Here’s What’s Going on in My Neck of the Woods

Every now and again, I like to share what’s going on with me and find out what’s going on with you? (I always wanna know what’s going on with you!)

Told ya I just got around to taking
down the decorations!

On the home front, I took the Christmas stuff down…finally. Like this past week. Don’t judge! I’ve been lazy busy. My son just started Karate! He loves it, but bless his heart, he has no coordination!
He fell kicking one of the bags and growled when I laughed. I tried hard not to, but people who fall are funny!

This was at her Christmas recital. 

My daughter resumed piano lessons this past week. I don’t mind because she’s actually really good, and she shuts the door to her bedroom to play. 

I got the two books I’d really been wanting for Christmas. Roget’s Thesaurus and The Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition. 

I also bought a craft book the other day when hubby and I were out. We went to see Sherlock Holmes, which we enjoyed, and then out for a late lunch to our favorite joint, The Flying Fish. Oh the name of the book you say? Now Write! Mysteries edited by Sherry Ellis & Laurie Lamson. It’s several chapters written by various authors. I like it.

I’ve stumbled across some new songs that I’ve added to my playlist. Poison & Wine by the Civil Wars, Holding on and Letting Go by Ross Copperman, and Anywhere but Here by Safety Suit. Great songs for some scenes I’m revising. (I’ve linked them to youtube if you have time and wanna check them out.) Which reminds me, I have a youtube channel with no videos. LOL I keep saying I’m going to vlog but…I have zipola to vlog about. Any suggestions? 

Also…my new website is going to launch www.jessicarpatch.com (cross your fingers) on Monday, January 3oth and I’ll be introducing my new tagline which I’m very excited about! I’ll share more about that in an upcoming post!

And last, I’ve discovered DeeAnne Gist. Since I’m new to reading historical romances, she’s a new find for me. LOVE with a capital L-O-V-E! I read A Bride Most Begrudging and Maid to Match. In two days. Last week. I’ll review them later. I am now reading, Love on the Line by her.

So that’s all I know around here. Oh, I cooked a deer. Not a whole deer, but like a roast. It was pretty good, once I forced my mind away from thoughts that it had disease or was a crazy deer and I was going to get both by eating it…anywho…

Your turn. What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Any new craft books for you writers? Novels? Is your Christmas stuff still up? Ever ate deer? Crazy deer?

24 thoughts on “Here’s What’s Going on in My Neck of the Woods

  1. Wow, lots going on in your wonderful world! Thanks for that heartwarming glimpse. A new website and tagline on Jan. 30th? Can't wait to see them!!

     
     
  2. That's a lot of stuff. Sounds like you've been busy. I'm so excited to see your website!!!

    I've had a strange week that began with… nevermind, I don't want to talk about it, but it's ending with our first "HUGE" snowfall. We got like A TENTH OF AN INCH, and the kids are out of school for the day. Go figure, right? But they're excited and I didn't have to make lunches this morning. So there's that.

    You've inspired me. I think I'll order some new craft books this weekend. Happy Friday!

     
     
  3. Oh good, I'm not the only one who's lazy–er, slow on getting the Christmas stuff away.
    Tuesday was when everything was finally away. 🙂
    Kiddo has a half day today.
    I plan on writing all morning and making some cinnamon bread this weekend. Zzzzzzzz. LOL

     
     
  4. Sounds like a fun and busy life you've got there, Jessica!

    I'm reading "The Art of War for Writers" right now – and I just ordered Stein on Writing (per your recommendation!). Last novel I read (and LLOOVVEED) was LFY in Annapolis, Maryland, by Roseanna White. LOVE her writing.

    My kids have a snow day today – first of the season! May not be very quiet here.

     
     
  5. We don't even put Christmas stuff anymore. A couple of years ago I was griping at my son for not helping as I struggled with the tree. He was unphased. I mentioned that I am doing this for you. He looked genuinely surprised. He said he didn't want a tree. It took up too much space in our already small house. My daughter chimed in that she agreed. We haven't decorated since.

     
     
  6. Ahhh, so much to smile about in this post. I loooove Deeanne Gist too. She's one of my must-pre-order-book-and-read-in-a-sitting authors. 🙂 Piano lessons…how well I remember…and cooking a deer. I'll never forget eating chili one night with my fam…my mom waited until we'd all finished, then asked, "So, apparently you all like deer meat." We hadn't known…one of my sisters was soooo mad. Can't wait to see your new site!

     
     
  7. This is a great round-up! I remember taking karate when I was about 8. I got through yellow belt (the first one after white), and then my best friend quit, so of course I quit too. Glad to hear the Sherlock Holmes movie was enjoyable, and thanks for the author recommendations!

     
     
  8. Fun to learn more about you! I just started a new job and had grading to do for another one, so not much writing time this week. Boo! I totally am with you on the vlogging! I have the channel but nothing I feel I can intelligently discuss without a script. I'm a performer so I think I might have to tape and retape to get something I'm happy with! Happy weekend!

     
     
  9. Welcome to the land of historical romance! 😀 😀 😀

    Your son looks so spiffy in his white jammy-karate-suit. 😀

    I've eaten deer many times. I like it best in stews where it can simmer a long time.

    Oh, and the kids had to take down the Christmas stuff a couple of days after Christmas, because we have a New Year's Day party every year that is packed with people, and I need every square inch of space.

    Have a great weekend!

     
     
  10. I knew you'd love Deeanne! *Jaime does a happy dance*

     
     
  11. Got Christmas put away. Followed/took the grandkids to swim/dive meets, bowling leagues, wresting meets, tae kwan do classes, Scouts, and a couple doctors appointments. Finished setting up my new home office area and unburied the treadmill – so I can write and exercise.

    Now I just need to write and exercise.

     
     
  12. Looking forward to your new site! Let's see, vlog fodder…I think you should vlog your "what's happening in my neck of the woods". This post with your face and voice would be PERFECT!!! 🙂

     
     
  13. Donna: You are so welcome. I know you have lots of stuff going on that's very exciting right now too!

    Heather: When it started snowing here, I thought for sure we'd get out of school early. Nutso.

    Jennifer: Cinnamon bread. Yum! If my kitchen looked as fab as yours, I'd bake it in it all the time too!

    Joanne: I've read her blog, but never a book. I'll have to add it to my HUGE TBR pile!

    Brett: Somehow, that seems sad to me! lol But then after cleaning up all the stuff, maybe not!

    Tagg: I trick my husband with turkey meat all the time. He doesn't like ground turkey but he'll eat deer. You see the many problems with this? lol

    Jess: You're welcome! My brother took karate when he was little too.

    Lindsay: I'm with you on all the above! I'm afraid I'll accidentally publish the vlog and not edit it then look like an even bigger nerd than I am! LOL

    Erica: So glad to be part of your world…cue Aladdin music! He does look cute! Thanks. He cracks me up.

    Jaime: Doing the happy dance with you!

    LD: I hear ya on the need to write and exercise. Me too! I've been doing pretty well lately…I have a hard time staying consistent.

     
     
  14. Lacie: That's a good idea! Maybe my next post will be just that! Thanks.

     
     
  15. I'm looking forward to your new website and tagline! How exciting!

    Your kids are awesome!

    Just took the Christmas decorations down last Sunday…*sigh*…it comes and goes so quickly.

     
     
  16. You HAVE been busy, Jessica! I'm looking forward to your new website . . . and your tagline. Me? Yes, I've eaten deer. Yummy stuff when cooked correctly. But I was crazy long before that. Have I been busy? In my head, yes. But I'm disguising my efforts to cook up conflicts for my new heroine by scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling) through Pinterest, an exciting new frontier for me. (I can't resist boldly going where so many have gone before me!) It helps me pass the time while I'm stalking my phone, waiting for the call announcing that my new granddaughter has decided to be born. That should come any MINUTE, and then I'll race to New York to kiss her sweet little cheeks! Oh, and I've cooked up a fun new contest on my blog. Hope you'll enter! 🙂

     
     
  17. Can't wait to see the new site! The secret to cooking venison – wrap it in bacon. 🙂 Seriously, my husband makes the best venison with cream cheese and bacon. It may not be low fat, but there's no way you won't think it's delicious.

     
     
  18. Aww your kids are so cute! You don't look old enough to have a daughter her age. Too cute!

    I CAn'T wait to see ur site!! Love your intro. I love web design. You already know the suspense is killing me.

    Happy new years!

     
     
  19. Aww, your kids are beautiful! I enjoyed reading about what's going on with you.

    My hubby found "Poison and Wine" and Barton Hollow. They're amazing. I love that song. 🙂

    I'm starting to read Slim Keith's autobiography. Good times!

    Have a great weekend!

     
     
  20. So much to comment on:
    Can't wait to see your new blog. Find out your new tagline.
    So proud of you for investing in CMOS. I like the online version too.
    Little known fact: I am a brown belt in karate. A very rusty brown belt in karate. I met my husband when knocked me down …er, swept me off my feet in a karate studio. (I was engaged to someone else at the time.)
    And I enjoy DeeAnne Gist too!

     
     
  21. So, you've got just a few things going on?:) Roget's and CMofStyle are in my order pile right now…just gotta hit the order button…but they typically like you to pay for them at that time and my two oldest just grew 2 inches and I'm supposed to clothe them–it's in the parenting manual somewhere, I'm sure.

    Can't wait to see your new site!

     
     
  22. um…no, I have not taken down the Christmas decorations yet–but it is on my to-do list this weekend. hehehe…

    And yes, I've eaten deer. Grew up on it actually. Don't know if any of them were crazy. I think the one that ran into my car a few years ago was. That's right, I said HE hit my CAR.

     
     
  23. I LOVE the thesaurus. It was required for my college comp classes – not for the $10 words but to help students remember ALL the words they really knew. Besides, all great books (including Dickens) were written with $3 words!

    My friend makes the world's best baked beans with DEER MEAT! Spicy and Yum!

     
     
  24. Hee hee… You're a word geek like me. "I got reference books for Christmas!!!!" 🙂 And people who fall down ARE funny. When I used to watch the Simpsons many moons ago, Maggie was my favorite. She'd just randomly fall. I'm bad because I lost it laughing every time.

     
     

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