Coming up in 2016

What can you look forward to in this little blog? I happen to have big plans for 2016. Yeap. Big. BIG!

Well, there’s definitely going to be more book reviews…

You’ll probably also be subjected to more doggie stories not just because I can’t keep those to myself but…

Because there’s a rumour going around this place that we might be getting a puppy.

Now the idea wasn’t only mine! Really. Hubby is practically obsessed with the thought. He has been looking at sites and checking out breeders to find one that’s both reputable and trustworthy in his quest to find Ocean and River just the right baby brother or sister.

Now, I know we already have two dogs and that’s plenty. I know two dogs are a lot of work and we’re already busy. I really, honestly know that getting a third would only add chaos to our already dog-crowded house…but the idea of getting a puppy for our two fluff balls just melts my heart.

I fear I might not put up a lot of resistance…

And yes, absolutely, some where in 2016, I should get my act in gear and move forward with my own writing. I do have some ideas on that front too.

Comments? Thoughts? Anything you’d like to see…or would like to never see again? Anything you’re sick of? Curious about? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

The joys and terrors of buying a house

We just sold our house and, as demanded by our buyers, we have to exit the residence in a couple of days. It was a fast sale. In fact, we sold our house and bought another one in under 24 hours. It’s the most coffee I have ever drunk in my life.

We wanted to find a home in the city. After years of living in the country, we were ready for amenities, conveniences and people. So, it should come as no surprise that we ended up finding our new home further away in the country than our present one.

It’s a cute little bungalow next to a lake and the Mecca of the mosquito world. It seems every winged insect has chosen to move to our new home to welcome us and tell us how much they love us. We have mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and every type of bee and wasp. If elephant flies existed, we’d have those too.

While levelling our yard, we encountered rocks the size of small car. We kept them and moved them until they formed a circle hoping the dogs will like them. Since our new home is smaller, we have to get rid of things including furniture and clutter that has somehow accumulated in our basement. We also have to pack. The movers come on Thursday at 8am. Ready or not.

Nuts doesn’t even come close to describing how we’re acting. Maybe headless chickens. Maybe not even that.

Now the internet is acting up. Joy.

(credit: ruthdehass.wordpress.com)

(credit: ruthdehass.wordpress.com)

 

 

Writing with a day job

I have a day job. It provides a steady pay check and benefits and they cover things like the mortgage, bills, clothes, food and extras like doggies. Those are the benefits, the problem is it sucks up so much writing time.

Because it’s a full-time job, I only write when my day job is done.

I think most of us face the choice of having to quit our day job or writing part-time. It’s a tough choice. For me, the finances take precedence, and I write part-time.

I try and balance things. I have a husband who’d like to see me more than once a week and doggies who need petting. Some where in there, I work out and find time to write. Oh…and there’s this blog…It’s not easy to find time for everything.

Here’s a post by Nathan Bransford on how he finds balance with his day job.

Here’s another by Skye Callahan on her struggles to find balance.

How do you do it? Or, better still, how do you wish you could do it?