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Let it Bee or Are They Wasps?

 

Edit-These are looking more like wasps. If so…bye bye viscous wasps. Sorry, we are clearly speciesists.

Look at what we have in our yard.

It’s a bee. A beehive actually.  Last week when Greg was mowing the yard he was mowing right along, and then the bees attacked. Poor guy was stung at least seven times.

We didn’t know we had a hive. After the attack we both looked for one, but couldn’t find it. Granted, Greg was less than excited about going to look for them at that point.

We kind of thought maybe the hive was in the neighbor’s yard and one was visiting our modest garden. And once one stung the others followed.  It’s kind of amazing anything is growing at all with how freakin’ hot it’s been. High 90’s with heat indexes in the 120’s. Bleck. But we have had our share of tropical rain. That’s why the grass is so tall.

I have no idea who’s going to mow back there now that we found the hive. In the above picture you can see the thin stick right in the front. That is the hive. It’s in the ground, presumably in a hollowed out root of our pecan tree. We like bees. We wouldn’t dream of getting rid of them. But we may end up with a forest. Cause I’m not going near them with the mower.

Full body bee suit anyone?

Here is a clean shot of the entrance. From the back window of the house we can watch them fly out of the hive and over to the garden. It’s kind of cool. Minus the bee stings of course. Yikes.

Impossible goals

Do you set yourself impossible goals? I do. Every damn day.

On one hand, I think it’s great I have goals and I set them usually just out of my reach, so I’ll keep pushing myself to get there. Then other days, like today, when I look around at all the things I was supposed to finish yesterday and didn’t and all the things on my mental list today, all I want to do is cry.

But that’s just silly. There isn’t anything to cry about, other than feeling overwhelmed. Instead, I surfed around the internet and decided it was time to change my banner to match my book cover and spent thirty minutes working on that, instead of opening the current file that needs to be edited. BTW, let me just say I have used up my lifetime allotment of “she looked” or “she felt” in this one manuscript. Thank you Word for  the “find” feature.

This month is especially bad because I have a deadline to get this ms done and off to my editor. Plus, I have Bead and Button coming up at the beginning of June and I need to really get moving on stocking that table and to top it off I ran a sale in the Etsy store. Which was a huge success and I wouldn’t dare dream of complaining about that. I’m thrilled. But it means, Bead and Button stock has taken a major back seat while I get the orders done.

So, my goals in addition to usual stuff- business emails, listings, shipping, working out, finding time to shower (especially important after work out), remember to eat, and pay attention to when the dogs need to go out- are:

Edit two chapters a day (until I open the first one and find out it is 5000 words and needs some serious revising and cutting).

Get at least three orders done and/or torch for at least four hours. And try to make something new to list…somewhere, Ebay Etsy, whatever (that hasn’t happened in a week, so I relist stock I have hanging around).

Bead and Button hasn’t gotten any attention for eight days.

So, how is this going? Well, I edited one chapter each on Saturday and Sunday and I haven’t managed to fill three orders a day, though I did torch for fours hours each day.

I guess I always think I am going to get stuff done faster than I can actually do it. Impossible goals.

Harry Potter?

I missed the release of the newest Harry Potter DVD. In fact I walked right by it in Walmart last week and my hubby said, “Hey, don’t you want that?”  And what did I say? Nothing.  I just kept walking.  At the time I just kept  thinking, huh? Which one is it? So when hubby reminded me it was The Half-Blood Prince, I even had a hard time remembering how the movie went.

That is just…sad.

I have read all the books numerous times.  Huge fan.  HUGE!

But the later movies, not so much.  We saw it in the movie theater and it’s all coming back to me now. I think I almost fell asleep during the first hour.  Is the movie that bad? Or is it just me?  Maybe I’ve read the books so many times the movie does nothing but bore me.  The books don’t though, I could read them all (and probably will, lets face it), a hundred more times .  I think it’s the movie.

I bet I still buy it for the collection one of these days in a moment of weakness. I wonder if I’ll ever watch it again.

On that note, I am being taken to see New Moon on Thursday.  I didn’t even know it was still in theaters.  While I wasn’t going to go see it, I’m sure I’ll find something (like a shirtless were-wolf) to entertain me for the few hours I am out with my girlfriends. Since Twilight definitely hasn’t made it into the DVD collection, I think we can rest assured I won’t feel obligated to buy New Moon. Unless the shirtless scenes are too good to pass up. (Oh now I feel dirty…Taylor Lautner was born the year I graduated high school. Wish I hadn’t looked)

It never fails...

When I take a week off, all sales stop.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whining or even complaining.  I’m just stating things as they are.  Business actually held strong the week through Christmas and right up to New years.  We were even on vacation from Christmas to New Years.  But all our new auctions and new listings just aren’t new anymore and all those relists just don’t seem to be cutting it.

I know, I know.  You don’t have to tell me it’s right after the holidays and people are broke and just getting back in the swing of things.  I know all this.  We’ve been at this full time for five years.  The thing is, it doesn’t matter when we take vacation.  Every time, the week we get back, things are deader than my poorly executed garden. Just another reinforcement in my beliefs that to make it selling glass beads and marbles, you have to keep putting out new stuff.  New listings, new shiny objects for people to browse.  That’s what keeps the green rolling in.

Happy New Year!

This is what’s going on in my world today:

It’s cold here in Louisiana–shush all you people in the snow. I moved here for warm temps, not forty-degree freezing arctic B.S. Okay, maybe not freezing, but when one is used to seventy degree weather, forty is just not okay.  Even my dog is cold.  I didn’t position him that way.  Hubby called me into the living room after finding the little one wrapped up.  Yep, it’s that cold.

The holiday’s were great.  We spent them in California, with family, where we encountered some twenty degree weather.  Seriously.  Okay, so northern California near Sacramento, but still…  Anyway, it was really great to just hang out with everyone.  I was pleasantly surprised to come home and find a bunch of orders. And even more surprised that I whipped them all out in a few days.  So that leaves me all caught up and ready to get busy on stock for the Tucson Best Bead show for early February.  Woot! I’m excited.

Stop by if you can.  I’ll have Greg with me for once.

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