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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My Fall Drive

October 16, 2011 at 2:11 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I started my morning like all my mornings. I have 2 cups of coffee to wake up, and then I figure out what I am going to do with my day. Sounds exciting doesn’t it. I got a call from my neighbor and her boyfriend. We ended up going to Barnes and Noble to shoot some photos for the online interveiw today. The pictures came out great. I bought us a coffee(yes) and we headed over to Carver Farms in Washington. Ashley wanted to find a pumpkin for her little brother to carve. I felt like a kid again. I laughed, we rode on the hay wagon over to the pumpkins and then we went into the corn maze. Ashley commented this was the most fun she has had in  a long time. I agree it was a fun day .

I posted a online interveiw this afternoon on my Healing in the Storms page on FB. Be sure to check out the interveiw. I had fun putting this together to celebrate the First year release of the book.I am excited to see the book is doing rather well. it has been a wonderful expirence from the concept of writing the book, to putting the project together and then finally publishing my book. it has been interesting to see how a book is finished and then marketed.

I know fall is on it’s way pretty soon. The weather is changing. it is getting colder. I love this time of year. The leaves change color and and the sool nip in the air. The first day you put on your coat. So many people love to do last minute gardening and then put the garden to bed for the winter. I have had a gardener for a few years now.I have always worked long hours to try and provide for Levi whn he was younger, that I never had the time to keep my yard looking nice.It is nice I have good friends who can help me in the area.

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Two Posts in one night?

October 14, 2011 at 2:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I am trying something. I want to see what happens when I start using tags for my posts. I didn’t use the tags when I first started blogging because I didn’t and still don’t know how to effectively use them.

I talked with a girlfriend last night. her son just came home from Afghanistan. She is so glad as you can imagine that both her sons are safe at home now. I am so happy to hear this. Our troops have done a wonderful job in a country who really don’t want us there. Bless all of you for what have a done are doing to help keep us all free.

I still look forward to this weekend when I can go look for some beautiful fall colored leaves. I love the cool crisp mornings when you really enjoy your first cup of morning coffee. It just seems to taste better when the wheather turns chilly. BTW, Gingerbread flavored coffee creamer is out now. I am looking forward to seeing what new holiday flavors are going to be out this year. Gingerbread is my all time favoite one though. Life is good….

Drinking a cup of coffee before I start working in my office.

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End of Summer News

October 5, 2011 at 2:29 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Wow, it is turning cold already. Where has our summer gone to? Last week we had some 80 degree temperatures, this week it is in the 60’s. I love Fall though. it is my favorite time of the year. I can’t wait to take my fall drive and look at all the changing colors of the leaves. I get a coffee and start looking for the leaves.

I love downtown because on Government way, all the maple trees are starting to change colors now. it is beautiful.

I need to catch-all my readers up to what has happened the past few weeks. I stopped blogging for a few weeks because I was trying to take an online class in freelance writing and blogging. Well… I could not log on to the class and after 8 days of trying to take my class(I really looked forward to taking this class.)

I gave up and asked for a refund for the class. I wanted to learn the tricks write a blog that people want to read. That is what the class had said.

I had a great birthday. Thank you so  much for the birthday greetings on FB.I had a quiet night on Tuesday. Jeff had to work in California. It was a hard birthday because Jeff could not be here to help me celebrate the BIG 50.

At the end of September, I went with a  friend to Beauty Bay on Lake Couer d’Alene  I had a nice relaxing morning sitting on the dock and watching boaters and the water skiers. I took the climb up to the outhouse behind my friends float house. it was an interesting trek up the hill I will tell you. There was not really a marked trail to get to the out house, then I thought I was going to get stuck because I could not get the dumb door to open when I was coming out. I finally made it out of the out house ordeal and sat down on a swing a few feet from the out house. Then I saw the deer droppings. I just decided to back to my quiet lounge chair and just take in the view of the lake. My friend and her family rebuilt the float house dock last year. I think my friend told me the dock was floating away. I know she put a lot of work into this vacation home and it looks great. In Idaho, you do not have to go very far to have a home away from home.

As far as October is looking, I have sent out some press releases for the book and I am currently working on a radio commercial to try to generate some new interest in my book. The book is doing well, but I would like to market the book to a wider public interest. I can not believe the book has been published one year now. It is amazing the fun I have had writing and publishing “Healing in the Storms”. Thank you for those of you who has bought a copy of the book. I have been getting so much good feed back on the book. I am slowly working on my second book “More Healing in the Storms”. I am having fun writing this book as well. This time I mam not working two jobs trying to write at the same time. I have more time to think this year.

I am excited to announce I am having a first year since the release of “Healing in the Storms” party October 21,2011. I hope to see a lot of you at Rosalie Storments home on the Highlands to help me celebrate.

I am watching the a squirel playing, chasing each other around the tree. They are so cute to watch them play and bury the nuts and apples to get ready for winter. I can say that bad word because I like the snow. I love sitting in my office and drinking coffee and writing this blog. I will write some more soon. Be sure to check out my FB page for the book to see pictures. Have the rest of a great week.

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The Computer Was Down.

September 3, 2011 at 3:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

We had this storms a couple of nights ago, I was online and I had a power surge. The computer went off. My friend calls tech. support through my cable company. A technition came out tonight told me I had something wrong with my hard drive. I was upset because the computer I use belonged to my deceased son. I want to keep using the computer for as long as possible. I went to the neighbors behind me, the neighbor had the computer fixed in 5 minutes. the technition was her for over an hour tonight. I am blessed I have my computer back now and I can update all my websites.

I have submitted a couple more stories to magazines. I also signed up for my clesses I wanted to take. The first class is September 20th. I will be learning more how to free lance write articles and how to blog better. I would like to be able to blog stories people want to keep reading and coment on. 

School starts already Tuesday. I can’t beleive summer is already over. I have always liked the fall of the year more than any other season we have in the Northwest. i like the changing of the fall colors and the cool crisp air. I like the first time I have to put on my jacket. I love to take fall drives and see all the changing colors.

I had a good week. I will find out tomorrow if Imy lastest story is printed in the Good News paper. I get excited when I see a story was published. I get great feed back when my friends read the stories. People tell my they are inspired by my stories. I am glad friends kept telling me to get my book published and write some stories for magazines. I never thought it would be this good. I look forward to what this season will bring in my life. Jeff and I will turn 50 in a couple weeks. I am ventering into some classes I never thought I would take. One is on Voice overs on the radio. The other class I will be taking is Making movie magic. I want to learn how to make movies and put audio and narration to the movies. It is shaping up to be a great fall of the year for me. Hey I am back ibn school to. I just didn’t have to spend a ton of money on a new wardrobe.

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The End of Summer

August 31, 2011 at 3:35 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

I can not believe that school in Post Falls is starting on Tuesday.I remeber when I saw the children leaping for joy and the parents groaning like I used to but that was because I always had to try to find day care on short notice for my son Levi. I had a good summer this year. I had the pleasure of meeting some good people at some book signings this summer, had some good BBQ’s, had a family reunion this summer.

I have submitted two more stories for two magazines this last week. One story is for Bliss Victoria, and the other story is for Country America magazine. I am satisfied with how the free-lance writing is coming along. A friend told me about a book that was being published for the “Chicken Soup Books”, I submitted a story to them and I am waiting to hear if the story is accepted. i didn’t think i would be writing stories for books or magazines. This is pretty fun. for one, the stories stretch your writing capabilities, and two, I am getting to write for magazines I have loved for many years and would give anything to have a story printed.

I will be taking a few classes this Fall at the Work Force Training Center. through NIC college,you can take special classes either for fun or earn a certificate. I am planning on taking a Voice over class. the lady that has the oil of olay commercial and Colgate Tooth paste commercial is teaching the class..

The second class is Movie making magic. I need to learn how to upload my video and edit the video and then I can narrate the video as well. It should be a fun class then I don’t have to have people come over and help me all the time.

The last class I am planning on taking is Free-lance writing and blogging. I want to write and blog that is read and that people want to read. I know there is always room to grow when you write or blog.

I should be having a good fall season. It is my favorite seadon of them all. I love the cool crisp air in the morning and in the evening. Coffe just tastes better when the air is chilly. I love to snuggle up in my favorite quilt with my son’s cat. Also Septemeber, Jeff and I turn 50. I look foward to the new season in my life. i have had a few new seasons in my life the past 5 years. I look at this time in my life as agrowing season, a time to heal and to laugh with friends over a good cup of coffee and a hug.

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Very expensive car problem

July 28, 2011 at 2:38 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Yeaterday I went to see a friend to do up some t shirts promoting the book. I went to leave his place, and the car wouldn’t start. i had it towed to Post Falls last night. I found out that the timing belt broke, plus the water pump is leaking I won’t get my car back until Friday sometime. So far the cost is &700.00. I was going to be getting cool t shirts to promote my book but…

I am lookin g forward to the  Leigh family Reunion on August 6th. I haven’t seen candy and Dennis for a few years now. it will be nice to see her again. I am glad mom is hosting the event. she has not been having trouble with gout. But she wanted to have it,so it will be nice.

RASPBERRIES. Come to 2570 Ponderosa Blvd. in Post falls and pick. They will be ripe for only 2 more weeks. there are still so many . Come for your jam supplies or popsicles,or yogurt and raspberry freezer treat. it is going to get hot.lol. it probably will for 2 days.

I hope you are having a great summer so far. I will let you know how the car got fixed, if I had a nervous breakdown before then,etc. I am just kidding. I am having a better summer than I expected to. i ususally don’t enjoy the summer heat, but this year hasn’t been to bad so far. SMILING.

I am working on another book signing in Ausgust. i will keep you posted on more details as they evolve.

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Had a great time at a special baseball game

July 24, 2011 at 3:22 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Today, I went into Couer d’ Alene to a baseball game . A friend of mine is a treatment program. The judge had a ball game the judges court against the guys in his program.The judge won this time… Rematch again next year. I am glad he puts this on every year, because it is a fun time had by all.

I am redoing my back yard. I have a cousin coming in 2 weeks and I am in the planning stages of putting together a first year party to celebrate the book “Healing in the Storms”. I am putting in lavender in hopes I can keep it alive long enough to enjoy it. (You garden specialists laugh) I am not kidding. I need tips to keep my back yard alive. I have a great lawn care person, but the rest of it, left up to me,dies. (I do water!)

I can’t believe that summer is getting ready to come to a close after next month. I am not fooling, it goes by faster every year now. I love the Fall of the year and putting everything to bed.Some people live for Spring when everything comes out and blooms. I just have always liked to take a fall drive and see all the pretty colors and the cool crisp air..Oh I am sorry I know some of you are cringing right now. I will try and enjoy what is left of my summer.

I have a few more events I am working on like another interveiw,plus the radio interveiw, and a few more book signings. This has been a fun journey I am on. I never would have thought that one, I would write a book that has gotten so much positive responce. I am so blessed to have friends and familt like you who continue to support me. Thank you.

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A Company Of Women Gathering

July 18, 2011 at 3:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had a great time yesterday at the ACW gathering after the conference. It was so nice to see everyone. I work, so Rosalie was gracious enough to let me come and enjoy the fellowship. I will post photos next week as I get them from other ladies who attended.

I created a new FB page for the book. I will post book signings, bloopers of my videos,those were fun to watch me bomb…

I will also be posting my interveiws I have been part of. This has been such a fun expierence. I never would have dreamed my book would be published last year, or I would be able to meet wonderful people and tell them about my life, my family hardships, and sign a book. I don’t think I have ever had my picture taken so often in all of my life. I couldn’t be where I am today if it were not for all you friends and family who support mre by purchasing a copy of my book, asking about how I am doing, or just stopping by a book signing with a coffee and just saying hi. It means a lot to me.

I will keep you posted on my radio interveiw scheduled sometime in the next couple weeks. So much is happening this summer. I can’t keep up. I am grateful that I even have one person that takes the time tom read my blog or look at one of my pictures. Thank you friends.

Have a great week.

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