Half-way through Nanowrimo 2017!

18 Nov

Whew! You guys, I made it. WE made it.

To the half-way point, that is.

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Okay, well we are a few days past half-way… but anyway –

My goal was to get through (editing) my manuscript as fast as I could so that I could then get going through it again to actually WRITE the scenes that need adding! And there are a lot of them, trust me. Aaand, right about day 15, I got to the end.

I promptly wrote my reaction and as many notes as I could (at the end of my 10 page document of read-through notes) to having read it from beginning to end. I’d done that at the beginning of this year of course, but having it printed out made such a difference for me. If you’re struggling with editing and getting the timeline set in your brain, I recommend printing the entire thing out and reading it that way.

So, now, I’ve got to get going on round two of nano for me – writing! I’m really torn between just going to the scenes that need written (I marked the spots with green post-it notes! ( i love these)  Or starting from the beginning and editing again but writing the scenes in this time as I go through. Any advice?

Are you doing Nanowrimo? 

Health Update Oct/Nov 2017

13 Nov

I’m currently sitting at my parents’ kitchen table, the puppies are running around all excited that it’s finally morning, mom’s making coffee, and the ground has a layer of snow. This is the way to start the day, really. – Well, that was a week ago. How has it taken me a week to get this post up? All well.

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I have to admit that I don’t feel quite ready to write this update. Have I just not been paying attention to how I’ve been feeling? Not taking good notes? Or am I just suppressing it so I don’t remember how many awful days I’ve had? But I want to share some news with you – in case you don’t follow me on Instagram :

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“…good news from my Dr appointment on Monday: “You’re healing, Laura” 
Three words that keep ringing in my ears from my doctor appointment. My Dr said them three times as I told her about some of the progress I’ve made in the last 5 weeks. 
It’s still surreal. 
As she phrased it, I was in a whirlpool going down. Now I’ve stopped, I’m just bobbing now- it’ll still be choppy and rough going but I’m not spiraling anymore. 
It was a good visit! I found out a few things, need to get in for some labs soon and finally admitted a few things (ex: going out of the house can cause anxiety! She said she’d guessed that about me and said we’ll probably have to work through those fears as I heal. ) But gosh and golly, I can’t believe it.
For more details, keep reading! 😄 
I’m not breaking down garlic, or anything fatty; my recent crying bouts just means that I’m no longer so emotionally down all the time that I’m noticing when I am down (did that make sense?); My slow/steady weight loss is a huge sign of healing; sugar definitely irritates my fibro; I’ve been able to work on my novel again! I’m pretty sure there’s more that I’m forgetting but I’m still reveling in those words. 😃💕😄 ”

Overall Health:  I have continued to notice that I am able to keep the house cleaner, work on my blog/novel, have less intense disassociation – well less intense flare ups overall. BUT – I had a level 10/disabling migraine that lasted for hours, my fibromyalgia flared awful (worse than it’s ever been) and sleeping is still a trial.

10-24 upped Iberogast to 7 drops/day. Tingles in left hand (ring and pinky up to elbow) Detox bath.
10-25 fatigue today. Migraine in aft/evening that was hard to keep down. Fibropain kicked up. Calves tight and feet hurt. Forgot to do all 7 drops, only did 6 of Iberogast.                    10-26 level 10 migraine preceded by sparkly vision/loss. Worse pain I’ve had in months
10-31 IV with 6ccs of poly mba. Fatigue and brain fog all day. Did have a small burst of energy early evening.
11-1 drove to Bend! Some disassociation and migraine flared late afternoon
11-2 disassociation and fatigue all day. Fibro flared awful in hands all morning/afternoon.
11-3 upped Iberogast to 8 drops/day                                                                                             

11-9 cycle started early am. traveled home, migraine flared in early evening but one clonidine calmed it down                                                                                 

 11-10 fatigue and achy all day. Took 2 clonidine and detox bath that helped for a few hours. migraine hit about a high 8

~also learned at one of my dr appts that my adrenals are WORN OUT.

*This was the most painful IV yet – with my fibromyalgia flaring in my elbows, she couldn’t get the catheter in. After half a dozen tries on my right arm, we went to my left and finally just put in the needle and put it on slow drip. Also did poly mba at the end – 6 cc’s of it. *

Migraines: Like I said, one level 10 migraine but overall they have stuck to the normal level 7/8 every day. Some days I’ve only needed one clonidine to keep the pain down.

Sleep: This has improved a little. I’m not needing the heating pad or blanket on every night. But the achy fibro makes it really hard to sleep.

Memory/Disassociation: Possible improvement in memory. Definitely some disassociation while on vacation. Sometimes just over-stimulation.

Vision: Once again, this only happened once this month!!

Fibromyalgia: This had settled in my elbows and would flare in my pinky and ring fingers sending tingles up my arm. I am able to hold things (crochet, phone, steering wheel, etc) for longer periods of time without it cramping. It did flare so bad in my hands one day that I couldn’t really pick up/carry anything. By the next day it wasn’t as severe but it was so frustrating and painful. Since then, it has flared more than it was but the last few days it’s been lessening. Left calf still self-cramps and shooting pains in my feet are more frequent.

TMJ: While it doesn’t pop all the time, this is a constant pain now. The front of my neck has started hurting frequently as well. My teeth ache and often I can feel the nerves pulsing from my jaw up to my temples. Ouch.

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Celebrating feeling well enough to make some delicious snacks while on vacation!

Fatigue: This eased off and on – probably thanks to the IV. It has still been intense – to where walking across the room is exhausting – but not as consistently bad as last month.

Weight Loss: I honestly haven’t weighed since the beginning of the month, so I really don’t know how this has gone.

Mood: This has improved a little bit more. My inward negativity goes in waves, but it’s better than it being constant. I’m sure that being able to get things done around the house helps with this.

Bladder: This has, once again, been a main struggle this month. Waking about 3 times a night – frequent trips – suddenly urgent trips. ugh.

~Laura

How have you been feeling this month? 

 

 

Monthly Goals Link Up : Nov 2017

7 Nov

It’s that time again – checking in to see how I did on my goals in October and setting new ones for November. Plus, you guys – it’s almost Thanksgiving!

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Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Integrate new scene into ‘Amelia’ WELL. I changed this to ‘start editing whole manuscript’. I PRINTED IT. (so exciting) and have been working my way through it.

Post Regularly – I missed about three posts last month.

Lose weight/work toward health –  crossing this one off because I have made some improvements in my health. A new health update should be up soon!

Read more books on Jewish living –  I’m currently reading Jewish Roots by Dan Juster. I also went through the 4-week Bible Study called Rest and Release.

Write a letter to one person a month  – yes!

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Try a new recipe – Pumpkin Bread with Chai Coconut Glaze from theroastedroot.com  – it was yummy and moist but we weren’t overall thrilled with it. It wasn’t sweet enough, or pumpkiny enough for our tastes. I was super impressed with the glaze though – yum! I also made the Grain-Free Waffles from Against All grains.

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I watched part off Hidden Killers of Edwardian and Victorian Homes. It was really interesting and I plan on watching the other two episodes.

Recap of Oct goals:

Go to a pumpkin patch – nope. I had it planned but then it fell through thanks to feeling terrible!

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Deep Clean Laundry Room – I got halfway through it…

Call Disability Lawyer again – nope

Buy Cover for the VW Bug – yes! it’s going to be too big but we’ll jimmy-rig it

Trim crazy grass bushes in front of yard

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Prep for NANOWRIMO –  This one fits in with my monthly goal of Amelia’s scene/editing.

1 thing I did that I didn’t think I could: I worked in the yard three times!!

 

Nov Goals:

Finish Cleaning Laundry Room

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Donate stuff to thrift store

 

Because of Nanowrimo, at least one trip to Bend, and at least three doctor appointments plus a lab to do, I am keeping November’s goals light. One other thing to note, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram (click on photos on the right from IG and it’ll take you there!), we lost our beloved 12 year old golden, Lady, on the 21st of October. It was sudden and shocking and we miss her so very much.

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It has shaken me up so much that I just couldn’t write here, or edit my novel, for about a week. We buried her on my parent’s property and I head there soon to ‘check on her’ one more time before winter sets in.

I have a feeling that my novel is going to get several new scenes that are sad while I do Nanowrimo this month (if you aren’t sure what I keep referring to, I explain it here). Which a book can always use! (although, I will admit that I’m reading a novel right now that I am struggling to get through because bad things keep happening the the MC. . . I keep muttering to the author ‘if such and such happens, I’m not going to keep reading’… but since it’s a book that I got free for a review, I am. I am assuming that by the end, I’ll like it…??) Anyway, if you’re doing nano, I’m dreaminagain on the nano site.

Happy November!

~Laura

How did you do on your goals last month? Have any fun plans for Thanksgiving?

3 Nov

Just a short writing prompt for you today.

Write about the texture of HOPE

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It came to her in the gentlest way – as she took a deep cleansing breath it slid down her throat and spread through her. It was a comforting fire that reached to her fingers and toes. She arched her neck as she savored it, reveling in it. It continued to fill her until she thought she would burst. Her heart beat steadily, pulsing in its new rhythm. She wet her lips, tasting its sweetness – like fresh picked strawberries on a summer’s day.

The world hadn’t changed around her, it was still a chaotic mess that disheartened even the most stalwart. Her situation hadn’t gotten better. But she found that it wasn’t as oppressive now. Her soul had found a last reserve of something that bolstered her, renewed her.

-Laura

(please bear with me as I’m slowly learning my new image editor…)

Oct. 2017 Book Review

1 Nov

I jumped around from book to book so much the past month – and then I started some more Brandon Sanderson books and I have a hard time putting them down…So every other book slooowed way down.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – After a tragic childhood, orphan Jane Eyre emerges with her spirit intact. She takes a governess job at Thornfield, where she meets the enigmatic Mr. Rochester. They fall in love and plan to marry – but then she learns of an obstacle to her happiness. Heartbroken, Jane stays true to herself and seeks a life that offers peace and self-respect, if not love.

~It took me so long to get through this! I had only read this once before and I ended up enjoying it just as much the second time as the first. Her tenacity in staying true to what she knows is right is inspiring.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis – When Lucy Pevensie stumbles into the magical land of Narnia, she meets Mr. Tumnus, who ignores the command of the White Witch and leads her back home again. When she tells her siblings, Peter, Susan and Edmund, they don’t believe her but as luck would have it, they all discover Narnia and meet Aslan, the Great Lion. And that begins an adventure that Lucy and her siblings will never forget.

~I will do a full review of this series once I’ve finished it, but for now, know that I’m thoroughly enjoying this series again – it’s only my second time reading it. I love how Lewis talks to the reader in places. Not every author can pull this off but he does. 

Collected Poems of Henry David Thoreau –  I read a few throughout the book but with all the books I’m currently reading, and nanowrimo starting tomorrow (!) I decided to return this one to the library. I do, however, want to get it again and give it a more thorough going-over.

Mistborn series (books 4-6) by Brandon Sanderson – Separate review coming soon!

Series Review – English Garden by Lori Wick

Book Review – Stepping Heavenward

Currently Reading :

Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore

Jewish Roots by Dan Juster

Beside Still Waters by Annalee Conti

Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis

 

To-Read List:

More Narnia books

Samantha Among the Brethren by Josiah Allen’s Wife (printed 1892)

 

I’m really not figuring I’ll read much this coming month. I do want to finish everything that I’m in though, so that will be more than enough. I’m hoping to spend a lot of time and focus on editing my novel during nanowrimo! Because of that – and Thanksgiving in three weeks! –  posting might be a bit spotty. Happy November!

~Laura

What are your currently reading? 

 

Book Review – Stepping Heavenward

19 Oct

Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. E. Prentiss is, I feel, a book that every woman should read – no matter their age or where they are in life. It was given to me by some dear friends when I graduated from culinary school and I thoroughly enjoyed  it, and learned from it then. But this time reading it as a wife and sufferer of chronic illness, I feel like I gained so much more from it.

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(side note: I’m currently trying to learn a new image editor… bear with me as I figure it out) 

We watch as Katherine grows from a sixteen year old girl, in the year of 1831, to a woman of God with a husband and children. The trials of life beat against her as she seeks to live her life honoring God.

I marked a few sections that I wanted to share in this review:

“I see now that my first desire has not been to please God but to please myself, for I am restless under His restraining hand and find my prison a very narrow one. I would be willing to bear any other trial if I could only have health and strength for my beloved ones. I pray for patience with bitter tears.”

“The scenes of sorrow through which we have been passing have brought (husband) nearer to me than ever… Besides we have modified each other. (He) is more demonstrative, more attentive to those little things that make the happiness of married life; and I am less childish, less vehement- I wish I could say less selfish, but here I seem to have come to a standstill.”

Trying not to give anything away by taking out the name of her husband!

“Bishop Wilson charges us to bear all things ‘as unto God’ and “with the greatest privacy’. How seldom I have met them save as lions in my way that I would avoid if I could, and how I have tormented my friends by tedious complaints about them! Yet when compared with the great tragedies of suffering I have both witnessed and suffered, how petty they seem!”

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I identified so often with Katherine in the struggles of life and seeking to do the right thing, that I ended the book encouraged in the path. It reminded me that we all grow and change, even if we don’t see that growth. That we are not meant to suffer through life but to thrive and to make our will aligned with His. As I said before, I recommend this book to anyone. Yes it’s written in an older style, as you can see in the sections I shared but how deep and rich a meaning of daily faith is weaved throughout this book.

Also – Elizabeth Elliot even recommended it to “men, who need to better understand the wives they live with, and to any woman who wants to walk with God.” 

~Laura

Have you read this book? what did you think of it? Have you read a book like this, that inspired you? 

Nanowrimo Prep

17 Oct

For those of you who are scratching your head about what in the world nanowrimo is. I’ll explain. It’s National Novel Writing Month, every November. It’s when people – all over the world- commit to writing a novel in one month. The minimum goal is 50k words.

I’ve done this for four years now and as much as I want to work on my second book and get a bunch of it written next month, I’m sticking to my original plan – which is working on my first book. Last year I went through and edited my first draft of the same book. Not wanting to do the exact same thing, I decided I’d write out the new scenes that I know need written. Right now the manuscript is about 70k (? possibly 80k).

So, last week I printed out the entire manuscript!!!! And now I’m reading through it, editing as I go – on the page and the computer – as well as putting tabs where I’m going to add scenes. Hopefully this will make it easy next month to work through, adding bits in! I’m glad I have a few more weeks left because I’m moving pretty slowly through it.

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The other benefit of doing this is that it’s helping me get the timeline of events straight in my head. Plus, it makes it feel more real that I’ve written a book! (cue freak-out session.)

Are you doing nano as well? Are you pantsing or prepping? 

~Laura

Health Update Sept/Oct 2017

12 Oct

Whew, finally getting this written! I’m gonna give myself a little plug here before I get started.

If you want more consistent updates on how I’m doing, follow me over on Instagram! I’m on there regularly, sharing how I’m doing with dosage increases, doctor visits and whatever else hits me as I fight to get better! (plus, there’s super cute puppy pictures too)

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Overall Health: While fatigue has been less INTENSE, it is still very present, making it one of my main struggles of the month. Dealing with reaction to Iberogast. Not getting good/enough sleep. Bladder issues.

9-12 IV today. Brain fog but ‘compelled to DO’ today. Drove down to Bend on my own! Days away from cycle
9-14 fatigue day. Migraine kicked up. Bit of brain fog. 
9-15 worse fatigue today. Level 9 migraine in evening. 
9-19 upped Iberogast to 2 drops/day. Felt bad in afternoon and awful in evening. Migraine. Jaw. Achy. Etc. 
9-20 same reaction this aft at yest. But not quite as intense perhaps? 
9-22 putting Iberogast in warm water rather than hot tea. Seeing if this helps my reaction/detox to it. Yesterday’s fatigue was intense. Back hurt in evening
9-27 aft. sparkly vision. Severe migraine and fatigue rest of day
9-28 migraine and fatigue hit in afternoon
10-1 fatigue lingered today, able to get out though. Napped in afternoon. Migraine kept down with 2 clonidine. Upped Iberogast to 4drops/day in evening
10-3 IV today. Added poly mba at the end, along with glutathione. 
10-4 woke up achy and tired but had a burst of energy rest of morning. Migraine kicking in early afternoon. Severe migraine and bad fibromyalgia in evening. Rough night.
10-5 woke up rough and weak. 
10-6 woke up pretty good. Tired but ended up with a lot of energy most of the day, despite brain fog. Migraine and fibropain kicking in mid evening. Can’t seem to stop it. 

10-9 upped Iberogast to 5 drops/day
10-10 fatigue and just feeling overall awful this am. Want to get things done but just can’t…. So tired. Woke up with migraine. After a few hrs was able to get up and DO. migraine flared off and on all day. Only flared a bit in evening.

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Migraines: I have done better keeping track of these on my migraine app. Still a little wonky so I can’t use all of the feedback from it but here are a few. These have been averaging at a level 9. Aura and Prodrome are : headache, muscle stiffness and tingling in head. Triggers seem to be: body aches, interrupted sleep and lack of sleep. Top 3 symptoms are neck pain, fatigue and jaw pain. They typically start in the temples, eyes, jaw and base of skull. Most days I can get the pain down to where I can function – and get things done.

~ an ice pack has been my go-to lately. laying on it, or having it on my forehead helps so much.

 

Sleep: This has been a big struggle for me. Falling and staying asleep is so hard. I always sleep with my heating pad under my neck.

Memory/Disassociation: At times I feel like my memory is getting better but I don’t think it is. (no joke intended there, hehe) I will say that I have’t dealt with disassociation this month. Over-stimulation, yes. Frequently.

Vision: This has only happened once this month. I am so relieved about this!

Fibromyalgia: It has reached drive-me-insane level a few times this month. Augh. My joints regularly hurt – especially my elbows. And that often spreads tingles to my pinkies and ring fingers. It is just about guaranteed to happen if I’m holding something (phone, book, crochet, steering wheel etc) for a long time. (this has improved a bit from last month!) Ice, advil and light massaging help. The self-cramping that my left calf does and the ripples of pain that shoot along the bottoms of my feet still happen. But my hands aren’t self-cramping as bad although I do have to stretch my fingers out often because they just HURT.

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~Pain and anxiety go hand in hand.~ The last few days I’ve felt a restlessness to be HEALTHY, to be WHOLE. To be past this struggle. I feel as if parts of me are dying, withering away under all of this stress, physically and emotionally. I’m impatient to move on with my life. But I remind myself that my main goal needs to be to keep my eyes on Him – the One who is my Refuge and Strength. No matter what earthly trial I am in, He alone is my Salvation, my Rock. As long as I keep my eyes on Him and ask that my will ever is aligned with His, I will have lived a good and full life.

TMJ – This has been popping/hurting a lot still and I’m thinking it’s because I haven’t been to the bodywork dr in months. My teeth ache quite frequently from the stress of me clenching/grinding them at night.

Fatigue: As I said above, this is one of my main complaints from this month. The deep-seated fatigue that just aches and drags me down. I still am compelled to get up and DO things but sometimes the two opposites are at war with each other. Some mornings I am stuck on the couch but then can get up in the afternoon. I want to make a distinction – before it would be so bad that it was hard for me to stay upright in a chair, and I mean, really hard.  Now though, while it is still difficult, I rarely am struggling to stay in it rather than feeling like a cartoon where the character just melts off the seat into a puddle. So, while the fatigue is still bad, it’s not where it used to be.

Weight Loss: I have come out even this month – losing and then gaining it back. I’m a little bit frustrated but I have been less strict on my diet, so….. (by that I mean that I’ve had starch here and there)

Mood: This has improved…sort of. My inward negativity goes in waves, but it’s better than it being constant. I’m sure that being able to get things done around the house helps with this.

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IV time again – Hallelujah! Lovely nutrients with gluithione at the end. We’re also going to try a bit of poly (can’t remember the full name right now) at the end as well to see how I do with it. Was able to have a good talk with the Dr about next possible steps, with some suggestions for tests before the end of the year. Brain fog and fatigue are hitting hard today.

Bladder: This is the other main struggle this month. I can’t get back to how my digestion/bladder were a few months ago. (is it really that long ago?) Even when I was cutting out ALL processed and starch. I am waking up typically 3 times a night to go to the bathroom, even when I don’t really need to.

~I wanted to do a quick update of my progress from this time last year. I’ll try to keep it short. I still struggle with many of these same symptoms as well as have added quite a few. (oh joy). But I have more energy overall. And we’ve figured out more of what’s going on with my body to combat it!

What I’m currently taking:

1 each day of  A, B complex, Calcium, Chaste Tree Berry

2 each day of Ashwagandha, B2, Berberine, Butterbur, D3, E, Feverfew, Fibronol, Magnesium, Xiao Chai Hu Tang, Noni Fruit

3 a day St. John’s Wort

1 drop Ceanothus one day a week. 5 drops a day Iberogast (slowly upping)

on Days 15-28, 1 Horse Chestnut Extract and 2 Chaste Tree Berry

Clonidine – prescription pain pills. Averaging 2 a day

Gelsimium, Pulsatilla, Belladonna, phosphorus and one more… – tincture in water that I take when I need relief

essential oils

~Several of these I need to increase, but I’m focusing solely on the Iberogast right now.

I know this was long this month but I wanted to get it all in!

How have you been this month? Do you have any questions for me about what I’m taking/doing? Ask away!

~Laura

Series Review – English Garden by Lori Wick

6 Oct

Ahh, fellow book lovers. If you’ve been following SGL for a while, you know that I love Lori Wick books. This series is probably my favorite of hers. Although, to be completely transparent, I feel that way after every book or series of hers. They all are so delightful that the most currently-read one is my favorite.

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Photo by Ruxandra Mateiu on Unsplash

This series is set in the early 1800s in Collingbourne, England and by the end of the four books you will wish you could live in the delightful small town that Wick creates.

The Proposal – When William Jennings finds three young cousins on his doorstep, he is at a loss as to what to do with them. Needing guidance, he seeks out his sister and her husband. In the process, he meets Marianne.

The Rescue – Weston had planned on a quiet entry into town but instead is forced into marriage within hours of his arrival. Eventually he sees that his new wife, Anne, had no choice in the matter either, but still chose to risk her reputation to protect his good name.

The Visitor – Alexander Tate has come to town to rest- and hopefully regain his eyesight. As a distraction, one of the beautiful Steele sisters comes to read to him. But he never expects to fall in love with her.

The Pursuit – Edward Steele is finally heading home from Africa when his trip is waylaid by fellow passengers in need of assistance. This adventure, from Portugal to England,  eventually leads to meeting the mysterious Nicola Bettencourt.

 

Wick admitted to being a Jane Austen fan and this series is a sort of tribute to her. Which, really, makes it that much better. I love reading books set in this time period. Wick, as usual, filled them with so much good, faith-based lessons that at the end of each one I was contemplating them just as much as I was the story. I will add that the last novel, The Pursuit, is probably my favorite of the four- it deviates from ‘just’ a romance story in a delightful way.

This series would be great for early-teens (it’s when I started reading them!) as they are clean, fun, faith-based and just great stories.

 

~While covering different genres, I do not read anything that has blatant sexual content. I will tell you if there is any sort of such (typically very mild and delicately put) in them and if I don’t think they’d be appropriate for young/teenage readers.~

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of Lori Wick’s novels? What did you think of them? 

(also, I love getting comments from you guys! please share what you’re reading, or what you’re wanting to read!)

~Laura

Monthly Goals Link-up : Oct. 2017

3 Oct

You guys! It’s officially fall! Okay, okay, I know it has been for over a week now but I’m celebrating it now. I woke up with a craving for pumpkin muffins this morning, so that’s going to hopefully happen this week.

I got to go to Bend in September to meet my newest nephew. (have I told you guys this already?) I made it a point to get to see all of my nieces and nephews that are in town this trip. Family was the priority this go-round.

I have done pretty well on my goals this past month, well…On the ones that I knew I’d do. If that makes sense. Anyway, let’s just hop to it, shall we?

 

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Recap of Monthly Goals:

Integrate new scene into ‘Amelia’ – I’ve only worked on this a little bit. But I did finally save it on a flash drive!

Post Regularly – I missed a few (or more?) that I’d intended to write

Lose weight/work toward health – for more info, check out Health Update Aug/Sept 2017

Read more books on Jewish living –  I’m currently reading Jewish Roots by Dan Juster

Write a letter to one person a month  – nope

Try a new recipe – Mostly this month I’ve thrown meals together but I did make 2 from Against All Grains – the Banana Pancakes and Vanilla Granola. I most likely fudged both recipes, making them with things I had on hand, rather than following them exactly. But they both were yummy and I really want to make the granola again. It was the first time I’d made soaked-nut granola, also oat-free and I loved it!

Watch/Read a documentary/biography – I watched part of Gordon Buchanan’s Tribes Animals and Me.

 

Recap of Sept goals:

Finish Adirondack Chair before the rains come – nope and I doubt now that it’ll get any work done on it until spring/summer next year. For now, it’s sitting in my office. Sad.

Work on Disability – I did call a disability lawyer beginning of this month but haven’t heard back from them. I haven’t called them back either though soo….

Scrapbook Laura’s visit – I’m 3/4 of the way done with it!

Deep Clean bedroom – we bought a bed frame finally! Getting that really helped give me the motivation to finish cleaning the room.

Two things I didn’t think I could do, but I did!

~Drove to a friends’ house and back – that equals an hr drive! I was so excited that I was able to do this!

~Drove to Bend and back! – it’s 3 hours one way so I was nervous about it but I did fine!

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Oct goals:

Go to a pumpkin patch

Deep Clean Laundry Room

Call Disability Lawyer again

Buy Cover for the VW Bug

Trim crazy grass bushes in front of yard

Prep for NANOWRIMO

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Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn again!

~Laura

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