Monday, May 30, 2005

One more highlight

John graduated High School on the 20th. He earned a district GPA of 4.0. Yes, Mom got misty when she heard them call, "Honor Graduate John David Ware..." *sniffle*

Busy week last week!

The highlight (or lowlight) of the week was James smacking himself in the eye with his BB rifle. You remember the movie, "A Christmas Story," where the kid is warned he'll shoot his eye out? No one warned him he could tear his retina whacking himself with the scope, now did they? But James managed to do it and had to undergo laser surgery to fix the tear. He's back to normal and rejoicing in school being out.

I finished another short story - this one a ghost story - and sent it off to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I started another story today, but may tear up the beginning and start again...not sure. I keep having to tell my internal editor to shut up while writing and it doesn't always listen very well. :-)

Saturday I was awakened to the sound of hammers - they've begun enclosing our carport. They have the walls up (no sheetrock, siding, or insulation, just wood) and are now waiting on the electrician to do some wiring. Don't ask me when all this happens - I just live here. :-)

Friday, May 20, 2005

I don't understand it...

Past couple of days I've been feeling a little down. Part of it is I'm sure fatigue - I'm still a little tired (jet lag maybe?) and maybe part of it is coming away from an intense experience.

Yeah, I need to post about the workshop at some point. Trying to internalize some stuff with it, and trying to catch up on home front (laundry is becoming a critical issue).

Anyway, I figure I'll find my sunny side soon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

I'm baaacck...

After some intense days at a Short Story Workshop in Oregon. I just worked on a column about it, and flirted with going over my word limit because it is almost impossible to describe it in 600-700 words.
Will give details another time - right now it's late for me and I'm still a little sleep deprived (also had my allergies flare up while in Oregon and working to settle them down). Short version - it was an awesome experience and I wish I had gone to one sooner.
More later -

Monday, May 02, 2005


As I type this I am sitting in an Internet Cafe at a Disney resort hotel.

Don had been planning to take a play day off today after doing some CME. He noticed I was stressing out some with my assigned reading and other stuff - I've been getting headaches from the eyestrain we think.

So yesterday as we got ready for services he said, "Why don't you come with me?"

I said, "whoa, I have to finish this reading - I don't have TIME for the Disney thing!"

He said, "You don't have to go to Disney - just relax in the hotel room and finish your reading. No one can find you there and no one will bother you."

After thinking about it I decided why not?

So here I sit, feeling happy and relaxed with less then 200 pages to go on my reading and wondering why I almost said "no" to this!

Did I marry a great guy or what?

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Congrats to my grad!

This evening our local congregation had a reception for those young people who are graduating from high school this year. This includes my oldest, John, who is graduating with honors though he has made it clear he'd rather skip the graduation ceremony. He wanted to skip this reception, too, but Don and I stuck to our guns and said he had to go and let people fuss over him.

We've been at this congregation since 1995, so many of the people here have watched my children grow up. They tell me I have good boys. I know John hates the attention, but I love it when the older people come up to him and tell him what a fine young man he is.

We were supposed to make a poster with pictures and lists of John's accomplishments. Don took over the project and did a super job with it. One of my favorite baby pictures was on it (John on a rug with nothing on but a towel) plus his graduation pictures among others.

John has been accepted to the Honors Freshman class at Freed Hardeman University (small Christian college in Tennessee).

The congregation gave each graduate a Bible dictionary. John got a stack of cards (and I know many of them have money in them) among other things.

I'm proud of him. He hates hearing that, but I am.