Monday Musings: I’m Back!

We spent the weekend in Wells, Maine. We had the Maine State Chili Cook Off on Saturday, so there was some busy time. This is, along with the cook off, my vacation weekend. We don’t usually do the go away for week or so type of vacation because of the weekends tied up with cook offs. But this one is a bit different. It’s fun for the entire time. We tend to relax and just enjoy the place, the company, and the time away. This year, I also took a hiatus from social media for the weekend. That made it extra relaxing!

We drove up on Friday. Traffic was a beast, but that is to be expected when you are heading toward the beaches on the Friday afternoon of what is going to be a gorgeous weekend. A few slow downs and tie ups, but really, not a horrible trip. We checked into out motel, the Carriage House. We stay there every year, and so do most of the other cooks, so it’s like a con, of sorts! We always get room 10. I probably would be off center and out of sorts all weekend if we didn’t! Not that the other rooms are different, of course, but 10 is ours for those few days. We try to get out on Friday to a local restaurant called Joshua’s. That is usually just the two of us, but this year, we invited the organizer of the cook off to join us. Our reservation was for 7:15, and we didn’t leave the place until after 10. And it was totally our doing, not the restaurant. We just sat there and talked and laughed the whole time. It was a very good time.

Saturday, of course, was the cook off. Maine is generally an easy one, with very little in the way of problems. We’ve been doing it for years, we get along very well with the organizer (see above), and it’s a long, but good day.

Saturday evening, many of the cooks, judges, and other chili folk get together at the Carriage House for a potluck dinner. There is always a lot of delicious food- chili cooks tend to be very good in the kitchen, no matter what they are cooking! And after we all stuff ourselves on the goodies, we sit around and talk and laugh and maybe bitch a little here and there. Again, another really fun evening with so many good people.

Sunday is heading for home day, but we take our time. We meander along the back roads and stay off the big highways as much as we can, and just enjoy the drive. We try to find a diner or small local place somewhere along the way to grab some food. This year, it was a little diner in Exeter, NH. We stop and pick up Lambeau at the boarding kennel, and then we’re home again. I’m already looking forward to next year!

On the writing front, I finished up the second revision on “Two’s Company”, so I am now working on a read through which I should finish up in a couple days. Then, looking at the corrections (yeah, I found a few!) and revisions based on feedback from a few readers, I will dig into the final revision. At least, I hope it will be the final run. The feedback was generally good, with a few suggestions for things that made sense, so I think this should be the end. Or at least, it will be at a place where I can call it the end. As with most authors, I could sit and nitpick at it forever, but at some point you have to call it finished or it never will be. I think we are definitely on track for the December release I was hoping for. Oh, and yes, there will be more teasers and excerpts coming!

I guess that’s about all for now. Back to reality and into the week ahead!

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