Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): Last week's progress was negligible. I'm still having a hard time concentrating. I did take an online class about story structure that was interesting.

Quote of the Week: "You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." ~ Marcus Aurelius

What I'm Reading: I started "A Most Unlikely Duke" by Sophie Barnes this past weekend. I'm having a hard time getting into the story line. I'm hoping it will get better.

Random Thoughts:  I have some apple seeds that I dried and saved from last year. I'm trying to decide if I want to plant them just to see what, if anything, grows.

Random Photo of the Week:

This is my temperature blanket so far. It's from January 1st up to the first day of spring (3/20).


Monday, March 30, 2020


Have you ever heard the song Anticipation by Carly Simon? The chorus goes something like, "Anticipation is keeping me waiting." I feel like that's how my sense of concentration has been lately.

I'm not sure why I'm having such a problem concentrating. I'm still able to go to work and very little in my daily routine has changed other than slathering on hand sanitizer and using disinfecting wipes several times a day, but I've been really struggling with concentrating on anything whether it's a project a work, writing, craft projects, or even just reading a book.

I don't know if it's the news of how quickly Covid-19 is spreading in general, or in my area in particular. Our local newspaper has reported that the virus is widely prevalent in the county I live in. I try to limit my news intake to just the evening news so it's not like I'm watching news reports about it 24/7.

I'm hoping my sense of concentration will kick back in soon so I can get more than a few words down on paper without it being such a struggle.

Friday, March 27, 2020

This I know for sure...

I've been doing a lot of stress baking lately. I like to bake in general, but seem to do more of it when I'm stressed out. In the past two weeks I've made honey corn muffins, popovers, sourdough pretzels, coconut sweet bread, coconut iced shortbread cookies, oatmeal yogurt pancakes, and two different kinds of bread.

Some of the muffins, pancakes, bread, and popovers went into the freezer for future use, but the pretzels, cookies, and sweet bread call my name every time I walk into the kitchen. I can ignore it for the most part, but when the evening comes, I've been eating a cookie or pretzel (or one of each). 

                                            (Coconut Iced Shortbread Cookies)

I've got to find a better way to deal with stress or I'm going to have to buy bigger pants by the time the worst of the pandemic is over.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): Last week's progress was negligible. I'm having a hard time concentrating. Hoping to get back on track this week.
Quote of the Week:  "Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile, and start again." ~ Unknown  I'm repeating the quote from last week. Mainly because with everything that's going on, I think we can all use a deep breath and a smile.

What I'm Reading:  I'm reading "The Prince of Broadway" by Joanna Shupe. I started it on Monday evening and should finish it tonight. 

Random Thoughts: Not really so random - Please follow the advice of the experts and practice social distancing during this time. Even if you feel you're not at risk, you maybe one of the people who have it and are asymptomatic which could mean you are spreading it to each person you come in contact with without even being aware that you are doing so. 

Random Photo of the Week:

                    Wishing I could pull the covers over my head until things get better too.

Monday, March 23, 2020

During This Time...

During the pandemic, please stay home and self isolate or self quarantine if you can. I work in the financial services industry which is considered an essential business so I am only going out to work during the week and only going to the grocery store on Saturdays.

While I'm not overly worried about contracting Covid-19 (Coronavirus) myself, I am worried about getting it and bringing it home to my elderly mother.

Please stay safe and take any necessary precautionary measures to keep yourself and your loved ones virus free.

Friday, March 20, 2020

This I know for sure...

Happy Spring!

It's been a long winter. I'm glad spring is finally here.