Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A good book to read

One of the many blessings of belonging to a writer's group is that you are privileged to read
other books. This one particular book is being promoted this week and I am happy to say that I really like the story. The first chapter just sucked me in and keeps me wanting more.
Joan Sowards wrote this marvelous tale called Haunts Haven which is the story of Callie Wilford, a young single lds girl, who inherits an old haunted bed and breakfast Inn from her deceased mother located somewhere in an old western town. Once you start it, it is hard to stop. The story includes a love interest, a stubborn ghost and the town manager.
Read the first chapter at and order it at Amazon. It's worth every penny!!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Be Grateful For What We Have

Last Thursday, our electricity was out most of the morning. Apparently a switch from a substation went down and we were without power for over three hours. Everything I needed to do that day took electricity. Checking my email, sewing something on my machine, and watching a movie. My crock-pot dinner was evern put on hold. We are so accustomed to electricity that it was hard to fill the time while I was waiting for it to come back on.

It's amazing how grateful you become when something is taken away from you that you take for granted. In case you haven't been forced into gratitude as I have been, this might help to put your life in perspective. These are some statistics from the internet:

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have money in the back, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds' weathly.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not."

Thanksgiving is this week and I'm reminded by force what I am truly thankful for in my life. I need to remember this all year round. Besides being grateful for electricity, I am grateful that I live in my own home in a nice neighborhood, drive a "paid-for" care and live a healthy, active life. My children are good citizens, and keep active with school, work and church activity. I have food on my table, money in the bank and extended family I can count on any time. I am truly blessed and grateful for what I have. I hope you are too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A good book to read

Marsha Ward started this series a long time ago. She wrote and rewrote the first story and turns out a marvelous book called the Man From Shenandoah. Fast foward to the present day and the third book in this series called Trail of Storms is now published and on sale at Barnes and Noble.

This interesting story of Jessie Bingham in a bewildering tangle of values, emotions and high adventure. I'm not a western kind of person but I want to read this book.


Ida was here

Hurricane Ida wasn't much of a hurricane by the time it got here to Loxley. Although there were wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour, we had more rain than anything else.

I'm very excited though for the snowball affect going on with my Of One Heart book. I did an interview yesterday and had several writer friends promote it on their blogs and websites. Its very exciting.

No school today either or tomorrow for Veteran's Day so we have some time to do some extra stuff that we don't get to do very often. A surprize short vacation. I did get more of my next manuscript done but I still have much more to do. Since this lastest manuscript (Dogs, Blogs, and Hobbits: Writings from a Widow's Perspective) was typed on two different computers, I had to type the whole thing over again because there was some corruption in the file. The PDF conversion manuscript would not work for my publisher so I am now typing the whole thing over. What a pain but I have to do it. My hands are going to be hurting for a while.

As for the rest of the week---soccer will be canceled because of the flooded fields and this friday is the 13th. Our day for Jim and me to go on a date!

Stay dry!!