The Weekend’s Over Already??

I had Big plans for this weekend. 😮

Had a long list of stuff to do…I was gonna get the house organized…Get some writing done…Get some illustrations and storyboards done for Bicusped and Ross Rossum.

Well, best laid plans of Mice and Men I guess.  :/

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Hello October…Wait, what?

Somehow the new month is upon us like a leopard pouncing from an innocent looking tree limb.

School has handed me a plate of boy-howdy-is-this-a-lot-of-work this year.

I am still attempting to work on my books and meet my January deadline for finishing my Bicusped Molar book, but life is coming at me a bit fast.  :/

I’ve bookended our school week with Homeschool group-type activities on every Monday and Friday.  Leaving only Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to finish regular school work.

Thursday is still my personal writing day, but when I add field trips, dental/ortho appts, doctor appts, social activities, or pop-up Homeschool days out, it Really cuts into our 3 days to get things done.

I’m Extremely glad that my Randomkid Youngest isn’t working outside of the home as of yet or I would Really be pulling my hair out. Ack!

So, in order to sneak in writing and/or art I try to work it into the actual homeschool schedule.  If we are doing art I pick an activity that I can practice something for my illustrations and hopefully the Randomkid learns a new art form or new art technique.

And the Randomkid is working on a few manuscripts as well, so working in writing is not a problem.

Really it all gets back to that elusive shadowed specter named time.  I just never seem to have enough of it.  😦

I just finished watching a three part series on FB with tips on how to set aside time for writing.

The speaker challenged writers to map out what your day looks like from morning to evening for an entire week…three weeks is preferred, but reality is a week will be all I get done.

The idea is that after writing down your activities for a week or so you can see just where you might have free time and prioritize what you Really need to work on during that time.

I know right now that I need to reprioritize my screen time from research/recreational watching to actual Focused writing time. :/

I am starting off the month with my no FB, Pinterest, Netflix, Youtube time until after 7pm, unless I am in motion on some form of exercise machine.  ;)-

That really seemed to work well for me during the month of September and helped me to get moving more often.

Because the reward for movement was screen time.  Rofls

So, maybe after I get through this week I will be able to discover my hidden free time and use it for good instead of evil.  Ha!  XD

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.-  Happy October!  May your leaves all fall exactly where you would like them to and may they stay in the piles where they are placed.  ;)-

Happy Leaf Jumping!

Adventures in Tiny Gardening…

My lovely friend Susan… Yes, the Susan of Sue’s Nook.  😀

She made this Absolutely Adorable Tiny Garden for me!

Fairy Garden

She has become a Masterful Fairy Garden Creator.  Every miniature world she makes comes complete with it’s own original poem written by none other than Sue herself. 😀

Land of Stories

Susan even took the time to fit my special housing needs.  I have Very narrow window sills, but she compensated for this by hunting down a beautiful narrow planter and  a cute little accompanying planter to make up for the limited space in the bigger planter.  Isn’t it just the absolute Most!

I love it, and am absolutely honored to have been given one.

So thank you sooo much Susan! 😀

Please check out Sue’s site and peruse all the cool things there are to see.  🙂

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.- This wonderful gift inspired a Flash Fiction Story… Little Green Gardens.

Thanks Susan! 😀

Happiness Comes By Mail…

Look what I received in my cute little mailbox the other day!!!!

Happiness by Mail

Apparently Happiness Can be sent by mail. 😀

This is from my Totes Awesome Friendee Miss Laura Zimmerman.

She is a way coolio writer!

Please visit her and read her lovely works at her site:

Caffeinated Fiction

Her hubby, cutie patootie kiddos, and her all moved out west to follow God’s call.

… Ever heard of Michael W. Smith’s Go West Young Man?…apparently they did too. Lols

Anyhoo, she is a wonderful addition to our Scribes Oasis Writing Group, but now that she’s moved away I miss her Very much.  :’)

Her and the fam are living it large out there in her new home state of AZ.  Swimmin’ in the pools, Chillaxin’ at the fountain parks, and Checkin’ out the local scene.

Thank you lady for thinkin’ of me on my Bday!  You made my day awesome!  Poor Julie was here when I opened it up and started squealin’ like a five year old. 😮 😀

But I’m sure you’d expect nothing else and would be Extremely surprised if I didn’t react that way.  XD

Thank you again and as always I miss ya lotsa.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  I mean it now.  Shoo.  Go check out Laura’s Site right now. 😀

In case ya didn’t get it the first time…

Caffeinated Fiction

Happy Mailbox Surprises!! 🙂

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

No, it’s not what you’re thinking.

It’s not Christmas yet, although most retail stores will have us thinking it is soon enough. :/

For those of us in the homeschool business it’s the time when we are getting serious about school.

Sure some of us start school in July, but that’s usually easy going if we get to it today, great kinda days.

But now, now is the time for Doin’ School.  Getttin’ er done everyday without fail.

Whoo!!! Smell that?  That’s the smell of pencil lead in the morning, overheating laptops at noon, and sweaty phys ed playin’ kiddos in the afternoon.

Come on year!  I’m ready for ya.

Four more years!  Four more years!

Well, I’m off to teach a cooking class…How to avoid grease splatter and other helpful tips.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- It’s Schooltime Baby!! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!  Can I get a fistpound? ;)-

Anyone out there in Internet Land start school yet?  Public, private, cyber, homeschool, or any I’m missing?  Leave a comment or 2 in the box below. 🙂

Happy Schoolsville man. 😀

P.S.S.-

I thought this post needed some inspirational music so…

Speeeiiiider Plants…

Speeiider Plants

I was at a garage sale over the weekend and the lady of the house was kind enough to give me two cuttings off of her Spider Plant.

I love spider plants and she just Happened to have the exact variety I wanted.

Soooo, I came home and stuck them in water to try and start the roots….apparently you don’t do that. :/

Soooo, now I’ve planted them in dirt…I hope they don’t die.

This is one of the few plants besides cactus that my mom couldn’t kill, so I figured I had half a decent shot…sigh.

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.-  Anyone out there in internet land have any tips on starting Speeiider Plants?  Please leave a line or 4 in the box below.

Happy Plant Prosperity…hopefully. 😀

Cheese Crisps… The Snack of Awesomeness!!!

Ever since my body decided to stage its little coup against all things grain, I have had a Very difficult time finding any type of truly delish snack. 😦

Until now. 😉

I was perusing around Pinterest and stumbled upon a forgotten Pin I saved for my Randomkids…who also have multitudinous food allergies. :/

Anyhoo, found this awesome and Waaaay easy recipe for Cheese Crisps.

Here’s the simple version:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees…Not good with the whole elevation, moisture content, etc.. baking thing so  you’ll have to figure that out for yourself by trial and error.

Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Take your fav. cheese and cut into 1/4 inch squares…remember cheese spreads…I tried to tell my hubby this, but he Reeeeally wanted a big piece done…it melted and filled the   Entire baking sheet….yeah, not our best cheese crisp attempt. 😮

Bake for 5 minutes…more or less..just keep an eye on them and pull them out when desired numminess is achieved. 😀

My results:

Cheese Crisps of Awesomeness

Crispy Cheesey Awesomeness!!  😮 😮 and a Yummo for good measure. 😉

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Have an awesome recipe to share?  Please leave a link to your blog or give us the 10 words or less version in the box below. 😀

Remember Cheese Crisps are Awesomeness! ;D

Months are Jerks and the Year is a Butthead

Did anyone notice how Ridiculously FAST the months of summer have literally Flown by??

For most of the summer I’ve been avoiding, steering clear of, sidestepping and completely ignoring as many of the Creative Leaning things in my life as I possibly could… but No More!

I smacked myself in the head and gave myself a good lecture about wasting time on what-ifs & and signed up for classes on living in the moment… okay, I post a lot of cool inspirational sayings, pictures, and articles on Facebook; that’s pretty much the same thing as taking a class right?…

Anyhoo, I sat down with my Ipod Calendar, dusted off the Notifications button, input my To Do List for the day and tapped repeat daily.

I also created an exercise plan for myself…basically do something Fun, New, and Movement Oriented every day for one hour.

…My hubby Looooves exercise anything so between the exercise equipment collection in the basement, my old workout DVD’s, the hubster’s self-defense and workout books, Youtube, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google I have NO probs finding Something to do. Lols

I was having a tough time avoiding binges on Netflix, Pinterest, Youtube, and Facebook feeds so I made a rule for myself.

Unless I am in motion on the treadmill, the exercise bike, or the elliptical I may NOT get on any of the above before 8:00pm.

…Let’s just say that my lower half would like to give me a Zets in the back of the head or just a full frontal facepalm.  Rofls!!

So, I’m back on track and trying to keep up with all of the Fun-ness!  😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.- So, does anyone else think that months are jerks?  Has time been flying while you were having fun or Not so much fun as the case may be this summer?  Leave a comment or two in the box below.

Have an awesome August and remember Keep up with all the Fun-ness!  =)

 

A “Create Space”…

For the past several months I’ve been doing all of my creative work sitting at my kitchen table.  I like sitting in my kitchen because of the windows.  I love to be outside or near the outside when I’m creating. 😀

But, the downside of working in the kitchen is constantly cleaning up my mess.

Sooooo, I found it was about time for me to find a “Create Space” just for me an my mess.

So, I took over the upstairs foyer area and I’m turning the area into a “Me” area.

It is a work in progress.

It’s an extremely small space, but I have access to two separate closets and a window….I can’t see out of it as I create, but it’s sunlight streaming in, so I’m cool with it. 😀

I will post pics as I get it finished up. 😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Any of you out there in internet land have a “Create Space” for yourself?  Have any hints or suggestions for a creative use of small spaces for storage and display? Any help would be much appreciated…I’m livin on Pinterest right now dreamin and plottin ideas. Lols

Happy Create Space!! 😀