Go ahead and smack me. You know you want to. How can I be glad it’s Monday? But I honestly am. It’s a brand new day, the sun is shining brightly, and the smell of spring is in the air here. I truly enjoy Mondays. Sundays are the days I have a hard time with because everything opens late and closes early. But Monday…yeah, Monday and I are buds. Monday is when I can get almost everything done and then I only have to just work on the upkeep during the week. On the weekends with kids at home, there’s no way on earth that anything stays clean or in place. But Mondays are great because no one is home except for me and the 2yr old tornado, and even though he keeps me busy he’s not as bad as having three tornadoes in the house. Think about that. One twister throwing things around is a lot easier to clean up after-he’s more like a dust devil than a tornado really except for when he decides he just has to to get into stuff and throw it around. The other two kids are more like an F1 or F2 tornado (if you don’t know the Fujita scale for measuring the type of tornadoes-go read about it here.) Tornadoes, man, they are so cool, but scary as hell. Spring being here now means I get to start watching the skies the minute it clouds up. And you always know the sky to watch. It’s not just grey. It’s one of my favorite colors-this deep shade of blue-grey that’s a darker grey around the edges and a lighter blue-grey in the middle. And these massive clouds. My pulse starts to speed up, and I make sure I have the tv turned on to some station I know I’ll receive emergency weather news. Having lived in Texas all my life, and knowing what to look for, you’d think I’d actually been in a tornado. Nope, not even once although there have been some really close calls. One passed only five miles away once, but the closest was three miles away on one side of town, disappeared, then reappeared three miles on the other side of the city. We call that jumping. You want to know fear? Yeah, try being in that. But I’m off topic. Trust me when I say I know tornado damage, and my kids are very definitely solid F2 tornadoes.
But Mondays are awesome, and that brings me to my next topic. I’ve been posting poems on Mondays and Fridays. I notice there’s more traffic on Mondays than on Fridays so here’s what I’m thinking. I am going to start posting story snippets or occasional poems on Mondays. I’m also going to begin removing those poems from my blog that have been up for a month. I will keep the titles listed on my left sidebar and if you see one that you’d like to read, email me and I will be happy to send you a copy of the one you want. I’ll keep the story snippets up as they are not the complete stories. Even though my work is copyrighted I want to be careful of what I am putting out for people. Not everyone is honest and forthright and my work is very important to me. I hand-write all of my poetry and I keep the originals. I put the time and date I wrote them with a note usually about what the inspiration was or something that tells me that this was what I had in mind. I have all kinds of editing notes on them so my family will know what I intended for that particular piece. These are, after all, a part of my legacy to them. We have no real heirlooms or antiques handed down from generation to generation, but this is my answer to that. These are for them. Also, once I begin to know more about when I will be publishing something I’ll create a news page for that and you can check it for updates. I’m hoping to have something before the end of the year, even if it’s a self-published ebook of my poetry. Make sure you click on the Follow button on the left sidebar or sign up for email notifications for blog updates. You can also follow me on Twitter, and I have my Twitter feed posted on the right sidebar. If you scroll down you should be able to see it. I do have a Facebook page but it’s a personal page for my family and friends. I will be creating a writer page on Facebook and once that is done then I will have it listed on the right as well. Fridays I will be posting other people’s work, or links to their work, that I like or that I would like to promote. There are some great writers and poets out there, and I think they deserve the recognition. It’s all about paying it forward.
Today I am going to be writing two separate posts: this one and one for the poem I post today. I’m not sure what time I will be posting the poem but look for it sometime this evening. Today is going to be a busy day for me as my 14 yr old has a UIL concert with his school’s band to perform in. Plus, Friday night one of my cats finally had her kittens. I was up most of Friday night with her and them, making sure she was taking to the new babies (which she did, she’s a good mom), and that there were no unexpected hiccups in their births. This cat is a little smaller than usual and she’s had three litters. Due to her small size she has had kittens born that were either deformed or just didn’t make it. This time she had five babies and only one passed away this time. Having been brought up around all kinds of animals, especially cats, I’ve become a pretty good animal midwife. I don’t know why but every single cat that I’ve been around that’s been pregnant that I’ve had, has tried to give birth in my lap when it’s been that time. Not dogs, though, but that would be because every dog, with the exception of one, has been male. Not sure why but that’s just how it’s been. The only female dog I’ve owned was fixed when I got her. Well, except for Sheba. She was the German Shepherd puppy I was given for my tenth birthday and I loved her. But my mom hated her digging up the yard (we lived on two acres and apparently the whole thing was ‘the yard’). Sheba was a puppy and could have been taught not to do it but with my mom, an animal messes up her yard like that and it’s time to go. After that, I didn’t have my own dog until I was 20 years old. I will have another Shepherd someday. I love them. Well, either a Shepherd or a Retriever. I like the medium to big size dogs a lot. I might get a beagle, though. I like them, too. They are just happy dogs. I always think they have a smile on their face and that makes me smile. Snoopy for the win, right? I like horses, too, but you really need a big space for horses and currently that’s not an option for me. But, again, someday. Goals and dreams.
Anyway, this weekend was crazy busy what with the new kittens, my other cat Becca busting her nose somehow and having to go to the emergency vet clinic, and then dinner and billiards/pool with friends. Also, a trip with the kids to go see Muppets Most Wanted (a very surprised and pleased me fangirling over the fact that Josh Groban had a cameo that I HADN’T heard about-freaked my boys out! Mom is NOT supposed to be that excited about something like that apparently-sorry boys). But I did finish reading Sold by Patricia McCormick (very good but a little hard to read later on in the story), and I’ve started reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So far it’s captured my attention. We’ll see if it holds it. I also picked up two new poetry books by two poets I love, Rumi and Pablo Neruda. (Gee, two new poetry books, who could have guessed.) I’m working my way to reading Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin which I have also picked up. I’ve actually been trying to find two books and none of my local Barnes and Noble stores have them, so it’s beginning to look like I am going to have to order them online. I’d rather not have to as I like to buy local if I can, and there are certain books I like having physical copies of rather than having them as ebooks. The two I’m looking for are The Book of Heaven by Patricia Storace and Any Human Heart by William Boyd. I’ve never heard of Patricia Storace but her book looks interesting and was on my Kindle suggestion list. I’ve read Restless by William Boyd and I have Waiting for Sunrise on my to-read list. I loved Restless. I love Boyd’s writing. I’ve watched the BBC series of Any Human Heart, and now have to get the book.(Sigh, doesn’t that really suck? I just HAVE to go read the book. These people are so inconsiderate-writers, geez**wink**) So, I’m on a quest now to find both books locally, however, if I can’t find it by mid-April, screw it. Online ordering it is.
Alright, I’m pretty sure I’ve rambled and scrambled your brains enough for a Monday. Remember to check back later today for a second post and I hope you had a great weekend. Oh, and to any of you who read and are outside of the States, hello.(**waves, hugs, & kisses**) I hope you have had a wonderful day so far, and that your evening is great as well.
Pssst: There’s only three weeks left now till my first 5k. Starting to get excited about it!