Jeepers, Viansa. I'm late myself in responding. I hope that you have a great 2009 and will have a very Happy Moo Year! Thanks for your words about Buster. I miss him quite a lot. He was the best furry friend I ever had. I know two people who had pets die recently: one a lady whose cat lived 26 years (unbelieveable) and a beagle at 16. I feel cheated that Buster died at just a little over 9 years. Hope your Winter is going great and that you have a wonderful 2010.
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Hi. Firstly, "The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte," is now in paperback so I picked it up. Haven't had time to read it yet, because I've been crying for nearly two weeks about my little buddy dying. If you'd like to read it, I posted some comments on my page. I hope your year is going better than mine so far. Look foward to hearing from you. Dawn
Hi, Viansa. Glad to hear from you! Was wondering where you were. Guess that answers my question about whether you had gone back to school. What classes are you taking this quarter (or is it semester back there)? Weather here has been awful. I hid out at my grandmothers for 6 out of 9 nights as is a lot closer to where I work in Kent valley. (I live in the foothills.) Roads are very treacherous here due to the very hilly terrain. I got stuck on a hill one day on the way to work as someone was spinning out and I couldn't get around them. Another time, had to go downhill backwards as couldn't make it to the top (was about 15 feet away), then third time my car got frozen to the street near my grandmother's (her parking lot was snowfield). Four guys came by in an electrical truck: one drove it out of the parking spot alongside the street while the other three pushed from behind (this, after I spent some time chipping at the ice around my backtires with a snow shovel at 6AM). It it hadn't been for those guys, I never would've moved my car. One guy even took the snowshovel back to my grandmother's resthome for me so that I wouldn't have to stop again. So it's been positive and not so. I've been nearly adopted by an elderly couple whose spare bed I was borrowing while at my grannie's as she has no spare bed (just a chair, which was not comfortable). They even tried to send me to bed one night with milk and freshly baked cookies! I have five days off from work! Yoohoo! Spending NY Eve with my pup and working on getting Cattle Capers #2 finished. (YIPES!!!) How are the dragon drawings coming along? Gonna do some NY animation. Trying to learn the new Flash Program: has 3-D in it. Excited at the possibilities.
Gotta go and start on the animation (after I clean my bathroom. Yoohoo! I know how to live it up.) Snow made for a short holiday season (and couldn't meet with my buddies). Hope snow doesn't come tomorrow as having my annual get together with a friend who got laid off and left my company a few years ago. I am dreaming of moving to sunnier climates. I wake up in the grey gloom and go home in the grey gloom. Somewhere the sun is shining. But, I'm thankful for a warm home, food on the table, a snuggy bed, and hope for a brighter 2009. Take care. Have a fun NY Eve. Hope you're having fun. Too many drunks out in my area so I prefer a nice, quiet night. PS. Did you try reading "The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte" yet? I got it from the library but couldn't listen in time, so am going to buy a copy and support a fellow author.
Hi, Viansa. Haven't heard from you in a while. Are you doing OK? Just bought the Flash upgrade. Am eager to see if it was worth the cost. Am on vacation this week. Finally! This year flew by. (Needed a vacation: I firstly typed, "This Word flew by." Hope all is well. Dawn
Hi, Viansa. Long time no talk. Are you taking any classes this Fall? By the way, I found out why I was so ill all summer: a family member was sprinkling something on my food that I'm really allergic to. Didn't know that paprika was a nightshade. Starting to feel better. After nursemaiding my grannie for months, had to take care of my mother for several weeks while she recovered from foot surgery. I hope the nurse maid duty is now over and I can get back into my writing/art work.
Hi, Viansa. What's new? I don't get on much due to helping Grannie recover from breaking her hip and now helping my mother who just had foot surgery. Looks like I may get laid off at work soon (insourced) but that'll give me some time to destress. Are you taking any classes this fall? Since my future is uncertain at this point, thought I'd put off taking any new Flash Animation classes. (I love that program.) Was so hot at my grannie's place this afternoon, I would've confessed to any crime if I had stayed a half hour longer to get outta there. hahaha Take care. I'll have to load some new pup photos soon. Bought a 4G SD card to see if I can take some short video. Take care. Dawn
Sorry to take so long to write back. My grandmother broke her hip a week after my return from vacation, so I've had to spend a lot of nights either at the hospital or at her rehab center. She's made an amazing recovery at 93. I thought she was going to die 3x the past 12 months, but she always revives.
Thanks, Viansa, for the comment about my Buster. It cheers me up to come home from a stinky day at work and have him wagging his tail and dancing about my legs, eager to say "hello". I have to learn how to download photos from my new digital camera to my laptop to share more photos.
The book I referred to is "The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte" by Laura Joh Rowland. I'm looking forward to reading it.
By the way, even though we're signed into a network, I've found that my posts show up on Google Alert under my name. And the search engine is picking up some of my posts. I don't think this network is as private as I thought it was.
Are you back in class this summer or taking it off?
Duh. I see the dragon pics now. Good job. By the way, I really like the Bronte sisters also. There is a new mystery novel out featuring one of them as the main sleuth, but I didn't pick it up. I plan to in the future.
Good heavens, Viansa. Are you trying to scare us with your new picture? I'd say you weren't in the best mood all right! I know what you mean by exhaustion: I slept 12 hours last night as I took today off from work. I finally got my Federal taxes done, however; I have my life back now and can focus on the creative aspect of my business. If you can afford a nice little weekend trip or a special afternoon treat of some sort to get away, it may refresh you. Also, I like to take a news break every so often: amazing how it helps your outlook to forget the rest of the world for a short time. Take care. Dawn
Hi, new friend! It's good to meet you and I'm a big mystery/horror fan. Thank goodness I can admit this on Crime Space. Strangely enough, out there in the world of book fans, even though Dean Koontz and Stephen King seem to buy their books by the gazillions, no one wants to admit it. Do I really believe that all those gazillions sit around reading Milton? I sort of doubt it. Oh, well, just something to think about.
by the way, I'm as yet unpublished too. But I'm going for it. here's a website www.hatrack.com/ you might be interested in. I see you like Orson Scott Card, well he has a forum for writers--like us. who want feedback. I just joined up. You might like to investigate. by the way I love your dog! and your photos. Is that your little girl, you look like sisters! all the best!