Thursday, July 31, 2008

Worth Blogging About


Yes, I've been neglecting the blog. But really, there just hasn't been much blog-worthy going on. I wish I were like some of my blog buddies ... okay, all of my blog buddies, LOL, who can come up with interesting things to say each and every day. No one has ever accused me of being quiet, and yet... I'm clueless most days on what to blog about.

With summer vacation in full swing, and my nose to the grindstone as much as possible to keep on top of my workload, there just hasn't been much happening. My oldest son started summer school this week; don't even get me started on my feelings about this. I went to school when teachers actually taught--if a student wasn't catching on, they took a little extra time to work with them. Not anymore. (No offense to those of you out there who are teachers; my anger is directed at one particular school district. I've talked to plenty of "good" teachers about this; sadly, my son's teacher wasn't one of them. ) Now sending that student to school for two weeks in the summer is supposed to make up for it. Nothing quite like dragging an 8 year old out of bed at 7 a.m. after he's gotten used to sleeping til ten for the past month. Anyway, summer school is held at a school over near my parents, about 3-4 miles from my house. Not far, but in morning traffic, a good 15 minute commute. With gas prices the way they are, and mom and dad's house only a block from the school, it hardly makes sense to come home. School is only 90 minutes long, so by the time I get home, toss in some laundry, load up the dishwasher, etc., it's already time to head back over to get him.

Anyway, I had a point to this blog, didn't I??? Ah yes. Drum roll please. My something worth blogging about is.... my new website!! Ever visit someone's website and think wow, I wish I had a website like that! Well, it happened--and now I do. The incredibly talented Pamela Roller put it together for me. I absolutely love it. I really, really wanted to do my own webpage, but the little time I had to devote to it just wasn't enough. It's hard for me to give up on something like that, but when I saw what she could do... I just knew I had to have her do my webpage! And she didn't disappoint! It's both sides of me--the feminine "girly girl" side that likes hearts and flowers and pearls--and the old west, historical side of me that thinks things like six shooters and cowboys are way cool, LOL. I still need to update some of the information, but I'm so delighted about the way it looks!

Won't you stop by and check it out?
These pictures, btw, are of a recent outing. My "back yard" so to speak. No, I don't live right on the water (I'm still a few best sellers away from that!) but within walking distance. I was amazed at how calm these swans were --they can be quite aggressive even when they're not with a baby. But the big guy here on the left was actually taking crackers and bread right from people's hands. They were amazing -and beautiful- to watch. The sea gulls and geese were out in full force, too. It was funny to watch people trying to drive past who had to slow down to wait for the geese waddling across the road, or actually had to back up and turn around because the geese were too slow.

Home sweet home. What is it about writers and water, anyway?

4 comments:

Ashley Ladd said...

We're not rich but we live on the water - a canal, actually. Of course in Florida, it's hard to find a house not on a canal. I love the water, too - so long as no alligators swim up. So we have a fence.

Anyway...my youngest had to attend summer school this year, too. :( Hugs.

I'm going to check out your website now.

Susan Macatee said...

Beautiful pictures, Nic!
I know what you mean about writers and water. Although I live in the city, I've always dreamed of having a house by a lake. Ahhh!

But then I'd have to worry about mosquitoes!

My son's school days are long gone. The youngest is in college. But I remember him having to go to summer school for a couple of years in grade school.

Not fun at all!

Nicole McCaffrey said...

Thanks, Susan, thanks Ashley. Yes I've always dreamed of a house on the lake, too. But as I said, that's a few bestsellers away, LOL.

It helps to know others have had to do the summer school thing. I wasn't a straight-A student but I never had to go (although the dh went every year!) so I guess some of my feelings about this could stem from some bizarre sense of feeling like I failed my son, LOL.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paty Jager said...

Hey, Nic! Nice pics! I have always dreamed of a house on the Oregon Coast. I love when our RWA chapter has retreats at a beach house. But I wouldn't be able to live with all the rain and fog. I just want to live there on sunny days! LOL

Our youngest had to attend summer school to catch a class so he could graduate. He wasn't old enough to drive himself. and I had to drive him into town every day and wait for the class to finish.