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Our 14th Anniversary!

"Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots." ~Hoosier Farmer

Are we not like two volumes of one book?  ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.  ~Dinah Craik

Happy 14th Anniversary to my wonderful husband, friend and soul mate.  I love you to infinity and beyond

Sunday Salon: ideas, ideas, ideas

Happy Sunday!  We are in the midst of getting ready to go on vacation to Washington.  During Brenda Novak's Diabetes Auction, I won a week long stay at an author's guest house on Lake Morton. None of us has ever been to Washington so are quite excited about the whole trip.  All kinds of interesting things to do in the area like the Experience Music Project,tour of the Boeing Plant, the Seattle Aquarium. Plus just hanging out and relaxing.   We will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary and hubby's 52nd birthday also. 
I was trying to figure out which books to take with me to read on the plane.  I have my nook but you have to power down during take off and landings, which really is a pain in the butt I discovered the last time we flew.  Decided to let my A to Z challenge be my guide and picked Out of Time by Alton Gansky.  His writing reminds me of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.   I'm so psyched to discover Peretti has another book coming out in March 2012.   I th…

Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series by Lori Foster

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancĂ© who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all… 

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggl…

Life's a peach and Row80 Midweek check in - Groovin

Happy to say have gotten back into the writing groove.  Feeling much better and have been making progress the last three days.  Writing a couple pages a day and the story is moving forward.  That in itself makes me happy. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  My goals also include planning for home school which is actually going quite well. 
I'm making headway with 6th grade lesson plans.   Took me a few days but finally found the perfect curriculum for science.  I was looking for something completely secular without any christian bias to it, meets state standards and in textbook/workbook format.  Which surprisingly was hard to find.  All the publishers seemed to be changing to online textbooks.  Plus hubby handles the science lessons so it had to be something easily planned and implemented. And most importantly, hold James interest.  Holt, Houghton Mifflin, and McDougal Littell publishers developed a homeschool package -  Holt Science and Technology Earth Science package …

Sunday Salon: The blahs and row 80 check in

Hubby passed on his cold to James and I so we both have the blahs and have been doing a lot of resting and reading.  James cold settled in his throat but fortunately he hasn't been throwing up.  Usually when he gets sick we end up spending a good amount of time in the bathroom with him hugging the porcelain goddess and of course he needs his mom during that time.   My cold settled in my sinuses and took away most of my energy.  I'm glad this all hit us the past week or two, because we are going on vacation a week from now to Seattle.  Everyone will be on the mend by then and ready to have fun. 


I read Lori Foster's Men who Walked the Edge of Honor series which included "When Your Dare", "Trace of Fever" and "Savor the Danger."   Good good books with the more than handsome alpha males and strong female leads.  Also Kristin Hannah's "Night Road" which was quite the emotional read about love, loss and forgiveness.  I also discovered

TLC Book Tour: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

Everything Beautiful Began After 
by
Simon Van Booy



 ***  Spoiler alert  ***
Synopsis: Rebecca is young, lost, and beautiful. A gifted artist, she seeks solace and inspiration in the Mediterranean heat of Athens—trying to understand who she is and how she can love without fear. George has come to Athens to learn ancient languages after growing up in New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges. He has no close relationships with anyone and spends his days hunched over books or wandering the city in a drunken stupor. Henry is in Athens to dig. An accomplished young archaeologist, he devotedly uncovers the city’s past as a way to escape his own, which holds a secret that not even his doting parents can talk about.  …And then, with a series of chance meetings, Rebecca, George, and Henry are suddenly in flight, their lives brighter and clearer than ever, as they fall headlong into a summer that will forever define them in the decades to come.
Everything Beautiful Began Again

Row80 Midweek check in - plodding

Slow and steady seems to be my mantra lately.   Writing is a lot like doing the treadmill..slow and steady will get you there.   I also discovered that doing the treadmill for an hour at zero grade versus 30 minutes at 6.5 grade equals out in calories and it is less painful on my ankles.  Thank goodness for my nook.   According to our fearless leader Kait we are about halfway there.  I'm hoping, fingers crossed (virtually) will be done with the first draft of Red Thief by the end of this round come September 22nd.   Pretty much have decided won't be doing NaNoWriMo this year.  Really need to concentrate on editing the next round.  Watch me eat my words later when a really neat story idea comes up. 
Click here to see how everyone else is doing.

Centuries of June by Keith Donohue

Centuries of June

by

Keith Donohue

Synopsis: "Set in the bathroom of an old house just before dawn on a night in June, Centuries of June is a black comedy about a man who is attempting to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor with a hole in his head. But he keeps getting interrupted by a series of suspects—eight women lying in the bedroom just down the hall. Each woman tells a story drawn from five centuries of American myth and legend in a wild medley of styles and voices.   Centuries of June is a romp through history, a madcap murder mystery, an existential ghost story, and a stunning tour de force at once ingenious, sexy, inspiring, and ultimately deeply moving."
I'll admit when I first heard about Centuries of June and read the first few pages on Amazon, I was intrigued.  However, as I got more into the story, began to wonder what is the point.  Something I rarely do...usually can determine quite quickly the point of most stories.  I almost skipped to th…

Sunday Salon: Education, reading mojo and Row80

Quick Row 80 Update:  Plugging away on WIP Red Thief.  Totally failed with morning pages - haven't been doing them at all.  *sigh*  Want to see how others are doing click here.
Life has gotten in the way this week with birthdays, father getting a cold, plus one of my technician's (who always manages to get whatever illness ten times worse) catching it, resulting in me having to work part of Friday and cover Saturday.  Thank goodness for my other technician who was able to cover and handle things at the shop on Friday afternoon.  I'm also in the midst of planning 6th grade and have been researching curriculum.  

Thought I'd see what the school system is using for science and interestingly enough, they have online textbooks and lessons.  Though James is computer savvy, the one thing he doesn't want to do is lessons online.  He's a have it in front of him, hands on, give me a workbook, type of learner.  Although he loves computer and video games and researches the h…

Happy 80th Birthday MOM!

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
-- Washington Irving




Love you to infinity and beyond - Happy Birthday!

Happy 12th Birthday James!

Happy 12th Birthday James!

ROW80 midweek check in -- escape!

I've been going back and forth on how going to get to the great escape scene and finally hit the set up point today. The lead up to it didn't turn out like expected and actually surprised me.  I sat there a moment thinking - well, that was interesting.  Guess you just gotta have faith in your characters and let them lead.  That's it darlings.  Check out how everyone is doing here.

Teaser Tuesdays: Centuries of June

"Motionless on the edge of the tub, the figure of my father sat in the exact spot.  A tiny pinfeather stuck out like a flag from the prodigious wrinkle of his brow.  He did not drain his glass in a single gulp as might be expected of the parched.  Rather, he held the tumbler to the light, judged the liquid's clarity, sniffed its bouquet, rinsed his palate with a mouthful and only then swallowed.  The whiskey warmed him, brightened his eye, and raised the flow of blood to his pale skin.  He sipped another mouthful and the dryness vanished from his breathing, and he looked almost alive.  When he cleared his throat again, no feathers flew out of his mouth."    pg 10




Centuries of June by Keith Donohue

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