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Journal 06-16-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day is for you. Today is Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The temperature is 64°F and the humidity is 88% at 5:05 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 mph with gusts of 0 mph. It was overcast when stuck my head out, much as it has been for a while. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 85° (“much warmer than yesterday”) today.

The drive went well enough yesterday. I have a part-time starvation wage job driving worker’s compensation patients to and from doctor’s appointments, physical therapy sessions, legal appointments, etc. It’s a contract position and I ticked the people off that I contract with by asking for renewal of their evidence of commercial liability insurance. They haven’t severed ties to me. They just don’t call me. Go figure. But I drive for them because I did eventually get the evidence of liability insurance. I didn’t kick up too much of a stink because I was getting married at the same time as it arrived and I was slightly insane. Be that as it may, I now get calls once in a blue moon.

The dining area of the kitchen is nearly complete. I like it so much. Mr. Siduri seems pleased as well. When we put the curtains back up, it seemed that we picked the curtains to match the paint, rather than the curtains being their first. Mr. Siduri is fonder of the new light fixtures than I, but I certainly don’t dislike them. He bought the old ones a swap meet some 20 years ago. I think he got his money’s worth out of them.

Yesterday after I fed Gremlin and put him in the enclosure, a little tortoiseshell cat came wandering into the backyard. Oh, did Gremlin have a fit. He was in full cat screech mode. But the intruder didn’t see fit to leave until he saw a human in the backyard.

But speaking of wandering critters, happily no more signs of the skunk visitation. We found a couple places in the front yard where a critter (maybe a skunk, maybe something else) has been digging. But happily, we’ve found no poop of any sorts and we’ve gotten no whiff of skunk. I haven’t seen any dead in the road, so maybe he’s just been making his early morning rounds in peace.

Tweaking another short story titled “Dirt.” It’s about a young woman who goes home to Boston after the death of a hated stepfather to see if she can reconcile with the rest of the family. It’s also nearly 10,000 words long, its greatest liability. I’ll take the first part of it to the critique group to see what they say a week from Thursday.

As so often happens, I went looking for recipe for one thing, yeast rye bread, and found another one I want to try, pumpkin bread. Go figure.

Off to write another day—

Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.

Writing schedule:

1. Spend an hour with Siegfried

2. Rework Hardy Boys No 1 for Examiner.


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msiduri wrote on June 16, 2015, 9:05 AM

Yes, you're right. Which makes it doubly frustrating that I found it now and want to try it now.

CalmGemini wrote on June 16, 2015, 9:10 AM

Pumpkin bread .that is a new one.I know pumpkin pie.Will '' Dirt'' turn into a novelette?Glad to know the drive went well.

msiduri wrote on June 16, 2015, 9:16 AM

Pumpkin bread looks a lot like banana bread with pumpkin and spices instead of bananas. I hope "Dirt" doesn't become a novelette. It's too much of a monster already! emoticon :smile:

alexdg1 wrote on June 16, 2015, 1:33 PM

Pumpkin bread is awesome. One of my online paramours (yes, I have had long distance relationships and met three paramours in person) used to bake pumpkin bread and sent me a loaf or two back in the day.

msiduri wrote on June 16, 2015, 2:33 PM

Just reading the ingredients it looks wonderful. Assuming I don't bake a brick, of course, this should be great.

alexdg1 wrote on June 16, 2015, 3:19 PM

You'll probably like it, provided that you don't, as you say, "bake a brick."

If you DO bake a brick, you can always use it as a paperweight. emoticon :smile:

msiduri wrote on June 16, 2015, 6:07 PM

This recipe makes three loaves. Provided they come out well, I offer you the right of first refusal.

Paulie wrote on June 17, 2015, 5:52 AM

I admire you for being more into writing than I am. I also write on Hubpages, but for me writing does not come easy. Maybe it is because throughout my life it has been hard for me to express my exact feelings.

msiduri wrote on June 17, 2015, 8:30 AM

Thanks for the kind words. Writing doesn't come easy for me, either. I just do it. emoticon :smile:

Telynor wrote on June 18, 2015, 1:03 PM

I love that you're being brave and letting others see your writing. I've never been able to let anyone see my fiction. And I love how you both work on the house together.

msiduri wrote on June 18, 2015, 3:22 PM

To be honest, Mr. Siduri does most of the heavy lifting. I do the cleaning, though. As for letting other people see my fiction, I've developed a thick skin. The sneer and "Who told you you could write?" just means a re-write. I've learned not to take it personally, even if the other person is being a complete imperious @ss . Even complete imperious @sses will, upon occasion, have something to say.