Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kids are a Crack Up

Kids are Comedians in Miniature

No denying it – kids are a crack up.

My two boys, ages five and seven, have me chuckling several times a day. They so innocently utter the most hilarious things.

Of course there are days when they fight and scuffle with one another constantly making me want to pull my hair out and send both boys to their room until they turn 18. But that’s subject matter for another post, isn’t it?

I’ve taken up the habit of writing down the funny stuff. In the past couple of days, here are two little stories I’ve jotted down.

Yesterday my five year old was looking out the window. Apparently evil insects were weighing heavily on his mind.

“Good thing no ear wax can get in here,” he said glancing from the window to me. “Ear wax are bad. They’re pincher bugs to pinch ya.”

Last night our five year old had another close brush with a tiny, multi-legged critter.

This one did make it into the house.

The boys were both in cleaning their room. Let me rephrase. The boys were both supposed to be in cleaning their room. I was making dinner.

The five year old burst into the living room yelling, “Daddy! Daddy! There’s a long Daddy legs in our room!”

My husband went into spider tracking mode and armed himself with a shoe. But the elusive long Daddy legs had scuttled out of sight.  

I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes another appearance soon. Stay tuned!

Besides the two young boys, we also have a daughter. She’s grown and married. I’m sure she said her share of funny things when she was little, too. Wished I written more of them down, but I didn’t. This time around I’m determined to capture and save the hilarious antidotes that pop out of our boys’ mouths. So, I’m writing them all down, to share with them when they’re older, and share with you now.

The first volume of Kids are a Crack Up – Humorous Stories from the Mouths of Babes, is available for pre-order through Windtree Press now, in formats for all ereaders. Cost is just $0.99.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Planning for Summer

This is the time of year when graduation ceremonies abound and families look forward to summer vacations or special plans that are different from their daily lives.

Now that I don't have children at home anymore, I am not as in tune with summer vacation planning. In fact, when I looked at the date for this blog post I thought: "Oh Dear, summer is just around the corner and I haven't begun to plan."  All of our family plans are focused on Fall when our youngest son is gettting married.  That will be our big vacation this year.

However, I thought I'd blog about vacations I'd like to take in the future. There are three places I'm dying to visit: Iceland, New Zealand, and Hawaii. They have some similarities. All of them are islands. All of them have beautiful water, mountains, and volcanic diversity. Despite cities and countryside, all of them carry magic in my mind.

I've been to Hawaii on business several times, but my husband has not and I would love to go with him. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful and diverse places I've visited. Each island has it's own culture, highlights, and geologic diversity.  I'm sure we will get there, but we've both decided we won't go until we can afford about three weeks there--preferably a month.

Iceland appeals to me because the island is so volcanically active and I absolutely want to be there to see the Northern Lights. I also want to be immersed in the Viking culture that had such an impact on Europe. And, of course, I wonder about books that were set in Iceland like Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

New Zealand appeals to me because every time a friend or relative goes there, the pictures are amazing!  I'd love to visit the place where The Whale Rider originated and where The Lord of the Rings films were made. For such a small island, the difference between North and South are stark and interesting. I also remember an exchange student from New Zealand when I was in high school who did a Maori dance demonstration at an awards ceremony. I think I had a crush on him too. :) He was very good looking and had a caring personality.

What are your summer plans? Any places on your dream list?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Adventure

I'm thrilled to have been asked to join the Windtree Press Author Co-op. I feel like we are creating a sisterhood of like-minded authors who will encourage and help one another as we all work to get our books  into the hands of readers who will enjoy them.

Adventure is a good thing. I enjoy writing in different genres because it is a new adventure to learn the nuances of a different genre. The research is different and it excites me. This excitement brings a new passion for each story and the writing process.

The new world of self-publishing is an adventure as well. And what better way to embark on an new journey than to have other adventure seekers at your side.

I hope you stop in often and see where the adventure takes us and learn who we are through our posts and books.

Next month I'll give you a glimpse into my ranching life.

What adventure have you embarked on lately?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wedding Anniversaries

This week two Windtree Press Authors celebrate wedding anniversaries--Paty Jager on the 12th and myself on the 15th.  I love remembering my wedding and I love thinking about all the romantic things my husband has done over the years.  Most important of all, I simply treasure setting aside a time each year where we think about our marriage, renew a committment for the future, and celebrate our memories and our time together. 

This picture was taken outside the castle, turned county seat, where we got married in Dunoon, Scotland. For those unfamiliar with Scotland this is in the highlands, part of Argyle county.

It was a magical time of connecting with our heritage, seeing a part of the world neither of us had visited before and enjoying a couple of weeks away from the daily grind of work, careers, and family obligations. We had both been married before, so we wanted to really focus on us as a couple.

Though we don't often go to such an exotic place on our anniversaries now, we do still take the time every year to focus on ourselves as a couple. So what did we do this year? We decided to make a week of it instead of a single day.  Friday we spent time at home in some remembering of the past and some planning for the future. Saturday we took time to garden, something we love to do together. It was time to make sure the hop vines (my husband is a home brewer) were tied up and the new growth was training to the string, and to prepare our pots for spring flowers. Sunday, we went to church and celebrated the wonderful gifts of all nurturing people, mother's and fathers. Sunday evening we went to dinner at a favorite pub that celebrates local musicians with an open mic night (more on that later).

Much of this week we will do things separately, as is our usual weeks, with the except of Tuesday evening when we will go to dinner again, this time at a more quiet venue where we can talk and eat and enjoy a "date" together and a more "official" anniversary celebration. 

Tonight I go to a book group. Wednesday my husband rehearses with one of the two groups where he plays guitar.  Thursday he rehearses with our church choir, and the culmination of the week will be back at our local pub next Sunday with music and the two groups my husband sings and plays with.

If you are near the west end of the Portland metropolitan area, stop by Coyote's Bar and Grill, in Hillsboro, Sunday at 7pm and catch us with The Blenders (an acoustic trio), and The Cat House Band, a classic rock and roll band. I'll be the ecstatic roadie and fan singing, clapping, enjoying fun music, good food, and yes a couple of beers too. 

What makes for a great marriage? Appreciating each other's gifts. Celebrating together. Remembering all the wonderful things you like about each other, even in your daily lives. Doing things together whenever you can. Doing things separately and building an identity that is separate, so you can bring additional interest into the relationship.

Accepting that you really DO get better as you get older. You can choose to be wiser. You can choose to love each other more and make all those little picadilloesyou hate into funny moments and "that is just who he/she is" memories

And of course, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE in all its mysterious incarnations.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Welcome to the new Windtree Press Authors Blog

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