On the Road Again

Yesterday we headed clear across Iowa, through Illinois, part of Indiana, and finally into Michigan.  Here are the photos in no particular order.

And now I go to Lake Michigan.
Have a huge lake kinda day,



Today was mostly spent preparing for tomorrow’s trip. I even have most of my packing done:

(The white pvc is hubby’s antenna case).

Just a few things left to throw together and then off we go.

Send good vibes. 


P.S. I also got the paperback version of Patrick uploaded.  How cool is that? 


photo of the day

Today was not very exciting.  I finished my paperback formatting of Patrick, did some various online stuff,  and tried my jamberry nail decals finally. 

That’s about it. Oh, except the fuzzy rat. I’ll try to remember to take a pic of him tomorrow. 

And now it’s bed time. 

Have a jamberry kind of day!


There Be Turtles


Jonathan and I are selling autographed prints of the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy comic (20$ includes S&H). We’re taking the first round to the Book Born retreat in Michigan on Monday, where we’ll autograph them.


As for the retreat, I guess I haven’t mentioned it before. Book Born is an awesome facebook readers and authors group. Back in June (just when we started saving to paint our house, ha ha!) Christine came up with the awesome idea of renting a lodge on one of the Great Lakes and getting together for three days.

Fastforward to now, and we leave Monday morning. We’ll drive all day, get a motel, then finish the trip Tuesday and arrive to meet everyone – including the aforementioned Jonathan who I have collaborated on a million things with over the years. The funny thing is, people think we’re related, but we’ve never even met in real life. So, this will be a first, that we are celebrating with a live Terrible Turtles Broadcast on Tuesday. Readers can PM their questions on facebook and I’ll throw them at Jonathan during our live appearance. It is going to be fun.

Past that there are a lot of plans. There’s a dark space park an hour away that looks cool, there’s a lighthouse, there are foreign pokemon I need to catch, there’s talk of a bonfire, we might watch a movie, there may be some book discussion, we’re going to head into the nearest town for lunch on Wednesday…My only plan is the TTC video, some pokemon, and at some point I am hitting up that lighthouse with a camera.

The retreat ends Wednesday, but we’re hoping not to be home until Sunday. It’s going to depend on how much money we have left, but if there is enough we thought about going to New York for one night, and then heading home through Ohio (I think there may be the tiniest corner of Pennsylvania, too), just to say we’ve been to those states. Bust, as I said, it depends on whether we can eat and sleep cheap. And since there’s three of us…

In other news, Brothers of Darkness is formatted and uploaded. I may run through it again real quick and check something I forgot about (a formatting issue), and I need to finish the paperback version. That’s on the list for tomorrow; that and digging up stuff to pack, since I need to go to bed super early Sunday.

And speaking of bed, I should head there now.

Have an autographed comic kind of day!



The Hair

Is done. Looks good. 

And I’m tired. Night!


The House Iz Done


Yes, you read that right, the house is done being painted!! Here’s a little before and after action for you:

Next year,  as I mentioned before,  we’ll get the trim painted.  The main thing is, the house no longer looks abandoned. The painters were awesome,  though I mostly left them alone because I know how annoying it is when people get in your business while you’re working.  I hope that was the proper etiquette and I didn’t come off rude or something.  I don’t know, growing up we had steal siding so we never had anyone paint, or do any maintenance jobs, we did it ourselves or had family help, so I really have zero experience in this stuff.  

Anyway, if you’re looking for house painters in the area, I can recommend them. 

And now my anti anxiety pills are finally working and making me tired,  so I’m going to bed.

Have a painted kind of day!




Not blue as in the feeling, but blue as in the color. The painters came back today and the front of the house is now blue!


It doesn’t really look blue in that picture, but I promise it is. They also got the side painted, though the only pics I took of it was when it was just the primer:

But even just [rimer is an improvement. I can’t wait until next year when we get to have the trim painted🙂 I need to find out how much they’ll charge for it. It’s too bad Jarod can’t do ladders anymore because I hear he’s a whiz with a paint brush, and I’d rather money goes to family, but I don’t blame him. If I any of us ladders we wouldn’t need to pay someone.

Mom had her rehab today, so it was me and dad for lunch. That means I don’t get my shake because he usually nips down to the grocery store and buys something before I get to it. Today e went to the cafe instead. I was tempted to skip it – all the extra calories, and the time it takes (especially when I have so much to get done) but hey, the man is 78. One of these days I’ll be wishing I could pile on the extra calories to go eat lunch with him.

Anyway, the cafe has new menus:


Pretty snazzy, huh? Anytime I take a photo anywhere now, google maps wants me to add it to their database, including this one. It’s kind of fun, so I do it sometimes. In fact I took these just to add to it:

We also bleached my hair again tonight. it’s STILL not pale blonde, but it;s getting a funky texture so this is the best it’s going to get. I don’t want to fry it. We’ll put the color in tomorrow and see how it looks.

Other than that, I have edited today. I took out about 1500 words by deleting extra suddenlies, justs, nows, seems, somehows, thats, hads, and so on. However I can only concentrate on murdering one word at a time, so for each word on my “get rid of” list I have to use find and comb the whole thing over and over. I’ve read the end six times today. Boo!

And that’s really all I’ve got. So, have a blue paint kinda day!



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