Summer News

IMG_3629It’s been awhile since I posted an update, so thought I ‘d share what’s been going on with me. I’m sure I’m not the only one to be whizzing through summer. It just gets faster and faster each year.

I went on vacation to Florida in June. We rented a house with some of my family across the street from the water. It was lovely and I took many sunset photos. My daughter and I got really burned the first day out – and yes – we applied sunscreen! That put us off the beach for a few days exploring the area, hitting several book stores. On the days when I did get to the beach, I was in my happy zen place emotionally and inspired to write. Hmm… I wonder if I can write that off this year, eh? A working holiday…oxymoron. You’ll be sure to see my beach inspired poems if you stay tuned.

For my birthday, my husband gave me more nights in a hotel for writing. It was amazing. I finished my first Christian Tompta book (Gnome on a Mission) and have sent it out to beta readers. I also started revisions for book 2 (The Journey Home) and wrote my first query letter. The weekend was quite the success, though I think in the future I’ll stick to two nights rather than three as I was pretty stiff walking out of the hotel. Several days in a confined space do not do a body well!

In July met friends in Cleveland to see the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time. We ate dinner at the Great Lakes Brewing Company and stopped by to see the house from “A Christmas Story.”

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This month we are reaping the benefits of my hubby’s garden and our counters are overflowing with cucumbers and tomatoes. He has already  canned  peaches, green beans and cherries (my favorite). I made pickles and we are looking forward to canning squash and tomato sauces and soup. Yum! I’ll have garden fresh flavors in the midst of winter.

This is my daughter’s senior year of high school, and that will cause me great sadness. I love her so much and am excited to see the choices she makes for her own life, but my family will be entering a new change soon, so I am going to live in these moments with her as much as I can.

This month will bring more family and fun to our home. I’m very grateful for the many blessings God has bestowed upon me. I hope you all are feeling the blessings too ,and enjoying your summers.



I enjoy a museum, and I think I’ll visit one soon.Why?

The best reason is to get the family out of the house. It’s nice to take a day trip locally – an escape from the humdrum of every day living without the expense of travel. We can delve into a story without reading a book, even though I so love books! What’s that called? Live action, you say? Perhaps we should wear costumes next time.

Another reason to visit is the variety of interests museums hold. There are art museums, which we inevitably visit many times over and never tire of because we can take them by one section at a time. We may sit on a bench and contemplate our surroundings, or meditate upon a painting or sculpture for their content, or sketch or study them for line, form, shape and color.

Visiting history museums can be fun when we stand amongst historical items to imagine ourselves wearing a uniform or fancy dress from days gone by, envisioning ourselves amongst the rubble of a flood or in a factory producing metallic objects that today’s children would not recognize.

Children’s museums have a wonderful way of engaging kids’ creative imaginations through hands-on activities, while science and specialty museums carry specific items as they pass through the ages. I remember how much fun we had at the SPAM museum, even though nobody in my house actually eats SPAM anymore.

Visiting museums is great for education. Remembering and reflecting on past problems reminds and helps in modern day, so that society doesn’t repeat its errors. Studying a progressive form of something as it advanced to become better may spark a new creative idea for someone in a particular industry, such as electronics or fashion. It also helps a mind stretch for possibility.

Are you bored? Tired of the same ol’? See what your city or town has in the way of museums, and get out of the house. Don’t forget to donate a few bucks either, if you can afford it; some people cannot, but education does our whole culture good.


Gone Again (a Poem)

This breathless emptiness in my chest,

makes it hard to breath.


I know he did not intend to leave,

nor did he want to.


His blasted integrity makes him

take another trip and…


the kid suffers as much as I do.

She becomes cranky.


Her grumpiness causes me to feel

even more lonely.


I am angry because I cry…

I should know by now,


it has nothing to do with me.

Always it’s just work.


Driving the distance or flying,

I want to go too.


He says someday I will be able to

have travel fun with him.


But until that righteous day comes,

keep our home fires burning.