Wednesday, October 31, 2012
This is my first official Halloween. I heard we were supposed to get some things called witches and goblins knocking on our door later today to celebrate. I'm not real sure what it is we are celebrating but I know I sure look cute in my costume.
Wait....wait.....now Mama says the goblins (I wonder if that is part of a turkey?) aren't coming tonight because of some lady named Sandy who made everything real wet and rainy around a lot of the country. I wonder why she did that? I would get in trouble if I wet all over the place.
So now I have to wait until Saturday to see all the fun costumes. Maybe it will be dry enough that I can wear my costume and sit at the door or on the porch and help pass out candy. I sure like all the kids!
Behave Sandy because I really want to celebrate Halloween. I hope everyone gets to celebrate today or another day soon, once it dries out where you live.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Last night I got my desk at home in order making sure I had lots of space to work without clutter.
I am still trying to figure out what the novel will be about. Some people on the website have their characters defined, an outline done, and an idea of what the novel will be. Not me. I have written down some ideas and will just wait and see what my muse tells me to write. Then I plan to let my fingers fly over the keyboard and let the words fill up pages. (I used to do medical transcription so my fingers really do fly over the keys.)
One of the suggestions I read on the website said to just let the novel take place, no editing along the way, let it be fun, even if it doesn't make sense. I guess that would be okay, it would be a way of discipline to just write. One person said they had a great idea for a novel so they chose the November writing challenge as a good time to work on it. But it didn't work out well because their inner editor kept making changes along the way and she didn't finish the 50,000 words. She did finish the novel but it took her two years. So this November I am not planning to write the "great" novel that everyone wants to read but plan to write write write. If it turns out to be the wonderful piece that I feel could get published, I will do all the editing I can and try to get it published. I have a few pages started on a novel that I think could be very interesting but won't work on that until after this is over. Maybe after writing so much in November, working on the idea that I think is good will be easier.
I looked at some of my writing that was sitting in folders, in composition books, and in a notebook. I was surprised at how good some of it actually was. I guess putting it down and coming back to it makes it look better.
Well, I better let my brain work on some more ideas and see if I come up with something.
Wish me luck!!
Monday, October 29, 2012
I had never heard of this program or site before Levonne let me know about it. Artists can start a venture on this site, give a synopsis or sample of what they plan to create and then ask people to support the venture if it is something they would like to see come to fruition.
If the artist meets the financial goal they have set by a certain date, anyone who chose to support the project will have their credit card processed. If the artist does not meet the goal set, no one will have anything charged to their card.
Levonne is writing a book, This Restless Life, about her experiences in the California parks, showing photographs she has taken, and then creating collages of her feelings regarding those photos or experiences below the photo. The samples she has given are awesome and the project appears to be a great idea.
With her talent and drive, this could turn out to be a really good artistic adventure. To check out her project, go to this site. She gives a great description and video regarding this venture.
Good Luck Levonne!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Today Leisure Lake hosted many Halloween events including bingo for the kids, a party and costume contest for the children, hayride trick or treat, adult costume contest, potluck dinner, haunted hayride, and finally karaoke at the clubhouse.
We had a couple visitors here for the children's activities. Ashlyn and Danica were the "Pretty" from the title above. Danica was a skull witch while Ashlynn was dressed in 50's garb with the poodle skirt, ponytail and scarf around the neck and ponytail.
|I think they just noticed something behind them!|
Later we went to an impromptu Halloween party at Karin's where we found something very scary.
|Andrew, the Bloody Mess!|
Then we came upon something rather fat (sorry Aaron, but you have blown up a bit since we last saw you.)
|The A-Team together|
Trick or treat in our area is not until Wednesday, so we will be seeing lots more characters for sure!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
So this week, I signed up for the challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November with the National Novel Writing Month organization. From what I understand, I have made a commitment to write a novel about anything of my choice and try to write 50,000 words in the month of November.
At this point I have no idea what I will write about. I have no outline, specific idea, genre, or character in mind. I may take ideas from some of the things I have previously started and mold them into something significant but I believe one of the rules is to start fresh. At this point, I plan to let my muse guide me, and to me that muse is God. With His guidance giving me the ideas and words, and my trust that he will get me to the 50,000 word mark by November 30, this should be a great experience.
So if my blogs are short or far and few between in November, please know that I am still sitting at my computer, but not blogging. If I neglect reading my favorite blogs or commenting on them, please forgive me for these 30 days. I will try to post occasionally with a word count. Any encouragement you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Do you have any ideas for a great novel? Let me know or give me some ideas to throw around in the next four days. I am allowed to outline my ideas prior to November 1.
Thanks for following and commenting on my blogs.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
We took a golf cart ride up to the lake and let Sugar and Andrew run around. It seems that no matter where Andrew goes, Sugar is attached to him. Those two really like each other. Andrew told me when he left, “Be sure to give Sugar lots of loving.” She slept with him most of the night for two nights
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The water should be shut off at the end of October or early in November. I would assume that will be the time that we only camp occasionally in the winter. Last year we had high hopes of being here a lot in the winter but didn't make it. We had a mild winter here in Oho last year but we still didn't come out much. I think part of the reason was that at the time we were still "newbies" learning our way around winter camping, Leisure Lake, and making friends.
We have had a great summer here and have met so many people. There is always someone here to talk to no matter where you go in the park. Campers are such friendly people and when we are at the campground, it seems that people are here to relax. There is no one upsman stuff going on here. I truly appreciate that because after a long week of working (sometimes stressful and sometimes not) I just want to kick back and let my blood pressure return to normal.
Ken and I joke about how when we get here, we feel like our bodies just say, "Ahhhhhh" like a sigh of relief. Do you feel that when you are at a campground?
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
There are plenty of trees in this campground and the majority of them are nut trees or oak trees. Recently large branches have fallen but luckily none have landed on any trailers. There was a rather large branch that fell next to the camper which now occupies our former site here at Leisure Lake.
A few weeks ago we filled out a form to have some dead branches near our camper removed. This was done about two weeks ago.
We have lots of acorns and nuts falling here in the early fall. It is like a concert of Plops, plings, bangs, and bings.
When they land on our neighbor's wooden roof over his deck it is more a hard hitting sound. When they hit our camper roof it is more of a thud. But when we get the carport which is metal, it will be more like bing bing bing.
Our lot is pie shaped, narrow in front and wide as it goes toward the back. But right in the middle of our lot are three trees in a line. Between the angle of our lot and the trees which are in front of our camper, we had a tough time figuring out how to make the carport fit. Todd, our local rep from Carolina Carport, came out and measured and figured that out for us. After showing us all the styles, sizes and changes we could make, we narrowed it down to a 20W x 31L carport. Next was to choose the color. We chose barn red to match our shed and picnic table. Once the carport is in, we will paint the deck to match.
There is a second advantage to the carport. It will be wide enough to cover our deck. We won't need to use our awning which we have to remember to roll up before leaving or when it is going to storm.
Ken started getting ready for its arrival which we were told would be three to six weeks. He removed the decking and some of my flower pots. We are now sitting outside on gravel but at least it is level.
Hopefully the carport will come in the next week or two before it starts getting much colder.