A Glimpse Into my Past – Growing up in Pepperell, Ma.

Every once in a while I get into a reminiscing mode and begin thinking of how things were way back when I was young, growing up in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Back then, my hometown was small. It had a population of approximately 6,000 people. It was a town where everybody knew each other.
There is a lot of history associated with Pepperell. This history goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. We had Colonel William Prescott who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was credited with saying, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” All that history was embedded into the brains of the elementary students since fourth grade, which is probably a cause for the patriotism generally found in Pepperell residences.
Pepperell was known for their Fireman’s Musters that took place every year during August. The muster was where the firemen would have their bed races that centered on teamwork. A fireman would have to lie on a cot and wait for the sound of the horn. That was when he would have to put on his gear and race against time to connect the hoses to spray water at a target. The water was pumped through the hoses with the old fashioned hand tubs. For many years, Pepperell held the title.
While the Firemen men were competing for their town’s fire department against the other town’s department, there was food to be eaten, Barbeque chicken, lobster, and steamers with potato salad and corn on the cob. It was always held at the town field.
As part of my reminiscing, I am sharing a video that was created by a long-time resident of Pepperell. Bob Poulin put a lot of work into this slideshow video he made a few years back. Thank you, Bob, for making this slideshow. This video has provided many memories for me and many others.
Enjoy the show!

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LarksFoot Crochet Pattern – A Future Project

Every so often I come across a crochet pattern that I like. What better place to save this project than a blog post. I hate having to shuffle through magazines in search of that pattern. I do have a pile of them too.

Right now, I’m working on a Barbie Doll Bed Doll. It’s made out of crocheen and has a lot of lace. I’ve been working on it for the past few months, ever since my operation. At the time I needed something light to work on. Now that summer is almost over, I’ll be looking to get back into afghans once again. Though, I do have a quilt I’m working on too.

So much to do and not enough time.

Anyway, if your looking for a new pattern, you may perhaps try this one out. It looks fairly easy.

Robot Hotel in Japan

 

via Japan’s robot hotel opens its (automatic) doors – CNN.com.

What a trip it would be to go to a hotel run by robots. It’d be like visiting a different time period or an alternate universe. How many times have you watched a sci-fi movie and wondered what it would be like to live in that world.
I wonder what the error rate would be? Would there be humans behind the scenes making sure your vacation went smoothly?
Do you have to tip a robot? How much would you tip them?

ROW80 Check-in:

I did a bit of writing today, early this morning. About 1k worth. Not too shabby for someone who hasn’t been doing that much work on their work in progress. The rest of the time was spent doing research and gathering ideas.
My goal for tomorrow will be to write a minimum of 300 words. A paragraph or a few sentences, which ever happens, happens.
I also got a bit more done on that quilt I’m working on. I would have gotten more done had my bobbin not shelled off in the middle of the row I was working on. I’m doing one inch diagonal lines in both directions to make a diamond pattern. I do plan to post photos when its done.

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Some Plugins Just don’t make the Grade :(

WordPress dashboard interface

WordPress dashboard interface (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I guess you can’t have it all. I’ve come so far in the blogging world since I first ventured out in 2008. That is the same year that WordPress was born. It was just bare bones back then. Now look at it, over 2000+ plugins. Some of them work excellent and others are only wishful thinking.

I came across one today. It was for posting stories to your site. What a shame that it didn’t work. It was some fanfiction plugin that had real potential, that is until I tried to use it to post work in progress.

Oh well, I’m still amazed at what a lot of the plugins do. When I first started blogging, I was on MySpace. Do you remember that site? It was a great place to blog and find readers who would cheer you on while you learned the craft of writing. There were even those on that site that would give lessons in poetry.

Lots of groups too.

I was sad when they changed the site to an all music site. I’ve only been back there once or twice since, just for old memory sake. Funny how something like that can stick with you even when you can’t use it anymore as you had. FaceBook came about and we all went there instead. Some tried to blog on that site, but it just didn’t jive well.

I poked about on WordPress when it first came out, not being able to make heads nor tails of the site. I then found a website company that hosted a blog on their site. I used that for almost a year until I bought Microsoft Office 2010. That was when I discovered the ability to post direct from MO.

I did do a stint on Blogger, but I didn’t like working with their dashboard. Then I went back to WordPress, blogging at least once a week.

I began to accumulate many different sites. This past year I decided it was time to start consolidating. There was too many to choose from to post on. What better place to write than on your own domain WordPress. So I took the jump this past week.

Plugins Galore. The free WordPress doesn’t work with plugins. Or, I haven’t figured out how to get them too. But now that I’ve got a site that is hosted outside the free zone, things changed.

I’m sure I will be blogging much more now. It feels almost like how it felt on MySpace. Though I don’t have any followers on this site. Hopefully, they will come J

Works In Progress:

I’ve been out of work for almost 6 weeks due to major surgery. Four of those weeks, I barely sat behind the keyboard, it was too uncomfortable. Now I believe I’m ready to get back in the swing of things, and back to work. It wasn’t much of a vacation. All that time was spent healing.

Oh yeah, works in progress. I have a few that I’m working on. There is this one – my main one – that is about a woman who wants to be a Knight/Dame during the medieval period. It’s one of those swanky romances, to be published under my other name.

I’m also gearing up to give my Fantasy, Aaron & Keja an overhaul. The story is pretty good. I published it a few years ago, but my style and voice has changed so much. When I go to work on the third book in that series, it may not sound like the same person. This means that I will also have to re-write Witch Book too. When I do, both books will get new covers too.

So lots going on.

How about you? How has your writing been going?

Now if only Grammarly made a plugin for WordPress, blogging would be a breeze.

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