Daily Journal 4/11/2017

Good morning to all my friends and family old and new. It is a gorgeous Spring day here with the sun shining and the woodpeckers doing their thing. Well, it is official, our tent is unlivable. The last thunderstorm we had with high winds ripped the whole backside of the tent at the bottom. We are moving up to the garage where we can stay out of the weather. It will only be for about a month because my goal is to have the house inspected during the first week of May and be in it by the middle of May. I am staying positive because we put too much money into this house to let it go now.

Today is a good day too. It is also shopping day for food. There are some pretty good deals going on that I am going to take advantage of. My husband hates to go shopping with me but I feel it is spending quality time with each other. Now, as far as my writing is concerned I have almost all of my outlines done for my coming books and the freebies too. When it comes time to write that book the outline is already done and I just need to pull it and begin writing the book.

Well, I need to get going I have many things to do today and time is wasting away so I hope everyone has a great day and be blessed.

Daily Journal 4/10/2017

Good morning everyone!! Such a beautiful day outside and peaceful. I have had my cup of coffee and I am now ready to get my day started. I hope everyone had a great weekend? As for myself, I have been sitting outside on a blanket brainstorming some books and enjoying the outdoors. I keep telling my husband it is time to start going fishing which I love to do in my free time. I find that very relaxing too but not as much as writing.

I am going to be working on my marketing strategy today and advertising my book everywhere I can. Becoming a published author was a goal for me and I am so glad that I accomplished it. It feels good to know that my story is being told and I hope that it helps so many people.

I have my to-do list ready for today and I will be going through receipts for my nonprofit organization so that I may complete its tax return. A percentage of my royalties will go towards the organization so that I may continue to help the homeless and poverished families. That too was a goal for me since I spent twenty-three years being homeless. I have compassion for those still out there trying to survive and want to help them become self-sufficient before they die out there.

Well, this will be all for now but I wish everyone an awesome Monday and a blessed one. Keep those heads up and those smiles going because anything is possible.

Daily Journal 03/29/2017

Hello, everyone. Today could not be much more beautiful than it is right now. It is in the lower 80’s, slight breeze, and all of God’s creatures doing their daily habits. Yesterday was a bad day in disguise. I was okay at my sister-in-law’s house and around family, but once we got home to our tent, things went south. There was a power loss while we were away which fried our wireless router to start things off. Then, having to deal with the internet provider to send someone out to check things and bring us a new router. Before all of this, on the drive home I started to feel anguish, torment, and depression all at once. By the time we had gotten home I was in full blown fallout which caused the first argument my husband and I have ever had in our three and a half year marriage.

The funny thing about it, it was blown all out of proportion by the stupidest thing, the car overheating. I am canceling my therapy sessions this week because I really don’t want to be around anyone, I guess that is why the writer’s lifestyle is a perfect match for me. I am just so done with living in this tent and being around this woman that really just makes me sick because she thinks she is so much more above everyone else.

I now know that it is time for us to get into this house before I have a complete meltdown and tell this woman what I really think of her and cause more undue stress for my father-in-law who doesn’t deserve it. Yes, he has enabled her to be like she is, but I don’t want to be the reason he has a heart attack or stroke because of her over-the-top complaining and bitching. The guys have asked me to bite my tongue but I don’t know how much more stress I can take. To just hear this woman’s voice makes my skin crawl, and I am not exaggerating. So, I will go lie down for a minute because my head is scrambled right now and it is taking a toll on my body. I wish everyone an awesome Spring day and be blessed.

Daily Journal 3/21/2017

Good morning to all my friends and family old and new. I have been up since four o’clock this morning and having my big cup of coffee while I sit here writing this daily journal post. Whether you believe it or not I do care about everyone having a good and positive day. I am doing good this morning mentally and slept a good eight hours so I feel well rested even though it is taking me a few minutes to get my composure.

Yesterday we all went to the house to finish the wiring and now to fix the plumbing which we found out that the previous tenant had taken apart all the plumbing underneath the bathroom floor which isn’t hard to fix. We are even going to change out the old iron pipes for new PVC piping and run a new line of plumbing to the septic tank. It should only take a day or so to fix the plumbing. We just have to wait until the first of the month when we will have gas to commute to the house which is twenty-five miles from where we are now.

It is quiet right now because my husband and the dogs are in the bed asleep and all I hear is the morning train going by and the crickets. Yesterday was the first day of Spring and I am so glad. It is time to get some warm weather and stop being so cold. I have arthritis and with it being cold my whole body aches.

It is now official that I begin writing my second book today. I have my research done and notes organized so that I may begin writing today and expect it to take me at least three to four weeks to write as far as my schedule is concerned. My goal is to have at least three books written and ready to be published in June for which I am excited.

I am looking to become a full-time author to share my stories with the world. They will mostly be fictional but occasionally a non-fiction here and there. I got quite a few likes on one of my chapters that I posted and I thank you all for that. It made me feel good about my writing and gives me encouragement to continue.

Well, it is time to get to work before the hubby and dogs wake up. I wish everyone a great and awesome day. Take care and remember to keep sharing those smiles.

Daily Journal 3/18/2017

Hello, everyone. It is such a beautiful day outside. It is sunny with some clouds and that is because the wind is blowing the storm clouds in, but it is still beautiful. It sure does beat the cold and freezing temperatures, the rain, and the snow. I am ready for Spring. I didn’t get to bed until around four this morning and my husband woke me up around noon just so he could go back to bed. 🙂 I am sitting here drinking some ice tea because it was too hot and humid when I woke up to drink any coffee. My motivation is picking up a little and I have some projects to complete here today before sitting down comfortably to write.

I am feeling pretty good right now and my energy is getting better, still a little congested but it will go away eventually. I am excited about getting some short stories posted today on my blog sites and finishing my note organization to begin writing the second book on Monday. There is just so much research and information going into this second book and that is mostly the reason for it taking so long to begin writing. It will be a novel and not a novella.

Today I have a garage to clean out and organize, a tent to straighten up, I need to put some ice and water bottles in the cooler, and a rabbit to feed. 🙂 I guess I should also add cleaning out the car to that list as well. As much as I would just love to sit here and write, I can not resolve to forget about my other responsibilities. When we were living in a house the first thing I did every day after coffee was to clean the house and take care of feeding the dogs before doing anything else. That was my routine because I could not get comfortable until the house was clean and smelling good.

Well, enough about what I have to do and get up and start doing it. I will be back later and I hope everyone has a great and blessed Saturday.

Daily Journal 3/17/2017

Happy St. Patricks Day Everyone! Did you have your green on today? Did you kiss the Blarney Stone or were you too busy chasing that little leprechaun trying to catch his pot of gold? It was an okay day for me, not too much going on. My husband and I had doctor appointments this morning and we only had enough money to get his prescriptions but I am good on medicine until the first of the month. He needs his more than I need mine is the way I look at it. After that, we came home to the tent and went back to sleep for a couple more hours since we had to get up so early.

My lower back has been burning and hurting all day, so much that I almost went to tears. I took my pain medicine and it just didn’t seem to help. I take it like it is prescribed and sometimes only as needed because I am not one who likes being “high” and without control. If I have to drive somewhere in the morning, I will skip the morning dose because I don’t drive under the influence.

I haven’t been sleeping well lately and my anxiety is up there. My anxiety and nerves are so bad that it is causing me to have hives again. I am still battling with some depression or the after effects of it because there is little motivation and I have to sit here and force myself to write because I have placed goals and deadlines on myself for my writing. I do not want to see failure and feel the regret of not finishing or completing my goal.

Being in this tent plays a large part in my depression because I want to be in this house so bad. I want to be back indoors living a normal life even though I try to live a normal one now in this tent. I stay isolated to this tent because I also suffer from a social disorder and I feel safe isolated away from everyone. That is what makes me a good writer because I have no distractions and no social life except for my husband and sister-in-law. My husband thinks it is funny when I have to go shopping because he can never keep up and he says it is like I am running a marathon because I can’t sit still very long around people. I feel that I am prepared enough that I can just go in get what I need and get out. So he stays in the car while I shop so I don’t wear him out.

The dogs have been really good since we have been here and my father-in-law says they are great at killing the rats around here. 🙂 We have a rabbit outside in a pen that the dogs just love to go inside and play with her. We have had her since she was a baby. She likes to play with us and it is funny to see her slap the food bag out of your hands. My animals are what keeps me going although I still have bad days where my mind is full of bad thoughts. I’m sorry if it seems like I am rambling on but I see no sense in sugarcoating anything and I feel that I need to tell it like it is.

If it weren’t for my husband I think I would have fallen apart long ago. He is my rock and shoulder to cry on when needed. He has his issues, but he places mine before his mostly. It is so hard for me to sit here right now because my back and hips are really achy. Well, I think I have bored everyone enough now so I will end here and I wish everyone a great evening. God Bless.

Daily Journal 3/16/2017

Hello to all my friends and family. It is beautiful here today with the sun shining but still a little brisk with cold. We are planning to go to the house to finish the floor today and my father-in-law will be going with my husband tomorrow to finish up the wiring. I had an unexpected visitor this morning of an old friend I haven’t seen in a while. It was good to see him and to know how good he is doing. I feel pretty good today regardless of our situation living in this tent. Today makes nine and a half months we have been living in this tent and the tent is going to be unlivable soon. We have been patching holes the best way we can and it is getting harder to keep warm in here. At night, when I get away from the computer to go to bed, my feet are like ice and I can’t feel them until I get in bed and thaw them out. My husband has sewn blankets around the inside to help insulate the tent but the holes make it colder. I will be so glad to get out of here. My husband wants to argue with me when I want to clean up the tent and the only thing I can say to him is “even though we live in a tent, it doesn’t mean we have to live like a slob”. Then he laughs at me because I am OCD about cleanliness.

I will get back to writing this evening when we get back and worked on some notes last night. I am looking forward to publishing my first book and helping someone out. That is where I get my satisfaction, not from money but from knowing that I can help another human being. My therapist came yesterday and she read a copy of my book and said she couldn’t put it down until she finished it because it is personal and straightforward. I have not sugarcoated anything, but she enjoyed it and looks forward to reading the next one. I want people to know the real me and the cold hard facts about my life and the struggles I went through. It will also give understanding to those who have no clue about certain lifestyles and why people struggle with certain issues. It just isn’t about people being homeless, out in the streets, but people also face these issues in their own homes.

I am considering posting the first chapter here on this blog site to allow people to read it and get an insight what the rest of the book will be about. I would also like some feedback on it as well. Well, let me get going, I hear my husband honking the horn that he is ready to go. I hope everyone has a great day and be blessed.

Daily Journal 3/14/2017

Hello, everyone! As you can see, I’m here writing. It has been raining, sleeting, and snowing here since this morning and I do not drive in that mess. I woke up feeling pretty good today and ready to get back in the craft of writing. My husband is here doing his favorite thing and that is playing video games but it doesn’t bother me while writing because I have learned how to tune it out.

I have had my coffee and cigarette and I am now ready to get into my writing. I lost my computer over the weekend due to technical difficulties but I now have it fixed and ready to finish up my notes for the second book which should have been done over the weekend but things happen. I guess it forced me to take a break from racking my brain on my writing.

I am bundled up here while sitting in front of the computer and getting my thoughts together on where to start first. I have a short story that needs finishing to be published on a blog site and I need to finish up my little notes to begin writing my second book. Where to start?  So everyone, have a blessed day and let me get started.

Daily Journal 3/8/2017

Good morning everyone. It is such a beautiful day outside with all of the critters running around and I would swear it’s mating season by the way the animals are acting and all of the crazy noises we hear. We were supposed to go work on the house this morning but I had trouble sleeping last night and I am not feeling good this morning. I have been dealing with a few bouts of depression lately and I try so hard to not let it affect my daily routine but sometimes it wins.

Besides my back hurting and burning, I am losing my lack of motivation today. It usually lasts only a few days but after talking to my therapist about it, we figured it was mainly due to our living in a tent for so long. We were not meant to be in this tent for ten months, yet we are still here and so close to getting into our house. I guess it will change when we are finally in our house that the depression will go away, or at least leave me alone for a while.

I hope everyone is enjoying this pretty Spring-like day. I am working on feeling better and maybe even going outside to sit on a blanket in the yard while working on my book. My whole body just hurts today but I have to try to keep myself focused and as motivated as possible. I think we might just go to my sister-in-laws to get a change of scenery and I can take the laptop to continue working on my notes for the second book.

Well, I guess I will get off of here and get ready to go. I wish everyone a great hump day and a blessed day.

Daily Journal 3/4/2017

Good morning everyone. Such a beautiful day outside after all of the rain. I feel pretty good today just full of mucus. Yesterday we went over to the house and loaded a trailer up with bags of trash that the previous tenants left and now it is almost clean on the inside. We bought the remaining material that we needed to finish the kitchen floor and electrical, so we hope that Thursday we can get the electrical done so we can call for inspection and get moved in.

I will be working on my notes and getting them organized for the second book and sometime this weekend I will be creating a video for crowdfunding. Being that we are on disability, after paying our bills, there just isn’t enough to cover book expenses like editing. My future goal is to be able to get off of disability and make a living with my writing. It’s what I have a passion for doing. Granted, I’m not trying to get rich, just be able to live comfortably and keep a few dollars in our pocket.

Well, I hope everyone has an awesome Saturday and a blessed one. Take care and I will write more later.