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Shoe Thoughts: Vans off the wall

I have never cared for the look of Vans or Converse. In my mind they both look very close to the same and neither of them look flattering. So when we were given a couple of pairs they stayed on the shelf.

Finally on a rainy day last spring I decided that my leather sneakers wouldn’t do. I wore them once, thought they were reasonably comfortable and then summer came and I went barefoot.

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Fall came and has no mostly gone and I started wearing them again. We’ve been having a bit of Indian Summer for the past couple of weeks but it’s getting cold again. I took the pictures in this post several weeks ago during the second snow we’ve had this fall. Hurrah for global warming.

Problems.

The color. I hate light colored shoes, they just show the dirt. (but it’s okay, my leather sneakers were white) These pictures are not an accurate representation of how my shoes look now.

The shoes are loose.

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Advantages

The shoes are loose.

The shoes are comfortable. I don’t know if this is partially because they are probably like three sizes to big, but they are wide enough that I don’t mind wearing them for hours.

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Snow is weird.

 

Busyness and Peace

Lately, I’ve been super busy. I have three steady jobs, writing, and sewing that I want to do on top of a number of other things, including research.

Some days I just feel exhausted. Some days breakfast hasn’t even started before I’m ready to go back to bed.

Other days are great until something goes wrong.

And some days are just perfect.

I think it depends on how much I pay attention to the Bible the day before, not how much I sleep.

In my family, there are many opportunities to pay attention. Memory Work, Family Bible Reading, and Personal Quiet Time. But after a long day, it is easy to ignore the after dinner reading. A sleepless night makes saying completely by rote a memory verse simple. And running behind often cuts into personal quiet time.

How do you deal with it? How do you make your mind focus on what it should when it wants to wander off into nothing?

I guess if I knew that I could make a lot of money.

 

NaNoWriMo Update: The Final One

Sorry this didn’t go up yesterday, but I don’t care to write them in advance.

Last week went great, I went from barely keeping up to nearly a day ahead. Honestly it was a bit of a blur to me.

Sunday Raked leaves and wrote.

Monday I don’t remember and wrote

Tuesday Volunteered most of the day and wrote

Wednesday Babysat most of the day and wrote

Thursday Worked at the library in the afternoon and wrote

Friday Cleaned, cooked and wrote

Saturday Rested till dark then wrote.

I am certain that I will finish now, but I want to reward myself with something. Do you have any ideas?

I only did that people would grow tired of me.” Tomsa complained.

“If we don’t go to war, no one will grow tired of you, but even if we do I’m sure that most people will be happy to have you enliven their day. Even Lorta is in a better position to be helpful to the cause than me, everyone will be glad that their children will be educated. I’m just a fisherman as

 

The British Are …

I asked my friend Caz if it was okay if I make fun of Brexit, I possibly should have included the British as well, but I think that was a little bit implied.

So let me talk a bit about the British trying to leave the EU. It’s not just been months, it’s been years since it first started being something to think about and we haven’t gotten much past thinking about it.

The British are coming, the British are coming.

Famous lines, from when a country was first leaving the British Empire. The start of the end. Even if some countries left much more peacefully or less completely the British Empire grew super small, indeed it stopped existing.

That was right around when the EU came along and made England part of a different kind of Empire. One that grew and grew and seemed like it would never stop.

Then the shocking day came, Britain declared it was considering leaving the EU. The country that had been left and left and left was now saying it would leave?

Maybe we’ll see if they can do it.

Here is my advice. Just do it. If they have to pull out their water pistols (because the don’t have real guns) and say we are leaving or else. Do it.

If they need to go to Germany and have peaceful protests (I’d say France as it’s closer, but they’ve had enough trouble with protesters). Do it.

If they still think that politics can do it, good for them, but now that they’ve said that they’ll leave I want them to. Do it.

The British are leaving, the British are leaving.

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PS

I recently got Grammarly for Firefox and it does not think this is funny at all. I know my sense of humor is odd but didn’t you at least smile.

 

Sustainable Tuesday; Bed-End Shelf

I meant to post about this last week, but life was crazy so it’s coming this week instead. My blog may die again next week, but I’ll see what I’m able to schedule and or do.

I took apart a couple of pallets and the primary reason I wanted them was so that I would be able to make myself a shelf. I have books in four places that are dedicated to my books and scattered throughout I don’t know how many more. I had no more room so I made the fourth and it’s lovely.

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As I sleep in the bottom bunk of a bunk bed I knew that I didn’t have to make the most structurally sound piece of furniture because I could tie it to the end posts and support it that way. You may be able to tell where it’s tied up in the above picture.

I also only nailed the shelf support to the sides with a couple of nails. I may decide to go around that section with some dark thread so that it is less prone to shifting. But it is sturdy enough to hold up all my books and even my occaisional kicks so…

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One problem of having it there is it doesn’t photograph well. That end of my bed is in a rather dark corner of a dim room. Please not that these are only about a quarter of my read books.

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Nanowrimo Update: Two Weeks Left

As I had no idea how to title this update I decided why not go with a statement of fact. If you want to check out the past couple of updates this is last weeks and this is the first.

You may have noticed that there were no blog posts at all this week. I had four or five planned but they all fell through, due to bad internet connection, lack of time, lack of resources, and a general not wanting to. Also, the one I wanted to do on Friday I want to check with a friend before I post it as it could be seen as a little mean…

Oh, yeah this is a Nano update. Let me remember:

es 1 Oh wait that is to far back in the past. Just this past week will do.

Sunday, I didn’t do super well, but I had to work for five hours so that was fine.

Monday, I was supposed to do really well on Monday, but I got accused of something I hadn’t done and it really hurt. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I couldn’t write.

Tuesday, the after-effects of Monday were still reverberating through my mind, I also spent the day volunteering so I got little more than two hundred words written.

Wednesday, I had to work for a few hours and cook dinner, but I got more than two thousand words written.

Thursday, I had five hours of work that I spent making a cute scene for the library. I only got a couple thousand words written.

Friday. I was babysitting, so I only got a couple hundred words written in the morning. I had to quit writing a bit before five so I could help get ready for Sabbath as I make a point of not writing on the Sabbath.

Saturday, I was able to get a bit over a thousand words written after supper even though Mom was reading aloud a book to us. I hope to do better than that author, who I will not mention, but if you really want to know I did just add the book to Goodreads, so… Do with that knowledge as you will.

Next week should be calmer and so I hope to be able to get ahead as I am will be spending the last week of the month traveling to see family.

Now for a snippet

would switch which arm I was carrying it with at the end of every mountain.

I understood as I walked with the shield why soldiers at least would see the Jaars Mountains as dreadfully treacherous. The large size of the kite shield makes walking over the rough terrain absolutely horrible. I had to lift it up over this, while watching the top to make sure any of the weapon catchers didn’t catch on a branch. Meanwhile the sword was acting as a loose limb that doesn’t even bend.

For two half mountains I tried carrying the sword in my opposite hand as well. That was a little easier in some ways, but the lack of rest of either arm was too much and I had to quit. Dunnos was sympathetic but he enjoyed the fact that because of my weapons we were forced to walk at a speed he could keep up with even in cat form. Sam was impatient with the speed

It’s a classic horrible snippet, but things are starting to get exciting. If you’ve been following my Ko-fi account, you may have run across ****, he has a name now, it’s Bill.

I have been eating cabbage as my snack, it’s been lovely.

I hope I’m not going to light on the descriptions it took me until page 27 to mention the fact that the main character is ambidextrous and that is the only thing you know about him. Or anyone, except Dunnos and Sam.

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My story is weird. Okay?

NaNoWriMo Update: On Track

Yes. Yes. Yes.

As of lateish last night I got back on track to win Nano for the second time in a week. I probably would be ahead, but…

My sisters left Sunday morning. I had to set up my desk and clean the Air BnB. I managed okay.

Monday I spent the morning babysitting. Then we spent the evening going to get the title cleared up for our new mini van. So minimal writing.

Tuesday I passed two thousand words in one day for the first time! Yes!

Wednesday I wrote even more.

Thursday, the library was super quiet so I was able to get nearly a thousand words there. That was the day I wrote the most at nearly three thousand. I made it to being on track.

Friday was not so great as I had to clean, but I got over a thousand words out.

Yesterday evening I stayed up writing to 10:30 and got back on track.

I will be working at around five days this week. Not great. I may be working six days, or I may end up actually working on Tuesday and not volunteering. We’ll see how I do.

<<<<<<Now For a Snippet>>>>

was back with my uncle and what came out was,

“I’m pretty sure Tret is faking being sick, Aallanna has told me how to do it in the past so I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s told him too.”

“He needn’t fake being sick and he oughtn’t, if he wants a morning off he just has to tell me. As much as I like the two of you doing the animals when you are both here it’s not necessary, I’ve done them all by myself a time or two.”

That left me in no better a position to move the conversation

Yes, my snippets are mean.

If you want smaller snippets more frequently you should check out my ko-fi. I’ve been posting first lines I’ve written and somewhat accurate daily word counts.

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