Category Archives: Miscellanea

Whatever doesn’t fit exactly in the other categories.

Be careful where you step!

I hope you all are having a good December thus far. Those of you who celebrate Christmas, are you well into your preparations? I’ll have Dad’s gift-shopping done for him when I pick up two more items. My own? Wellll … that’s another story.

Last evening I twisted my right foot and thought at first I’d sprained my ankle, but no. It was more to the side of my foot and quickly began swelling and then bruising, so I thought perhaps I’d broken a little bone since when it happened I heard ‘snap snap. Poor dear Dad seemed to think my respite help who’d just arrived should call a doctor, but my daughter took me to emerge where x-rays were done. The great young doctor (hmmm… seems everyone is getting younger these days except me!) was very kind and informative. He told me nothing is broken but that I have the worst sprain I could have and it could take six weeks to heal. nice. *sigh* My foot is wrapped and I am to keep off my feet as much as possible for a few days and do nothing. Easier said than done. The doctor wanted me to use crutches, but I assured him that I would surely do more damage to myself on those things. ;)  So he said to use a cane. hmm

The good thing about this is that I am at Dad’s only until this afternoon, then I’m home for a week. I greatly appreciate others who’ve helped out here where needed last night and today.

In case you’re wondering …

stock-vector-caution-signs-figures-falling-tripping-and-slipping-8482108 I didn’t slip on ice or fall into a snowbank or trip on anything or lose my balance walking down the stairs (although I sort of did that last one two weeks ago).

I stepped on a doggie toy I didn’t see .. so it was simple carelessness on my part.  ouch!

Lesson learned. Always look where I’m stepping and be sure toys are not in the walk areas. (I sure don’t want Dad taking a spill!)

Somehow my shopping will get done and Christmas will come regardless of whether I’ve got it all together or not.

As for my blog, I may not be posting this week. My home computer is reachable by navigating stairs and I will likely just stay on the main floor – at least for a few days if I can be a good patient and be patient with myself. THAT’s a challenge.

I hope to get more reading done this week. Or napping. Or daydreaming – which is actually a writer at work, you know.  :)

stock-vector-sleeping-kitten-in-a-hat-on-background-of-falling-snowflakes-219438571Officially Winter is two weeks away. I’m ready to do some hibernating and now I have a valid excuse!

Be safe out there, my friends. And inside. Look where you’re stepping.

Have you ever had a ridiculous accident where you’ve broken or twisted something?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

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Great quotes about reading and writing books!

Here are some more wonderful quotes I thought you might enjoy about books … reading them and writing them. Some are funny, some are insightful, all are thought-provoking.

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  – Anonymous

A common quality I see of people who are successful is that they are voracious readers.  – Matt Mullenweg

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.  – Groucho Marx

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.  – Jane Austen

I spend a lot of time reading.  – Bill Gates

People who say they don’t have time to read simply don’t want to.  – Julie Rugg

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.  – George R. R. Martin

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.    – J.K. Rowling

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.  – Ray Bradbury

Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.  – Stephen King

A cliffhanger is when…  – Buffy Andrews

In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.  – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

I thought to myself, why not write a bestseller. In the first place, more people read them, you make more money, and it doesn’t take any more time to write a bestseller than it does to write a book that nobody buys. –  George Burns (The Third Time Around)

I’d say that about 82 percent of what I write is bad, but don’t go by me; I’m as bad a judge as I am a writer. Look, if it were all good, you’d be paying twice as much for this book. So relax, read it, and if you don’t enjoy it, remember that you’re saving money.  – George Burns (The Third Time Around)

I read a book twice as fast as anybody else. First, I read the beginning, and then I read the ending, and then I start in the middle and read toward whatever end I like best. – Grace Allen

Never judge a book by its movie. – J. W. Eagan

Writing this book required an enormous amount of help from friends. To them goes the credit. I’ll take the money.  – P. J. O’Rourke (All the Trouble in the World)

 

Which do you like of the above quotes? Do you have any to share?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Funny video – how animals eat their food

This morning I want to give you a laugh. It’s a YouTube video. These two guys are hilarious in their enactment of how animals eat their food. I watched episode two afterward, but in my opinion it’s not as good. I think there is a part three out now, but if it is similar to part two this first one has yet to be matched.

Click here to see how animals eat their food.

What do you think, do you agree with their interpretation?

Would you have the courage … or the oh-well-attitude … to entertain people through YouTube?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

The truth of it is …

 

You may have noticed I am not keeping to my blogging schedule very well of late. I have been trying to dig in and get to it, but it’s just not happening as easily.

The truth of it is …

I am getting more and more pulled down,

feeling as if I’m shutting down,

withdrawing,

while at the same time I am trying to keep going.

So very tired.

I feel joyless .. although my joy comes from – and is – HIM (the Lord), I feel joyless ..

as if the music has left me (I rarely sing and I used to sing or hum aloud or in my head almost all the time)

and the light has turned to shadow.

I feel trapped and closed off and … emptying,

being drained of my spark.

My life is looking gray again … and that hasn’t been for a very long time.

I miss laughter …

real, deep-down, belly-aching laughter …

that comes from delight,

joy,

happiness,

heart songs

and all that is beautiful.

So, the truth of it is, I am depressed. (The fact that I had a birthday Sunday had nothing to do with it, either.)

And yes, I know I mentioned it before, but this is not just going away and has instead been increasing. Even so, I have tried to not let it show and therefore most people likely wouldn’t realize it.

The positive thing is I am getting help from my naturopath and reflexologist. I am not going under, and they will help see to it that I don’t. If I find it too hard to manage until my next scheduled appointment I am to let them know. And I will. There is no way I am going back into the dark, tormented depths of despair I experienced several years ago. It’s been an uphill struggle sometimes to not fall back there, but I have come through and I will again. 

Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know I am trying. I am reading when I can get myself to do so, and right now I actually have two books on the go. I’m also still plodding along with PiBoIdMo, coming up with ideas for stories for picture books. Our challenge is to think up 30 ideas, one a day for all of November, but today (day 17) I added idea #24 to my list. So, you see, I am trying to keep my brain working through the sometimes foggy days, and the low mental energy, the fatigue, the sadness, the feelings of wanting to retreat into my hidey-hole/safe place.

It’s discouraging to not be able to do all I want to do, all I have committed to do, all I feel I should be doing. Add that into the struggle and it becomes even more difficult to pull out of it, so I’m having to remind myself to not listen to every negative thought.

This won’t last forever, thankfully.

In the meantime, I thank you for your patience and understanding.

With what do you struggle in your daily life? What do you tell yourself to keep positive?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day, November 11.

LEST WE FORGET

 

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Do you expect rewards? Watch this moving video.

The video I am sharing with you today actually brought tears to my eyes.  How often do we expect recognition for the things we do for others when the better thing is to simply be kind and thoughtful with no expectation of reward? Just knowing someone has been blessed through us should be its own reward.

Perhaps this video is food for thought.

Do you have anything to share about something good that came from your kindness? Perhaps you like to do kind things anonymously?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Illustrator contributes his talent for children with cancer!

There’s always something, isn’t there? :)  I finally finished the book I was reading and was going to get a review ready when I discovered I’d lost my internet connection. Repairs were being done on the tower after something went wrong following the weekend’s stormy weather, I was told. When all was restored I didn’t get back to my computer at a decent time to prepare the review.

I am scheduling this post for Thursday morning. Since on that day I am going to be participating in a Dementia Strategy in the city (an hour away) I’m not staying up late tonight (Wednesday) to work on my review. I’m very tired, trying to stay ahead of depression and not doing very well at it, and making myself go to some things so I don’t crawl under a rock to hide. (I’d really rather hide.) Besides that, October 30 is my husband’s and my anniversary, so we are meeting after the strategy and his work day to go out to dinner somewhere before coming back home.

What I decided to do instead of working on a book review is share a post the wonderful Tara Lazar has on her blog. (She wants it shared; I don’t just copy other people’s posts.) Tara is the creator of PiBoIdMo which I’m happy to be participating in again –  with the hope it helps me keep going and thinking creative thoughts.

The post is about an illustrator who is contributing his talent to help children with cancer. Please go HERE to read about it. It’s really inspiring. There’s even opportunity for you to help if you are so moved.

While you’re on Tara’s blog, take a look at the PiBoIdMo page. Sign up if you want, there’s still time to get in on the fun if you’re reading this before November 8th. If you don’t want to register you can still benefit from the posts but you can’t participate in draws to win neat writers’ stuff or join the FaceBook group — if you’re on FB — which I’m not — so I miss out. (I seem to miss lots of stuff because of that. *sigh*)

As I was saying, check out Tara’s guest - Illustrator Steve Barr. You’ll be impressed, and you get a drawing lesson, too! 

Do you draw or want to learn? (I want to learn!)  Are you taking part in Picture Book Idea Month in November? (You are? Me too! :) )

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)