Keep Me Accountable – Day 18

I wanted to help start your day with a pretty sunset taken on Lake Lanier in Georgia.

Waving to my sister in law, Kari, who is celebrating a birthday today. She works near the lake and can probably enjoy a scene like this from her office. Happy Birthday, Sis!

Yesterday was a no writing day. Not because I didn’t want to write, but sometimes, business and responsibilities take over.

That’s okay. Today will be a better day. It’s back to my normal routine. Like a child, I do better when my normal routine isn’t interrupted.

I only have 12 days until my deadline day of April 30. I wanted to have the book finished and pretty much edited by then. I’d better stomp the proverbial “gas” on this one then, as my time is quickly running out!!!

Keep Me Accountable – Day 17

Monday was a beautiful, pollenated day, yet I didn’t get any additional writing done after the morning hour. But thank God for that morning hour!

(And no, this picture isn’t the lake or anywhere near my home… just a few hours south in Florida. My husband took the shot while on his fishing excursion last year. It’s a sunrise and I was in the mood to share a photo with you 🙂

Yesterday was a day full of accomplishments… It started off getting up early enough to work on the book. The rest of the morning I took care of business that had been lingering and had put off for too long. The rest of the day was standard work stuff for my employer. The evening was filled with family business.  Getting up early and starting the day with writing is what I prefer because then I am free to spend the day as I need to.

This morning, however, I’ve been fighting to wake up and plan to work midday on the book. Being up all night with two kids who are both suffering from a cold or an allergy to all that blooms wears me out.

Yet I can’t keep quiet about how excited I am about my progress. I’m further with this storyline, further in following the outline I’ve prepared, than ever before. Still, I have about 8 scenes to write to really complete this.

Eight is a liberal number. I figure I will need to expand those scenes to make the story better and slide into “THE END” mode as a baseball player slides into home plate.

Current Word Count 54,938 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As you all know, Target Word Count is 55,000 – 60,000

SO CLOSE!!!

I’m gonna make it this time and so are you! Keep plugging away!

Black Bear Cabin Rentals

Here are some pictures from our Thanksgiving Getaway!
Starting inside, the cabin had beautiful wood walls and floors.

Outside, here is a low view of the lovely cabin, clearly on the side of the mountain, but with a wonderful view of the river below.

This is a fly-fishing river and my husband brought his weighters to give it a try. The water was cold, it was in November, but it was so serene.

I loved sitting on this porch, listening to the river rush.

My daughter standing over a small ledge overlooking the river.

Here is a side view of our cabin. We had several clear, cold days there. The cabin was located a couple of miles beyond the town of Margret, Georgia. Anyone have a clue where Margret is?


If you’d be interested in renting a cabin like this, book through Black Bear Cabin Rentals. Click here for their website.

More Blairsville Georgia – October 11, 2008 Trip

I just love the landscapes up here. What a beautiful day God painted for me. A glorious day to travel!
Where do you think this road leads?

My parent’s pond… suffering from the drought and very green.

This is a cabin in front of my parent’s house. I’d love to have a place like this to just get away and hopefully write lots of entertaining Christian fiction!!! Someday….

Blairsville, Georgia Trip October 11, 2008

The weekend we headed to Blairsville was the same weekend of their annual Sorgham festival. The square was packed. A parade came through at the same time we got up the mountain. The festival was taking place at Meeks Park, but I wanted to get to my mother’s first.

I detoured somewhere near the hospital, trying to avoid the square. But the bridge was out on 76 and I couldn’t pass through. I had to turn around and head back up 129. I took a route that ultimately ended up at Mulkey Gap, which was cool, as that was closer to my parent’s home.

The scene below is one I captured on the way to Mom’s. I can’t remember the street but it was between 129 and Mulkey Gap.

Isn’t that beautiful! There’s a house perched on the hill. 129 runs in front of it. I love going north just for the scenery.

I just had to take this shot, not because I’m fond of power lines, but look at that sky and the mountains and all that farm land. We always see plenty of horses and cattle on the way to my parent’s home.

Just another breathtaking landscape I couldn’t resist. Can you believe I took this AS I was driving? No, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Yet, I’m a mom of a toddler and I’ve learned to multi-task.

Fall colors are popping out all over!

Here, my daughter waters my mother’s impatiens. The last ones of the season. I believe this was the last warm weekend we had in October

A butterfly among the impatiens.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

Beyond Dawsonville Georgia located at 4801 Highway 52 is a place I know has become a tradition for many families. Burt’s Pumpkin Farm is a place my family has gone for years, every year as the seasons turn from summer to fall. Here are some photos.

Note this very informative and important message from Management at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm:

Downey tries to push the pumpkin!

Gotta get you some deee-licious boiled peanuts!

My niece Savannah with all those pumpkins!

My nephew Landon, Downey in the background, climbing and sitting on the pumpkins.
As you can tell, the Smith’s don’t adhere to directions very well 😉

Landon and his dad Blake waiting in the looong line for the Hay ride!

And we always have to get a slushie.

Downey, Savannah & Landon’s Nana musing over the kids.

More pics to come….

July 2008, Lake Lanier

You never know what you’ll find along the banks of Lanier…

This is an old boat ramp. The dock is out so far you can’t see it in this picture. I remember swimming in this area and the water clearly covered the concrete pad near the tree line.

A cove about dry.

Here, we stopped on an island and started exploring!