For The Love Of Coffee.

September 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm (A Writer's Life, Journal Writing, memoirs, Poetry, Uncategorized) (, , , )

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 We coffee lovers, have our own special day. Not a day to take lightly. 

As we grind,perk,or get a free cup today, enjoy the taste of our holiday.

We wake up each morning, anticipating the first cup of  and off to work we go.

Pumpkin spice coffee and creamers are out- even more reasons to love our coffee.

My cup of deliciousness was perked in my Victorian inspired kitchen and enjoyed sipped on sipped on my settee. 

Everyday is a lovely day. happy National Coffee day.

 

 

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A Mini Getaway

September 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

It is amazing what a couple of hours can do for the soul.

My work week plans were cancelled. I work  in private Home Health.  I decided on a mini getaway with my neighbor. We went to a local coffee drive thru, and  we set off for an adventure. Ashley and I wondered if Carver Farms were open for pumpkin season yet. We drove by to check it out. Then, it was off to beautiful Hauser Lake. The lake was quiet, serene, and we also watched a sailboat floating along the lake. Ashley and I put our feet in the chilly water;It felt good to be out far enough away from reality and be able to enjoy the beautiful summer day. The sounds on the lake are awesome. Loons, quail calling to their young, ducks quaking.

The lake brings back fond memories of family and friends camping at the lake. My dad would bring his boat for fishing and boat rides afterwards. There were some good fishing in this lake. My parents and friends would stay and camp for the week. I enjoyed coming out after work for a visit while my son stayed and camped. This was a nice mini-vacation from single parenthood. When Levi returned, I could re focus my attention on being a good parent.

Now I am back home to reality. I can focus on my writing, and plan my next mini-getaway. We are fortunate in the North west, to have many lakes and less traveled(well maybe by me anyway) roads in which to explore. I am looking forward some fall drives this year. I love the crisp air in the mornings, the coffee tastes better when it is chilly outside, the changing colors of the leaves.
I have two great young adults in my life that go with me. After the death of my son Levi,my life was forever changed in a moment. Ryan and Ashley who live next door  starting calling me mom.Their kindness has helped me through my grief. I don’t think they will ever know how much it has meant to me to be called mom again. I love to take off for the afternoon and go explore what this area has to offer. Ryan and Ashley love to go on day trips with me. I feel blessed to have them in my life.

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The Idaho Writer’s League

May 19, 2012 at 2:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Last night I attended a meeting for the Idaho Writer’s League.

We had a guest speaker that is writing his new book. He talked about popcorn stories. Everyone has a story that stands out in your life. I was inspired to write my popcorn story and submit it to the author for consideration for his book. I have been a busy as a bee between working full-time and taking care of my mom after work and writing. I have always enjoyed writing. it has been my escape from the pressures of life. I like being able to look back on a special memory and then create a story behind the event. I am blessed to be able to get my stories published by our local paper.

I had a peaceful morning out on my back porch. I was having a cup of coffee after eating breakfast in my Victorian dinning room. I sat outside enjoying the breeze, the birds were singing, I heard the occasional dog bark a few times. I love my neighborhood. it is so quiet most of the time.  My Assistant Ryan came over and we worked on the some notes for my new story. I am pleased at how the meeting went. We got some things accomplished on the beautiful sunny day.

I do not really talk about my journey as a widow because  my life was largely focused on my being a single parent. It was difficult time to adjust not only loosing your best friend and husband, but I had to take over the role of Mom and dad both. I struggled for a long time trying to raise my very strong-willed son. Jerry struggled with his disease for twenty years. I remember Jerry would be sick and Levi would have the croup at the same time. I would care for both of them and work, hold it all together for all of us. I found strength in my faith. I always keep moving forward in the good things God has for my life.  This way I am so busy, I do not have the time to look back. Some days are still hard not having my son here anymore, but I know I will be okay. I just remember to keep getting up in the morning and face the day with a fresh cup of coffee and worship in my heart and know the God who created the Universe, smile upon my life. it can’t get any better than that.

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Either you like the snow,or you do not….

January 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Yesterday, it snowed here five inches, today  it is Still snowing hard . I almost got stuck in the parking lot at work because they didn’t plow it yet. Fun Times. Either you like the snow concept or you do not. Today my thoughts run in the middle. I like the snow, I think it is pretty but not when you have to drive in the stuff around the people who do not know how to drive in the stuff. The police is out patrolling the streets not to keep us safe today, they are checking the  sorry soul who was driving to fast  when the morning temperature out was a mere 16 degrees outside.

I started my new job on Monday. I am liking it so far. I am cooking at an Assistant Living facility. I worked for the Company in 2004, when the Company had a big layoff, I think most of the employees were let go. My last job ended in November , so I have been looking for work like so many are these days. It is sad how many folks can’t make the rent anymore and there are kids hungry at night. We are supposed to be one of the richest nations. I think it is sad when families raised their kids in the family home in 1960, are loosing the home today.

I had a fun time this morning watching my little dog trudge through the snow up to her belly to go poop. Gizmo likes to take a stroll around the yard to find a good place. I do however have a problem with my dog and it is not cute anymore when it is one a.m. I do have to get up and work all day while you missy dog can lounge around the house all day and sleep if you want to.(There is something wrong with this picture). I had gotten Gizmo from my last  employer. I was taking care of an elderly man and when he died in November, his daughter asked if I could take Gizmo because she loved me and would listen to me. 

I am working on a few stories to submit to a few publications this year. One story I am working on is for  ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul” There are two stories I would like to submit to. One story  is on being a parent.  I lost my husband to his disease when my son was young. As a young widowed mother, I had the awesome responsibility to raise my son. My son died in a car accident four years ago. The second story I am working on is ‘The Power of Being Positive’. Life comes at you fast .You have the choice in life when difficulties come ; You can be a lemon taster  or you can keep moving forward in the good things God still has for your life. My life changed in a moment literally. I choose to keep moving forward. Part of my being able to stay positive is a faith in God, and accepting my son’s death. There was nothing I could do about the situation.  Levi did not suffer. The next story I am working on is for a local publication called ‘Good News Northwest’. The paper has been good to publish excerpts from my book.

I am enjoying my life. I am in a good place. I enjoy my writing, my job, I have a great place to get dressed in the morning. My son’s room is my dressing room. I put his life in pictures up on the wall. I am glad I have great memories of raising my son, the best gift God could have ever given to me.

 

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Happy New year!!!!!

January 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New year ful of prosperity and a look into a brand new year. This year like every past year, holds uncertainty. The econemy goes up and down,our rent goes up, but no raise to help offset the cost. Groceries are Expensive. It is not so funny when we have to choose between put gas in our car,feed you children OR pets, or pay our rent.

At least gas prices are starting to come down some. Every new year,we wonder how this year is going to be different than lasy year. We just have to wait,watch and see what developes. I don’t listen to predictions because predictions have a way of not becoming a reality. I do know that it is tough out there. I feel sorry for our young generation. There are not many jobs to compete for. Adults are having a tough enough time trying to make ends meet let alone a young college student.

It is a nice morning here as I sit in my office writting this blog to you. I enjoy the sunshine,but it doen not feel like winter to me. Last year had a good snow. I miss driving in the stuff. I know what you are thinking.SNOW is she kidding?No I am not kidding. I like the snow, It is nice to look at all the snow capped moutains, flocked tree tops,  white lawns, you bundle up in a warm coat and scarf. Coffee just seems to taste better when it is Cold outside, with snow  falling quietly out your big window. I guess there are no accidents to speak of, no one slidding into a ditch to get pulled out, no one is pulling out in front of you only to hit the curb after loosing control. There are a few points that are good,but I do miss a white winter this year. I know the season is not over yet, but we had a whiter Thanksgiving this last year than a Christmas.

 

I do not know what my future holds for me. I have had some people try sand tell me what is going to happen this year in my life. I am sorry, but the only one who knows what my future holds,is Jesus. I know there are well meaning folks out there, but I reguard what He says. There are so many people who are concerned about the fact that I am single. I can not beleive that friends are wondering if I am going to marry this year. it some what cracks me up. Some people (me) are happy in the relationship I have right now, and do not want to discuss if I will ever marry in my future. I know these folks are worried about me after Levi died, but I am happy,healthy and doing very well at that. I like the way I have decorated my house and I do not want to change it because someone else did not like Victorian style. I feel very comfortable in my little house and like to “take a step back in time” when I come through the front door. it is always a treat to walk on the carpet your son helped to install for his mom. I thought it was so sweet of Levi a few years ago, he wanted to “Fix” his mom’s house up more for her so she had a nicer place to live. If Levi could only see the house. He would be shocked at his bedroom. it is truly A Victorian dessing room.I love to get dressed in the morning and put on my pajamas at night.

I have an interveiw in the morning at a place I used to work a few years ago. I will be working as a dietary Assistant if I do get the job. The Company was a good place to work in the past. In my last job, I only had one person to cook for and please, NOW… it should not be to bad. I will keep you posted on the update.

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Ringing in 2012

December 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

 

My name is Julie. I am the author of the new book”Healing in the storms” published by outskirtspress.com.

I will be in bed at the stroke of Midnight,only to bewoke up at twelve sharp by fireworks,gunshots and yelling. Oh waht fun.

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New Years End Trends

December 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is now New Years Eve morning when all through the house,not a creature was stirring,not even my dog as she has already eaten,gone outside,barked at the neighboring dogs, and is nestled quietly back in her warm bed. I am once again sitting here in my office with this time my morning cup of coffee. Today is sunny,cold but no 40 mile an hour wind blowing. I was just sitting here thinking about what I had heard from a popular news program I never watch. There seems to be some growing trends at the end of this year there are as follows:

It seems to be a growing trend I hear to show off and actually wear our Christmas gifts. I know I am only fifty, but when I was growing up, this was called polite and good manners. You always are seen in what grandma and grandpa bought you and it did NOT matter if you liked it or not. When you seen your grandparents,aunts uncles and such,you told them thank you again for the gift. If it is a birthday mind you, you sent a HANDWRITTEN thank you note. (A little side note to add, if I had ever thought of saying what I might had been thinking,because I did not like something, I would have been a wall fixture somewhere).

The next growing trend is the little girls and boys that are on you tube showing off expensive bags, jeans and such with a “non-bragging disclaimer.” when there are so many children homeless and nothing to eat I do not feel sorry for some little ” ”  who did not get his or her iPhone this year. Poor maybe not poor dad did not know the little girl was disappointed until it was on you tube. I am sorry,but my son at 15 years old, bought his own phone,and paid for his own plan because I was a single parent,he knew one I could not afford his phone and plan also, I was not going to pay for his luxury.

The next growing trend is on a commercial. WHY do we have Ansestry.com? Over the last couple of years, I can not tell you how many countless hours my mom and I have sat in her living room and just talked about her life in Chatsworth. My mom lived next to the Stage coach Inn(anyone remember the movie Golden Ear ring?) My mom used to go all through the Stage coach Inn when she was a little girl. The movie  Company left everything when the movie was done filming.I know things have really changed in the last few years. I love to hear about her family in Kansas and Colorado. This is why I do not understand why we have a website to tell us about our past.If  we wanted to go back and see how far we can trace our roots,okay,but when there is a commercial on about having dinner at the table as a family that is hard to swallow. My family growing up always sat at the table and talked about our days. if we needed help with homework or such, it was there. Mom and dad got home the same time every night.

I just know things have really changed in the past few years.it is sad there are no jobs to speak of for our youth. There are no jobs for the adults either. it is getting harder and harder to provide for your family. Next Year we choose a new President Maybe anyway.

In 2012,I wish you joy,peace prosperity,happiness,a new sence of familt time, and be thankful you have a home to go home to and a family to fill the house.

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE and GOD RICHLY BLESS EVRYONE OF MY READERS.

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December 15th Book signing

December 29, 2011 at 3:08 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

The Book signing at the Library was dismal at best. Only about four people showed up at all and two of the visitors were to support a couple of the authors at the event. The authors were in good spirits and we all went to each others tables and talked about the books and our future writings we have going on. it was surprising since The Idaho Writer’s League was sponsoring the Holiday Book Fair. as part of the program , the authors all took turns pitching about their books. I read a poem that my son had written and I read from my book. I had an enjoyable time with some of the other authors and we all got a sugar high. I look forward to a book signing when a few people will show up.(snow was no excuse).

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas. I went to some friend’s homes during Christmas eve and Christmas Day. Christmas eve, some friends came to my mom’s house after church and had dinner and opened some gifts. Christmas morning, mom has a tradition of making rice pudding. So we had our coffee and breakfast. Later, I went to some more friend’s home for dinner. I had a good few days.

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A Different Day

December 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

This very morning Twenty-five years ago, Levi was born. He brought his father and I great joy. Even though those pesky teenager years could be daunting, he and I made it through. This photo was taken in Seattle when Levi went to visit a friend. This was Levi’s first and only solo trip in his new car. I treasure the memories I have of  the fine young man you had become. I still enjoy walking into my home on the carpet Levi helped to install.

I have been busy working on my second book. I have a working Title, but I am not sure if I am going to be using this Title for the new book or not. I am putting on the finishing touches for the video trailer for my first book “Healing in the Storms.” This has been a great experience to be an author and travel around meeting new people and signing books. I never thought I would write a book let alone be working on another one plus putting together a video trailer and interveiwing. Busy, busy.

It snowed again this morning. I went into Liberty Lake,Wa. this morning for a cup of coffee with a new friend I had met at a Christmas party last week. This lady had lost her daughter two years ago. it was nice to talk to someone else who knows what is has been like to go through a loss such as ours. I enjoyed our visit.

Last week I received a call from another friend who had lost both of her children. we also went and had our annual christmas cup of Starbuck’s coffee. it was nice to catch up with what she is doing for the Holiday’s. even if out time together is 30 minutes, it is nice to be able to talk to someone who has been there.

My plans for the new years are as follows: Just Get Through It! I mean it, just get through the new year. Sometimes this sounds easy. But you all know as well as I do there are always hidden curve balls life sometimes can throw at you. (I personally just throw the curve ball back .) All kidding aside. I choose everyday to get out of bed, make my morning coffee, after I wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast. Sounds easy to some. Sometimes it is not so easy. I have to make myself get going. Like this morning.

I hope your new years is not full of pot holes in the road of your life and you can laugh a little bit more this next year. besides, we vote on a new President this next year. And I am laughing a little bit more these days. I have been busy the last couple years working, taking care of my mom nad writing. I hope you all have a safe Holiday. Thank yu for all your support and I continue to be grateful for all your comments and friendship.

God Bless all of my readers

Julie

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Christmas Eve Morning

December 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

It is once again Christmas Eve Morning, when all through my house,the dog has just started stirring to go tell me it was time for her to go outside. My dog had just come back in and settled next to her food, I came into the office to clear my head. As I sit here in my office sipping a cup of Christmas tea(coffee was hours ago) I look outside my window at the snow. I get a brilliant idea for my Christmas Blog.

My mind goes back to a time when Mary and Joseph had baby Jesus. There was not room for him so he was born in a stable. Jesus grew up with his brothers and sisters as we all did and went on to his public ministry. Jesus died a very painful death for our sins.

I write this story because when I was thinking about a Blog for this morning, I was married to a good man for 6 years. Jerry died on 12/17/1990 from his disease. I was left to raise our four-year old son Levi alone. I struggled to raise Levi as I think Mary sometimes did. At one point in Mary’s life, Joseph died. Back in those days a woman was not allowed to work outside of the home. I know her family helped to take care of her and her family,but I bet it was hard for her. Mary lost her first-born son. Jesus was from Heaven above,but He walked on this earth for 33 years. I was given the awesome privilege of raising a fine young man as Levi. My son died in a tragic car accident at age of 20 in July 2007.

I know as a mother and a wife Mary had many hard days. She missed her husband and I know she missed Jesus for a very long time. Some people want to put limits on someone who is in a time of grieving. The Bible does not tell us how long Mary grieved the death of Jesus. The Bible does not tell us how long the desiples grieved either. I can tell you that this Christmas Season is like the last 4 christmases without my son. It is an empty spot in your life that nothing will fill. I am Blessed to have loving family and friends who care when I am going through a hard time  and I know I can count of them even to have a cup of coffee and talk.

In this Christmas Season of joy and giving, give your spouces an extra hug and an extra Christmas kiss to your children and loved ones you hold dear. I wish you all the Very Merriest Christmas and the most prosperous New Year to come.

God Bless You

Julie DeGon

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