A Monday to Remember

Clary OKC Memorial pool

(c)Clary Carey 2013

Twenty-six years ago, it was a Wednesday. At 9:02 a.m., the very fabric of Oklahoma City changed. I didn’t arrive on scene until 9:35 a.m. and I was the only forensic fire photographer at the time. It was chaos. It was heartbreaking. But it was 26 years ago, even if I can’t forget. Not that I’d want to. No one should forget. The photo is from the Memorial. It’s a peaceful place, I’m told. I’ve only been there once, and that was to take a friend from New York through the grounds and the museum. Anyway…that was then. Life does go on.

And speaking of, last week and this weekend were a bit on the crazy side. I got my second vaccine. I had a few after-effects that lasted about 24 hours. All good after that. Even more exciting, I finally got my new kitchen faucet installed. Y’all have no idea what a huge deal this is to me. I walk past and want to stop and pet it. The old one leaked. Inside and out. I had a bowl under the sink. I had duct tape and sponges around the the base and the sink. We bought the replacement like…six months ago. Lawyer Guy had ever intention of installing it. He opened the box, read the instructions, and said, “Not today.” My awesome BiL got us in line with his awesome plumbers and the guy arrived Thursday. Took him about an hour. I may actually get around to doing the backsplash now, since I cleared off all the junk. See? I procrastinate too. 😉

Writing was a different story. It was totally off and on. Until Saturday. I wove a couple of short scenes (250 words) together and ended up with a chapter 4000 words long. And I realized as I was making notes of where to start Sunday morning that the chapter didn’t feel…right. All the stuff needed to happen but it just wasn’t…right. So yesterday, I actually printed it out and did some physical cutting and taping. The previous chapter got a scene added and two scenes in the long chapter got moved around and then the end got chopped and became the start of the following chapter. Did you follow that? Don’t worry. It’s all good. I’m back on track. The story is working, even if the characters are being total jerks. My goal was 70K words. I may hit 80K before I’m done because I’m at 67.5K as of this morning.

Reading was slow. Life, you know. And something of a slump. I’m into Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series. I’ve read/listened to most of the books multiple times. They’ll do until something new catches my attention.

Sports was yay and ugh. My OSU (the REAL OSU as in Oklahoma State) Cowgirls swept Baylor. I got to watch the last game in the series Sunday afternoon. Only and I should roadtrip up to Stillwater one of these weekends before the season is over and catch a game. Too bad we’re both busy. OU is still undefeated. They swept Texas, run ruling them all three games. I watched a rerun of Friday’s game at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. Yay insomnia. Yesterday, their game followed the OSU game. That’s the yay! The Ugh was my Cards. The Phillies had their number though the Cardinals did win on Saturday. And Yadi is playing awesome.

TV is still mostly “real” if not reality. LOL Things like “To Catch a Smuggler,” “Strange Evidence,” “The Holzer Files,” and the like. I’m still DVRing “The Masked Singer.” Last week, the Orca was unmasked and revealed as singer-songwriter Mark McGrath, front man for the rock band Sugar Ray.

And that was my week and weekend. It’s the little things, right? Y’all excuse me now. I’ve gotta go pet my pretty faucet. What little thing that’s happened to you lately has put a smile on your face?

About Silver James

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

  1. I’m so sorry you had to experience any of that. It never should’ve happened. :HUGS:

    Yay for your new faucet! Yay for weekend writing and a being back on track, and yes, I did follow that. Yay for your college teams! Boo for the Cards. The Yankees were stinkin’ it up this weekend, too. Ooo, I love ‘To Catch a Smuggler’. And I remember Mark McGrath/Sugar Ray. Cool.

    Nothing as awesome as a new faucet happened around here. My garden is growing along in the garage. Loads of tiny tomato plants now and the zucchinis are popping up all over in their pots. I had hoped to start moving some of the plants outside, but with the cold snap coming, they’re inside for the duration. Oh, wait, I did have some excitement. I started Duke #2. 4441 words worth as of last night. So far, so good. Other than that, reading, TV (different zoo shows mostly), and poker. The usual.

  2. bookwyrm217 says:

    Good Morning. I changed my cover photo the the handprint wall. I really love the color in it. It sparks joy on a sad day. Nothing in the news this morning. I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing. Good that we have moved on, but bad that once history is forgotten, it is doomed to repeat itself. Which it is doing way to much lately.
    Quiet weekend. Trying to get stuff done, but it’s always the same thing- shopping, laundry and chores. Never enough time to do the other stuff I want to get done. I have a new sink, faucet and cupboards to get in, but no time or money to do what I need to do right now. Le sigh.
    I hate my job. If I didn’t need the money, I would have quit months ago!!

    • Silver James says:

      🤗🤗🤗 I liked your cover photo. And while I don’t won’t people to forget, I also think it’s a good thing that it isn’t the first story everyone sees on the news.

      Ugh, on your job. I’m sorry. 😦 Hopefully, something with same or better benefits and salary will come through for you! And yeah, slow getting around to replying. Life happens. 😦 Hang in there!

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