Thursday, May 29, 2014

Outdoor Tea Party

We had two of the granddaughters over yesterday and one of the many things they did, was have an outdoor tea party. They had spent the night and Grandma forgot to pull the blinds down in the playroom—where we all slept on one futon—which meant the sun filled the room by 5:30 AM. From that point on both girls were up and at ‘em, and barely slowed down all day.

Papa and I went up north to decorate the graves last weekend and had a wonderful time visiting family and friends. There was also plenty of work to be down around the property, but we still were able to bring home some wonderful walleye fillets.  

This weekend my friend and I are off to the Antiques Roadshow! Dear Hubby gave the pony car a thorough once over to assure safe travels, our hotel is booked, and the route is set. Tomorrow we’ll jump in the car and head west. We both have chosen what to bring and are excited to learn more about each item. I’ve settled on an old gun and a vintage child’s bandito suit. I’ll fill you in on all the excitement in my next post.

Until then, make every day a good one!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Pedicures were in order for this Mother’s Day. Daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and I now have sandal wearing toes. Such fun! 

The last Mother’s Day I had with my mom we went and had pedicures. She enjoyed it so much and it remains a special memory for me. Along with so many others. She truly was a very special person. 

Mother’s Day is filled with many memories for me. Ironically, my father passed away on Mother’s Day in 2007. He too, was a very special person. Both of my parents graced our family with such love. I miss them every day, and feel so honored I’d been blessed to call them mom and dad. 

I send blessings to all of you on this special day. 

Other notes:
I’m still trying to figure out what to take to the Antiques Roadshow.

I received the author's galley of my November release The Wrong Cowboy…for anyone who read The Major’s Wife you may recall a woman on the train with six children claiming to be a mail order bride. That was Marie Hall. The Wrong Cowboy is her story.  

I’ve been researching motorcycles in the 1920’s. The hero in Josie’s story, the fourth installment of my roaring twenties books, rides one. I am really going to miss writing about Roger Nightingale and his four daughters when this series is completed. 

I have things to do and places to be today, so will close for now. Keep smiling.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Now Available

Never Tempt a Lawman was released May 1st!

Steady, wealthy and oh-so-safe—that's the kind of husband Bess Trundale wants. Someone like the local banker's son. Someone unlike Sheriff Kirk Landers. The lawman's confident swagger gets right under her skin…and into her fantasies. And though she's tried to ignore the chemistry surging between them, one night is about to change everything.

Kirk isn't planning on being anyone's husband ever again. But months of living under the same boardinghouse roof as quick-witted, feisty Bess have stirred desires he can't ignore. Together they could put their pasts to rest and claim a bold, passionate future—if he can tempt her to break all the rules with him….

My other wonderful news—to me anyway—is I won tickets to Antiques Roadshow! I’m not a much of a TV watcher, but do tune into this show regularly. The tickets are distributed through a lottery on their website. I’d tied for tickets last year when they were filming in the Twin Cities, but my name wasn’t drawn. When the 2014 schedule came out, the closet location was North Dakota. I figured what the heck, I’ll take a road trip if, by chance, my name is drawn. 

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw the notification I’d won! Now, I have to decide what to take. It does depend if hubby is going with me. (He hasn’t decided.) If he goes, we can take four items, if he doesn’t go, my friend will be going and she’ll take two items, as will I. 

We have several old things we’d like to know more about….decisions, decisions. 

The sun is shining here today. I plan on uncovering my roses and spreading out mulch in all of the flower beds. Digging out the humming bird feeders and the pump for the water fall, and firing up the barbeque grill this evening are on the agenda, too. 

I’ll update you on my roadshow trip as it nears!

Stay happy.