Monday, June 18, 2012

MONDAY MUSINGS: The Art Of Relaxing



Coffee on the porch



It was a quiet day around the McKye homestead for Father’s day. Hubs had the early morning to do edits on his manuscript and I got to sleep in. Not that this was hard to do since I had stayed up late the night before doing my own writing and keeping an eye out on progress of the thunderstorm. Just in case.

A bit later we had a chance to sit around and drink some coffee outside and catch up on our week before it got too hot and muggy. Chatted about all sorts of things and, of course, the latest changes in stories and publishing. He deplores the need these days of stories having to be nonstop action from the get-go. God forbid that the reader might have to wade through any narrative before someone dies or is kidnapped or some danger rears its head. The need to grab your audience but still do a good set up of a suspense story is a fine balance, I agree. He does make a good point about Michael Crichton, Patterson, Dan Brown, and even Robert B Parker’s books. There is a lot of descriptive narrative, but the point I made was these authors were established long before this new style came into play. I bet if they were debut authors submitting, there would be chunks of that narrative cut. But because these authors are well-established moneymakers who’s going to tell them they can’t? They’re bestsellers. Their name alone sells books.
        
Hubs is an early bird. He should have a lifetime supply of worms by now. The day doesn’t matter because he’s usually up by four or four-thirty a.m. everyday. Sleeping in late for him is the very rare six. Of course the poor dear generally falls asleep in his chair before nine in the evenings. I finally had to order the HD recorder because he can’t seem to stay awake for his shows, which frustrated him to no end. So now he records them. I’m telling you, that recliner is like a lullaby for him.  

I’m not, by nature, a night owl, although I did go through my phase of it many years ago. But with my blog and getting that ready tends to keep me up a bit late—especially when the stoopid formatting issues start to rear it’s ugly head. I make sure I have a good nap to handle that and those are the days I sleep in until eight, otherwise I’m up by six-thirty because that’s prime writing time for me. It's quiet, I'm fresh, and there are no distractions (the internet is off).

I treated hubs to dinner Saturday night at his favorite steak house and plied him with his preferred top shelf margaritas on the rocks with salt. He enjoyed that. Son got his dad Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and I was able to get him some of his most wanted goodies from Cabellas. I even found the perfect card, featuring a recliner type chair on it and all the sweet mushy stuff. I saw it and laughed. It suits him so well. Then I left the room and shut my office door because he wanted to watch golf. I’m a player not a watcher and televised games tend to drive me bonkers. Tonight we had a nice dinner and watched the, oh so excellent, Game of Shadows.

It was a nice relaxing weekend for the both of us as we’ve been running way too much of late—Hubs with his job as a community Outreach Coordinator for the army, and me running around doctor's offices and getting things in order for Son and college. Some how I don’t remember preparation for college being quite so onerous and time consuming. Just a few more things and we’re done. Good thing. I’m about done in after all this. Last week was hard and I was run ragged by Friday and so practicing the art of relaxation was nice.


  • How did you spend Father’s day? Do anything special?

21 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful post and most enjoyable to read what you did on Father's Day.

I spent it alone, my husband is no longer with us .He was a wonderful dad to our three children.

Yvonne.

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like a great weekend! :) My step-daughter came down from Liverpool yesterday to surprise her dad! We had a great day hanging out.

Kat Sheridan said...

I had no idea your hubs was writing. Good for him! My hubs doesn't write but he's great at nodding his head approvingly while I verbally work out plots and stuff at him. And I envy those who are fresh and awake in the morning. I read an article about all that people accomplish in that first hour of their day and was in awe. I takes me at least two hours in the morning before I can form a coherent sentence. But catch me around midnight and I'll chat your ear off!

Hubs had a nice Father's Day. I made him his favorite huge "heart attack on a plate" breakfast (at around 10 AM--he's not an early riser either). He got a new Hawaiian print polo shirt, a card, and a phone call from my son, so all was good!

Jo said...

Matt had a quiet day, had already received cards from his daughters in England and spoke to both of them on the phone. Neither of us have fathers any more so don't do much to celebrate.

James Rafferty said...

Hi Sia. I woke on Sunday to chirping birds and sunshine on one of the Boston harbor islands. I was along on a trip with my son's scout troop. We took a ferry to the islands Saturday and we settled in for the weekend. The island was fine for walking and observing both the wildlife and the sailboats out on the water. We all enjoyed our stay and it was a nice way to start Father's day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dinner and Sherlock Holmes sounds great to me. Spent the weekend writing. I did enjoy it though.

Tina said...

I love it when I find blogs that do Monday Musings! Such a nice and relaxing way to get to know someone. We had a great Father's Day with my in-laws, and I just got back from taking my Dad (and Mom) to lunch. Italian. This independent gem of a place makes THE best caesar dressing EVER. I'm a restaurant fan. I've tried a lot.
I was wondering how you found me...didn't see an A-Z Badge and that's where a lot of my new buds are from. Would love to know how you got here! I'll be back. Like what I see.

Tina @ Life is Good
Post A-Z Road trip!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yvonne, I'm glad you have the great memories though!

Talli, what a nice surprise for Mr. TR. I love those hang out days.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, hubs has been writing a long time. If it's not short stories or articles for magazines, it's writing jokes. He writes lot jokes. He's into some corny things too, lol! Our humor is very different. I like it dry he's into dorky. You should hear the him and his buddies. Must be from being in the military but they rename each other and have a *handle* they use every time they see each other.

I know your hubs likes Hawaiian prints. Mine does too. Sounds like he had a nice Father's Day!

~Sia McKye~ said...

JO, what a nice surprise to hear from the daughters. That always makes the day special.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, it was great. LOVED the movie and the quiet time with hubs.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tina, I don't do the A-Z officially. I do follow many who do and the articles I write I try to do according to the letter of the day.

I've seen you're posts now and then. I can't always get to everyone on my list each post but I do try to make a weekly stop.

Father's Day with you sounds good. I love a good ceasar but I'm the only one in the family that does. My husband is Italian so we don't tend to go to many Italian restaurants I do that cooking here at home. When we lived in Northern California we loved to restaurant hop. Out here there aren't many good restaurants.

Wanda said...

Sia, My first visit to your blog, but I'm sure it won't be my last. So enjoyed reading your post, and felt like I was sipping coffee and peeking into your personal life. You certainly are a writer. I love to write too, but mostly my personal journals for my legacy and grandchildren, and I love to write out my prayers, so have lots of prayer journals.

We had a great Father's Day BBQ for the kids and grandkids...20 of us in all. My dearest and I are retired after 50 years of Ministry.

Thanks for inviting me in...it was fun.

Wanda said...

BTW, my main blog is at http://gotaminuteortwo.blogspot.com Would love to have you visit.

LadyCat said...

Sounds like your hubs had a great Father's Day! The margarita sounds good.
We saw Sherlock Holmes when it first came out and it was pretty good. I bought my hubs a DVD of "The Lord of the Dance" this year. We enjoyed seeing it again.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! : )

Stephen Tremp said...

We do love being treated to steak dinners. Simple, yet effective. And we went to The Souplantation. Not as exciting as a steak, but we have to watch our weight for the summer. Christmas is the time for putting on weight.

michelle said...

Such a relaxing post! It's a great way to learn more about somebody... over a cup of coffee...
You have a lovely place here!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Steve, yes, Steak and a margarita or two always works for him. Watching the weight is important, lol! Hubs started his *Shadow man* eating plan last year and we pretty much stick to it--lots of protein,fruits, and veggies. He dropped about 60 pounds and 4 inches around the waist. I'm not quite as productive but then this year is the first I've been able to really exercise.

Glad you had a good Father's Day!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you Michelle! I've worked hard to make it so.

Liz Fichera said...

That sounds like a wonderful weekend. It's fun to just sit and talk over coffee, isn't it? :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. all in all sounds like just what you three needed - happiness all round .. doing what you want, yet being there for each other ..

Good to read .. cheers Hilary