Monday, December 3, 2018

A Change of Perspective, Getting My Freaq On, & Solution to a Tree/Knee Problem

Now that November has ended, and along with it the National Novel Writing Month challenge, I have over fifty thousand words of new beginnings on a story. Well, there is more to it than that, and some good scenes, but nowhere near an ending.

That’s okay.

I’m having fun changing the point of view from first person to third. I decided better storytelling would result from more than just Lita’s viewpoint and had fun writing some experiences of her young love interest, introducing his friends and family. I’ll be getting back to that tale soon, later today or tomorrow morning.

Now, about my early Christmas present, my portable Soundfreaq bluetooth speaker is tremendous. I’m listening to the “Hardware” movie soundtrack on it as I type, charging the battery at the same time since my playtime over the last three plus days finally drained the initial charge. My husband is amused and happy, stating that this will keep me entertained for a good long while.

About my right knee, we took a poorly planned trip to Florida before my mother passed away. I didn’t consider the fact my chosen dates butted up close to Independence Day and how many more cars that would put on the road. Slamming the brakes over and over in my stints through bumper to bumper traffic, I damaged the cartilage.

Somehow, my husband got clear sailing every time he took the wheel. ~grumble~ I’m blessed the joint isn’t more painful, but our steep cellar stairs are not doing it any good.

That’s where my Christmas tree comes in. The artificial beauty reaches my seven foot tall ceiling and, with ornaments, takes up four giant totes which are (of course) stored in our basement. I can’t ask for help as my husband couldn’t care less about my holiday decorating. And, anyway, he doesn’t help with Halloween despite my repeated requests and his love of that décor. But for the first time since 2015, I feel like having my tree up.

~sigh~

So, it took some thought, but I came up with a better solution involving our nice new back deck. Unlike the indoor stairs, that new deck staircase is wide and well measured, not steep and narrow. Yesterday proved to have perfect weather, ideal timing since that’s when the idea occurred to me.

Now I just need to get going on the decorating. ~grin~ On another bright note, I found my giant stuffed ‘Santa’ Christmas bear a whole lot easier to lift after the past few years of resistance training.
Yes, those are skull lights above these festive creatures...
Talk of removing them earned me adorable pouts.
Have you been watching SpaceX satellite launches (The Geek Embracing portion of this post; minutes ago we enjoyed another live webcast)?

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18 comments:

  1. I love your bear. He's adorable. Looks like he's a big fellow too. The best kind of decorations.

    Sorry about your knee. I'm old and my hip hurts. Not all the time, but when it does it's not fun. Today is one of those days. At least we are upright.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Darla. ♥

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    1. Thank you! I'm having a great day and hope you are pain free. ~hugs! Best wishes, my dear.

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  2. I see Christmas bears and reindeer and skulls...
    You are truly my kind of folk. I love it!

    Hire someone to move up your tree stuff.
    Have Hubbie do the long distance driving.
    There is no way he will call your bluff,
    except, take the wheel when arriving,
    insisting he is weary and had enough.
    It'll serve as well planned contriving!
    (Just my random thoughts, off the cuff.)

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  3. OH....getting Christmas stuff up stairs is not a lot of fun esp if you are having leg issues, knee issues..etc. Mine used to be under the stairs, downstairs where I set it up but I had to climb up over the washer machine, skimmy past the hot water heater and lift it all over the water heater and the washer. That being hard enough, not having someone on the other side to hand it to is even harder. However, when I had the storage closet on the back of the house closed up and opened up from the pantry, life got easier in the Christmas stuff area. Now its just a matter of being able to work around the pain to do things. I am proud of you working out a way to get your stuff in the house! Now all you need is a two wheeler to load up and pull up those steps! haha. I am terrible about getting stuff upstairs, even basket of clothes, hence the reason I sometimes live out of a basket downstairs...I am terrible.

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    1. You are most definitely *not* terrible. ~nods~ I can't imagine living your life of ongoing pain and fatigue. Take care!

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  4. I bet your hubby would help you with those boxes. That sounds like a great early Christmas gift.

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    1. On the former, no. He didn't get off the couch when I did the work, though he did have a cat on the lap at the time. :) But there's always some excuse. That's okay, since he takes such good financial care of us. Be well!

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  5. What a wonderful Santa Bear! I haven't put my Christmas decorations yet but it's time I did.

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    1. Thank you! He makes me smile. Be well, my dear.

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  6. There's one more reason to live in a single story house! My mother always used to ask, "Think about how many times you go into your bedroom in a day. Now, think if it was upstairs."
    Besides, most of the houses in CA and OR are single story, and we don't have basements either.
    No, didn't know a thing about any satellite launches!
    Sorry your knee hurts. What seem like such small things (braking) can do so much damage.

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    1. Your mother was wise. ~nods~ My husband insisted on the basement he seldom uses. Heh... Thank you for the kind words. Be well!

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  7. I hope you managed to get your decor out of storage. That was always my job. I'm glad I no longer have to do it.

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  8. I can't wait to see your decorations once up. I don't have many left, after years of depletion, through breakage, mold, etc. Good solution for getting them up the stairs.

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to take a photograph of my tree. Sorry you've lost so much. :( I appreciate the kind word. Be well!

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  9. Resistance exercises FTW! Sorry your knee is hurting! Santa Bear is adorable!

    Hmm...my profile pic has my most recent ex-wife in it. I should probably do something about that. Har.

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    1. Thank you! So sad about your ex. You both look so happy. Be well, my friend.

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