Football Season 2020

The first disappointment was the canceling of all the Junior Football league games.  You wouldn’t think that little kids playing football would be exciting to watch, would you?  Well, you obviously do not have a grandchild on a team. #15 (above)  happens to be mine.  This kid has played on defense, quarterbacked one season, and is a terrific running back because she is determined and the fastest runner on her team.  That’s right – I said ‘she.’  She loves football and did not care if she was the only girl on the team. She started at the age of six.  Fearless.

But I need to gripe about professional football now.

The second thing was the sudden canceling of the NFL pre-season.  I don’t think the big-wigs understand the purpose and importance of those four games.  Usually, by the end of the preseason, everyone, meaning the refs, players, coaches, cameramen, and fans, are practiced and prepared.  Now we are dealing with this learning curve during the real season.

To fans, it isn’t only the 4 extra games to watch.  We learn about the new guys & the rookies. Who plays what position. Who makes the final cut.  It is not fair to the players at all

The stupid stuff is usually all worked out during pre-season.  The refs get the new (and old) rule changes down, the cameramen actually film the game more than the sideline players and cheerleaders.  Only the commentators stay the same throughout the season- spewing stats that even the most hard-core fans don’t care about.  Blah, Blah, Blah.  Not even shutting up during the plays or talking over the officials to be heard.

It is so depressing to see the stands empty.  Cardboard cut-outs are a cute idea, and I love the “celebrities” attending the game.  But what about the stadium noise?  It would be so nice to not have to listen to that racket for a change.  Guess What?  We don’t have to!  Except someone keeps pumping out a canned version of crowd noise.  This is so ridiculous, it’s embarrassing.  To make matters even more annoying, the cheering sounds coincide with the other team doing awesome things.  The home team gets booed.  HEY!  At least get that right!

I vote to remove the phony crowd noise altogether – its noise pollution no one wants.

Who’s with me on this?

Someone, Please Send Me a Clue

November is rapidly approaching and I am not enthusiastic about any of my ideas or former drafts.  I read through 300 writing prompts yesterday and none of them prompted me to write.  Not one.

I am so ready to move on to my next novel – I spent way too much time writing and re-writing my last one and I have learned my lesson – I need to create a detailed outline – and follow it.  I had an outline for the Involuntary Tourist, but I did not follow it closely. Then I  decided to change some things around and got totally lost.

The premise and the story were so exciting to me that it kept me going until the end. Ten years is a long time to be excited about something.

Now, I am excited about nothing.  I am finding that I have become impatient with my brain.  I want to have at least a month to develop my idea into a tight outline, so I’m ready for November.  I have a screenplay in the works, that I like, but I want to do something totally NEW and FRESH to me.

I have a ton of drafts, notes, and research done that is sitting around in my filing cabinet – like dust bunnies I am trying to ignore, but they won’t go away.  I have thought often about pitching them into our wood-burning stove during the winter.  Of course, I never do it.  After all, those ‘almost’ books are like children.

I do not perform well under pressure.  I need to stop trying so hard. The best ideas come to me when I least expect them.  Truth be told, they usually happen in the shower or on the pot.  Not glamorous, but there you have it.

I will keep you posted.

 

♥  TTFN  ♥

 

Best Laid Plans

I designed a quilt for a baby boy who lives in Canada.  I found the perfect plaid flannel, matching border fabric, and plush “Minky” fabric for the back.  I was thinking that I was so clever and all that.

I was so excited to put it together – until I started to.  I had no idea how heavy this little blankie would turn out being.  Yes, I knew the materials being used, and all of them are lightweight.  It occurred to me that I was NOT all that.  After all.

The quilt is very small but so heavy that all the “holding out of the way” is exhausting me.  I cannot wait to ship it off to Canada where it belongs.  I am sick of looking at its lumberjack cuteness.  And I am really annoyed with how at each step,  I am slowed down by either a design flaw or my machine seizes up because something is not balanced, the tension is messed up, or because it wants to.

Tomorrow, I will tackle the final finishing step – hand sewing the binding on the edges.  I know quite a few quilters that hate doing the binding.  I LOVE doing it because it means the %@*&^!  thing is finished. 

Well…  Today is the tomorrow I spoke of last night.  And I have spent hours on the first section of the binding.  I made the binding like I always do, and that is why I have the problem I am having now.   I should have considered how thick the quilt was!  Regardless, it is too late now.  I resign myself to many hours of making tiny stitches that are not going to be invisible as they should be.

OK. so the binding is rolled up and hard.  A perfect teething ring!

After all the customs declaration paperwork is completed, signed and the little package goes off to the North  – I realize that I forgot to take a picture for my custom quilts file.

Oh, bother!

♥  TTFN  ♥