Projects

I don’t know why we do this to ourselves. Pile up projects, due dates, and D.I.Y.s until we just turn in confused circles, trying to decide which way to go first or, possibly worse, which paint color matches the worksheet our boss assigned today that’s due yesterday. Maybe some of us, myself included, thrive on such craziness. Perhaps the organized and zen approach to life would make us insane, crazy with boredom and aching for stress within a week (probably sooner). I wouldn’t know, I’ve never gotten to point where I could find out! As soon as one thing is finished, three more jump up to take its place, waving like an elementary student who thinks they know the answer.

In fact, I am currently smack dab in the middle of at least 5 different projects:

Dragons in the Deep: Book 4 in the Stone Dragon Saga. A centuries old pirate ship is discovered and could hold the key to finding Aliphonsore’s parents. In fact, it could hold the key to ending the Fairy Queen’s insidious plans. With new friends, both human and otherwise, the return of Passiona and her pet sorcerer on the loose, and ancient obscure texts you never know what could be waiting around the corner!

Fifth Grade Dragons: A spin off of the main Stone Dragon Saga. This book finds Aliphonsore and King Ferdinand as professors at an academy in Realta, having made their way back home after the final battle with Passiona. Anna, who is now a writing teacher for a local fifth grade, is asked to help Aliphonsore and Ferdinand teach some students the basics of ‘human’ story telling/writing…to (hopefully) hilarious results.

Highland Park Presents: A short story compilation written by my fifth graders. They each worked hard on providing a short story that shows their abilities, their interests, and their weird senses of humor. Tyree Tomes is transcribing and editing the stories, turning them into one impressive book with a forward written by none other than the proud teacher…ME!

Plants and Ecology: A unit in science that teach students about things the food chain, energy consumption/output, and the ways communities are coming together and using Science to help save their local environments.

Organizing My Rooms: I have 4 rooms that ‘belong’ to me in this house. My bedroom, my sitting room, my closet, and the writer’s loft. We (meaning Dad) are building shelves for the back of my bedroom and will be getting those put in (hopefully!) soon. After that it is my sincere belief that I might be able to get my rooms organized and things up off of my floors! I KNOW that it HAS to be possible! I JUST KNOW IT!

Crocheting/DIY: I almost forgot…I promised a crocheted ear flappy hat to a friend a few months ago…he reminded me about that the other day so maybe I should hop on that! And don’t get me started on the DIY play house and cutesy painting I was hoping to get done this week cus…that ain’t gonna happen!

YOWZA! Putting them all in a row like that is a bit shocking to the system. Quick…somebody line out their to-do list for me! What are you getting done right now? Are you one of ‘us’, with the mile long constant list or are you one of those people who have it all lined out and finish one project before starting another one? If you’re the second type…HOW DOES THAT WORK???

I can’t wait to hear from you! Good luck with all your projects!

What Are You Reading Wednesday May 14th

This week I am working on reading the next Cassandra Clare book (I’m a little behind so I’m on City of Fallen Angels) in between crocheting toys for end of school year prizes and working on the new short story book’s illustrations.

I will also be reading Ministerial Musings (free  e-book download through Saturday!!) and waiting on Monsoon McKreel (which will be free Monday thru Friday of next week), both written by Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree (his blog can be found here).

What are you reading this week? Are there any books that you’re looking forward to delving in to soon? (Are they by any chance the Stone Dragon Saga by one Elizabeth S. Tyree?? I hear they’re pretty gripping 😀 ) Let me know, I love to hear from you!

Batting Around

I missed Short Story Sunday yesterday due to an extreme lack of story and extra not-feeling-good in both my daughter and I. We still don’t feel very well, but I did get a story started last night so I am plunging right ahead with it!

Batting Around

The world begins to roll on past me, pricks of pain shredding my skin. This dizzy insanity serves to once again remind me that I am made for a more sedentary lifestyle. This is not what I am meant for, this terrifying spin that leaves me spread thin and tangled on the floor. And does anyone ever ask if I’m ok? NO! They just roll me back up and throw me on top of the basket. Then it’s a perfunctory “bad kitty” and a tap on the nose for my persecutor. As if that will stop him from leaping over my brethren and tearing me apart as soon as the mistress has turned her back again.

I know I’m complaining about something that cannot be changed immediately, but several of my kin have been saved already. I watch them as the mistress chooses their bright hues and weaves them into her life…but I am just a muddy green and there is no need for my colors in her work, so I am left on the top of the stack, attacked daily by that mottled beast.

Wait! She has chosen me and loops my fragile body around her hook. She is making me into something special! I am a butterfly slowly emerging from my cocoon! What is this?? A CAT TOY?? NO! This can’t be right! PLEASE DON’T THROW ME BACK, I WAS GOOD YARN ONCE! A cat toy…I can’t believe my life.

(a beautiful hand spun green via:http://www.etsy.com/listing/120852730/sale-handspun-yarn-spring-awakening)

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Easter Baskets and Contests

Easter Baskets and Contests

If you want to find some great reading material from personable authors, check out Tyree Tomes! Not only are Elizabeth S. Tyree and Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree offering their books, they are offering conversation, advice, pithy sayings, and, for a limited time, the opportunity to purchase Easter Baskets of signed and, if wanted, personalized books from their catalogue.

A basket with two books starts at $12 and can be supplemented with crochet toys, hats, scarves, etc. from http://www.facebook.com/WhimsicalDesignESTyree

While you’re there, don’t forget to ‘like’ the page and have an opportunity to win a free personalized and autographed book of your choice (from their catalogue).

Have a Blessed Day!

Snow Days

Photo Photo(the view from my front door…I didn’t walk out with the dogs this time!)

The past few days have been cold here. In fact, cold is an understatement. With the snow and winds we have been advised to stay outside for ten minutes or less, and only that if it is absolutely necessary, for fear of frostbite. I have taken these warning seriously and have not left the house! The biggest problem with that, however, is the fact that weather has been playing havoc with the internet connections around town, and I have not been able to post a blog in three days.

I have used that time ‘wisely’:

 I learned a new pattern and can now crochet these mittens with a ‘flip top’ option to turn them into fingerless gloves.

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I finished watching season 6 of The Big Bang Theory

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I played A LOT of “random dancing” to kids songs and chase the baby games with my toddler.

and I read Barbara Hay’s The Bulldoggers Club:The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish and wrote an Accelerated Reader test over it. I also wrote a review, which was supposed to post Tuesday and will be posted later today.

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I still don’t like the cold and snow, but being without internet for a couple of days was almost interesting. I hope that you all stay warm (or cool, depending on what your weather is like!) and have some FUN today!

Don’t forget that Tyree Tomes is having a give away week RIGHT NOW. You can find our free e-downloads at:

amazon.com/author/elizabethtyree

http://www.amazon.com/Dr.-Wilson-Jay-Tyree/e/B00B1VF9OY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1391707114&sr=8-1

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No Review

No Review

According to my meticulously lined out day planner, today is the day that I have set aside to give you a fantastically in-depth and insightful review of “The Book Thief.” Sorry, It isn’t happening today guys!

I have all sorts of great excuses. Things like: I was working on crochet orders through Whimsical Design by ESTyree (a facebook page that occasionally nets me some work). Or, I was writing and forgot to read! (its true! A blog a day and a new installment in my YA series: The Stone Dragon Saga)

In reality, I spent a lot of time doing those things. But mostly, I was busy reading to, being read to, and playing with my 17 month old daughter. Her favorite character in books and television?? Take a wild guess…May you all have a Curious and Blessed Day!

What I Should Be Doing

I should be exercising. Or working on orders, or working on Mom’s birthday present, or reading the book that I’m supposed to have a review ready for tomorrow (not gonna happen). Even, gasp!, cleaning. There are a vast number of things I should be doing. So what am I doing? I’m trolling the blogs and articles and new book releases. I’m writing a third post for the day. I’m happily living in the land of lost time while my toddler naps, the lights at half-mast and two-hundred whole new words committed to paper (well…word page) for the continuation of the Stone Dragon Saga. Call me lazy, call me silly, just don’t call me Ishmael…I write, I read, I procrastinate chores. I live the good life.

That’s it, I don’t have any more. I’m off to watch streaming episodes of last week’s television shows and think about possibly working on the half-finished crochet elephant that is sitting on my craft table. It’s too cold to do much else.

Have a warm and lazily Blessed day!

Food and Fashion

I don’t usually post about food or clothing…I find myself much too under qualified to offer opinions about fashion and my food is usually eaten before I can think about what it really is. However, today there is one of each for me talk about.

First of all, I am not a huge fan of Chinese food. Soy sauce is more salty and less smooth than I prefer (funnily enough, I adore Tex-Mex food. Of course, I’m from Texas). Today I am making Beef and Broccoli for lunch…and replacing soy sauce with Worcestershire Sauce. Try it sometime. Even if you like Soy Sauce, this offers just enough of a different flavor to entice even the staunchest  anti-soy saucer (i.e. ME) to consume a bowl, or two, of the dish. Unless you don’t like broccoli, in which case I can’t help you.

Secondly, I have a small side business run through Facebook of crocheting and occasionally selling toys, hats, and baby/toddler clothing. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsical-Design-By-ESTyree/156284644389895 ) Several months ago I started work on a larger scale pattern in the form of a heavy sweater to help me through the North West Oklahoma winter. Today I have only to sew the pieces together and my sweater will be complete!! I hope to have it finished and pictures loaded to my page this evening. If you like that sort of thing please feel free to pop over and check it out!

Lunch is calling my name so until next time, May you Blessed beyond measure!

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I Love Yarn – True Story!

I Love Yarn - True Story!

Yarn is a passion of mine..not making it, because Lord knows I don’t have room in my room for a spinning wheel, but finding it, buying it, and using it to create something cute, weird, fun, or wearable (OR ALL OF THE ABOVE!). I crochet on an almost daily basis and take a little project with me on every trip and car ride, even to church!

So how is it that I, yarn lover, missed this year’s I Love Yarn Day??

I was busy with the kid all day long, that’s how (plus, I thought it was today!) but I did make an adorable owl beanie hat for an order a friend made for a newborn!

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My ‘side’ work

My ‘side’ work

This is the link to my Facebook page for Whimsical Design, the ‘store’ of handmade items that I create and occasionally sell. 

I was supposed to be taking my inventory to a car show this weekend.  I have almost everything boxed, crated, and ready to head down the road…the only problem is that there are all outside booths, no cover, and somewhere between 60% and 100% chances of rain over the show throughout the day (as in…they WILL have rain, it just depends on what time of day you get there as to whether or not you get wet.)

When asked, the woman in charge said “If people think that their wares will be injured or ruined, they can feel free not to come set up.”

SOOO…I’m not.  Everything I have is yarn or fabric, the rain will not do me any favors.