Another New Year

new yearWhat day is today? I think it may be Tuesday, but I’m not altogether sure. I had to look at the calendar. There’s something about not having to go to work that throws me off, and then there’s this middle of the week holiday for the second week in a row. I’ve enjoyed the holiday season. I love the lights, I love baking the cookies, and I love having the time to read and relax more than usual. At the same time, I’m ready to get back into my normal routine.

It isn’t as though I haven’t gotten anything constructive done. I have. I’ve been working on the outline for the next book. I’ve also been Googling some facts I need for that same book. And the best news is that I’ve actually written a few pages of the next book. I love it when I get the chance to actually tell my story.

So, here’s to the new year. I hope you all will be healthy and happy and prosperous. I’m so ready to get back into my normal routine.

Happy New Year!

Wishing You A Wonderful Time

happy holidaysHappy Holidays, no matter which ones you celebrate.

I’m sitting around in waiting mode. Everything is done. Cookies are baked, gifts are wrapped, and stockings are hung. Sometimes having nothing to do but wait is worse that still rushing around at the last minute, but I have never liked the crush and the rush of the crowds, so I’m here snug and smug about being done, and am happily waiting.

So, from my house to yours, I’m hoping you have the best holidays ever.

Oops! There It Goes Again

I don’t know what happened, but my previous post disappeared. That’s what happens when you’re functionally computer illiterate. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m finished with all the shopping and the wrapping and the mailing, and I’m ready to settle down and bake cookies. It’s the only time of the year that I indulge in my urge to bake, largely because I can usually find people to help me eat the results.

I hope everybody is getting close to being ready. Happy Holidays, no matter which ones you observe, from me.

Haggy Christmas

Christmas is a haggy time. No, that is not a typo. It’s a family joke at my expense. It all comes from a Christmas card I made when I was about seven and still getting my ps and gs mixed up. So, it was supposed to read, Christmas is a happy time.

Of course. And it is. But it can be a haggy time when you get all caught up in the hustle and bustle and rush of the season. A woman can get to feeling pretty haggy. Like a hag, haggard. Who knows?

At this point, I think I pretty much have everything under control. The gifts are bought, the tree is decorated. I’m currently working on the cards. So, unlike the children, it’s a busy time. I don’t have the luxury of sitting around and waiting for Santa.

Still it’s a time of year that I love. I may be busy, but I’d rather be busy than have nothing to do.

So, I’m back to work plotting a new book, and getting everything done on time.

Yeah, Christmas is a haggy time, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Here Comes Christmas

treeI have survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the Iron Bowl, and even Cyber Monday. Whew!

I have to confess that I do not do Black Friday, Football, or much online shopping. In fact, most years I’d already been finished shopping by now. But we had a very hot fall, and the holiday season just sort of sneaked up on me. So, I have most of my shopping done, and will probably finish it before the week is out. Then I can wrap.

My tree is up, but not decorated except with the lights that came on it. Oh the joys of a pre-lit tree! I’ve promised my grandgirlies that they can help decorate, so it will be Friday before the ornaments go on, but I can still enjoy the lights.

So anyway, now that most of the Christmas stuff is well under way, I can get back to plotting the next book.

Happy Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgivingSeems like no matter how hard I try to plan ahead for my Thanksgiving dinner, I always end up having to run out at the last minute for something. This morning, it’s milk and dark Karo syrup. Never mind that I have three unopened bottles of light Karo, I need dark. (Haven’t made pecan pie in awhile and apparently you need dark Karo. Who remembers?)

Otherwise, my holiday plans are coming along apace. After I get back from the store, I will make the aforementioned pecan pie and a pan of cornbread for my stuffing. My mouth is already watering when I think of the goodies to come.

So, from my house to yours … Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrating Another Year

Birthday TreeToday is my birthday. I’m somewhere in the neighborhood of 112 years old. Not really, but I feel that old some days, especially when it comes to technology. Still don’t get it. And I’m not even sure I’m doing Facebook right most of the time.But I try.

I learned to type on an ancient manual typewriter. The good news is that I can type with all my fingers. The bad news is now that I’m 112, my thumbs hurt so much, that I cannot text proficiently. Even with one finger. Not my favorite method of communication.

However, one thing I started doing about 45 years ago (in real time) is exercising. At first, it was for purely vanity reasons. I wanted to fit into my clothes. Later on I included health among my reasons. Now I pretty much exercise for health only, because no matter how much I do exercise, my clothes still don’t fit me the way they once did. The good news is that I’m in pretty good health.

So, my advice to you is that if you want to live a long, happy life, don’t ignore your heath.

Veterans’ Day Memories

FlagsYes, I usually post on Tuesdays, but today being Veterans’ Day, it was on my mind.

I am from a military family. My father served in World War II and retired after 20 years of service. My husband served in Vietnam and retired after 25 years. Our son served in the Gulf War and retired after 21 years. That’s 66 years of military service.
So today is a pretty somber day. Two of those special people are no longer with me, but of course, I remember them today and every day.

I may not have served myself, but I know what it’s like to love a military man. So, today like everybody else does, I remember our veterans, not just the ones I loved and love, but all of them.

Thank you for your service.

Happy Birthday, Internet!

Today I heard on the tv news that it is the 50th anniversary of the internet. Funny how we that it has always been here, but I actually remember back in the olden days when it wasn’t even a twinkle in some scientist’s eye.

In October of 1969 I was at Troy State University college and I was working in the computer department as my student job. The computer was the size of a Volkswagen Bug and we fed it cards that had space for about 100 characters on them. Needless to say getting it to do anything was slower than slow. Still, it was faster than doing it the hard way.

I guess I’m showing my age when I can remember my parents getting a Sears catalog and filling out a form, calculating the weight, and then writing a check for what we hoped was the right amount and putting in the mail. Then it might be a month before we received what they ordered. Of course, we were a military family and living in Germany at the time. Patience wasn’t just a virtue back then, it was just the way it was.Anyway, Happy Birthday, Internet. In many ways you have made life easier for people, but in others, not so much.

First Draft!

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HERE IT IS, the news we’ve all been waiting for.

I HAVE FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE BOOK. 😂

That’s the good news. Of course, I may have months of revising and polishing, but the hard work is done. I had planned on taking some time off to do other silly things like fall cleaning and yard work, but I’ve been so involved with the story that I couldn’t wait to revisit it again.