Friday, March 31, 2006
Despite the crowded restaurant, we enjoyed our pizza and there were a few slices leftover. Hubby loves to eat them for breakfast. :^)
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
This year, hubby decided he needed help in filing our taxes since last year was rather crazy--financially. When hubby learned our local library offered AARP-trained tax help, he signed up. We went to the library this morning with our income statements. Our tax helper filled everything in on the computer and then sent it all to IRS electronically. It did not take long and it was completely painless.
We should have done this a long time ago.
Monday, March 27, 2006
We walked around on one of my favorite trails in one of our local parks. The trail goes through a swampy area--and there, too, we saw signs of spring. Skunk cabbage!
But right now, I'm writing a story set in the heat of June. So after our walk, I came inside and had to switch seasons in my head. It isn't difficult for me most of the time but today it was. I guess I had writers' spring fever. :^)
Saturday, March 25, 2006
You can check out the time and location at the library's website:
Middletown Public Library
The library's program director is brilliant. She is the one who decided food should be provided. When hubby's band played at the library around Christmas, there was a huge crowd--and the food was terrific.
So come for the food! :^)
Friday, March 24, 2006
Surprisingly, this week Sea Of Hope is my bestselling book on Fictionwise. Sea Of Hope was my first book, published in 2001--and an EPPIE winner. My second bestselling book this week is Heaven's Blue, published in 2004 and winner of an EPPIE last year.
I check amazon.com about once a week. I'm a little less obsessive about it, but again, I found a surprise there this week. The Company You Keep was my bestselling book on amazon. That book was also published in 2004.
That's the nice thing about e-books, they have a long shelf life. :^)
Thursday, March 23, 2006
I sure hope I connected everything together the right way. :^)
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Hubby drove. I prayed the entire rosary--as usual when we have a long trip. I read some of a new release from Steeple Hill's Love Inspired Suspense. But then I spent quite a while looking out the window with the wheels turning in my mind just as the wheels of the car rolled along.
Hopefully, tomorrow I'll get some time to type in all the ideas I thought of today as we travelled.
When do you do some of your best thinking?
Friday, March 17, 2006
Irish In America.
Hubby, Daughter #1, Daughter #3, and I went out for pizza tonight--but we had green peppers on the pizza, so it was sort of in the spirit of the day. :^)
Tomorrow I'll be boiling up my corned beef and making the soda bread.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
I love St. Patrick's Day. I love corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots all boiled together in one pot--and not just because it's easy. :^) As a writer, I love quick and easy meals, but I am fussy. The food has to taste good.
I always serve my corned beef with Irish Soda Bread. I especially love soda bread fresh from the oven and slathered with butter.
At an Irish festival many, many years ago I got this recipe from two, sweet Irish ladies--so you know it's genuine. Try it. It is so easy and much, much better than anything you can buy in the store.
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together. Rub in butter with fingers. Make a well in center and add enough buttermilk to make a soft but firm dough. Knead on a floured surface for 2 to 3 minutes until dough is smooth. Form into a round loaf. Cut a deep cross in the center of the loaf.
Put into a cake tin that has been sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.
Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Susan Meier was amazing! Funny, but right on target, she gave us plenty of nuts and bolts writing advice.
I could not wait to hit the keyboard when I got home. :^)
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Hubby studies the soup aisle in every store. He's always looking for bargains, new flavors, and old favorites. He travels to Foodtown now and then just to get Nathan's dill pickles. Fussy guy. :^)
Do you have favorite foods that you would travel out of your way to buy?
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I am not sure this is making me any more spiritual than usual, but I definitely know what it's like to be hungry.
Monday, March 06, 2006
The doctor gave me a new eyeglass prescription. The lens I had for my right eye just wasn't doing the job. I decided to live large and get another frame--the least expensive one I could find, but it does have a few fancy little details. My main concern is being able to see the road signs. I don't want to miss an exit on the Parkway. :^)
My father had to go to the ophthalmologist recently, too. He saw flashing lights in his eye. It was the vitreous gel inside the eye pulling away from the retina--something that evidently happens to a lot of adults. There is a danger since the retina might tear, but his did not. So he got lucky. However, he does have cataracts, but he isn't in any hurry to get them removed. He's going to think about it.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
He was a bit of a daredevil and eventually got his pilot's license and bought his own plane. Twelve years ago, Hillbilly became a paraplegic--in an accident in his own backyard pool. His wife stuck with him until last week when she left him. He went into the hospital with infections in his legs. Hubby and I visited him last Monday. It was a depressing evening. His legs looked dreadful. He was transferred to a rehabilitation center on Friday and today my parents, Daughter #3, and I visited him there. We brought him lots of reading material. His legs looked a bit better. He was talking about selling his house and moving to Delaware--so he seemed to be handling the situation better. Daughter #3 got him laughing.
He may be in the rehabilitation center for a month or maybe two--so we'll be visiting often.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
After hubby and I had finished our meal, we went over to chat with my friend and her date for a few minutes. As usual, I dug out one of my little book brochures to give to my friend's date. At that point, he began to tell me about his wonderful novel. He had it all organized--every scene all worked out. It just needed to be put together in the right order. He told me it would be easy for me to do.
I smiled and told him that I could not put his book together. My friend, who knows me well, explained to him that I had enough problems just meeting the deadlines I already have.
We went home after that. I wonder if my friend's date will ever put his book in the right order. I know it isn't easy. Writing a book takes time. Writing a good book takes lots of time. I can't write anyone else's book because I am too busy writing my own.