Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Can't stop her now...

Karlee started crawling yesterday. Just a few feet, but it was so awesome to witness, and there won’t be any stopping her now. It’s truly amazing how much babies learn in their first year of life, isn’t it? She reminds me so much of her daddy when he was little. Always happy and smiling. 

Speaking of grandchildren…Isabelle and Hayley gave me an adorable shirt for Mother’s Day that say’s “Never Fear, Grandma’s Here.” It’s hot pink and already my favorite shirt. And Bear and Gander, AKA, the boys, (my granddogs) gave me a card that has a picture of a yellow lab puppy on the front and it says, “Grandma, As I get older, I realize that you’ve been right about so many things…I am adorable, for example. And talented, and quite possibly a genius. You were so insightful to see that.” It was signed with two paw prints. Priceless. 

Spring, or possibly summer, arrived yesterday. We had eighty degree weather. Which means I must attack my closet, take out the winter garb and replace it with the summer stuff from the upstairs closet. And of course dig out the sandals to show off my wonderful Mother’s Day pedicure. 

On the writing side, I just received the final chapters from one of my critique partners of her Native American story, and I’m looking forward to reading them. It’s a wonderful story full of rare historical facts. I also have a goal of finishing one of my stories this week, so I may be up until the wee hours of the morning.  My favorite time to write is during the quiet evening hours, and I often lose myself until well after midnight. 

Celebrate life this week, with the spring flowers popping up and the trees budding out, there is so much to be grateful for!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

The international day dedicated to the celebration of motherhood came about after the civil war, when in 1870 Julia Ward Howe proclaimed ‘Mother’s Day’ with her proclamation.  
Yes, this is the same woman who wrote the The Battle Hymn of the Republic. 

To mothers everywhere, I wish you a day filled with happiness, joy, and honor.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy Monday!

I took my mother shopping this morning, and snowflakes were in the air! Goodness, goodness. It is May 2nd! While we were out and about we ran in my daughter-in-law and granddaughters, so we spent extra time just roaming the store visiting. It was truly delightful. 

Lots going on in World News today, and though I’m extremely thankful for all the men and women who work tirelessly to keep us save and our world thriving, as well as the men and women who bring us the news, I had to turn the TV off. Too much of anything is well, too much.

Nights with the Outlaw was released yesterday. Yeah! It’s a short story—right around 15,000 words. The heroine is a ‘pig farmer’ in Nebraska and I really enjoyed writing this book, especially the opening scene where she is stuck in a tree with a pig rutting the roots below her.  The ‘hero’ comes along to save her, but soon he’s stuck in the tree as well.

Love Western Romances just posted this wonderful review for Wildcat Bride. If you haven’t visited Love Western Romances, those gals do a great job of keeping readers current on western reads. Check it out when you have a chance.

Have you ever tried one of those chickens in a bag? You get them in the fresh meat section at the store and bake them in the bag they come in until the little red button pops. I hadn’t, but my son raves about them and suggested I try one. I made it last night, and it was delicious!  Much more food than Papa and I can eat at one setting, so tonight I’ll make a thick stew with homemade egg noodles from the leftovers. If you try one, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Have a wonderful week and keep dreaming!