Personal Miscellaneous

Off topic, personal posts

  • Personal Miscellaneous

    Chicago: A Few Short Impressions

    The past week, my family and I found ourselves fortunate enough to visit Chicago for the first time in our lives. My husband has a relative up there who invited us out, and so myself, my husband, our two kids, and my in-laws flew up. Now, I have a LOT more to say about our trip, but I want to write down a brief overview before I forget. After a short delay due to bad weather at O’Hare, we landed and were met by my husband’s cousin, Lois. She’s an older woman, originally from Kansas, who moved to Chicago 34 years ago to continue her work at Sears in the…

  • Personal Miscellaneous,  Scouting,  Self-Reliance

    Scouting, Preparedness, and Self-Reliance

    I’m not talking about writing today. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, a mix of post-Covid tiredness, burnout, and taking care of my kids 24/7 that has made it difficult to summon any effort towards writing. But I’m not worried. I’ll be working intently on my novel once the school year starts up, and until then I’ll keep up my journaling and writing exercises. Today I want to jot down a few things that have been on my mind lately. A few goals. I’m sure most people would agree that the last few years have been an eye opening experience. I know I’ve lived my life up until…

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    The Plague Cometh

    Two and a half years into the pandemic, after managing to avoid Covid via mask wearing and homeschooling and working at home, it has finally breached our walls. I’ve been holed up in my room and away from my husband and kids for the past few days and, so far, they are doing well. I feel fortunate to have been triple vaxxed, to have medicines and vitamins on hand, and to have caught the less virulent strain. But mild Covid is still no fun. No breathing problems, thank God! That was my big worry early on as I have chronic bronchitis and asthma. But I did have a nice little…

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    Summer Writing: Learning the Children’s Magazine Market

    Summer is out, and that means my kids will be with me all day for the next few months (barring the few times they go off to day camps). So where does that leave my writing? I plan on blocking off a few hours each afternoon to disappear into my upstairs office and get some work done. In the mornings the kids and I will do some homeschool type activities to help them continue to make progress in areas they need some help. And we’ll be going swimming and bowling and to the park and all sorts of things in the morning as well, because the Houston summer is just…