Carnival Rides

merry go round2016 has been a Carousel ride for me that will obviously be research for future stories.  A big challenge was when Ed had to cut through four inches of concrete of our bathroom floor. We could not find anyone willing to do the job for him, not even locals who work for beer money. Lots of yucky details unlikely to show up in any future novels, but it was a turning point for our construction project. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime project since March and may be usable living space in another month or two.

A high point was attending the Historical Romance Reader Retreat!  Check out the Gallery of pictures to see the gowns, the hats, authentic historic games and coins, high tea, grand ball, and glorious setting. The movie was The Law and the Lady and it was great for more reasons than watching Fernando Lamas on horseback. And of course there were Books and Authors!

In July I joined the local Aquatic Center and the swimming, water yoga and weight-training, has significantly improved my health and mobility. I also began reading Jane Austen books for the first time and these two additions to my time and psyche have helped me endure the drama of this election process between HRC and DT.

On election night, my sisters and I were vacationing at the Oregon Garden Resort, we all voted early, and it was good to be together for such a historic event. I’m sure there will be political drama and turbulent news up to and even after the new president takes the oath of office in January but I’m going to trust that America is great.

There have been many surprises and shifts so far this year to many of my family and friends, and some were nasty but opened doors to brighter futures. We will hope for the best and I’m going to make brownies for our Thanksgiving party.

Celebrate the Carousel!

Sunriver

Mercury retrograde is almost done and for me these weeks have been rocking with changes.

This was our campsite in Sunriver.
This was our campsite in Sunriver.

Our big adventure in Yellowstone is still weeks in the future but we needed to be out of the house this weekend, and wanted to do a full test out of our equipment and toys.  So we loaded up bikes and kayaks, hooked up the travel trailer, and went to Sunriver. This is a resort type area near Bend, Oregon and only a few hours from home and it is beautiful.  We’d been there a few years ago when our youngest lived there.

 

For this adventure, our plan was to kayak on Sparks Lake with our new little dog, Arkkade. We all had a wonderful time!

Arkkade liked it and now knows her favorite spot.
Arkkade liked it and now knows her favorite spot.
That's Mt. Bachelor
That’s Mt. Bachelor
There were lots of coves and byways to explore. We even heard water draining through a lava tube.
There were lots of coves and byways to explore. We even heard water draining through a lava tube.

 

There were lots of places to pull up on the beach for lunch.
There were lots of places to pull up on the beach for lunch.
Those mountains are The Sisters. It was a glorious way to spend hours!
Those mountains are The Sisters. It was a glorious way to spend hours!

Little points

k & rkd 006 - croppedOur Jack Russell Terrier has been with us for two months now and my grammy nanny days are done as Kaedence went to her new preschool today. Her mom posted a picture of her ready for her first day on Facebook, then the next post was a tribute to Leonard Nimoy’s passing. Since I practically know the script for every Star Trek episode; and most of the movies, and most of the Next Generation series, I really had a “passing of an era” feeling this morn.

Ed is in Cleveland’s frigid climate for a while. His brother is having long term medical treatments so Ed cleared his schedule to be there for his family so everyone can rest a little easier.  He said Lake Erie is frozen and he could probably walk (or ice skate) to Canada. The snow piles on the side of the roads compare to Mt. Hood roads during ski season, though it hasn’t started yet this winter.

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They are adorable and worth every long day and strained muscle I endured.

My astrology forecast for March stated I should hibernate for the first half of the month. That is my plan, sort of, as I have set up my storyboards around the dining room and spread all my binders across the table. Once I get in the groove I should make substantial progress on at least two novels. Ed used to travel extensively for work but it’s been a few years and it is strange at how quiet the house is today.

Welcome to the Year of the Sheep!