One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Writing Woes ~ Spring Break ~ Home Repair Wish List

It appears I need to do more diligent planning, to create more uninterrupted writing time in my day.  The other day I only got 247 words finished in a short story, in less than 30 minutes.

I feel like the Mom and the Muffin story - one thing secretly blindsides me into doing something else.  Or could I be inadvertently procrastinating?

I'm not giving up.  I worked all my life for everyone else, and I deserve to do something that I have wanted to do for a long time, which has been delayed more and more, over the years.

I just need some cheer leaders to cheer me on.  Got any pom poms?

The weather is up in the 40's, with high's expected in the 60's this Friday.  Spring break is over, and the kids are back in school today.  Hubby took the entire week off for vacation time as well.  He booked a room at a local hotel, and let the kids swim from check in to check out.  It was their last fling before school started.  It think they enjoyed it. Even the older ones drove over later after goat milking, and had some fun.  This is about the only "vacation" the kids get every winter, other than summer camping.

Our Spring Extreme Clean continues.  We have started a list of much needed repairs and a wish list - new front screen door (metal hinges are broken), and new front room ceiling fan (broken and light fixture is worthless).  

Yesterday, Hubby and I drove to Bass Pro and let the younger girls try out a bow.  We earned $200.00 in gift cards from our health insurance (yes, they took away our co-pays last year, but gave us gift cards).  We decided to use the cards to purchase one bow, some arrows, and a target.  They have already been out practicing.  One daughter may yet seek out an archery program (or team), if we can locate one.  The nice part about this bow, is that even I can use it.  It was the last "fun" thing we did before school started again.

Speaking of school, one already called and has forgotten her gym clothes.   



Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Well, how's this for encouragement?
Because of you...I've decided to fan the flame inside myself to write.
I joined the nanowrimo last year. After I saw you mention it here. Without giving it much thought or commitment. I didn't write much...but just nosed around and found more encouragement there too.
I just put up a post about a book I purchased a couple of weeks ago, to help guide me, for now. I've done the first 2 assignments...It has been interesting for me.

Right now I'm finding the time in the evenings to do the small writing assignments. But at least it is something for me...a jumping off point. You know?

The spring break sounded fun. I know many families rent a room at local hotels for discounts, just to enjoy the amenities, gym, pool, etc. I'm sure your kiddos enjoyed it.
-- Waving the pom-poms! Pat

Kim said...

It looks like the kids had a good one. Now the question is did you go swim and relax or did you use the time at home alone to write? I know exactly what you mean about life getting in the way of what we want to do. I too have to make time for me, or not....most likely not! Shaking my pom pom!!!

Kristina said...

I don't even own a swim suit. Ha ha ha! I did use the time to go and write, while Hubby did some swimming with them. Hopefully next time, I will be more prepared to really enjoy it with them. I do enjoy writing too.

Michelle said...

Sounds like the kids had fun. Don't give up. Make time each day that is just yours. And if life gets in the way,just give it a good swift kick in the ass.

Winnie said...

Kristina- My pom pom for you is to give yourself the credit you deserve for your current lifestyle! Your life is so busy with being very self sufficient. All of the gardening, canning and other family responsibilities you have are most likely your biggest challenge to finding quality time to write. With the next growing season approaching, no doubt your free time will diminish with launching the garden and preparing for the Farmers Market. Perhaps finding enough time to just devote to writing will need to wait until the family is grown and out of the house. While you can maybe do some here and there, giving it the time it needs to really accomplish what you have in mind may not be possible right now. But, think about all of the wonderful experience and knowledge you will have from the life you currently lead . I bet turning these years of farming and homesteading would make some wonderful novels or short story collections. Writing with a focus on your local region would make for some truly fun and interesting reading. Try not to worry about not having enough time right now. Just keep a running topic list of interesting or funny stories for the days coming soon that you will be able to devote several hours daily to writing for publication. In 10 years or less, you will most likely be children free and able to start a new career at the keyboard with stories and tales flowing out of you! In the meantime, we all love hearing about the many creative farming and homesteading tips that you pass along. Not to mention some fabulous recipe ideas and recycling ideas!! I love how you share your putting together of already canned items to produce a fast, inexpensive dinner for the family. Perhaps there is a book one day titled Dinner from My Garden or something like that.?

Candy C. said...

I like Michelle's advice!! LOL!!