Memorial Monday

It’s the last weekend in May. In many places, it’s the unofficial start to summer. Around here, it means Lawyer Guy standing in front of a store with a fistful of poppies, handing them out, and hoping for donations. If you see a veteran out there today, stop to say hi. Take a poppy, and donate a dollar or more if you can.

In other news, I’m still fighting the respiratory crud. I’m sick of coughing and hacking. At least I’m mostly up and about so there’s that.

The weather has been brutal around here. Between the floos and the tornadoes, my home state can’t catch a break. My little corner of Okie-land is safe so far. We’ve had our share of rain but we’re on higher ground so no flooding though surrounding areas are, and the tornadoes have split around us. *knocks wood*

As most of you know, last week was a brutal one emotionally, too. We lost Cooper, our Landseer Newfoundland. He was 10 and we thought in good health. He didn’t want to come inside Tuesday night and since the rain had already come and gone and it was cool out, we decided to let him stay out. LG woke up and went out to check him about 2 a.m. and he seemed fine. I went out at 7 a.m. and he’d gone over the rainbow bridge. Boone is very clingy and my constant shadow now. I really thought, since he is older by a couple of years, that we’d lose him first. Actually, I thought we’d be saying goodbye to Adidas. She’s 17 and has had health issues. You just never know. I can’t help but be on the lookout for another Newf rescue. If you see one, let me know!

The writing is hard right now. The hero of the Red Dirt Royalty Desire due in 3 weeks is named Cooper, and his personality is loosely based on Cooper Dog’s. I find myself tearing up as I write, have to stop and regroup. Gotta get it done though. And yes, the book will be dedicated to him.

In good sports news, PISTOLS FIRING!!!! OSU Cowgirls defeated the #4 (and defending national champion) Florida State Seminoles at super regionals and are headed to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series! OU, the current #1 team in the nation, also won their super and so there will be two Oklahoma teams out at Hall of Fame Stadium! Woot! And I can’t forget the Cowboys! Cowboy Baseball took the Big 12 Championship. They’ll be holding regionals in Stillwater as they start the road to Omaha and the College World Series.

Reading/listening to Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, still. I’m up to…I don’t know, #22? Something like that. Don’t freak. About half of those are short stories and novellas but I’m doing a chronological read-thru. I am taking a short hiatus because one of the books I had on hold at the library jumped into my queue. I’m currently listening to PRISONER OF NIGHT by J.R. Ward. It’s set in her Black Dagger Brotherhood world, but doesn’t involve any of the main characters, as far as I can tell. I’m not far into it because I’m trying to make myself work/write rather than hide/procrastinate.

Believe it or not, I watched something besides LIVE PD and sports on TV this past week. CBS has a new series, BLOOD & TREASURE. It’s…very much a modern homage to “Indiana Jones” with shades of “The Mummy.” Ex FBI art expert teams up with former lover art thief to retrieve Cleopatra’s and Anthony’s sarcophagi(?). I have no idea what the plural of sarcophagus is. Anyway, I’ll be giving part 2 a chance this week.

And that’s pretty much what’s going on in my weird little world. What’s up in yours?

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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8 Responses to Memorial Monday

  1. ((HUGS)) to all feeling the loss of Fur Baby.
    Don (my co workers) visitation and viewing is today. It will be a bit of a mini reunion of those that had been working with us, knew and cared about Don.
    I read, write alittle, posted some Ink (my small work) on my blog this weekend.
    Stay safe, mother nature seems to be all over the place.
    How is it the last week of May already!!!!!

  2. Poor Boone. And hugs for you all. I don’t even want to think about losing Kira, but she’s 16 and you know how that goes. If you were interested in something other than a Newfie and lived closer, I’d have a couple dogs at the local shelter for you to look at. I’d take them if I could, but I can’t, so I just say they’re mine and root for them to find homes.

    Sorry writing is so hard for you right now. Must be something in the air. And the worst part is that the longer we’re faced with this crap, the harder it gets to get back into the swing of writing/editing. Blerg. Yay for reading and fun TV, though.

    Not much is up here. I started inputting edits yesterday. Got a whole four pages into the manuscript before I wandered off. Like I said, it’s hard getting back into the swing. Of everything, I guess. Exercise, work, cleaning… take enough time off and it all becomes a bigger chore. Bleh. I wish there was a way we could just step right into where we were before like nothing ever happened to derail us. :hugs:

    • Silver James says:

      It is hard. We’re looking at various local rescues. We really want another Newf or Newf mix and they turn up from time to time. We almost took a Great Pyrennes pup but her owners changed their minds. Not too upset. Not sure I want to deal with a pup. We’d consider almost any big dog but yeah, Newfs are special in our hearts.

      Getting back into writing IS hard but I have no choice. I’ve made a little progress. A few more tough spots and then maybe the words will loosen up, kinda like the phlegm in my chest. 😆 Hang in there. Life will straighten itself out for both of us. 🙂

  3. Hope you feel better!
    Sorry, I clicked post before I was done =/

  4. KB Gardener says:

    Silver,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Cooper. It’s always hard to lose a furbaby. I’ve lost my share of them (rabbits, in my case) so I can imagine your hurt. Remember the good times and continue to memorialize Cooper in your book.

    We had a wild time in Tulsa this past week. I can’t think of a year when I’ve heard more tornado sirens than this year–and they were all in the span of eight days! The closest one to my location was on Saturday the 18th, when a circulation feature (that’s a tornado embryo, for the non-Okie) passed almost right over my Walmart. We herded the customers into the break room, where the TV was showing channel 6’s storm reporting. At one point, one of the storm chasers passed our store on the Creek Turnpike, just north of us.

    Tuesday was also a bad night for us, with multiple tornado warnings popping off until early Wednesday morning, but the scariest one was last Saturday night. The line of storms wasn’t supposed to be that dangerous, but one particular storm spawned three EF1 (enhanced Fujima scale) twisters in the Kellyville/Sapulpa area, then an EF0 tornado in Broken Arrow, about 12-15 miles to the northeast. Draw a line between the two locations and it passes about a mile or two north of my apartment. While we didn’t see a tornado, the rain coming down was of monsoon intensity–and I know monsoons, having experienced a few in the Philippines while in the Navy.

    That doesn’t even touch the flooding! Thursday, I just missed seeing (on TV) the two barges that collided with Lock and Dam 16, in Webbers Falls on the Arkansas River just south of Muskogee. That was just one example of the devastating flooding all over the region. The Army Corps of Engineers has increased the volume of water released from Keystone Dam (north of Tulsa and one of the main flood control dams on the Arkansas River) to 275,000 cubic feet a second–just 30,000 CFS shy of the historic high volume released during the 1986 flood here in Tulsa–and the Arkansas River is just one of three major rivers in the region that are at historic levels. (I hate the repeated use of the term “historic” but, in this case, it’s warranted.)

    Oh, and there’s more rain in the forecast, as the three weather systems that have created this mess don’t seem in any hurry to move on any time soon.

    One small point of humor in all this is the occasional newscaster that says “cubic square feet” when talking about Keystone dam. I know it’s due to fatigue (some stations have been in near-continuous storm reporting mode) as well as a mind set used to square feet instead of cubic feet, but I still chuckle a bit when I hear it.

    Needless to say, I have been too stressed to work on the WIP I recently rediscovered, but I’m playing the next scene over and over in my mind, reforming it. I hope to start putting words oin the screen tomorrow or Wednesday.

    Have a good week, Silver!

    • Silver James says:

      We got lucky–for the most part–on the flooding. All around us, but we’re good. Same on the twisty things. Channel 9, Channel 6’s sister station down here, is our go-to when it comes to weather. We know several of the local chasers personally. And yeah, they’re zombies at this point from lack of sleep. You’d think, since the heroine in my WIP is a storm chaser that I’d be all fired up to get words down. *sigh*

      Good luck with your re-discovered WIP! Sometimes, you just have to cogitate a bit. Let your mind meander and then get to work! 🙂

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