Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Resolutions Revisited



Kristin reminded me of my New Year's resolutions and I thought I'd give an update... Updates in red.

My goals for 2015:

Finally learn how to rip the plastic wrap cleanly from its box.
Nope, not yet.
Laugh more.
I'd say yes to this.
Sing more (sorry, family).
Hmm. I'd say yep.
Eat healthier.
Eh.
Less procrastinating. (Hahahaha.)
Next.
Get rid of the expensive shoes that hurt my feet. (The cheapskate in me is crying.)
Still haven't done this. 
Not take any of my blessings for granted.
Definitely.
Read more.
Done! I read 8 books this month.
Learn to crochet a beanie hat.
Done!
Spoil my grandbaby. (Easy one!)
Still waiting for him to arrive.
Take more pictures.
Nope. But getting a new camera soon, so that'll hopefully change.
Learn to make homemade pasta.
I did! Fairly easy, and though it wasn't pretty by any means, it was tasty.
Answer emails more quickly.
Oops.
Be kinder.
I'm trying.
Write more.
Next.
Exercise more ( :::whimper::: ).
Hanging head in shame.
Try to live more simply.

Working on it.
Organize my office.

Soon!
Finish painting the living room (longest project ever).

Oy.
Get outside more.

Not quite, but it is really cold right now...
Enjoy life. Live life. Love life.

Doing it!

Not too bad, but still a ways to go...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crocheting

I've been crocheting a lot lately. I learned this craft a couple of years ago after deciding I spent too much time on the computer. I needed another creative outlet other than writing, and I'm loving it. I'm still a beginner, really, but the more scarves I do, the more comfortable I become. I'm slowly branching out and learning more stitches and techniques. This is the first hat I've ever done, and it's for my grandson (due Feb. 25th!). I think it came out pretty well for my first try. You know I'm going to make lots of them now (fair warning to my family!).



And here's the afghan I've been working on for a few weeks now. A row here, a row there. It's really heavy and took me 18 skeins, rather than the 8 the pattern called for. Oops. Still need to learn the ins and outs of gauge. It's big and warm and comfy and did I mention it's SO HEAVY. Perfect for a cold winter's day.



You can find the pattern for the blanket here: http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/01/quick-and-simple-crocheted-afghan.html

Okay, now back to writing...and working on the next blanket. :)


Monday, January 26, 2015

Snowy




Especially if you're in the northeast. Stay warm! Around Cincinnati we had about half an inch of snow and most of the schools are on a 2-hour delay. If we had a blizzard, the city would probably shut down for a couple of weeks. I'm hunkering down with my coffee and laptop. Still working on GHOST OF A POTION.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Giveaway!

Just a quick one-day giveaway for a Witch's Brew mug. How cute is this?  I found it online at the Salem Wax Museum. Definitely need one for myself. :) To enter, just scroll down a bit and use the Rafflecopter form. Good luck!


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Ahh

If only my mug of coffee was in this picture too, you'd have a perfect snapshot of my morning. Working on GHOST OF A POTION, the third book in the Magic Potion series...




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Different

I've been telling my kids a version of this for years, but of course the Dalai Lama says it much better. :)



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Quality Time

Off to shop for art supplies with Baby Girl (hers, not mine), and then we're watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Can you tell she heads back to school on Sunday?





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Guilty

We've all done this, right? Last time for me was when I was making a cake, then made the mistake of going down to the family room in the basement where apparently I cannot hear the oven timer. Suddenly I smelled something strange... I'm not sure I've ever moved so fast in my whole life.

Sadly, the cake did not survive.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Simplify


I post this even as I'm online shopping for a new tote bag. (My laptop doesn't fit in my current one. ) Baby steps!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy Happy

Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

I love the start of a new year. A big blank canvas to make goals, realize dreams. Then there's also the opportunity for change.

And yes, change can happen any day of the year, any hour. But January 1st is like the big kahuna of starting over. The Monday of all Mondays.

Change is difficult for a lot of us. New. Scary. There's a fear of failure. And an acceptance that change is needed in some way.

But it can be exciting, too. A journey. An exploration of potential that's lurking just under the surface. The discovery that there might be more to life that one realized. More to yourself.

And sure, there might be bumps in the road. Maybe even failure. But trying is all that truly matters.

My goals for 2015:

Finally learn how to rip the plastic wrap cleanly from its box.
Laugh more.
Sing more (sorry, family).
Eat healthier.
Less procrastinating. (Hahahaha.)
Get rid of the expensive shoes that hurt my feet. (The cheapskate in me is crying.)
Not take any of my blessings for granted.
Read more.
Learn to crochet a beanie hat.
Spoil my grandbaby. (Easy one!)
Take more pictures.
Learn to make homemade pasta.
Answer emails more quickly.
Be kinder.
Write more.
Exercise more ( :::whimper::: ).
Try to live more simply.
Organize my office.
Finish painting the living room (longest project ever).
Get outside more.
Enjoy life. Live life. Love life.

Wish me luck.











Monday, December 29, 2014

Goals

This made me laugh. As a tried and true procrastinator, I can relate.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Life

Maybe so. There are a couple of chapters where I'd love to do some revisions...



Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beginnings

Now that I'm done with revisions on SOME LIKE IT WITCHY, I'm back to work on the next Magic Potion book. Ah, beginnings...




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Interview

I did a fun holiday interview over at Cozy Mystery Book Reviews. Please hop over and check it out--and there's a chance to win one of my books, too (your choice--how cool is that?). Giveaway runs until 12/22.  Thank you, Anna!

http://cozymysterybookreviews.net/uncategorized/day-17-of-a-cozy-christmas-with-heather-blake/


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tsu

Okay, I did it. I joined Tsu, which is supposed to be the new Facebook (we'll see!). If anyone wants to be my friend there, just follow this link. https://www.tsu.co/HeatherBlakeWebber


Friday, December 12, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Possibilities


Good morning! Writing a little today, meeting a friend for lunch, wrapping some presents before two of my kidlets COME HOME TOMORROW FOR A MONTH. Not that I'm excited about that or anything.





Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Truth


Even though I'm not a morning person by any means I still get up very early because if I sleep in I feel like I've wasted a lot of my day. The struggle!