Snail mail and email lists and more

Just 2 tutoring students today–the other 2 had a sports tournament, I think. I created a personalized spelling assignment for another student, and did the usual reports and preps for my students.

I posted on My Church Journey blog. I also did a couple short edits for clients. I wrote a letter to my 4 sets of grandkids, using Microsoft Word, and made them a funny picture by using a combination of “shapes” and “clip art” from the “insert” tab. ¬†The kidlings love to get snail mail ūüôā ¬†I also sent a separate email to their parents (my 4 daughters and their men), and also to my son (who isn’t a parent yet, LOL)! Family connections are important, right?

And I got busy planning the setup for my new email list and newsletter I’ll be getting going shortly. It was a really warm, lovely afternoon, so I sat outside at our little bistro table, working on the email list stuff for a good couple hours.

And that’s my “business” for the day … then there’s all the non-business stuff, but I think I’ve written quite enough!

A pleasant mix

Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning, and went out for a lovely walkabout through the oxbows near our home. ¬†Couldn’t help snapping some photos to make a slideshow on my Penticton Pedestrian site. It really was a perfect time to see the oxbows! ¬†If you haven’t seen them yet, why not click on that link right now?

More “business stuff” today–bookkeeping, computer and paper filing, as well as answering emails for an organization I belong to. Plus two tutoring students (and preps and reports), and some editing, and helping a friend write a query letter for a children’s book she’s completed.

And that’s enough for today!

Getting carried away

getting carried awayWell, according to my new schedule, I’m supposed to do my work from Monday to Friday and then relax on the weekend. ¬†And yes, I did succeed in completing my Monday to Friday plans. ¬†But then, you know, I got a bit carried away on the weekend. ¬†The weather was beautiful, and I did outdoors things like walking along the beach and working in the garden–all good! ¬†I also took some nice outdoors pictures … and that’s where I kind of got off my determination not to “work” on the weekend.

After downloading my pictures, I just had to post some of them up on my Penticton Pedestrian blog in a “Spring at the Oxbows” post (and, of course, put up a note about it on Facebook and Google+). And then, since I was already breaking my rules, heck, why not do an edit for a sweet little gal who’s been writing a story for the BC Youth Writer’s Camp anthology? Oh, and then I was doing some journal writing sitting outside at my little bistro set, and while I was there, thought, “Hmm…. I haven’t put anything up on the My Church Journey site for a while. Since I have already typed out some old journal entries that might be appropriate for that blog, why don’t I just edit one of this while I’m sitting out here enjoying the fresh air?” So of course I did … and named it “Little White Lies.” And then, since it was so lovely outside and I didn’t have anything else planned, I thought I might as well prepare a couple more MCJ drafts for future publishing on the blog–and, well, now I have nine posts ready to go! (Don’t worry, I won’t post them all at once…).

And then I was skimming through my email–and of course totally intending NOT to do anything work-related, but then I saw that a webinar recording about email lists was just begging me to listen to it … and an article about “How to Start Blogging” was also waving madly at me, and then there were a couple really interesting links I just had to check out to articles about how some people steal other people’s books, change the names of the characters, and publish them on Amazon in their own name … ¬†But I’m proud to say that at that point, I remembered I’m not supposed to do “business” on the weekend so I went into cease-and-desist mode right then and there!

I promise … this next weekend I’ll do better. I’m not going to do anything business-related … well, okay, nothing but attend the March 8 to 10 Okanagan Valley Writers Festival! ¬†LOL!

Today (Monday), business-wise, I had two tutoring students (and follow-up reports and new lesson¬†preps,¬†plus create/write an individualized spelling lesson), two short edits, one slightly longer edit, worked on an editing contract for a new client, did my weekly update for my Writing Calendar and my Business Binder … and am now finishing up with this blog post! ¬†Relaxing work day ūüôā

Whew Week One Accomplished

Whew! I have gotten through the first week of my new schedule … and managed to pretty much stick with it! Well, except for my Friday post here, which I am doing Saturday morning. I guess I was so relieved and relaxed Friday evening, that I just sat down to watch a documentary about the Antarctic with hubby–and next thing I knew he was steering me to bed at 9 pm, as I’d pretty much fallen asleep sitting there. And then I slept in for an hour this morning. Ah well, I feel wide awake and chipper now.

Yesterday was a record-breaker for our location! 21.5 degrees Celcius on April 1! ¬†Trying to “April fool” us into thinking summer has arrived, I suspect. ¬†I did rearrange my schedule a bit to ensure I got to bask in some of that lovely sunshine, but I still got everything accomplished so it’s “all good.”

I only had one tutoring student today; the other has not yet returned to tutoring after Spring Break. And I did the usual (necessary) business things, like bookkeeping and banking, emails, and so on.

After reading the Articles That Sell book this week, I was feeling inspired to start writing freelance magazine articles again, after a rather long break. So today I wrote a memoir/historical story to submit to Archivos Magazine (of the Okanagan Archive Trust Society), and sent if off. I’ve edited for them in the past, and this past summer they invited me to submit articles as well. My first one was published in their Fall issue. I had written the first draft of this new article last summer, basing it on old photos, personal memories, and dozens of comments posted on those photos on the Summerland Memories¬†Facebook page. But being a first draft, it was far too long and rambling (kind of like these blog posts tend to be–sorry!). So yesterday I sat down, reworked it to half as long, then proofread it and chopped out a couple hundred more words. ¬†So we’ll see if it gets accepted.

The grandkids came over after school was out, and we went out for a walk along the oxbows. We had fun watching eagles, ducks, a huge goose, and even some turtles basking in the sun on a big old log. ¬†I got some great photos–I’ll be posting some of them on my Penticton Pedestrian blog.