Joined the Farmington Public Library’s Parkland Writing Circle three weeks ago and I am really enjoying it. Have a hell of a time hearing anyone there, probably because of the acoustics in the rooms we meet. They are designed to keep noise down and my hearing being what it is, even with new hearing aids, I have to struggle.
Meetings are Wednesday evenings at 1800. Perfect for me. Mary went to the first meeting with me but that is also her church meeting night and she feels more obligated to be there so I go it alone.
We had a critique night this past Wednesday and were supposed to bring copies of our work to distribute for others to critique but I didn’t know about it so didn’t have anything to share. I’ve got one already typed up for next critique night and working on a couple others so I will have a choice of work. I look forward to see what complete strangers think of my writing.
Me and Buster drove to Tennessee yesterday and stayed at Leslie’s. Got up this morning and went to Murfreesboro for my 1000 appointment to talk to Lori. It was my intention to try to talk some sense into her in hopes of making arrangements for her future but I failed miserably.
Left the jail and stopped by Barnes and Noble and bought Best Short Stories of 2016 and the latest Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazines. Also, picked up Chris Orwig’s latest photography book, The Creative Fight. Then to IHOP for a club sandwich with fries and back to Leslie’s to wait for Alyssa to get home.
Took Alyssa to the Dollar Store, then met Leslie at Legends for supper. Now back at the house and getting ready to take my shower and prepare myself to go to court in Murfreesboro tomorrow to see what Lori’s future is going to be.
It’s January 5th and I’m writing my first post of the New Year. Been sick with the flu since last Thursday, December 29th, and yesterday was the first day I’ve felt human since then.
Going to be a busy day today. Wrapping up all of my old notebooks and journals, some barely started and some nearly full, and putting them in storage where my kids can burn them some day. Doing the same with last two years business records, ours and Granny’s, after I pull out everything we’ll need to file our taxes.
Going to start my journals fresh with two notebooks; a 5” x 8” moleskin in my camera bag and an 8 1/2” x 11” spiral notebook in my computer bag. Keep a Jim Firkus 8 1/2” x 11” spiral notebook on my desk to keep a record of things I do at my desk, eg, changing passwords on accounts or registering at new websites, running SyncToy or TouchCopy, appointments for autos or the dog groomer, all the stuff I tend to forget.
This afternoon, if the roads stay clear, I have to drive my motorhome over to Bruce Griffon’s to fill my LP tank. Checked yesterday and it was under 1/4 tank so with the weather dropping down to almost single digits the next few nights and low twenties during the days, I need to top it off. It’s used a full tank in two weeks so I’ll have to set the thermostat as low as it will go and let the electric heater take up the slack. That should keep it warm enough to keep anything from freezing.
Took Buster out this morning for his first run in the snow. Didn’t do much running. He immediately discovered it was good to eat and that’s what he spent his time doing. There’s only about an inch on the ground so not really enough for him to play in. At least he wasn’t scared of it.
Going over to see Granny at NHC (the nursing home) this afternoon. Taking her some chocolate ice cream and maybe a pizza and french fries, things she loves. If Mary goes over to Tammy’s like she usually does on Thursdays, I’ll go early and sit with Granny while I work on a new short story about a man that runs away from a nursing home and takes his friend with him. Have to take my X230 with me to work on that or may try using my iPad mini with the bluetooth keyboard.
The rest of the photos are on Windsong Galleries and free to look at. We had a wonderful time visiting with classmates and their spouses, mostly people we only see every five years. Looking forward to our next reunion. Good luck and a wonderful life to all of you!
Spent Saturday afternoon at Asymmetric Solutions Demonstration and Open House near Farmington. Everyone there, employees, members, and other attendees, were very friendly and helpful and I’m looking forward to going down there for some of their classes.
Took a few photos and, with their okay, have published some in my galleries at Windsong Galleries. Look and enjoy if you have the chance. I know everyone there enjoyed the demonstrations and wish I had been able to get more photos but didn’t want to miss anything and my primary purpose there was to evaluate their center. They came out very well in my evaluation.
For more information about them, check their website at ASUSA.