Monday, September 30, 2013

New Release and Vacation

The Harlequin Christmas anthology, Christmas Cowboy Kisses will be released tomorrow! My story, Christmas with Her Cowboy, introduces readers to Tanner and Anna. I must admit, I’m a Christmas story junkie. Any genre, if it’s a Christmas story, it goes to the top of my TBR pile around November first.


DH and I spent seven days traveling from Minnesota to North Dakota and Montana, and then back home through Wyoming, and South Dakota. We stopped at museums and National Parks including the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and Yellowstone. We also visited several western wear stores. Needless to say we had a wonderful time, saw too many buffalo to count, and brought back some unique souvenirs. My favorites are the pistol towel rack, toilet paper holder, and hand towel holder that I bought for my bathroom. They are adorable, and match the antique photos I have hanging in there. 

My favorite stop…Cody Wyoming! The Buffalo Bill Cody Museum was fabulous. However there was another museum on the edge of town that I loved. Old Trail Town was so unique, and so untouched! I spent hours there, and am already looking forward to a return visit someday. This is also where I bought my above mention bathroom accessories. Another little museum in Mobridge, South Dakota, was a close second to being utterly fascinating. 

As much fun as the trip was, we were very glad to arrive home. We’d not only missed our oh-so-comfortable bed, we missed the grandchildren tremendously. This week I’ll be blessed to go on a first grade field trip to the apple orchard. My granddaughter and I are going shopping on Wednesday night to buy supplies for our ‘bag lunch’ and we’ve already decided to wear our matching Yellowstone sweatshirts. It just doesn’t get much better than that. Other than the pumpkin patch field trip in October with the preschool classroom. Yes, that granddaughter and I will be wearing matching sweatshirts, too. 

Be kind to yourself—if you aren’t, no one else will be either.


casey_654 said...

I've never contacted a writer before but felt I had to comment. I'm about to read Christmas with Her Cowboy and your letter to the reader, which I usually skip over, caught my eye. The part about shopping on Christmas Eve with your father made me read the letter. I am in tears. Happy tears. This brought back memories of shopping with my own father at Christmas, always last minute to get my Mom a gift. Thanks for sharing your memory and all of your wonderful stories with us.

Lauri said...

Thank you, Casey, for your comment. How lovely! Fathers (and mothers)are such special people. A girl's first hero. I'm so glad you have such wonderful memories of your daddy! Hold them close, as I do mine.