Deb's Morning Pages

My Writing Life. One Morning at a Time.


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Today I…

Today I was totally frustrated with this blog. For some reason my photos won’t upload properly, all I get is a file name to click on in order to open up the photograph.

Today I’m finishing up my early start to spring cleaning. One of the things I spent some time on was my exercise video/dvd collection. I did manage to part with some of them. ( I would have shared a picture, but I am unable to due to reasons I don’t know).

Today I Facetimed (not sure if that’s really a word) with my CP, Ellie.

Today I got the pups out twice. First, we ran an errand to get their food. Then later in the day I got them out for a walk. Great day for a walk.

Today I worked on two chapters with the feedback Ellie gave me. I’m really loving this story. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Today I hit the bike for another 20 minutes. We got an exercise bike last week. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

So, what did you do today?

D


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The Big Dig

It snowed here in Connecticut.

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That’s the back door.

We got at least 18 inches of snow. It was a long process to dig out and thankfully we had the snow blower and we didn’t lose power.

This is how we got through the Blizzard of 2013.

Pancakes for breakfast.

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Then we cleared out the snow. Lunch, more clean-up outside and then I read my CP’s latest chapter. Before we knew it, it was dinner time. A snow day begs for pizza!

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Today it’s sunny, warmer and there’s no wind. Man, yesterday the wind was coming from all directions. So it was a good day to take the pups out for a little fun. Susie loves the snow. She can’t get enough of it. Billy? He prefers to stay in on the sofa and look out the window at the snow. Two very different dogs.

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Susie came upon a pile of snow and wanted to see what was beyond.

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Yep, that’s her hair as she swung her head around. LOL.

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And lastly, today is Susie’s 9th birthday. I’ve assured the pup that there’s no need to feel older, after all 9 is the new 6.

Here she is with her birthday gift.

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So if you live in the northeast, how was your blizzard?

D


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Tired Pup

This weekend wasn’t too busy but I did manage to keep busy. I’m overhauling our home filing system, tackling it from every angle and leaving no paper unfiled. It’s a tedious job but definitely needed. Then there’s the usual stuff – shopping, errands, laundry and cleaning. Oh yeah, writing too. 🙂

A few memorable moments from this weekend:

A tired Shih-Tzu. Looks like the 2 mile walk in the brisk January air tuckered little Billy out. He found a pillow and he didn’t waste anytime taking his nap.

A meatball hero with mozzarella cheese hit the spot after the two mile walk for me.

I hope you had a great weekend too!

D


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Snow Happens

This weekend we finally got snow. I wasn’t thrilled but the snow was light and fluffy. So, it wasn’t too bad.

Trying to keep up with a snow-loving Shih-Tzu in the snow is hard.

Baked macaroni & cheese. Great comfort food for a snowy day.

There has to be dessert after a hard day of chasing Shih-Tzus and clearing snow. Lemon Nut cookies.

Hope your weekend was great.

Happy Writing,
D


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Weekends In Connecticut

This past weekend was busy, busy, busy. On Saturday after all the errands were run, it was time to prep a little garden space. We’ve been cleaning up outside, preparing for some serious planting next summer and I decided I’d add some color in the meantime. This weekend I decided to work on a little spot in front of the house and plant mums. I love mums. I love fall. I love pumpkins. So with mums so plentiful I figured I’d plant them rather than just set the containers around the house like I usually do.

By lunch time on Saturday I had all my mums and cabbage plants planted. When they bloom I’ll post a picture of them, I promise.

On Sunday we headed out of Connecticut to the Hudson Valley area of New York for the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest. It was our first time and it was fun. Tons of wine, food vendors and cooking demonstrations. We bought jams, vinegars and salad dressings. As for the jams, I found a raspberry chocolate jam. O.M.G. Totally delish!

After we left the wine & food festival we headed over to the Vanderbilt mansion, Hyde Park, for a tour. Apparently this mansion is the most modest, unstated mansions within the Vanderbilt family. LOL! I guess it’s a mini-mansion.

The Vanderbilts used this house in the spring and in the fall.

Sadly, we missed the full bloom of the gardens. I would have liked to have seen the rose garden in bloom.

Walking around the spent garden did get my inner-gardener all revved up for fall planting. As I walked around the garden I kept thinking about my little mum garden and of the bulbs I’ll be planting soon.

The weekend is over and it’s back to work and back to writing and back to my study-group. So far we’ve had the introductions and on Thursday our leader posted her first lecture along with our first assignments. We were asked to post the opening of our current WIP then read From Protagonist to Hero in the workbook and do the activities about adding heroic qualities to our hero & heroine. I posted my opening and guess what I need to do tonight? That’s right. I have to pull out my workbook and read the chapter. And do the exercises.

So, that means I have to get going.

Happy writing,
D


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Weekends In Connecticut

This weekend’s biggest challenge has been to stay warm. Below zero temps? That’s just crazy. And we have to brace ourselves which is being described as the mother of all storms this coming week. Seriously, what’s up with Mother Nature? Aside from the cold, it’s been pretty much business as usual. Most of yesterday was filled with errands and some chores. And I took some time to complete the Bloggiesta challenges. It was fast but I learned a few new skills. I feel so techie now.

I was able to read a bit this morning. I’ve had Judi McCoy’s book in my TBR pile since it was released and last week I decided to read it.

Then there was some playtime with the pups. I’ve posted a few pictures of Billy recently and I don’t want Susie to feel neglected. So here’s a picture of her while we were playing. Yes, there is a Shih-Tzu in that picture. You just have to find her. 🙂

I also had time for a workout. Tonight I chose Leslie Sansone’s 5K with a Twist.

All in all, this weekend was quiet. Tomorrow it’s back to work and I have my short-story to finish this week. My deadline is the end of the month to have it revised. I’m confident I’ll make it. Hope you had a good weekend & you stayed warm. TTYL, Debra