Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Waning Moon
Sleet and cold

My guest today on A Biblio Paradise is Adrianne Brennan. She writes a series, but also has shorter stories and novellas that feed into the series, featuring various characters. Hop on over and check her out.

Can you say Murphy’s Law? Because that’s what yesterday was, a true Murphy’s Law day, all around.

First of all, I had a lot of work spread over the kitchen table. Iris lived up to her nickname of Princess Hellion by jumping up on the table (which she knows is forbidden) and knocking over a full cup of coffee. Not only did I have to scramble to save all the paperwork, the table was decorated for the holidays, so the decorations had to be rescued, and both tablecloths were soaked with coffee. Normally, I use dark cloths, but, for the holidays, the top cloth is cream, gold, and green, and the under cloth is a white tablecloth from my great-grandmother that is at least one hundred years old.

That was my main concern. I can’t use bleach on fabric that old, so I soaked and soaked and soaked it in gentle detergent and hot, hot, hot water, and I think it’s all come out. I’ll iron it today and put it back on. The coffee actually came out of that cloth better than the over cloth. Gotta love those antique linens!

I got the first batch of cards and letters out to the post office (I had to drive over to the next town because our post office keeps odd hours and has lines out the door). On the way back, I stopped and picked up some of the stuff I need for Christmas – including scoring an eighteen pound turkey for only $12 – from an honorable local store! THAT was a bright spot in the day, let me tell you.

I came home, got everything put away, worked on the handmade gifts for a few hours. I had trouble with the bobbin for awhile on the sewing machine – turns out that particular bobbin was faulty, so I had to use a different one. Whoever thought that plastic bobbins were a good idea should be smacked. They suck. I love all the things my current machine does, but I wish it was built to use metal bobbins, like my very first machine. They’re much better than the plastic. And, let’s face it, the plastic bobbins were created and machines forced to use them because the companies made more profit – it has nothing to do with serving the customer.

Anyway, after some trial and error, I got the first batch of gifts done. I wrapped the overseas packages, filled out the customs forms, headed back to Purchase to the post office, and got those out.

Had to stop at the store again to pick up a few things I forgot for the baking.

Confidential Job #2 already paid me for my work – gotta love it. THAT’s the way I like to work.

Tossed out my column – it sucked, and I’m going to do a better topic and rewrite it today. I’ve also got an article to get out this week.

Didn’t get as much done as I wanted on the revisions, so I have to work on that today. I’ve also got to finish S-Z on the US cards and get them out, pack up the rest of the packages and send them out, and send out the prizes from Stacy’s Christmas Blogfest.

AND, I’m doing the test run on the cake baking. I think I’ll do the dough for the sugar cookies and let it sit, then roll them out and actually bake them tomorrow. A bunch of people in the area are getting small, decorated spice cakes flanked with sugar cookies.

So that’s the plan for the day. I should pitch some jobs – still have bills that need to be paid before the holidays – but I don’t know if that’ll happen today. I’ve also been asked to do some political work, and I have to read through the details and the time frame. I’m interested in the opportunity, but don’t know if I can take it on right now. If I can do it the first or second week of January, I’ll say yes; if they need it done before the end of the year, I have to pass.

Slow going on the writing this morning, but I hope it’ll pick back up later in the day. I need to get some more work done on the Aunt Doris/Cassio piece. I’ve restructured it a few times and still don’t have it quite right. I think I’m going to set it in Paris rather than Bermuda, though. Doesn’t Christmas in Paris sound like fun?



Iris, AKA “Princess Hellion” is unconcerned that she caused so much chaos.


  1. OMGosh! I’m so glad you were able to save your heirloom fabric! I would have cried and cried! Baaad Kitty! But it wasn’t her fault. She probably wanted to be near you–to see what you were doing that was taking your attention away from her. 😉

    I only know that because THAT’S how my toddler is! In fact, if I go a long period of time without glancing at him or smiling in some way, he’ll start “chirping” this high pitched noise, just to get my attention. Cats and Babies. They have a lot in common!

    You sound busy, but good. Hopefully you’ve filled your quota of “Murphy’s Law” moments until the Holidays are over. Those are so fun, aren’t they?

  2. Glad you got the tablecloth clean. I had a childhood felt one with stains everywhere so I washed it. But the decorations all came off and the felt was not meant to be washed. Sigh. I’ll use it as a blanket or something.

    And LOL on the sewing machine. I still have my OLD machine with metal bobbins. But I sew for survival – nothing fancy.

  3. I hope today is better for you!

  4. I use Oxy Clean spray. Works like a dream. And if that doesn’t do it, try bar soap and a toothbrush. :))

  5. LOL Cats are so funny! Sampson is very certain I put up the Christmas tree just for him. And when I put the gifts under it with bows? Those are for him, too, in case I didn’t know. haha

    And WOW! Glad you were able to save the tablecloth. That would be awful if it was stained with coffee. Sounds like the soaking worked.

    Is it bitterly cold up there? We’re freezing down here.

  6. Princess Hellion. That’s great. Quite a job on cleaning the linens. That is worthy of praise. Congrats!

  7. You made this comment on the Irreverent Freelancer on November 16th, 2007

    “I’m not a fan of bidding sites. I don’t think one should have to pay for job listings or to pitch. I find plenty of work on my own, and it usually pays better than a lot of those listings.”

    Where do you find more work? What do you do to generate more business?

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