Jennifer Pickrell

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Fresh Air Friday #5

When you’ve got spare time and an easygoing cat, things happen…


Origin of Fresh Air Friday.





Fresh Air Friday #2

This week, I was amused by my youngest cat who thinks he’s a person:

I'm a person! 

He sometimes uses the coffee table or wall to brace himself so he can stretch up completely on his back legs to “stand.” In this pic he’s staring out the sliding glass door onto the back deck at two bear cubs.

I could do without bears in the yard, but this little one can stay:

Peter Rabbit

Origin of Fresh Air Friday.


Spring is in the air! (Sort-of)

If you don’t count the nightly freeze warnings and the snow flurries last weekend, spring is totally in the air. And what does that mean?


Yes, it’s that time of year I geek out over middle and high school plays because tweens/teens are ultra talented and they pour their hearts and souls (not to mention time) into these productions.

So far I’ve watched Hairspray JR and Cinderella. The latter had the coolest costumes. Cinderella’s dress was made to transition from plain to ball-worthy right on stage. The reaction from the kids in the audience  to this “magic” was priceless.

There’s a video of the magic on Facebook, it’s a public page, so hopefully you can see it. It’s short, only about 10 seconds.

Spring also means:


The Orioles have won seven games and only lost one. Sings: “We are the champions!!!”

Okay, okay…

I know it’s still VERY early in the season, but allow me this celebration. My Birds once started their season with 21 straight losses.

In other news:



My husband and I found this at our local Big Lots. Do you have one of these stores near you? Their stock is so random (and always changing). Sometimes we go in there and lose an hour of time, poking around and stumbling across fun things.

My nickname growing up was a take on my last name (Pickrell became Pickel), so this tape is perfection.


One of my cats had acne on his chin. Cat acne – catne? cacne?

I didn’t even realize this was a thing until the vet told us. I think it was brought on by stress – he and another cat went through a rough patch of growling/chasing which made our sweet boy anxiously (compulsively) rub his face on every surface in the apartment. The vet gave him an antibiotic shot which, thankfully, cleared it up.

Poor fella, look how easygoing he normally is – he’s a friend to all, even toy mice!



April is National Donate Life Month so please, PLEASE consider donating blood, becoming an organ donor or giving money to your local transplant clinic. If you’ve ever had a loved one in need of blood or waiting for a transplant, you already know how important it is to take a few minutes out of your day to help.

On that note, much love to everyone ❤


Writer Recharge 2015 – Update 3

WriterRecharge 2015

It’s February, which means it’s time for Writer Recharge!

Once again hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Sara Biren, Writer Recharge is your chance for a four-week jump start in the middle of a cold, dreary winter. Set goals for yourself, check in once a week, and connect with other recharging writers.


Last week I was on page 36 of EMMA in my quest for 50. This week I’m on page…



*cheers* *celebratory music* *fireworks*

I also had a goal of sending out 5-10 JULES queries. I sent out SIX last week!


On Friday I lugged my clothes to the Laundromat and then settled down in a plastic chair to start RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier. Over 50 pages later, my clothes were clean and dry, but full of static because I’d been too caught up in my book to remember fabric softener.  Oh well, totally worth it 🙂


The weather is still a jerk – cold and then finally warm, but there was a bunch of melting snow in the way of my giant hill. Maybe this coming weekend? 

Plus I’m still planning to do #PitMad next month.


Same as the stretch – once the weather cooperates, West Virginia drive, here I come!


I finished the pages I was beta-reading


I already completed my stated goal of watching a so-bad-it’s-good movie, so I had to think of something else to do. Thus I came up with:

Catnip bubbles for cats.

These are apparently a thing. I saw them in the store, bought them for my Maine Coon, dumped them in his little bubble machine (yes, our cats are ridiculously spoiled) and added some dish soap to help with the bubbling.

Voila. Fun for cats. Fun for me.

Side note: Cats are entertained by most anything. Case in point, this box: