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Winning, writing and winter blahs

I’ve heard several people say February is such a long month that drags out Winter and feels so blah. Really?

February is the shortest month we have, and even though this is Leap Year with 29 days instead of 28, it’s still our shortest month.  We can do this! 

Here is what I did in anticipation of Spring and to help myself get through Winter:

countdown to Spring

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, that was February 13, so we’re closer now. Yay!  (I’ll soon set up a countdown timer on my blog, too.)

At the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meeting last week one of the men who attends brought roses for Valentine’s Day and gave them to all the ladies in attendance. Isn’t that sweet? The group is for family members who are caregivers of loved ones: a parent, a spouse, a friend. 

Here’s my rose:

Alz support group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier that day I took Meyya to the groomer who is at the animal hospital/shelter in the veterinarian’s location in town. They were selling tickets on a basket of goodies. All I noticed was a teddy bear in there and I figured there was likely chocolate – which I can’t eat.  No matter, I bought a bunch of tickets because the money was to benefit the animal shelter. Well, on Friday didn’t they call to tell me I WON THE BASKET!!  Wowsers! 

It turned out the teddy bear was this …

gift basket cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

cute, soft, little cat. 

In the basket with it: a gift certificate from a local diner, two bottles of wine, some healthy things from the healthfood store, and – yes, some chocolates. It was a lovely win and my husband received the chocolates. 🙂 

On another note: because of 12 x 12 in 2016 I am focusing more on my writing. I’ve completed the second revision of the story (picture book) I wrote in January, but I haven’t written a new story for this month. Even so, I’m so glad I signed on. I’ve benefited already. And my own private writing coach is super helpful and insightful. 

For me personally, February is a good month so far. I still have some things to take care of, which I plan to finalize this month, to free up a little more time and space for my writing. I’ll get there!

What are you doing to dismiss the winter blahs?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

PiBoIdMo; writing through caregiving, loss & other things

November seems to be quickly disappearing; I’m having trouble keeping up!

I want to tell you about a few things, late, but here it is anyway.

Past years I’ve told you about PiBoIdMo. That’s Picture Book Idea Month created and super-efficiently managed by Tara Lazar every November 1-30 since she made it public in 2009. Check out her website HEREI participated for my first time when I learned of it in 2010, and every year since except for 2012. How many ideas have I come up with for picture book stories during those Novembers? Around 170. They aren’t all complete stories, of course. Some are names, some are titles, some are vague ideas, but a few … a few are almost the full story. (Gotta love when that happens.) Perhaps I will be able to combine some of the others to come up with interesting picture books.

This year I have taken on the PiBoIdMo challenge again. It’s fun and stimulates creativity. So far, by day 18, I’ve thought up 31 ideas. There’s one I like in particular having to do with Remembrance Day, known to many as Veterans Day.

As you may recall,  my word for 2015 is POSITIVITY

  • definition: noun: the state or quality of being positive; a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation

– a tough one to maintain, I’ve discovered. For me, I see it as not giving up my dream … in whatever way that plays out with my writing aspirations. Although I seem to have made very little progress, I haven’t quit yet. I guess that’s worth something. I’m finding that, as we continue on with caregiving of our Dad who’s changing a little more each month, it’s getting harder to focus well on my writing and to do what I really want to do with it. This week I’ve made an effort to sign up for online courses that should give me a boost to learn more of what I need to know. PLUS, two months ago I received the blessing of a private writing coach! I am so excited about that! So although 2015 hasn’t been a productive year in writing, it perhaps has been beneficial in laying groundwork for 2016. What does it seem like to you?

Sad news: The lovely white-faced grey cockatiel my husband got me almost 21 years ago died this month.

PreciousPrecious was 21 years of age this month. In captivity cockatiels can live up to 25 years, so I think she did well. Even with my little Schnoodle, the house seems strangely empty without my exotic pet chirping and whistling to me when I come in the door. She used to answer my microwave and wall oven when I’d set them. 🙂 Precious also mimicked my beautiful old deaf cat, Scamper, several years ago when she’d go yowling around the house. Recently she’d begun mimicking my Meyya’s yip and whine. Yes, it’s sadly strange without her in our house anymore.

This evening I took special snacks to the Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group I’ve been attending for four years … (or is it a little longer? I’m not sure) … to celebrate with them. You see, Monday was my birthday – yes, I made it to another one. We caregivers have developed into a fun group as we support and encourage and inform one another while we make our way through difficult and emotionally painful situations. It’s fun because we all get along, we laugh a lot, and allow the tears that are necessary at times. Alzheimer’s is not fun but funny things happen, and we do have to keep our sense of humour. It’s a rough road. 

It’s been a busy time of late, with appointments, meetings, and trying to keep everything in order here at Dad’s. My writing? Well, there’s still hope! I’m not done yet. 🙂

How do you keep on writing midst the positive or negative stresses of life?

Do you have dreams or goals that keep you pressing onward?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group & pre-birthday party

First, I apologize! It seems the link I posted yesterday for NASA (space photos) no longer works. Perhaps I can find a better one later, or do you know of any?

For today’s PiBoIdMo I wrote down an idea for a picture book. Idea #19 on day 13. Still nothing more on my NaNo novel. I may have made a mistake by trying to do that this year, half way through the month already!

Tonight I went to a meeting of the Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group. It is something I don’t like to miss. We’re a small group that meets once a month and are free to ask questions, talk about our concerns, worries, problems, also sharing what good things have happened and what works for us. Our group moderators provide us with information and sometimes we have guest speakers. This time, since Saturday is my (rather important) birthday, I took cupcakes and Ambrosia (a fruit dessert) I’d made for us to share, for a sort of little pre-birthday party.  🙂 

From what we (my sister and I) are going through with our experience with Alzheimer’s Disease, I’m gathering ideas for a book – ideas based on anecdotes from which come chapter titles, such as The Fire Extinguisher, The Hedge, The Car. Who knows whether this book will become a reality. It’s one thing to have the experience, quite another to write it out in an interesting and captivating way that someone else would like to read about.

Tomorrow I may not post about my PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo progress since it is Book Reading Challenge day here on my blog, but I will update on Friday.

If you are taking part in any challenges this month, how are you doing? How’s your writing coming along, and are you participating in my book reading challenge?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂