Friday, September 28, 2012

One Of Those Days...

September 28, 2012

It's been one of those days...

The Redneck has been workin' 12 hour days lately, so he gets in around 3 a.m. I've been tryin' to go to bed early to be rested up when he gets home, but last night I just couldn't REST. So when my alarm went off at 2:30, I woke up, freshened up, and began to read until he came in.

I was sound asleep when he came in.

Plus I had a hard time listenin' to him when I woke up. We turned out the light and I crashed again.

So today I have been runnin' on little sleep, and we had a boatload of errands to do--includin' gettin' more copies of my book printed out.

Add in haulin' 50 pound bags of feed and tossin' hay bales, it's the day I clean mom-in-law's house, plus I have to clean my own home--along with havin' my son decide that today would be a GREAT day to pitch a hissy fit due to his not gettin' his way--and I sincerely began to dream of life in a cardboard box on a quiet street in a big city--AAALLLLL ALONE.

But guess what?

God is still good, and I have a great life, even with all the speed bumps I tend to hit from time to time.

So to put this day back into perspective...

I'm about done with mom-in-law's house--waitin' on the sheets to dry so I can remake the beds. I'm gonna go home and clean my place, which thankfully only needs dustin', sweepin' and moppin'. My son has calmed down--especially after bein' grounded for a week (he knew he had pushed the limit when that happened). All my animals have food stocked for the week, I pick up the copies of my book tomorrow, supper is gonna be simple, and I have a date with a hot bath and a good book. Then I'm enjoyin' a cup of herbal tea and I'm hittin' the sheets early. After spendin' time with my Father in His Word and in prayer--it's "night momma".

See? It all balanced out.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Typo Takedown


September 27, 2012

God took me down a peg or ten last night, and I admit—I needed to be taken down.
Ya see, I was so high on my book bein’ done, getting’ it printed and sellin’ a few that I got a little cocky.

Yeah, I know. Me? Cocky?

It seems that I had been feelin’ a tad superior to another local author (wow—that still wigs me out. Me—an author…) who had written several books and who also self-published his work.

I had approached this author about possibly havin’ him print out my book when it was finished. He quoted me a price that was, in my financial situation…

Ridiculous.

And that was just to PROOFREAD it. To actually print it out would have been more.

Well, I had read several of his books, and I knew that the proofreadin’ was bad in a few of them, especially the early ones.

So I declined.

And then I got a little self-righteous (I know—it shocks me too) about how *I* was a much better proofreader than he was, and how MY book had been checked over and over, and how *I* wasn’t gonna have all those glarin’ typos like SOME folks.

Seriously—GHANDI would have slapped me.

After my successful debut this last weekend, I was ridin’ high. Almost broke my arm tryin’ to pat myself on the back.

And then last night, while I had some down time, I decided to read the last copy of the first five I had printed. This copy I had in a document protector so I could use it as a sample of the book until I had more printed up. I thought I would just enjoy myself as I read.

Wrongo, Skippy!

Out of 77 pages, I found 37 of them had errors. Most of them were simple things, like not havin’ a space between paragraphs, or where the word processin’ program had decided to put a ‘g’ where I was tryin’ for a colloquial style.

But they were THERE.

37 PAGES of them.

Scripture has a lot to say about pride and self-righteousness. Proverbs 16:18 says;

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Even though pride isn’t mentioned in Matthew 7:4;

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

Let’s face it—self-righteousness and pride are really the same thing. In each case we have exalted ourselves over another.

Kinda makes ya think about another fella who once tried exhaltin’ himself over God.

Yeah….THAT worked.

So, with my ego emptied of hot air—I spent a few hours goin’ over the book and findin’ all the goofs. Then I opened the file on the laptop and carefully corrected them.

Then I decided to give corrected copies to the folks who had purchased the first ones. It’s gonna cost me little money—but it’s the right thing to do.

Soooo…..what have YOU been cocky about lately?

Well, I got chores. Later, ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett






Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FIrst Book Sales--Wow


September 25, 2012

Well, I am now a writer with a few (note the word FEW) sales under my belt. I took my five little copies into church Sunday mornin’, and took out a copy to show a friend. Before I could even open it up—she had bought it.

I took out another copy to show one of our elders, and before I could open it—HE bought it.

Again, I took out a copy to show and…

…you guessed it. It was sold.

I had sold three copies within 20 minutes of walkin’ in the doors.

I wasn’t even tryin’ to sell it, I was just wantin’ to SHOW the darn thing!

Other folks have ordered copies, so I will be goin’ back to the print shop this week to have more books put together. I have made a little money, and my work is out there in print. Oh—and the local library wants one! I’m gonna be featured as a local author!

Okay—NOW I am nervous.

I mean, I know my friends like my poetry and Shawn’s artwork—but most of them have never read my essays. I know that I have done the best I can on them, and I point out in my introduction that the essays are MY viewpoint, not deep spiritual truths.

This is gonna sound sooooo Jr High School, but…

What if they don’t LIKE my book?

Yeah, I’m pitiful.

Extremely CUTE--but pitiful...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


Saturday, September 22, 2012

The First 5 Copies Are Printed!


September 22, 2012

I just had 5 copies of my book printed and bound at a local copy shop. The girl who helped me get it done was very sweet and cheerful. I think I'll write a letter of thanks to her boss, complimentin' her.

Okay, I know you're thinkin', why is she all wigged out over just 5 copies of the book? Why didn't she have more than that made? What's the big deal over so few books?

George Washington Carver once said;

"Do the best you can with what you have--RIGHT NOW."

So, what I had--RIGHT NOW, was a certain amount of money to get a certain number of books printed and bound. When I take them to church tomorrow, I will sell them at the potluck afterward, and if folks can see a real, printed book, they will be more willin' to pre-pay for a copy of their own. I will have a sheet there for them to order and pre-pay for a copy. The money made will then be used to print off not only their copies, but also extra ones, for more sales later. I'll just keep sowin' that money back into the books until I have raised enough to move to the next phase of publishin'.

Hopefully, by then, I will have either found a publisher who can make my book to industry standards, or I can just work out a better format with my current printer. Either way, my work will get out there to be read, and perhaps touch some hearts for Jesus.

The funny thing was, while I was tryin' to find a way to get my work printed, I kinda sorta maybe just a LITTLE bit got mad at God for how long it was takin' to get some things done.

I was fumin' at how I was havin' to wait for MY needs to be met, and how frustrated I was gettin', and I popped off,

"Lord--I got JUST ONE NERVE LEFT and You are workin on it!"

Without hesitation, I heard a quiet, "Oh good, when it's gone, then I can start to work on YOU."

OUCH.....

That hit home...HARD.

So I decided I would just sit there and lookk pretty, and let God work out the details, instead of me tryin' to make it all happen myself.

As a result--things worked out even BETTER than I could have imagined.

Of course--they always do when I get out of the way....

Well, I got chores. Later, ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett





Thursday, September 20, 2012

FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 20, 2012

THE BOOK IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, folks—I have FINALLY finished LESSONS & BLESSIN’S—a book of cowboy poetry and essays on life. I put the finishin’ touches on it, checked it yet AGAIN for spellin’ errors, then closed the file and walked away from it.

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!

Now, begins the quest of how to get it printed and put together, linin’ up craft shows and other events to set up booth to sell it, findin’ online sources to market it, and figurin’ out how to do a PAY PAL whatsit on my blog so if folk wanna buy it here, they can.

I’m also emailin’ a PDF to some folks to be reviewed, and I think that is the most nerve rackin’. I mean, I’m sendin’ it to writers whose opinions I really respect.
After the printin’ and puttin’ together—I have a book signin’ at my friend’s book store—and well…aw heck—WHY did I write this again?

Oh yeah—I felt I needed to share my love of God with folks who might not read typical Christian books.

Of course, after I finally closed the file, took out the flash drive and shut down the laptop—there was a surprise waitin’ for me.

I turned and stretched, looked around at my little cowboy cottage…

…and wondered what the heck had happened.

My house wasn’t a wreck. It wasn’t cluttered. It was clean. It just wasn’t like it should be—it wasn’t RIGHT.

So I went to work.

I put away the things that hadn’t quite made it ‘home’. You know—books stacked on the shelf but not placed in the correct subject. A pile of clean clothes on top of a dresser but not in the right drawers Kitchen clean but a few appliances still needin’ wiped down.

After I took care of that, I set to work preparin’ a good meal for lunch today. Since the Redneck’s work schedule doesn’t allow us to have supper together as a family, and breakfast can be a bit haphazard at times—I try to ensure that we have a nice lunch. Even that had been a little crazy lately, due to all the errands we’ve had to run.
So I took out a nice pork roast, popped it in the crockpot with a little STUBBS Bar-B-Q Sauce (This stuff is soooo good. Go to STUBBSBBQ.COM for more info.), and set it to cook on low and slow all night. Today I made mashed taters, sautéed fresh green beans in butter with a few chopped onions, and served it with big glasses of sweet iced tea for the guys and lime water for moi.

Now THAT was good. This weekend I’m bakin’ for grub Sunday at church, and I’ll be makin’ a few extra goodies for the family for later in the week.

I asked the Redneck why he hadn’t said anything about the house not bein’ up to its usual status. He replied that he knew it wouldn’t be like that for too long, and that I would get it all fixed when I was done with the book. He wanted me to have the freedom to get it done without worryin’ about anything else.

{{SIGH}}

Ya just gotta love a man like that, don’t ya?

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett





Sunday, September 16, 2012

God Is Good--I Hack Off A Hare Krishna

September 16, 2012

Well, I have to say that God has been so good to my friend the past few weeks, not just because He is good, but due also to ya'll's prayers.

Turns out--THERE NEVER WAS A WARRANT. We have confirmation that not only the police officer in the case but also the prosecutor LIED in an attempt to intimidate my friend into giving her sons up and surrendering to jail.

Well, lemme tell ya'll--the CITY prosecutor--the BOSS of the guy who lied--AIN'T HAPPY. Since my friend has spent about the last 3 weeks livin' on edge and bein' concerned that hher sons would be in danger. The ones who lied have put the city in the position of possibly facin' one heck of a lawsuit.

Yes there are still al lot of obstacles to face in this situation, and your prayers are still coveted. For now, however--she has a bit of breathin' space.

Okay--on to my adventure with the Hare Krishnas....

I was at an event yesterday, and as I walked up and down the aisles, lookin' at the good for sale from different craft vendors, I chanced upon a booth for the Krishnas,

A tall thin young Indian man approached me and tried to tell me about the benefits of meditation. I replied that I already meditated, did yoga, etc.

He proceeded to try and sell me books about his religion, showin' me all kinds of pictures of Vishnu and other gods.

I told him that I was a Christian, and was not interested.

He began to tell me that it didn't matter what my faith was, that these books would make me a better person--a better CHRISTIAN, if I read them with an open mind.

I quietly replied that I already had a book that did that.

"What book is it?" he asked.

"The Bible."

Oh yeah--I was REAL popular.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prayer Update--Book News--Some More Blog Changes


September 13, 2012

Well, I heard from my friend, and it seems that there may never have even BEEN a warrant for her arrest. There is a good possibility that the officer LIED to her in order to intimidate her. We are still keeping prayes goin' however, since we don't have confirmation on it yet.

As far as the book....

I went to open the file for my book this week, since I had taken a few weeks off from workin' on it in order to give my self some breathin' room.

I opened the file, and waited for the manuscript appear.

There was nothin'.

Not a blip.

WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!

WHERE IS MY FILE!?!?!?!?

Somehow, someway, I had lost my book file. I searched all through my laptop, every flash drive I have--NOTHIN'.

I almost panicked. All that work GONE!!!!!!

Then I realized, my illustrator's mom had printed out all the pages a few months ago, and I had them in a file in my desk!

YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

So now I have begun the process of retypin' all the text into a new file, and now I have been able to add the pictures--and they are workin' out.

An added bonus--as I am retypin', I am rewritin' also. I am seein' the work with fresh eyes, ans I am editin' a lot of the essays, makin' them clearer and tighter in context.

I hope to have all of it finished so I can print out the first copy this next week. If that's a go--I'll get some copies ready for sale soon.

You may notice that I have music back on my blog. A great website called www.GROOVESHARK.COM is now supplyin' my tunes. I had some trouble embeddin' the playlist to my blog, but a simple email request for help, and followin' the even simpler directions got me goin'. I hope you check them out.

I also have some new members--one in particular, John L. Hoh, is an old buddy from my days on FACEBOOK. He has his own blog, http://airlineswld.blogspot.com/. He is an excellent write. You can look back to last year's posts and see a few reviews I did of some of his work. I hope to persuade him to let me review some more. Oh--and you HAVE to check out his chuildren's book AN ANGEL NAMED CAROL. It's a wonderful Christmas book.

Well, I got chores. Later Ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Still Awaitin News--Update On Horse Trailer Theft

September 12, 2012

I haveven't heard much about the hearing that my friend had to go to today, other than it went well, and apparently the judge told the ex husband's lawyer to "stop, stop, just stop--I am WARNING you now!" Other than that, I hafta wait to find out what was decided.

Until then I wanted to update you on another post from several weeks back.

I wrote that our horse trailer was stolen one night before Brian got home from work. It was mysteriously returned, with a new tire, the next day, and we had no idea what had really happened...

Until now.

We still don't know WHO did it, but we have learned through the local 'grapevine', why the trailer was taken in the first place.

It seems that a man was, well, let's just say he shouldn't have been operatin' any tupe of vehicle in his condition that night.

He was ridin' a motorcycle down our road and for some reason thought that where our trailer was parked was a road, and so he turned onto it. He realised his mistake, but not soon enough to prevent his spillin' his bike onto the ground.

Thank God he wasn't injured or worse. However, he was MAD. He felt that his wipin' out was the fault of whoever owned the trailer--not his bein' drunk. So in the logic of a drunkard, he...

got back on his motorcycle--drunk.

drove back home--drunk.

got his truck--drunk.

drove back to our house--drunk.

hooked up our trailer--drunk.

drove it to his house--drunk.

When he awoke the next mornin'--he was sober enough to realize what he had done. After seein' the blown out tire--he apparently freaked out, thinkin' HE had caused the damage. So he got a new tire on the trailer, brought it back and parked it.

Ya gotta admit--it is funny.

We are tryin' to get the word back down the grapevine that we weren't angry about the trailer, and that we forgive the man who took it.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


Monday, September 10, 2012

Another Update

September 10, 2012

Well, still good news for my friend. That warrant has still not been processed, the boys are still safe, and she will be receiving a hearing tomorrow morning in front of a judge. Hopefully, that will get this mess cleared up, and she can go back to living her life. So please pray for the hearing in the morning.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

While We Are Waitin'--Catchin' Up On Blessin's


September 4, 2012

I guess while we are all waitin' for more news about my friend and her situation, I can catch ya'll up on the many blessin's God has heaped upon my family lately.

First, A few weeks ago, we were at a rodeo where our church had a sales booth, and I noticed a Bible cover that I fell madly in love with. It was turquoise blue leather, with a cross made from silver belt buckles. It zipped up and had a cute little handle.

I showed it to my Redneck, and his comment was, "You always pick the GAUDIEST lookin' things!"

I had to laugh, because he's right--I LOVE bright colors and silver anything. I knew we couldn't afford it at the time, so I didn't give it any more thought.

Later, as I helped at the booth, a friend from church was lookin' at the cover, and I told her what the spousal unit had said. She laughed with me, and pulling up her jeans leg to show me that the tops of her cowboy boots matched the cover, she bought it. I was thrilled that we had made a sale for the church fund, and glad that Jodie had found something she liked.

The next day at church, she walked up to me and asked what Brian had said when I told him she had bought the cover. I replied that he was glad HE didn't have to look at it.

She handed me a bag and said, "Tell him I said DEAL WITH IT!"

Yup. The gorgeous turquoise Bible cover was in the bag. I hugged Jodie so hard, I almost broke her. I quickly popped my Bible into it, and then let the Redneck see it.

He yelled, "Where is she? I'm gonna choke her!"

Now, don't concern yourselves, folks--all this was done in a spirit of fun. Brian was happy that I got exactly what I had wanted. I am still enjoyin' my beautiful gift--it makes readin' God's Word even more special.

That same Sunday, we had a wonderful lady singer who who nailed every song she did, and the glory of the Lord filled the sanctuary. In the foyer, she had a small table with some things that she makes and sells to fund her ministry (she says she is like Paul--her handcrafts are her 'tents', as in Acts 18:3 and Acts 20:34)). Well, she had a lovely imitation turquoise ring for sale. I admired it, because let's face it--I'm a ring nut. After services, I walked outside and put our Bibles in the truck, and as I walked back into the buildin'--the singer just grabbed me and put that ring in my hand. I was a bit confused, but she said that she wanted me to have that ring. She didn't know why--she just knew she wanted me to have it.

Ooooookay.....

But wait--there's more....

The Monday after church, I was restin' after a lot of chores, when my phone rang. It was a neighbor, and she asked me if I would like her upright, 17 cubic foot freezer, since she didn't need one that big anymore, and was gettin' a smaller one.

Well, duh. YES MAAM!

It was really wonderful to blessed with this freezer, since the one we had been usin' had died a few months ago, and we had gone back to usin' our tiny chest freezer. Now, with the new freezer, the side by side fridge we were given a couple of months ago, and my regular fridge, I have plenty of storage for perishables.

Oh, honey--I ain't done yet.

That same week, I had a text from my friend at the local hair house, askin' me if I would like a queen sized mattress and box springs. Since we had been sleepin' on a full sized mattress that was way too small for the Redneck, I said we'd take a looksee at it.

It was in spectacular shape--hardly used at all. We brought it home, set it up, and after ONE NIGHT--the old mattress went out the door. Neither of us hurt at all after sleepin' on that thing--and we had both been hurtin' for a while from sleepin' on the old mattress (of course, the fact that it was a 50 year old mattress didn't HELP).

And that is just the MATERIAL ways God has blessed us lately! There have been numerous spiritual blessin's too.

Now, after all this--I looked around the other day and yelled,

"Hey, Baby--we got to start blessin' other folks! We are runnin' outta ROOM!"

I mean, the house isn't full like on those hoardin' programs, but it is gettin' a bit hard to organise some things.

So, we started goin' through our stuff and givin' it away. The chest freezer and a DVD player went to our church. I'm fixin' to go through our clothes and donate at one of those big boxes for a charity. The local food pantry is about to get a boat load of goodies, and I'm regularly takin' used books to our local libraries for donation and tradin'. I'm also lookin' at makin' a "Bookmotote" (like a Bookmobile, only it's in a lidded tote with wheels), for our church. I'll just bring it in and allow folks to check out Christian books, both fiction and non-fiction, and if there are any late fees--they go towards the buildin' fund.

Scripture says it is far more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), and I believe it, big time. As much as I like to get gifts--I really LOVE to give things away. I also beleive that God really HATES stinginess. Look at the story of the man in Luke 12:16-21. He was UBER blessed by God, but only thought to build bigger barns so HE could be okay--he thought nothin' of his neighbors who may need some of that blessin' passed on.

I have heard some folks say that those who practice EXTREME COUPONING are hoarders and selfish. While I agree that there are many of the ECer's who are just that--the majority of them that I have seen not only store up stuff for their own families--they also have blessed many a neighbor and charity with their stockin' up.

I've stated this many times--if you got too much--GET RID OF IT. I have a stockpile of winter clothing right now in my loft that is waitin' for cold weather, so I can have a giveaway in the parkin' lot of a local store. That stuff isn't bein' kept out of greed--just waitin' for the right time to be distributed.

Well, I got chores. Later Ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett