Jennifer Lyon

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
Hump Day Chatter

**Sorry this is late!** Here’s what I don’t understand, but maybe one of you know this. My scheduled post has been working fine for weeks. I set this post up as usual last night BEFORE a scheduled power outage that occurred overnight. Concurrently we also had an unplanned internet outage that was a separate event from the power outage. But I assume when I schedule a blog is goes to the host server and sits there until time to post, so power and internet outages on my end shouldn’t affect it . Am I wrong? Does anyone know? Oh and by the way, I checked and the post was scheduled correctly.

Okay onto my original post:

It’s weird not writing. Telling stories has been such a dominant part of my life and identity for decades. But the holidays are keeping me busy and distracted so I’m not really dwelling on it. I expect it to become more of an issue next year when life returns to more mundane routines.

In the meantime, the house is decorated, most of the presents are bought and I’m planning a small amount of baking. I’ve thought about Christmas cards, but I can’t seem to pull that one thing together. Wizard and I searched for a picture of the two of us together this year to order cards and can’t find a single one. We do have tons of pictures of Turbo and Maggie, LOL. In any case, I should do them. I love getting them :-)

Yesterday, I did my first attempt at chocolate Santa sucker. It’s, um, a work in progress. If I can’t get find a way to get the colors neater, I can always do them in solid chocolate. Mostly I’m doing it for Turbo, who won’t really care. It’s probably be fine with my sloppy efforts  (Sorry for the slightly blurry picture)

So how’s your Wednesday going?

6 comments to “Hump Day Chatter”

  1. Silver James
    December 8th, 2021 at 1:07 pm · Link

    Maybe it had to do with the cloud outage that Amazon experienced yesterday. It Charlie-Foxtrotted a lot of websites and companies. Some sort of internal clock may have reset if your web host uses their cloud service. Lots of ifs there but it’s a possibility.

    Cute Santas! Turbo and anyone who loves chocolate won’t care if they’re candy-factory perfect. To me, it’s the love put into the homemade version that made them so special.

    There are days when I think about not writing anymore. Then some character or another starts beating at the inside of my head and I can’t ditch the thoughts. I might not sit and write, but there’s no real peace there until I do. Personally, I think we all need a hiatus from time to time–to refresh our brains and imaginations and even our bodies. Sitting at a computer is hard on the body, even if it isn’t “physically” demanding like oh…say…roofing a house.

    You do what is right for you, no matter what path you walk. 🥰 Happy Hump Day!

  2. Viki S.
    December 8th, 2021 at 4:00 pm · Link

    That is really strange. Maybe when the power is out it takes the host server a bit of time to correct the clock? But you still got it out this morning :).

    I bet you feel great having the decorating done. I sure did when I finished. Best of luck on the cards. After last year when Cleveland post office couldn’t seem to handle any out going mail I decided not to waste my time with cards. I find it stressful and it REALLY hurts my neck and shoulder doing all that writing.

    I tried to post links to Cynthia Eden’s posts on her Christmas books for you but I got this awful message from FB, error and banning me. I hope it’s fixed now. They seem to be letting me post.

    Your chocolate lollipops are cute and I’m sure Turbo will love them.

    I got my booster yesterday and like the other two, I got nailed. I am not feeling well at all and sure hope it’s all cleared up soon.

    Because I’m not doing very well I have to go make some soup for dinner.

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

  3. B.E. Sanderson
    December 8th, 2021 at 4:55 pm · Link

    I don’t know. Maybe the host server was in your power grid? :shrug: I had an internet outage this morning. It lasted long enough for me to wade through the CenturyLink phone tree and put in a service ticket with a rep. Right after she told me we’d be up by 3pm, the internet came back. Must’ve scared the thing into working right. LOL

    I can totally get how not writing is weird for you. Maybe jot out some short stuff just for yourself to scratch the itch. No pressure. No need to worry about it or edit it or anything. Write like you did when you were young. :hugs:

    Yay for getting most of the holiday stuff done. I wouldn’t sweat cards unless you really get the urge. I send them because it gives me a happy and it helps put me in the holiday spirit. (And I needed that this year, lemme tell ya.)

    Aww, I love your Santa pops. So cute! I bet Turbo will love them, too.

    Wednesday is going okay. I did the Wallyworld thing today and picked up food for the critters – deer food and bird seed. Yay. Then it was repackaging all the meats for the freezer. Freezer’s full and I’m tired. LOL Thankfully, this should be my only big trip this month. Also yay.

  4. Jenn
    December 8th, 2021 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Silver, that’s entirely possible. It amazes me how fast we’ve all become utterly dependent on the internet and cloud.

    Turbo definitely won’t care. I can do flat molds, but these kind are two piece that must be “glued” together and that’s trickier. I use candy melts so far (good ones!) as real chocolate is much more expense, difficult to color and must be tempered and kept in temper while using. Not that you cared to know all that, LOL!

    Walking away from our life’s work is not an easy thing for any of us. Your writing the way that works for you, so do that as long as it works for you! But there’s no shame in stepping back either. Ultimately we have to make the right choice for us.

    I know what you mean about characters talking to you!

    I can’t even imagine roofing a house, LOL!

    Hope you’ve had a good hump day!

  5. Jenn
    December 8th, 2021 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Viki, I really don’t know. It could have been some cosmic coincidence??

    Yep, I’m happy to have the tree up. We kept the decorations simple but we like them :-) I’m with you on Christmas cards. I feel a smidge more guilt this year as I technically have more time. But handwriting isn’t fun for me either.

    Sorry FB was being snippy to you. No idea why. But then no one really knows why FB does things.

    Wizard already ate one of my chocolate Santa pops! I’m trying a new set today to see if I can make them a little neater and created a better “glue” edge. (I use melting chocolates as glue).

    While I’m glad you got your booster, I’m sorry you’re reacting to it. Hope you feel much better by tomorrow!

  6. Jenn
    December 8th, 2021 at 5:55 pm · Link

    B.E., wow you be must be very effective when you call for service, LOL! Glad your internet returned.

    One day I hope to return to writing like that. I have a notebook to write ideas, but I’ve mostly stayed away.

    Glad you founds me holiday spirit in doing cards.

    I freeze a lot more meat now, so I get how much work it is to repackage or organize it. Add in a trip to Walmart and I’d be done for the day too!

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