Sunday, October 31, 2004

Happy Halloween to All!

Today is Halloween, and I'm looking forward to seeing my granddaughter in her witch costume tonight. I beat her to the punch with costumes, though. Last night, my husband and I went to a costume party. First time I've worn a costume since I was twelve! I was "Madame Liz," the psychic gypsy, of course, complete with Tarot cards. Dan went as Zorro--and he certainly made a dashing one. I was going to try to attach a picture, but I'm unable to do so as I get an error message on the page where you're supposed to download the software to do so. Sheesh.

So, what are you doing to celebrate Halloween? Taking your little ones out trick-or-treating? Having a party? Do you decorate the house? Do you dress up?

However you celebrate, hope you have a fun and spooky day!


Friday, October 29, 2004

Unexpected Events and How They Shape Life

I keep waiting for the day I have an entirely normal day. You know, the kind of day where everything goes right, you feel great, you get a lot done, you have a relaxing evening with your significant other and get a great night's sleep. All is right with the world. Based on the law of averages, though, a "normal" day is pretty abnormal.

Today is no exception. Was planning an out-of-town trip today, but when the phone rang at 6 a.m. and I could hear my 8 month old grandson screaming before I heard his mom (my daughter) say hello, I knew "normal" was going out the window. Poor little kid is sick and so the daycare won't take him, but my daughter has to work. So, "Nana" cancelled her out-of-town plans to stay home and play nursemaid, chauffeur, and of course Nana. He's got a throat infection, we discovered after a first-thing doctor visit. Now, fortified with formula, antibiotics, and ibuprofen, he's napping. For a nice long time, I hope! If I'm going to be home, I might as well get some work done. ;-)

So, what's a "normal" day like for YOU? Or do you ever get one?

Liz, signing off from the world of abbie-normal...

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Fog and Contests and Tea and Stuff

Got up today to find the world blanketed with a thick layer of fog. While this might not be a strange occurrence in the coastal areas of the country, in western Kansas, it's pretty odd. I like it, though. Makes it seem as if I'm living on a little island, just my house and yard, and nothing beyond that. Cool. Reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode...

Contests: I'm judging again this year in the EPPIEs. I've judged in numerous contests over the years. Each one has different scoring systems, different ways of giving feedback to entrants (or some have no feedback), etc. If you're a writer, have you entered contests? If so, why, and what did you get out of them? If not, why not? Readers, does a line on a book or website stating the book won a contest mean anything to you when you choose what to read?

I always look forward to my cup of tea every afternoon. Not herbal, not green: black tea. Usually a flavored variety--I'm partial to French Vanilla right now. I think it's the English in me, from my maternal grandmother. I've always known that tea was soothing and calming. But more and more it seems, the medical world is discovering tea has wonderful healthy qualities--antioxidants, and what's that other fancy big name--bioflavonoids? And tea is a good source of fluoride! Anyway, the latest discovery: drinking tea (green OR black) may stave off the symptoms of Alzheimers. (Sorry, coffee-drinkers--coffee doesn't have the same effect.) So I'll continue drinking my tea and thank my ancestors for being smart enough to get tea-drinking into my genes. :-)

For more info on tea's healthy benefits, check out these websites:

Happy tea drinking!


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Day Four, Big Bad Wolf

Day Four of blogwatch finds me running all over town, trying to find a CD with "Little Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. It's a quirky little song that I've always loved, and finally I decided to hunt down a copy. Not as easy as it sounds, though. Fortunately, we have a nice little independent record store here in town where they'll move heaven and earth to get what you want. I'm now the proud possessor of a "Silly Songs" CD that includes "Little Red Riding Hood." Not seems to be a later remake by the original artists...but close enough for now. It also includes "Tiptoe Through the Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim. I used to think it was funny when I was a kid, but now it's kinda creepy. I guess I'll just listen to Sam the Sham. :-)

Do you have favorite "silly" songs? Or maybe favorites from your childhood--did you sing around the fireplace with your parents, in the car on long trips, when you went away to camp? What part did music play in your early life?

Also picked up a havahart mouse trap. The plowing for winter wheat that occurred a few weeks ago drove field mice to try to find other suitable habitations. Unfortunately, they decided our garage was just such a spot. My husband put out traps, but I wasn't prepared for the guilt and sorrow of seeing those tiny little furry, cute, innocent-looking things in the traps. Hence the havahart trap. At least now we can trap them alive and release them in the woods, hopefully far enough away from our house to discourage their return.

Back to work now! Hope you're all having a lovely day.


Monday, October 25, 2004

Day Three, Still Getting the Details Right

I've fooled around with the settings of this blog a bit more. I feel pretty proud that I managed to add a LINKS section, over on the right. It only lists my own website right now...but it's a start! I've also been advised it's not wise to let "anyone" post, so I've changed the settings. Hope that doesn't keep anyone from posting though as I'm anxious to hear your comments!

Today is Monday, a "back to work" day for most. I know Mondays can be depressing...but they aren't for me, because I like what I do. In fact, sometimes I look forward to Monday and having the place to myself again so I can get some work done, after a weekend full of children and grandchildren and the dog barking and cat hissing and endless chaos. ;-)

What's YOUR favorite day of the week? Is it Friday, because it's the last day of work? Saturday, because you can sleep in? Tell me about YOU.


Sunday, October 24, 2004

Day Two New Blog

A new day has dawned for Liz's blog! Or something like that. So I'm going on blog-watch again, to see how long it takes before someone responds. Last time I finally got a response around day nine...and then, just when people were starting to respond, my dang computer lost everything (thanks to faulty tech support advice). long last, I'm starting over.

It's a lovely fall day today. Leaves turning (though we don't get scarlet like in New England, and I miss that) and about 58 degrees. I love this kind of weather, and now I can enjoy it fully because I don't have to associate "fall" with "going back to school." I work on my writing, teaching and editing at home, so I'm free to enjoy the beauties of each season for their own sake.

What about you? What's your favorite season and why? Do you have a least favorite season? Do you associate seasons with holidays, with events (like back to school), with weather patterns, or something else?


Saturday, October 23, 2004

I think I'm set!

Okay, two posts from me in one day. I've spent ALL DAY trying to get this set up--about two hours for this "easy" one. But I think it's set. So now you all can start making comments (nice ones, I hope!) and we can chat again.

Question for today: how much time do you have to spend tinkering around with trying to get something on your computer before it takes more time than it's worth? :-0

Hope to "blog" with you soon!


Trying Once Again to Blog!

Okay, I'm trying again with a blog. The info for my original one was lost when I had a massive hard drive crash/erase/reformat. Naturally, this happened without the opportunity to back up! I tried to get the tech support for the old blog to send me my info, but have had no response in almost a month. So I've given up and am trying something new! We'll see if it works. The first one I tried was WAY too complicated and I couldn't even get it set up. This one was easier...hope I did it right!

So, please do join me in this blogging adventure. Second time's the charm, right? ;-)