Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  It's here in just a few days.  I'm going to spend the day with my kids.  It should be fun.  It is a fun time of year.  My kids had an early Christmas with their grandparents yesterday.  So today Jake has been eating mashed potato and ham leftovers.  And he breaked for eating some cookies with the chocolate kisses.  He ate them all and was going to go for the raspberry ones that aren't gluten free.

Devil.  I enjoyed a morning visiting with a friend I hadn't seen in a while.  It was fun to sit and talk with her over a cup of coffee.

I've been excited this month to see an increase in my book sales.  I've sold six books this month which is the most I've ever sold in a month.  It's not a ton of money of course but still it's exciting to see my books selling a little bit.  I've sold several of my poetry books, a cookbook and was excited to see the first sale of The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy.

By which I should get back to writing more to the second book.  I had pumped the second book up to 140 pages roughly over the summer and stopped.  Over the last few months I've been pumping out the poetry books to publish.  Seems like I can publish them quicker.

I only go to about 70 pages a poem a page with a photograph and then when it's ready, I publish.  I've got about 7 poetry books published now.  Thirteen books total published with Kindle Direct Publishing.

It's the one thing I have control over.  I can publish as much as I want.  I can't control it if I can't find a new job.  There's just not much out there.  I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to do in six years when my alimony stops and if I don't have a job by then.  I at that point can qualify for disability benefits and am thinking I may move to Maine to live with my Dad and help him as he gets older.

I'm a worrier.  The worst thing that could happen is I become homeless, but my family say that's not an option.  I feel comforted that I could stay with my Dad and help out.  I've been weeding out things I don't need which feels great.

I hated to part with some of my kids baby toys and their children's books but it was time to let go of that stuff.  A neighbor took it and it's going to kids who don't have much.  I kept a few of their favorite toys like a wooden rattle and a musical clock and a pair of baby booties.

I took pictures of the baby booties with some silk flowers and a stuffed animal bear in a shadow box.  It's going to go into my poetry book along with one of the poems.  I've been taking lots of photographs to go with the poems.

I also parted with some of my barbies I had collected.  I've kept my favorites in case I ever draw them.  I have a few reproductions of the fifties barbies, a Tammy doll (after Sandra Dee), Princess Leia, Rose from Titanic, and of course one of Bella Swan.  I will never part with the Bella Swan doll.

And I love my Ellowyne Wilde doll I have left.  Even if I was ever to become homeless I would carry those two dolls with me and BunBun.  I don't think I will have to worry about that though.

I wrote a few poems about that.  One night a week ago I couldn't sleep and was thinking of my options in six years.  I had forgotten to take my medicine and couldn't sleep.  Some of it is supposed to help me sleep.  So I was up and got writing.  I got writing one as I was looking at my picture of Christina.  The one that Andrew Wyeth painted of her out in the field looking at the home.

And I got myself some lemon zinger tea.  So at 2am or 3am I was writing some poems.

I wrote a few yesterday, but also made myself knit.  I hadn't knitted in a while.  I've been writing the poems.  I've had some days when I've written about 35 or more poems and then I get a day where I don't write much.

I hand write them first in a notebook and then type them out.  I got putting some flowers on my handwriting for some pictures.  I've been treating myself to roses this month and last month.  Now they are all dried.  They make awesome covers for the poetry books.

I was taking some pictures of the flowers in the grocery store but got reprimanded for taking pictures so can't do that anymore.  Darn it, I'm forced to buy them.  The girl wanted me to delete them but I didn't.  Told a lie and said I would delete them.  I'm sure she knew I wouldn't.

My feeling was hey, I'm buying something in the grocery store but they didn't want me taking pictures.  Oh well.

I treated myself to go see Mockingjay and The Hobbit this weekend.  Both were good movies.  I still think I liked Lord of the Rings better and I didn't like this Hunger Games as much as the first two.  I will go see the last one next year.

I know I will be seeing the new Star Wars movie next Christmas!  And I've been hearing rumors there is to be Midnight Sun next year, the new Twilight movie.

That will remain to be seen.  I've heard they've been filming it.  It's supposed to be more about Jacob and Renesmee.  Although, there still is no Midnight Sun book from Stephanie Meyer.  Last I knew she had been writing it a few years ago and her first draft leaked out and she stopped writing it.  I'm still waiting to see what new book she comes out with.

I recently paid to read some Twilight stories from other writers.  They must give Stephanie some of the proceeds from those sales.  Seeing as they are based on her books.  One of the books is a parody and the other is Nessie's story.  I've been reading it and it's okay.

I purchased the Twilight books on my Kindle for PC as I want to read them again.  And last night I treated myself to watching the first Twilight movie again.  Tonight's movie?  New Moon!!!!!

Yesterday, I found myself knitting up a few doll clothes.  I made a skirt for one doll and a shawl or two for another one.  Seeing as I don't have many kid toys left, at least I will have some barbies, dolls and doll clothing.  Someday I will have grandchildren.  It's just in the far off distance for now.

I should dig up my baby books of the kids with their footprints in it.  They could go in some photos for the poems.  Maybe that would call for some more store bought roses.

I think I am done weeding out my apt for a while.  Someone got a lovely wooden bench and a nice comforter.  Seeing as the baby toys were out of it, I decided to lug it outside my apt and I knew it would be gone when I got back from the kids house.

Someone's going to love my vanity someday.  It will go to my kids first and if they don't want it, someone in my building will take it.  It's a gorgeous antique and I know I won't be bringing furniture with me to my Dad's.  Just my clothing and the things I use.  He would probably get a kick out of my mannequins.  Ha ha.  I will make sure I bring the things I photograph.  I've written some poems about the mannequins.

Well, I will part for now.  I've got some poems to type up into the next poetry book.  I think I left it at 27 pages so it's got a little way to go before I can get it ready to publish.  Maybe within a week I can have this one ready to publish.  Of course I haven't even put my photos in yet.  That takes a little time to figure out where to put them.

I should photograph all my drawings sometime soon too so I can start adding them to some of the poetry books.

Another thing I should be thinking of is finishing my other books, the second book to the trilogy and some of the other novels I started.  I should just make myself.  I hate it though when I get a little bit of writer's block.  I start to think I've got nothing to write about.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted December 22, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving yesterday.  I did but it ended up not very fun.  I had been dating someone for roughly a month, he moved in and I kicked him out then I gave him one more chance.  He lost that chance last night and I kicked him out this morning.  He had decided to go out drinking and I told him if he started drinking again, I would kick him out.  Very short lived and he started drinking immediately.

I couldn't deal with an alcoholic and someone questioning the relationship all the time so for both reasons, he got kicked out for good today.  I got sick and tired of him.  Got sick and tired of him reading me all wrong.  Very poor perception.

And he started lying to me.  I had discovered a missing wine glass and asked him about it.  At first he didn't know anything about it.  Then he admitted he broke it and then later on he said he left it in the snow.  Very unpredictable.

Anyway, today is better that he's out of my life.

I was excited recently that I sold three to four of my books with Kindle.  That was cool to see.  I've got some Countdown promotions going for all the books and was able to sell two of the cookbooks.

I've been writing lots of poetry and pumping out the poetry books.  I sold two of my poetry books shortly after publishing them.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted November 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I went to work today and got bad news that I lost my job, so now it's back to the grind of looking for a new job.  I was bummed and decided to get some comfort food today.  Including a brownie mix that i made at the kids house.

I may just take a little time for me.  Not a long time, but just time to catch a break and do a few things.  Knit and write.  I've got to do some more writing.

Good news was that recently I sold two of my knitting patterns on Etsy and over the last few days I sold two books on Kindle.  That one was really cool to see.  I had first sold Knitted Coffee Cozies earlier and told my sister n law.  She said she would download it.

Today I went to look and see if my sister n law bought the same book and saw another book was purchased by someone else.  It wasn't the knitting book that my sister n law said she would download.  I sold The Craft of Writing.

That was cool.  That means that both times the books sold, it was getting a little advertisement.  Like people who bought this book bought these titles as well.  I'm not sure how long it gets advertised for but I'm sure it gets a little exposure.

I should go back to the second book of the trilogy.  I left it at 127 pages and got writer's block.  Kind of needed to pick up where I left off and figure out what should happen next.

Anyway, I will start to apply to more jobs but just need some time.

And maybe time to watch some movies.  Including Twilight saga.  Not that I've seen that one enough but I can never get enough of Twilight.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted October 23, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall is here

It's hard to believe that fall is here.  Seemed like we only had a short summer.  Oh well.  I just came back earlier this week from a much needed trip to Maine to visit family.  My nieces and nephew had a fun birthday party.

We hiked a small mountain, Bradbury Park on Saturday and later enjoyed chinese takeout.  It had a steep incline and I wasn't used to hiking.  I haven't been in years.  But anyhoot, it was a very short hike up.  Like I said, a small mountain.  Our walk back was easier as it was basically a walking trail.

I haven't been writing on this blog as much now that I have my job, but I will try to write at it once in a while.

My kids have started school and my oldest has moved into the dorms out in Washington state.  He's been out there for a little over a week and has already found his way around and has a big new friend group in the dorms.  He's loving it and doesn't miss Vermont.  Sad.  I miss him.  He misses us too of course but is having too much fun being on his own.

I may have to make a trip out there sometime when I can save up some money for a plane trip.  Not sure when but I think I ought to do it sometime.

I've been knitting more.  I finished one skirt and am starting another one.  The one I am doing now will take longer to do as it's on tiny needles and the yarn is sport weight.  It's a pink and camel striped one.

I had fun following my kids and my ex back from Maine.  Of course we took different exits at the end and I had to keep going to mine.

I've got a sore back now as one of my daughters jumped on my back yesterday.  It surprised me.

I'm liking my new job and have been there for well over a month.  We had a fellow worker decide to quit on us and he didn't give any notice.  But I'm hoping I get some of his hours next week.  That would be cool.

It's nice here today and am not looking forward to winter. Not fun to look forward to.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted September 24, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm enjoying my new job.  I've been there just about four weeks now.  I probably am an old pro at the majority of it now.  I am still learning where everything goes.

The thing we have to watch out for is for people stealing from the store.  Why do people do this is beyond me and I think it is sad that they feel they need to steal.

It's a hot spot for stealing and we have security on so many things.  I never knew until I started working here that things like razors and tide have to be security tagged.  I've only been here for a little bit and already have caught a kid stealing men's cologne and several women who have walked out with something in their purse.

We can't check their purse of course but we can tell them that they are not welcome back in the store.  Really sad that people resort to illegal ways of obtaining something they want or need when most people use their honesty and decency to pay with their hard earned cash.

Anyway, liking the new job and I will try to post on my blog as I can find the time.

I've been spending these last few days with my oldest child before he heads off to Washington state for college next week.  It's going to be hard not missing him once he is out there.  It will also be a big change for his sisters and brother not having him around as much.

But he is excited to go out west and be on his own.

I've been doing some Christmas shopping!  I'm hoping to make a trip to Maine next month for my neices and nephew's birthday party and their Christmas stuff will be dropped off at that point.

I've been doing a bit of knitting.  I finished a yellow scarf for Julia and am working on a red and black skirt for me and a dishcloth.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted August 27, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

I'm not sure how often I will post here now.  I've just gotten a new job and don't know how busy I will be.  I'm going to be working at Family Dollar and I start on Wednesday for training.  I'm so excited.  I was so excited to find out I got the job last week.

It's going to be a whole new thing  And I'm sure it will be fun.  I'm already thinking of little things I can eat on my break.  I went out and bought a bunch of oatmeal bars for break time. Dug up my little lunchbox for small stuff.

I will have to start seeing my kids on my days off and I'm thinking about starting to date again too.  I will take that one slow.  I will enjoy coffee dates and pizza dates.

And I've been sewing.  I will still have time to do my hobbies and write when I can get a chance.  I hit another writers block a few weeks ago after I got the story caught up with all the things I wanted to get into the second book.  Now I have to think about where the story is headed next.

Not too much else right now.  I'm cutting more circles for those yo yo's.  One daughter's blanket is done.  She just wanted it doll size.  The other daughter wants her's bigger.  And I may just have to make one for me that is larger.  I've got enough circles to make several I'm sure.

jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted August 4, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I got up to 116 pages into the second book of my trilogy.  I will see how I do writing this weekend.  It felt good to get those pages in.  It kind of got some of the things written I hadn't done in the first book.  Things I didn't want to reveal in the first book start to come out in the second one.

I'm not sure how the second book is going to play out yet.  I've got to think of new things that will have to wait to play out in book three.  I'm thinking I will kill someone off in book two but am not sure who yet.

I've got to decide who it will be.  There's a bad character that it could be but I don't know if I want her to linger into book three.  It may be too soon to kill her off.

My son had his birthday yesterday and it was nice.  He seemed kind of overwhelmed and didn't know what to think.  He is the one with Downs and his birthday has always been a small one.  Maybe felt it was weird celebrating his day.  He kept saying weird after.  I will see him this afternoon and see how he is doing today.

He will probably be wearing one of his new shirts.  He got a baseball shirt for the Vermont Baseball team.  He loves the mascot, Champ.

We had carrot cake.  I got some cool pictures.

Jennifer Fay
Copyrighted July 24, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

I made myself write over the weekend and it was great to get back into it.  I handwrote 128 pages to book two of The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy.  Or series.  Depends on how long I decide to write it for.    It's getting good.

I should keep writing it while waiting for a job and maybe I will finish it.  I forgot how fun it is to write it.  Today I need to type it up.

So this post will be short.  Webroot keeps popping up today.  It's expired and the message keeps cropping up.  Pain in the neck.

I did go see Tammy this last Friday and I was a little disappointed.  It was watchable once but almost not worth the money.  It wasn't really funny.  I would say it wasn't Susan Sarandon's best acting.  It was okay.  Several people left in the middle of the movie.

I'm back at my kids house.  They had a vacation in Maine camping and are back.  So now I am visiting.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted July 21, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's hard to believe July is more than half over.  I've been having a nice summer with my kids and even though I've been trying to find a job, maybe this is the way it should be for this summer that I don't find a job just yet.

I was pointed out that it may be a special summer for me and my kids before my oldest goes off to college in the fall.  And maybe fall time will be my better luck for finding a job.  Hopefully.  It's been hard not having one and only being able to call places to see if there is a chance they are hiring.

I'm faced with being an older adult against the college kids.  Not that I'm old but I'm not a young kid out of high school.

Today, was a bit of travelling for me.  I'm at my kids house for today and am going to miss them for a long weekend as they are headed to Maine for a camping trip.  I think that I may take in a movie and treat myself to Tammy.  I heard it was really funny.

I treated myself to a sausage biscuit today and got to talk with one of my son's friends who works at MacDonald's.

I'm going to work some more on a blue knitted scarf.  Boucle yarn.  It's probably halfway done and I checked with my daughter to see if she would want it.  It would be an extra scarf for her.

I've got my next knitting project lined up.  I'm thinking of a pink skirt for me made out of some lightweight rayon yarn.

I'm praying that next summer I have a job that is going to take up my time.  I need to find something and it's hard when it's taking so long to find something.

I'm doing some more drawing as well.  In a sketchbook primarily making paper doll heads.  Just sketches for the most part.

My cats left me a wet hairball surprise a few nights ago.  I got up to get them their early morning food and when I got back in the bed I felt something wet.  Turning on the light I knew what it was immediately.  Better the sheets than on the carpet.  It's harder to get it out of the carpet.

I do not know which cat is doing it but one of them is guilty as hell.

My other son has a birthday next week.  And on Monday I got treated to a double feature of Harry Potter the last two parts of it.  Deathly Hallows.

That was a fun day.

Enjoying my summer with my kids.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted July 16, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer seems to just fly by.  Here we are almost half way into July.  I've been having my fan on and don't care if the cost is a little more with the electricity.  When it's hot and muggy I want to be cool.

I had to fast this morning to have bloodwork done.  It was hard not to have my coffee!  I ended up having the coffee put into a carafe and brought it to my kids house.  So after bloodwork was done you can bet I was drinking coffee.  And I treated myself to a sausage biscuit.  MacDonald's grease today.

I've got one girl on MineCraft with her cousin.  They video chat each other and that way they can see each other when they are two states away.

My oldest has started to plan his trip out to Washington state for college.  He showed me the plan earlier this week.  He's got a few stays at some relatives houses and some campground destinations.

It's going to be hard once he goes out, I'm going to hardly see him.  My other son will have a hard time with him gone.  He will have to be calling my kids too.

I've finished knitting scarves with a certain color and now am working on one in blue.  I also took some time out to do some drawing.

Of course I've been spending time on looking for jobs.  What a pain in the neck searching.  There's not a lot out there.  All I feel I can do at this point is keep calling and hoping.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Talking about hot and muggy!!!  Ugh!!!  Even the fans don't relieve us too much.  They certainly help but man it's uncomfortable.

I went into my son's room and it's so hot in there.  One of my daughters is wearing a long sleeve shirt!  We even fired up my cake pop maker to make some cake pop donuts.  Go figure.  The last of the birthday cake disappeared.

My girls had a nice birthday party last weekend and I ended up staying over to get to spend more time with my family.  I had my sister, my dad and her kids visiting.  It made for a nice time.  Part of the party was down at the neighborhood pool so there was some relief from the hot weather.

I got lots of pictures.  I haven't yet uploaded them to my computer.  I still have them in my camera and when I go to bed at night I bring the camera in and flip through the pictures.  I will eventually have to erase them off the memory card but not yet.

The basement is cool thank god.

Still no luck with finding a job but at least I have an interview tomorrow.  I'm hoping something ends up coming my way but I don't know when.  I think when I get home I'm going to really try to get cooled down.  Water!

I hear that new movie, Tammy is coming out this weekend.  I saw a preview for it last weekend and when i saw the main character I knew she looked familiar.  Then I realized it's Melissa MacCarthy.  It should be really funny and I may have to get it when it goes onto DVD.  Kathy Bates, Dan Ackroyd and Susan Sarandon are in it too.

It's the first movie in a while that I really would like to see sometime.

My girls and their friends watched the Conjouring on part of their birthday party.  Then they played the clapping hide and seek game from the movie.  Good times.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted July 2, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Another good day and we are into summer now.  Doesn't quite feel like summer weather though.  Here in Vermont we are having a cool weather spurt.  Some mornings you want to put on your housecoat or a light cover up.

It just doesn't always get super hot.  Although tomorrow we are supposed to have humid weather.  I got to my kids house today and my son had just gotten back from his camping trip.  They had a time getting back as his roof rack broke and the kayaks went flying.  Sounds like not a very fun time.

He likes his new job.  And I am praying I get a part time job.  I'm supposed to get a call back from them either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.  It's a fashion store and I'm hoping I get it as I've been having a hard time finding something and I just want something.

It would give me something to do and break up my time a little bit.  Anxiously waiting a phone call and do not know if I have it yet.  If I get it, I will still try to blog but it may be sporadic.  I will be balancing my time between a job and seeing my kids and other things.

I was pleasantly surprised by a newborn knitted hat sale today and will be visiting the post office tomorrow to mail it to her.  That was cool to see.

Now I may be tempted to go to the grocery store and put a container of orange juice in my refridgerator.  I shouldn't as it's a sugar overdose and I'm diabetic but I may not be able to resist.  Don't you hate it when your fridge gets bare?

Yesterday, I was hard up and made some popcorn and had nothing to drink later on but water.  But water is really supposed to be best for you.

I'm working on a knitted scarf brown for my daughter and am going to make the same color for my other daughter.  I'm going to wait a few years before I give them to them as I don't want to see them thrown out.  When they are old enough they will appreciate it more.

I listen to Star 92.9 and Mike and Mary in the morning.  This morning they were discussing what is good for burns.  Usually they pick a topic up for discussion and I listen to people calling in with their advice.  Aloe gel was the most important tip I would say!

Jake has started his summer school and just got back.  He always goes every summer.  Because he has downs it is important that he keeps up the school focus so he doesn't lose all of it over the summer.

I spent some time this morning cleaning up my photos in my HTC tablet and on my IPOD.  After a while I've accumulated a lot of photos and didn't need them all.  I had an overdose of my cats.  And on the tablet, I deleted the majority of the photos as I've already uploaded them to the laptop and my zipdrives and didn't want to have to upload them a second time.  

I'm going to try to keep it to new photos and after uploading them will delete them off the tablet.

Well, hmmm....

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted June 22, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer is just about here.  My son graduated last Saturday and it went really well.  Of course the one thing that surprised me is we left early.  My son is in the F in the alphabet so we watched him get his diploma.  Then my ex, my brother and his wife, and the other people in our party got up.  I was like where are you going?

We were leaving.  He wanted to beat the traffic.  It was packed with over 300 students.  Here I was thinking we were staying to watch them all get their diplomas and we were leaving.

Sean saw us get up but didn't know we were leaving.  He thought we were just trying to get a better angle.  So, needless to say he was waiting for us afterwards till he realized we had left.

We got group shots back at the house later and made him put his cap and gown back on for it.  I kept looking through my pictures in the last few days.

We had a nice time and I had a nice visit with my brother and his wife.  That night before I slept over and slept in my girl's room and they took the floor.  I dreamed of littlest pet shops in my daughter's bed.  Go figure.  Weird dream.  Fell asleep to the sound of her fish tank.

Before we went to bed, we watched half of the Conjouring.  There was a bedtime curfew for the girls so we didn't watch it all.  That happens when you start the movie late.

Yesterday, I was at their house again well, the library first and I got a call while I was there from Mollyanne wanting me to take them swimming.  I was half thinking it may be a woman calling me back about a job but it was her.

So, I ended up going early to their house and we drove down the road to their neighborhood pool.  My girls were the older ones there.  There was a bunch of younger kids there.  Mother's with small babies and grade school kids.

I have remembered this time to pack my bathingsuit just in case I want to go swimming.  It wasn't planned so I hadn't brought it.

Later, I spent time on Etsy which is where I will be hanging out after this post.

I have to reapply to Walmart.  I hadn't done it correctly and I have to apply again and take their assessment test.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another day at the library.  I've been busy in the forums and creating treasuries.  My views have increased dramatically after creating treasuries and my stuff is being favorited.  Wish it meant more sales.

But I did get a paper doll set sale yesterday so I shouldn't complain.  Not enough to make a big dent but it helps.

It's cool in here.  I should have brought a cover up.  Here I'm dressing for summer and the library is air conditioned.

My son is going to find out if he has a job today I think.  I've figured he will find one before I can but I'll keep trying.  Eventually there will be something.

Fall is coming too and the college kids will need to quit and go to school.  I'm hoping my son can go to college this year.  It will boil down to if he can qualify for the loans or not.  I hope so.

His graduation is almost here and my girls are getting excited for having me sleeping in their room for the night.  They've been video chatting in Google Hangout with their cousins.  I got treated to that yesterday and could see the cousins in their bedroom playing.  A few states away.

Mollyanne had me sit on the floor for a little bit and put a halo on me, horns, a clown hat and other little gadgets.

Fun fun fun.

Well, I'm off to make a few more treasuries and then going home to knit.  I'm working on leggings right now.  Something other than coffee cozies.  I've built up a lot of coffee cozies but seem to have lots of small balls of yarn that I can only make coffee cozies with.

But I've got larger cone yarn to make a bunch of leggings.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted June 10, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Another sunny day and what do I do?  I'm in the library.  It's cool in here.  Not too many more Saturdays and they are going to be closed on Saturdays for the summer.  Bummer.

Next Saturday is my son's graduation.  He got done school a few days ago and now just waits for graduation day.  He already has applied to a local job and I'm going to assume he will probably have better luck than I am having.

I've been dreaming of food and must be thinking of what there may be for special foods on graduation day.  Hum...   But was dreaming of lots of food.  Which there will not be, but there should be some festivities of the day.

I already know what I am wearing.  It will be something nice and cool as it's going to be hot in there with all those people.

I've been hanging out at Etsy of course.  I finally learned how to make treasuries.  That's making them of other people's items and it helps me too as I gain exposure and get more views and favorites.  And maybe hoping for a sale as well.

It's been three weeks since my last sale and I'm patiently waiting for the next one.  I pumped the items up to 92 and will stop at 100.

I played Brand New Key on You Tube for my girls.  Mollyanne wanted to hear it again yesterday.  She was in a singing mood and was singing some songs from chorus.  Then she wanted to hear me sing to Brand New Key.  Afterwards she played the karoke version where the music plays and I have to sing it by myself.

I've been knitting some more coffee cozies.  You would just imagine I have built up quite a pile now.  I'm thinking at some point I may make some leggings to include on Etsy closer to fall time.  That would be a change.

I've got a ton of yarn to work with and can keep mixing up the colors for the coffee cozies.

I had a phone interview yesterday from a radio station out west about my first mystery, Black Roses.  I almost wasn't going to do the interview and then I changed my mind and went through with the ten minute phone interview.  I could figure out how to download it onto here, but probably won't.

My girls got a hold of my phone yesterday and started texting their cousin.  Before I realized it, my sister was calling and both girls got to talk to her.  And I got my turn later.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted June 7, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer isn't officially here yet, but the need for the fans have begun.  I had to turn mine on for the last few days. Yesterday was quite muggy until we had thundershowers.

Don't you love listening to the rain coming down?  It was pelting down hard for a while.  So I knew that pub customers nearby would not be sitting outside on their patio furniture.  I live in downtown and am nearby the action.  I even get treated to live bands from the nearby pub as I can hear it from my apt.  They usually sound pretty good.

I'm hanging out at the library again and am making use of my time before going to my kids house.  I probably ticked off a business I've been calling once a week or a little longer about jobs and there isn't a cashier position available yet.  He claims he will call me when there's one available, but as a person looking I have to feel I need to call back periodically to see if there is anything.  These places don't always call you back like they say they do and I don't want to pass up a possible job.

I applied to a different job and I'm not calling back as I don't think I'm qualified.  I don't know how to use a forklift and it sounds like a man's job.

Sometimes you just know when you don't think you will qualify for something.

I've been knitting more coffee cozies and soon I plan to go to the Etsy forums to start posting.

Do you feel like you wake up early sometimes?  My cats get me up early to be fed, then I go back to bed for a little bit.  I usually get myself up by six am as I want coffee.  I ended up more like 5:30am this morning or a little later.  I was wide awake and sometimes you just can only lie awake in bed for so long before you know you can't do it any longer.

So, I have had my coffee and plan on another cup at my kids house.  My son wondered why I can drink coffee on a hot day.  Funny huh?  Us adults just need our coffee.  And that cup at my kids house is like sitting with a drink.  It's relaxing to drink it while I'm talking with my oldest.

I'm hoping he gets to go to college.  It's going to determine whether or not he can qualify for the loans and if not, he's waiting a year.  I hope he gets to go.

He has one more day of school tomorrow and he is officially done and waits for the graduation day.  I've already got my dress picked out and can hardly wait.

We've got a new fashion store coming soon to my area so there's another place I'm hoping to get into.  Times are tough and I'm playing the waiting game and applying for what is out there which isn't a whole hell of a lot.

Jennifer Jo.. Fay

Copyrighted June 5, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

What defines the day for you.  Do you like it when you get things done or does it bother you when not everything gets done right away?

Sometimes I don't like it when not everything gets done but then I have to look on the bright side that perhaps it was for a reason that I wasn't always able to tackle everything that needed tending to.

The weekends are great for relaxing so if I don't always get everything taken care of I will take a moment or two to vedge out.

I treated myself to listening to Melanie Safka yesterday and had to replay it a few times.  What a voice.  I realized that she was a teenager when I was a baby.  During the year of Woodstock, I was one year old.

I'm a seventies child but the flower power era went into the seventies so it grew on us.  I'm remembering Brand New Key from my childhood days.  Mom used to have her Melanie record out and I do remember hearing Brand New Key and Ruby Tuesday.

I learned of some of her other songs later last year.  Miley Cyrus sang to Look What they've done to my Song Ma.

Well, today is cool.  I have made some coffee cozies and plan to go to Etsy to the forums in a little bit.  I was online filling out applications.  There's just not a lot out there.  But I won't give up.  Eventually something will turn up.

Sometimes do you wonder if places are discriminating?  Sometimes they tend to go for the college kid before the older adult.  Just saying.  You never know and all these places nowadays have their pick and choice out of many applicants.  It makes it hard for a person to even find something.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted June 2, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I decided to post the commission drawings on my Etsy as well.  There people will be able to email me the photograph.  And they will pay through Etsy for the drawing and the shipping.

It's another cold day here.  I'm wishing I had grabbed my sweater.  I've got a long sleeve shirt, but should have grabbed it.  I'm haunting the local library near my kids house.  My oldest called me to tell me he would be home later as he has a half day.

It dawned on me that he has probably had the morning to himself and goes in later.  Took me a little bit to figure that out.  So, now I'm killing time.  Will hang out at the ETsy forums.

Thinking of dreams, I had another kind of weird one.  I was moving things into a room and in part of my dream I saw two broken doll cribs.  In my dream, my Mother appeared at one point to say we'll fix it.  Now, upon waking, the doll crib I had is long gone.

I had put it out on the side of the road last fall when I didn't want to move it to a new place.

It's funny how we dream of things.  My Mother has been dead for years but sometimes she appears in my dreams as if she is still alive.


I decided to treat myself to a few slices of cheese pizza on the way down.  Yum.

I've been knitting some more coffee cozies.  You would think I have enough by now, but I'm just going to keep knitting them.  I'm at 70 items on my Etsy and don't want to put it too much higher.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's past Memorial Day and we have a cloudy rainy day.  But at least it's not cold.  Although I'm dressed for the cold weather today with a long sleeve shirt and even my sweater.  I'm in the library killing some time.

I passed on a job where I would be making sandwiches along with cashiering.  I would have taken it if it was just cashier but I don't think I'm cut out for fast food kind of stuff.  Anyhow.  Something eventually will turn up.

I got my three ads going on Craigslist yesterday.  Commission drawings, fancy photography services.  Oh, I probably said that.  The one I may not have mentioned was my Maid from Heaven cleaning service.  I have put it out there that I will clean people's houses for them.

I did this two three years back and got two jobs out of it.  It was fun and the money was good.  So, for any of those people who don't want to clean their kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms, I will do it!  I'll clean their ovens!

I'm hoping to get a few calls for that.  I'm really hoping too that I can get some commissioned drawings to do.  Even if it's just a few, that would be cool to see.

I got treated to a yummy nacho snack last night before leaving the kids house.  My ex had made nachos with jalapeno on them.  I had a few and boy were they good. I stayed away from the ones with too many jalapenos.  That was a nice little treat.

My daughter has been busy painting some of her LPS pet shop characters.  And the other daughter has been enjoying Sims games on her laptop.  My son, Jake was watching The Office and the oldest was on his desktop.

I've got my kids on my fancy photography website.  I normally don't post my kids, but where this is to get photography jobs, I've got them on the website as examples of people shots.  I did a wedding also, but am uncomfortable putting those on as it's from someone's wedding and technically you should get permission to do so.

I had some funny dreams last night.  Isn't it funny when we have them!  I dreamed I had a baby and it was resting on a shelf playing with my chimes that I no longer have and I don't even think I ever had the chimes I saw in my dream.  Then the baby was a grown kid.  With muscles and everything.  Like all of a sudden and someone was taking it to the hospital to see why it had grown so rapidly.  And the head popped off like a barbie doll.

Then another part of my dream, I was looking into a bag and saw all these chocolates and fire nuts and was thinking where did these come from?  In the dream my ex mother n law said they were hers.

And I hid a container of little sausages in a drawer.

Weird dreams.

Well, I think I'm going to go hop on Pinterest for a little bit.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted May 26, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I'm at my kids house today and am enjoying myself.  I did a drawing of my daughter yesterday.  It came out really good.
I'm brushing up in hopes of doing drawings for people.  I created two new websites here.  One for photography services and the other for drawing services.    if this doesn't work try

I would love to do drawings from your photos.  I charge $30 which includes shipping the drawing to you and you get a lovely 8 1/2 x 11 drawing.  I will take really good care of your photographs and if you aren't completely satisfied I will refund.

Mail photos to:
Jennifer Jo Fay
26 North Main St. Apt 403
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Make checks out to Jennifer Fay

I'm trying to make a little of my own money and really would love to do drawings for you.  I've been looking for a job, but there's been no luck so far.  There's not a lot out there.  But, I am really talented and it would be great to be able to have commissiondrawings take off or my photography for people.

I will charge $35 for international orders for drawings.

I love drawing.  I love just being creative.  Father's day is coming up and it would be a special gift to give him a drawing of one of his children.  Or any occasion really.  A special gift of someone special for someone would look great on anyone's wall.

I've got all the other details on the websites.

Right now my son is watching the Office and I'm ready to visit the forums in Etsy.  I got another follower and more people have favorited my shop.

I will be fast and efficient in sending you your drawing.  Thank-you for any help in getting some services from me.  It would be great help to get a few orders.

Jennifer Jo Fay
Copyrighted May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The other night I went to The Night of the Arts and it was very fun.  There were snacks and then everyone watched a variety show of songs, poetry and other types of art.  It was very enjoyable.  I said to a friend maybe next year I would attempt to get up on stage and sing something.  Patsy Cline!

But, I could change my mind.  And they wanted me to have a table for my art and knitting.  I just didn't act on it but I did go.

As of late, I am being a regular at Etsy on the forums.  My views are climbing.  I've been getting an average of 600 or more a week.  It definitely helps to visit the forums.  No sales yet, but they said sometimes by visiting the forums, the sales will come.  Hoping.

I have over 60 items there now.  I do not want to get a lot more items until I can be selling more items.  But maybe 80 would be my limit.

It seems there's always people posting in the forums.

I saw my kids yesterday and had a good time.  Visited their local library so I had more internet time.  That was cool.  Today, I am utilizing the MacDonalds and my local library internet while I am not at their house.  I'm going to use my local library more on the days I don't see my kids.

Sorry for no titles here.  Something is wrong with the page and it won't let me post a title.  Odd.

My youngest was busy sewing a bed for her pet shops and I went into her room to see what she was doing.  Also saw that she's got guppies.  She has gold fish as well, but all her guppies were new to me.

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend.  I'm visiting my kids on Memorial Day!

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted May 23, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My daughter is playing with the tunes on my phone.  Too funny.  She did some old recordings of us.  She's goofing.  She made it sound like someone was calling and she was just playing my ringtone to fool me.

Once again, I am being a regular on Etsy.  I've been visiting the forums and getting more views to my shop.  I lowered my shipping prices on my coffee cozies and some other items.  And I added a few new coffee cozies.

I've been making more of the coffee cozies.  I'm enjoying a day with my kids.  I've got my son's graduation coming up and it's going to be a fun time with some of my family visiting.

I've been doing a tiny bit of journaling but not much.  I should do more.

I did decide to sit down and read my book on Ellen Degeneres.  It was good and also a quick read.  I probably had it done in about four hours.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted May 21, 2014

Making it short today going back to Etsy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

It was a good weekend.  I enjoyed Sunday listening and singing to my music.  I turned off my radio for a little bit and played my CDs.  Simon and Garfunkel, Patsy Cline, a few songs from Titanic, The Sound of Music, Twilight and a few others.

I had called my Dad a few nights ago and made his Saturday night.  We got talking music as he had just listened to his Simon and Garfunkel.  We started reciting the songs and before you know it I'm singing verses to songs as we rattle them off.  Of course he likes Here's to You Mrs. Robinson because it has a verse on Joe DiMaggio!  I started mentioning Melanie Safka and sang Brand New Key to him.  He starts talking about Look What they've done to my Song Ma and I belt out that verse and start laughing!

He started talking about putting his Hungry Man dinner in the microwave and opening the door and guess what happened he says!  I could read his mind and knew he dropped it on the floor before he could tell me.  He has to hold things with two hands now as he drops things.  So much for the Hungry Man dinner of course!

That could potentially be some broken mugs I'm going to guess.  He's got enough to break I know that!  The shelf above his sink is filled with them.  They're all lined up.  There's one of my Mom and her cousin and I hope that one doesn't ever break.

I've been knitting more coffee cozies and I made myself do a little bit of writing yesterday.  Not the novels, but just journal writing.  I haven't gotten back into the next book of the trilogy yet.  It's partly written a few chapters.

I am discouraged by the no sales in Amazon, but that shouldn't stop me from writing.  I know the books will wait for me when I am ready to write some more.  Just taking some time away from it.

I did make two sales within a few weeks on the coffee cozies at Etsy and would love for it to pick up.  My most recent customer just gave me a good review which was very cool.  I am getting a little more action with my Etsy than with Amazon.

I like going to the forums and answering other sellers questiONS.  You do need to be active.  I'm promoting my knitted items on Pinterest after I list them and my FB page and Twitter.  I've got to stop listing on Etsy for a little bit as I have about 60 items now and want to leave it at that for a little bit.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted May 19, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Don't you love it when we have days to ourselves.  We sometimes need to be places but when we don't have to be anywhere, it's also nice.

I do love spending time with my kids.   I get into a nice routine there and I love being with them.

Today, was great to get stitches out of my leg.  And I've gone and done birthday shopping for my kids.  That's always a fun thing to do.  I love coming out with savings as well.

Not that I wanted to shop for winter but I couldn't pass up a few pairs of tights marked way down to about two dollars.  Then I got a coupon so one pair was practically free.  Yay.

Now, I've been cleaning up my items for sale with Etsy.  I changed my shipping prices on a bunch of smaller items to save money and hopefully get more customers.  It would be great to be able to sell a lot of coffee cozies.

Today is going to be a knitting day as well.  I enjoy knitting.  I'm working on starting the next knitting ebook.

Maybe I will call it Coffee Cozies or More Coffee Cozies.

I'm spending time at the library today.  I've got time to kill before my kids get home from school.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted May 15, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Yay!  I got another book published on Kindle Publishing.  It should be available for sale tomorrow.  Actually, I think you can buy them before  they go live as well.  But definitely once it is live, they are ready for purchase.

I went in and enrolled my other books and that one with Kindle Matchbook also along with Kindle Select.

I finally got some action with a few of the books.  A friend purchased Vermont Soups and Pasta Recipes from my home to yours.  And I was glad she could see my pictures fine.  I was hoping that she could and she saw them all.  Thank god for easy formatting.

The other book, Memories of Mom, Family Recipes from a Beautiful life, got borrowed in the lending library.  That was cool to see that too.  I'm not seeing a lot of sales yet, but it is still early and maybe it will pick up.

So now I have six books for sale on Kindle.

The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy:  Book One
Vermont Soups and Pasta from my home to yours
Memories of Mom, Family Recipes from a Beautiful Life
The Craft of Writing
Red Ribbons
Knitted Coffee Cozies

Maybe I should work on a second coffee cozy book next.  Those are fun to do and quick.  And I'm knitting up a coffee cozy storm!  I've got a bunch of them for sale on Etsy.

I keep hoping that perhaps one of the books just takes off.  One can only hope.  I think the hard thing is that Amazon is a hard industry to break into.  One has to also consider one lucky if their book can break into the market.

Truth be told, it only takes one book to hit the jackpot.  But we seem to try hard at it and perhaps only make a small dent.

I would like to make that small dent and not just a crack.

Or the little spot.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted May 12, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Well, I've been busy knitting lots of coffee cozies.  Fun.  Fun.  Fun.  I finally knitted some hearts and sewed one on some of the coffee cozies.  So it creates a little pocket.  I took a few pictures with a dollar bill in the pocket, for sale on etsy.

I'm listing a bunch of the coffee cozies and going to see if I can make some more sales.  I was surprised I sold a coffee cozy last week.

I'm thinking I may try making some yo yo coffee cozies too and see what those look like.

Today is close to mother's day and I am seeing my mother's day card on their counter!!  I treated myself to a heaping gob of mushroom pizza to get the cash back so I could stuff a dollar bill into my coffee cozies.

My girls and I are going to eat a yummy comfort food supper.  I love to make egg noodles and then throw in cream of chicken.  It's an easy fix.  I find I will eat it warm or cold.

It's funny how I will start to eat something and one of my girls will see it and want some.  Stuffing or mashed potatoes with corn thrown in.

I'm loving etsy has added an extra feature which will now allow us to upload a digital file.  Which means I can now sell my knitted patterns on etsy as well as Ravelry.  I'm thinking I could try a few of my pretty flower pictures too.  They get them after their payment is confirmed on Etsy.

Well, not too much else.  I'm going to gross out my girls and show them what my stitches on my leg look like.  Had a mole removed and some skin taken out.  They wanted to see what it looked like.  Today is gross out day.  I'm sure it's healing fine.  I was glad I caught it and got it taken care of.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted May 8, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

A spring day that feels like a rainy dreary day can still be a good day.  For me, it was going to my Paypal and getting surprised by an Etsy order.  Someone bought one of my coffee cozies.  Hmmm... maybe I should try to list a few more coffee cozies and hope for the best.

Etsy does definitely take time to build up your customers.  I've only had three sales so far and within a time gap.  It doesn't happen overnight, that's for sure.

And I've still been reading my mystery books.  I'm liking Tess Gerritsen books.  I've read all the Tami Hoag books and will have to wait for her new ones to come out.

I'm at my kids house and I see that my magnolia tree I planted there is in blossom.  It's a white one.  I'm going out to catch some photos of my daughter.  She's doing a video for her LPS characters.

She's got a good amount of You Tube followers.  She likes to do lots of videos.

I've got a case of writer's block and will just come back to it when I am ready to.  I worked hard to get the books published and now it's break time.

I'm more than half way done reading, Silent Girl by Gerritson.

Jennifer Jo Fay

Copyrighted May 2, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

What propels you forward when you aren't sure what to do?  Do you just go with the flow or does it have to be an agenda that is form fitting to your needs?

Today, what propelled me forward was getting a new hair cut.  I loved that I could just walk outside my apt and be on the main street.  I only had to walk a few stores up and be at the salon.  Let's just say, I got a good ten inches off!  My hair was getting quite long and was so due for a cut.  

She chopped the bottom layer really fast just not wanting to comb it out and I told her to go above shoulder length.

It feels so much more easy to take care of now and is lightweight for summer.  Sometimes we just need one thing to make our day perfect.

My kids got a surprise today with Mom's short new do.  I had to tell them about the time I got it cut really short and had it dyed black.  I was working in a college library many years ago.  Some people from California came in and asked if we wanted to audition for a hair cut on stage.

I was one of the ones who decided to follow through and be a part of it.  My two friends and my sister cancelled out of it.  I was then one of the girls in the show.  We had to act like models and these hairdressers from California cut and dyed our hair on stage.  We had to practice the walk and then right in the middle of the stage I could hear him ripping my hair.  That was definitely the shortest I ever went.

I loved it for a while, but then one day a month later, a cashier in a drugstore thought I was a boy.  That ended that hair cut and my dyed hair really quick.  I've never gone to short hair like that again.

Above shoulder length will give it time for it to grow out.  I tend to wait a bit before getting a new cut.

Another thing, watch what you do on internet.  Don't you hate it when you go to a certain site, it sends you somewhere else and you start getting calls from people thinking you wanted to further your education.  No, not interested.

A treat for me and my kids today were some cherry pies.  Yummy.

Little treats.  One son had me watching Spiderman today.  He's my movie boy.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted April 25, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

What you make of your time is up to you.  You can either sit on your laurels or stand up and get what it is you need to get done.  And many of us have so many things we need to do.

Isn't it the way that the agenda keeps going all the time.  It always seems like there's things that need doing.

We either can let the world pass us by or we can make a stand and not let things get in the way of what we feel we need to do.

Every day can either be a challenge or a walk in the park.  Nobody likes to have to do things we don't want to do but sometimes it makes us stronger.

There's always going to be obstacles and we have to learn to face them.

Dealing with things we don't want to have to face is what we need to do.  Going at them full force.  Trying to adapt to anything is key to making things successful in even the smallest tasks.

Get involved with things.  Join a class, go to the library.  Make use of your local public places.

Treat yourself sometimes.   We can't never treat ourselves.  I treated myself to a few slices of cheese pizza from my local gas station and boy were they good.  I don't do it often so it's a treat when I treat myself to that kind of thing.  I get addicted to Andy Capps too and today I didn't finish the bag, so my girls got a cheddar treat.  And another daughter got a soda from MacDonalds.

Little treats get remembered.  Like their grandfather used to dole out sticks of gum to my kids.  Probably still does.  Little things like that get etched into their memory.  Sometimes I weed out my things and pass things onto my girls.

One daughter got a gothic rose ring today.

Finding time for ourselves makes us feel better.  Even if it's just a little bit, that's all that matters that you found some time to do something you like to do.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

We got teased on Monday by lovely weather and now we're back to colder weather.  We even had snow a few days ago.  Yuck!

So what do you do when this happens?  Read a book, or do anything you like to do to pass your time.

Here we've got the Maple Festival on it's way next week.  It will be interesting to see what the traffic is going to be like.

I made a mistake on an author's name.  Patricia Cornwell's Body Farm was what I read.  I had called her Barbara by accident.

I've been reading through Tami Hoag's books and pretty soon, I will have no more of her books to read.  I've got about five left to read and then will need to wait for her new one to come out.  Her newest is set to be out around August of this year.  It's based on a character that came out of one of her other books.  Dana Nolan, a reporter who got abducted by a serial killer.  Sounds like she is the main character in her newest book.

She has certain characters that make appearances in other books.  Like some of the detectives and cops reprise their roles in newer books.

I think there are a few books that I have already read of hers that I don't want to borrow from the library as I'm sure I read them.

I will have to go to a new author pretty soon.  Maybe Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts writes as her too), or another author.

I'm experiencing writer's block.  I will come back to mine of course, but am just taking time out to read for a little while.  I think it could be I exhausted myself writing and publishing, I want a break for a little bit.

Thank-God Kindle is free to do, so I"m not out any money for doing the ebooks.  And so far zilch, money wise.  I wish I could see some sales.  Definitely a hard market to break into.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted April 18, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Take advantage of these warm days.  My daughter and I took a nice walk around her neighborhood today.  It was windy but it was warm.

It's nice to see people out and about.  Mothers talking while little kids are on their bikes.  Other people out walking.  This is the time to relish in the little things that Mother Nature brings our way.

Another time, I should bring my camera.

I love outdoor shots of my kids. And when you've got them all together tell them to get together for group shots.  Awesome.

The weather is great.  My daughter was doing jumprope again but this time I refrained from jumping.

This is the time to get things done when you can.  Or do whatever you want to do.  Time for hobbies or other cool things.

I finished reading a Barbara Cornwell book.  The Body Farm.  It was a good book.  Now I'm reading Guilty as Sin by Tami Hoag.

And I made myself write a new chapter to one of my books.  Added a recipe into one of the cookbooks.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted April 13, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sometimes we need to take breaks and do other things.  We can't always focus on everything we have been accomplishing.

I'm taking time to do some much needed reading.  I formatted and published Red Ribbons my short mystery eBook.  Now I've been reading.

I finished Tami Hoag's Ashes to Ashes, read through James Patterson's Private and now am going to finish another Tami Hoag book.

I wrote some to my second book to The Glorious Money Tree, another book and Lolita Lob it off and decided to take a break from writing for a short bit.

Do you sometimes think there will be nothing to write about?  Sometimes we just need a few days to do other things.

Sometimes we just draw a blank and get that old writer's block.  I love to read mysteries.  It had been a while since I had read any.  I need to do some constructive stuff and reading is it.

My favorite Tami Hoag books are Deeper than the Dead and Secrets to the Grave.  They are sequels to each other.  I have a copy of Secrets to the Grave and may decide to read it again sometime.  I came across Deeper than the Dead at Goodwill but decided not to get it this time.

Do you ever like to read books for a second time?  It's like revisiting something that you have read before and maybe you just long to read them again for the sake it was a really good book.

I treated my kids to a shake and a McChicken today and those went down well.  One of my daughters talked about how it's not good to eat it all the time and I couldn't agree with her more.  All that grease isn't good for the body.

What do you like to do with your free time?  It's fun just to relax sometimes.  I love doing that with my kids.  A few days ago, my other daughter pulled out a jump rope and I actually jump roped.  I hadn't done that in years.  Then I had fun jump roping faster.

It brings me back to when I used to play jumprope outside for longer periods of time.  And double dutch.  We used to have the really long jumpropes.  I'm remembering two big jumpropes.

Jennifer JO. Fay

Copyrighted April 12, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy:  Book One is available for sale at Amazon.  I've got it at 4.99.  I also published Vermont Soups and Pasta from my Home to Yours.  That's also available there at 4.99.

Today I am going to be publishing Memories of Mom, Family Recipes from a Beautiful Life.  That will be 4.99 as well and should be available on Amazon by sometime tomorrow.  And I'm publishing a short eBook on the craft of writing which I'm going to format and publish today.  Where that one is shorter, I am putting that one at 3.99.  It's called The Craft of Writing.

I'm glad I was able to post the other blog post today.  I had written it last week and my publish button wasn't showing up.  Today I found another way to publish it.  I can go directly into all my posts and check mark the one I want to publish.  But it is maddening not to be able to push my orange publish button.  I think it's because I have too many tool bars and it's not showing up enough for me to click and publish.

Oh well.  I'm working on an old mystery novel I had started several years back called Red Ribbons.  That is now on it's way to getting done and I may be able to format and publish that one soon.  It's a sequel to Black Roses which I published three years ago.

I had half of it typed into my microsoft word and never typed the rest of the handwritten pages.  So, that's what I've been working on over this last weekend is getting that one back to where it needed to be and then I've been writing new chapters for that one and refreshing my memory on the novel.

After that one is done, I foresee myself working on Book Two of The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy.  And possibly at some point a third book to the mystery series.  My third book will probably be called Butterfly Tattoos.

It's funny how suddenly I'm publishing and formatting a bunch of books.  It's ones I had partly done and I finally finished them.

I've set the knitting aside for a bit.  I still knit for a little bit in the morning and then I make myself type.  That's what I should be doing anyway.  There's more of a possibility of me making money from the writing than the knitting.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyright April 7, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Finally, I'm getting ready to format and am going to go with the basic formatting with Amazon.  It's basic formatting for my novel and I was told to just upload and hope for the best.  I'm going that route as I'm not familiar with html.

Can hardly wait.  I'm either going to get the book published today or Friday.  I also got busy over this week working on the soup book and now am into the recipe book of my Mothers.  The soup one is done and I'm going to work on the cover and get that one published soon too.  Once I get them published I will let you know when they are available.  Maybe I will be able to get the code and copy and paste into here for the books.

I've been busy with the one on my Mother, first getting the meals in and now I am working on the best course.  The DESSERTS!!!!

I'm working on a tube headband, which I've set aside to work on these other projects.  Maybe a knitting ebook in the works too.  I compiled my Ravelry patterns into one file and may get a small ebook together on some of those.  Including the skirt I did and the bobble shawl.

It's a matter of figuring out what to do next.  First things first.  Get the book published.  It was over the weekend when I finally decided it was done.  I got to the last chapter and said to myself, this is the finish.  It's not as many pages as I hoped for, but in my mind, it's done and I will be ready to dive into book two of The Glorious Money Tree Trilogy.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted April 2, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fun things come in small packages.  Like a Mint Chocolate M &M 's candy package.  I splurged today and ended up eating half of the bag and split the rest with my girls. I'm guilty of loving dark chocolate.  And my daughter, Julia is going to use the wrapper as a skirt for The Littlest Pet Shop characters in her videos.  Too funny.  Hence, the reason for buying the candy.

I love a full fridge as well.  Don't you love it when you can stock up the fridge and the pantry with good food.  I tend to do one big trip and then go back for little necessities.

And my car is a happy oiled car today.  Thank god.  Got to have a good running car.

Well, I was able to get my novel up to 334 pages and next this weekend will be to push it further.

Going to be short today as my daughter is going to need her cord back.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted March 28, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another Cold Day

It's been a little warmer, but it still seemed cold going out to the car in the early morning.  A good sign is that Spring is around the corner even though officially it is already Spring.

Vermont weather really tanks.  Don't we all wish the snow would melt just like that and be gone!!!  I was able to get more hand written pages done, and felt that I got about 41 pages.

Next to type it up.  The thing to do is keep at it.

That goes with anything we set our minds to doing.  Keep doing what we are doing and we will get there.

I visited my local library today and hadn't done that in a little bit.  It's the one near my kids house and I hadn't needed to go.  However, today I had some time to kill before going to my kids house and I decided to just sit there and read my book.  Edit.  Or more like read it today.

It's so large, I just sort of got editing some of the chapters and flying through other chapters, not wanting to linger too long.

I will have to make myself linger as I'm sure all the chapters need fixing and tweaking.  Like with one of the adult characters I decided to leave out certain information about him as later on in the story I changed that little bit of information about him and it wasn't now relevant to the story.

I think a good writer needs to always be able to edit when need be.  It makes for a better story.    You can't just write the first draft to something and say that's going to be the way it's got to be.

Going into something we all know that change is a good thing.  Like getting rid of the snow and looking forward to cut grass!!!  Brown grass first and then the good green.

Warm weather please for breakfast, lunch and supper!!!  Just wait until summer when we can hardly wait for the weather to get cooler.  We can't win.  It's either way too cold or way too hot!!  What are we going to do?

It's got to be the change of seasons that keeps us going.  Like my Mom, I always like the four seasons.  I couldn't imagine living in Florida where it just doesn't get cold that much.  I need a change and I'm a four seasons girl.

Not that we always welcome change.  Sometimes change can be a bad thing, but any how, we should go with it and try to adapt to anything.  That's life for you.

I'm onto smaller things with the knitting, finally.  I'm doing a super quicky scarf that is kind of cool.  It's a cool buttonhole pattern with some fun fur at the edges.  It's so close to being done.  It's a quick thing.

Well, should get going.  I've got to get some patterns into my Ravelry.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted March 25, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Formatting and other things

I learned something new about formatting for which it pumped up my book to 310 pages instead of 265.  I figured out that the font has to be a basic one like, Arial, Times New Roman or Garamond and the size should be 12.  I was using 11 which made for more words on the page.

Most e-books are that size. I've been reading Publish It, by Adam I forget his last name.  Ha ha.  It's a good book, reads well seems easy to figure out.  Verses I started to read a different book and the whole formatting process in it has me confused.  More on an intellect computer geek level.

Kindle pictures cannot be more than 127 KB.  Just a few tidbits that seemed useful.  I know you can have your word docs formatted at Amazon, but it comes with a warning it may not be the perfect ebook.  I'm wondering if mine may pass though as I don't copy and paste from lots of different files.  It is all done in one file.

Who knows.  I don't know the logistics of html.  But, I'm willing to give it a stab and learn some.

Next to get my knitting pdfs uploaded to Ravelry.  I finished that skirt pattern and a headband one for sale with Ravelry.  The headband is a bobble one.  For which next headband pattern I create will not have bobbles because I've done enough of them for the time being.

Hoping for more sales.  I noticed one girl had her older headband pattern right in the front and am guessing she must pay for an ad to have her stuff run right in the beginning of the new patterns section.

I had a request for a McChicken from my daughter.  She gave me her money and I have delivered.  Ha ha.  Good thing Mom wasn't hankering for one too or I could have hmmm.... gobbled it before she got to have it.  Just kidding.  I wouldn't eat the girls special sandwich.

When you see a penny on the ground, do you pick it up even if it's tails?  Tails is supposed to be bad luck if you believe in that superstition.  Although, a penny is a penny.  An extra coin or two into one of my daughter's money jars.

I've had mixed feelings on that.  Sometimes if I've seen it's tails, I don't pick it up and other times, I don't care.

I'm going to knit up a mindless stockinette stitch headband next.  Sometimes I like simple as well.  It makes for faster knitting.  Bobbles do take extra time, but do have a really pretty result.

I also went into The Glorious Money Tree and cleaned up my chapter breaks.  It seems this is cumbersome as every time you go to edit your chapters, it moves the chapter title into another spot.

And I cropped a few of the cover illustrations and practiced what my title text will look like.

I may decide to pull it into another photo software and do some more to it.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted March 21, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Hump Day

Wednesday hump day half way to the weekend.  And what do we have done?  Half of what we want to accomplish this week hopefully, right?

I was able to finish my skirt from my own pattern and I should later on type up the pattern and get it ready for sale with Ravelry.  I needed to get my larger knitting projects done so I can whip up smaller headband patterns and get more patterns for sale on my Ravelry store.

Today is a day to spend with my kids so this one is going to be short.  I've got to learn how to format my novel when it's done.  You can spend money to have someone else do it, but the few places I discovered do it for you it costs about $60 for 180 pages and I'm shooting for 450 pages.

Means I will have to learn.  It seems harder than it looks.  Notjohns guide to Kindle Publishing should be really helpful and I was referred to downloading free software called Sigil which will turn html into an e-pub.  Still seems daunting but will learn.

Yesterday, I got caught up with typing the new chapters to The Glorious Money Tree and the hours got caught away with me.  It's a good thing I looked at my phone as I had to be somewhere and I had ten minutes to spare.  Yet, I made it on time.  Luckily I didn't have to go too far!

I had to save it where I left off and then later spent another hour typing the rest.  Now that the skirt is done, I will maybe get some more hand written chapters in today.  The skirt's last leg of the pattern took a long time to do.  I added a ruffle which meant a large increase in the stitches!  And a long bind off, but well worth the cool effect.

Anyhow, time to go and enjoy my kids!

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted March 19, 2014

My Twilight Saga collection:  And a drawing I did of Bella Swan.  And the Bella Swan Eclipse hat pattern I made.  I probably should wear it.  Oh, my Black Roses mystery novel is sandwiched in there!

Monday, March 17, 2014

When we get closer to goals

Don't you love it when you find yourself getting closer to your goals?  It's a good feeling to know that you have gotten yourself one step closer to things you are working towards.

Of course we get the delays and it doesn't always seem like we are going to get there any faster.  It is nice to know when something gets closer to completion.

I was able to push my handwriting over the weekend and got about 35-36 written pages done.  It felt really good to be able to write all of that and now I've got to do the typing which will push the book to 275 pages.  I'm going to push my next goal of getting The Glorious Money Tree to the 300 page mark.

It gets a little closer every time I write.  I felt like I was able to push the James Patterson goal of getting 4-5 hours of writing in.  If only I could push myself to do that every day!!

I think we have to approach the table of as long as we get a certain amount done each day, the project gets closer all the time.

Another thing I was glad to complete over the weekend was my cover.  I finally finished the cover art.  So what I have to do next is get my pictures of it uploaded and finalize what the cover is going to look like with a border and the title part.

It's been a long process writing a novel this large.  It is time consuming but well worth it.  I think any project can be so rewarding if we stick to goals and see that something comes to a completion we are satisfied with.  It's all worth it in the end.

Jennifer Jo. Fay

Copyrighted March 17, 2014