Omaha and a Birthday

Score another point for a boring title. Yesterday we went to Omaha. OK, mostly Council Bluffs, but I count it as all the same place.
First we went to the mall of the bluffs to get Hubby’s license renewed, only the drivers license place was closed (it’s the only one in the region that is supposedly open on Saturdays) but the trip wasn’t wasted as we found the railroaders club.

There was also a toy store there, where I found a barbie camper for $15!

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How awesome is that??? I have always wanted one so – yay!!
From there we had other shopping. Kmart was a debacle from hell, though the employees were awesome, and eventually we ended up back in Shen, at Walmart, where we stupidly looked to buy fake flowers.

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Not happening.

As it turned out we wanted the greenery, and there was just enough of those left, so we were okay.
After that was the birthday party for bill.

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Though it was Bill's party, he is not picture

Then home again. All in all a good day. You’d get more details but I’m tired and my foot is asleep, so I’m leaving you for now.
Have a good one,
Jo :)

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What might have been…

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You may be wondering what that is. It’s a mummified squirrel I found in my father’s wood burning furnace. It’s not a new picture. It’s not even from this year. But I didn’t have anything else so there it is. Poor squirrel.
Not a lot going on. Tomorrow will be a big day. First shopping in Omaha, then a birthday party. But today I worked on cover type stuff mostly and..  Well I don’t remember what else. That’s how monumental it was.
I had planned to wax poetic about things, but I’m tired and my phone is nearly dead, so maybe another time.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

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Poor Baby Birds

Yeah. There’s nothing else exciting going on.

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One of them head their head stuck out for awhile today. It was cute.
In other news I spent a lot of time today helping the brother. He’s scanning a book from a hardbound into digital (the author asked him to) BUT the scanner I had that did that was the Kodak… Which is in a storage unit because we replaced it with the HP. (It printed better and scanned better but it’s not wireless and with the death of the desktop that was an issue AND, most importantly, almost every time you printed you had to buy a new 30$ print head. Seriously. Google about it.) Luckily the HP scans to PDF so we’ll use adobe to covert it and… Wrong! The option isn’t there. OK, so we’ll use an online converter, except the online converters can’t detect the text for some reason – which may be why the adobe option won’t show up. We tried uploading other PDFs and they worked fine, but not this one. Finally we found a way through adobe to put an “invisible text overlay” on the PDF, which he can then copy and paste into a word document. Yeesh. If anything this has just convinced me that I want my Kodak back. We can always keep it upstairs and use the HP for everyday printing and scanning, but I want it back.
I did some cleaning, yadda, yadda, cooked lunch and dinner, yadda, yadda, and then we worked on the fantasy book some more. We finished a chapter and are almost done with another. Go us!
Oh, and we planted those tulips.

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They don't look like that anymore

Said tulips came from hy-vee in a large glass vase – bulbs and all – with the instructions to let them bloom, then throw them out. Seems like a waste to me, so we planned to plant them and see if my black thumb-ed-ness could kill them for sure. I’ve been putting it off because the ground is muddy – and it will probably turn into a hard lump and kill them – but the bulbs were looking septic soaking in the water. Maybe they’re supposed to, but I doubt it. I probably should have googled it, but instead I just asked dad and he said “yep, better get them planted”. So, we’ll see.
And now I am off to bed.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

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The Red Phone

It’s another uncreative title. In case you can’t guess, I was the recipient of an extremely awesome red vintage style phone for my retro kitchen:

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A present from the awesome Anne!

And here is a farther back shot:

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How cool is that????? (Yes, we need to do something with the window. It’s being debated still, so waiting for an agreement to be reached.)
And, even cooler, it came with a bonus carrot peeler:

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No, I’m not magic. It has a magnet in the handle.
Anyway, so that made my day cheery, considering we had to postpone our BBQ because we were rained out. Boo. Hiss. Boo. We’ll have it next week, rain or shine, so we better invest in umbrellas and rubber boots.
It’s late and I need sleep. Was up working on that fantasy novel I mentioned. We’re writing original stuff now. Ooooooooooooo. I’ve also been organizing my Amaranthine notes and am on M. I’ve found some things I don’t know (OK, must have forgotten) like that Luna was Kateesha’s fledgling, making her sort of like Verchiel’s vampire sister. Hmm. Who knew. Also Des’s mom’s master is the same guy who found Adam on the beach, which apparently explains why Adam was in Oren’s war coven in book 2. There’s a bunch of other little stuff, but I imagine it would bore everyone.
Have a red phone kinda day!
Jo :)

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Bird photo of the day

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The baby birds are still hanging out in the nest. The rumor is that they are starlings. I like starlings, so all is well.
The brother replaced outlets so no electric most of the day. Can’t say I got much done though.
Off to bed now.
Jo :)

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Storms and Baby Birds

Yeah, my titles are not creative. I say storms because it has stormed for days – resulting in some good cloud formations:

And baby birds because there are baby birds in Hubby’s birdhouse:

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Hubby made the birdhouse back in his boyscout days but never was able to put it out. Last year I painted it:

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We put it out in Bolivar but no birds were interested in it, so hubby is quite happy. Sadly the squirrels have been chewing on it, so this fall it needs to come in for repairs. Bad squirrels.
In other news, Menard’s had a sale this weekend, so we bought a BBQ.

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We’re going to try it out Wednesday. Other than that we finished American Horror Story season three today – the end was surprising and Evan Peters was as adorable as ever. Can’t wait till hulu gets Freak Show. We also watched WWE Payback – I was happy with all the matches (especially seeing the Bellas get their butts kicked) except the last one. I had hoped that Kane would split with the authority and get back to being tough, and that Rollins would lose to Reigns or Ambrose. Of course neither happened. Cena and Rusev’s match was good though. And I enjoyed seeing Shamus win. Best of all, though, were the minion cookies.

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I realize these were not compulsory to all people watching, but they should have been.
Hope you all had a minion cookie kind of weekend!
Jo :)

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Writing and Living with Daylight

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged regularly. I think I’m having a hard time working it into our new schedule. Yes, I said schedule. I know, it’s weird, but we need one if we ever plan to get things done. It starts by getting up in the morning (the real morning), having lunch at noon or thereabouts, dinner at six – pm not am – and then was supposed to entail going to bed by ten except instead I’ve scheduled every night after hubby goes to bed for something. Monday is when the brother and I do our Habi Makeover pets, Tuesday we write on the fantasy novel we’re working on (more later), Wednesday is supposed to be for me to write a short story (Tales of the Executioners. Hint. It hasn’t happened yet), Thursday I am supposed to write with another friend on a book ( we haven’t actually managed to do it yet. I think she’s been busy) and Fridays were supposed to be final fantasy night (the video game that is) but hubby has worked non stop Saturdays, so that rules out his staying up.
So, that fantasy book I mentioned. It’s based on posts from a fantasy role play group my brother and I were in called Shenovah. This was back in the mid 2000s on yahoo groups (I used to have so much fun in those!). Anyway, we’ve kicked around making it into a novel series (we’re series kind of people) for years because the world in the RP was all original, and we’ve even hacked at it a few times. Well, we’re finally buckling down and doing it. We’re 80 pages in and at the end of all the pre-written stuff. (Alas the RP group, while fun, was the last one we were involved in. By then everyone in our RP circle had gotten too busy, me included, and the story just sputtered out. The unceremonious end is part of why we wanted to finish it), so from here on its going to be all original, which is more work I think. Rewriting is easier because you have a framework in place already. Though, when we’re done, I’ll still have to go back and rewrite my character’s first chapter ( we’re doing multiple PoV) because I had long ago lost the feel for her and now that I’m finally getting one it’s different than she used to be.
Speaking of old projects, I’m chomping a bit to get on our Thursday writing, too. It’s another project that has been started, restarted, and restarted, again and again. I think we’ve finally discovered the key, so I know if we could just get together on it it could really fly along.
Then of course there’s my vampires. I’ve been supposed to be organizing my notes – that was April’s job – so in May I could start reworking the prequel Patrick to give away to email subscribers. BUT the notes aren’t done yet. I’m on H. I start doing it (usually while the others are watching Game of Thrones – another long story but suffice to say they stated without me and so I don’t know what’s going on, so I don’t watch it, with the hope that someday the universe will align and I’ll have time for more TV and get to watch it on my own or with hubby) but after organizing two or three characters, I get bored and “wander off” to do something else. Three hours later it’s 1 AM and past bed time. *sigh*. I need to knuckle down.
I did have an amazing revelation about book 8 though. There will be at least two more books – I’m kicking around Masque of the Vampire and Goddess of Night for the titles – and then we’ll see. I’m torn on it because I’d happily write them forever, but I worry fans will get bored with it if it drags on for too many books. On the other hand, there are series like Anita Blake or Discworld that have double digit books. I have a poll about it on my website… Let me find the link… http://www.joleenenaylor.com/books/polls.php – if you have an opinion feel free to leave it. You can pick multiple choices, and it’s anonymous. Though as I said, I’m thinking two books more instead of just the one, but we’ll see.
Now that I’ve bored everyone with writing stuff, here’s some even more boring stuff! The kitchen is finally completely organized – even the fridge magnets!

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Yeah, I kind of collect them.
We even got the properly sized curtain rods so the curtains don’t fall down anymore.

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We just need to build the cubby shelf, buy a countertop, put up the back splash, change the outlets, and put up quarter round. Oh, and hubby needs to build my garbage can cart. But we’re getting closer.
And I need to finish organizing the recipes.
I had planned to do yard work but it’s been raining for days.

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And to circle back to books, I finally own the complete set of my own books with the new covers, including Vampire Morsels.

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The tower is supposed to be the one Claudius storms. Okay. Truthfully it just looked cool and I thought “well, I could pretend it’s Claudius’s tower” :p
Dinner is hopefully done so I am gonna end this here.
Have a good one!
Jo :)

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