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Good morning all. Once again we are at Lake Cumberland for the weekend. My daughter’s little dog is blind and is terrified of the boat, so since I don’t swim, we said we would stay with Zoe. Plus we love the peace and quiet here.
I was supposed to do this blog yesterday, but by the time I finished all I had to do, plus throw my rags in a bag, then sit still as a stone on the I75 due to rush hour traffic, we did not get here till late and I just deflated like a blow up doll.
I love it when I am with family. We have such a good time when we are together. After all, family is what it’s about, and with the world going to Hell in a hand basket, we need to stick together.
Okay, so much for preaching. I hope y’all have been able to get some work done this week. I am going to try and work on THE STONE KILLER some, but it is a two hour trip to any large super market.  That’s fun.  But then, it is Saturday and all country people go to town on Saturday.  So, that is my day.  So much for relaxing amid the peace and quiet. I just realized. Today is the first of the month, so it is bill paying day. Lordy, I love when your plan works out. Ha.
Y’all take it easy if you can. I hope you have a Blessed day and we’ll talk later.




thIWAOFZXGWell, talk about being mentally out of it, I had to call my sister in Ohio to find out what day it is, Friday or Saturday.  Boy was I surprised to find out I somehow missed Friday even though I watched Trump being sworn in.  Brain is not working.  I was supposed to do this post yesterday.  Oh well, I’m a day late.

P1010737It is 40 degrees outside with a humidity of 52% which makes it feel damp and chilly.  The weatherman says possible snow?  I hope not.  We’re supposed to have snow on Tuesday as well.  This year, winter seems a little harder, but if you check the statistics, I’m sure it hasn’t been.  I think my problem is caused by the Burgess Seed Catalog I received in the mail.  I want to plant something.  If we had more sunshine, that would help a lot.  I don’t handle a lot of gray cloudy days in a row.  We’ve barely started winter.  Spring is not too far away, thank you God.

teacherFolks, there is a little book called THE WRONG WORD DICTIONARY, by Dave Dowling.  BUY IT!  I am talking about this because of the misuse of words I see every day on the news crawls and on Facebook.  Granted, the English language is not the easiest to conquer.  We have:  to, too, and two, there, their and they’re, your, you’re, it’s and its, gored, and gourd, gorilla, and guerrilla plus many more I’m not listing,  If you’re going to be a writer, you need to know this, otherwise you’re going to appear uneducated.  Believe me, I’m far from perfect in this matter.  I have numerous dictionaries and book on the English language to help keep me on track.  I still goof.  When I was in high school, we won’t say how long ago, I had an English teacher that was as bad as a dictator when it came to the English language.  If you didn’t know what word to use, look it up.  And don’t put that comma in the wrong place.   Isn’t it funny how you remember your toughest teachers and how much they helped you.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRNEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRI’m working at getting THE HANGMAN done.  For some dumb reason, it seems to be going slow.  It’s all in my brain, all I have to do is get it into the computer.  Give THE STONE KILLER a read while you’re waiting on my slow posterior to finish the second book in the series.

Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.  Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.




images7JPAILFWI was happy to open my eyes this morning and see the sun shining bright outside.  That isn’t to say it’s not still a little chilly at 40 degrees.  But, the clouds are gone.  So far today, I am doing better.  My chest and ribs are still a little sore, but not as bad.  Each day will see an improvement.  Our high today is going to be close to 50, and I need to get out of this house.  It is time for a lunch out.  It will be nice.  I haven’t seen my friend since before Christmas, mainly because she was out-of-town and I was down with the flu.  Then January we had snow(?) and I ended up in the ER.  So today is the day.

doctorI have come to the conclusion that doctors do not pay any attention to what a patient tells them.  Example 1, I hurt my back, my doctor knows I have a high blood pressure problem, so what does she do, orders a muscle relaxer which causes high blood pressure.  I end up in the ER for high blood pressure.  Example 2:  I love OJ.  I have been drinking a lot of orange juice this month.  Which is what I think caused my acid reflux problem and sent me, again, to the ER.  It was my fault, not a doctor’s.  But I’m in the ER telling the doctor how I have big problems taking medication.  He orders me a stomach pill which gave me severe stomach pains.  A side effect of the drug.  I can’t take it.  Oh well, we all know doctors have to play a guessing game when treating a patient.  Dammit!  I’m craving a big glass of OJ and I can’t have it or a lot of other foods.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRI made a list of the scenes I have to complete for THE HANGMAN.  There are five plus the conclusion.  That shouldn’t take too long if I keep my butt in this chair working.  It all depends on how I feel, and if the brain is working.  I’ll keep at it, and as soon as it’s finished, I’ll shouting YEAH, on to the next book.

Everyone have a great rest of the week, and stay safe.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.





P1010737A gray cloudy day here in Colorado Springs so far.  It’s not overly cold, the temperature is 33.  At least it is above freezing.  I know that will sound cold to those who live in the South, but I have seen it get a lot colder here like wind chill of -24.  Now that is so COLD it will make any exposed skin hurt.

dreamstime_m_15709757Gray days, of which we have had several lately, drains my energy level even though I slept well.  But I have things that need to be done, so I can’t let it stop me.  Still, I would love to see sunshine.  Great, the sun just came out.  I think I have a case of Cabin Fever, so tomorrow, I’m having lunch with a friend here in the Springs and then to the grocery store.  That will get me out for a while.  Outside I can hear a flock of Canadian Geese flying over the house.  They’re beautiful birds and seem to stay around for most of the winter.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRthe-snatcher-singleWell, THE HANGMAN is coming along.  A couple more scenes and the book will be finished.  Then, while sister is doing her editing, I’ll be onto the next one.  It’s a romantic suspense I want to get finished.  I have three I want to complete along with the next book in the Jonas Black series, THE SNATCHER.  Cross your fingers and say a prayer for me that I am able to complete this goal I have set for myself during this year and part of the next.  Sister will be busy editing.

Well THE HANGMAN won’t write itself, so I need to get busy.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.





chest-painYou’d think this being Friday the thirteenth, this would be an unlucky day for me, it wasn’t.  I find the number thirteen to be a lucky number.  Now yesterday was a different matter.  I was awaken at 2:30 a.m yesterday morning in the worst pain I have ever experienced.  It started between my shoulder-blade and went through to my chest.  My chest pain was horrible.  I thought I was going to pass out it was so bad. Since i had worked in a hospital for several years, and had a sister who had experienced the same symptoms, I had a good idea what it was.  Now I wasn’t positive, and since I have two pups that are not that friendly, I didn’t want to call 911.  Believe me, I was tempted.  So, being stupid, as I have been known to be at times, I waited until daylight.  By 8:30 I couldn’t stand the chest pain any longer, I decided to drive myself to the ER, which I have done before when I was injured.  I made it to the Fire Station a few blocks away.  They took one look at me, and threw my butt on a stretcher in an ambulance.  Off to the ER we went.  My blood pressure was 238/118.  Three nitro pills later, by blood pressure was down and the pain was getting less, by not much.  Peoples, that is not good.  What I was having was an Esaphigial Spasm, caused by acid reflux.  Believe me, you don’t want it.  I felt as if I was dying.

In the ER, I was given a GI cocktail, which is Maalox and Lidocaine, That is the foulest tasting concoction I have ever tasted, but it helped ease the pain, thank you God and the doctor.  After being given several more medications, I better and was released to go home.  I called my niece to pick me up and take me to my car.  Bless that dear girl.  Anyway, my chest is actually sore from the spasm, but 95% of the pain is gone.  I pray all you folks never have that experience with a Esaphigial Spasm.  If you do, be smart and get someone to take you to the ER or call 911.  The spasm may not kill you, but the pain sends your blood pressure soaring and that can kill you.

Revised 1 SK CoverSo needless to say I didn’t work on THE HANGMAN today.  All I’ve been able to do was curl up in my recliner and feel like crap up until now.  Tomorrow is another day for me to get things done.

Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe. Remember, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.



P1010737I believe this year, so far, we have had the craziest weather.  Started off the year fairly well, if I remember correctly.  We had some cold days sure, after all it’s winter.  But this is the first time in all my years living here that we’ve had hurricane force winds.  I mean with roofs torn off some homes, churches and businesses.  Even the court-house downtown got hit.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day, then a cool off with SNOW on Sunday and possibly Monday.

I am what is called a winter person, but even I am ready for spring.  Unfortunately we’ve only been in the winter season for about two and a half weeks.  Spring and summer are months away.  As long as I can see sunshine, I should be okay.  I can’t handle too many gray days.

My roof has been fixed, other than repairing the fence, I didn’t have a lot of damage.  I am lucky and thankful.  When the weather turns sunny and warm, the fence will be repaired.  Until then, the pups have to put up with going out on a leash.  Oh well, just a bump in the road.  Me and the fur babies will survive.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVROther than going to get my hair cut around one tomorrow, I will be sitting at this computing working to finish THE HANGMAN.  I WANT THIS BOOK DONE!!  I hope you all will enjoy the story.  I worked hard to keep you guessing and give you a surprise ending.

Everyone have a great week, stay safe, and always remember, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.




th3tay694eI woke to a hard wind whipping the trees and my wind chime hanging from a hook on the back porch.  Part of someone’s metal roof is in my front yard and my fence is waving back and forth.  I went out and tried to shut the gate as the wind broke the screw holding the latch in place.  Forget that.  The gate and I got blown back.  The big trash container which was in front of the gate is now in the back yard.  We have 45 miles per hour wind with gust up to 80.  Hurricane winds start at 75.  The pups are not happy about have to go outside on their leash, but hopefully that won’t last long.  One thing about the wind, it’s a Chinook and warm.  All the snow is melted except a small amount in my back yard.  I now have clumps of ice here and there where it was so deep and a lot of water.  Otherwise, great.  My nephew came to check on me and the house and he says there are numerous semis on their sides along the road.  Most have pulled off trying to ride out this wind storm.  It is terrible and even worse closer to the mountains.  A lot of people in Colorado Springs are without power.  Me and the house are fine.   I hope how soon it quits.  I don’t like wind.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVROther than the weather, everything is going fantastic on THE HANGMAN.  I was surprised at how much I got done yesterday.  The ending is getting closer and closer.  Even I was surprised by the direction the story is ending.  I hope my readers won’t be disappointed.  It is a twist.

Everyone in Colorado, if you have this wind, stay off the road and keep safe.  I’ll talk with you later.



10382819_1513301252254388_7204409982383081289_nIt was only four degrees when I rolled out of bed this a.m.  to bright sunshine.  Not even the pups wanted to get out from under their warm blankets.  We got an additional inch or so snow last night on top of the five or six inches we already had.  The pups made a quick trip outside and ran back to the house to get warm.  Even with their coats on, they still get cold quickly.  They have short hair and seem unable to stand much frigid weather.  Me neither.  We are supposed to have a warm up starting tomorrow and by Monday be almost sixty degrees.  I’m not complaining.

Today my sister, on her mountain top in Kentucky, is having snow.  From what she has told me, they can get snow in and not be able to get off the mountain.  As for me, I don’t drive on snow unless it is absolutely necessary.

12-5FD1B8B8-548836-96011-4FFBF4EE-702370-960I’ve told you about my fur babies, Stanley, my Ragdoll cat, Pyewacket the black one, and Bandit the Siamese.  Plus I have two pups, Titan and JoJo.  Well I hate to say this but Pyewacket is way over weight so I have put him on a diet.  He wasn’t happy about it, but he is adjusting.  The only problem I have encounter is, he was a stray and even though I have taken good care of him with lots of vet visits, I’m afraid he is not doing as well as he should be.  I will have him checked out and pray he’ll be alright, but he definitely has a problem.  He is the sweetest cat I have ever encountered.  Not once has he ever tried to scratch or bite me.  From the first time he showed up at my house in Florida, all he has ever done was let me doctor his poor skinny body and give me lots of love.  I pray he is all right.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRTHE HANGMAN is progressing nicely and will be completed soon.  If I can get a thousand or more words done a day, it shouldn’t be long.  Pray I reach my goal.  Then comes the really hard part of rewriting, editing, rewriting, editing, and editing some more, formatting and doing the upload.  Then onto the next story.  Lord knows I have lots of story outlines to work on.  My poor brain is overloaded with story ideas.

Until next time, keep writing and doing lots of rewriting and editing.  You improve your craft that way by finding new ways to say things.

Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.  Always remember, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.