13 Things I Can Never Fix . . .

1) A deflated balloon stuffed down inside the bathtub drain. Drano won’t budge it, there isn’t enough suction power in any wet/dry vac manufactured, forget the clothes hanger, the favorite piece of wire . . . nothing short of a plumbing miracle will remove that slippery piece of rubber. 2) Broken zippers on the favorite purse or backpack. Never fails, perfect purse for the perfect location, and then the dreaded un-zipping occurs. Or the backpack is loaded, kids in the car, dog at the ready, and three out of four zippers on the beloved backpack unravel. 3) Something too high (out of reach) when I can’t find my oh-so-tall son or my handy-dandy step stool. […]

Cats and Christmas

Does this describe you at Christmas? Squeezed with too much to do? Or perhaps this one? It seemed like it would be a good idea, but suddenly you’re out of room? Or is Christmas just one lovely surprise after another . . . I hope the kitties find you enjoying your Christmas spirit.

Stuff to finish before Christmas

All right, so I’m cheating a little bit. I hope that by posting the things I really need to accomplish I’ll make myself accountable. I’ll let you know how it works out. 1) Finish shopping . . . it would be helpful if I knew exactly what I was buying for each of those left on my ‘to do’ list, but the reality is that I’m one of those who sees the perfect gift and buys it. Sometimes, it’s perfect for me and not quite so perfect for the recipient. I don’t let this bother me too much. They can always give it back . . . right? 2) Cook some goodies. Goodies translate to […]

13 great reads this year

My taste is more than a little eclectic, but I adore reading from all genres. Here’s what has entertained me this year. Please feel free to add yours. 1) STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher (the first in the Dresden series) 2) DEAD SHOT by Annie Solomon (fabulous romantic suspense author – won this year’s RWA Rita for Blackout) 3) OBLIVION by Peter Abrahams (the author – not the book – came recommended. However after finishing this book, anything Peter writes would be worth my time.) 4) CLAIMING THE COURTEASAN by Anna Campbell (new Avon author and definitely worth the time and investment. I met this lovely Australian lady at the RWA Dallas conference this year. […]

Feeling Feminist

I’m feeling my feminist’s oats this morning. No, it’s not something I ate . . . more like one of those things that when it’s actually quiet and no one is demanding my time, I can start a thought at the beginning and carry it through to the end. I’ve been reading one of my daughter’s college textbooks, Sex In The Heartland, by Beth Bailey. It discusses the sexual revolution focusing on the small town of Lawrence, Kansas (University of Kansas is located in this town). In the book a number of issues are discussed, but one in particular (Parientals) caught my attention. Parientals were a set of rules set up by most universities in […]

Grateful for children

I recently visited a blog in which the author was relating a few of the reasons she was grateful for her kids. Her children are small — that lovely phase of eyelash kisses and squeezing the stuffing out of mommy. Her stories brought back some wonderful memories. And since it is almost Thanksgiving, I thought I’d wax poetic for a minute about the three in my brood. (Um, brood is the right word, as mine occasionally run around like chickens with their heads cut off.) All three of mine are still technically teenagers (the oldest is almost twenty and informs me she’ll be an adult at that age). Many folks aren’t grateful for their teens […]

Harm’s Way Books In

They’re here . . . they’re here! That’s right; my shipment of HARM’S WAY has finally arrived. A truly cool experience to open a box of books, sniff that great fresh print smell, and know that without me these books would never have existed. Okay, I’m not diminishing my dynamite publishing house The Wild Rose Press , which BTW is where you can still download the ebook version of HARM’S WAY should your prefer; or my great and fabulous editor, Ally Robertson; or my tremendous critique partners, Shannon C, Sherry D, Andrea G, Mary K, Laura M, and Delores S who pushed me and supported me every step of the publishing way; AND certainly not […]

13 Thursday . . . Fall

1) Windows opened. Okay, I live in Texas and it’s just not that often we really get to open our windows — house or car. Most of the time we go from blazing Texas summers (um . . . fall is generally just late summer this far south) to freezing Texas winters. (All right, for those of you who live in the north, I know it’s not really that cold here, but frankly, once it hits the low 30s and the wind is blowing about a million miles per hour, it’s cold as far as I’m concerned and I can’t keep my windows open.) So I happen to enjoy the brief respite of fall and […]

Thirteen things I learned since turning 40 . . .

Okay, I had an absolute blast writing this blog entry. I knew I’d enjoyed life more since turning 40 and now I know why. 1) Gravity wins – no matter what you do, what you nip, tuck, stretch, strap down or hoist up, gravity wins. 2) I’m not as nice as I used to be – I have loads less patience for stupidity. Okay, mine included. Why do I put my glasses down when I know I won’t find them again? Where is that magical place that I keep putting my ‘most important’ documents? Why do people bother explaining things or giving directions when they don’t know how something works or WHERE they are, much […]

13 things I learned from teaching 4th grade:

1) Teachers, any of them, are not paid enough – NOT by a long shot! 2) A one-size educational system does not fit all children! Meaning – the government’s plan, ‘No child left behind’, doesn’t actually mean children aren’t left behind OR aren’t passed on to grades before they are truly ready. 3) There are way too many chiefs (government bureaucracy regulations) and too few Indians (actual teachers) involved in today’s educational decisions. 4) After writing several weeks on the board, I can remember true cursive writing. 5) 4th grade English is harder than I remembered. 6) Nine and ten year olds (4th graders) have wonderful imaginations. Want to know all the possibilities that can […]