Thursday, October 21, 2021

I wish one of y'all would tell me how you feel about this font...

I love it, but not sure how easy it is to read. 

Anyhoo - it would be great to hear from you. 

It has been a whirlwind past few months. 

Yes, we are still living in a van down by the river
living in an RV behind my mother in law's garage.

On most days I'd tell you it's really not bad....
and then other days I could - and have -cried.

 I love, love, love being back on the farm. I love being out in the middle of nowhere - especially after dark. 

We have the clearest night sky and the brightest, twinkling stars I've ever seen in my life. I'm telling you - our sky rivals anything I ever saw in Texas - or even in the Caribbean.

 Lillian and Willow are living their very best life. No more pink golf cart rides, but for the first time ever they can run free without leashes.
Terrorizing the cats.
Barking at the old bull.
Running from the donkey.
At night they are EXHAUSTED.

Life is so good, yet.....
Eventually, I'm going to need a house.


About my other job: 

I had a meeting with the writer of the Hallmark Movie, 
'Coyote Creek Christmas' and

 another meeting with one of the directors of my first movie who is also a screenwriter.

I sent 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' to both so now it's a waiting game.

Speaking of that....I'll be opening a shop based on the cafe in the book and will even be in the same building:

The Hillbilly Debutante Mercantile and Pie Shoppe opening May 3rd in downtown El Dorado Springs.

Til next time....

Monday, October 4, 2021

False Victim and The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe

Here's where I give you a very short spiel about my books....

'False Victim' 
is a true story about something that happened to us when we lived near Washington, DC.

It was featured on Investigation Discovery and in 2020 became a Lifetime Movie

"The Neighbor in the Window'

in which they took a looooot of what I'll call 'creative liberty.'

My very favorite book that I've written is this one right here:

 It was sooo much fun to create and write.
It is a completely fictitious story that takes place in my hometown of 
El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

It's also under contract for movie rights, although my contract ends November 1st.

It made the finals with Netflix and then was dropped.
(I'm guessing Harry and Meghan got my budget - kidding.)

I'm crossing my that it will get picked up by someone else. 

Anyway, now you know...I write books.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

'Blow up your TV....

throw away your paper,

move to the county

And build a home.

Plant a garden...

Eat a lot of peaches....

Try and find Jesus

On your own.

----John Prine

Lillian and Willow

So, if you're gonna hang out here then you need to know about 
Lillian and Willow.

Willow is the dachsund - a gift from my mother-in-law, and Lillian is my prized Scottish Terrier. 

I try not to have a favorite, buuutttt...
I have wanted a Scottish Terrier since my husband worked at the 
White House and came home every day telling me 'Barney' stories. 
Actually, I'll never forget the time I had lunch at the WH and saw Barney outside taking a dump while his very own Secret Service held onto his leash. 
No, I'm not kidding - a man with a black suit, black sunglasses as stiff as a board holding the end of Barney's leash while he pooped - I mean, you KNOW that isn't what that SS agent had in mind that he'd be doing when he went to 'Secret Service School.'

But anyway - years later I now I have my very own Scottie and while she doesn't have her own security detail she is definitely the star everywhere - and I mean EVERYWHERE we go.

Walking through the airport with her is like being the ugly stepsister. I could literally walk around naked and no one would notice. 
People oohh and ahhh, tell her she's beautiful and take pictures.

I swear she understands what's going on and KNOWS she's beautiful and eats up every bit of attention.

Unlike most Scotties, she loves people. 
All people - even children.

Except me. 
And she ignores me.
It's weird because I have never had a dog that did not absolutely love me.

Then there's Willow.
What I'm lacking in love and affection is made up ten-fold by her. 
She is always at my side.
If I'm travelling she won't eat til I get back.
She follows me everywhere and is always underfoot.
She even sleeps close to me.
My husband jokes that she'd nurse if I let her.

These two are as different as night and day.

Willow loves the farm and spends her day roaming the barnyard and pastures. 
We go for a walk every morning and every evening.

Lillian likes to be outside for a little while and then trots up to the main house and barks for my mother in law to let her in.

She's very prissy and not crazy about the walks as you can see by the picture below.

 Can you see the little shadowy figure up ahead?

That's my Miss Lillian.

Do you have animals that bring you as much joy as these do for me?
I'd love to hear about them!


Sunday, September 26, 2021

'Don't be sad that it's glad that it happened'

As I gazed out at the ocean one last time before leaving Puerto Rico
I was reminded of the Dr. Seuss quote...

"Don't be sad that it's glad that it happened."

 And I am so very glad.

This was one of the best years of my life.