Jennifer Lyon

Monday, August 5th, 2019
Weekend Roundup

We had a great weekend, and the pool party yesterday rocked. Turbo had a blast in the pool! I didn’t take picture because pools and cell phones are not a good combination :-)

And guys, Maggie and Turbo LOVE one another. Turbo hand fed Maggie a serving of her kibble, and Maggie gently and patiently took each piece of kibble from his fingers. We were all there supervising. To be clear, we didn’t let Turbo interrupt her eating. I just had some kibble out for her that she hadn’t eaten, and we gave it to Turbo to feed her like treats (and to keep him from feeding her his crackers). I’m not sure why Maggie and Turbo have this bond, it’s just one of those things that happens.

That part of the weekend was good, but dear God the shootings in Texas and Ohio broke my heart as I’m sure it broke all of yours. I don’t know what creates these monsters, and I don’t believe the answers are easy or simple. But what I won’t accept is the, There’s nothing we can do mentality. I know we won’t ever stop all the monsters, but if we stop even one, we will have saved some mother, child, sister, brother, wife, husband, friend or lover from unbearable heartache, and that’s a win for the good guys. For myself, I support law enforcement and their efforts to stop these events with various tools. They have prevented more than one mass murder before it happened. I also support organizations that provide disaster relief in those first critical hours and days after a shooting (and other tragedies).

What I don’t do it get political on social media. I’ve yet to see people screaming at each other over issues or candidates solve one signal problem. I’m rather put my energies into something that helps, even if it’s a small thing, I’m at least trying instead of throwing up my hands and saying, there’s nothing we can do.

Something that I haven’t yet done, but think I should, is learn CPR. I won’t prevent a tragedy with CPR knowledge, but if I’m ever there when one occurs, I might be able to help. Again it’s small, but what if we all did one small, positive thing?

In the meantime, I am very grateful to all the first responders who put themselves in danger to save others. In both Texas and Ohio, they risked their lives and made a difference. They are my heroes.

Okay off my soapbox and moving on. Today I wanted to work, but the garage door opened broke, so we have to buy the new one and replace it, and Wizard will need my help. Plus this week and this weekend Youngest Son and his fiance are moving into their house. However, I’m still going to get some pages in around all that.

How was your weekend?

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    August 5th, 2019 at 5:14 am · Link

    Yay for fun times in the pool! Kids and dogs… it’s a thing. I’m glad they have a bond. And I bet there isn’t anything Maggie wouldn’t do for Turbo. Good girl.

    Yeah, my FB feed is filled with vile crap this morning. And I agree with what you’ve said here. And thank you to all the first responders.

    I finally got over my stumble. I think. And it’s a really good thing I’m holding back Book Two until I write Book Three, because I had to make some major changes to Two so i can proceed with Three. It’s a good thing I have a solid foundation in Sleeping Ugly because it’s published and I can’t go back and change anything major there now. Other than that, the weekend was a non-event. Reading, TV, baking cookies (oatmeal raisin again)… the usual. Not sure what the week will bring – except more editing and maybe some new words.

  2. Silver James
    August 5th, 2019 at 8:36 am · Link

    Maggie is such a good girl and she knows her “job”–to love and protect her people, especially the littlest one. :)

    I’m ignoring social media as far as any sort of “public” feed is concerned. I’ll just end up angry. I will say that the first place to start is with fixing our broken mental health system. My thanks also go out to my brothers and sisters who are first responders and to that off-duty soldier who was legally armed who protected all those kids in El Paso. Climbing off my box now.

    I finished Cooper’s book–first draft, anyway. I hope to finish the edits and revisions today and get it sent to NYC. I’ve got pressing projects to get to. No real writing involved but updating and getting loaded everywhere. Going wide with my Nightriders and they come off Kindle Unlimited the 19th so gotta get on that. Then new words on three projects. Yippee.

    Napped and worked and did stuff with LG this weekend. Nothing huge but nice all the same. Time to hit the ground running today.

    Good luck with the garage door opener. I tend to panic a little when LG works in the garage. You’re luck Wiz is so handy. :D Have a great week, everyone!

  3. Jenn
    August 5th, 2019 at 10:58 am · Link

    B.E., its true about kids and dogs.

    I haven’t even looked at the FB feed this morning. Sigh. I saw people hating each other yesterday evening because they didn’t agree, and I got offline.

    That is fantastic news that you got over your stumble! And I will not published another trilogy before I’ve finished at least a draft of book three. I have learned the hard way that crap happens :-) You’re so much smarter than me!

    I love baking cookies. And eating them, LOL!

    Hope you have a great week!

  4. Jenn
    August 5th, 2019 at 11:15 am · Link

    Silver, yep, Maggie does know that with Turbo. Maggie doesn’t like the pool at all, but she kept an eye on Turbo in the pool yesterday, which I found interesting. She wasn’t frantic, but she’d come to the edge every now and again to check.

    Mental health is also a serious issue in our homeless population. There’s definite work we need to do there. I remember over two decades ago my aunt who worked in mental health care at the time predicting exactly the issues we are seeing now. It’s incredibly eerie how correct she was (I only half believed her at the time).

    Super Mega Congrats on getting that draft done! With all you’ve had going on, and RWA, that shows your dedication and willingness to work your butt off. Go Silver!

    You needed a little rest this weekend, and hanging with LG, to recharge after your NY trip and finishing the draft!

    Hope you get the edits finished today, and have a good and productive week!

  5. Viki S.
    August 5th, 2019 at 2:38 pm · Link

    I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday weekend. I bet Turbo just loves the pool. Maggie is such a good girl and it’s nice to know that she has a soft mouth.

    I have a question about your birthday dinner with Wizard. There are several empty wine glasses on the table and I recall that you two did a wine testing on a previous birthday. Did you do it again and if so what was your favorite of the wines?

    Yes, you should learn CPR. We had to be trained in infant and young child CPR before DIL would allow us to babysit Harrison. It was smart because I had no idea how different it is from what I learned for adults years ago.

    The sky has just opened up and we are having a nice downpour. Love it!

    Signed the papers for the new generator and sent them off. It will be 3 to 4 weeks. Funny, the when I told hubs he informed me that he had just received a call about the new driveway. It will be going in in about 3 weeks. I hope things time out well.

    We had a great time with girlfriend and hubby Friday night. He was doing great. Got to see photos from the surgery. The guy is an ultra-marathoner and after seeing the HUGE (over 1 1/4″) bone spur and 6 smaller ones, I have no idea how he ran. Should be much easier in the future ;).

    Have a really great afternoon!

  6. Jenn
    August 5th, 2019 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks I did have a good birthday. At dinner that night, I had the single glass of wine, and Wizard had that tasting, and we pretty much shared it all. They are wines from local vineyards, and we really liked one of the meritages. Wizard wrote it down, but I don’t know where he put the note. I’ll see if I can get the name later.

    He had fun with the pictures, LOL! If I drank that much wine, I’d have been under the table.

    I definitely should learn CPR for many reasons, including Turbo.

    I bet rain is awesome right now!

    That’s two big purchases and scheduling at once! Pouring a driveway could really complicate getting the generator in and set up. I’m assuming we’re talking a big generator, not the little type Wizard has in the garage for his hobby. But it’s worth the $$ and frustration of getting it all done.

    OMG, how did he run with those bone spurs? Those are generally very painful, I’m just amazed. I sure hope he’s healing well, and very glad you all had a great time!

    Hope your week is off the a great start!

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