Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A good day

Jilda had an early-morning yoga class and was out by 6 a.m. I shouldered the laptop and headed to the screen porch to write with a steaming cup of coffee triggered around my finger.

The milk bottle I mentioned in last night's blog was the spark, though I had no idea where the story would lead. I love that about writing. Less than an hour later, I had a 600-words draft and I was in the rewrite stage. The rewrite is where the magic sometimes happens. You see where the words get tangled and repeated. With a little key tapping, you sort all that out. This is also where I find similes that fit.

I have a program on my iMac that reads the words back to me in a female Australian accent. I can tell you that if something is wonky, it will sound even more so in an Australian accent. When I get the words right, the reading sounds lyrical.

I'd just finished the first draft when our great nephew Jordan came over. All his folks were working today, and they called yesterday to see if he could stay with us. We're always up for that because he's delightful.

The rain kept us inside for most of the day, but we don't let something like a little stinking wet weather put a damper on our fun.

Just after lunch, the power company showed up to fix some long-standing problems that have caused frequent power outages.  In order to resolve the issues, they had to turn our power off for and hour or so. When they finished up, the power guy came into the yard to give us the scoop. It sounds like they have gotten a handle on the problem but time will tell.

This afternoon when Jilda's brother stopped by he brought a sale paper from a discount store about 20 miles from here. The store had the grill on sale that we've been wanting. It was almost $300 at the big-box store but this discount store had it for $129.

I called the store and they had a few left. An hour later, it was in the back of my truck and headed home. I love it when a plan comes together. It's been a good day.


  1. Rick that is a great price, I hope you and Jilda enjoy the barbecue with family for years to come xox

  2. Your "Aussie in the box" sounds pretty neat! Good to see Hook (and friend) taking it all in.

  3. So what you're saying is that the milk bottle brought you the beginning of all these good things. Way to go.

  4. Good fortune is once again smiling on you.

  5. I'm hearing song when I see that grill.

  6. It sounds a most excellent day.
    I am intrigued by the Aussie reader though. Some of our stronger accents are truly ugly.

  7. AW, someone set up a good shot, with the pups in the background. I am honestly looking forward to having a solid spot where we can put 'OUR' grill. Word from the realtor, seems like our contract will work, but we still have our fingers crossed.

  8. Your description of the writing process is delightful and full of the fun of composing --and I love the photo.

  9. Wonky Australian accent!
    Whaddya mean mate?


  10. You had the perfect ending to your day.

  11. I was up at 6:30 to take a shower so I'd be ready when the roofers arrived between seven and eight. Turns out no one bothered to let me know they aren't coming until tomorrow. If they show up then. I'll be happy tomorrow if the roofers are here, are good looking, they take off their shirts, and they have Australian accents.


  12. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Hook looks like he's waiting patiently for a snack!!


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