Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Round Robin Photo Challenge

I was asked to choose the topic for this weeks photo challenge and since I'm near the finish line for Nanowrimo, I chose "what are you thankful for?" This picture represents what I'm thankful for and that is the beauty in my everyday life. These are beautiful iris' that are blooming at the end of November and in 24 degree temperatures in my yard. They stand tall and strong despite the harsh world surrounding them. I watch everyday as they fight to live. If you look close you can see the sun hitting the mountain and the fall colors. Awesome!
I had to add that I'm thankful and blessed to have shared my grandson's first year of life!
Never leaving out my husband, who made it back safely from the harsh storm that hit WA over Thanksgiving. He really got to spend quality time with his grandson's.

I'm going to reach 30,000 words by Thursday in Nanowrimo and I'm so thrilled at my progress that I will finish my novel. I can probably lift a small truck with my one typing finger, but I'm THANKFUL for the push the contest gave me.

Special thanks to Pam and Helen who cheered me on everyday! You all have made this 30 day challenge easier and thank you for all the cards and he emails that comforted me when I lost my Manny dog.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'd like to thank you all for being such a comfort to me. I'm back at writing but I wanted to wish you all a great turkey day :)

Friday, November 17, 2006

Farewell to a Warrior

Manny has finally passed on and I'm greatly saddened by my loss. He was given to me by a friend when I first retired, as a companion. He became so much more to me. I learned so much from him and he left knowing he was loved. The vet came to the house and gave him a happy shot so I could tell him all that he meant to me. He left this world looking into my eye's and was ready. Rest in peace my little man-dog! I love you!

Manny the Warrior

You were the sweetest gift I’ve ever
been given, full of love and devotion.
Coming into my life in God’s perfect
timing, to walk by my side in darkness.

You made me feel safe and strong,
as you prepared to fight beside me.
Love was your shield, loyalty as your

sword, bringing me into the light.

You struggled as you grew older but never
let it stop you from being my protector.
Fighting a separate battle of your own,
like the bravest of warriors til the very end.

You looked into my eye’s, as I held your
sweet head, saying all that was needed.
I felt your last breath against my skin
as I watched you leave through your eye’s.

You are everywhere and you are nowhere
yet I hear the silence like a loud roar.
Waves of sadness wash over my heart
as I look to the spaces you used to fill.

You left a hole in my heart that I must fill
with all you have brought to my life. I’ll
continuing to keep up the fight, knowing
you are there, always by my side.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Week Two of NaNoWriMo- 15,347 words

Fall has finally hit the foothills and this year has been the most colorful, so it was well worth the wait. The rain has come and with it a chill in the air, but my view is making it bearable since I have strapped myself into my computer chair to write.
I've been an emotional roller coaster re-living the good and the bad of the last sixteen years in my novel. I'm writing my journey of living with ALS, but adding not only my view of it, but my girls viewpoint's as they lived it too. The layers will show my personal battle along with theirs as caregivers trying to remain kids, with an awesome courtship and love story added in. I must become them and write what they were feeling from age six on up (some of it very raw and enlightening). Not to mention I get to be Dave too ;) If you click on the blue NaNoWriMo button on my sidebar it will take you to an excerpt of our funny first date. Remember it's not had my poetic side added yet and it's a ROUGH DRAFT.

Dave hooked up my heated foot bag with massage and made me gloves to keeps hands from becoming stiff. My #1 fan!



1. Continuing to keep up my novel.

2. My friends who walk beside me in spirit.

3. Fall coming through my windows screaming to be admired.

4. My electric blanket, foot bag and peppermint mocha creamer for my coffee.

5. Manny still snoring behind me :)

6. Dave getting to fly to WA for thanksgiving where he can be with his family and totally relax playing with his grandson's. No work for Dave!!!!

7. Lynne, who will watch out for me and keep me safe for Dave :)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Week One of NaNoWriMo- 4621 Words

I was thinking how crazy this is for me to attempt until I read Becca's post here . It's exactly what I needed to read... THANK YOU BECCA! My finger is hanging in there but telling my story from four different characters is tough. It feels great to talk through my daughter's eyes because I can swear like a sailor and It lets out my frustration. Just started chapter two and even though I'm way behind 1670 words a day. I'm excited to know I will come out of this with a first draft. 50,000 words in 30 days or not I'm writing...WooHoo!



My friend Tink at a great suggestion for NaNoWriMo writers. It is to post once a week on what we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is almost upon us so it's a great time to count our blessings. Not to mention letting your friends know you did not fall off the planet ;)

1. That I can still use my hands.

2. My daughter Michelle made it to age 23 on the 3rd...Woohoo! Girls day out and did not write a word.

3. TK sleepover leaving me little hand prints on anything with a reflection. He kisses the baby in the dishwasher :) Only other day off but he wore me out more than typing all day. LOL

4. An amazing husband that commutes 4hrs/day to work, is fixing up two homes, does laundry, cooking, groceries and helps me. Yet drives 4.5 hours (each way) to visit his 83yr old mom and put in a new sink for her, all in one weekend. You go babe!

5. Manny is still going strong!

6. Blog friends support and emails keeps me going. I'm missing my blog life and clubs but I'm reading all your posts to keep track of everyone. Writing can get lonely!

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