Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas at a glance, my little home in the country...pics by Little G

This was a great holiday season...here is what my Little G captured....

Mosley and Leo brothers and bffs

 homemade stocking
 
Treats on the table

Messes after making snowflakes, the star is for baby Jesus
Baby Jesus...lying in a manger,  A red enevelope with Little G's gifts to Jesus
Little G decorated this Christmas tree
This took Little J an hour to do, he was inspired by the movie Elf
Cookies they made and decorated
 Little G, herself! We did face paint! She needed decorating too!


whatcha cooking?
Treats from the sweetest

Self portrait, twirling in her dress, happy as can be!

Little G said "I just love Christmas "
As we packed the final items today, she kissed all the baby Jesus(es)  from the nativities, said good bye and blew a kiss to her gingerbread house. Helped twirl her little tree so I could take the lights off easier.
 Now she is looking forward to Valentines Day!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Marvelous Mess

A Marvelous Mess


Let’s talk about…. Bridgette Jones’ Diary, it is a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice.

They even cast Collin Firth as the main man, just like in the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice.
Side note: He makes a great Mr. Darcy!

First off my deepest apologies that Bridgette is so vulgar, those Brits love to use the “bloody …you know what word.” Nevertheless, I must recommend the books, which of course are better than the movies! I took my time reading the last book because I didn’t want it to end. I felt like I was loosing a friend. She was so funny, so real, and so open! I just loved it. The movies were OK, some of the scenes I will never forget.

There is a scene, where Mr. Darcy meets up with Bridgette as she is leaving a party, (the only "singleton" there) and feeling quite down and out. She suggests that he came down to make her feel even more inferior than she already felt, and really didn’t want to hear what he had to say.

Well, quite the contrary. He says, “I like you just the way you are.” She was not expecting this. She smiled and under her breathe repeated what he said, letting it sink in. Again he said, "just the way you are." The scene ends when his dates summons him from the top of the staircase. Later that day she tells all her friends and they are all amazed at this suggestion of “just the way you are.” ( Like, is it impossible to love somebody just the way they are?)

Well, let me share a scene from my life this week.

I had the family over for dinner and at first, everything was going as planned. I had the food, the menu, and the time. I put the roast, potatoes and carrots in the oven and started on the homemade lemon cake and icing. Well about 45 minutes before dinner would be served, things started to get chaotic. The carrots dried out and my two layer round cake split in half. The plates to set the table had chips and my good silverware was not so good anymore. The pressure was beginning to mound and I remembered why I don't have company often. I was feeling frazzled. Just then, my Mister D walked in and asked how things were going and what he could do to help. (Just 3 hours before that he called me from work and I was calm, cool, and collected…now quite the opposite!) I felt like a mess! Emotionally and Culinary-ally (I just made up that word) I was a mess. I told this to my Mister D and this was his reply.

“You’re my marvelous mess”.

My heart melted and I felt just like my good friend Bridgette, knowing that he loves me just they way I am.

As the company arrived and I fumbled with the ice in the pitcher, ice falling to the floor. I turned and looked at my Minlaw and said, “I’m 'his' marvelous mess.” She just looked at me with a huh (?), and he said, “That was suppose to be between the two of us.” However, I was proud of my new term of endearment.

Proud to be A marvelous mess!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A novel ending....

So...I know your wondering.. Did she finish her novel?


Good News

I completed the story; however, it is more of a short story.

It does not have a name but it has a voice.

I could not stretch out the story with gibberish nonsense to get to 50,000 words, which was the requirement for a NaNoWriMo novel, ( not gibberish, the 50,000 words :)) so I will not officially be a NaNoWriMo.

BUT

It was wonderful experience to be apart of the NaNoWriMo group. I realize what a daunting task it is to write a book! - and of course so do they, that's why they created this forum...to inspire people to write and get it all done in 1 month! This was not to have a perfect product but to have a beginning product.

Congrats, to the fellow NaNoWriMo who completed the task!

Many NaNoWriMo have published books because of there involvement in past years. Some shared their experiences and said it took several years after their first draft to publish a book.
(That was a good piece of information...perseverance is the key.)

The support group of people at WriMo's were constantly emailing me and telling
me to hang in there with my writing and not give up, that was nice; especially when I realized there was no way I was going to get to 10,000 words.

So many of them sounded like they were walking zombies, writing day and night and pretty much not leaving
the house, missing work and what not. HUH?? What?? Now that is dedication.

I was not willing to sacrifice that much at this stage in the game.

I did indeed stay up nights until 3am and shed many tears, as you well know!

Overall, it was a good experience and I look forward to doing it again next November.

For now, the next step is editing and fine detail!

Oh...the perfect title...that will come when it is ready and I am excited about that!

I have a beginning now!
I hope it has a happy ending, a novel ending!

(I will keep you posted.)