How To Establish a Writing Habit

Have knee replacement surgery.

Today is a day for patience.  I’m going to have to find a lot of that in the next 6 months.  After x-rays of my left knee, there is knee replacement surgery in my future (as soon as I can get it done).  I’ll have to be patient with myself, my spouse, and the world.

That’s going to require a change in several planned activities in the next 6 months.  First an MRI tomorrow to see if the pinched nerve in my lower back will relax itself after I start walking on my knee correctly.  Then a visit to the Surgeon on Oct. 2nd.  We’ll not be going to the Moab Rock and Gem Show mid-October, nor the Hurricane Rock and Gem Show in early November.

The goal will be to be up and mobile for the Homestead Christmas Show in December.  And since I’ll be doing a walk, sit, walk, sit routine until then, I should have enough sitting time to get merchandise done especially for that show.

I’m grateful to have a new housekeeping service to keep things up to snuff.  And Tracy is smiling about having to cook for two weeks.  The first thing out of his mouth – “remember you have to eat whatever I serve”.  Let’s hope for take-out.

If all goes well, I should be up and walking so I can enjoy the Quartzsite and Tucson Rock Shows and do a little rockhounding with Tracy in the mix.  The left knee joint is bone on bone and will never get better until something is done with it.  So – here I go.

But this also means I’ll have no excuse not to write every morning.  And by the time I would be back up and thinking of doing other things I should have a wonderful morning pattern of writing established.  30+ days usually sets a pattern.  I’ll take it.  I want to blog, write Historical Fiction “Eliza B” and my Children’s Book on #Enough.  Won’t all happen in six months, but could get very close.

I’m going to use my platform to write these stories, so stay tuned – – – – – – – –

 

 

My Summer Rewrite –

I’ve spent a great deal of time this summer thinking about writing and my blog.  Should I change it? Should I quit? Should I change the focus, or how about giving it one?

We spent almost the entire month of August on the road, and I had lots of time to reflect on what I really want to do.  I decided on two efforts – writing and basketry.  And then realized I could, in some ways, put them together. So that’s what you’re going to see in the coming months.

I’ve been working on a picture book to go with my #enough baskets and am enrolled in a class on how to create them.  Wow – that’s another project on its own.  And I’ve almost finished a class on guest blogging and becoming certified as a guest blogger.  We’ll see where that goes.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my refined focus and will let me know what you think in the comments.   I need and appreciate your feedback.  And if you have specific topics you’d like to see let me know that as well. 

Until next time - -   Jana

Thanksgiving Week 2016

We had quite the rainstorm this AM.  Now it’s turned to snow.  At first it wasn’t sticking, but now it is.  I need to visit the post office today, but I’ll wait until it quits.  Glad we got all the outdoor chores done before this started. I still have to store the patio chairs, but now they’ll have to dry first.

 Good friends came into town yesterday and we spent several hours “catching up”.  It was nice to just sit  and talk.  Spent the rest of the day writing our Thanksgiving cards and getting our family letter out.  They’ll go in the mail today.

Now I can start working on earrings for the Christmas Market in two weeks. I have Christmas Candy Baskets ready, except for putting in the candy.  Rock Candy, of course.  A few will have chocolate peppermint pieces.  In the meantime, I’ll try and get the blessing blanket done for a wonderful lady who is expecting her first in March. Then I’m going to go back to knitting baby outfits – more fun.  I’ve found  some new needles I’m going to order that replace the sets of  5 double pointed (DP) needles with three bent double pointed needles.  DP needles are okay with larger yarn, but I have trouble holding onto No. 1 and 2 needles.  Old hands are not as pliable.  It will be fun to try something new.  I have several patterns I’d like to try that call for small size DP needles.  And I need to settle on a project for the hospital.  I’m thinking a scarf would probably be the best, I won’t have to count stitches, just knit. Then again, I might be better off keeping track of a pattern – busy mind to go with busy hands.  On second thought, maybe I’ll do both.  LOL

November is about over and I have much to be grateful for – a wonderful husband and partner, good kids doing their thing, a wonderful house that is warm and dry, plenty of food and #enough money to live a nice life.  Every year, about this time, I sit down and go over my goals from last year and make new ones for the year to come.  I’ll do that this week.  Stay tuned – – –

Too Much Stuff!!

It’s snowing and I love the peace and beauty of a good snow, but then I don’t have to go out in it.  I usually plan on having #enough to get through until the roads are clear and driving is good.

We’re almost completely out of the house we sold and have our stuff in storage until Spring, 2016. The trailer is starting to get full of our needed items for a month or two on the road, and I’m beginning to think about what I’ll need to get though the long days of sitting and doing a booth at the swap meet in Arizona for a month.

As I envisioned the setting I realized I won’t have a work table, so we’ll add the purchase of a TV tray table to the list. We already have our outdoor rocking chairs (Arizona recliners) and the generator to keep the battery powered (and the laptop). Now, what projects do I want to work on?  Miniature baskets.  I’m taking my 1/8” oak, ash, hickory and pine to weave into miniature baskets.  I want to try one to fit the glass hot air balloon blown glass a fellow artist is working on.

I can’t do any beading because of the wind.  And the rain will impact what we do.  The 90 day forcast for that area predicts average temperatures but above average precipitation.  That may make a mess of the whole month.  Hard to say.

I’ll mail my mother’s Christmas card on Saturday.  She has no idea we’re planning to be with her the second week of January.  I want it to be a surprise (she doesn’t get many these days, at least not good ones).

Today is clean out the pantry day and remove all food items we won’t either eat in the next 7 days or put in the trailer.  Some will go to Harriet and some to the food bank.  That will be the majority of the stuff to be gone through.  From there it will be just move all the misc. into storage.  Too much stuff.

No Christmas Letter this year

Little did I realize what would follow closing the store October,  2014. I was thinking leisure time, bead time, read and write time and travel time. That’s not exactly what happened. 

The beginning of 2015 was read and write time.  A book a week and plenty of time to write.  Then it was get product done for the Moab Art Festival the end of May  Then figure out what to take to the Panguitch Balloon Rally the middle of June.

July was fairly quiet, but August events included two rockhounding trips and a trip to Las Vegas ASD for jewelry supplies.

Our good friend Tony M. Surprised us with a visit and he and Tracy did an overnight at Toroweap. He spent several days with us and then he was off.

September took us to Fillmore’s Old Capital Arts Festival. Double booth space made for 5 hr. Set up and least that long tearing down. We decided that was too much. Home to attend the Escalante Canyons Art Festival and the spoon man was across from us. He gave Tracy an idea for a better and easier set up.

That prompted a trip for wood, fabric, fire proofing, and different tablecloths. All in all we sold #enough product to pay for our trips and all the display stuff and have a little left for supplues. It was #enough.

Now it’s pack and move into the trailer until Feb. 1st, 2016. Four shows next year, all but one inside.

So that’s your Christmas card, letter and gift. MERRY CHRISTMAS and peace in the new year!!!!