Beyond the Ocean's Edge

This and That

Last time I was here I speculated that perhaps I'd be back on track with posting every week or so.  WRONG!  Just noticed it's been nearly two weeks since I last posted.

Not sure if anyone else has had similar problems, but my Facebook Page seems to be a little squirrely these days.  For a couple of weeks I could not even get to it and now, some of the features don't seem to work as they should.  I can't "share" from another Page, and when I go to my Pages Feed, it acts as if my Page has never liked any others.  But now, I can at least get to my page and post therein.  Many of my posts are simply to let folks know about a post here on Live Journal.

Finished the latest editing pass on Darnahsian Pirates a few days ago.  Now I need to get busy and include the changes, corrections, additions, and deletions in the version on the computer.  And as it usually is, while incorporating those, I'm likely to discover and make more changes as well.  In a way, I surprised myself in that I made more changes to the earlier parts of the story than I thought I would.  Afterall, some of those chapters had been gone over many times in the past.  Maybe it's because the story is complete and I have a better picture of what's going on in it.

Last Wednesday we finally had a rainy day in which it actually rained for most of the day.  Since then it's been nice, with the temperature getting in to the very warm or even hot range.  Last night a series of thunderstorms blew through, and in some places in the region there were potentially damaging high winds and large hailstones.  Here, I heard two or three rumbles of thunder a fair ways off, and we had a few minutes downpour and some gusty winds.  Later, around 4 am, we got a little more thunder and some gentler more steady rain.  Today is cloudy and raw compared to the past few days.  Nonetheless it is refreshing and the rain that fell will do crops and our lawns a world of good.

Completed and sent out the Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers Newsletter a couple of days ago.  Situation locally still isn't to where we can actually meet, but hopefully that'll change before it's time for our July meeting.  Tired of the decision to wear masks or not becoming a matter of politics.  To me, it has nothing to do with whether one is conservative or liberal, but with one's decision to try and even the odds a little bit.  If one opts to wear a mask, he/she is simply saying, I might have it and not know, so I'll lessen your chances of catching it from me, if I have it.  Simple as that.  Nothing to do with my political leanings.

Certain counties in Washington have moved to "Phase 2" of getting back to normal.  One area that's open again is hair dressers and barbershops, but with the caveat that workers and customers wear masks.  But I wonder, how can a barber cut my hair, especially on the sides and around my ears if I have a mask on?  Otherwise I shouldn't have to take my glasses off when I get into the chair.  Definitely need a haircut, but think I'll wait.  Maybe I'll let it grow and become a 69 year old hippy!  (I've only ever had my hair long and that was right after I retired from the Navy nearly 30 years ago.  I let the back grow long enough to have a pony tail, but got tired of it and went back to a "normal" haircut.)

Finally, if you do crossword puzzles, have you ever noticed that clues are sometimes factually wrong.  Today, one clue was, "another name for a steam bath."  The answer they were looking for was, "sauna," but I've always understood a sauna used a dry heat and not steam.  But if it points one in the direction of the correct answer for that spot on the puzzle....

Let's hope things get better as we move into June.

Stormie being sweet.  I was trying to get a pic showing how my shirt matches the bird.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

I'm Back!

Lucky You!
And I'm a day ahead of myself!  Maybe it'll keep up
Still fighting these quarentine blues it seems.  Still at a low as far as ambition goes.  But thinking back, I've had spells like this before and have eventually worked my way out of them.  Feel frustrated in a way, but also realize it just might be normal for me.  And who knows, tomorrow might be the day.  (Today is too far gone to be a possiblility, so...)

If I've done anything at all, I've worked fairly steadily at the current edit on Darnahsian Pirates, the third Stone Island Sea Story.  Right now I'm roughly 3/4 of the way through it.  I'm finding more changes and corrections than I thought I would, and my bet is, that even if I go through it really good a time or two more, a good editor will probably find a lot more stuff to fix.  Even in the earlier chapters, those I've been over a number of times, I'm finding things to change or correct. Most are relatively small, but enough that it will be a chore to incorporate them all into the computer version.  That's okay with me, because my goal is to have it as clean and as error free as possible when published.

For any who have read the earlier stories, you may recall that I often cite a specific day and date for when certain things occur.  As far as I can determine, those days are the day that particular date fell on in the year (early 1800s) in question.  As I wrote the later part of this story I neglected to do that and simply speciflied "the early part of February" for example, or "five weeks later," etc.  But I wonder if the time line in my head matches the real calendar at all, or do I have a portion of the story taking place in the cold of winter when actually it should be summer, and so on.  So a few days ago I looked up the year 1807, which is when a good portion of this story takes place.  Discovered that once we passed this year's Leap Day, this year's calendar matches that years.  So if 19 May of this year is on a Tuesday, 19 May 1807 was also on tuesday.  So, anyway, I'm going to have to go through it and check the dates and look at time spans for various events, etc.  Have a feeling I'll find out that I've sort of compacted things together a bit more than I would like.

We are finally getting a little more rain, and today promises to be an actual rain all day sort of day.  Then I hope we'll get a partially dry day, because with all this rain my yard will need to be mowed again.  I like to cut it fairly often, so I'm just taking a little off the top and not mowing a hayfield.  And with the mower I have, if it gets to thick, it's gets hard to push,and if it's too tall, it just pushes over instead of getting cut.  Anyway, with the rain we've had the past couple of days, and the watering I've been doing, it's looking good. Nice and green!

So I've never been one for taking so called selfies.  Usually end up looking kind of weird.  Weird beyond what the camera has to work with, but now and then I give it a try.  Anyway, took this one a little while ago, and infact just before starting this post.  Probably looking a little shaggy.  I was thinking about getting a haircut just as this Corona Virus stuff went down, and thus haven't had one for a while.

Hope you all are doing well!
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Some This & That

Oldest and most recent pics of Coco.  The first, taken when he had just come to live with us in October or 2017.  He was about eight weeks old. the second was taken a week or so ago.  He's chewed holes in his blanket and was burrowing through it, ending up wearing it.  Honestly, he's helped things stay someone normal around here.

For the last six weeks or more, I've been saying this "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe" hasn't bothered me much.  Afterall, I'm retired and spend much of my time at home anyway.  Even before this all went down I might have only left home, left as in getting in the truck and driving somewhere, once a week or so.  But I was free to do so whenever I chose, and perhaps that fact is playing with my day to day existence.  At least then I could go someplace if I wanted to, see those I needed or wanted to see, and in turn seek the refuge of being at home because I wanted to.  On the surface, it's all about the same, although I try not to go anywhere unless absolutely necessary, and I certainly don't want to catch anything or if I should have it asymptomatically, cause anyone else to suffer from it.

But I've noticed my ambition level is down, not that it was ever that high to start with.  That might be reflected in the fact it's been over a week since I last posted here.  I thought about posting something later last week and just never got around to it.  I've got several projects to work on, both around the house and yard, and on the computer, including some stuff regarding my writing, but usually after I've been on the computer long enough to check e-mail, I say, "That's Enough!" and shut it off.  Usually I have the idea that I'll get to it "tomorrow," but tomorrow ends up the same way.  Honestly, I think it's all on account of this "stay home, stay safe, stay healthy" stuff.

Yet I hope "they don't rush getting back to normal, because I'd hate to see the world relapse and go through it all again, perhaps with even deadlier results.  Then it would take even longer to get back to some semblance of normal.  Llike many, I'm missing sports on TV, particularly Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners.  Most evenings or late afternoons would find me watching the game for the day.  Not having sports does give me more time and opportunity to work on my third Stone Island Sea Story, and with many of the regular TV shows I watch being in reruns now, or not even being aired, I have even more time to be at the computer in the evenings.  Still, with the get up and go tank full of nothing but fumes, I don't seem to do as much of that as I'd like.

Yesterday I started another editing pass through the #WIP.  About a quarter of the way through it now, and so far haven't found anything drastic, but have found a few typos and the occasional extra word.  Doing this via the printed copy and a pen, so eventually I'll need to go back on to the computer and enter the changes into the docs there.  Overall, however, I'm pretty happy with the way it looks and reads.

Hoping that one of these days, something in my daily routine rut, will change, and I'll snap out of all this.  Hopefully I'll get back to getting at least a little something done, and my ambition will come closer to matching the list of things I eventually want to do.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Another Monday, Another Post

Seems like I'm into this once a week posting routine.  Suppose that's not too bad, and let's face it... that's what I apparently do!
Got two newsletters done over the weekend.  First, I got SASP NEWS out for Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers.  It was a bit different this time, as having had no meetings since the beginning of March, a lot of the material just wasn't there.  I did get a nice "From the President" column from the group's president, and our past president also wrote something for it.  She also sent in two book reviews which were included.  In addition, a couple members sent along information about new books they have coming out now or in the near future.  I managed to come up with enough to get a standard length newsletter  sent out to everyone, even if I ended up including a fairly lengthy excerpt from near the end of my latest Stone Island Sea Story.

I usually try to make the newsletter no more than ten total pages, including the cover, as I've found that's the most that will go for a single first class stamp here in the us.  (I fold them over, put seals on the edges and then the stamp and and address label on them before putting them in the mail.)  I'd hoped to have enough material that I'd be forced to include extra postage, but that didn't work out.... maybe next month.  I wasn't too worried about extra postage as most of them go via e-mail.  There is only a couple copies that actually get mailed via USPS.  It's not like the "old days" when it was a full day it seemed, printing and assembling copy after copy and then using up one or more sheets of stamps to get everything mailed.  And if you'd care to see it, it's on the SASP web-site.  Go to "NEWSLETTERS" along the left and select the month.

Also got the May issue of the Rear Engine Review for the Inland Northwest Corvair Club out, with the handful of mailed copies being picked up by the mailman this afternoon.  This group is pretty much the same, and I only need print and actually mail out a handful.  Definitely makes doing a newsletter a lot easier.  Our web-master has had some medical issues over the past few months and hasn't been updating the INCC web-site that often, so I don't don't know if it's up or not.  If you were to check, you might find it still shows the March 2019 issue.

This pic of a Corvair Convertible that's for sale in Oregon also appeared on the front of the May issue of the Rear Engine Review.

For the most part, we've been having some decent spring weather.  Warm during the day, lots of sun, and pleasant.  We've been threatened with rain now and then, but in our particular neighborhood it doesn't seem to rain as much as they forecast or as much as we might expect.  Saturday was supposed to be rain and wind and thunderstorms all afternoon and evening.  We got one good storm just as darkness fell and a bit more near midnight, but nothing that lasted, nothing that soaked everything really good.  So far, I've not put the sprinkler out, but instead have just been hand watering.  Seems to help, especially if I do it everyday.  And since I'm retired and staying home, I've got the time to stand out there and move in slow motion as I let it soak in.  My mantra while watering is, "be the sloth!"  Brought on by the GEICO commerical with the sloth trying to draw a tandem bicycle.  I've found it's best to move the hose and nozzle really slow and let as much water as possible soak into each square inch of lawn.  Also, I've found that as I have the time, it's a good way to, as they say, be one with nature... to just enjoy the typical sunny spring day.

Suppose that'll do it for now.  Expect I'll be back.... in a week or so!
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Catching Up

As usual, I post and intend to post again in a couple of days, but look and discover much more time has passed than intended.  You'd think that with being home so much of the time I'd be cranking them out on a regular basis.  Then again, I find that there are times when I just don't want to do anything on the computer beyond checking e-mail or surfing through various social media platforms.

Even though the current "Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy" mode of life hasn't been a big change for me... I was pretty much doing that anyway, perhaps it is the finality of it that sometimes gets to me.  If I don't have plans to go anywhere, do anything, things are pretty much normal.  But when I want to go to the store, need to run an errand, I have to stop and think a bit about it.  Make sure I really need to go or that I remember to follow social distancing guidelines and the like.  Also I do miss those occasional events, meetings, etc where I have a chance to meet with and intereact with friends and colleagues.

I have come to realize that the lack of sports might be contributing to me doing at least a little work on the third Stone Island Sea Stories book.  By now, most of my evenings would be taken up with watching Seattle Mariner's games, but since they aren't playing I have time most evenings to do a bit of writing related stuff.  Currently I'm entering edits for the final chapter into the computer, and for once I may be adding to the word count rather than taking away from it.  That's because I realized that some things in that last chapter and somethings in the beginning of Book Four don't fit well chronologically.  So far I've transposed a scene from chapter one of the new WIP to the final chapter, and I'm thinking there are a couple more things I need to add to fully wrap up number three.  But still, for all intents and purposes, I think it's done.

I've probably mentioned a time or two that at our monthly SASP meetings, we usually have a drawing for door prizes  For a while it got to be a way for members to clear out books they'd read and didn't want around anymore.  We finally restricted it to books by members, whether or own or another member, or books on writing, publishing, editing, marketing, etc.  But over the time we allowed anything and everything, I've picked up a few of just about anything.  (Usually when a person has a winning ticket for a door prize, they get to select what they want from the selection to be given away.  Often I've taken some fairly off the wall stuff because I might already have what else is available.  Sometimes end up with things that I normally wouldn't read, things in genres or subject that I normally don't look for.  Such was case with Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister, which I read a few weeks ago.  It was/is basically Fantasy Romance, and when you come right down to it, was a fairly interesting story.  Now I'm reading something called Fairyville by Emma Holly.  It too seems to be Fantasy Romance, but this one has a lot more erotica in it.  It has just enough of a story line to it to prevent it from being porn.  Does seem to be well written, but is quite explicit, quite often.  And it is one I find might sit for several days between reading sessions.  Anyway, hoping to finish it up soon and get back to a good Naval Adventure/Age of Sail, or other adventure type story.  (And sometimes I wonder which of the members of SASP donated such a book to the monthly door prize collection.)  I'm also coming to realize that while I'm no prude, I prefer things to be hinted at, rather than blatantly described in what I read.

Weather has been nice for the most part, alhough April Showers seem to have taken a leave of absence.  Hardly any rain at all this month.  We've had a few days where it was supposed to rain, and it did, but for just a few minutes, enough to make the pavement wet, but then it stopped and never returned.  I've skipped watering those days, thinking we were going to get a good soaking, but by the next day have to go water just to catch up.  Never the less, the lawn is greening up and I've got most of the trimming done.  Also have managed to clean up most of what I've trimmed, so as time goes on, the place looks a litle better all the time.  Also noticed that over the past few days, most of the trees in the neighborhood have leafed out.  Makes it look and feel more like spring.

That should do it for this time.  Ideally I'll be back in a few days, but regardless of when, I'll be back.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

More This and That

Finshed up the initial edit of the final chapters of Darnahsian Pirates a week or so ago.  So far I've inputted three of the five into the computer files.  Chapter Twenty-Five took a while and I finished it up last night.  I made a lot of small changes to that one and ended up removing 710 words from it.  All told, I've shortened things up by 1,185 words.  Wonder how many more I'll cut in the final two.

This is what a typical page looks like after I've done some editing to it.  This is the second page of Chapter Twenty-Five, and in this particular chapter, most pages looked a lot like this.  In some chapters, there are/were a lot fewer changes.  I find that as I input these changes, I come up with more, which makes it slow going.  I also sometimes decide not to make particular changes, or find others that I did not mark as above.

I see a lot of writers talking about the number of drafts they do in order to write a book.  That, to me means starting over at page one and completely re-writing the story... incorporating changes such a denoted here.  Me?  I do one draft, but I keep revising it.  I go back into the computer version and change those things I find need to be changed.  I might retitle it from "Chapter One" to "Chapter One Rev 1" or something similar to keep track of it, but to me, it's still the same draft.  I think that with the way we can correct, change, modify, and alter a computer document, there isn't really a need to start or do multiple drafts.  In the old typewriter days, it was very difficult to make changes and corrections on the page, so the idea of a new draft, if not of the entire book, at least of a particular chapter made more sense.  The same was true for anyone writing by hand with pen and paper or pencil and paper.  Then there would have been the need to write out a final (semi-final) smooth copy once a signicant number of corrections and changes had been made.

Did a little more yard work today.  Mowed everything again, although it didn't need a whole lot of that.  I try to more on a regular basis so I'm not cutting all that much.  With the mower I have it can be hard to mow if it gets too high, and I'd rather keep it trimmed and take of a very little bit each time I mow.  Hand watered again, which I've been doing for the past week or so, and sprayed some vinegar and water on the weeds coming up in the cracks in the concrete.  Tomorrow, if it's not too windy I hope to spray some "weed and feed" stuff on it.  Then I'll wait a day or two and go back to watering.  Might break out the sprinkler for the main yard.  I just hand water the two smaller sections all the time because they are so small it's next to impossible to use the sprinker.  Ends up watering a lot of the sidewalk and street so it's not the best way to go.  I have the time so I can get everything watered pretty good doing it by hand.

Made a run to check mail for the Corvair Club and Spokane Authors yesterday.   Also stopped by the store to pick up a few things I was getting low on.  Wanted to get a few things at another store, but there was a line outside of people waiting to get in, so I decided it could wait.  Eva works there so maybe she can pick those items up when she's at work.  If it turns out to be like last time, it'll be another two weeks before I go anyplace again.  Hopefully by then we will have made some progress and we'll be closer to ending this Stay Home Stay Safe routine.  Doesn't bother me all that much because most of the time I don't go anywhere anyway, but now and then I feel the need to go and then decide I can't or I shouldn't.

Hope everyone is doing okay and that you are finding constructive and creative ways to occupy your time.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

I'm Still Here

I keep thinking that with all this enforced stay at home time, that I'll post more often here... Somehow it hasn't worked like that.  And as I've mentioned, not all that much has changed for me.  I'm usually home anyway.  I think the biggest difference is that I've changed my once a week run around and do everything I need to do to an every other week routine.  Way back on April 2nd we went and got our taxes done and the next day I made my "weekly" run.  Haven't gone anyplace since... other than out and about to walk Coco.  Who by the way went all the way around the block today.  Usually he'll explore the part of the street in front of the house he considers his territory or sometimes will just lay in the yard while I stand there holding the leash.

We had a few days of great weather late in March, but as we moved into April it got chilly and somewhat stormy.  During the earlier round of nice weather I trimmed some of our bushes and we had the yard power raked.  Towards the later part of last week it warmed up some, so I got a bit more done.  I re raked, by hand the boulevard strip between the side walk and the street and mowed it.  I've also been hand watering, just enough I hope to allow the new growth to get a better start.  That boulevard strip has a lot of brown dead grass at present and I'm trying to soak it up everyday.

Took this sunset shot last month, a couple days after spring began

Friday was the nicest day so far, with temps reaching into the low seventies.  Trimmed the bushes or shrubs in front of the house, the ones I know as scotch pine.  I've heard others refer to them as bull pine.  All I know is that if I go to trim them I want to wear something old as I end up getting pitch all over everything, including me.  Also cut back/cut down a couple of other leafy bushes, and will eventually take them out completely.  They are a pain to manage, it seems.  Lastly, I did some more trimming on one of the shorter bushes between the driveway and the front walk.  Tried to get rid of as much of the old dead undergrowth as I could.   This was one I'd done a few weeks ago but realized it still needed work.  Now I'm debating cutting off two of the limbs that  take up a lot of space but don't contribute much to the green canopy portion.  Or I might wait until next year.  Now the only thing I need to trim are the two taller bushes in that same area.  Have a feeling I'll need a ladder as the tops are just out of reach.

Front of the house showing my attempt at trimming the scotch pines there.  Will have to pick up the trimmings one of these days.

Saturday I mowed the main yard and the small triangular portion between the driveways and by the garages.  They weren't really high yet, but with my mower, if it gets too long, it gets hard to push, so I try to cut just a little bit at a time, and cut more often than a lot of people.

Writing wise, I finished up editing the final chapters of Darnahsian Pirates a few days ago.  So far I've updated the first of those chapters (chapter Twenty-Three) on the computer and have a start on the next.  Hoping that I'll get that done this week and then I can go back through the whole thing looking for typos and that sort of thing.  Also have a few details I need to figure out and perhaps correct or change.  A lot of it is stuff that doesn't really make it into the story, but stuff that I want to be sure of.

I guess that's it for now.  As always, hope everyone is doing well, staying safe and staying healthy.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Just Checking In

Friday I put most of the April Issue of the Rear Engine Review (newsletter for the Inland Northwest Corvair Club) together.  Wasn't a lot of club news, so I stretched out the editorial portion a bit to take up some space an also to offer my opinions on what is going on in the world these days.  I also tried to run a few more pics than normal, and added some links to books by folks in Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers.  Figured that a lot of people might be looking for something to read during this time of self-isolation and staying home, staying safe.  As it is, I probably send the REAR ENGINE REVIEW to more folks than just about anything.  Besides sending it to members of the club, I also send it to other Corvair Clubs and other Corvair people.  It also goes out to a distribution list that goes to people all across the Corvair Owners Society of America (CORSA).  And I send it to a lot of family members, friends, and even the high school classmates I am in touch with.  So it might work to get the word out about books by fellow writers.  And it gave me something to put in the newsletter as well.

For the most part these days, I'm staying home... as we all should be doing.  In over two weeks I've been out of the house, other than for walking Coco, four times.  Twice, and these were two weeks apart rather than the usual weekly trips, I went to check SASP and INCC mail, as well as being prepared to deposit any recieved dues, and finally to get beer and all those things I consider necessities.  And just to thumb my nose at the whole situation, I bought a six pack of Corona beer, which I'll consume over the next week.  Bought double of everything, so ideally I won't have to go again for another two weeks.  Also made one trip to get propane for the grill, and a few days ago we went to get our taxes done.  Now, as long as food and toilet paper hold out I shouldn't need to go anywhere for at least two weeks.

Finished reading through Darnahsian Pirates yesterday.  Not bad if I do say so myself.  Noticed the recently written chapters area a bit rougher, but that's to be expected.  Today went through and did a more indepth edit of Chapters Twenty Three and Twenty Four.  I'll probably wait until I've done the remaining three before makeing any changes or entries to the computer copies of those chapters.  Then I'll want to go back to the beginning and do a good close edit on the whole thing.  While reading I did find some types and other silly mistakes in the portions I edited last spring, so I think another pass is warranted.

A couple of weeks ago I started trying to get in touch with various family and friends via e-mail, just to see how they were doing in these strange and often trying times.

Former co-worker sent this pic of the puppies she and her family got for Christmas.  Names are Gus and Millie, although I'm not sure which is which.

  Finished that up earlier today and have had a few responses back.  Also did much the same when sending out the REAR ENGINE REVIEW yesterday.  I send  it multiple times, with different messages accompanying the particular folks it's going to.  I send it to the club members, and also include the latest version of the club roster as well as the treasurers report.  When I send it to other Corvair folks outside the club it's just the newsletter.  This time I sent it as a separatee message to my high school classmates, because the actual e-mail was meant especially for them.

We had some great weather a couple weeks ago, but lately it's been cold, windy, and at times, wet.  We've actuall woken up to snow a couple of mornings.  Nothing too serious, but enough to show for a while in the morning.  Usually it's gone by noon.  Now it seems the warm weather is coming back and by the end of the week we might be into the seventies.  That's great as I'd started to get some yard work done and I'd kind of like to get back to it.

I'm sure you'll agree that that's enough for now.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Writing Progress and More (Maybe)

I think I've mentioned that I recently finished the third Stone Island Sea Story, Darnahsian Pirates, and that now I've started the fourth, which for the time being is known simply as Book Four.  I also finished reading Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister and so now I'm free to read over my recently finished manuscript.

I read some yesterday and today, and at present am probably a third of the way through it.  Maybe a little more.  Today I finished Chapter Ten, which ends on page 145.  The first seven or so chapters were written ages ago and have been edited and revised several times, so reading is fairly rapid.  They are in good shape, although I've found a few things.  Some of it isn't so much about writing but about details and consistency, spelling a character's name the same from one chapter to the next, or remember which characters are aboard what ships.... that sort of thing.  And I've spotted the occasional typo, but all in all, it's pretty clean.  Everything from there, Chapter Eight to Twenty Two were written a year or so ago when I got back at it, and they've had one rather thorough going over.  So far they seem to read and flow nicely.  When I get to Twenty Three, I'll probably need to pay a bit closer attention, as most of that could still be considered to be first draft.

As for Book Four, I just want to keep going so I'm trying to add a little every day, or  most days.  It's in a "hunt for a story mode" as I don't really have anything solid to write to yet.  So a lot of what I'm writing might end up being delete, or it might be moved to a different part of the story, or interspaced with other scenes, ideas.  As with a lot of things, it will come together eventulally.

Felt a little out of sorts yesterday and was wondering if maybe I'd contracted the stuff putting the whole world in an up roar.  Some of what I was feeling didn't fit, and now I'm feeling pretty much normal, if that's such a thing for me.  May well have been a result or combination of what I've eaten or drank lately.  Eva is currently making a grocery run and I've decided to postpone my weekly run until tomorrow.  Usually try to do it on Friday so if the Inland Northwest Corvair Club or Spokane Authors gets any dues payments in the mail I can go to the respective credit unions to make the deposits.  One isn't open on Saturday and teh other only for a limited amount of time... and currently banks and credit unions are not open, lobby, direct customer service wise, so it doesn't really matter.  I had thought to go today or tomorrow depending on when she went on her run, simply to avoid having to move her vehicle to get to mine.  By the time she left today I'd decided I didn't want to go anywhere, so... tomorrow.

When He-Lo was the Bird in Residence here, we kept his wings clipped so he couldn't fly and get away.  The typical paper airplane could out fly him.  Later we did the same with Stormie, but now that Coco is here, we've decided she should have the ability to fly, just in case he should catch her on the ground and decide she's a chew toy.  So now, a couple times a week we'll hear the rustle of wings and she'll take off and fly around the dining room and living room before returning to cage.  The other night I was watching TV, laying back in the recliner when I hear wings.  A moment later, she's above me, nearly hovering, and finally lands on the top edge of the chair back.  Got her to step on to my hand and then my shoulder, and hence the following pic.  As you can see, she was much more ready for picture taking than i was.

Naturally Coco was jealous and had to climb up as well.  Tried to get a shot of all three of us, but couldn't manage it.  Did get this one of Coco.

And if you look really close you might see Stormie on my shoulder, sort of hidden behind the edge of my face.

Hope everyone is doing okay, staying safe and staying healthy.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge

A Week's Difference

Last Saturday I got to try out my recently purchased wheeled snow shovel/pusher/plow.  We woke up to a couple inches of snow and temps below freezing.  This Saturday afternoon finds us with sunny skies and temps in the high 50's (F).  Quite comfortable in shirt sleeves.  Had a lawn care guy come by mid morning and power rake the front yard, something I didn't get around to having done last year.  Got a bunch of the dead grass and last year's clippings out of it, plus mowed and got even more.  Now it's all set for me to mow for the rest of the summer.  It's starting to green up in spots and I imagine that will happen more and more as we move into April.

Last Saturday, about noon!

Today, about 1:30 pm.

Probably as the next week moves along I'll try to get the bushes and shrubs trimmed.  Cleaned out some vines growing on the back fence and between the garages, so I guess you can say I've started the yard work for this year.

And!  Last night I finished my third Stone Island Sea Story.  The plan for it now is... finish reading the book I'm currently reading, and then sit and read the printed out copy of Darnahsian Pirates. Want to see what needs to be revised, improved, and so on.  The majority of it has already had one fairly thorough edit and the first few chapters have been gone over a few times over the years.  The last five, those I've just written are basically raw and untouched, so they'll need more.  I'm also hoping to keep going on the writing and plunge right in to book no. 4. I don't have a super defined idea of what it will be, but I know it will continue on from the 3rd.  Sometimes I'd like to think it as akin to what was said about British warships during the Age of Sail.  "Built by the mile and cut off as needed!"  I'd like to get to where I just keep writing and cut or divide it into appropriate length stories/novels as needed.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.