A Sweet Surprise

December 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Life beyond parenting, Memoir, Middle age, Poetry, positive thinking) (, , , )

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One of the errands I had Saturday, was to pick up my Library book I had on hold. When I got out of my car, I was treated to tiny kids carrying hand-made gingerbread houses. I was impressed by some of the elaborate houses the kids had made. A child of about three or four years old all of a sudden put down her creation on the sidewalk. Three other children gathered around her discussing her master piece. As I was walking into the Library, many other children were carrying out their master pieces as well. What a unexpected treat for the eyes watching all the kids with mom.

So many people do not go to the Library because they think it is filled with just books. your local Library has so much more to offer: They offer beginner computer classes, writing classes, murder mystery book clubs, in the children’s corner reading time is offered, arts and crafts throughout the year. If you are a local Author, you can host a reading of your new book plus and question/answer session afterwards. Your teen has their own section in the Library as well as a space in back complete with chairs and a warm fireplace for those chilly winter afternoons spent reading or doing a crossword puzzle. Local businesses donate their time as well: local nurseries come and teach a class on building your own planter boxes complete with tips on how to keep your new creation of plants alive through the summer heat. Since I am a reforming black thumb gardener, I can use all the tips I can get). Quilting classes are offered, genealogy, scrapbook, and so many more activities are offered to keep one connected to the community.

Last week, my dear friend came over to help put the finishing touches on my Holiday decorating. I like to say I live in a Ranch home full of Victorian charm. Over the years my friend has helped me refresh a few rooms in my house. I bribed her help with a German pastry and a cup of tea. We spent the next couple hours listening to Silver Screen instrumental music on Direct Tv. We both laughed because the same movie score stayed on the screen for two hours but played different songs. I treasure my dear friend. She owned a B&B in Ireland for over 20 years. A few years ago, she came over to my home and gave my bedroom a needed make over. She is so cute,I went to Church that Monday evening so her daughter and son-in law could help her get ready for the Big reveal when I arrived back home. I have kept my bedroom the way she updated it for the last nine years. How can you mess with perfect? I have a beautiful B&B inspired room. She also helped me turn my sons old bedroom into a dressing room after he had passed away in 2007 from a car accident. We created a space where I can go get dressed but also remember the fine young man he had become.

Life is full of twists and turns. Holiday traditions get altered when loved ones pass, but one thing remains constant, the love and support of family and friends. Life is full of violence,hatred sometimes, let’s find a way everyday to love one another and bring brightness to someone today. May God bless you and keep you on this Christmas time.

 

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A Good Reminder

May 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, Mothers, Poetry, Single Parent) (, , )

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Friends That Stick With You.

November 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm (A Writer's Life, Creative Non- Fiction, Family stories, memoir writing, Middle age, Uncategorized) (, , , )

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I am thankful for all my family and friends.

I could not have persevered the last several years without them. There have been many times I have cried on your shoulders, you listened and brought me comfort. We have shared many stories about both my husband and son over a cup of coffee. With the love and support of family and friends I am able to keep moving forward in the good things God still has for me.

I have lost both my husband and son, I am healing more everyday. I have fond memories of when my house was alive with laughter,lively conversations, we watched our children  as they played car chases in the living room. My life has changed. yes, the house is quieter now, and I am healing more everyday. There is so much to be thankful for,a warm house, food to eat, mom, a good job, and someone to have Starbucks’s with now and then.

I could have become bitter and angry, but why, I have so much life left to live, books to write,stories to tell,and reflecting on my life as a young wife and mother. I have lived a blessed life, I really have. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, it is up to you to decide what you are going to do with it and ducking does not count. I think it is part of living with the attitude of gratitude, we do not know what tomorrow may bring, maybe bad news, maybe something you needed for that day. I have realized over the years, it sure could have been so much worse. Have a great weekend everyone. Thank you so much for all your continued support.

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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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Squeezing Out Every Drop Of Life

August 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

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The road ahead is paved with uncertainty.

Not knowing where this journey will take us.

Some walk in and out of our lives,leaving a gentle

reminder of how precious life is,to savor each moment.

A reminder of how short life is,for every season must end.

Looking ahead for a bright tomorrow,we forget today’s failures.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Summer Afternoon With Close Friends

July 17, 2014 at 1:28 am (COMFORT AND JOY) (, , , )

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I was sitting here thinking…

thinking about he great conversations I could have sitting around these chairs sipping cold iced tea,catching up with some old friends. What a great space to have a book of the month club luncheon. The question could arise though, who would I be sharing this special afternoon with? This private space could be the perfect analogy of the park bench thought- if you could sit on this park bench for one hour who would you be talking to?  Well, I have two special people in mind,one being my best friend Robin who died from her disease several years ago, and , my precious Grandma Leigh. We have shared many special moments together when I was a girl. We would have a great afternoon of catching up. 

I can imagine telling my girlfriend about what the past twenty years have been like. She, like I was a young widow. She has joined her husband in heaven several years ago. I would have so much to tell her about my life, my struggles and over coming them to finding happiness again. We would probably laugh at the memories of visiting the Queen mary ship one Sunday afternoon in 1981. The tour was incredible and we tried to envision being one of the passengers aboard this massive ship in the turn of the century. What it must have been like eating lunch in the dinning room, staying in one of the rooms and swimming in the pool or walking the deck and seeing the sparkling water below us. But what a grand conversation it would be. We would reminisce about my first car and all the dinners at the Bob’s Big boy hamburger restaurant. She was truly a dear, dear friend, we spent a lot of time together as teenagers. The sweet thing about God is, when she passed away, I met a new friend who is just as special to my heart.She also shares my love of the Victorian decorating as well. We have great conversations about her lovely house.Who would you share this special place in the garden with. Would you share your thoughts?

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Scenic Drives

September 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

 

 

 

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the many scenic drives North Idaho has to offer. It is amazing where you can escape in a short amount of time. I went with a friend to try out his new car. We started to go to Spirit Lake, but took the shortcut through Athol Idaho on our way back home again. We  remembered a few long forgotten lakes and towns we can rediscover  for our next mini day-trip. I love this time of year, it isn’t quite fall yet,but yet it is cool enough to be pleasant.  

In my local area, many small bedroom communities are giving their towns a facelift. One such town is in Wallace. It started its humble beginnings as a mining town complete with a famous brothel. There used to be a two-story log cabin turned restaurant called The Snake Pit. The owner used to give the guided tour upstairs to where the magic happened once upon a time in the old mining north. I love the rich history the towns of Wallace, Murray, Mullen has to offer. I am telling you all of this because unless you become a tourist in your own town, you may not know of some well know interesting facts your city or town has to offer. We have several lakes to enjoy within a fifty mile radius with great fishing and plenty of wildlife to see. 

There is getting to a chill in the morning and evening air. I enjoy the changing of the seasons. I know so many tell me to bite my tongue on wanting fall’s arrival, but I can’t help it. I love to decorate for the fall-there are so many warm colors and candles and wreaths to cozy up the home with. I live in a ranch style home with plenty of Victorian charm. My friends teasingly joke with me about putting my plants to bed in September when they are still planting the fall mum and marigolds. I tell them I am so busy with working grave yard shifts and caring for my mom, I don’t have really have or take the time to really garden. And besides I do not repeat do not have a green thumb anyway. my yard will never be on a Garden Tour,I am fine with that. I have a dear friend who could really be on a garden tour,but she works in the yard up to nine hours in one day. I do not relish the thought. You really have to like to dig in dirt to have a great yard. I bought the shirt that reads ” I don’t dig in the dirt”. (smirk) I have a nice yard and home that I am proud of  by a quaint bay. I often go down and sit on the highest rock and watch the boats and jet skiiers go by. Such a life I lead in a small city. Life is good indeed!

take the time to hug your child extra tight tonight, tell them how proud you are they graduated a grade up from last year, tell them how much you love them and your are so glad they are your sons and daughters. we only have them for a little while. Some go off to college one day, some get married and start their new lives, and some like my son set off one sunny sunday morning with some friends to float the river nad by that night, both our lives were forever changed. Make memories and take many pictures,  my last picture I have of my son,was taken 6 years ago.

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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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The End Of The Year

December 29, 2011 at 3:03 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is the end of another year,I hope this year leaves you with fond memories and looking ahead for 2012. This year has been so amazing to me. I can not believe how busy I have been. I was  blessed with writting my first book last October, and I have been busy hosting a few parties at my house and at a few dear friends home to celebrate the book event. With two dear friends, we all went together on our ad and had a book signing this summer at the First Friday event at Possiblities. What fun it was to sit out in front of the store and talk to all the folks who came by. I said hi to so many friends I have not seen in awhile. This spring, I hosted a very special Victorian Tea Party for two special young ladies. What a fun time thier grandmother and a mother had that afternoon. I taught the two girls how to set up the tea party, we made all the food and set the table before the grandmother and mother arrived. I used the nicest china plates my boss gave to me for the party.

I started to writ down a few stories for the new book I am currently working on. I was given the pleasure of working at a little farm in my hometown that is called”The Little Red Raspberry Farm” It reminds me where I grew up with my twin brother on our ranch. The owner of the house built his home with his son in law and grandsons over thirty years ago. I sat down on the back porch and listened to all the families who came to pick the berries,laughing and talking and having a good time. I wrote seven chapters in a day just letting my mind wonder about when I grew up riding my horse in the orchard behind the house. Rich had an acre of property a couple of years ago, his daughter and I went and bought him some chickens to complete the ranch feel. His daughter painted the hen house barn red and white trim. The ladies as we call them love to run around and peck in the dirt. I am serious, this was one of my best jobs I have ever had.

What do I have in store for my new year? Let me see, in my future, I am seeking employment like so many other folks are. I so look forward to putting on the finishing touches for my video trailer for the book. I am planning on doing a few book signings and marketing an e-book . I will still be busy and I hope to see more of you awesome people. I can not tell you how blessed I feel. I had one of the best gifts God could have ever given to me even if for while. My  son Levi and my late husband  were the inspiration for my books. I had so many stories to tell on them about. Your kind words and encouragement has been so appreciated. This has been a difficult journey to walk through. Iam healing more everyday. I get up every morning with my cup of coffee on my Victorian couch and have coffee time with the Lord. He is my inspiration to keep moving forward and never looking backward.

Have the rest of a Blessed Holiday season. I look forward to the new year because it holds some Glorious things in it. There are so many things that I am grateful for. I am so thankful for the good memories that keep my life going forward, loving friends and family that encourage me .

God Bless you all

Julie

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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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