The Journal, Sunday, 12/25

Hey Folks,

Merry Christmas, everyone, and whatever you believe Him to be, God’s blessings on all of you.

Topic: Blessings

(in part, copied from a friend’s post on the Internet)

I am thankful for my blessings:

For the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight,
because she is home with me, and not out with someone else.

For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes
because it means she is at home, not on the streets.

For the taxes I pay
because it means I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party
because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snugly
because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work
because it means I am out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government
because it means we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill
because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church who sings off key
because it means I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing
because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means I am alive.

And finally, for too many e-mails
because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

And from me, personally, I am thankful for those who serve and enable all of the above, and for all of you, my friends and acquaintances. I am blessed by your presence.

Of Interest

A brief Christmas wish at Dean’s at 12/24/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/122416-daily/).

Today’s Writing

Nothing today. Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 360 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 360

Writing of “”

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 21254
Total fiction words for the year………… 700948
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12800
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 270700

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 971648

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)
Day 7…… 36 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+60)
Day 8…… 00 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+25)
Day 9…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 343 (+28)
Day 10… 37 pages. Total to date…… 380 (+30)
Day 11… 00 pages. Total to date…… 380 (-5)
Day 12… 87 pages. Total to date…… 467 (+47)
Day 13… 00 pages. Total to date…… 467 (+12)

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Hi Folks,

Note: This post was originally scheduled for 12/24/2013. It didn’t post to MailChimp, so I’m posting it again now. Besides, it’s kind’a timeless. A little pre-Christmas fun. Enjoy.

Well, here we are.

We’ve made another approximate revolution around the big yellow ball of fiery gas and come full circle to that time of the year when humans are expected to be giddily happy. And true to form, most of them are, bless their hearts. (Those of you who hail from Texas or have visited Texas and paid attention will understand.)

Anywho, according to those who know me well, I should be expecting a visit from three ghosts a little later today/tonight, so I’d better spit this out while I’m thinkin’ about it: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And I mean it.

Unlike my Uncle Ebby, I don’t think you should ignore or avoid all the merriment if that’s the sort of thing you like.

Anyway, that’s my wish for you (yeah, just as if it’s original to me, eh?), but it’s not automatic and it’s not what’s necessarily gonna come true. So if you care at all, work at it, a’right?

In the meantime, my personal toast to you and yours:

May your days be vibrant, your evenings calm, your heart safe and warm at home.

‘Til next time, happy writing.

Harvey