Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012

firs drip
rain into my collar
a walk to the mailbox

my first novel
published today
tutoring a student
therapy appointment
heavy rains return

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

turning the corner
the wind and rain
in my face

in the morning
errands run
work week ends
quiet afternoon

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012

washing dishes
the full moon centered
in the window

and teaching
therapy and
a vet visit
the rain returns

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012

between Jupiter
and the full moon
a fir tree

tutoring resumes
morning and
errands in between
busy day

Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I'm joining the Small Kindnesses Blogsplash and writing about a special small kindness someone did for me in the past. You can read all about it hereThe Blogsplash is organised by Fiona Robyn to celebrate the release of her novel 'Small Kindnesses' which is free today on Kindle. 

I have thought of many kindnesses that I have experienced from small (someone opening the door for me) to large (my friend, Kay, coming twice a day for nearly a year to help me medicate my cat Sasha), and all sorts in between.  There is the student who always sets up and takes down our study table; the friend who drives me off island for my appointments; the same friend who lugs my sewing machines in for servicing and then brings them back again; my daughter who texts me regularly; my son who surprises me with lovely long e-mails now and again; my internet friends who are so supportive of my efforts; my bridge class students who show a continuing interest in my novel writing adventures; and the list goes on and on.  I feel very fortunate that I have so many wonderful people in my life.

But for today, I shall pick one kindness to write about.  Last summer my son had to work hard to get me my summer visit with my granddaughter, but he never faltered in his determination and thanks to his efforts I got to spend a lovely day with him, his wife, and my wonderful granddaughter.  Here is a haiku for that kindness:

a summer day
her little hand in mine
granddaughter’s visit

Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

hot tub steam rises
a lawnmower breaks
the silence

one book 
another started
the holiday break
coming to an end

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012

the cat furniture
wind in the firs

fourth day of
the holiday weekend
two cats and I
in the recliner

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012

the cat
stealing raw spinach
nearly a full moon

household chores
in my recliner
Robin Hobb’s
Dragon Keeper

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

a cup of tea
half inch by half inch
winter rains

morning appointment
a quiet day
reading with
fur friends
rains continue

Small Kindnesses

On Tuesday the 27th of November I'm joining the Small Kindnesses Blogsplash and writing about a special small kindness someone paid me in the past. Would you like to join me?
The Blogsplash is organised by Fiona Robyn to celebrate the release of her novel 'Small Kindnesses' which will be free on Kindle on the day. All you have to do is write something about being kind - a memory of someone who was kind to you, a list of kindnesses over the past week, or something kind you did for someone else. It'll be a celebration of kindness in all its forms, especially those little kind acts that make all the difference (like this one Fiona wrote about).
To find out more visit Fiona's blog (, or join the Facebook event ( Do ask your friends to join you, and feel free to copy this blog onto your own to help us spread the word.
See you on the 27th!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012

with my fur friends
temperatures drop

the day reading
with cats in my lap
and dogs close by

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

at Saturn
looking at me

last day
before break
tutoring, teaching,
errands, therapy
vet appointment

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

strikes the rainbow flag
storm debris

two inches
more rain
sun breaks 
between cloud bursts

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

fresh lakes
in the backyard
record rains

my haiku
for a book
alarming rains

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012

high above
the cat pounces
not a feather

quilt top pieced
reading a new novel
playing games
another rainy day

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 17, 2012

fir needles
on the skylights
a dog barks

craft bazaar
household chores
napping and reading
with two cats
rainy day

Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16, 2012

two cats
sleeping curled together 
pouring rain

therapy appointment
hair cut
cutting fabric
for a new quilt

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012

cupboard doors
not cat proofed
temperature drops

proof corrections
tutoring morning
and afternoon
nice nap

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

a cloudy morning
flakes of paint
in the hot tub

and teaching
therapy appointment
vet visit
bad skin and feet

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

getting the mail
in the dark
slugs on the walkway

on my doorstep
the proof copy
of my first novel
tutoring and more

Monday, November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

hot tub frog
morning soak
under the clouds

writing my novel’s
final three chapters
doctor’s appointment
hot tub serviced
weather warms

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 11, 2012

moving side to side
around the cat

lunch with a friend
more writing
four chapters
current total 53,111 words

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012

on the hot tub lid
morning soak

three chapters
writing, writing, writing
best day to date 
8518 words today
current total 44916 words

Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9, 2012

waning moon
frost settles
on the roof

errands and 
two more chapters
current total 36,398

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

a spider
from the cat

books and
tutoring math
writing two chapters
word total now 32,277

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 7, 2012

a student
the light dawns

tutoring geometry
teaching bridge
therapy appointment
two more chapters
word total now 28371

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

out of the fog
steam rising
from the hot tub

a chapter
before Student Link
another after
word count climbs
nearly half way

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

the rubber duck
sailed across the hot tub
windy night

friends from Kalamazoo
visit for the day
another chapter
word total hits

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 4, 2012

in the firs
caw after caw

day four
7285 words
3 chapters
current total: 17,730 words
NaNoWriMo rocks

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 3, 2012

in the backyard
a frog croaks

a day spent 
writing and reading
5329 words today
current total: 10,445 words
the rain continues 

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2, 2012

and again
the sky drops

therapy appointment
and errands
3415 more words
weekend begins
with more rain

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012

cloud cover
the full moon
darting in and out

first day of
1701 words written
two students tutored
paperwork completed