Well, had forty hours off this past week. For me, that means no work Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. I work two eight-hour shifts, then two twelve-hour weekend shifts. All of these are overnight as well. In return, I get Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday off every week! I think it’s more than a fair trade.
Would have been nice except winter decided to stick around. Should have been temperatures in the fifties, some rain, a good healthy burst from the plants-I call it the green switch get flicked on. Instead, snow, cold, and more snow. My front porch saw a good foot at least with the way the wind swirled it all into my little nook. The side patio had even more dumped all over. Ridiculous! Things didn’t start warming up until yesterday-Thursday, my first day back to work. This weekend temps are supposed to jack into the seventies before chilling back down the first week of May. Thunderstorms are expected Tuesday. Now, I can deal with thunderstorms, even on my day off. That’s good writing weather (well, except until the power goes out. Then it’s good sleeping weather!). Just… no more snow, please. Until November at the earliest, hmm?
Got more written on Witch Warden. Worked on the back copy and back cover for A Child of Byne. I know what I want for the back, but it’s surprising me how hard it’s turning out to be. But now that I’ve a couple of failures under my belt, I think I’ll get it right soon enough. (I actually enjoy the process. Even getting it wrong helps me develop my rusty skills in that regard.) I still plan on having the story out in softcover and at least Kindle format by the end of May.
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I broke (shattered, really) the top of my smoothtop electric range. Don’t drop a cast iron skillet onto them ranges, by the way. It’ll get messy. A new range is en route, with delivery slated for Thursday. Not my day off, but as I mentioned earlier, I work overnights, so I do have the day to be there for the swap. Looks like I’ll be micrwaving and eating out a bit over the next few days. Oh well.
Most of the snow is gone. All of it should be melted away by Sunday. Pepper is finally enjoying more time outside than in. She brought home something odd the other day. A chunk of squirrel-type hair, matted together. Nothing else- no skin, no blood. A most unusual thing. I took it from her and threw it in the outside garbage bins. If it had been on an animal, I might have let her fling it around. But the way it looked, I just didn’t like the look of it. I hope she doesn’t bring more of the home. But knowing her…
Anyway, just thought I would post tonight. I plan to post again Tuesday. One thing my little vacation taught me was that I am totally no good with extended days off. I don’t think I went to bed or woke up the same times two days in a row. Working overnights has thrown my sleep schedule out of whack when I’m not working. I can deal with it for my three days off. I just sleep until past noon mostly, and things work out. It’s when I don’t go to work to at least establish a four-day cycle that throws me off. I don’t have to worry about this again until my three-week vacation at the end of June. My trip to West Virginia and then Maine should help me get into a routine. But sheesh! What a strange problem to have.