Tabby Cat on the Prowl

The tabby cat is back, looking for birds to make friends with. NOT.

It appears she’s sniffing the water fountain, smelling birds that had rested, wishing she’d been there when they’d been there. But hey, if this is their sitting spot, she might as well sit for a spot too.

When the birds didn’t return to the feeders, she sat on the fence, low, so she would watch the birds swooping around from the trees.

Sorry putty-cat. No birds for you. Not today.

Have a lovely weekend!!!

Terry
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Macro Shots and Being Sick

Macro shots of a rosebud, waiting to see if it will warm up, and another that is trying to weather out the cold, and of ice in the fountain.

I finally gave in and went to see the doctor. Had to get a shot, on antibiotics, steroids (for good muscles), and cough pearls. Now, antibiotics can make me nauseous. So it’s a necessary evil, but, I’m not looking forward to this. They said not the flu, no sinus infection (tell that to my sinuses), but my lungs are raspy. Yes, I could hear that. Did I feel short of breath?

Well, given that if I did anything, or didn’t do anything, I was coughing my lungs out, and my sinuses are so congested that I can’t breathe and I’m not doing much of anything…no. If I tried to walk a mile, maybe, but I would have figured that’s because I can’t breathe and I keep coughing.

But I really went in to make sure I didn’t have a sinus infection.

Now, the steroids and antibiotics can make you throw up. The cough pearls can make you lose your mind (says that in side effects, not making this stuff up) and make you sleepy. The steroids will keep you awake. I’m only taking a cough pearl at night when I’m trying to sleep so I won’t cough all night, though I couldn’t stop coughing last night anyway. And there’s a reason for that. I need to get rid of all this congestion. So if I lose my mind in the middle of the night, I’ll hopefully have it back by the time I wake up. I won’t miss it until then.

As to the steroids (only 5 days of them, so one day down), I need to stay awake all day anyway, so I can work. The throwing up part doesn’t work for me though. Sweating? Restlessness? I can deal with it.

But hopefully, I’ll begin to see an improvement soon and be back to my normal self!

Hope everyone stays well!!! And has a great day!

Terry
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More Snow and Ice Photos

Past time to get rid of this bug. Really.

Some more pictures of the ice and snow. We had a lot of ice and my grass is still covered in it. I’d forgotten to turn off my water fountain, but took a picture before I unplugged it. It’s been warm!! Freezing rain on top of the feeder. Goldfinches in flight, taking off suddenly from the feeder. It was snowing, but also, they sent seeds and snow and ice flying.

600 ice-related accidents in Houston area. Schools shut down, thankfully. I wonder how many of those accidents could have been prevented? In other words, how many of those involved HAD to be on the road. Police were telling people to stay at home unless they HAD to go out in this. A couple of the water districts were without water for a while. We just can’t handle this kind of cold for very long.

I asked my daughter if this was going to impact on school dates because the kids were out of school for so long during the category 5 hurricane, snow, and now two ice days, but she said the hurricane days were forgiven. And the ice days were covered.

Bear orders are stacking up. Book deadlines are stacking up. And I feel like a zombie.

Back to work on Demon Hunter! Hoping I start to feel better soon. I might have to see the doctor for antibiotics. I don’t like to have to take them, if I can overcome this stuff on my own, but I might have a sinus infection.

Have a lovely day!!

Terry
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Snow and Sleet in Spring, Texas

Another wild winter first??? We have frozen snow/ice all over the grass, roofs still covered in snow, but I think it will get to 40 degrees and sunny, so it will probably all melt off. When we had snow after Thanksgiving, I didn’t know about it until I got up the next morning to take the puppies out. What a shock!

So this time, I was able to take pictures mostly from inside. Still too sick to spend a lot of time out in the cold, except when I have to take the dogs out. I caught the house wren on the feeder when it was sleeting. The mourning dove has a collection of ice on her back, and I was surprised to see goldfinches, so it was neat to capture them in the snowfall. It seemed the last two years, they came in February or March. The blue pictures were taken around 6 am before it was light out, and it was already sleeting. And I had fun trying to capture pictures of just the snow falling. There are still rosebuds waiting to open on my rosebush!

I have to begin writing Flight of the White Wolf promo blogs for it’s release in March. And I’m getting much closer to finishing Demon Hunter (teen book), so I’ll probably work on that until it’s done. I’ve promised it to my readers forever. 🙂

Have a super, wonderful day!!

Terry
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Freezing Rain Mixed with Snow…

Our high was 31 and temps are dropping. Feels like 19 degrees, and we’re having freezing rain.

If anything looks cool, I’ll try to take a picture of it. We have snow on the rooftops already.

Our weather is totally weird. The puppies were racing all over in the freezing rain first time I let them out this morning, but kept running back in the house because I wouldn’t go out with them. Finally bundled up and went out with them so they’d do their business outside in the rain. Now that they’ve eaten their breakfast, I have to take them out again.

I’m trying to stay warm and get over the galloping crud still. Saturday it’s supposed to be 71 degrees. That’s Texas for you!

Have a great one!

Terry
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I Know I’m Sick When…

I don’t take pictures. I’m writing though. I can’t stop that!

Okay, so I just learned that there’s a diopter adjustment next to the viewfinder (+/-) on some cameras that you can turn until the picture is sharp, to compensate for your eyes. Then you can use the central adjustment knob to focus primarily on what you want.

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So that’s my one photo for today. But I wish I’d known about the diopter before this. lol

And yes, I’ve watched tons of videos on how to operate the camera. Somehow I missed that. *sigh*

Back to writing and being sick.

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Terry
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Wolf Fever

When I wrote Wolf Fever, the World Health Organization was saying how bad the flu epidemic was going to be that year. It wasn’t, but many were concerned. It did give me the idea for Wolf Fever, however. When a group of wolves manufacture a virus that causes wolf shifters to become stuck in their wolf forms, it’s disaster for the Silver Town wolf pack. They must find a cure before those who are working on it fall ill to the virus.

I was running a 101 temp last night, which for me is high. My temp is usually on the low side. So I was burning up and chilled at the same time. Now, there’s nothing good about it, except that I’m a writer. I use everything to my advantage.

So in the new fae story, one of the human boys living in the fae world has been bitten, and he’s running a high-grade fever. They take him to the human world to a hospital because the fae have a faster healing immune system than humans, and their healers can’t fix the issue with Bryan.

Last night, my face felt like it was on fire–burned to the crisp from being out in the sun too long. Going through this reminds me of how it feels to be shivery inside and burning up at the same time. For Bryan, they’ve put him on antibiotics. For me, I took ibuprofen and musinex/expectorant, and that helps me cough off this garbage, and I can breathe. But my fever was still giving me fits. One of the things you can do is use cool, damp cloths to help cool the feverish skin. I did this a lot in my medieval Highland stories.

But then, the hot Highlander (pun intended), had a pretty lassie to take care of him. I kept getting out of bed to cool off the hand towel, but I couldn’t sleep then. So I finally got a bottle of chilled water (37 degrees), and poured it on the hand towel, repeating every time the hand towel was hot again. I think it was the fae, really, but the one time, I spilled the bottle of water onto me, the bed, but that was okay. It was gone before I knew it was even there. It did help some.

I’m running a fever again this morning, but the battery on my thermometer went out on me, naturally. I asked my daughter if she’d pick up some chicken soup and more of the musinex/expectorant–that isn’t expired. So I need to ask her if she can get me another battery.

What has this got to do with writing? Everything! I can read about it. Or I can experience it. Reading about it is preferable, but if I have to experience it, I can write about it! So poor Bryan feels like me.

Now, it would be boring if I just left it at he was sick, the hospital took care of it, and he got better. So this morning in my feverish state, I was thinking about how I could up the stakes. And I have it! He’s no longer a human boy sick in a hospital bed. He’s a wolf shifter fae, and that’s going to take a lot of explaining. If he doesn’t get out of there pronto.

This flu/colds are going around like crazy all over. I hope you only have to experience them in my writing! And that, no matter what, you don’t turn into a wolf shifter fae.

Stay healthy!!!

Terry
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