Two Steps Back – Splash

No, I didn’t walk backwards into a pond (that would be cold now!). But that’s what’s been going on this week. My husband tiled our kitchen backsplash wall this week, one of many little tasks we didn’t want to pay the builder to do. I helped a little. It’s glass tile, so will be easy to clean. I’m very happy with how it turned out!

We got our first snowfall of the winter earlier this week, very early for this area! We’re not complaining, because it was still a good ten degrees warmer than Ohio (and any little bit is good), and the roads were clear. Even better, enough people stayed in that it was a very good day for me to go to the DMV to get my Tennessee driver license. Normally there is at least a two-hour wait; I got right in.

I don’t mind snow when it’s this pretty… and only stays for a couple of days.

We also had our first power failure last night. Luckily, my husband had just made a fire, so we were warm. The power was only out for about an hour and a half. One of the neighbors walked out to the street and found that there had been a wreck–someone took out a telephone pole, and the electric cables were in the street. Luckily there were no major injuries and the power company had everything fixed quickly. The fire kept the house warm enough that the heat didn’t even come on with the lights.

What I’ve Been Reading

How to Manage Your Home without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White. I saw this book on another blog right before we moved. With my new house, I’d love to keep on top of keeping it reasonably clean, so this book caught my attention. It was as entertaining as it was informative, and introduced me to the concept of “slob-o-vision:” the inability to see a mess until it’s really, really, out of control (my husband totally has this LOL). If you’re looking for ideas in this area, I highly recommend this, even if you’re not really a slob. (By her definition, I’m “normal”. LOL!)

I liked that book so much, I got her other one, which I really need: Decluttering at the Speed of Life. Moving made it oh-so-obvious that we have Too Much Stuff. This book was also entertaining, and gives a bit of a different take on decluttering that I found helpful even though I have nowhere near the clutter problems she had. Also entertaining and highly recommended, especially if your challenges with keeping your home are mostly clutter-related.

Her blog, where it all started, is also entertaining and helpful.

What I’ve Been Writing


This is where the two-steps-back comes in: I’ve been kinda stuck this week, and wound up only writing one or two days. I don’t even know how many words, but it wasn’t much. The current scene has now had two false starts; it’s time to just spend a few minutes with an old technique that used to help me tons but I’d forgotten about: spend ten minutes and write everything you know about your story. I’ll try this tonight, then see how I do the rest of the week. So my goal for the week? Get unstuck and going again!

What’s new in your corner of the world this week? Did you get snow, and how was that for you? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, writing or otherwise? I’d love to hear from you–please share in the comments!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Nice back splash! I’m jealous…
    You know we got snow up here. Glad it’s basically gone now. Hopefully no more comes until after we leave for California (and our Hawaiian cruise!!). Two more weeks! Yay!
    I hope you get unstuck in your book. I finally figured out how to FIX mine last night (which kept me up until after 1am, my mind was racing!!). Such a tiny fix, but opens the door to so many possibilities. I’m happy to be working on the book again. Happy!!

  2. I need to try that 10 minute writing technique because I seem to have the same problem. I start and proceed for a couple of days then – boom – 1 week goes by with nothing and when I get back to it I’ve forgotten where I was going even though I typed notes to help remind me where to pick back up. I shall try that 10 minute trick and hope it works.

    The back splash is very pretty as is the hot tub on the deck with the snowy background. Very wintry. I know you’re going to love your new home.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. The backsplash is beautiful. My daughter inherited an entire pole barn full of tile earlier this year, so Hubby and I thinking about using some of it as a backsplash in our kitchen. Needing some luck to make that happen!

    We’ve had snow quite a few times already this fall. Not enough to amount to much, just enough to cover the ground. And to be depressing!

    Still not doing a lot of writing. My blog seems to be about the only thing I am tending to, but I guess at least that is something. Will continue plugging along though.

  4. Stacy, glad you figured out your story! I’m with you on the snow.

    Patricia, that’s pretty much what happened to me. So frustrating! Hope the “write everything you know about your story” works for you! And thanks – we do love our house!

    Chris, good luck making some time to install that tile! Bummer about the lack of writing, but the blogs definitely count!

  5. First, I love your new backsplash. Beautiful.

    Although I’m in Massachusetts, I haven’t seen any snow yet. Yesterday my husband and I were concerned about an “icy rain” precipitation forecast, as we had to drive 2 hours across the state. But there were only a few drops of benign rain.

    I’ve requested How to Manage Your Home without Losing Your Mind from my library. I probably should begin with Ms. White’s decluttering book though.

    Good luck restarting your writing!

  6. Oh dang! I just lost my whole comment just as I started to fill in my info. It’s one of those days. I don’t have it in me to retype what I wrote. Mainly, I said the backsplash is beautiful and so is the view of the snow. Wow!

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