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Breaking Thresholds

I broke 40,000 words today. That’s crazy! I didn’t think I would be able to do this and now I am simply 10,000 words from accomplishing my goal! I am way too close to my ending than I should be at 10,000 words out, but I don’t care. I see the finish line and I am sprinting towards it.

This journey has been fantastic. It has done several things for me. But before I list those I do have to say that my story is not worth reading, nor is it worth editing and thinking about publishing. I share that because the things that I gained from Nano were not anything like what I expected. I expected to maybe finally get a story out of me. This is a story alright but its not like this is a story worth taking to the next step.

But I have fallen in love with a few of my characters. Certain ones I could write all day. If they were real people I would be worried that they would think that I was a crazy stalker because I would want to be best friends with them.

The other thing Nano has done for me is to give me the realization that I do have a writer in me. I had never been sure if I could do this after all but there have been scenes and stories and dialog that came out of me that I never knew was there! And I outlined!

Finally Nano has done what Nano claims to do, it gave me a sense of accomplishment and achievement. I know that I am not finished yet, but even if I weren’t able to finish at this point I would know that I did win regardless because I have gained so much.

Thanks Nano!

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By His Grace

The past few weeks have spiraled out of control for me. I had been in such a great routine of coming home, doing all the general maintenance of housework, budgeting weekly (which was a huge improvement from my once-a-month-see-how-I-did check book balancing time), writing often. I was several weeks ahead on my Proverbs 31 posts. I was also writing about humility and learning and growing daily. I was even eating good and getting in a small amount of exercise. I was prepping for NaNo and very excited about that. All the cogs were turning, as they should.

Then it all slammed to a stop.

It really doesn’t matter what caused it to stop. Life always happens. Those cogs rarely all move together. But it all stopped and everything fell behind. I ended up in a messy house, no clue as to my finances other than very basics (like I could pay my bills but I didn’t know if I had any more left over or not), I had to quit writing the 31 Days of Humility, and the only reason I didn’t fall behind on the Proverbs 31 posts was because I was ahead. I was eating horribly and had to stop the little exercise I was doing due to an injury. NaNo was still a possibility but the reality was that it would be unlikely I would or could finish even though I hadn’t even begun yet.

And that is when I remembered something I always tend to forget, I remembered that I needed to ask for help. Not just ask anyone, but to ask God. I started praying for God to help me with my house. I started there because I didn’t really see it as starting something. I was simply overwhelmed with that the most and would pray about that. And He helped me. I am not sure when I found the time but I got caught up. Then I asked for His help in other areas and, again, things are falling back into place. In fact, tonight I was even able to visit my grandmother after work, come home and do chores, write write write, and I will still have some time to spare before bed.

But to top it all off, He helped me in an area that I hadn’t asked. That was with Nano. As many of you know I had fallen behind. My previous post regarding NaNo was that I was trying to catch up. Well tonight I was just 400 words shy of catching up. I stopped because my brain was tired but I was blessed because I know that was God as well. I am at 11,657 words. At this rate I will be able to finish by November 25, the day before I leave for El Salvador.

My prayer in this lesson learned is that I continue to seek God’s help in everything I do. For He is the only One that can keep all those cogs spinning, spinning properly, and free of obstructions.

Amen!

Watching Things Grow

She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:16

I can’t say that I have a green thumb, though things have grown that I have planted. But I still can’t say that I have a green thumb because of several things. The first is that God does the growing…really, all I do is stick a seed in the ground and put some water on it. The second reason I can’t claim any glory in this is that all of my planting is trial and error. Everyone said my side yard would not get enough sunlight, but I planted there anyway because it was going to make a cute garden area. So I go with cute instead of practical, and somehow it worked. No matter how many years in a row that I try to grow sunflowers I can’t get them to grow. Why? Because I really really want them to grow in the back yard along the fence. They obviously aren’t getting what they need there because they never make it. See…trial and error.

But I do love my garden. I so enjoy the fruits of my labors and I really enjoy the blessings of watching what God can do!

So join me this week as we explore some of the tips and tricks that I have learned along the way as an amateur gardener.

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Happy Mouth

Homemade kale chips are amazing!!!! Gotta snap a picture quick before I eat them all!!!

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I bought a bunch of kale to use in a dinner and I forgot about it. So I am trying new things with kale.

Prep:
Preheat oven to 350
Wash and dry kale, remove from stems and tear into bit size pieces.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet
Drizzle with olive oil and season however you like (I used garlic salt)
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.

Eat the whole pan.
Make another batch.
Try not to eat that whole pan.
Store for later delight.

Today’s Harvest

This is a fun post because it fits in so many categories! I grew basil and tomatoes (among other things) this year and here’s today’s harvest. the basket of tomatoes doesn’t show quite how much is there. Enough for another batch of tomato soup!!!

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Then I hung the basil to dry.

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How To Shut Your Garage

It occurred to me a little late that I should be blogging about my experience as a new home owner. Due to the lateness of this genius idea you have missed out on installing sprinkers, fixing pipe leaks, and other such nonsense. But today I have something for you, garage doors.

It was last week, (Last week? Seriously? Time flies when you are avoiding something) I pulled into my driveway, hit the garage door opener and the door opened. Simple enough. Get out of the car, head into the house and hit the button on the way in. Nothing. Not a sound, not a flinch of movement, nothing. I hit it again, nothing. I try the remote. Nada, nilch, zip, zero.

Of course I check all the obvious reasons, or at least the one and only reason I know for a garage door not to work, the sensor…….things. You know the laser light things that stops the garage door from smashing your car if you accidentally park halfway in and hit the button. I clean those, I make sure the lights are solid. Still nothing.

That has exhausted my knowledge of garage door troubleshooting so I manually close the door and figure I will worry about it the next day.

A week later and I am still parking in my driveway. Problem is if I keep procrastinating I will be forced to shovel snow off my car, which I hate doing, so today I decided I would tackle this problem. For all of you who have the same issue here are the steps to a solution:

1. Search the internet for your brand of garage door openers and the words “won’t close.”
2. Skip all the obvious “your sensors are being blocked by an object or misaligned” sites.
3. Search again, hoping to find something.
4. Stare at it.
5. Climb up and down a ladder several times just trying to find the right size screw driver to take the cover off to find a model number (Don’t actually remove the cover, you are just trying to find the right sized screw driver).
6. Search the internet again.
7. Finally find something that sounds somewhat correct but mentions a limitor, or something like that.
8. Search for Garage door close limit switch (oh yeah, thats what it was) and look at pictures.
9. Find the limit switch.
10. Grab the screw driver again.
11. Move the ladder 3 times trying to get to the right spot.
12. Move the limit switch.
13. Test the door.
14. Wonder why that even worked when the door is hitting the limit switch exactly as it was when the switch was an inch over.

Just in case you did stumble across my site with this actual problem it is as simple as loosening the screw on the limit switch (the screw is on the opposite side as the plastic “switch”), sliding the switch closer to the main unit, tightening the screw and testing it. If your door comes down easily you may want to secure the door before moving this switch. I would suggest unplugging the unit prior to doing any of this type of work.

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