23 Shopping Days Until Christmas Monday

How the freak can it already be December?!?!?! 🤯

Okay, not thinking about this. Nope. So, last week was Thanksgiving. And crazy. Wonderful family gathering on Thursday at the in-laws. There was a family emergency going on so Baseball Boy and Only were scrambling. We ended up with Stormaggedon for a couple of days and nights. We also had Dozier, the Kids’ ADHD German Shepherd. He finally settled but Boone and Jake were more than happy to see him go home and Loki came out of hiding for the first time in 2 days. Speaking of furry kids, Jake is doing wonderfully in his service dog training. We hit Wallyworld the day before Thanksgiving for a middling-sized grocery run. I had to stock up so I didn’t have to enter a store until today. That whole Black Friday nonsense? Yeah, not having any of that $#!+. Anyway, lots of people and he ignored them mostly. There was one fellow that he insisted on leaning toward as the man and his wife passed us in the aisle. He stopped and asked if he could pet. Jake leaned in and gave the doggy equivalent of a hug by pressing against his let, nose up for pets. Turns out he’d just had his first chemo treatment for cancer. Tell me that dog isn’t intuitive! They communed for awhile and then his wife moved him along. Jake also got praise from the crew of OCFD Engine 24. He wagged his tail at the “Good boy” praise. He IS a good boy!

In other news, the real OSU lost to OU, but that’s okay. The Pokes weren’t totally embarrassed and this helps OU move up in the college bowl rankings. There’s a chance the Sooners could make the top 4. Outside, but a chance. There were some crazy upsets over the weekend so rankings should be interesting.

Writing occurred last week. In fact, it occurred the whole month of November! Yay for #NaNoWriMo. Even with the T-giving and emergency babysitting stuffs, I still managed to crank out 50,242 words–enough for a “win” even though I didn’t finish FIGHTING FOR ELENA. I should have it done in the next few days. I’ll admit I took yesterday off. I don’t think it will stop my momentum but my brain was fried Sunday afternoon by the time the Kids arrived to pick up Stormy. I do have to go back in and sex it up a bit but that’s okay. More words! I’m shooting for 40K and I’m a little over 34K at the moment. It’s fun to touch base with Mac, Nate, and Sean/Boomer, plus there’s a new character who will get his own book in 2021 in Susan’s world, FTW!

I started in on Lani Lynn Vale’s Freebirds series. I’d already listened to the first two when they first became available in audio. The others finally hit so I started at the beginning. I started LAST DAY OF MY LIFE yesterday, which is #4. I also read a short story by Dennis Danvers that was a free read on Tor.com that can be bought for .99, “All the Snake Handlers I Know Are Dead.” It’s magic realism at its most lyrical and intriguing. I flat out loved it and will check out the author’s other works.

Let’s see, what else happened…well, not much. Writing. Listening ot audio books. Grandson time. Family time with good food. Errands. Didn’t leave much time for TV, except whatever was on as I fell into exhausted sleep. 😂 I need to catch up on LIVE PD again. And whatever else the DVR captured.

Hope all is well in your worlds. Anything of import happening?

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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4 Responses to 23 Shopping Days Until Christmas Monday

  1. GAH! I usually have everything either ordered or ready to send from here by now. And this reminds me that I need to get a move on with x-mas cards, too. And I haven’t put up the tree yet. Blerg.

    I’ve been sending positive thoughts for your family emergency (cuz FB posts). I hope everything turns out okay. :hugs to all: Yay for good boy Jake! I’m sure he made that man’s day. Poor Loki having to hide from ADHD dog. Yay for writing and for reading! I wishlisted that book you recommended.

    We basically chilled out this weekend. Except for raking, but that was Hubs. I was a toad. I read a lot and watched the tube. I read a really awesome fantasy mystery and then started a mystery that blends history into it. Pretty good so far. We did catch a couple good movies (free movie weekend on Direct TV usually nets us something) – The King’s Speech which lived up to the hype. And Skyscraper with Dwayne Johnson. Edge of my seat, heart-thumping action movie with lots of feels. Good stuff. Hubs’ turkey turned out amazing again and we’ve been eating it ever since.

    And now I should probably toddle off and make a plan for getting things done today. (Really, I just want to crawl back into bed.)

    • Silver James says:

      I know the feeling. I didn’t get to sleep until sometime after four, was up at 7:15 and likely won’t get a nap. Got to ferry Storm-child around to an appointment after school. Family things aren’t quite as hectic on the health front but stuff with work is keeping both Kids busy until after start of appt. time so Jammie to the rescue! Hope you get all your ducks in a row. And a nap! 😉

      • I don’t have ducks. I have ill-tempered turtles.

        My plans were derailed by a defective little wire that broke inside its jacket somewhere and resulted in a half-lit Christmas tree. After that, I sort of shut down. I spent the rest of the day eating and watching TV.

        Sorry your day didn’t go as planned either. Here’s to a better day for both of us. :hugs:

        • Silver James says:

          Days like that happen. It was a typical SNAFU Monday full of FUBAR. 🤷 Here’s to more on track today, though I have Wallyworld, the cleaners, and a Papa Murphy’s run to make. Yay for pizza for dinner!

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