Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
I woke not to the sound of the storms outside, but to my dog barking. Surprising, considering just how hard the wind was blowing the rain against the windows. But, Cooper decided he HAD to go out.
I joke that he is an old man and one of the many reasons for that slight is the fact that he always seems to need to get up in the middle of the night to pee. There are many nights where I am awoken by the slight jingle of his collar as he gets down from the bed to go drink from his bowl and then wake me up to let me know he has to go outside to relieve himself.
That's on a good night when he actually bothers to wake me up of course. All things considered though -- I'll take a wake up to having to spray the carpet.
This time, however, I tried to convince him otherwise. Especially when I walked past my sliding glass door and saw just how violent the weather outside was. It wasn't tornado level (thankfully), but it looked like the kind of weather that one should stay in bed as opposed to stepping outside and immediately getting soaked or worse. I said as much to Cooper but, being a dog, he barked his insistence for the outdoors.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
I love when I can have a piece of writing serve more than one purpose.
This past month I have been spending much of my writing energy -- at least the writing energy that isn't dedicated to noveling -- on poetry. After all, it IS national poetry month. Most of my poetry writing has been inspired by the daily prompts over at Ethical ELA. Today's prompt (using the idea of "secret connoisseurs") not only captures a slice of one of my favorite classroom habits, but also just one of my favorite things in general: stickers.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Am I the only one that begins multiple books on a staggered schedule and then still somehow winds up finishing them all at the same time? That's what happened this weekend when I finished not one, not two, but three books! Okay, so two books and one I decided to bail on, but still that's not too shabby of a reading practice.
Also, apparently this past weekend (Saturday) was National Independent Bookstore Day? I was lucky enough to find out before it was too late and I made an intentional stop to a semi-local independent bookstore to pick up some new reads and a few stickers (they told me I could have as many stickers as I wanted -- but I restrained myself to only three).
Let's get into the books I finished though. As a reminder, here is my key for books:
Pick 👍 So-So ✔️ Pan ⏭️ Bail 💀
Friday, April 16, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Now that my patio is spruced up for spring, I have been making an effort to get outside and enjoy it more while the weather is pleasant. All too soon I know it will get unbearably hot -- likely to the point where being indoors in the air conditioning will outweigh my desire for peaceful patio surroundings. While the view is quite nice, there is one problem with my new writing retreat even without the heat: I cannot stand bugs.
Specifically I cannot stand wasps. It's not that I'm allergic or anything, but after getting stung too many times as a kid by vindictive yellow jackets, I'd rather not repeat the experience with their distant cousins. I know it is unlikely that they will come after me and will likely leave me alone if I leave them alone; however, that is difficult to do when they insist on dropping out of the air to check out my current reading. It's reached the point where I tense up and jerk away when I hear the tell-tale buzzing. I just want to be left alone!
However, as I have recently learned from experience, they are not the only creatures to buzz as they move about.
The other day while curled up with a book and my dog, I heard the loudest buzzing to date. I jerked up in attention, completely on edge, only to spy not a giant wasp, but a curious hummingbird. Maybe it's been too long since I've been close to a hummingbird. Usually I only spy them briefly at a distance from my window: there and gone. However, thanks to my new hummingbird feeder I have noticed a pair of them popping by the past few days.
Sadly, they were just as quick to leave as they were to arrive, but I'm confident they'll find their way back to the feeder. They're certainly more welcome around here than the wasps.
Update: I have decided to name one of them Aldrin...as in Buzz Aldrin, due to the sound he makes.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
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