From my desk: 01/21/21

Hello WordPress! I miss my blog, my interactions, my writing. I am in Florida caring for my father and stepmother. Stepmother has not been well. She finished a chemo treatment last week that has left her so very sick. We took her to the hospital today because she was vomiting, dehydrated, and her blood count has been so low. She is there for fluids and a transfusion. My father is so unhappy as he doesn’t remember all the details and is so accustomed to her being with him. For anyone who prays, please say a prayer she gets better.

I miss my daughter and my David! I miss Brody and my guinea pigs. I DON”T miss the cold northern weather! Florida has been “chilly”, only in the 60’s mostly. Better than the 20’s!

I started tutoring. The young man I am tutoring is very kind and nice. You can tell he loves his family. The planning is taking a lot of my time as I haven’t been in the classroom in almost two years and even then I was in high school and my new student is in 6th grade. The one super-wonderful part of this is I have reconnected with an old friend who is an Occupational Therapist, who I worked with many years ago, but will be working with again.

I hope to get back more to my writing. I miss the challenges and the interactions. I miss reading all the other great work of my fellow bloggers. Feel free to tag me in a post if you think it is something I would really enjoy. I feel like I am missing so much!

Thanks for following and for reading. I miss this blogging family but should be back “full-time” soon.

©2021 CBialczak

From my desk: 01/03/2021

Happy New Year!

This is the first memo from my desk for the new year and I am so happy it is finally 2021. 2020 wasn’t very good but I feel fortunate to still have a roof over my head and all my things. Yes, COVID sucks but I am ready to stop thinking about it and put COVID and Trump down a black hole of forget-tion. I don’t think that’s a word but that was the first word that popped into my head. Lol.

I am so happy to start the year blogging again. I enjoy the friends I have made with blogging and look forward to seeing their updates and celebrations, writings, and other contributions. Some day when COVID is done and people are out travelling I would love for people from other countries to come here for a visit. Yes, you can stay if I have the room! I also look forward to a little travelling. David and I are hoping to get away on a little romantic vacation in April. We will see.

Vacation won’t be until April because as of tomorrow I have a new job. I am going to be a tutor for a home-bound student from one of the local school districts. My old boss is now the Special Ed director in a town not too far from here and he heard from a mutual friend that I would be willing to do some part-time teaching. I am really looking forward to it but I am very nervous. The tutoring will be via Zoom so I don’t really know what I will be doing. Luckily, it is only about ten hours a week so I will still have time for blogging, making miniatures, and reading. I also want to do more writing.

Goodreads has a challenge where you set how many books you want to read this year. There is an old schoolmate of mine on there that pledges to read 60! You go girl! I put down 26. I don’t spend a lot of time reading and would like to increase that. There are so many good books out there. Another blogger actually has offered to let me read his books for free! I will read them and then post my reviews. I am super excited for that! His name is Martin and you can check out his blog here: https://martinjoneswriter.com/2020/12/18/the-rainbow-by-d-h-lawrence-early-twentieth-century-pride/

I presume I will be giving updates every now and again as usual. Keep me posted with all your updates and I do hope to spend time on as many blogs as possible.

Peace to you all in the new year!

From my desk 12/10/2020

Sitting here in Tampa International Airport heading back up north. Short visit to my dad and stepmom. It was a bit chilly here…

Heading home a few days early…Sold Welcome Home Miniature and when the customer received it it was in a ton of pieces! 😥 Will have to rebuild!
Cried in the nail salon when I saw the message! I was getting a Florida pedicure. All my work destroyed. Life must go on, as they say.

Sold out of most of my miniatures so this weekend and next week I may be sort of absent from blogging as I have to build…Of course, can’t not come here…this is now a natural part of my day.

Have a wonderful weekend WP family!

Christine

This photo is dedicated to Jez Braithwaite for introducing this awesome tool to me! https://jezbraithwaite.blog/

From my desk: 11/23/2020

Christine Bialczak, 2020

Today is the day that I married Bob, 24 years ago. He isn’t here to celebrate this anniversary but I know he is with me. I also believe that he sent David for me, to love me and take care of me like he did, since he is gone. A bittersweet memory of such a beautiful day.

On our Anniversary

Separated my suns, moons, and seas
Forever bonded by love and memories
Love will always be in my heart
For our time together

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

I am thankful for what I have been given, then, now, and always….

From my desk: 11/12/2020

Maybe it is coming down off of US election anxiety but I am exhausted. I don’t know if anyone else is feeling it. Maybe the time change is catching up to me. Which brings me to a question…of course I can use “the google machine” but I prefer human answers…Do other countries have daylight savings and change their clocks back and forth during the year?

My friend had her baby, his name is Calvin. I made a baby blanket to send to her and I am so excited to meet him someday. With COVID it isn’t as easy as it used to be when friends had babies…

Saturday is David’s birthday. We are planning on going to Western Massachusetts to visit the Clark Museum and Mass MoCa Museum. Any opinions of either of them? I would love to hear some input before getting there.

I have been working on renovations here at home, which has made me miss many, many writing challenges. I will have to reassess my busy-ness and add time for writing. My life is feeling empty, or maybe just my writing folder on my computer, but either way I must get back to it.

What plans do people have for the upcoming holidays? I think it will be a very strange year for us all……

Peace to you all.

From my desk: 11/05/2020

I haven’t been doing many challenges this week…I don’t know why except I have been busy (hahaha, yeah, really!).

I have been so busy writing for NaNoWriMo and their 50,000 word monthly November challenge. I figure if I want to reach that I have to write at least 1667 words a day, for the same story. It’s for writing a novel! Mine right now is YA Fiction. Right now, I just wrote “write now” (LOL) I have 7333 words done! I am so on track!

Today is my mom’s 76th heavenly birthday!

I started physical therapy for my knee yesterday. The therapist I see, Stephanie, is great but the whole place doesn’t have any appointments open until December! I am on the cancellation list but she gave me exercises to do at home until then. I haven’t seen Stephanie for almost two years, since having to go for my neck. With the psoriatic arthritis it seems that I get a lot of hang-ups but she is able to really help! I am keeping my fingers crossed that this gives me some pain relief because I already have a titanium hip, I am not ready for a titanium knee!

James, the man I found at Home Depot, to do work on the house is here for the start of all the projects. A while back I was leaving Home Depot and I saw him putting stuff in his truck. He seemed nice and the truck looked organized. Well, I hired him to take out the skylight in the upstairs bathroom, because it was leaking and the roof’s plywood was starting to rot, and he did a very nice job. So now, instead of a skylight we have a fan with a nice bright light right over the shower. I just have to repaint the ceiling to blend the “popcorn-ish” look better. Today he is starting by taking off the gutter on the front of the house to replace the facia board, which looks like swiss cheese from carpenter bees and from woodpeckers. He will check to see how much damage is behind it and fix what needs to be fixed. That will be nice because although I love the woodpeckers they sound like a jack-hammer from inside the bedroom!

I just received a shipment of miniature kits to work on for the holiday season. If you are interested in seeing any of the ones I have yet to put together just let me know and I will add a pic.

From my desk: 10/26/2020

About two weeks ago I took out my brand new, used only once, Stihl backpack leaf blower to blow the leaves on the driveway. It has to be done because the driveway is long and steep and tires slip when the leaves get wet. I won’t even talk about the snow! Anyhow, I blew the driveway, which was the second time this year, and it only took about 45 minutes. Looking at the front lawn I thought to myself, “hmmm, not too many leaves. This shouldn’t take too long.” Three hours later!!!

David bought from a neighbor last week a mulcher that you hook up to the lawn mower tractor and it vacuums up the leaves! He finally got it working last night. He took one loop around the front yard and the whole thing was full! The bin part of this could easily fit two adults sitting down! Thank goodness for this though, because I don’t know how many more times I can blow the front yard….and not all the leaves are down yet!

Peace to you all!

From my desk: 10/19/2020

I have this “thing” that all of a sudden words just randomly come to my mind.

The other day I woke up and just said: doppelganger

I can hear myself saying: diabetic ketoacidosis even when the commercials are not on for medications.

Sometimes it will be a random name…

I also have a “problem” that I don’t necessarily hear what people are saying and I am the first to tell them what it is I actually heard. Usually what I hear has absolutely nothing with whatever the person is saying.

Does anyone else do this? Is there a name for it (besides crazy)?

Anyhow, I thought I would share because sometimes I would like to share my thoughts so it would make more sense where the stuff comes from!

Peace to you all!

From my desk: 10/13/2020

First, let me apologize to all of my readers for the switching of themes…I mean like three in the past 24 hours! I just couldn’t find what I was looking for….Is that a song?

Anyhow, tomorrow I am so excited I am going on a Drive Through Safari with my Dad and Step-mother. I also get to feed the giraffes! It is near Orlando FL. I’m sure I will have tons of pictures to post.

Just recently, I applied for a Supervisor of Special Education position. I also applied for a bartending job. Ugh! I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, yeah, yeah, age means nothing in this case. I would love a job at a zoo! Those animals are so awesome. I would also love to be a famous author who goes from state to state and people line up to buy my books with an autograph inside the front cover. I would like to have a new therapy dog so I could go to schools and read with kids. COVID is really messing up a lot of plans for me (okay, for the entire world, pretty much), so I guess I should stop whining.

I am so grateful for my blog, my blogging friends, David, Lindsay, my friends at home, all of my family members, and my pets. I am truly so lucky to have all the things that I do have. Although I lost three people in the past three years, I am still so fortunate to be able to blog, smile, laugh, and do most of the things I do. I look forward to many more blog posts, comments, and tons of stuff to read!

Peace to you all!

From my desk: 10/07/2020

Apparently, when I read posts and go to links I don’t always look at the dates! Today I completed a September Word of the Day Challenge word. https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/sustain/

This morning I participated in 100 Word Wednesday from Bikurgurl but had the wrong photo…https://bikurgurl.com/2020/09/09/100-word-wednesday-165/

So…I’d like to apologize to all the hosts who put time and energy into hosting and I keep screwing them up! I get so involved in the prompts I forget sometimes to look to see when the prompt was posted. A few months back I participated in a prompt that was a few months old. I will have to be more careful.

Thank you for your time.

Peace to you all.