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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.




21765562-image-of-funny-cartoon-smiling-hermit-crab[1]I feel like running around yelling, “It’s alive, it’s alive” after the week I’ve had with this blasted summer cold.  Had lunch with a couple of friends last Thursday, and Barb commented that she’d gotten up with a scratchy throat that morning.  I told her I had also.  We had a great lunch and I came home.  The next day, I felt tired and ached all over.  Then it hit me, the coughing, sneezing, runny nose and bad sore throat, not to mention the damn night sweats not to mention being so crabby it wasn’t funny.  The fur babies knew I was sick and of course followed me all over the house, sticking close to Mom and underfoot.  Poor babies, they didn’t understand me complaining, “Out of the way, all of you.”

Hells bells, there’s nothing worse than a summer cold.  I’m sure there are other things worse, but at the time, I didn’t feel like there was.  Anyway, I am much better and hope to stay that way, as soon as the stupid cough goes away.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLENeedless to say, all my writing was put on hod as I weather out the cold, so now  I am back to work on THE HANGMAN.  I need to call and find out some info on the court system here in Colorado Springs.  I must keep my facts straight.   Sorry this is such a short post, as I had to run out and pick up my medicine and now I need to write some more on THE HANGMAN.

Everyone have a great hump day and weekend.  Stay cool and safe.



Hey everyone, hope all is well with you.  I know it’s been awhile, but I have had company and I’m sure you know how that goes.
My garden is beginning to produce, so far we have cucumbers, peppers and green beans. The tomatoes are slow to ripen, but they are coming along.
Had a wonderful weekend at Lake Cumberland. I don’t go out on the boat because I don’t swim. In fact I don’t sit in the bathtub because I can’t stand water above my ankles. When I was a child, I had swimming lesson. I would be floating, and when I opened my eyes, I would immediately sink to the bottom of the pool. The instructor was sitting on the side.
Sister has some kind of plague. Yesterday, she was hacking and coughing like she had TB.
I hope y’all are working on your writing. I find I get too distracted sometimes with everyday life and my editing and blogs slide off the grid. I have vowed to do better. Hah! One can always hope.
Well I think I need to start my day, and get some breakfast, then try and edit some on THE STONE KILLER before I get so old he nursing home shows up to get me. Y’all take it easy and make time for your craft. Give them Hot dogs for dinner one night or a bowl of cereal. Talk at ya later.


This week has flown by and now that the weekend is here, I have to get some house cleaning done, not to even mention the pile of laundry waiting for me.  Since the weather has been so hot, I don’t mind using the washing machine, but hate to turn on the dryer. My washer and dryer are in the kitchen, which is great except in hot weather, and yes the dryer is vented outside, but it still puts off heat.



By Sunday, our chances of afternoon rain increases.  That will help cool the hot weather.  So far today, it hasn’t been too bad, but I keep the fans running continuously, which helps.  All my fur babies are curled up asleep.  I am happy to report my beloved Pyewacket, my black cat,  has lost enough weight that he can now reach his back legs without his belly being in the way.

Also, it is hard to believe that August is closing fast on July.  Fall and winter are chomping through the days eager for their turn in the year.  2016 is close to being born and 2015 will hobble out on his cane never to be seen again.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLEI hope this year has been prosperous for everyone.  I know I have accomplished a lot of writing and learning about the craft.  But writing, like painting, is a continual learning process, which is great.  If and when we ever reach the point we think we know everything about writing, then we’re only fooling ourselves.  So keep growing in the craft.  I intend to by working to perfect THE HANGMAN and the other books in the series.

Everyone have a great weekend.  Stay safe as life is short.




Yesterday morning I took my dear friend Shirley to the airport.  She had tried to fly out the day before, but ended up sitting for five hours while United tried desperately to get her on another flight back to Ohio.  There had been a problem with the plane which United couldn’t find.  Another plane was to replace the problem one, but that didn’t work out.  I don’t believe she was meant to fly out yesterday.  Too many thing were against that happening, weather, no other available flights and other problems.  That was fine with me as I hated to see her leave.  Per Shirley, United really work hard to accommodate everyone, and did put her on a flight for yesterday morning.

images7JPAILFWAs I was driving back from the airport, spread out before me was Pike’s Peak rising up against a clear deep blue sky, the summit spotted with snow.  A small white plane, flying south, stood out against the darkness of the trees on the slopes of the mountains.  Sometimes, I feel as if it is all a dream and I’ll wake and find myself still stuck in Florida.  Florida is beautiful, but it was never home.  I thank God every day that I am back in Colorado.  Yes, the city has grown to almost a half a million people and is more sprawling than I like, I wish it was a smaller city, but I love it.

Weather wise, we’re going to have a hell of a week, hell being the optimum word here.  Hot!  Hot! for the rest of the week all the way through Monday, the temperature drops into the lower eighties.  The fur critters and I will hide inside as I don’t do heat well.  I’m a winter person and like snow, I melt(sweat buckets) when it is too hot.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLENEW SNATCHER CVRI’m back to working on THE HANGMAN.  I want that book finished, but it seems as if it is taking me forever to get it written.  I guess it’s because I want to be correct with all my facts.  I do try hard to be accurate.  Oh well, it will be done, I guess, when the story plays out.  Then comes the next book in the series, THE SNATCHER.

Everyone have a great weekend, and stay safe.  Life is short.





Well, for the second day in a row, my sister has written a blog about the bushel of peaches she purchased and is getting ready to make into peach pie filling.  She does this every year and works herself until she is so exhausted it is not funny.  Her and my other sister are both into having a large vegetable garden so they have fresh veggies every year.  They both make jellies and jams out of blueberries, strawberries and anything they can think of including apple butter.  Me, I write books.  Sister skins the peaches in hot water, lets them cool, slices them and adds all the spices for pie filling, fills freezer bags with enough for individual pies and freezes the lot.  That way she always has fresh peaches for pies.  She does the same thing to apples for pies or to fry for breakfast, i think.  Hot biscuits, fried apples and scrambled eggs with bacon is a fantastic breakfast, as long as you don’t do it too often or you’ll gain weight.

112943521I called her a few minutes ago and they’re having a horrible storm.  When it’s over, she’ll call and let me know she’s okay.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLEAnyway, I’m still helping my friend pack up her house.  When that is done, I’ll get back to writing full-time on THE HANGMAN.

Everyone have a great weekend, and please stay safe.  Life is so short.



IMAG0506I have been busy helping a friend who is staying with me for a few days.  Titan has almost forsaken me for her.  She was with me the day I adopted him from a rescue place, and he loves her as well as me.  I’ll be busy helping her pack up her house so she can move things back to Ohio.  She is one of the nicest people I know.  It was a year ago today that she was involved in a motorcycle accident and lost her husband.  I’m so glad I can be with her today.

Anyway, it has been hot here, but yesterday we had a bit of rain to cool it off, thank goodness.  It was in the fifties last night so I sleep well.  Now it is coffee time and back to work packing up thing.  This weekend, it is supposed to be close to ninety.  Ugh and double ugh!  We will survive.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRTHE HANGMAN is progressing slow, but sure.  So hang in there folks.  As soon as sister get the rewrite and re-edit done on THE STONE KILLER, I’ll upload the revised edition.  My writing is going to be on hold until we finish packing up the house.  So as soon as that is accomplished, I’ll get back to it.

Everyone have a great day and stay safe.