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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Catios and Books.

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

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Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

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This weekend construction on my Catio continues! I started to expand it a little bit last weekend, adding some walls and giving it a wider footprint. This weekend I’m hoping to construct a door and enclose the entire thing. My hope is to get it to a point where I can let Monster out into the larger catio space while I’m also in it — and then I can work on adding more shelves and ledges and general amusement spaces for him.

Last weekend he surprised me by being pretty chill in the smaller part of the catio while I worked on the expanded part. I honestly had not expected him to want to be anywhere near the sound of power tools. He did have a bit of a fit, hissing at me, when I first started working outside, but once he figured out it was me, he was perfectly content to watch from his perch. Can you see him glaring at me?

In addition to this work, I’ve got a little TBR pile going for the weekend. I’ve been thinking a lot about children’s books, particularly those that would fall into the “Middle Reader” category these days. One of the things I’ve been playing with is the different thematic categories that these books can fall into. I posed the question to friends over on Facebook about what categories/themes of books they enjoyed when they were younger. This is the list we developed, can you think of any to add (and book examples to go with them?)

  • Dolls that come to life/dollhouses that contain mysteries. (i.e., Midnight in the Dollhouse, The Doll in the Garden, The Dollhouse Murders)
  • Books about kidnapping, or the main character discovering they’d been kidnapped (i.e., The Face On The Milk Carton)
  • Wilderness/Survival (i.e., Jack London, Scott O’Dell, Julie of the Wolves)
  • Time Travel (i.e., Charlotte Sometimes, Ghosts I have Been, Princess in the Pigpen)
  • General Ghost Stories (Wait till Helen Comes, Goosebumps, Bruce Coville)
  • Kids making it on their own (Dahl stuff)
  • Tragic illness romanticized (Lurlene McDaniels)
  • Ballet/Gymnastics/Dance (The Little Gymnast, Maybe Next Year.)
  • Anthropomorphic Animals in Epic Situations (Watership Down, Rats of Nihm, Redwall)
  • Horses

This weekend I’m going to dig into my doll-related books, I have a number of them and am looking forward to a bit of a themed read after my outdoor work.

What are you up to this weekend? Any plans?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Reading and Thinking

Join us for some coffee time!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations!  The link will be open from Friday June 14 at 7 am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 17 at 7 pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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It’s starting to cool off, finally! This week has been a real scorcher, hitting the high 90’s (Fahrenheit) on Tuesday and Wednesday. That is NOT NORMAL for our area. At all. Though I suppose I, like all of us, have to just come to terms with the “new normal” (while, of course, trying to help do what I can). It can be really overwhelming, though, to think about the mess our environment is in, while also dealing with the disaster of politics, and trying to be productive – rather than just pissed off – about the increasing sense of entitlement and hatred that I’ve been seeing around me.

Ahem. Anyhow. Coffee.

This weekend I’m going to be resting some, reading some, and probably doing a bit of cleaning. The exterminators came and seem to have done a good start with the spraying, the ants have definitely been dwindling (and those who are appearing are dying). They’ll come back again in the start of July, and then it’ll just be exterior spraying every three months –I think it’s going to be worth it! And I’m pleased that what they use is a plant-based thing, which doesn’t hurt the plants we have in the area, or the other critters (I mean, the dog wasn’t supposed to lick it up while it was drying, but we didn’t have to vacate the house or anything).

For my reading this weekend I’m hoping to get through some of the library books I checked out a while ago – make some notes and figure out which ones I might be able to put to use, and which ones can just be returned. I’m also going to start WRITING some on this project, and my plan is to put some of that writing up here on the blog — so hopefully you’ll all see some of those posts in the next few weeks.

I’ve been listening to a lot of books lately – it’s easier for me during my commutes to listen to an audio-book than it is to read an actual book (for many reasons). Someone, at some point, recommended My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, and I am LOVING it. It’s one of those books that I’m enjoying so much I will probably end up acquiring a hard-copy at some point in the not-to-distant future because I want to re-read, and quote, and make notes in it. I’m hoping that I can do some more listening while I work on a few non-reading/non-writing projects that I want to make progress on this weekend.

I have weaving and crochet projects to finish, and new ones that need to get started. Not to mention a small box of papers that have accumulated that need to be sorted through, a pile of laundry to deal with, meals to prep for next week, and I really want to get some work done on the little patch of land that I’m claiming as my own outside my bedroom window (where the starts of the Catio live). We’ll see how much actually is able to be completed this weekend… as usual I have far more things on my to-do-list than I have time or energy for.

What are you up to this weekend? How has your week been?

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Can I rest now? What, No? Ants!?

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Join us for some coffee time!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations!  The link will be open from Friday June 7th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 10th at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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This weekend will be spent sleeping. I’m worn out from the fun but busy time I had last weekend.

My twin brother is now married – it was an absolutely awesome ceremony, I really appreciated the words the officiant said – quoting Shakespeare, and drawing on Aristotle and Socrates. My eldest niece (nearly two years old) was the flower girl, and my older brother served as best man (and assistant flower-girl). The two of them were quite a pair; my niece was tired and DONE by the time she was supposed to walk down the aisle throwing the flower petals, so she ended up being carried by my older brother, who then made sure the flowers were strewn appropriately after handing her off to my brother-in-law. At the end of the ceremony she sat down and started to try picking up all the petals to put them away – it was pretty adorable!

Mom and I took a trip to Leavenworth, which was lovely. Neither of us had ever been, so it was fun to see the place and enjoy a little morning stroll (it was just TOO HOT when we got there Sunday evening, so Monday morning was when we really enjoyed a walk). I really like the park they have by the waterfront, though we didn’t walk the full length of it due to the fact that there had recently been a sighting of a Mama Bear and her cubs, (and, unfortunately, a cougar attack the day before).

I’m glad I got that fun over the weekend, though, because this week has been ROUGH. Just a busy time at work, and then…

Ants.  Ants ants everywhere – particularly annoying is the fact that they’ve decided to make themselves at home in our SMOKE DETECTORS. Particularly, the one in my bedroom… which went off at 2:30, and 3:30, and 4:30, in the morning on Thursday morning and… more often after that after 5. It was not a pleasant morning, in the slightest.

So we’ve got the impacted alarms silenced for now (thankfully there are still plenty of others active – renovations in the past few years means that every bedroom and hallway has to have one), and have an exterminator (recommended by a friend) coming tomorrow. Which means tonight I get to move some furniture and figure out HOW IN THE WORLD I’m going to make my cat happy while they’re spraying in my bedroom… oh boy….

Insecure Writers Support Group: Hello again!

This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

Wow… May snuck up on me so fast that I completely missed the IWSG post! Looking back it appears I also missed April… I think these are the first months I’ve missed since I started participating in the summer of 2014! Not a bad streak!  So, I have re-signed-up (because if you miss posts you get removed, this helps to keep the list from being bogged down with inactive or irrelevant blogs – makes a lot of sense!)

So now we are in June, summer is here, and it’s time for me to start focusing up again. I’ve decided to focus in a bit on my non-fiction writing, since the fiction writing has been giving me such a hard time lately. Aside from my struggle to revise and rewrite the WIP I finished the first draft of a few years ago, I’ve also been hard pressed to find any ideas that draw more than a paragraph or two out of me.

So I return to my other writing-love, non-fiction. I was one of those kids who was glad when I got assigned a paper rather than an exam. Give me a goal number of words or pages, and a topic to research and I will happily create something. In high school we were required to do a creative component with our semester projects, and I always wanted to involve writing in my projects. It got to the point where my teacher told me I wasn’t allowed to make another book… so I wrote a newspaper instead!

I haven’t wanted to talk too much about what I’ll actually be writing – part of it is because I have so many different ideas in my mind that I haven’t quite nailed down where I’m going to start. I don’t have a thesis figured out so it makes talking about the project challenging. But I am gathering ideas, have done a bit of research over the past few months, and now have the goal to get something written this month.  I’ll likely start out with small things, blog posts and mini-articles that build up to a larger project.

Whatever may come, it feels good to be writing again. My weaving takes a different kind of focus, and I’ve missed the energy of writing, the feeling that comes when I figure out just how to transform thoughts into words that can be shared with others. It feels good to be sliding back into that.

#WeekendCoffeeShare : Family and Weddings

Join us for some coffee time!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans?  Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations!  The link will be open from Friday May 31st at 7 am (Pacific Time) until Monday June 3rd at 7 pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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Coffee on the go this weekend! I’ve got some running about to do!

Last weekend I got some sleep, but I also managed to finally get a Catio assembled for the Midnight Monster. It isn’t as grand as my ultimate plan, but that is going to be something to accomplish in stages. This one was given to me by a friend of my moms, all I had to do was assemble it. So far Monster has been hesitant about it, he’s ventured out onto the top perch, and once made it to the floor (though I think he fell that time, since he wasn’t quite sure how to get back up from that). But eventually I’m sure he’ll enjoy the entire thing. And maybe I’ll even manage to extend it a little bit before summer is up. I would LOVE to give him more space to run.

Picture of a window, a black cat sits on a blue cat bed that is located on a wooden perch just outside the window, contained within a screened in cage.
From his perch, he can see… the fence… and a few birds that choose to wander about. Landscaping in the area will happen soon, I hope! The plan is for some bird-friendly trees. I know that we have a few around the yard who already enjoy taunting the Monster, so I hope to encourage that behavior – entertainment for them and for him!

The reason I am having to have coffee on the go this morning is that I am continuing my trend of busy weekends. This weekend it’s a trip up to the Seattle area for my twin brother’s wedding. It’ll be fun to see the Seattle-area contingent of my family, and Mom and I (who are driving up together) are taking an extra day to explore Leavenworth for a night. Neither of us have ever been, so it will be nice to explore the area and just have a bit of time to relax.

The other thing I’m kind of hoping to do this weekend… a little more reading and work on that long-mentioned project. I have thought about it, I’ve done some research, but it is (long-past) time for me to actually start in on some of it. I always find it a bit of a challenge when I have to set deadlines for myself, when there is no end-goal expectation. There is no teacher or boss or client expecting me to have a finished product by a certain time — it’s far easier to be lax when I’m the only one holding the expectation of myself. But I want to change that, because I would really like to start getting this writing together. I have ideas, but it is time for those ideas to start taking some form!

I also am hoping (through the coming week) to finally finish up the weaving project that’s been sitting on my loom for a while now. It got sidelined a bit due to all the other stuff going on in life, but I want to finish it — because I have IDEAS and plans for some other projects! I also need to get myself to finish up a number of the crochet projects I have laying around… I still owe friends a wedding present from last summer.

So many projects, so little time….

What are you up to this weekend?

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday May 24 at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday May 27 at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

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This weekend I’m going to be putting together step one of my Catio! I’m excited to finally have something coming together for the Midnight Monster! He has a LOT of energy and hopefully this will give him somewhere to run about!

Other than that, not much going on here – the week has run away and I am surprised that it’s Friday already!

So, what are you up to this weekend?

#weekendcoffeeshare: Birthday Shenanigans

Join us for some coffee time!

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

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(Sorry it’s late today! I had a scheduling SNAFU)

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me for coffee today!
This weekend kicks off with Friday – which is a normal work day for me, but also my mom’s birthday! She and I celebrated last Saturday, with a Birthday Shenanigans extravaganza.

For this Grand Celebration I had done a lot of prep-work… so the day started out with me giving Mom and mini-canvas, with a clue on it. Throughout the day, before we moved on to the next stop, I gave her another little canvas containing another little clue, that way she could spend some of the drive trying to guess what came next!

Brunch was our first order of business, at the Fireside Grill a local place that hosts a very lovely brunch on the weekends (with gluten-free bread options, since we both are gluten-intolerant). {[Clue and Menu] I had told her we were starting the day with Brunch, so that wasn’t a surprise, but where we would be having that brunch was, and that’s what the clue was for!}

Next up was a stop by an Open Garden (hosted by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon). I’d coordinated with my brother (both he and my mom are members, I am not), to find out what was open and picked one that was open for the day!

After wandering around looking at all sorts of plants, we made our way to Kyra’s Bake Shop – I’d been there once before, but Mom hadn’t, and I was looking forward to buying her some delicious baked treats!

A country drive brought us eventually to an antique store, where I got Mom some tea-cups to commemorate her big birthday. Then to another coffee shop for some tea, a stop by a stamping/scrapbooking store, and on to paint night and dinner with friends.

It was an exhausting, but excellent, kind of day! This weekend I get to do some recovery – though Saturday night now includes dinner out with my older brother and a show/farewell event at our old high school (they’re tearing down the old building to build a new one, which is much needed but still sad to see the place go).

What do you have happening this weekend?