I have discovered the joy that is vertigo. Had an appointment because it was alarming and new, appears to be benign. But for five or so days, it felt like the world was tilting beneath my feet complete with being off balance and nausea. I only felt okay laying down with my head to the … Continue reading Vertigo

I Missed My 900 Posts Milestone!

So, yeah, I have made over NINE HUNDRED posts to this blog since I started it in 2017! I'm creeping up on ONE THOUSAND POSTS. Should I do a giveaway then? I should totally do a giveaway. What should I giveaway? Thoughts? Photo Credit kchungtw on Deposit Photos. Text was added in Canva.

Camp NaNoWriMo Win!

I revised the existing text for Girlie, now titled 'His Starbound Court' during NaNo this time. I actually finished on the 25th so early for once! Go me! I still have to write the last few scenes, but it's almost ready for the editor.

‘Still Water’ Audiobook is Permafree! (Text-to-Voice AI)

I've been working with ElevenLabs' text-to-voice AI, and I've created an audiobook version of 'Still Water', narrated by me! Per my agreement with them, my book would remain permafree for everyone who is interested to see how well it works. This was intended for authors and advertising, but I see no reason it can't mean … Continue reading ‘Still Water’ Audiobook is Permafree! (Text-to-Voice AI)

Friday Plants Post!

And some quick photos so you can see how well my plants are doing! This one shows my lavender just barely growing! The new plant on the left is a lemon tree. Lots of tomatoes growing! Two peach trees and a Honeycrisp! Spring can't come soon enough!

Stark Bros Shipments Arrived!

Stark Bros shipped EARLY this year, so I have a bunch of plants hiding in the house. Three temporarily potted trees: Grapes and blackberries: And a bunch I had to shove in the fridge to keep them dormant. Strawberries, asparagus, horseradish. Hurry up and spring, Wisconsin!

Teriyaki Steak

When we first moved into our house, one of our housewarming gifts was a cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens. Lately my husband has been experimenting and learning new recipes, and he picked out a Teriyaki steak recipe from the cookbook, and it was absolutely amazing on the grill. The official recipe was 'Steak Teriyaki … Continue reading Teriyaki Steak

Purging Old Hobbies

I've started on cleaning the basement which is absolutely chock full of stuff. The majority of it is supplies for things I used to enjoy doing but haven't done in a decade. My husband has stuff in there too - he moved directly from his parents' house into the house we purchased. His mom was … Continue reading Purging Old Hobbies

Cleaning House

I discovered the world of vacuum sealed laundry and am packaging up all of my big linens that have been taking up space so I can store them in the basement. The bags came with a pump, but I have a vacuum cleaner that worked much better and much faster. I tried to initially use … Continue reading Cleaning House

Seed Starts Update

Just a photo dump of how things growing in my house are doing. The lettuce: A single grape start! Celery and eggplant. Peppers! Tomatoes. Onions and Leeks.

I Draw Men too, Honest

Gouache work! Here's the original sketch: Painted over. Yes, the original photo IS that desaturated. I'm not real happy with it, but I'm learning. His eyes are crooked. 🙁

I Might Have Pulled the Trigger on Chickens

Hatching date, July 24th. Gotta start hustling! Also, I deleted the meal maker chick repeatedly, but the site kept adding it. It's a 'give back to your community' chick I guess, which I was intending to do anyway, but there's no telling what type of chicken it will be!

Spring Fever!

Now, I've had all of my seeds purchased for a looooooong time, so I've been restricting myself on those. I mean, I ordered a lemon tree and bareroot strawberries, but those aren't seeds. I did order some Micro Dwarf tomatoes for my hydroponics kits though. Anyway, I'd like to start my grape seeds soon, so … Continue reading Spring Fever!

Gouache Practice – Forgot the Post It

More practice! I forgot to drop a post it to cover her chest in the photo though. The original sketch: And then the painted version: So, ignore the itty bitty amount of underboob there. The lighting on this one was hard, and the eye really fought me.

Hydroponics Update

Just some update photos on my hydroponics kits. My oldest planting, where I tried peas and a bunch of things. Only the lettuce really took off, and that's ready for cutting! The other two were planted in romaine lettuce, one with the covers, and one without. And the one without covers. With the price lettuce … Continue reading Hydroponics Update

A Sketch that Turned Out Well

I did some sketching over Christmas week, and I had one that turned out surprisingly well. Something about this one turned much better than my usual efforts. Something about the eyes maybe? Anyway, I'm proud of my efforts on this one, and I'll be painting it in gouache at some point along the way. *smile*

Bread Fail

This post is entirely for your amusement. I found that I had taken photos of the worst bread fail - the craggy mountain bread. I didn't think to take photos of the dripping bread, but this one looks worse at least. And the bottom: We had to cut out the paddle. So not only did … Continue reading Bread Fail

Year End Thoughts

This is my seventh year blogging we're going into, and I'm sitting at 860 and change posts thus far. I haven't gotten much traction, but I don't focus on any particular topic. Instead I just do life updates, which I'll admit are not that exciting. But I enjoy having this record of my life. It's … Continue reading Year End Thoughts

Got My Edits Back!

That prolonged squealing noise you hear is me. No need for alarm. I got 'Still Water' back from the editor! SO HAPPY! And, yes, I'm a weirdo who enjoys getting feedback so long as it's WRITTEN. In person is hard. On paper is fun.

Sketch Dump

I'm practicing painting gouache over existing drawings, but to do that I have to first have existing drawings! So, here are a few sketches I've done while working on how I want to sketch with these tools. Hamrib Art on YouTube gave me the inspiration. She does amazing gouache work over her pen sketches, and … Continue reading Sketch Dump

FEMA Does What Now?

A few of the preparedness types that I follow have been aggravated by a study done through Cornell University and FEMA. A study on preppers. First of all, here is the study in full. And here is a break down of interesting data from a prepper site. They point out some differences between the standard … Continue reading FEMA Does What Now?

What Should I Bring to the Food Pantry? 9 Essential Items You Wouldn’t Expect

I haven't always been financially stable. At my sickest, I was living off of the kindness of friends and the food pantry, and I remember vividly how hard that was. I also remember the ridiculous number of can of green beans I got every week. (Green beans have very few calories, and I can't eat … Continue reading What Should I Bring to the Food Pantry? 9 Essential Items You Wouldn’t Expect