Hello friends, sorry for the delay on my blog this week. I have been very busy with life. I recently bought the True West magazine which this month is on Virgil Earp. Which, reminded me of a time when Dwayne and I went to Tombstone Arizona. We had been married for one year and to us, it was our honeymoon. This took place 30 years ago. I can still to this day remember what the feeling was like when I walked down Allen Street, on the wooden boardwalks. I remember closing my eyes and imagining the sound of spurs and rustling of people as they walked by. We had toured the famous Bird Cage Theatre. It was filled with artifacts of Tombstone from over the years. Yet, I was drawn to the bullet holes that remained in the walls from a time long ago. Wondering who made them and what was their story. We stayed at a B.B. that was one of the coolest places that we had ever stayed at in all the years we have been married. As you walked into the B.B. you were instantly drawn to all the vintage photos along the walls. They were people that had stayed there during the time it was a boarding house, later a residential home, and then a B.B.. They even had the original guest book, I saw John Wayne's signature. He had stayed there when he was filming a movie at one time. When Dwayne and I went to our room we both had noticed that there was a small door in the corner. Now, picture this when I say small I mean like a trapped door. We both were a lot younger and smaller at the time and we both would have had a hard time fitting through it. It was that small. But the curiosity was killing us to see what laid on the other side. Guess what it was??? It was a small narrow ladder that went downstairs. It was for an escape route. Which made my mind go in overdrive. I sat there thinking of what kind of people that used this ladder trying to escape. One of the coolest things about the home was that the owner was wanting their wine cellar bigger for couples to enjoy wine tasting if they wanted to. To do this they had to dig out the cellar. Well, during this process they found human bones!! Yes, human bones, apparently this house was built on an unmarked Chinese cemetery. The University of Arizona came in and moved all the remains to another location. After that Dwayne and I felt very weird about staying there. My mind was always wondering what spirits were lurking in the halls. There was so much history in Tombstone we loved it and have often thought about going back. This was one of my favorite times with my husband.
Thanks for allowing me to share my memories with you. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Until next week,
Hello Readers, well, I have had several people ask me a certain question about my books. So I thought I would address it here. The question is. "How can I get so many books out at one time?" The answer is, I have been writing for years. Although, I haven't done anything with them; but, place them on the shelf to sit and collect dust. I didn't have the self-esteem to pursue them further. Until October 2019, when I lost my job that allowed God to open a door for me to start preparing my books for publishing. Thankfully, with the support of my husband Dwayne and my children, I had the confidence to start. Even though I had several books they all needed editing (LOTS OF EDITING) I had to add chapters to some of the books. I had to finish some as well. I have been blessed with a great friend which is my editor. She doesn't want to be recognized so she will be nameless; but, without her none of this would be possible. She has helped me, taught me in so many ways how to write better than I could ever imagine I could. So I would like to say THANK YOU to her. I thought I would take this time as well to talk about what I'm currently working on. Other then what I have scheduled to be released in October, which is Rebekah's Gunslinger which will complete the Guthrie Sisters Series. I'm currently writing My C-Popstar 2 (Name will be different). I have had several requests for more of Vannes & Aimee's story. I'm about halfway done. I have it scheduled to be released beginning of next year. Along with that, I'm currently working on a series of 5 books which is about 5 musicians. I have completed the first one which is Xavion. Which is scheduled for release in December.
Well, that's all for now I hope each of you have a blessed day!!
I swore to myself that when I became a mother that I wanted to be remembered as a mother that went the extra mile for my children, trying to always make a lasting impression. Well, that has bled over to now as a grandma.This past week has been a very memorable week. I had 5 out of 6 of my grandkids, minusing the baby. Which is a very rare event to have them all at once. Those that may not know my oldest daughter Bethany is married into the military life. She and her husband Dane have been station all over the country. Which has never allowed them to be close to home so that we could keep our grandkids. As my children were growing up, one of my main focuses was to bring history to life for them. I wanted them to respect it and grab ahold of it, along with seeing the beauty in every part of it. Well now as a grandma that has carried on into my grandkids. So for this week, I wanted to have a special day for my granddaughters and grandsons. It started off with the girls, Lord let me remind you all that there is three of them, one is 4 going on 14, and two 3-year-olds that are 4 months apart, which both are very strong-willed children. haha...Well after thinking about what I could do with them I decided to do "A day as a Princess". I chose to dress up with the girls, we all wore crowns. I had packed a special enchanted lunch for each special princess. We went to the Marland Mansion, after walking the grounds and talking about the life outside of the castle, we finally found a picnic spot and enjoyed our lunch. I had called ahead to the staff at the Mansion so that they were aware we were coming. I was sure we would be getting all kinds of stares, It's one thing to see little girls dress up but grandma was a whole different story. As we walk through the large wooden doors the girls were greeted with smiles as well as addressed as Hello Princesses. I watched as they smiled from ear to ear. As we walked through the halls they walked quietly and very gracefully. As I told them stories of each room they all looked at me with wondered and excitement in their eyes and I knew then that my point had hit home. I think the most favorite part for me was when we went to the ballroom. I had ballroom music playing on my phone, and I got to dance with each of my granddaughters as we talked about being princesses in a castle. To say the least we had a blast. Now as for the boys day it was a little different; but still just as memorable. I wanted to take them to the 101 Miller Brother ranch. Even through my grandboys had already been to the 101 museum I took it to be fresh in their minds when we went to the ranch just outside of Ponca City. When we got to the ranch of course they were expecting a real ranch, not just ruins. Yet, we walked the grounds and talked about every historical marker that was present. We talked about true stories of cowboys and cowgirls. I had brought some of my personal collection of pictures of the 101 ranch, which I pinned pointed the exact place which they were standing once cowboys stood. I could tell it was starting to hit home in their eyes. For lunch I had made a round up cowboy lunch. Just like the cowboys would have ate, beans, cornbread, fried potatoes. Again talking about history and keeping it alive for others. When we were finished they wanted to walk the sidewalks one last time and touch a few of the buildings that were still standing. I stood back a watched a sweet moment.I took them to cowboy hill where 3 graves stand of three special cowboys. Along with a marker that was recognizing the cowboys and cowgirls for all they did on the ranch all those years ago. After explaining it I started to walk away when I heard these words that brought tears to my eyes "Thank you, cowboys, for all that you did on the ranch and for making history." Looking back Mason was standing next to Kavin, with the same look in their eyes that once was in my childrens'. I knew my point was made. So, you may wonder why I blog this long story, It's simple to me history is important. If I have to dress up, make a traditional lunch, throw my pride out the window. Then so be it! For me sharing it with my children, which now sharing it with my grandkids they one day can share it with my great grandkids, all because we made it REAL.
This topic was not what I had planned on blogging about today. Yet, I had such a strong burden to share it after going to the park today with my granddaughters. So it's not everyday that I get a chance to have all my granddaughters together. This week I have the opportunity to have them all. So I decided to take them to the park and have a picnic. As we were enjoying swinging a mother and I assume it was her daughter shows up. The little girl quickly joined my granddaughters and were instantly friends. As I stepped away allowing them to play together for about 30 minutes. When the mother of the little girl said it was time to go; and, kids being kids she throw a fit. The mother yelled "I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOU GROW UP!" I wanted to say something, but, didn't. Missed opportunity!! Years ago my pastors wife told me when I was struggling with being a mother with three little ones. That this is just a SEASON in my life and soon it will pass. Which I have held those words close to my heart to this day. I wish I could have told that mother today those same words that once was said to me. I think we all can relate to a time in our lives when we all needed a break from a situation, from kids, from our husbands or even just life. As I get older I'm thankful for the seasons with my children. Not sure when it happen but, I blinked and they grew up. The meaning of this blog is when your in the midst of your situation and you feel like your going to loose it. Just remember it's just a SEASON and this will pass. I hope this has helped someone!
Living out in the country you accumulate animals over the years...LOTS of animals. We have had horses, goats, many dogs, and cats even chickens. I have to say that my chickens by far are the most carefree animal that I have ever owned. Meet Hay Hay she is my head hen of the coop. You may be wondering why she looks the way she does. Well, she has been through a battle as you can see. I'm not sure why but my girls (my hens) love dog food. They would eat that over anything else. So every morning once the coop is open, the first thing they do is run to the dog pen in hope that I have to drop some dog food for them to eat. Well not to long ago she got a little too close to the fence and yep you guessed it. My dog got ahold of her. She is lucky she got loose, they have killed several chickens before. They are Basset Hounds, they don't even eat the chickens; but, instinctually they have to attack them. I was walking to the house and I heard an awful scream and commotion. I immediately ran in panic to my dog pen to help free my hen. All while the other hen are just sit there waiting for their turn at the dog food!! I grabbed the first thing I saw was a loose-leaf rake. Now, seriously how is that going to break anything up? Yet, it did I grabbed my traumatized hen and nursed her to health for days. As you can see she still, after MONTHS, hasn't recovered fully. To this day she stays clear of that dog pen. haha After that, my grandkids started calling her Hay Hay. Funny thing is I have more of Hay Hay's farm adventures. Maybe I will write a children's book about Hay Hay? Leave me a comment of what you think of Hay Hay. I would love to hear your thoughts.