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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

* KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED *

Yesterday afternoon, after a long day at work (thank the Lord for air conditioning!), I received an email from Chicken Soup for the Soul that a story I submitted had made it to the first phase of their selection round! (It's a book about forgiveness.) Wow! I had a story accepted for one of their doggie books in 2017, but this soon for another one is surprising. (It was back in 2007 and 2008 that I had four stories accepted. As I've mentioned many times, I just can't get back into it very much.)

So, anyway, don't know when I'll hear for sure, but for now I'm honestly putting it out of my mind, which isn't difficult because I'm so forgetful anyway. Ha!

Oh, this isn't what I was eluding to in my July 9th post, either! πŸ˜ƒ

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Speaking of books...I finally made it to the library today...BUT I forgot to take my list of books and authors I wanted to find. Duh. (I've been blaming my forgetfulness and other silliness on the effects of anesthesia, but that might be getting too old, so now I'm going with the excessive heat we're having and it's not supposed to end anytime soon.)

I did get three books. One from a familiar author that I like, Elizabeth Berg, and 2 others I haven't heard of: Tara Conklin and Dana Bate. (Oh and I dropped off a copy of my memoir for them to send to their "marketing department" or something like that.)

I finished Good Riddance a couple of days ago. It was typical Elinor Lipman, a fun, not profound, easy read.

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This photo makes me really happy, for various reasons...
I want to visit Switzerland and/or Austria so much some day, to see sites like this, 
AND it makes me feel I'm in a much cooler temperature! 

Stay cool or warm, depending on your part of the world!!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

* I FOUND IT! *

I found it, I found it! The cute header I used years ago. Still trying to make it the correct size, but this works for now.

I've been reading A LOT and getting close to finishing Good Riddance. Even though it's about 10,000 degrees here today, I might venture out to the library...although I do have that stack of TBR books πŸ˜‰


Have I shared any photos of our view? 


Here's our view from our front porch! 
(This is an enlarged photo. We're not 2 feet from the lake, but close!)




Part of our screened-in porch. I've wanted one all my life!
And white wicker? Yes! One of my best friends, Sherry, got two chairs,
a love seat and a coffee table for FREE.
  A neighbor of hers was throwing it all away!
Sherry and her husband live a couple hundred miles away now πŸ˜₯ 
but she comes "home" quite often. She piled all the furniture into 
her car and brought it to us. 
Note: I got the beautiful armoire on Facebook's Market Place
which is where people buy and sell used items.
I got it for an amazingly low price!
It obviously opens and has so much storage space!

Looking forward to checking out all y'all's blogs! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

* MY BLOG LIST! *

I've been wanting to add the List of Blogs I followed back in the hey day of blogging, and after much searching and a bit of swearing, I found them! πŸ’“ (If I used to follow your blog, and don't see yours on the sidebar, please let me know. These aren't all of them, just ones I seemed to recognize!)

They are on the right side bar and I plan to go through every one of them. (It will definitely take a while!) The ones who haven't written in years, I'll still try to contact as I've done in the past. It makes me sad when there's no reply and I wonder about them...

I guess this means I'm really going to try to get back into blogging again! (I'm getting so tired of FB)



Remember when I had this cute clip art as my header? I loved it and haven't been able to find it for quite a while, plus make it the correct size. 
Well, tomorrow is another day!



This sounds like me lately...I'm trying, but...

                          I DO have some exciting news...I think...about an upcoming publication!
                                         I'll post more about it when I know more info!



I'M ALIVE AND ALMOST "ALL BETTER!"

I skimmed through my last post....did I mention that I have perfect vision now?? It's wonderful!

Still at the final healing of my second surgery, the one I had June 10. Geez! (I forgot to say the second surgery had nothing to do with my eyes.)

Just wanted to say I'm still here!!

I really appreciate and love all you wonderful people who continue to check my blog and see if there's anything new!

What are y'all reading now? I finally have begun reading again after getting my eye fixed and being "in the mood" again to read!

I'm reading "Good Riddance" by Elinor Lipman. I think I've read almost all of her books. They're easy reads, light fiction, with humor and drama.

Hope to be back in blogland soon!


Friday, May 24, 2019

* RECUPERATING FROM EYE SURGERY *

Have I mentioned anything about needing eye surgery?? I don't think I did...

I have had double-vision for SEVEN MONTHS. I was given every test imaginable, had 3 MRI's, and tons of blood tests. After seeing all kinds of specialists, and wearing my prescription glasses with special "prisms", it was determined that I needed eye surgery to correct the problem. 


This photo shows what the "prisms" look like on glasses. It amazed me that looking through these lines gave me correct vision, although it wasn't perfect. They are made out of soft plastic and just "stick" to the lens...only one lens. 
After going through 3 different kinds in a short period of time, that's when it was decided I needed surgery. I am healing well and haven't been in any pain, although I look awful! 



I'd never seen any other kind of "prism" other than the pyramid shaped ones we had in school...

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AND the ones in the movie "Pollyanna" 
with Hayley Mills!
I LOVE that movie and as a child I never could figure out why all the grown ups didn't like her cheerfulness! I'm also a Pollyanna and proud of it! πŸ’—




"If you look for the bad in people you're sure to find it, so look for the good in them instead." - Pollyanna

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ENJOYING OUR SCREENED-IN PORCH

Charlie finally believed me when I said he'd see much better from the love seat than standing on the floor.




If this works, you'll see part of the porch, my feet, a cup of coffee and the beautiful chirping of birds. 


We just love it here. 
So relaxing, beautiful, great neighbors.






Saturday, May 11, 2019

Exciting News!

Wildwood, Missouri 

"This would be a great Mother’s Day gift."

"We all end up with chin hairs." 


"Sold exclusively at Three French Hens."
-- Jeanie Hood, owner





Recently I reached out to the owner, Jeanie Hood, about selling my memoir on consignment at her beautiful store. 

She said "yes!"


I dropped off some books yesterday in hopes of sales for Mother's Day gifts. 

She loves the title and will read it as soon as possible so she can talk to her customers about it. 


I'm doing happy dances because in addition to the opportunity for more book sales, I know I have met a new friend, a kindred spirit, and that means more than any dollar amount...

Please click on the link above to their Facebook page and learn more about Jeanie and her store!  



snapdragons - one of my favorites 


And to all the Moms out there...Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

You know you're having a great day when your new electric bill arrives and it's $100 less than last month's! 

Renovations, insulation, meditations, irritations, frustrations, recommendations, and celebrations: 

Purchased and refurbishing a _ _ _ _ home, lake side. What a beautiful place to retire! πŸ’—

I'll post some before and after photos sometime soon. 


I never imagined that my Dream Home would be a double-wide mobile home!! 


Monday, December 31, 2018

* HAPPY NEW YEAR *

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2019. 

I looked back at my posts for this year...and there were only 16! 
SIXTEEN for the entire year!
I thought that must've been a mistake...😲

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I'll try to do better next year!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

* NINE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS?! *

Yes, Virginia there IS a Santa Claus....and yes, Becky is still alive and kicking! πŸ˜‰

My 5 talks at the assisted living centers became only 3; I missed one because of illness, and the other was cancelled due to a large snowstorm we had.

I was a bit rusty in talking, but it seemed to go well. People laughed and smiled at the proper times.

I brought door prizes, print-outs of helpful online sites for writers, and lots of books to sell.

I sold Five Books 😞

Oh well... it was a great experience and I met some wonderful people. That's a gift in itself. 

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Have I mentioned that Ron and I are moving again?? In August, we bought a used double-wide mobile home in a lake community and hope to actually move in next month! It was a mess and we're totally rehabbing it and it will be like a brand new home. If I'd never seen some of those make-over shows on HGTV, I would've never agreed to buy it. It was that bad! I'll share some before and after photos after we've moved in!

I'm not sending snail mail Christmas cards this year...first time in over half my life, but I just couldn't find the time or energy to do them. So, please don't think I've forgotten you, I wish all of you a


Very Merry Christmas!




May 2019 be a year of good health
 & happiness for us all!