Category Archives: View From the Molehill

My general rambling about life—covers habit building, decluttering, cooking, goal setting, and random other topics as they come to mind.

52 Weeks That Were

By | December 31, 2017
Steampunk Disney Dragon

Another year, another epic dragon sighting!

2017 was an odd year that started out with two deaths (one friend and one pet) and never really recovered. There were some high points scattered in among the low, but as a whole I am very very glad to see the end of it.

I felt like I was constantly starting over as the months rolled by and while I did get some wins in, for the most part this year was just a holding pattern. I’m all revved up to get started with next year and hopefully get some traction. There’s so much I’d like to do that it seems almost impossible right now.

But teaspoons still move mountains and I just need to focus on putting on foot in front of the other! 🙂

2017 Highlights Reel (tl;dr)

  • Said goodbye to Rocco and Egg.
  • Visited Katuson, Disney, and Maine.
  • Said hello to Sir Buckethead the Gallant.

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Sir Buckethead the Gallant

By | December 27, 2017
Hark, a wild Bucket appears!

Hark, a wild Bucket appears!

After they year this has been, I’ve held off on posting about the new dog we got in August until I was sure he was going to stay. After the nightmare that was the corgiador, I was a little gun shy and I didn’t want to jinx things.

But this little (ha!) pound puppy has a great personality and while he’s not a perfect angel, he’s definitely a keeper. So… prepare for puppy spam! 😉

This guy was about a year old when he was picked up as a stray in Georgia and transferred up to a no-kill shelter here. He was housebroken, leash trained, and knew most of the basic commands so he was definitely a house-dog for a good part of his life before us.

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Blogging That Blog I Blog

By | October 25, 2017
October Archives or Lack Thereof

October Archives or Lack Thereof

There is nothing quite as embarrassing as not noticing that your scheduled blog posts… didn’t. I’ve been so wrapped up in life outside the blog I just kept on posting photo updates to the Facebook page and didn’t even think to check that the randomness here was still alive.

I blame the Pumpkin Spice Mafia? 😉  (Seriously, it’s in everything!)

So there will be a little bit of an avalanche of missed posts over the weekend. I’m going to shuffle some of it forward, but the Saturday Story Prompts need to go on their Saturdays and it just makes my inner organizer happy if the old fanfic and old artwork and interspersed nicely.

I’m also going to make sure that I’ve got November set up properly! I’m going to have even less brain cells to spare after NaNoWriMo kicks into gear. …Although I am also working on creating a daily planner that will help me track the madness. I’ve always been in mad love with the bullet planners and all the wondrous stickers and washi tape and whatnot. I just know after years of trying that planners for other people just don’t work well for me.

But on a good note, once I have a working one it will be headed to Etsy for cheap! 😀

Sunny Days are Best Pony

By | June 1, 2017
Nothing but blue skies, from now on...

Nothing but blue skies, from now on…

This year has been quite a year and it seems like the first five months of 2017 have passed in a heartbeat. But it’s time to shake off the shock and get back into gear.

While I avoided making actual New Year’s Resolutions back in February, I think it’s time that I took a good long look at the next seven months and figure out what my goals are. *rolls up sleeves*

June – I want to focus on Artwork and Nerd Fitness so I get back in the daily groove with both. I want to pay a lot more attention to Nerd Fitness going forward, but I’m putting special attention on it this month.

July – for Camp NaNoWriMo I want to create one new penny prompt book based on the new template. This includes writing, editing, and cover design.

August – Artwork and revamping the Etsy shop. The new stab at a listing rotation will finish up on the 25th, so I want to spend this month making sure everything is perfect.

September – Writing and planning out an editorial calendar for 2018. If 2017 is the year of finding a way to fit Nerd Fitness into my life then 2018 will be the year of the book! 😀

October Artwork and working on really getting into the Molding and Casting. I want to generate a bunch of new tutorials and really hammer down my production process for the magnets.

November – NaNoWriMo, of course! I want to start another book from scratch and do a post a day like I did last year with [Placeholder].

December – Goofing off! And probably Artwork, because it’s Christmas time again and that means more fat animal magnets! 😉

The Dog That Wasn’t

By | May 25, 2017
Swing and a miss...

Swing and a miss…

Since Rocko passed I’ve been on the hunt for another dog to keep Shiva company. We’d thought we found the perfect mutt in the Corgiador, but the adorkable cuteness hid a dog with significant issues.

The rescue initially said he was crate trained, housebroken, and had issues with other dominant dogs, but was fine with outdoor cats and dogs. Shiva is a pushover, so no problems there, and the initial meet and greet of the cat was also all golden.

He started out on his best behavior, but as he settled in we slowly found out he had some serious separation anxiety issues, aggressive resource guarding issues, and an unsafe level of prey drive.

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Behold, The Corgiador! (Laborgi? Corador? Labradorgi?)

By | May 8, 2017
The Corgador

Lab + Corgi + ??? = Awesome!

I was planning on getting lots of writing and artwork done this weekend… and then there was dog! And while I did get some things done, it pretty much just devolved into ‘loving on the new dog’ once the rescue decided we’d make a good home for him.

On that note, Shout out to Misfit Animal Rescue for fostering this adorkable pup! His old owners fibbed about him being dog aggressive when they dropped him off at the pound, so the rescue took a big chance on him. Turns out his old owners were jerks (they ditched him for a new puppy) and he is great with dogs, cats, kids, adults, chickens, pigs, and most other things within licking distance. Alas this turned out not to be true.

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The Best of Intentions

By | April 13, 2017
2012 Model Horse Body Box

I’ll get to them someday… (Body Box circa 2012)

I have a horrible habit of starting projects and then not finishing them because I have been distracted by new shiny projects. So my art workbench and writing desk and life are full of really nifty ideas that will be really cool… when they are done.

I’ve tried several times this year to ‘reboot’ and get myself back on track with all of the above, but it’s not working well. (I made an attempt to establish a ‘writing time’ this weekend and have yet to actually be at the desk and writing and it’s already Thursday!)

So, time for something a bit more drastic, methinks.

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Chasing New Year’s Resolutions

By | February 15, 2017

To-do List

I was planning on making a list of resolutions for this year, but I kept getting distracted by life and now it’s halfway through February and I still don’t have one.

Part of me wants to throw in the towel and not set any resolutions this year. Historically I have a poor track record of actually accomplishing said resolutions, or even remembering I have resolutions… so not setting any is an automatic win, right?

I’m thinking it’s more of an automatic loss.

But I really don’t know what I want to accomplish this year yet, other than to get healthy and that’s what Nerd Fitness is for. The four week challenges are a great way to pick small wins and I really like playing along in the Assassin Mini Quests.

I could just commit to doing all of the challenges and then pick additional non-fitness goals each time… so I don’t have any specific resolutions other than ‘Do Four Week Challenges’. *ponders*

I think this is going to require more thinking…

So Long Corgiboy, I’ll Miss You…

By | February 6, 2017
Rocco, the Snow Detecting Weatherdog!

Rocco, the Snow Detecting Weatherdog!

In October of 2009 our world was suddenly improved with the addition of a hand-me-down corgi named Rocco (aka Rocko) ((aka Rockstar)) (((aka Corgiboy))) and on Saturday he quietly took his last curtain call.

My family has a long history of corgidom and I thought I knew what to expect… but this tricolored little dude soon proved me wrong!

Rocco was the exact opposite of all the corgis I had known before– He was very picky about his food instead of inhaling anything that looked even remotely edible. He hid from people instead of smothering them with corgi-kisses. He wasn’t interested in rope tugs or balls, but he adored his frisbee. He loved the safe space of his crate instead of running around like a small bundle of chaos. And to top it all off he was tiny instead of a giant loaf of bread… although that bit was actually in his favor. (Who knew corgis could actually come in ‘ideal’ bodyshape? 😉 )

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Once More, With Feeling!

By | December 31, 2016
Hello 2017, Good Riddance 2016!

Hello 2017, Good Riddance 2016!

2016 has been a weird sort of year. On the one hand, nothing much has happened in my small portion of the universe, but looking outside that bubble you can see the hurricane of events. There’s some breaks in the clouds, but there was a lot of darkness invading the lives of folks I love and it’s not a fun sight.

Thankfully this post is focusing on my bubble, even if it seems very small and very unimportant in the face of the storm. *rolls up sleeves*

I actually thought I wasn’t going to have anything for these lists at first look, but after a trip down memory lane with the Archives and Google Photos… and I did a lot more than I thought. So welcome to my little corner of sunshine! 🙂

(Actually I’m pretty sure no one reads these posts but me, but I love looking back on them over the years!)

2016 Highlights Reel

  • I wrote stories, made art, hung out with friends and family, and tried to bring a little Assassin’ing into my life.

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