Thursday, June 23, 2011

Coming or Going?

We spotted this Cadillac in Wyoming. My hubby remembered seeing it as a child and wondered if it would still be there, and sure enough, it was. Turns out, it’s been there for over 50 years. 

Oh, and speaking of cars, butterfly nets do not fit in the trunk of a Mustang. After picking up my granddaughter from Vacation Bible School, and after eating lunch at her favorite restaurant, KFC, we did a little shopping. She and her little sister both picked out butterfly nets. One pink, one green, with long bamboo handles. I’d said whatever they chose was fine, so we drove home with handles bouncing around our heads. 

This has been a week of contracts. Harlequin called yesterday and offered contracts on two stories, Unclaimed Bride, a long story about a mail order bride, and One Wish, a Christmas story for their Western Christmas Anthology. (Titles are working titles and subject to change.) And the Wild Rose Press is coming out with a new series, Honky Tonk Hearts, and just today offered to contract a story in that series. Exciting days!

We are dog sitting this weekend, which makes the neighbor dog very happy. She’s been here all day, playing with the boys. Even now, while they are inside napping, she’s snoozing on the front porch, waiting for when they are ready to come back out and play.

That’s all for now, enjoy the rest of June, the 4th of July will soon be upon us!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


We are home from our trip to Colorado for an interment service for my mother-in-law. We took the headstone out there my husband had made for her out of a limestone rock from Kansas. It turned out beautifully, and I know she’s happy to have her final resting place be in Colorado. 

Though the purpose of the trip was poignant, we did have a good time. There were three car loads of us, and we took time to stop and visit many sites. My granddaughter’s pacifier ended up tumbling off Pueblo Canyon on top of Mesa Verde, and my step-grandson bought a hat in Telluride that makes him look quite spiffy. I ended up sitting with ice on my leg to ease the swelling from the sun burn I received at the four-corners, and almost lost my stomach looking over the edge of Dead Horse Canyon in Utah. Our group split after seeing the Hole in the Rock in Utah. The other car loads headed back east to Iowa, and we continued north to Wyoming and then came home through South Dakota. All in all, we hit ten states and drove over three thousand miles. Our favorite location was Rico, Colorado. The best meal was in Moab, Utah, and the most comfortable motel bed was in Deadwood, South Dakota.  

We saw a lot of country and I gathered a lot of information for research, (like the 1st bank Butch Cassidy robbed in 1889 where he stole approximately $21,000) but must admit, it’s good to be home.  

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wow, it's been awhile...

Sorry about that, but with the sun out and the grass green, the outdoors calls. And I gave the ‘playroom’ a makeover. First I painted the walls a plum color and the molding all bright white, then put up new curtains and shades, and then the fun came. The accessories! A full length mirror, a large basket of ‘dress up’ clothes, high-heeled shoes and an overstuffed jewelry box, new lime green tubs for the shelves and matching baskets for other toys. And in the corner, one large, comfy wicker Papasan chair (for snuggling with Grandma). It turned out adorable. The girls loved it and had to spend the night so they could get up and play in it again the next morning.
Okay…enough about that.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and found time to remember.

We had a very special occurrence a couple weeks ago. My niece graduated from college and in the middle of the graduation party her wonderful boyfriend proposed. It was very special, and a day none of us will forget for a very long time.

Our fingers are all crossed for my mother. She will be having another PET scan next week to see how well she has responded to her chemo treatments.

I completed the edits on another Undone for Harlequin, (due out the first of 2012), made requested revisions to another, AND my gold mining story is on the home stretch. I’m looking forward to our trip to Colorado so we can visit one of the towns I’ve researched for this story.

Thanks to so many for your wonderful emails about Wildcat Bride. I’ve been amazed by the amount of people who are asking when Jack will get his own story….Food for thought.

I hope June arrived with all the sunshine and glory you dreamed of in your neck of the woods!