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The flow of history: Simple Woman Daybook

For Today: March 23, 2015

Kodiak, Alaska weather right now: 39.6 degrees with a sunrise of 8:03, and sunset at 8:30 tonight. This will give us 13 hours, 45 minutes of visible sunlight. Definitely on the upward swing! I am confused, though, because Weather Underground says our high will be 37. Weather Channel App suggests 43 for our high.

Outside my window…

…Dark, still, with dots of light here and there: streetlights.

 

I am thinking…

…the link-up between Boko Haram and ISIS is something to watch. Both are bad actors on the world stage. We need a world leader to step forward against terror, and I’m afraid that leadership is not coming from America right now. Fortunately, I serve a God who is Truth itself, who both knows all and loves all as he weaves the threads of world history, and of our individual lives.

I am thankful…

…for my hubby. The other night, I was writing a very intense scene that takes place in HellHole Canyon, California. He cooked dinner and came up to let me know it was ready. He could see that I was totally in concentration mode, so he simply brought my dinner up to me! Got the scene done a few minutes later, then took my salmon corn chowder, roasted zucchini, and croissants down to watch basketball with him. What a man!

If you’re curious about HellHole Canyon, and want to see some spine-tingling photos, here’s a great link: HellHole Canyon 

I am wearing…

…pink plaid pajamas. And my red early-morning writing sweater. Yep! Height of fashion, here.

I am creating…

…a schedule that will let me finish my novel, keep my house clean, tutor my students, and maybe even bake bread!

I am going…

…to call my sister today!

I am wondering…

…Does anyone really use brown bags anymore? We use grocery sacks for lunch packing.

I am reading…

Beowulf by the amazing writer, Ronie Kendig. Timbrel, a military war dog handler, loves Tony, a Christian special ops guy, but she is just too afraid to let him in. I’m talking your-insides-go-liquid afraid. (Seriously, Kendig writes Timbrel’s fear so you feel it. This is one afraid chick, and for reason!) Meanwhile, of course, they need to save the world.

A quote from this book:

…”What we have, what we go through—defines us. Makes us. Changes us, whether for better or worse, it crafts us.” –Spoken by Tony VanAllen in Beowulf. True in life. Very insightful way to say it, I think. It’s also the very reason I love the character-crafting part of fiction writing, and even more so, I love getting to know people.

I am hoping…

…to get my post-midpoint scene written today, despite it being a heavy tutoring day.

 

I am learning…

…to box my time. You know, I’m go into my writing box, and stay there until time to leave. When I’m in my tutoring box, I’m totally focused on each student. When it’s housework time, well, I turn on the TV, too. LOL. The point is to do what I’m doing, and trust my schedule. Of course, flexibility comes into play, but this attitude truly allows me to focus on doing each thing well.

I am pondering…

…the ebb and flow of world history, and how God so skillfully weaves all the threads together from generation to generation.

In my kitchen…

…Note to self: Rich wants his apples cut up for his brown-bags, but not his oranges.

A favorite quote for today…

… (See “I am Pondering” and “”I am Thinking” above)

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Romans 13:1-7 (NIV)

A peek into my world…

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Simple Woman’s Blog: Writing, writing, and more writing

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FOR TODAY

March 3, 2015

Outside my window…

…Dark. The golden windchime in our bay window is reflecting the cheerful golden Christmas lights still up in our neighbor’s window and the overhead chandelier above the computer. Such a rich, beautiful color.

I am thinking…

…It’s both good and hard to be back in the swing of my routine after Mom passed away.

 

I am thankful…

…For all the writing I am getting done…I hope to have the novel done by March 15, but we’ll see! Pretty ambitious, considering I’ve missed the last two weeks plus. But the novel writing is really flowing. So fun! And I am so grateful to God for opening the floodgates.

 

In the kitchen…

…I’m going to start some lentil soup with ham and kale once I get back from taking Rich to work.

 

I am wearing…

…My usual writing “uniform” with my sloppy red felt jacket.

I am creating…

(See “I am thankful…”)

I am going…

…NOT to McDonald’s. That’s big for me. I love the breakfasts, the diet Coke that I’m not supposed to have. Plus, to be fair, we went for breakfast yesterday.

 

I am wondering…

…How to find time to edit for my upcoming writing contest AND finish the novel as required. Butt-in-Chair-Fingers-on-Keyboard mode!

 

I am reading…

…Ronie Kedig’s awesome Talon, a military war dog novel. Oh, the scene when his boss sends them a shocking package!  Not one I will soon forget.

I am hoping…

…I am hoping I finish my novel in time for the writing contest. You see, the last real time I spoke to my Mom I was telling her all about the contest. She is the one who both taught me to write and encouraged me to do so. I want to honor her both by by entering as I’d planned and by finishing the novel.

 

I am looking forward to…

…Skypeing with my college kiddo.

I am learning…

…How many friends I have. People who truly care.

Around the house…

…Vacuuming is calling my name during my next writing break. Of course, the dishes from last night are, too. Noisy chores!

 

I am pondering…

…the importance of family.

A favorite quote for today…

…Seen on Grammarly’s Facebook post: “Hyphenated. Non-Hyphenated. Oh, the irony!”

One of my favorite things…

…Incinelet toilets. At least they’re good for a laugh when you catch them on fire. Not that I would know…

A few plans for the rest of the week…

Writing, writing, writing….Tutoring, tutoring, tutoring.

 

A peek into my life…

Simple Woman’s Daybook: Building Permits and Soft Clay

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Simple Woman’s Daybook For Today: February 9, 2015

Kodiak, Alaska weather right now: 29 degrees, but it’s supposed to go to 40 today. 8:58 AM will be our sunrise, 6:04 PM will be sunset, giving us 10 hours, 27 minutes of visible light.

Outside my window…

…Snow! I would tell you how much exactly, but Weather Underground is apparently a bit off. We haven’t had had 38 inches of snow since July! This is our first this year that’s more than a dusting. I’d guess 4-5 inches or so. We apparently had hail last night, but we were in bed. Early risers also go to bed early.

 

I am thinking…

…What am I going to put on the quiz for my tutoring student?

I am thankful…

…Rich is back from his short trip to Anchorage. Things just feel–right–when he’s home.

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I am wearing…

…my usual early-morning writing attire: pajamas!

I am creating…

…a new scene in the novel I’m writing, in which my main character discovers what’s on the flash drive. (Insert suspenseful music here.) But first, I have to decide where this scene will go.

I am going…

…to postpone my weekly trip to the church until this afternoon before tutoring, since Rich is home today, and we don’t have to go anywhere.

I am wondering…

…what’s for breakfast? Tummy’s grumbling. I love it, because it means I didn’t overeat last night. Rich brought Arby’s home from Anchorage. We don’t have one on the island, and we love a beef n’ cheddar. They sent them without the cheese sauce, since we were going to be warming it up. We just added a slice of cheddar. Yum!

I am reading…

Firewall by the great Southern writer, DiAnn Mills. It’s an FBI suspense, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I’m guessing Taryn won’t end up charged with the bombing, but they’ve got to find the do-er to clear her, and find the missing child!

A quote from this book:

…“I’ve never thought about myself as a mother, but I like the sound of it.” (Taryn)

This is a really tender moment in the story. Warmed my heart.

I am hoping…

…to finish editing/re-reading and write some new scenes on my novel today. But it’s a busy tutoring day, so we’ll see. Plus, my clean laundry pile is crying to be folded.

 

I am learning…

…to make good use of our leftovers. I’m not very good at remembering them, much less using them.

I am pondering…

…how to get all that I need to do in my schedule. Adding in workouts this week is the priority. Of course, yesterday, I spent two hours shoveling our driveway, since Rich wasn’t here, and I had to get out to get to the airport to get him home. Therefore, today’s off. J

In my kitchen…

…is Rich. He’s the better cook, and he actually loves to cook. I love the cleanup.

A favorite quote for today…

… “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. LewisMere Christianity

This quote makes me think of my favorite Bible passage from Jeremiah:

[Jer 18:1-6 NIV] 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

May He ever have a building permit in my heart. May I ever be soft clay in my Potter’s hands!

A peek into one of my days…

Total quiet. The dogs are back asleep, and so is Rich. Happy day off, my love!

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Simple Woman’s Daybook: Pouting about diet Coke

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For Today: February 2, 2015

Kodiak, Alaska weather right now: 27 degrees right now, mostly clear (but dark!). Expecting to get sun and up to 39 degrees today. Sunrise at 9:15 AM, and sunset at 5:48. (Total of 9 hours, 59 minutes of visible daylight)

Outside my window…

…it’s dark, of course. It’s my second week up early to write! Though, we did notice yesterday that it was pretty light out at 8 AM when we took the dogs out. In Alaska, that’s big. Also, someone’s already up in the house behind ours. I can see their kitchen lights on. Hello, fellow early riser!

 

I am thinking…

…that I’ve got a lot to do today. Hope I get some writing done after this so that I get some progress done on my manuscript or my edits for my critique partner.

I am thankful…

… that I got to Skype last night with College Girl, my daughter who is off in that far-away land of Texas doing such things as going to college and working.

I am wearing…

…pajamas—the light pink plaid ones—and my oversized red writing jacket. What’s a writing jacket? It’s a huge flannel jacket you wear over your pajamas because you live in Alaska, and it’s a little chilly in the house in the morning.

I am creating…

…a novel! Yes! I actually wrote on it over the last three days. And figured out a major plot problem.

I am going…

…to head over to the church this morning, and borrow some clothespins, which I will attach to hangers to demonstrate essay-writing to my tutoring student. A thick plastic hanger will be the theme of the essay, with thin metal hangers being each paragraph of the essay and the clothespins being the different facts, observations, stories, evidence to support the topic sentence of each paragraph. Writing that out helped me figure it out!

I am wondering…

…What the new subplot will do to the rest of my novel.

I am reading…

Defenseless by Matt Lenz: A first-person novel about a man working to solve his wife’s murder when police seem unwilling or incompetent (haven’t decided which yet).

A quote from this book:

(He’s jumped off the dock into the lake to avoid being caught trespassing as he hunts for the murderer’s getaway truck)

“I found a rhythm and kept at it for two or three minutes. My breathing raced, and I knew I couldn’t keep it up for much longer. The sound of a motor came across the water, and I stopped. I tread water and turned until I could see the lights of the estate and boathouse. A small boat pulled away from the dock. It was the flat-bottomed boat, and a man with a powerful searchlight stood in the bow, swinging the beam in a wide arc.”

I am hoping…

…to buy a new water bottle today. I left my other one at the movie theater, and I’ve given up diet Coke. Pouting about both things.

I am learning…

…a little bit about dyslexia for a tutoring student of mine. Lots of backwards letters, but no other real problems, though.

I am pondering…

…a morning schedule that has me writing first thing, followed by work-out, shower, Bible study, and daily chores after I take Rich to work.

In my kitchen…

…I ate pretty badly yesterday, Super Bowl Sunday and all, so I’m trying to decide whether I should go make some sausage biscuits or stick with cereal. Either way, I’m pouting about the whole no-diet-Coke thing, even if I’m glad I’m past the fatigue and simmering headache, and don’t want the aspartame anyway. It took about a week to get past the physical complaints, maybe another week to get past the pouting?

A favorite quote for today…

…“A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A peek into one of my days…

…Fox News in the background, Nikki and Harley attacking each other in joy at getting out of their dog kennels for the day. A good-morning smooch from hubby. Thanks for taking the dogs out this morning, Babe! Yep. Off to a good start, even if I’m pouting about diet Coke. J Good morning, all! Blessings on your day!

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Simple Woman’s Daybook 11-11-11

 

 A SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY,  November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day

 

 

 

 
† Outside my window…

…Two to four inches of soft white snow. No, our yard  isn’t very pretty. The pup had to go out. ‘Nuff said, huh?

 † I am thinking…

…we shoulda had our studded tires on already. Appointment tomorrow. Kodiak allows you to have snow tires from October 1 through April 15.

…Shoulda waterproofed my Hi-Tec  boots.
† I am thankful for…

…the strength, courage, patriotism, of our vets.

…Freedom
† From the learning rooms…

…Following up on some small left-over tasks, discussion time 

† From the kitchen…
…Mac and cheese and sausage for lunch.
† I am wearing…
…Light blue jeans. Dark blueAlaska sweatshirt. Light, oversized red hooded sweater. Hi-Tec boots—they used to be waterproof.
† I am creating…
…Chapter five revisions for my novel. Chapter 6 edits on the novel. New chapter 17, containing the recital scene. That’s a toughie I need to have well in mind before I start. That’s up for this next week.
† I am going…
…to brave the snow to pick Leah up from school. Par for the course in Alaska.
† I am reading…

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith
Crime and Punishment by Fyodr Dostoevsky (still)

                        “Weeping and sobbing and wringing her hands, she married me!

                        (Dostoevsky)                        

† I am hoping…

…something fun will be in the mail.

† I am hearing…
…My hubby loading the dishwasher for me.
† Around the house…
…clean the kitchen, finish laundry ALL THE WAY done, vacuum

† One of my favorite things…
…Snow on the spruce trees
† A few plans for the rest of the week:
…To add dog training to my daily routine.

…Cereal and fruit for breakfast every day, starting Monday

† Here is picture thought I am sharing…

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This is how our vehicle looked after driving the Al-Can Highway in June 2009. (We had a new camera, and didn’t know how to set the date.)

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Blessings,

Voni

Simple Woman’s Daybook for 11-3-11

Scuba diving in Elba island, Italy

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 A SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY,  November 3, 2011
† Outside my window…

…rain, snow, or is it rain? Hitting my window with a sudden plop every few seconds. It took 60 minutes to drive the 10 miles to base in a sudden snowstorm before all the rain/snow/rain started.

† I am thinking…

…Life was simpler before social media. Harder, in some ways, though. For instance, I love having cell phone contact with my daughter. Better safety.
† I am thankful for…

…quiet dogs.
† From the learning rooms…

…Discussion time again today. Focusing on Founding Brothers and Federalist Paper #1.

 † From the kitchen…
…red beans and rice for supper tonight.

† I am wearing…
…Light blue jeans, plain pink t-shirt, gray jacket with a pretty gray/silver/purple design.
† I am creating…
…Chapter 3 revisions for my novel.

…A new teen book discussion group for a small group of homeschooled teens in Kodiak. This is going to be fun!
† I am going…
…to have to figure out how many writing blogs per day I can read. As Stephen King says in On Writing, when you’re reading and talking about writing, you’re not writing! (paraphrased). And how many friend blogs. Need to leave some time for some news and current events blogs, too.

† I am reading…

…I’m still on Stephen King’s On Writing. I next want to read Peter Bregman’s: 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. But I have to find it first.

† I am hoping…

…to re-learn Spanish with Mango online, which is now free to all Alaskans.

† I am hearing…
…Computer whirring away, pulling up Mango Spanish 2.0 for me. J

† Around the house…
…I don’t see anything around the house. I’m at the computer. If I can’t see the laundry, it’s not there, right?

† One of my favorite things…
…A good book and no good reason not to curl up and read.

† A few plans for the rest of the week:
…In On Writing, Stephen King says he reads about 60 books a week. And he’s a slow reader. That’s one a week. I wonder how many hours he spends reading? Think I’ll do some reading AND writing this week.

† Here is picture thought I am sharing…

 

Yep. It’s my knee. This is a picture of the terrible, horrible, awful CORAL REEF INJURY that I sustained while scuba diving in Hawaii during our twenty-fifth anniversary celebration in 2011. I knew you’d feel sorry for me, because, for some reason, Rich and Leah don’t.

Actually, this picture of my silly little cut is motivational to me, as one year earlier and 30 pounds heavier, I never would’ve felt comfortable scuba diving. I had enough drive and energy not only to scuba dive, but to have a blast doing so! A diagnosis of diabetes is good for something!

Now I’m motivated to work out for the day.

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Blessings,

Voni