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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Time Has Come To Bid This Blog Goodbye

It's been a long time coming, and believe me, it's a decision that I've been second-guessing over and over again. But the truth is, I just don't have the time or energy to blog like I used to. This blog has never been any sort of a moneymaker. It always has been a labor of love. I have enjoyed the feedback from my readers, the engagement on Facebook and Twitter, but truth be told, the last couple of years I've been blogging more out of guilt for not having blogs up as regularly as usual. There hasn't been a lot of love involved.

When the writing career finally went pro, that took a tremendous amount of time and energy. I'm in the waiting period right now as my latest Young Adult novel circulates through my agent's connections, but that gives me more time to throw toward the other books I've been writing and self-publishing for years. None of this is going to give me enough money to quit the day job--but that is the long-term dream. In order to work toward that dream I have to carve out time and energy to put toward it.

Ever since I had my stroke, time and energy are at a premium and cannot be depended upon on a daily basis. The less I have to throw time and energy at, the better my life becomes. And believe me, once you damn near die, you grow a real appreciation for your quality of remaining life.

The website will remain up, and I'm wise enough to know that I'll probably pop on here every now and again when there's something in my mind that I feel I need to say. So I'll pay to keep it hosted at least through 2020 and if it turns out there are only a handful of blogs in this next year, I imagine I'll shut it down after that.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll see those pages go into hiatus. I'm not deleting them outright mainly because I have two really incredible chick-lit kind of novels in the back of my brain that I swear I am going to find time to write someday and this pen name would be ideal as a launching platform for those books. They are not happening this next year, so my social media presence as Ellie Delano is going into mothballs until that mythical day.

I want to thank all of you for taking this ride with me, for sticking with me through the hard, the lonely, the giddy, the hilarious, the little bits and pieces that make up my life and your life. The things that connect us all are the things I love the most. You've been a great audience and I couldn't have asked for better.

I wish you all nothing but the best in the coming decade.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh (Sort-Of) Christmas Tree

Tis the Season, my loves! One of the best parts of the season for me is the sheer creativity of it.  The lighting displays, the crazy Christmas socks, the hideous ugly Christmas sweaters - I love it all. And in keeping with that spirit of creativity, here's a collection of Christmas trees or wannabes - all done with flair!

We'll start small with this little fella:

You think that's small? Try bacteria in a petri dish!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Geddy, The Feline That Made Me A "Cat" Person

I grew up a "dog" girl. My family only ever had dogs. My first memory is of a childhood chihauhua, then a lovable mutt that we had to give away when we moved to the USA from England, then a daschund I adored, and finally the lovable, droopy, drooling half bloodhound/half basset hound that passed away when I was in college.

Then suddenly, three years into my collegiate career, a tiny little siamese kitty showed up on my boyfriend's doorstep one fall day. He was pressed against the brick near the door, probably seeking some warmth as it had just started getting chilly outside. We brought him in the apartment, fed him a piece of bologna, let  him walk around a bit and then shooed him outside.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Have You Ever Been Haunted By A Dream?

When David was in elementary school, I had a dream. I was walking through David's day with him, but I was seeing it as he sees it. And it was amazing! My senses were on overload through it all - every light was so much brighter, every sound so much richer (or sharper, or discordant), colors were vivid in the extreme, smells assaulted me and the slightest movements caught my eye and brought me endless fascination.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Me & Tea & My Facebook Memories

Every morning before I go to work, but after I shuttle my son out the door to catch the school bus, I have half an hour to myself.

This half-hour is precious. It's half an hour why nobody needs me to do anything--and believe me when you're the mother of a special needs child, having half an hour to yourself is a real treat and generally only comes at bedtime or in the car on my commute to and from work.

I've fallen into a pattern, and it's a nice one. I make myself a cup of tea (I've never been a coffee drinker), and I opened up Facebook to the "Memories" section. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Cool Stuff That I Never Knew About But Want A LOT

That, my friends, is a toothpaste squeezer complete with a suction mount for your mirror. Brilliance. Sheer brilliance. I've amassed a collection of great stuff that I never knew existed, so without any further ado, I'll share my showcase.

This is a Norwegian shoe dryer.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Today You Can Call Me Miss Strawberry Sunshine

Yesterday while we were shopping, my son asked if we could buy some new shampoo. I told him to pick out what he wanted and to my surprise, he came back with a bottle of strawberry scented stuff. I don't really care if he wants to smell like strawberries. Honestly, it made me smile. I washed my hair with it last night, and even though it's not nearly as nice a quality is the stuff I usually use, I'm loving it today because it brings me back to a time when strawberry shampoo was one of the things that got me through a really rough point in my life.