Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's amazing all things your feet do for you. My office is upstairs and the kitchen is down, so when I want something to eat or drink, I have to think about it.

Well, I finished my column, but I am in the process of completing the recipe. It's one for griddle cakes, but they are quick version of sourdough pancakes. I have to let the batter sit overnight and then I can cook them in the morning. Cooking with crutches should be interesting. When you see the May issue know that those cakes were made under unusual circumstances. LOL

Next up is my website updates...

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Diagnosis is In

Well, I wasn't completely wrong. I do not have turf toe, but something similar. I have a stress fracture of the sesamoid bone, which is two tiny bones just beneath the big toe. I have to stay off of it for three weeks to start. I have crutches and a boot--no, not one of the cowboy nature, but a big ugly, black thing. This is a real pain, but the doc says the more I stay off it, the sooner it will heal. Hmm.

I applied for a really cool job today. It's a writing position with a water sports/camping company. We shall see what happens. It looks like it might be another work from home gig, which would be awesome.

I hope to finish my TW column tomorrow and beat my deadline!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Done with One!

I turned in my past due column today! Now I am working on the next one, which is due on the 15th. It's kind of weird, but very typical of the magazine industry, to be writing a column that will appear in the June issue. I have to keep that in mind when I choose the recipe...

I am fighting a nasty cold, which just won't go away. I have been taking Chinese herbs and drinking tons of herbal tea. I have had it since last Friday and I want it gone. I also have an appointment with a podiatrist on Monday to see what is up with my foot. I hurt it real bad on New Year's Eve (no, I hadn't been drinking, yet). I woke up on New Year's Day and it was badly swollen. X-rays say no break, but my own diagnosis is Turf Toe. Let's see how I do on Monday! Should I stick to writing or change professions? LOL

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Playing catch up

I am still working on my past due column for TW and the deadline for the next one is fast approaching.

True West started a new social network called the True West Social Network. It's basically Facebook for True West. It's pretty cool. Here is the link if you want to join It's everything western...

I am also working on a new angle for my writing--greeting cards. I found this company who is looking for writers to come up with thoughtful, inspiring prose. I'll give it a shot.

My Chinese fortune cookie last night had, "Winter will bring prosperity in your career" or something like that. We shall see.

Monday, January 5, 2009

January 5, 2009

These photos are of my kitties and trees from Christmas.

I am still waiting to see if my foot is broken or not. The doc said he didn't think so, but he is not my regular one. They sent the x-rays to the radiologist. I hope this is the last of my health issues and 2009 is illness free. I am fighting off a nasty cold, but Chinese herbs and teas are giving it a run for its money!

I got a call from my cousin this morning telling me my aunt is going home, but she is likely in her final days. I speak with her every day and I can tell she is so sad. She only gets to see my uncle (her husband of 60 years) for about an hour or so a day. I can't imagine being with someone that long and then being separated like that.

I got caught up on paperwork that was put aside from the last two weeks, so it's all about writing starting tomorrow with my True West column. Then I need to update my website and get working on my books. I am also looking for a new job.

Friday, January 2, 2009

January 2, 2009

Wow. I've done so much since my last post, which is why I haven't posted until now. Let me start by saying that today would have been my dad's 67th birthday.

Back to December. We had our annual Christmas Eve gathering and then spent Christmas day with family. I got lots of nice gifts. Dinner consisted of beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and Christmas cookies for dessert.

On the 29th we headed to Colonial Williamsburg for my birthday. We stayed in a house that was originally built in 1731 and was Martha Washington's grandfather's. It was a quaint room with a wood burning fireplace. We ate in old taverns, walked with an English Colonial fife and drum band, and participated in a mock trial in an old English court. We walked the streets--I think a little too much for me. Today I am off my feet because I might have fractured or badly bruise my right one. I will know soon.

I have lots of neat photos of the holidays and Williamsburg, which is some of what you see here.

We took a ferry ride to and from Williamsburg. The ride over was super calm, but the ride back was windy...