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Sunday Update – January 9, 2022

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

A full week of January done!

First, it's so nice to have power again. We suffered through on Sunday using the generator on and off. Then we slept without the generator overnight and started it up again at 6AM so the kids could get ready for school. The electricians were here by 9:15AM and we had power restored by noon. They replaced everything that corroded inside the meter box and got us back in business. I'm glad that's over!

This week my kids had half days every day in an effort to curb the spread of covid by not eating without masks. So the kids had school in the morning and came home to eat lunch, but then no afternoon instruction. It was fine. My husband is wondering if the kids are learning ANYTHING at school anymore, but I'm not worried. They learned stuff last year in worse conditions. They'll be just fine.

I spent the week per usual. Lots of exercise and some errands to run here and there. Lulu didn't go to daycare on Monday because of a virus that hit all the dogs there. I decided it would be better for us to skip it. But she went Wednesday and Friday.

I signed the contract to be in PETS IN SPACE 7! I will be writing the next Kimura Sisters book for it, MYRA'S BIG MISTAKE.

On Friday, we closed on the beach house! Yay! It's ours now! My husband drove down there Saturday afternoon and spent the night (he's still there right now) so he could change the locks and the thermostat (so we can control it from home). We're planning a trip down there this coming weekend for the whole family.

All week I worked on editing REUNITED. That went really well and I knocked off about 10k words from it and rearranged a lot of scenes. Hoo boy, that book is a beast. All in all, it's balanced at the halfway point now, and I clarified a bunch of plot points. It made me cry again. Of course. Lol.

This week I'll be working on A FORTUNATE ACCIDENT. I have a few tweaks to make to the narrative and then I'm going straight into copy edits. I hope to have the book done in about two weeks and then it's off to my readers and proofreaders. I'm still trying to decide about whether or not to get my blurb writer to write the blurb for this book or not. I may write a temporary one.

Plenty of celebrations this week! Toasting both the beach house and me signing the contract for PETS IN SPACE 7! I can't wait to write Myra's story next. I already bounced an idea off Carysa about what I wanted to write about.

Lulu loves lying in the sun. It's too bad we've had a lot of gray days lately. She also wants to play or snuggle in next to me.

Working on my temperature blanket. Every day, I do the row for the previous day after the temperature shows up on Accuweather. It's easy enough to do while watching TV.

Scenes from the power outage. No dishwasher meant I had to wash dishes by hand and then I worked by candlelight.

My progress on REUNITED. I wish I could have cut more from this book, BUT a lot of significant stuff happens! So in the end, I managed to pick up the pace on the book, deleted a few scenes that weren't needed, and rearrange several chapters (combining scenes in chapters, too).

I've been cutting back on sweets and baked goods after a gluttonous holiday and replacing them with either decaf coffee with splenda and half and half or roasted grain beverages like this Pero that I got from Amazon. I used to drink Postum with my grandmother all the time. But Postum was sold to a new manufacturer about 8 years ago and it just doesn't taste the same anymore and turns into a brick after a while. So I'm trying Pero and Inka instead. I love these drinks. Low in calories and tasty. Very similar to coffee.

Have a great week everyone! Stay safe and healthy.

S. J. Pajonas