Thankfulness #107: Paying the Bills

Today I am grateful for having just enough money to pay all the bills for the month (yay!) and still order my brother his floor cleaner (he is very particular about the brand but we can’t find it in stores around here anymore). This means nothing will get cancelled or penalized. Double whoo-hoo.

Not much else. Got some editing done on the book and filled in where it said “write scene later.” Yeah, I do that, usually with sex scenes. Or fight scenes. I am kind of looking forward to not having to write either one for awhile when this series is finished. wOOt!

The dog kept me company again today:

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And we had pizza for dinner. From Godfather’s. I had a coupon.

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And I did make a cute graphic for a friend today:

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I got to use stuff from that February graphics bundle again. I also bought the March bundle but have not had time to go through it. I’m getting addicted to them!

And now I go back to editing. Tomorrow I need to do blogophilia. I also need to file my taxes still. Bleh.

Have a bill paying kind of day,

Jo 🙂


Thankfulness #106: More Painting

Today I am thankful because the dining room painting is almost done – and we have a full gallon left at this point:

So we have plenty of paint – yay! I was afraid it wouldn’t be enough, but then I am a bad judge of how far paint will stretch. When we get this room done we’re going to redo the woodwork in the bathroom/kitchen because we used cheaper paint and it is coming off already, then it’s on to the front room. Yay!

In other news, I did some book cover and formatting stuff today:

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And my poor doggy was not feeling very well, I don’t think:

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But he is very soft and silky since his bath yesterday. let me tell you he needed it!

What else… Oh, Snapchat was fun…

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I wish I looked that good in real life, sans the nose ring. I think it would be uncomfortable.

I also got the pre-orders for Goddess of Night going, so I can share links soon… and I did some other boring stuff no one cares about, so I’ll end this.

Have a painted kinda day!

Jo 🙂



Thankfulness #104 & #105

Yesterday I was thankful for getting out of the house and also for homemade cookies that I did not home-make. Yay! And today I am thankful for getting some work done on the book. I did a new opening – which I figured I’d do – and I think it’s stronger and flows better now.

Not much else. We’re rewatching FMA Brotherhood with the bro coz he has never seen it, and I watched some Kora last night (I’ve seen them before but it is an awesome series. I love the Avatar universe).

Okay, this is short, but it’s here. Have a good one!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #103: Pokemon Go Plus

Today I am thankful for hubby getting me a Pokemon Go Plus:

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I’ve wanted one for awhile now, but it’s been cost prohibitive. However, he’s been working overtime lately (which is another thankfulness point because it was sweet of him to use his overtime money for that when he is the one having to do five 12 hour days and not me.)

He had to order it online and site to store it to Walmart, so went to pick it up and of course had to test it. I caught a couple of new ones:


And finally got my Ponyta evolved:

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Yay! Also worth mentioning, I finally got a chocolate shamrock shake:

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Isn’t that pretty? I think it’s the prettiest shake I’ve ever gotten from a McDonalds – and we got in Glenwood of all places!  Not that there’s anything wrong with Glenwood, per se…

And now I close this to go through and make a list of all the scenes I need to add into the book. Though I’d rather draw paperdolls, as weird as that is.

Have a Pokemon Plus kinda day!

Jo 🙂



ABCs of Me

Yesterday I tagged Jonathan in a “First Post” tag. His first blog post was… wait for this… a tag, in which he tagged me back! Ha! Talk about sneaky! Things like that are why he gets this result in the “One word that describes you” FB game:


I kid. Not about him being… well, what that sign says (It’s a sad thing to think that your twin is evil, though) but about the tags. I love tags.  So, on we go!

ABC’s of Me

A – Age: See, age of Aquarius is kind of outdated. It’s now the Age of the Understatement. Just ask the Last Shadow Puppets.
B – Bed size: Why? Are you planning to stay over? You’d be disappointed. I’d make you sleep on the couch with the cats. One night with these cats and you’d never want to come back.
C – Chore you hate: Cleaning. All of it. Though I can actually kind of stand dusting, and I’ve gotten to where I can deal with washing dishes. I’d rather just get a maid, though.
D – Dog’s names: Fido. He’s named after a zombie. The zombie is named after a dog. It’s a good movie. You should check it out. 
E – Essential start your day item(s). The dog whining to go out. Without that I might never get up. Also eye drops or sometimes my eyes will literally not open.
F – Favorite color: Why do we always have to have a favorite? Why do we have to tell the colors that one is better than the other? All the little colors are equal in my eyes. except red. Red might be a little cooler, but don’t tell green. Green gets jealous easy.
G – Gold or Silver, or both: Silver. It looks great with green. (See, green, we love you.)
H – Height: Heights are very high. I don’t mind them, so long as they’re up there and I’m down here. Where it’s safe.
I – Instruments you play(ed):  I can play a snare drum as long as you don’t need rolls. Tympani drums are fun – even with the rolls – base drums, triangle, cymbals, maracas…I’d love to play the taiko drums…
J – Job title: Emperor of the Universe. It looks really impressive on business cards.
K – Kid(s): I have a pair of Goddaughters, does that count? It makes me the Godmother. That’s kind of like the Godfather, except I’m meaner – I mean, nicer. Yeah. Nicer.
L – Living arrangements: They’re not really arranged very well. Especially right now. Luckily it means I don’t have to do as much cleaning because I get to ignore all but four rooms.
M – Mom’s name: Old Woman seems to fit her pretty good.
N – Nicknames you have or had: Jo. That’s it. Though some people might say there are other nicknames, they would be lying. Jo is it.
O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: I was there overnight when I was a baby because my immunizations made me sick.  I don’t love any of my family enough to stay with them overnight. I’d miss party time if I did.
P – Pet peeve: I have a really long list. I found an old blog post that had like 25 listed, and it doesn’t cover everything. It just shows how annoying the world is.
Q – Quote from a movie: “What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
R – Right or left-handed: There’s more of the segregation! First colors, and now hands? That’s a great idea. Let’s have the right and left hand in competition, then they’ll never work together and we’ll never get anything done.
S – Siblings: I have a younger brother. I’ve been trying – unsuccessfully – to train him for 35 years. I also have an evil twin who has different parents, a completely different birthday, and is older than me…
T – Time I wake up: When the dog whines to go out. I thought I covered that already?
U- Underwear: Is very important. I think the freedom to not wear underwear is undermining our entire society. We used to be moral and upright, and look how much underwear people wore back then?
V – Vegetable you dislike: Broccoli. Cauliflower. Asparagus. Beans. Wait. Are they a vegetable? I think they go on the protein tier of the food pyramid…
W – Ways you run late: I don’t really run. I usually mosey late. I didn’t get this potato-like figure by running.
X – X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, lungs, ankle…I think that’s about it.
Y – Yummy food you make: Anything I cook is yummy. Except that rice dish I made years ago. With the squash and carrots in it. It looked good in the picture, but the recipe did not deliver.
Z- Zoo/favorite animal: Now we’re trying to pit the animals against themselves?? Good grief! What is with all this conflict? This should be called the Conflicts of You tag!
As to tagging people, I am going to be sneaky and say that anyone who reads this can be tagged if they want to be. Or I could tag Jonathan again. It might be fun to see him do an updated version of this (his post was from 2010). Yeah. I think I will.

I tag Jonathan! No tags back!


Have an ABC kinda day!

Jo 🙂


(PS – they have redone wordpress again and I don’t like it!)


A tag started by a blogger/writer called Sarah Brentyn, asking us to revisit our first ever blog posts! ❤

My First Post Revisited!

I was tagged by the awesome Carolina of YesterdayAfter to share my very first blog post.

Here we come to the rules:

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag…um…tentwotwelve five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include “the rules” in your post.

Completely silly rules that I’m making up as I type:

  • Drink a glass of wine, bottle of beer, cup of coffee, mug of herbal tea or whatever floats your boat after you hit “publish”. (In other words, toast yourself. Go you!)
  • Read the post out loud in a Mickey Mouse voice.

Here there are my tag choices:

  • Caitlin
  • Donna
  • Barb
  • Vic
  • Jonathan (he can do it on FB if he wants)


And now my first ever post. It was not on WordPress, but rather on Yahoo Blogs (did you even know that was a thing? It was really primitive and you only got to put one picture in per blog.)

Entry for September 20, 2005


 Well, thought I would do this while I print up my ATC cards for my yahoo group (PDArtists).  I finally got some ink, so this month’s will look much better than lasts months looked – I was so upset because I did Arthur dent from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (not the movie guy but my idea of Arthur- who incidentally looks a bit like my brother) and it looked so good – and then I printed it.  Since I was almost out of ink, it ended up looking extremely crappy!

Enough of that!  I’m listening to crap on the radio because real music is dead.  Okay, not really dead, but dying, strangling to death amongst this new pointless….well….crap!

Speaking of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy, I finally saw the movie.  before I begin, I want to say that I enjoyed the book, so everyone doesn’t think that I’m a nit picky person who doesn’t like anything 😛  I’m just opinionated!  Anyway, I thought the movie was absolutely horrible!  They butchered it completely!  Ah well, Hollywood is good at that, aren’t they?

The first page is done printing and it turned out nice!  Have two more pages left.

Hmmmm…..News….I’m going to try to start selling paper dolls on my website but I am not sure how to do it.  I was planning on having them pay and then get a link to download them (makes them cheaper to buy that way – plus you can re-print any missing pieces later on) but I can only upload 250kb size files and the calendar is 2 megs by itself 😦 so unless I break it up into a bunch of little zip files…which is really annoying, isn’t it?  I thought also about e-mailing the files as attachments, but our internet is very, very slow (14.4 – I am connected through my cell phone – long story there) so it would take till I was dead to attach the files.  I could always get a pay site (though there is the up front capitol problem then) but then if the dolls don’t sell I’m paying for a site for nothing and loosing money.  I’m deeply afraid that they won’t sell as it is and that I’ll end up looking silly, ah well, the way it goes I guess.  I have been having very good luck this last year with all of the other things I thought others would think were silly or stupid (like my oinkers website – [the link is no good anymore] ) so maybe……

I keep trying to hit save when ever I click to another window, lol!  I do that in Paint Shop Pro  – the graphics program that I use – to the point of being obsessive with the saving 🙂  I don’t like doing the same thing twice.  That’s probably why I hate cleaning, you sweep one day, next day you have to do it again.  Such a pain – but a necessary pain.

I’m attaching last months ATC card so you can see what I mean about Arthur.  If I could upload more pics I’d find one of my brother too, lol 🙂

Hmmmm…. am gonna have to print 5 more – for some reason my printer does this weird thing where it, like, runs out of black at the very bottom of the page!  I wonder why?  Also I have this weird computer thing – any geniuses out there? – where my computer will just suddenly loose all my fonts.  They will still display fine, but you can’t use any font except the default in any program (paint shop pro, word, wordpad, notepad! etc.)  I have no idea why it does this, but it must be something to do with Paint Shop Pro because it only does it when it’s opened.  You have to re-start the computer to get them back.  It’s a bit annoying – probably a RAM thing with my luck, lol!

I have also quit smoking four weeks ago – by the way – if anyone cares 🙂  I kind of miss them a little, but not that much.  Hubby can not quit, though.  He just keeps saying it’s because his wisdom tooth hurts (he’s getting it pulled this week or next) so then his excuse will be gone.  Though now that I’ve quit smoking, I forget to drink so I’m a bit dehydrated, lol! 😀

This printer is crappy.  I miss my old printer 😦  But the ink for it was more expensive than buying this printer, so….. (sigh) Maybe I can manage to pull 12 out of the mess to send 😦

Well, I suppose this is probably long enough, huh?  Lol!  Okay, I’ll end it now then!

Jo the great


I think I started smoking again after this…I don’t think I quit for the final time until 2007, but I’m not sure.

Have a time travel kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #102: Painting

Today I am thankful for my uncle and brother getting some paint on the wall in the dining room. I had book covers to work on, so I had scheduled it for tomorrow, but the uncle proposed an exchange of labor and who am I to say no? (Okay, actually, the bro made the arrangements, I was uninvolved, but that’s all right)

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That’s the first coat. wOOt! If we can get this done then we’ll go down and get our china hutch and some other stuff from storage in a couple of months. Double wOOt.

And now I have a blog tag to do and then on to Turtles.

Have a painted room kinda day!

Jo 🙂

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