- 12 Days of Christmas
- balls flying in my face
- book pile
- clip art
- digestive system
- enough about the roof already
- eternal overachiever
- everyone is stupid
- getting stuff done
- Have you got a bad back?
- how to
- I hate shopping
- I made this
- leave me alone
- New Yorker
- not writing
- other people's kids
- Priscilla Recipes
- revisiting old things
- Star Wars
- things I hate
- things that aren't really free
- wildlife cam
- World Cup
Category Archives: doing it wrong
First ever award eligibility post. It was a big year for me. I had two short story publications this year.
“Obstruction” (4600 words) in Fantasy Magazine, October 2021.
It features a Karuk immortal who ran away, a white-water rafting reality show taking over a sacred site, and a cranky tribal official.
“Security Breach at Sugar Pine Suites” (4200 words) in the Indigenous Futures issue of Apex Magazine.
It features a rebellious housekeeper, a washed-up boybander, and a cranky supervisor at an NDN casino in space.
I’m really proud of them both.
This is the Kootenai Tribe’s fish hatchery on the Kootenai River in N. Idaho.
Back when I thought my class was ending before Thanksgiving, I snoozed a bunch of emails and set up a bunch of reminders so I could take care of a few things.
Then over the weekend everything lit up plus every company I have bought something from in the last twenty years sent me an email and it was completely overwhelming.
Next weekend I’ll figure it all out.
Another November finished.
Check out Percy with his one little leaf and one little fig. He hung onto that one leaf for awhile.
On Thanksgiving Day I saw a bunch of birds around my feeders so I ran out with peanuts and goodies so they could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, too.
I scared them all off.
I looked out 15 minutes later and Fat Squirrel had waddled into the picture and was going to town, hiding peanuts and stuffing his little face with seeds.
When we were in Orleans, the persimmon tree was starting to produce. Mom was in charge and she picked a lot of persimmons. For some reason I thought I didn’t like persimmons but I was wrong. Persimmons are like the fruit you would invent if you could invent a fruit — a cross between a peach and an apple.
Last night I was half-dreaming about these last persimmons. I need to turn them into pulp so I can make cookies. My husband and brother love persimmon cookies.
I did not understand my own goal for NaNo. I thought it was 250 a day but I guess it was more like 400 a day. I need focus Monday and Tuesday if I’m going to make it.
15766 / 17000 words. 93% done!
I like how the blossom looks like crazy hair. Too bad I didn’t have my googly eyes when I took this photo.
Bread in the window at a shop in Belgium.
Every once in awhile when I’m going through my photos I find pictures like these. What was I thinking when I took these and why did I keep them?
Both from Orleans.
I think this one maybe because of that pumpkin — there are a couple of others like this — random tangle of shrubs and trees and a pumpkin.
I never spot any critters live.
All the time I will see the time stamps and think: I was awake then. First thing when I get up I go look out the window. Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night I take a peek out the window.
Finally! The other night I was in the kitchen around 8pm and one of the motion lights went off. Then I spotted a raccoon scooting along the back fence.
The regulars seem to be these three that I think are a mama and her youngsters. Then one that’s always by itself and has a crooked tail. And then one with no tail.
I watched the latest season of the Great British Baking Show. When it came to the caramel episode I learned 3 things.
The first is that they say it care-a-mell. I’ve always said it car-muhl.
I brought this up with several people who said they also say car-muhl. So I guess it’s an American thing?
The second was more of a realization that the place is Carmel (car-mell) and has nothing to do with caramel.
Third, I have made caramel a couple of times with not great results. One time, I referred to the finished product as “ruin your dental work” cookies. Now I see that it was operator error and that caramel is hard for everyone.