Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Monday

Some days are just like this:
Brian never set his alarm Sunday night, so he was running late. I need a cattle prodder for him in the morning. Finally get everyone out the door. Come home to start school and Alyssa announces the sunroom is leaking (40 mile an hour winds and driving rain caused the window channel to overflow). Get that all cleaned up and start school. I had such a busy weekend, I never got any lesson plans done or anything. Start with our Bible lesson. By the end Alyssa is in tears. “I can’t do all this work. I have too much to do and a piano lesson today and I still have to do theory.” After ½ hour, finally get her calmed and back to work. Go to get the other two from school. Get blocked in by other cars at Brian’s school and can’t get out for several minutes. Time ticking away. Don’t want them to charge me for after school care because I’m so late getting Jonalyn. Finally get out of there. I’m tooling along, but then get stuck waiting for a train. A long one. The gates rise. Whoopie! But I’m behind a driver who thinks the speed limit is much lower than it actually is. It’s a two lane road and I can’t pass. Finally get to Jonalyn’s school nearly ten minutes later than usual. I’m wearing clogs and I hurry into the building to get her. My foot catches on the metal door threshold. I go splaying, flat on my face. My chin bounces off the concrete floor (that’s what it felt like, anyway). Woof. Every molecule of air spews from my lungs, sending all the teachers crowded in the office out to see if I’m still alive. I get up and assure them I’m fine. I’m mortified enough. End up with scrapes on both knees which are now turning pretty colors, a cut on my left hand – I think from the buckle on my watch band, a bruised chin and bruised ribs. Dinner goes well. It’s a new recipe which everyone likes except Brian. He complains up and down about it. Doug tells me to look over Brian’s grammar homework. What can I say? When I try to help him with it, well, you know the rest. Fall into bed (no, not really because I'm too sore) exhausted. Cat keeps scratching at the door to be let in, but I let Doug handle it. There’s no way I’m getting out of bed.
This is worse than any of the days I've created for my main character in the book I'm editing. And the poor soul had some really bad days :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

And the Winner Is...

momoflots!! Congratulations to you. Please contact me at liz@liztolsma.com so I can get your information. Once I have it, I'll get your copy of A Man of His Word off to you. Hope you enjoy it. To those of you who didn't win or didn't enter, please don't despair. I hope to write a review of another book next week, and soon you'll see a contest for that book. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY September 21, 2009

Outside my window...It's a gray day. Whoopie! It rained last night for the first time in 3 weeks. Hope we get more rain! The grass is so brown it crunches underfoot. But the bluebirds have been out in force the past few weeks. They are so beautiful!! They're so fund when they splash in the bird bath.

I am thinking...about everything I need to get done today. Just too much on my plate right now.

I am thankful for...a wonderful weekend camping in our new camper. It just works so much better for our family.

From the learning rooms...Spanish. Alyssa and I are both learning it. Apparently, I'm not very good! A 54% on the speaking section today. I just couldn't say adios!

From the kitchen...this question stumps me every Monday. And since we've been gone all weekend, I really don't know what to make. Maybe chicken breasts. Sounds good. There! It's all decided :)

I am creating...a book giveaway. You have one hour left to comment on my previous post to win a book!

I am wearing...black jeans and a green and black shirt. I have a meeting later today and need to look nice.

I am reading...just my own book. Must get more editing done. Did get a lot finished on chapter 10 over the weekend.

I am hoping...to reach the end of my to-do list today. Ha!

I am praying...for good attitudes for everyone.

Around the house...books. Papers. Brian's O.J. that he didn't drink this morning.

I am hearing...Alyssa working on Spanish. She's struggling with some of the same sentences I did. Maybe it wasn't just me! Maybe, just maybe, it was a hard lesson!

One of my favorite things...a cool, rainy fall day. Sweatshirt weather.

A few plans for the rest of the week: a meeting today which should help us get some things we need for Jonalyn, a doctor's appointment (yuck!) tomorrow, apple picking with Alyssa and my mom on Thursday. Looking forward to that.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...it's a terrible picture, but can you see the bluebird in the bird bath?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Book Giveaway

I enjoyed "A Man of His Word" so much, I want everyone to have a chance to read it. But alas, I only have one book to give away. So, I'm going to have a drawing on Monday, September 21, for a copy of "A Man of His Word". If you haven't read the review yet, you can do so here. The lucky winner will be one of you who comment on this post by noon central time on Monday, September 21. I hope to have more of these drawings in the coming months, so follow along and stay tuned for your chance for a free book!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY September 14, 2009

Outside my window...The skies are an unbroken blue. There's not a cloud or even a contrail to mar them. But it's going to be warm. We didn't get summer in July, but we're sure getting it in September. Crazy weather! My deep red French roses are blooming, as well as the mist of Russian sage. In my shade garden my purple turtlehead is blooming.

I am thinking...wondering when I will get over this bout with the stomach flu. I'm still so dizzy and nothing is at all appealing to me. Day 4. How much longer?

I am thankful for...recoveries for all who were sick in our house last week. No one was seriously ill, and I'm grateful for that.

From the learning rooms...Alyssa is doing her math drills on the computer downstairs right now. She'll be up to go over math before I finish typing this. Yes, here she is!

From the kitchen...just thinking about the kitchen turns my stomach, so I have no idea what we'll have for dinner.

I am creating...a new look for my website, adding a section for book reviews. I hope soon to expand the website from one to multiple pages with several book reviews as well as a surprise or two. Visit www.liztolsma.com and stay tuned!

I am wearing...white shorts and a red short-sleeved sweater. It's ribbed and has white trim on the collar. One of my favorites.

I am reading...not much. I finished all the books I currently have to influence, so now I need to write reviews. I also need to get another chapter edited in my novel and work on my proposal. My agent will be looking for it in the next couple of weeks.

I am hoping...that no one else gets sick.

I am praying...for everyone's good health. Seeing a pattern here?!

Around the house...my kids did a great job of cleaning up on Saturday. Still, there's plenty of laundry to fold and the floors need to be swept. Again.

I am hearing...the refrigerator running, a helicopter flying overhead. Wonder where he's going? I always hope it's not Flight for Life on it's way to the scene of an accident.

One of my favorite things...grape ice pops when I'm sick. I'm fussy when I don't feel good (O.K. Doug would say I'm always fussy!) and don't like much, but I can usually manage grape ice pops.

A few plans for the rest of the week: school, errands, work, possibly picking up our new camper and going camping at our property. Depends on an appointment I'm waiting to here about later this week.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...the truck we bought to pull our camper. Hey, we're stimulating the economy! It's a Honda Ridgeline, it fits all five of us beautifully and is so thoughtfully designed. Doug is happy to have a truck again. He's having the hitch put on today so it's ready for our camper.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book Review - A Man of His World

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller
Moriah has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Levi, for four months. She is carrying his baby. Everything should be wonderful in her life - but it's not. Levi is gone for long hours and is distant when he is home. The news about the baby should make everything right. But on the night she's going to tell him, he leaves a note informing Moriah that he's walking away from the Amish faith. And from her. The close-knit Ohio community rallies around her, including Levi's twin brother Gabe, who has secretly loved Moriah for years. Even knowing there can never be a future for the two of them, he vows to take care of her and her child. Maybe God has different plans in mind.

I thought this was a wonderful read and enjoyed it very much. Most Amish fiction is set in Pennsylvania, so it was nice to see one set in another area and to note the differences between the two. The struggles the characters encounter are common to every human. The characters are real and easy to cheer for. There is the unresolved problem with the young man who had been addicted to drugs, but that makes me want to read the sequel and see what is going to happen. Super job, Kathleen. Keep it up!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Dream House

These houses are located in my grandmother's home town in the Netherlands. Isn't the tall one on the left beautiful? I'd love to retire there some day and sit by the canal and write. It will never happen, but it's nice to dream!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Foto Friday - Our New Camper

I can't wait to go camping!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday - A Good Day's Work

I'm thankful for being tired at the end of the day. Hopefully, it means I'm tired because I've put in a good day's work. I've accomplished something in my life. Not necessarily lasting - those bathroom sinks I cleaned today will be covered in fluorescent blue toothpaste before I go to bed - but something. It means that I have a strong body to do the work. And that in and of itself is something to be thankful for.

That's it. Nothing profound. Because I'm tired and I still have one bathroom left to clean and a pile of laundry to fold.