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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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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Making a Movie

November 13, 2011 at 3:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I am taking a class called Making Movie Magic. As part of the final, I have to make a movie. Pretty cool huh. I decided to make the movie about my book signings.This is a  subject that is near and dear to my heart. It has been fun putting the finishing touches together. tomorrow I am recording the voice overs for my interveiws and my friend is writing and recording the music for my mini movie. I will have the finished product ready for Amazon.com and my Healing in the Storms page on Face Book next week sometime.

It is snowing here.Yipee… I have always loved the snow  and the coffee that just tastes better watching it snow in the comfort of your home sitting on the victorian couch and looking out the window and seeing the white fluffy stuff coming down. Now don’t all of you burst my bubble, I know I have to get out and shovel sooner or later, but for now, let me enjoy the snow falling. it is is beautiful. My pastor would say to me “I’m praying for you, who like the snow”. Ahh extra prayer who would not need that.

I am glad the long week is over with.Sometimes I just can’t wait until the weekend and other times, i am having a good week. I am for the most part just relaxing tomorrow morning until I work on the movie. I need to clean my house it has been a few weeks since I have had the chance to scrub the floors. I will get around to it I hope.

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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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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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Nice saturday…

July 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

This morning is a beautiful Saturday. I have a few things to do. I am taking my mom to Walmart to get her glasses and a few groceries, a neighbor and I are re spray painting a couple of outside chairs for mom for her big family reunion in a couple weeks. I am going to edit a video I had done last weekend at the Garden Plaza book signing. I had so much fun at the book signing. I was able to see some friends I haven’t been able to connect with for awhile.

Some of you may have read my story about Levi in the Press this week. It was truly a tribute to a fine young man my son had become. he is truly missed everyday. I will post a video he appeared in a few years ago at a concert. It is hard to beleive he has been gone now 4 years. time goes by so fast anymore I can’t keep up.

I will be updating my blog more this weekend. Some of you may have gotten an invite to my BeKnow page. I would appreciate some feed back from you. I value everyone of you and love keeping in touch. thank you for all your on going love and support for the book and me as a person.

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Radio Interveiw maybe next week

July 14, 2011 at 4:17 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I just finished e-mailing Karri Thoreson. She will be setting up a date to interveiw about the book early next week. I am excited about being able to talk about the book and tell listeners more about what had happened in my life.

If you get the Press, I have a new story about Levi in todays edition.I was surprised to see my story because Spokesman reveiw rejected my story.

Look for me in Goodnews next month also. I am putting together a story for the end of summer(don’t hit me) I do like fall best though.

I loved the rain this morning. Now I don’t have to water my lawn for 2 more days. Such is the life…

For those of you who love raspberries, “Rich’s Little Red Raspberry farm” on Ponderosa  Blvd. in Post falls will have a bumper crop this year. I counted 9-12 berries on each plant. The owners also put up picnic tables this year. I love the farm because it is just nice people selling you pick raspberries by the pound. i used to go let Levi pick when he was younger. We had fun.

I am adding to my blog more. I have added 4 new pages and I am constructing some book signing pages and my interveiw pages. I will have some video for Amazon.com of my last book signing this week.

have the rest of a great week everyone. Thank you for reading my blog and your support.

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