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Juggling Life

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Juggling Life

Juggling so much that is going on right now I’ve neglected my blog! Can anyone else relate to that?

  1. It was a wild week last week. Andrew graduated from grad school at Lee University and has accepted a great graduate assistantship to further his education at the University of South Carolina. Who would have known when I was having anxiety attacks over him getting his homework done in high school he was going to go this far?
  2. My granddaughter’s dance studio has been selected to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in November. With it costing a small fortune to attend she’s started a gofundme page here > http://bit.ly/2WOiWnI Stop by and see this amazing twelve-year-old dancer if nothing else!
  3. I’m in the process of collecting an email list for a short monthly newsletter. Uggh! It’s something they said I need to do. Can it be any harder? I’d love to see you on this list! You can sign up here > https://mailchi.mp/5b2319d541f9/newsletter-sign-up (you could win a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Avoiding The Tilt, and believe me when I say the odds are in your favor right now!)
  4. I just downloaded a new program on my computer – InDesign. So far I’m baffled but trying to work through it. I’ll be letting you know soon what I plan on doing with this program.
  5. Friday I’m traveling to Monroe, Louisiana for my granddaughter’s high school graduation. She’s the third one of my grandchildren graduating and will be attending Southern Arkansas University in the fall.
  6. And last but not least, I’ve set the publishing date for my newest book – Avoiding The Tilt – June 25th! You can preorder the kindle addition here > https://amzn.to/2WA7AmW

So you can see I haven’t been playing around. Not unless you count the couple of times we’ve been to the beach this month!

~Elle

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It’s All In The Way You Ask

It’s All In The Way You Ask

Now that we’ve moved all the boxes and extra percussion equipment Andrew has collected over the last few years from his bedroom to his newly acquired storage unit we can be labeled as true empty nesters – or not. Just because they are out of the nest doesn’t mean they don’t need you. 

A few weeks ago I received a text message from Andrew, my youngest,  soliciting  my assistance. 


Ha! Who can say “NO” when asked so eloquently? I couldn’t imagine what he wanted me to do. It’s nice to know he has faith in me to do whatever it is he needs done. This time it was the zipper in his new mallet bag. He wanted the zipper flipped so the bag would open from the top instead of the bottom. Seems that would be more convenient when just slipping out one mallet. 

Why they don’t make them that way to begin with I don’t know. I told him to leave that company a review and suggest just that, but he wouldn’t hear of it. Supposedly that bag is attached to a big name percussionist and he didn’t want to offend him. Whatever

It took three hours of wrestling to remove the zipper and flip it upside down to open as he wished! At that point my charges had skyrocketed. Good thing for him he’s not a paying customer. 

Last week I had a trip planned to Atlanta to see three grandchildren dance in a dance competition and a side trip to Tennessee to see Andrew play in a percussion concert. When I relinquished the newly revised mallet bag over to its rightful owner he handed me one to alter for a friend. Ugh! 

No, I am not going into the zipper replacement business. I finished the second one two days ago and it’s on it’s way via snail mail to Tennessee. Done and done! 

Last year he had me making black covers for heating pads to warm up tambourines on stage. You can read about that ordeal  here

I also fashioned some felts strips last year, with strings attached, that hang on the side of the timpani, but I can’t even remember what the purpose of that was! 

I think his friends are in awe that he has a mother who can sew. Threading a needle is a lost art these days! 

So that’s what I do when I’m not writing and a lot of the time I’m doing the same when I should be writing. 

My recent nonfiction book, Coffee-Drunk Or Blind, can be found on Amazon here. Leave your review on Amazon and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Check out my author Facebook page for details! 

~Elle

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