Friday, May 30, 2014

House for Sale

You read it right. My house is for sale. In fact, here is the listing:

If you are looking for a place in 'Up North Michigan' this is it. Three miles west of downtown, surrounded by golf courses, The Dream one mile west and I believe The Nightmare is two miles west of The Dream. You are about 3 1/2  miles from the Country Club. If dirt bikes is your thing, three quarters of a mile east of me is Stoney Ridge dirt bike course. They run every other week end and every other Wed from April to October. Easy access to I75. It's only a mile away. I have seen deer in my neighbor's front yard, accross the street, and running through my backyard. I saw their foot prints in the snow this winter as they searched for food.

Yes, I want it sold. I was shown earlier this week after being on the market only 5 days. While the feedback was good, I did not get an offer.

It's an old farmhouse and has it's own charm. All the appliances stay including washer and dryer. New furnace, hot water heater, and paint inside and out. Room for children and pets. You could even put in a pool. There is room to put in a garden if you so desire.

I just want it sold. I am ready to move.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Woo Hoo Big Things Happening

For starters, I have a book cover for Broken Chains. The short story ebook I'm releasing next week.

This is the first of many short stories. I am looking forward to it coming out.

The second big thing is I got the house listed. I still have some things to work on, but it's listed. And even better is someone even asked me about it. Gave her info and the realtor's phone number.

Things might be looking up.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I'm Spreading Fairy Dust

Leaping into whimsy and spreading fairy dust in my wake. Close your eyes and just for a minute, empty your mind. Take a couple deep relaxing breaths letting them out slowly.

Why did I ask you to do this? Once upon a time you were a child with an imagination. Sometimes, life gets in the way and we forget to enjoy it. We even forget what it was like to imagine, we were someone else in another place and time.

Sometimes for your own piece of mind, you need to take a minute and be the small child you once were.  Pick up your favorite childhood book, read it again. Share it with your children or grandchildren. Let those old feelings back in.

One good way to relieve stress.....look for the fairy dust.


Thursday, May 8, 2014


Someone on Facebook this morning posted something saying if you pass this on you'll get good news. Okay, so I did. No expectations but what the heck.

Later I went to the post office to get my mail. Here is what I found:

My t-shirt from Turning the Pages and:
My first place medal:
The medal with the award certificate:
Bling from all the authors who could attend.
The program
Program opened to my book.

Yep, got good news today.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

It's Been a Rough Week

I know it's only Tuesday. So, far no one has died, I haven't needed bail money, and no bodies have been buried. Something which makes it a successful week.

Monday, I called the pharmacy to see if my new med had come in. Lo and behold, my insurance was not going to cover it. It couldn't be ordered if they won't cover it as it is expensive and non-refundable. First thing to set me off. I call Dr's office. Oh they know the paperwork is on the girl's desk but she won't be in until Wed. Hello, I need this so I won't die. Did someone miss this?

Pharmacy called back. Talked to manufacturer. They could get me a 30 day supply on Tues. for free. Yes, I'll take that. I call and make appointment for food allergy testing again. Get that set up and call dr office again. Let them know when testing will be done and that I will be able to get meds on Tues.

Monday night just as I fall asleep my feet cramp. Get up walk it out try again. This went on from 11pm to 2 am. Finally decided to put bedside light on so I would not hurt myself getting out of bed. I finally fall asleep. I am someone who requires a dark room to sleep in.

Today,  I wake to my phone ringing and I know it is important because only those on my favorites list can call while I am sleeping. Dad told me he was bringing up the wood trim I need to paint forthe house. I find myself awake and tired at the same time. Throw my jeans in the wash then decided to put on capris. Take my blood sugar, ugh still high, but below 400. I pack up a box of books and ate a bit.

Called Dad to see if they had started north. Yep, they got six miles and stopped for brunch. Told him I was running some errands but I'd be back before they got here. Stopped at the bank, post office, and headed to the grocery store. Had a few things in the cart when I thought I was going to be sick. Went to the bathroom, false alarm. Picked up the new med and the rest of my groceries, checked out and headed home.

My daughter calls and we talk as I am driving home. I pull in tell her I need to go. Hang up the phone and know I am not going to make it into the house before I get sick. I was right tossed breakfast on the lawn. Pulled myself together, got the food inside and in the fridge. Sat for a couple minutes still regaining composure. Put water on to boil for tea. Had barely sat down with tea when Mom and Dad pulled in. Dad unloaded trim board, put screws in some shelving to prevent it from falling. Learned I had door trim to paint for the breezeway door.

Talked to them a bit as my stomach was still settling. They got ready to call and I walked them out. Dad and I checked on my Hydrangia. This one is yellow. Last year's was blue. They left heading north. They will be back through so we can  take them to dinner in the Clio area on Sunday.

Finally got the stomach settled and had a late lunch. I'm tired. I did not get a dose of the new med. It causes more output from the body and I have no desire to be up all night paying homage to the porcelain god in my bathroom. Which means blood sugars will be too high again tomorrow.

On an up note, the upstairs ceiling was painted Monday. The cedar chest is about cleared off and everything is packed. The plan is to move the boxes to the garage tomorrow. Get the garage ready for the saw horses I'm getting tomorrow so I an paint. I am hoping to pull out the camp stool and get some nails and screws picked up so I can vacuum the breezeway. I am close to being ready to list again. YEAH!!!! I want it sold.

So, as I head to bed, the weatherman tells me rain tomorrow. He might be the first body needing to be buried. I am still looking forward to a good day. This has to improve.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Some Days I Should Not be Left on my Own

Anyone who knows me well, knows I follow a different drummer from the so called "normal" world. As I tell my daughter life without me would be dull and boring. She would prefer I do things which won't raise her blood pressure. She worries about me. There are reasons for this.
1) I am her mother....I am her parent.
2) We are close.
3) She was five the first time she came close to losing me....severe allergic reaction to an herbal tea. Ambulance ride, two days in intensive care, two weeks off work.
4) She feels she has to protect me from I am naive. This could be valid.
5) Goes into a panic when I say, "Road Trip."
6) And then there are those times when I do foolish things...sometimes ending up in the emergency room.

She is also my biggest fan. She supports my writing and is great for livening up a book talk. She is proud I have taken charge of my health (losing 98 pounds, getting sugars under control). She's even okay with me selling the house and moving. She's not keen on my being so far a way, but she did come down to visit and knows why I like it there. She even saw a house I was looking at a year sold. :(

She has called me daily since the mouth infection started. She has been concerned, doesn't like it's not getting better. She is almost as frustrated as I am. Add to it the sky high blood sugars and she is fit to be tied.

While my vision is much better, it is no where near what it should be. I took a journey back in time yesterday. Not only did I attend an open house for a cousin who just finished her Master's, it was held in the elementary school I attended. I did not drive by the old home, I should have. But, I did something even better. I had a friend who lives in the area meet me at the school. It was great as Louise has not been in the building since we were in 4th grade. I had been been back once since.It is no longer an elementary school although it has retained the name. It is an adult day care.

Louise and I went to dinner at a local Applebee's. This is old home week in four hours. Louise and I have not seen each other since we were 17. But we had been sidekicks since kindergarten. We did girl scouts, worked in the cafeteria when we were in fourth grade. ( we thought free lunch, 10 cents a day, and the extra desserts on Friday was awesome). We were in band together. We spent time talking about our children and our lives now. Then we fell into the people we used to know. Some she is still in touch with. Some I have not seen since I left Davison at the end of sixth grade. I had texted my daughter when we arrived to let her know I was there safely. Louise and I were having such a good time we were not paying attention to time. My text messages went off and my daughter asked where I was. I told her we had moved in to Applebee's. Problem we discovered is they don't serve breakfast.

I drove to my parents where I dropped off some items. I knew I was tired and it was affecting my eyes, but I also knew I needed to be home. I called my daughter as I was pulling out of my parents' home. Told her I was taking it slow and I'd let her know when I landed.

Driving tired in the daylight is one thing. I try to avoid it. Driving tired at night with eyes not exactly right, let's just say I don't want to do it ever again. I was glad there were clear skies and once I got north of Bay City, there was very little traffic. That's always a good thing.

Today I am just exhausted. Sugars are lower, but still high. And my daughter is still concerned. I love her with all my heart. I do not intentionally set out to upset her, in my world things like that just happen.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just Checking in

I'd like to say my mouth was better. It's not. This has now been a month. I suspect the next on my list to see will be an oral surgeon. Like my sister, I suspect they should have swabbed this early on. I think there is more going on with me.

On a more up note, I am waiting for Broken Chains to be ready for ebook. I am also ready to turn Sanctuary the much awaited third book in the Macy McVannel series to my wonderful interior and cover magicians at Blue Harvest Creative. Beta Readers are giving it rave reviews.

I am working like a mad woman on my house. I want it ready to place on the market Tues. If all goes as planned I will be ready. I am ready for it to be gone.

I feel like I am alive again, although talking is still difficult and sometimes I am hard to understand. I am still in the soft food category but have progress from pudding and smoothies to other things. There is hope. I would hazard a guess I am down 10 pounds this month. I do not recommend it. I would not wish this on anyone.

My plan is to get back to writing here regularly. Might find some photos to post. Who knows. But I will be back.



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