This week hasn’t been bad, especially considering how the few weeks before went. There was no new bad news to worry about, so that gave me a chance to breathe a bit and process everything from the last little while.
I was laid off from work for this past week, as well as the next, so I took the opportunity to relax a bit, get back to my work on my writing goals, and do some work around the house. The weather was nice for the most part, which meant I could get to work cleaning up outside. As usual, the backyard fence suffered some winter damage (it had already been installed, poorly, when we bought the house, and I always seem to have to fix fallen or sagging panels come spring. I should take my friend’s advice and just tear it all out and re-build it.)
I did a little more work on the kitchen, making the next set of drawer fronts for one of the base cabinets. I’m hoping to have the rest of the drawer fronts and cabinet doors done by the summer.
We got the deck cleaned up and some of the patio furniture set up. It was nice to be able to sit outside and write on the nicer days. We even managed to have our first fire of the season, cleaning up and burning some of the wood scraps that’s built up over the winter from my woodshop.
A couple of days ago was the third anniversary of my father’s passing. It was a difficult day, as my thoughts kept straying to memories of my dad throughout. I called my mom to make sure she was ok, which of course she wasn’t, but she was dealing.
Drama took a break from me this week as well, which was nice. I didn’t have any occasion to deal with the people I’ve been having issues with, so that gave me some time to put things in perspective a bit.
I did get a really nice surprise in the form of a message from a lovely friend who lives away and that I miss very much. Having her reach out was like a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day, and it did a lot to improve my mood.
I’ve been working really hard to get my health back on track, though of course there’s always more that can be done. I’ve taken a twenty-minute walk every day, and have done another twenty minutes on the elliptical machine, as well as a bit of weight training. Being off of work meant that I’m not as active as I usually am, so I made extra effort to stay active and moving.
The recipes that my wife has tried out from the website I posted in my last blog post have been working out great, of which I’m really appreciative. So far, she’s made me sugar-free ketchup, strawberry jam, apple spread, sugar-free and low carb donuts, pancakes and chocolate ice cream, and a paleo apple pie. All were great and very close to the “real thing”. Again, if you’re looking for recipes for low or no sugar and low carb alternatives to your favourite foods, I highly recommend sugarfreelondoner.com.
As far as the writing is going, I’ve really made an effort to get back to my 1000 words per day goal, and there’s only been one day this week when I fell short of that, hitting only 750 words. The draft keeps getting longer, but I’m trying not to worry about that. I figure I can edit out at least a third of it on my first pass at editing.
I have another week off from work, so I’m hoping to get much closer to finishing the first draft by the time I have to go back. I’m hoping to get quite a bit more done around the house as well, but we’ll see how that goes.
Hope you’ve all had a good week.
Novel Word Count – 167,608