Braveness- Otherwise known as “Will I survive Black Friday?”

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For Black Friday my family has always gone tree hunting. We avoid stores, all stores. Since the invention of online stores I spend any shopping time on that day clicking and waiting for it to arrive in the following week.
This year I have no choice. We need a new dryer to save money on electricity. I’ll have to figure out which place to go that will be likely to have room for me to park my extended bed 15 passenger van. I need to pay as little as possible but still get an energy star dryer. We also have a family of nine so we need to have as big as possible. My life won’t always require so many details to align right, but for now I have to use my ingenuity, do a lot of research and I have to muster a huge dollop of braveness like a glob of thick whipped cream on a pumpkin pie.

I’m just hoping I don’t get eaten alive. “Family, just muster on without me until I escape the black pit of traffic and parking insanity!” Maybe this will be the last time I have to torture myself with Black Friday shopping IN PERSON! You be brave too. We can survive such things. Right?

What do you do for Black Friday?

Just don’t get lost in all that black!

Be a Dragon

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I love these sayings going around about being yourself. My favorite, naturally, is about being a dragon. Maybe it’s a good idea to just be a dragon rather than yourself. Honestly I don’t advocate hiding from yourself… unless you’re actually a big scary dragon. I’m a big scary dragon and a big scary wolf. This whole post is getting a bit crazy maybe!

I love dragons. The red guy above is one of my soft sculpture dragons. I’ve been making them since I was fourteen. This is a fancier one with beaded wings. Would you be a dragon if you could have scary teeth and beaded wings?

Dragons definitely have an easier time cooking things, but it wouldn’t work well if you prefer a veggie based diet. Roasted veggies anyone?

What would you be if you could be something else? Being a Unicorn is a popular choice, but dragons often have prehensile talons. I like being able to open a door. And I would be a nice dragon… most of the time. If I was a unicorn people would want to touch me, pull out my hair and ride on my back. No one would do any of that to a dragon. So yes. I’ll be a dragon.

What will you be?

Redefining Cold!

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Here in the Pacific Northwest cold is rather different. We can be going along, all wet and thawed out, when a sunny day occurs. Then everything, everywhere will be frozen, frosted and iced over, like a bunch of frosted flakes.

Yesterday in the middle of the afternoon, surrounded by sunlight we were freezing cold. Not even putting up fencing was warming us up. This morning we huddled by the door to at least have heat at our backs while we waited for the school bus. The kids then ran to the curb when it came around the corner. The heaters are running non-stop and the chill still teases at the edges. This is that bone chilling kind of cold that freezes your nostril hair with one breath through the nose and can give you brain freeze if you decide to breathe through your mouth.

Yes, we technically don’t know how to drive in snow around here, but I’ll get into that lovely aspect of Northwest weather later in the season. Right now everything is just cold. Actually when it is like this we can get snow easily if a weather system comes in fast. Once the cloud cover returns, like a downy blanket, the environment warms up melting the snow or just drenching it with fat warm drops of rain.

I’m frantically trying to type when I can so I can reach 50,000 words in book two of The GearMaker Legacy. Yes, I’m doing NaNoWriMo. But most the time I’m typing with my fingerless gloves on. Sheesh it’s cold!

 

Stay warm everyone!