Work Your Fingers to the Bone, What do You Get?

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers.

Beware! This is a pity post.I work four distinct jobs/activities since Bob retired. So, it's his fault. I just want to get that there up front so we're all in agreement. Here's what a typical week looks like for me.

Job/Activity 1 - Writing

work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-what-do-you-getI build my muscles when I write. Writing is what I consider my main job. It takes up most of my time. In fact, I write approximately 4 to 6 hours a day, five and sometimes six days a week. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday and sometimes Sundays (Shh! Don't tell anyone because Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest for me). Currently, I'm finishing the second book of The Eschatos Chronicles, an apocalyptic, inspirational thriller series. The Lesser Witness launched the series in June 2019 and is book one. The False Witness should be out by the end of 2019, if not, January 2020. Concurrently, I'm working on an untitled climate catastrophe thriller which will be at the first draft phase by December. My editor is all lined up to look at The False Witness with the second untitled MS getting to her soon after.With writing business, I not only have to write (duh) but I have to market my books and do administrative duties such as banking and taxes. No fun but a must these days. As books sell, money flows in, money flows out, taxes are triggered which means I have to do financial reporting as well. We must pay the big grinding wheel of bureaucracy after all, mustn't we?

Job/Activity 2 - The Little Store

Since Bob retired, I've been spending up to 25 hours a week working either there or from my home on personnel and financial issues that arise daily. It's Bob's fault that this job has fallen into my lap. I ask him regularly if he misses working and regularly he gives me a big, fat "No!" I blame him for the extra workload. I remind him this regularly also. I remind him by giving him the stink eye, by wolfing down my meals, and by not resting until Sundays, sometimes when I only clean and do landscaping that has fallen short since his retirement. I guess he believes he's retired from ALL work. Guess again, buddy.

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers.

Job/Activity 3 - Deaconing

I love being a deacon. It's good work helping good people who have fallen into hard times. The community outreach we do connects me to many people. I get to pray with people who might not normally attend church. The work is rewarding and important.

Job/Activity 4 - Authors of the San Juan Islands

Since August 2018, I've been the chair of a new membership organization called Authors of the San Juan Islands. You can learn more about AOTSJI at This activity is the one that takes the brunt of my energy in that with all the other spinning plates, the AOTSJI plate tends to come crashing down first. And regularly. Before, I was performing too many tasks---membership, website updating, cashiering, programming for monthly meetings, updating the group on newsworthy events, events chair, yada yada. But since 2019, several amazing women have stepped up to take on many of these tasks making impossible for me now to NOT keep my own responsibilities in order...which they are not. Not yet. But soon.  work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-what-do-you-get

The Other Things Not Listed But Itemized For Your Convenience

  • Showering, shaving my legs (yeah, right), waxing my eyebrows, coloring my hair (back to its natural color)
  • Feeding animals, giving them fresh water, cleaning their poopy boxes, there is a herd of deer, and a clutch of raccoons that live with us (I'm not joking...they should pay rent!)
  • Vacuuming, moping and mopping, dusting, Windexing (yes, it's now a verb), toilets, sinks, showers must be scrubbed (if not weekly and monthly then for sure yearly!), laundry (the mountainous pile in the closet needs picking from because I'm so tired of wearing dirty clothes...not really. I'd live in dirty clothes if I weren't married)
  • Landscaping and gardening---I can't even pretend these two things are getting done.

In Closing

My life has gone haywire fast. We don't have a house cleaner or a landscaper. Instead, we have bills.But I think the important take-away from all of this, this itemized listing of all my many activities here is that all of this is Bob's fault. He's fine with that. He accepts it. And I have to go because Bob wants another cup of coffee and a snack. Retirement is FLIPPING AWESOME!