About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Unstoppable! Days 3, 4 & 5

In the continuing saga of my 21 Day Fat Burn Booster, day 3 was the first elliptical cardio. I am used to the elliptical, but veering off my usual program that I know I can handle, was a bit intimidating. Turns out I loved the program and the strength workout that followed it was just as awesome.

Wednesday was day 4 and it was a rest day. I woke to a house slightly cooler than it normally was in the morning. The temperature on the thermostat was 60 even though the set point temperature was 68. Clearly something was not right and I called the plumber who installed the unit. I had to get coverage at work and leave early to meet him at my house. He worked on the furnace for two hours and then came upstairs to tell me I was better off before he came and now we need to call Cape Cod Gas. You know that sinking feeling you get when you can just feel a situation going downhill? Yup. I was on a slide. He needs to order a new computer board and now I have no heat instead of the little trickle I had before he came. Of course this happens on the coldest night of the year and of course there is nothing he can do that night as the part won't be in until the next day.

THE NEXT DAY? Below zero temps and I'm not going to have heat all night? Then I'll need to take more time off from work to have them come and put the part in? You would think, in this situation, my first thoughts would be how I'm going to stay warm all night, right? Nope. My first thought was THIS is going to mess up my workout schedule. The next day was day 5 and I was now excited about trying the next treadmill workout and couldn't wait to to do the second strength workout, and now, just as I'm beginning to feel the effects of the good food and changed up exercises, I'm going to be relegated to sitting all day in a chair under an electric blanket, not to mention inconveniencing people at work as they try to scramble to cover my club.

Did I care about spending a night and a day in frigid weather with no heat? No. My pipes were luke warm because the water temp in the furnace was 118 degrees and the hot water part worked just fine, so my pipes weren't going to freeze. My biggest problem was missing my workout the next morning.

I settled myself in for the evening under my electric throw, turned the oven on 400 degrees which really warmed up the kitchen/family room, poured a glas of wine and fretted about the fragmented day on the horizon. At bedtime I climbed under a big warm electric blanket and had a thought. Since the part wasn't even coming in until 10 am, I could get up and go right to Koko and get the workout in and be back home easily before ten. After all, the club will be a lot warmer than my house and there's no reason to sit there from 6-10 waiting for the part.

Day 5 was saved. I loved both the treadmill and strength workouts and felt wonderful when I was done. I was less anxious about spending the day in a chair. Nothing is going to get in the way of me staying on track and completing this 21 day program – except maybe the glass of wine – but hey, I think even Michael Wood would have to agree it was a wine moment.

As for the furnace? Well, I sat ALL day and waited for a part that never came until noon and then sat some more waiting until 5:30 for the guy to come put it in, only to find out that it was the WRONG part and I was going have another night without heat. I told the guy I wasn't sitting home again and he can chase the part all day on Friday, but don't come back until 6:30 pm to put it in. My co-workers and family were worried about me, and made me feel loved and cared for, but I was fine. I had power, the pipes were still luke warm, the house was holding temperature at a toasty 45 degrees – even through the extreme outdoor temperatures – and as my husband says, I'm the queen of electric blankets.

And so, as day five goes by, not even a broken furnace in frigid weather drailed my 21 day commitment, and…I have written.

 

 

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