So… it’s somehow been a month since I last posted? Oops. That was most certainly not intentional.
I’ve definitely thought about blogging. Sometimes I think I thought about it so hard that I thought I actually did blog. But evidently not.
My participation in WordPress’ Writing 101 course ended up being a dismal failure. I got two posts done. I do still have all the prompts saved, so I’ll try to keep working on some of them, but it’s definitely going to be slow going.
So, what have I been doing in the month where I haven’t blogged?
We finally finished drawing up plans for the coop, and are in the process of building. Sadly, I doubt it’s going to be done by Friday. And NaNo starts on Saturday. This is going to be interesting.
I have several new readers this year, and so for those of you who aren’t aware, I am a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (in everyday English, that means I’m a regional chapter head for a non-profit that encourages people to write that book they’ve always said they wanted to write but keep putting off).
That means on top of chicken coop things, I’ve been working with my partner-in-crime/co-ML, Michelle, to confirm venues for local events, and trying to figure out what the frick I’m writing.
Half of my family is still nuts. Go figure. I may or may not be nuts myself. This requires a lot of time, especially as grandparents continue to age… it can be frustrating and is definitely an exercise in patience.
Besides the chickens. Because we have a cat and a dog too!
Winnie (the cat) will be going in for radioactive iodine therapy later in November to cure the hyperthyroidism. Still trying to save up some money for that, it’s a bit pricey, but if she even lives just two more years beyond the treatment, it will have paid for itself compared to giving her daily medication. We just need there to not be any underlying kidney issues that the hyperthyroidism is masking. Prayers on that front are greatly appreciated!
Fortunately, my wonderful best friend who doubles as a veterinarian was able to find someplace that does the therapy locally. For a while, we thought we were going to have to drive 80 miles to have it done. And since she has to be quarantined for 10-14 days, that means the 80-miles one way would have turned into 320 miles. Yikes. So glad that expense has disappeared altogether!
And Bear (the dog). He has soooo much energy. I’m very relieved that he seems to be happy to spend a fair amount of time outdoors, especially as the weather is cooling down for autumn. Mom is going to be giving us the doghouse that her dogs pretty much refuse to use, and while I’m not going to let the dog turn into a backyard ornament, his purpose ultimately is to protect the chickens (and us), so that does mean he needs to be outside quite a bit, and I need something that will give him reliable shelter out there. But he still sleeps in the house, especially in our part of town…
But he’s grown a lot! See:
(Yes, that is the beginnings of the chicken coop in the third picture.)
And he’s so scary smart. We train with him nearly every day, though we need to start working on some new commands. He does very well with ‘sit’ and ‘down’, but ‘stay’ isn’t as reliable, especially if there’s something exciting going on. But ‘stay’ is getting better. Otherwise, the only thing we’ve even tried teaching him is ‘roll over’. Which really isn’t a necessary skill most of the time, haha.
OH! And we taught him how to push doors open on command. We’re still working on the ONLY on command part of that, though. But I foresee this being very handy when I have my hands full carrying in garden produce! I can just tell him ‘door!’ and he pushes the garage-to-kitchen door open. 😀
So NaNo is coming. Normally, I’ve done daily or weekly updates on my blog about my story and progress. I’ll be honest: if I don’t do NaNo updates, it’s probably unlikely that I will be posting much in November. So will you answer my little poll below?
Notice that there is not a “No NaNo posts!” option. Because that’s just unrealistic.
I will attempt to get a “What I’m Planning For NaNo” and/or a “My 2014 NaNoWriMo Tools” post up before the 1st. But we’ll see. Don’t hold your breath.
Chicken coop comes first, after all.
So how are my lovely readers doing? Are you doing NaNo, or just sitting back to cheer people on? What are your Halloween plans?
And yes, I did change the blog theme again. Isn’t it puuuuuuuuuuurty? 😀