Friday, July 29, 2011

Ever wonder what most book bloggers do in a day.

You see this man to the right.

He's my 86 year old father who has lived with me over 3 years now. He is almost blind most of the time he can't see his food. And of course, his hearing is almost gone. I have to make sure he takes his pills, goes to the doctor and that he has food cooked to eat and let me tell you he won't eat leftovers. He also loves sweets from scratch and that has to be made every other day or so and you can guess who hast to cooks it?... Me. My daughter throws in and helps sometimes.

My husband because of his job he is home most of the time and I would guess like most men, all the attention has to be focus on him ugh. As much as I love him he had one problem he can talk someone's head off. Yep, as I am trying to read or add things to my blog he is in the background yanking his head off UGH LOL.  He needs knee replacement surgery on both knees, they are trying to hold off until he is 60, but I just don't think he is going to make it with all of the pain he is in. We have a split level home and guess who has to make the trips down the stairs? Yep, it’s me or my daughter, which she does the most of this. Thank goodness.

My daughter tries her best to help, but she is a still a young adult and you know how that goes. She needs a job and if your one that needs one you know how that’s going. Did you know I homeschooled for 12 years? Yep, just got done in June wooohoo. She mostly takes care of herself until she finds something for me to look at. Then she yells for me and I have to go see ugh.. So, there’s time here where I put something down to go check it out what she is yelling about. When I come back I know I missed something, but what?.. LOL

Then there are the 2 dogs, 3 cats and 3 rabbits that have to be fed watered and taken out. I do the entire washing clothes, food shopping, cleaning house and pool cleaning that has to be done. My daughter will do dishes at times. She lucky we have a dishwasher, I didn't have one when I was a kid.

Then if my day isn’t full enough I play book blogger all day too. You wouldn’t believe the request that comes that I know hasn’t even read the blogs policy or looked at the blog, so I have shift through them and email the ones that I won’t accept.  When I do fine a good request I go to check which reviewer will read what and them start a process of email back in fourth. If there’s events, guest post or just any question from author I do them all, so that takes time and in between all of this and the household chore, sometime I find multi-tasking doesn’t work out I forget to write something or someone down. Grr. Then I have to rack my brain and believe me it’s not there by that time lol. So, I have to hope someone will email me back. Needless to say I can only do so much and then it still doesn’t work out. I wish I had more time to get whit authors to chat but I just don’t, with my time. I can cut back but then there wouldn’t be the review, so I do what I feel best. You can ask some of my reviewers a few of them have to keep on to me until my brain clicks and I get what they are saying. I know most of you have blogs and you know what’s it like, but for those who don’t it’s a job without pay.

I have 4 sometime 6 reviewers to keep up with who is reading what and how long will the review be. I have to admit I love my reviewers are the backbone of my blog anymore. They have become some of my best friends and I find each of them wonderful in their own way.  Again if it wasn’t for this blog I wouldn’t have met these wonderful ladies that have become my best friends.

Then a few weeks my pinky and ring finger started tingling and then it started killing me and I found out I have Ulnar Nerve Entrapment and let me tell you if you have it the pain can get very bad if I type for long. Then there's the pain pills that I am not use to. Yep, I feel asleep that day, the next I broke the pill in half and it has helped, at least I'm not knocked out LOL.

I have just touched on some of my day but there is still more that I have not even touched on. I am not writing all of this to complain, I'm just trying to let everyone one know followers and authors a like, I am only human and the more the blog grows the more of me that has to go around. I am not mean to anyone even authors that I didn’t enjoy their books. I look at it as hey, I may not like it but someone else might. So, If I forget to email or if I forget to add your name or I don’t send you an email just to chat. You know I am busy or just forgot so please do as my reviewers do and say, "hey, dummy did you forget me? No matter how much this blog grows I can never be mean to anyone least off any author or follower. 

I keep running this blog to help authors and followers find each other. I also believe that includes me and my reviews. We have found a lot of wonderful new authors just from this blog alone because most of them are books we would have never found without this blog.


  1. Laurie,
    We share a lot in common.
    1. We both spell our name the right way (:
    2. We both run Paranormal Book Blogs
    3. We both have husbands who like to talk all the time but in my case my husband thinks I'm the talkative one.
    4.We both are caregivers. In my case I out of 7 kids am the one who does allmost all the caregiving for my 2 parents who are in their late 80's. In my case they still live at home but their ability to care for themselves gets less weekly and I'm over there more and more. My folks both had a terrible virus all week and I moved in for 4 days and took care of them, just got home last night. I can read and catch up on my blog and I conked out at 8:30 with my kindle in my hand. My husband thought I was going to go do a job with him late at night and I felt bad but no way...I was out. (I'd been at ER all night long with mom a couple nights before and never caught up on my sleep). I also work a stressful corporate job from home during the day 40 hours a week and sing in a band. I needmore hours! Lol.
    Anyway...I just want you to know, in the sisterhood of bookbloggers, who are got a friend.

  2. L. I am also 1 out of now 6 use to be 7 of us. Wow, similarities runs a lot the same and think you.

  3. I can absolutely relate to what you're going thru. I'm a caregiver also. Books are my preferred method of escaping without escaping too. I love the fantasy worlds I can visit with a good book. AND I've found some really good ones thru your blog. Thanks for all you do... Just know you are not alone.

  4. I will tell you the same thing I have in the past, applaud you do not envy you and hopefully some day the stress will be less and your time will be spent more on relaxing then going full blast every day! Laurie your husband and most women's have the same thing in common, as long as you are doing something for them like cooking or cleaning they ignore you but the minute you try to read a book they all of a sudden have a lot to say. Mine being away from home working is actually the only reason anything gets done on my blog during the week, or any other thing I need to do as well because yes when he is home it is all about spending every minute making sure he is taken care of.
    *Hugs* to you and glad you are not giving up, we all love to come by BbPNR and see what is going on and share in all the fun with the different authors and their books!

  5. Can I just say 'Full Plate!' and leave it at that?

    Seriously I wonder how you find enough hours in the day to do all that!

  6. First of all Laurie, can I just say, Bless You honey, for all you do! For EVERYONE, not just your family, but for us as well! I realize & appreciate all the hard work you bloggers do. It seems to be a very fulfilling, yet VERY time consuming job. As much as I love to read, I've often thought about starting a blog & sharing my reviews on the books I love to read. But, I know with my CRAZY schedule that I would never be able to keep up with it. Working 50 plus hrs a week at a very stressful job, taking care of my elderly mother & grandmother and taking care of my own family, allows me barely time to sleep!! Let alone run a blog!! I don't know how y'all do it! I have so much admiration for you. I have to make time just to "check" my favorite blogs everyday and sometimes, I can't even find the time to do that! I wish there were more hours in the day.*sigh* I hope that the additional reviewers have helped to alleviate some of your "blog" stress, they are all so awesome. And I hope you know how much all of your hard work means to your followers!! I love BbPNR!!! But please take some time for yourself & take a break once in a while. You're no good to anyone if you burn yourself out!!! A little advice...I find that if I'm trying to read & my man is bothering me, the simple act of giving him a chore to do, will get him to leave the room & "all of a sudden" find something else he "has to get done". Lol!! So predictable :) There you have it...Redz' helpful tip on how to get some "me" time...hand out chores & they'll be sure to scatter! Hehe :D


  7. I've often said that if life weren't so full I'd be bored. I am beginning to regret those words. :)

    It's tough when you have elderly parents. And I can totally relate to the knee surgeries. (From what my nurse friend tells me, men take knee replacement surgery worse than women.) So you'll have added 'joy' when that comes to pass.

    I'm glad your daughter can help sometimes. And for moral support, at least you have the blog community. You're not alone.

  8. Thanks ladies. The think I want to make sure I get out is I dont mind the work on bit, I am just getting slower and well more forget full LOL.

    Ilona, I have to admit a lot of things goes undone:(


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