – I will focus on eating before I am hungry (and getting protein and magnesium into every other time I eat). I will be active enough that I can always feel my body and muscles. I will add more fruits and vegetables to my diet, and be more attentive to how much water I am drinking.
I will be recording my progress here, along with my energy levels for that Sunday – Tuesday or Wednesday – Saturday period.
Sunday- Monday are still at Slack Tide, with hints of an approaching High Tide.
I continued with moderate to mellow hometending, and a bit of organization.
I’ve done a bit of abs work, and a little dancing.
I have been following a more intuitive and natural approach to eating and drinking, and allowing myself to feel my body’s wishes.
Continuing with conscious eating, and doing a little better with attending to my water intake.
We are continuing, as a family, to add more whole ingredients to our shopping lists.
I am eating more foods in a state closer to their natural one, and that feels good!
Moving ahead with the Reporting Pages projects for both children..
These are non-negotiable and due on December 1, 2012.
I actually have a little extra time with these….they are due on Saturday, but there will be no one in the office to accept them until Monday morning, so, if needed, I will use that little bit of time as an unofficial “grace period”.
I will be making these a primary focus in this and coming sessions, until complete, edited, linked, submitted, and posted. I would like to clear this obligation from my mental clutter list – and the sooner, the better!! =D
I am moving forward into the endgame of this project.
I will report my progress here with each update.
I completed Annalise’s Visual Arts and Music sections, and am currently writing her Foreign Language Arts section.
I completedJeremiah’s United States HistoryandPatriotism and Citizenship sections, and am currently writing hisGeography section.
Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
I have read Wind and Rain, an article about the out-of-doors, rainy-day fun families can have together.
I read a second article there, but it was not very useful, and particularly poorly edited, so I will not recommend it (or out it) here.
I also read A New Approach, an article by a mother trying out some “free-range” ideas in her family. This article made me sad, because it seems she’s missed the point of allowing children the freedom of many choices – she seems to be only allowing the freedom as a way of getting more cooperation from her children, and she finishes by limiting electronics (which will likely have led, by now, to electronics being used for all allotted time, and perhaps begged for, or contended over, otherwise…). There are no further posts on the blog, so I suspect she may have aborted her “experiment” before it had time to prove its merit….
I have attained this goal for this week.
Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
I have read When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line?This is a pretty serious consideration for me in myStar Trek-related fanfic, which is an integral part of the universe I have created, and I really don’t have any answers. All I know is, I can’t seem to let go of my Spock-passions, and I don’t want to, either! =D I commented with words to that effect, more or less.
I have read 1 of 5 blogposts for this week.
Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for Chameleon’s Dish. Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
I have written three more stories about Tisira , the main character from Chameleon’s Dish.
I posted a link or two to LinkedIn. It is becoming more natural to use it.
Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
As noted above, I have joined two challenges.
At the moment, I feel these are all I can handle, for now.
Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
I am doing fairly well on sharing my blogs. through several means – challenges, posting comments, submissions, and sharing via several forms of social media.
For the moment, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the increased attention, and will be just focusing on adjusting, before I diversify further.
My essay, Sometimes There Is No Right Way, posted to Tiny Buddhaon Tuesday. It has received nearly two dozen comments and an email, at this point, and I am feeling some pretty major overwhelm. It’s a big step from where I was, visibility-wise, two weeks ago to where I am now, and I am feeling a considerable degree of disequilibrium at the sudden change after a lifetime of dreaming…
As a dear friend and I have been discussing, learning curves are messy. I will adjust, with time and a lot of deep breathing….and eventually I will get to over 30 comments waiting for me in various places….really!
Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
As mentioned above, editing and research are being considered prior to formally submitting a piece, but the lines of communication has been opened.
Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
As noted above, I have participated/am participating in two challenges thus far, for May.
This leaves one challenge left to enter, prior to this month’s end.
Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
I decided I am satisfied with the batch watermarking, and this will make it possible to quickly mark all of my pictures within the next weeks, as opportunity presents itself.
ForWordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
During dinner with Eden Mabee, she answered one of my questions – about how to replace the standard header text.
I have successfully changed my header text. It may or may not be permanent, but now I know I can do it, so it will be a simpler matter to change it if I decide to, at some later point.
Add JOY to every day!
Monday: I allowed myself a mellow day of puttering, both in my writing projects and in my hometending. A simple day spent with my beloveds.
Tuesday: Joy Abounding! I slept in, and, although I woke with a headache at the time t’ai chi was starting, and although it was a damp and somewhat dreary day outside, I was basking in the company of my Syster, Eden Mabee. When you’ve been friends since you were four and share writing dreams and motherhood and a lifetime of shared memories and interwoven stories, hours can slip by….and then, I was greeted in the driveway, a little after 2am, by my family. Chatted with the children until 5:30am. Sweet day!
Wednesday: Another mellow, wet, restful day of puttering….I feel my energy slowly returning. I’ve had some bug writing developments over the last several days, and I am feeling a need to lay a bit low and absorb them. Why is success scarier for me than failure?
Add movement to every day, too!
Monday: Puttering around the house and yard. Moving furniture and bicycles.
Tuesday: Moving from building to car, and car to building, and grocery shopping…..not a big moving day…..sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.
Wednesday: Puttering with hometending; moving more bicycles – yes, there DO seem to be an inordinate number of them here – and I still haven’t moved my own!
Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
Monday: Reading and writing, puttering with storyworlds and blogging.
Tuesday: A rare, lovely day with a dear friend. Utterly rejuvenating. I wrote my story, but, beyond that, I simply enjoyed the company and the unrolling of the moments.
Wednesday: Reading, writing, lolling with the kids, absorbing the nearing of a lifetime of dreaming, and puttering. A hot shower awaits me, after I post here.
Add all these for my beloved others, too!
Jeremiah: Finding his bigger bike, saying yes to lots of cooking. Conversation and cuddles, and patience when he needed it.
Jim: A harmonious home, companionship, and consideration. Laughter.
Annalise: Finding her bigger bike, serious and mature conversation, help when a fall spoiled her baby mosquito study, patience when she needed it, imagination and laughter.
It seems to be one of those periods where I am doing things, but there is really relatively little concrete to report.
Much is happening beneath the surface, and there is no telling, really, what will evolve from here.
I know, though, that it will involve love, and writing.
And I know that I will keep on ROWing, with trepidation and daring, and remain present not only to the misty path ahead, but also to the rocky, swift, twisty places I am traversing right now…..
Until next time, I leave you with 5 more followers to get to know….