Just a quick note to say that I’m desperately trying to get back into the groove on blogging. July was a tough month — I was gone for 12 days, and seemingly spent the rest of the month catching up from being gone. My email stack is MERCILESS, and I’ve been trying to knock that down before I get blogging in earnest.
I’m also playing catch-up on a couple of other fronts. Our homeowners’ assocation bought us a stack of wood to use to replace the old fence that runs along the back side of our lot. The fence is about 180 feet long, and I’ve discovered that 180 feet is a long way to go when you have to rip out old fencing, cut the new to fit, and then hammer it in! I don’t have to replace the posts — just the horizontal bars — but that’s enough. Luckily, my wife and kids are helping out a lot, but it’s burning the hours.
We’re also in the market to buy a pellet stove. It gets a little chilly here in the winter. We have a heat pump, but its efficiency goes down when the temperature goes below about 40 (Fahrenheit). We’ve got a fireplace, so we’re looking to buy a pellet stove insert that will fit in and will keep us warm. August is a good month to do that, but we’d like to get it done before September hits. And I HATE shopping. But we gotta get it done. If any of you have caveats or warnings about pellet stoves, email me privately. (No need to comment here on an off-topic subject.)
I also have to mow the lawn in the next few days. We’ve got about an acre and a half of grass-like substance that needs mowing. I haven’t mowed since before I left for the last writing conference, so it’s starting to get a little shaggy out there.
There! I actually wrote a blog today! Tomorrow, if all goes well, I’ll write a blog on WRITING. Post a comment here with some suggestions on what you’d like to talk about next. I’ve kind of lost momentum in the last few weeks, but we should be back up to full speed here in a few days.