An American Highlander

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Snakes and spiders and wasps…. Oh my!! October 11, 2012

Filed under: ROW80 — charismaloy @ 12:34 am

Wow, I keep feeling like I am overwhelmed with STUFF that I have to get done, but I was quite productive this week and am feeling really good about myself *looks away from the pile of stuff that goes on next week’s list*.

Monday being a federal holiday, I had to take care of my paperwork yesterday instead. On my way back into town, I stopped and talked to a guy about getting the appliances out of my shed, and then got that package shipped off. That was a load off of my mind, as I keep forgetting it. Since the guy is coming for the appliances on Monday, I had an extra push to get the shed cleaned out.

Today was an absolutely lovely day, warm enough to work outside in a t-shirt, but cool enough to be in the shed. I got the swamp cooler drained and made sure the pump was high and dry. Surprisingly, I did not see my friendly little garden snake. I usually see him when I am on that side of the house. I think I scared him last time.

I did get to see the wasps though… Every summer, I get three or four wasp nests attached to the front of my house. Usually I hose them down with wasp spray, but this year I just never got around to it. While I was cleaning out the shed, I noticed a couple of small nests in there, so I grabbed the shovel and went about knocking the nests loose. We had snow this time last week. The wasps are long gone right? Uh… no. I got three of the nests around the place knocked down before it happened. Yup. Knocked one down that still had wasps in it. Lucky me, the buggers were disoriented and didn’t realize I was the homewrecker…. I backed off and let them fly away before going for the next one. That one had posted a guard, and I thought it the better part of wisdom to let him win the day. I am planning a sneak attack after the first hard freeze….

Of course, what western shed is without it’s share of spiders? Webs everywhere, but I managed to sort a pile of loose wood for some friends who have a wood stove, a pile of leftover parts from when I re-plumbed my house has been set aside for Habitat For Humanity’s Re-store, and I found yet another stash of rocks from my rock collection.  The remarkable thing is that I only tried to wrap my hands around a spider once. It waved frantically at me and then scurried away.

Okay, Last weeks goals are still up, but only because I don’t want to come up with new goals midweek. The “work on alter-ego’s job” goal will remain on the list until I am entirely caught up there, although I have made headway on that. Also, the note/timeline transfer will remain until my notes are safely transferred. I really need to change my pictures, but these ones are a good visual to stay on task, so they stay until I find another. I know, they are getting boring. I promise to hunt for new ones in the next few days. I am also going to try and get a few things done that will go on next weeks list if I don’t accomplish them.


Now…. What have I accomplished???

First the overall goals for the round:

Complete Preparations for the BIG ADVENTURE.

Continue to make progress on Alter Ego’s Job. (one day, I will introduce you :))

WRITE! Something!! Anything!! 

Last round I was frequently thrown off track by a varying work schedule and the rest of the drama of real life. This round, I intend to take those both into account. Each Sunday (possibly Monday) I will post my goals for the week, planning them around my work schedule and other anticipated life drama, and listing the goals by priority.

For this week: Saturday starts a four-day weekend, so to plan accordingly…

Tuesday – Friday:

  • Work on Alter Ego’s job if brain is functioning sufficiently,  did 3 pages Tuesday   

    Story board with notes for 4-5 books. Chaos

  • if not, then finish getting the bedroom sorted and thinned. Am steadily working my way around the room. 
  • Get Package sent off for repairs Complete!!
  • get paperwork filed  Complete!!
  • Gather/haul garbage Wednesday night. (that thinning process accumulates trash too fast!) Complete!!
  • Get guest post written!! Complete!!

Saturday – Tuesday:

  • Work on Alter Ego’s job That is what I am headed for after I post this.
  • When a break is needed in daylight hours, begin shed clean-out.  Complete!!
  • When break is needed after dark, continue to transfer story notes to timelines Nothing on this yet

The mad writer looking far too much like her father…. in the midst of transferring story notes tooooo…..

The timeline! back when there was only one piece of butcher block running down my hall….. there are two now… soon to be three…

So, I am off on this week’s adventures. I hope to maintain sanity by tackling them one at a time. I will attempt to make a midweek blog each week that is not an update, but that is yet another adventure and my plate is already overflowing….



6 Responses to “Snakes and spiders and wasps…. Oh my!!”

  1. Shah Wharton Says:

    Wow – wish I could be so well organised and plan things out like that. I really struggle with organisation. I do loads of lists to help me rememeber things but don’t have the skills to sort them all out, same with notes for novels etc. Grr! Good going on all you’ve achieved X

  2. charismaloy Says:

    Thanks Shah! I suppose I should ‘fess up, I am not usually terribly organized. I am coming hard up against a few deadlines so I am trying to be organized about my to-do list. As for the storylines/timelines, well I started out to tell Alli’s story and her sister jumped in and demanded HER story be told. Then the sister’s paramour’s big brother piped up. Then when Alli’s love interest showed up, I realized that I had to tell that story separately. A minimum of four books, 20 years and six different people talking to me? Yeah. I needed some way to keep them sorted. Now they take turns telling their stories when I am at the Timeline. It’s a good thing too, ’cause I have two sets of parents and a son waiting in the wings……. I don’t know if they are going to insist that I tell their stories….

  3. prudencemacleod Says:

    Wow, girl, you are on a roll this week. Congrats. Keep going; may the Force be with you!

  4. stephencouch Says:

    One thing I miss about moving from the country to the city is the lack of critters…wasps, spiders, and such are a hassle to deal with, but I do miss the sense of connectedness with nature that exposure to such things brings.

    Hope things are going well with your goals!

    • charismaloy Says:

      My goals are moving right along Stephen, thank you for stopping by! Honestly, I think I would suffocate if I had to move to the city, This small town is far too big for me.

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