Uncategorized, Writing

Looking For My Groove


Afternoon everyone, it’s a cold yet sunny day here in “the hills” and Dave is off today which means I’m having a hard time concentrating on a single thing.

His mother’s memorial service went very well and I was so thankful. I appreciated all the prayers, supportive words, friends and family that came, and I can honestly say that I am glad it is behind us. Time to move on and start the process of probating her will, selling her house and car, and hopefully find some peace and comfort with that as well. That is why Dave is home, he took today off to meet with a lawyer and get the process started.

I need to get back in the groove with my writing, yet as usual, Mondays always have me a bit shattered, feeling all over the place, and after getting another rejection in my email, questioning what the heck I’m even doing. It seems like the only things that work well for me is writing articles for magazines or content mills, they are the only places that have paid me for my writing so far. I need to go back to planning my writing and using that editorial calendar, it helps so much to plan things out, even if they get changed.

I just don’t have the time or drive to work on my blog like I should, and I want my creative writing endeavors to pay, but I must not be any good at it. Dave being home always throws a wrench in the creative process, I need total quiet to think, plan, and basically make sense of what I’m doing and he is not conducive to that. Love him to death, but I cannot write when he is home. Then, on top of that, the dogs got into something and came into the house smelling foul, so we had to stop what we were doing and go bathe them. We never did figure out what it was. 😦

After talking to Dee at Thriving Not Surviving, I also find myself wanting to work with her on a new collaborative project…hopefully that will also help me get back in the groove. It has been a month or so of periodic posts with no rhyme or reason, a few penned quick reads that either got rejected or haven’t found a home yet, but while I felt like I was taking a break from writing, I really wasn’t. I have it engrained in me to write something every day, even if its just a sentence, or a pile of nonsense, I tried to keep writing something. I kept up my weekly posts in my Medium Chalkboard collaboration also.

In all honesty, I’ve been reluctant to post on my blog because I have not been the best example, I have fallen off the keto wagon, we have both been eating for comfort, and that stops now! (Well, at least down to maybe one cheat day a week) 😉 That is another thing I don’t do well at when he is home, and that is sticking to the plan. Actually, I eat just fine when I’m at home, its when we go out that I cheat and that has been way too often lately. We will both get back in the groove on that as well. When I notice my pants not fitting, that is a problem!

What do you do to find your groove? Share your ideas with me, maybe I can use one (or more)!





Uncategorized, Writing

Word of the Day 9/17/18 Gloss

Today’s word of the day comes from D Kelly over at Thriving not Surviving and the word is Gloss.

As a noun the word can mean shine or luster on a smooth surface or a superficially attractive appearance or impression.

As a verb it can mean to apply a cosmetic gloss to or to try to conceal or disguise by treating it briefly or representing it misleadingly.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Lip Gloss

Her lips are shiny with color and gloss,

Yet they don’t lie,

They may disguise the truth like a rock under moss

Concealing her tragic home life


That’s my take on the WOD-you can play along to, just click on Dee’s link and follow the instructions 🙂


I Won’t Give Up

Today’s word of the day is Loath and can be found here.

I Won’t Give Up

Broccoli rabe

Sunday, I decided to make a new vegetable to change things up a bit. I made broccoli rabe, according to a recipe I found on Pinterest. I have to admit, it came out rather bitter, even though it had lots of garlic and olive oil on it. I was disappointed but loath to give up completely. I will try again, maybe next time adding some cooked bacon and/or lemon juice to cut the bitterness. Those of you used to eating turnip greens may not mind, I don’t eat those often either. After reading, researching,  and writing my post the other day on why you should get more plant protein into your diet, I vowed to try to eat a better variety of vegetables as well as cutting back on my meat consumption. This will be a challenge for me though, folks, I LOVE meat!

Some of you may have seen the pic I shared on Facebook Sunday night of my meal, if not, here you go. Yes, I know it was a little bit of a cheat to have BBQ sauce on my chicken, I will stress again that I follow the Keto diet 80% of the time.

Bbq chicken thigh, broccoli rabe, salad

I took the picture before I had put my dressing on my salad, for those who care, I use Ranch. 🙂

My ranch is full fat and still only has 2 carbs per serving! Plus, I get less than that because I don’t use a full serving, I barely use 1 Tbsp much less 2! Anyway, I digress. This is my writing blog, not my Keto blog, just sayin’. Y’all have a good Tuesday!