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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.




P1010737I was able to finally get out to the grocery store yesterday,  The roads were still snow packed in places  and sloppy in others.  I bought all my groceries and made it back home safe and sound.   I was so tired after lugging in all those bags, and putting the food away, I curled up in the recliner with the pups for a while.  I was thankful I didn’t have any trouble driving on the roads.   The sun was out for most of the day until the afternoon.  And surprise, surprise, we got another two inches of snow last night.  My cleaned off car has to be cleaned off again as does the driveway.  Since the temp is supposed to get above freezing today and with the sun, I hope it will help clear the roads.  The main roads don’t seem to be too bad. but the side streets in town are a bitch and people are slipping and sliding into the curb or getting stuck.  We’re lucky as we’re headed for a nice warm up with temps in the 50s.



Revised 1 SK CoverMy big plans for today is more work on The Hangman, and later working on a painting as I don’t plan on going out until the roads are a lot clearer.  Don’t forget to give The Stone Killer a read as it’s the first book in the series.

So everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.




P1010737It is hard to believe that Saturday the outside temp was up to 65 here in Colo Spgs,  At 10:30 that night, when i took the pups out, it was spitting snow.  Well, it kept right on snow that night dumping almost 4 inches on us.  Sunday the weather had a good old-time adding almost 6 inches to what we already had.  Monday, Mother Nature decided since she had given us so many warm beautiful days and we have such dry high fire conditions, she would fix it.  Here were I live, we got 12 inches of snow or more on top of what we already have.  In my backyard, the snow is taller than the pups.  I’ve shoveled a path to the shed and created a large round circle so the boys can do their business.  Believe me, they hurry out and come right back in and snuggle down under an afghan.  Today, the wind is dancing the chimes around on the back porch playing a merry tune..

Normally, the sun would come out, melt everything and it would be gone by noon.  i don’t think that is going to happen today, or tomorrow.   I have almost 2 feet in my front and backyard.  Oh well, we’re snug here at home.  So all I can say is COME ON SUNSHINE, and it’s trying to shine..

NEW HANGMAN SINGLE880During all this weather, I’ve been working on The Hangman, following the investigation and trying to make sure I’m resolving any issues I’ve noted in the story.  Also worked on my lion’s head painting last night.  I have the winter scene to finish before I start on the two seascapes.  I sketched my Great White Egret on a large canvas.  I have numerous photos I want to paint.  I hope to complete enough painting to maybe have a show somewhere this spring or summer.

Well, back to work as I won’t be leaving the house until the streets are clear.  i don’t drive on icy and snowy roads.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.



imagesBDJX3DZCSister’s HP laptop is finally being sent back to the factory to be repaired.  It has been a piece of crap since she bought the thing.  I personally don’t like laptops.  I prefer my desktop, which is also a HP and has had its share of problems since I purchased it in Jan 2015.  Than God for the Geek Squad.  These companies have their products made in China as do toooooooo many US companies these days.  Our manufacturing industries have vanished. It is a shame our government let that happen.  At least the USA took pride in producing quality merchandise.  Not so with some foreign industries.  It’s crank it out, ship it out and to hell with the fact the product could be harmful to humans or animals.  That was proven with the dog food, medications and lumber US companies had made overseas. If I could avoid buying anything made out of country, I would.  But finding products only made in the USA is difficult.

I think I’m a bit cranky today.  I didn’t sleep well last night because I couldn’t shut my mind off.  I tossed and turned until around three a.m.  Then the pups decided they had to go out.  Finally I curled up in the recliner around three-thirty or four and did sleep until seven-thirty.  That’s when the cats decided they were hungry and wanted fed.  I gave up on going back to sleep then, got up and fed them all.  Oh, my coffee tasted good, but I’m dragging today.

10382819_1513301252254388_7204409982383081289_nNEW HANGMAN SINGLEI have started Sister’s winter scene.  She wants pine trees in it.  Okay, I can do that.  I might also put a mountain in the distance as well.  Since this is a large painting, it will take time for parts of it to dry.  I’ll be working on my lion as well as two seascapes which are in line to be finished.


NEW SNATCHER CVRIn between, I will be  working on The Hangman and adding details to the story line of The Snatcher.  When I start the third book in the series, I want all the details worked out.  But then, you know the old saying, the best laid plans . . . . . .

Sister is reading a book she purchased and is having trouble.  She tells me I have ruined her enjoyment of just sitting and reading a story written by another author.  She finds herself wanting to edit whatever she is reading.  This author seems to like long sentences which make you want to take a deep breath about half way through.  Sister says the story and writing are excellent and that is the only thing she has found to annoy her.   I wish I was that lucky when she does my editing.

I was reading a poem this morning and the author used the wrong word.  The English language is not easy and what they are teaching in school these days leaves a lot to be desired.  There is a difference between TOO and TO, as well as THERE and THEIR, and THEY’RE and many others.  These words can drive a writer crazy, but it will serve you well to learn the difference.  I have a little book on my desk, as well as many others on correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.  My little book is entitled THE WRONG WORD DICTIONARY.  It has 2,000 most commonly confused words and is a valued resource for any writer.  It does not have too or to in it, which surprises me.  CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD.

Since we’re supposed to get snow starting Sunday, then Monday and Tuesday, I’d better go to the store or the critters  won’t have food.  My hungry fur babies would not like that at all.

Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.



IMG_20160125_111828My dragonfly painting is finished, framed and hung on my wall.  I am now working on my lion head painting on a 16 X 20 canvas.  I’m also working on a snow scene for my sister.  It will have a cardinal sitting on a barbed wired fence.  It is a 20 X 24.  I write in the morning until around one or two, then once I’ve rested, I work on a painting in the afternoon or in the evening.

I wish I could take better pictures of my paintings.  I want to find a gallery here in the Springs to display my work once I have a stock pile.  Until then, I’ll keep painting and stacking them against the wall.

Today our weather is supposed to be in the 50s all the way through Sat.  Then starting Sun, snow thru to Tuesday.  We shall see.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLERevised 1 SK CoverStill hard at work on The Hangman.  For all you folks who love ghost stories and thrillers, check out  The Stone Killer, the first book of the series.

Everyone have a great day and stay safe.



IMG_20160125_111828I am happy to say I have finished my dragonfly painting.  The photograph of is doesn’t show the true colors or quality of the painting.  I think it looks pretty good considering I take lousy picture of my work, and I have an expensive camera, well not that expensive.  It all had to do with the proper lighting, which I don’t have.  Oh well at least you can see it.

Today we have a prediction of snow with a high of 37 today and tomorrow.  Then Wednesday a high of 51.  Go figure the weather out.  I can’t.  The mountains have been socked in off and on all day.  So far, we’ve lucked out where I live, no snow.  That is not to say it isn’t snowing on the north part of town, which it does as that is a higher elevation.

imagesBDJX3DZCI e-mailed Sister the latest draft of The Hangman.  It showed up on her iPad, but not her Mac.  She is still having trouble with her HP laptop.  They certainly don’t put the quality into products like they used to.  Companies don’t seem to have any pride in their workmanship anymore.  It seem to be, Oh well, let the consumer fix it.  Tooooooooooooooooooooooo much outsourcing to other countries for everything, even tech support.  I hate that US companies put the dollar before their product.   I’m getting off my soapbox.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLEI’m deep into the investigation in The Hangman.  It’s a matter of tying everything together and coming up with the final solution.  There is still a lot to add to the story, which I’m hard at work doing.

NEW SNATCHER CVRNext book is The Snatcher, which should prove interesting.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe out of any bad weather.  Keep writing.  Remember, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER (from Galaxy Quest a silly film I like).





Good morning everyone:

We are expecting company this afternoon.   I don’t know anyone who likes him.  Kids maybe.  His name is JONAS and he is bringing 4-6 inches of snow with him.  We are prepared, just waiting for him to get here.  I love snow, but not that much.  I don’t know what poor little Chloe is going to do about going outside.  She has such short legs, the snow will be over her back.  I dread all the ice balls that will be stuck to her.  And of course, she will want on my lap.  It is so hard to get the snow off her.  She thinks we are playing “Let’s pull the towel.”

Sister is hard at work on THE HANGMAN.  I hope how soon she finishes it.  I am anxious to read it.  And then on to THE SNATCHER.

Just spoke with my daughter in Louisville.  It has been snowing for 2 hours.  They are supposed to get up to 9 inches.  YUCK

Okay, I know this is too short a blog, and I am sorry.  I have decided to make a pot of WHITE CHICKEN CHILI.  I love that stuff.  And it is so easy.  Just Great Northern Beans, Chicken Breast and lots of green chilies.

You all take it easy and if you are in the Path of Jonas, STAY IN THE HOUSE.  Spend your day writing or editing.  We’ll talk later.







images.jpeg 4I have to say that winter weather in Colorado Springs is close to ideal.  It gets cold here, and yes we do get snow at times and even get a blizzard now and then.  For the most part, our winters are not bad.  It will snow one day and the next the sun comes out and melts most of it away and the roads are clear.  We have a great bunch of people who run the snow plows.  If it’s going to be a bad snow, we have ample warning to prepare to stay in and off the roads.  Most of the time during the winter, our temperature is in the high 30s or 40s.  We are so lucky we get as much sunshine as we do and not the weather the east coast is getting.  But we need moisture badly.  There was a grass fire near south Academy yesterday and one on Ft Carson.  All were contained, thank God.  That is a big problem here, the dryness.  It does lead to fires.

11-F6EFC2A0-743235-96012-F3861162-675487-960Last evening, Jo and Titan got into a bit of a fight, not a big one, but they were making aggressive noises.  My big black cat, Pyewacket, is the peacekeeper.  Whenever he hears me getting after the pups for being too aggressive, he comes running to where we are and will stand glaring at the dogs as if to say, behave or I’ll swat you, which he has done.  He may be chunky, but he’s fast.  He is also one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever known.  He doesn’t bite or scratch, but boy he lets you know when he’s hungry.  He is very loud and can be a bit demanding.  His bowl will have food, not too much, and he acts as if it’s empty.  I have to pile up the dry food and show him it’s there.  Needless to say he is over weight.

NEW HANGMAN SINGLENEW SNATCHER CVRI have been reviewing and working hard on The Hangman.  I am at a point where I had to go back to make sure everything was consistent and the progression of the investigation was correct.  I got off on a wild tangent and had to delete and rewrite a couple of parts.  Sister and several friends have stated since this novel is listed as a paranormal crime fiction thriller, I can’t write Marilyn, my ghost, out.  So she is still with us.  For how long, I don’t know.  She plays a big part in the next book, The Snatcher.  After that, I have to wait and see what happens, but for now, she’s still here.  For those of you who don’t like ghost stories, sorry, I do and I think a lot of people do also.

Well, back to work.  This novel won’t write itself without my fingers on the keyboard. Everyone have a great week and stay safe.  Keep researching and writing.