Traumatic Cookies

It hit me today how traumatic just making cookies has become for me.  Not traumatic as in they remind me of abuse, but that the thought of making them makes me unbearably sad.  They shouldn’t.  I love to make cookies from scratch.  I use a modified version of my mother’s recipe that we worked out years ago over the phone so that I’d get them just the way I like them.  I’ve since been making this recipe so much that I could very nearly make it with my eyes closed.  I love having to guard the bowl from my little ankle biters, then sneaking a little cookie dough when they aren’t looking, knowing that when it was my mom, she had five kids, their friends, and my father to keep away from the cookie dough.  It’s no wonder that my recipe yields more cookies than hers said it would, I don’t more than half a dozen mouths to fight off.  I love pulling them out, letting them cool a little, then scarfing down three while they’re still warm and the chocolate still melted.  I love taking them to family get togethers and sharing them, coming home with nothing (don’t worry, I try to save enough dough at home to make another dozen).  But it’s taking them to share with family that’s caused my problem. Read more of this post

The Magic Spreadsheet and Open Office!

Okay,  just a warning, this post seems to be full of links.  Feel free to click ones that catch your fancy, or just ignore them as I try to clumsily explain them, either way.  Now I know what you are thinking, but I swear, I’ve been writing off and on, I’m just not using WordPress as my personal word processor anymore.  Used to be, it was the only ‘program’ that I could get both a spell check and a word count since I don’t have Microsoft word, nor do I have the money to buy the overpriced office suite it comes with.  No problems though, I found something better!  I will be posting some of my writing on here, eventually.  For the most part though, I’ve been keeping my work safely wrapped up on a flash drive and my computer. Read more of this post

Spam is getting creative…

Is it just me, or is the spam comments getting more creative? Call me simple, but I get a little bit of entertainment out of reading some of them to see what trick they try to use to make it seem like they’re legit. Two of the four I just blasted could have been, if it hadn’t been for them both being, just vague enough and posted on the same old post. One pretended to have a room mate that was always going on “about this topic” and that they would be sharing the post with them, the other pretended to have a colleague that was doing research on “the same topic” and they treated the spammer to dinner for showing them the post. Again, just vague enough they could go for any post I had, yet story-like enough to pique the writer in me. Besides all that, the grammar was practically flawless!  The post, by the way was Plumbob: the Making.  Anyone out there have an amusing spam story? Write about it in the comments!


I was perusing Diamond Candle giveaways because I’m in major candle mode, and I came across Peanut Butter and Whine’s Giveaway Blog.  As there were a billion ways to enter her most recent giveaway I started going down the line and making what entry I felt comfortable with.  One entry requires you to comment on one of her other blog posts that weren’t giveaway related (another that you blog about her hehehehe) and I found this Gem, literally! Any red-blooded girl (or guy, I won’t discriminate) that loves earrings, or knows a girl (or guy) that loves earrings should click that link, or click the pic! Remember to put in 0704 in the coupon code for a free pair of $60 Garnet stud earrings! The code is only good till January 28, 2014!  You have to pay for shipping, but seriously, you’re gonna squabble about shipping?  I’m not! And while you’re there, you could check out some of the other earrings, there’s the free pair of Diamond heart studs and Amethyst heart studs both using the 0801 coupon code for them to be free, however I can’t guarantee for how long those are free.

Woot Woot!



_01-20-14_803  Got my earrings in the mail Friday and they are FABULOUS!!!

Hope you all enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! I’m waiting for the ball to drop here in Iowa, and as I think back on the year I have to say it was the suck…This time last year the family had just put a beloved grandmother in hospice care, then the call that my brother had been found early that morning on the floor, gone.  We lost the grandmother just days later, and my husband and I attended seperate funerals states away.  Then my mother-in-laws diagnosis which has culminated in a very serious surgery that, though she’s recovering from, has left all members of the family beside themselves.  It has finished off with another close family member having a nervous breakdown.

But not everything has been so bad.  My children are growing into stronger young men, my oldest nearly as tall as me now, and catching up quick.  I started playing an online MMO with my other brother and his beautiful wife.  I have met some of the nicest, and most interesting people on the game, and I’m glad to have met them all either through said brother and sister-in-law, or through my husband and our mutual friend.  I am thankful that we more than just make do, though we aren’t rolling in it by any means.  We’re still alive, we’re still together, and mostly happy and healthy.

Considering though, I guess I’ve been a bit out of it this last year.  I’ve been flighty, I’ve been weepy, I’ve been not all there at times.  It’s been a blur on good days, and I won’t even comment on the bad days.

Here’s to a better year with a healthier family, more focus, money, etc.!

A Little Break While I Catch Up With Myself!

I Am A: Neutral Good Human Bard/Rogue (2nd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:

Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Secondary Class:
Rogues have little in common with each other. While some – maybe even the majority – are stealthy thieves, many serve as scouts, spies, investigators, diplomats, and simple thugs. Rogues are versatile, adaptable, and skilled at getting what others don’t want them to get. While not equal to a fighter in combat, a rogue knows how to hit where it hurts, and a sneak attack can dish out a lot of damage. Rogues also seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to avoiding danger. Experienced rogues develop nearly magical powers and skills as they master the arts of stealth, evasion, and sneak attacks. In addition, while not capable of casting spells on their own, a rogue can sometimes ‘fake it’ well enough to cast spells from scrolls, activate wands, and use just about any other magic item.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Seventeen

Well, I just realized that in my notebook I skipped Seventeen entirely! Interesting how that works, huh? In the words of my brother “Silly Sea Serpent!” Well, here you go, the seventeenth prompt fresh and ready for all yall!  I’m trying to limit my non-story writing, so this isn’t nearly as long as I could, but who knows, it could be a decent begining.

“The cat’s out of the bag” is an idiom that indicates that a secret has been revealed. Write a story or poem that illustrates this idiom. Read more of this post

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Sixteen

So, even though this was supposed to be published at the end of August, I’m only just getting around to typing it at the end of September.  Yesterday I found out that by publishing without changing the date published first was causing problems for the link everyone sees in Facebook when I did go back and change it.  So, before posting I’m changing the date to the date it needed to be from now on.  No more problems with the rest.  If you are interested in seeing the other goofy things I’ve posted and weren’t able to see before, feel free to go back and look from my main page.  Also, I’ve been having a blast on the Magic Spreadsheet!  It can be a little dicey, but I enjoy seeing how I’ve done over the last month, and it has given me a better perspective on word count.  So anyway  This is the 200th post, and strangely the prompt is the $10 million question, that is: Would you prefer to have ten million dollars right now, or one million a year for ten years? Why? Read more of this post

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Fifteen

Now, I don’t normally do this, but sometimes a writing prompt just fits with something I’m working on in story.  This is one of those cases, so you get a little bit of a sneak peak *rough and unedited* into Vertigo because today’s prompt is: I found the strangest thing in my pocket.  Since there’s nothing more to this prompt, I let it take me somewhere.  Enjoy! Read more of this post

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Fourteen

I’m feeling jittery so I’m going to try to make this quick and do another one before moving on.

Today’s prompt is: Write a brief biography of an old inventor who is shipwrecked. Read more of this post


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