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Finding The Time

Finding The Time

When Andrew was in the first grade he told his teacher he could not practice his reading at home because his mother was too busy sewing. To say the least, I was appalled because that was not entirely true. He’s still finding excuses because I know that unless it’s a piece of music, he doesn’t really like to read.

I guess I’m no better because I’ve come up with the same excuse – I can’t write because I’m too busy sewing. Sometimes it’s just easier to not get started on those chapters because I know I won’t get to finish.

To me, writing a book is not something that can be done with interruptions. With my sewing, I can get up and down, leave and return in ten minutes or so and get right back into the groove.

Writing takes more concentration. Your thoughts can’t be all over the place and neither can you. Now I’m not saying that you have to start and end your writing endeavor in one long writing session, but you do need a block of time in every day specifically blocked out for writing. Maybe I should put a lock on my door and leave my phone in the other room.

So my excuse is, I haven’t stopped writing, I just haven’t had time. I have a book – almost finished – it just needs an ending then editing and tweaking. Finding that block of time has been hard to find with H retired, plus my real job has been hectic this past year. Yes, I had to add that job part in there, but it’s true.

When I did have a few days of off-time I didn’t put pen to paper as I had planned. Instead I found myself taking those precious blank hours to detoxify from a stressful day by binge watching Netflix with H or getting absorbed in another historical fiction read. It was just so easy.

I plan to retire in a year or two, but I don’t want to wait that long to finish my current book. I need to be more consistent in planning my day around my writing instead of planning my writing around my day. Evidently, the latter didn’t work very well last year.

Writing is on the same level with exercise – you need to actually participate in the activity for any results!

~Elle

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THE WEEK IN REVIEW – it’s all about them…

THE WEEK IN REVIEW – it’s all about them…

So last  week started out with daily visits to Toyota dealerships because H has a bad case of new truck fever. It must not be contagious because I haven’t caught the nasty bug yet. I may be immune – I’ve got my new car.

Let’s hope a few doses of sticker shock will bring that fever down. He doesn’t need a new truck. His isn’t even paid for yet – and he loves his truck. 

But as we all know, new truck fever is not to be dealt with lightly. Symptoms include:

  • Brightness in eyes whenever you drive through a car dealership
  • Racing pulse as you single out the vehicle of your choice
  • Tightness in chest as options and upgrades are listed
  • Lightheadedness from the whiff of that new car smell

We’ve made three trips – yes, three – to Troy this week. Once to trade vehicles with Andrew so we could get some work done on his car, combined with a run through the Toyota dealership in Enterprise, to soothe H’s fever, and for H to work with Zion Chapel High School’s band. (This is where Andrew is doing his internship this semester.) 

Once again, to Troy to take Andrew’s car back to him, and the last trip on Saturday because H was an adjudicator for the Southeastern United States Marching Band Festival at Troy University. 

Andrew couldn’t be there for this festival because he had to be at another marching festival with Zion Chapel’s band. (His drum line took first in class!) He asked me how The Sound of the South sounded. I told him they were great as usual, but it’s hard to get excited when you don’t have someone you love performing. He said he guesses he will understand that one day. 


Sound of the South

Things we do for our children: 

Tuesday I was on the phone, on the computer, or in the car most of the day, taking care of stuff Andrew should have been taking care of. He says he has no time, so of course I said I would. 

I called in a prescription, picked it up, and then deposited a check into his bank account that he had been carrying around with him for three weeks. 

I ordered a replacement screen cover for his phone, requested an absentee ballot for him to vote, and last, but definitely not least, I ordered his cap and gown for graduation on December 16! He doesn’t want to walk – we told him he had to. After all, we want to see where our money has gone…

Andrew texted me at 12:07am Friday, after we had had a conversation earlier about the problem of a mouse in his house. 


He said it took all of five minutes, after he set the trap, to catch that rodent.“Now I can sleep tonight!” 

Between all that ‘doing’ for H and Andrew, I worked on Coffee-Drunk or Blind because publishing is hard work – or rather getting ready to publish is. I’m not quite there yet, but close. I promise you will love it! 

Look what came in the mail Saturday while we were out of town! So proud of him. It’s been a long road…

Yes, I will press the wrinkles out of this! That’s why I had it sent to my house instead of his! 
~Elle

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