Wednesday, April 28, 2010


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Today is my son's tenth birthday. Double-digits. Hard to believe. Time is going way to fast.

We celebrated last night since Wednesdays are crazy busy. He invited four friends to dinner at Olive Garden, then back to our house to wii, eat ice cream cake and play with Star Wars figures and vehicles. They had a blast, and it was very easy for me to throw together. And really inexpensive!

He and his sisters will be learning how to snowboard as soon as I can get them up to Mt. Hood. That's what he wanted instead of a big party somewhere.

What have you got going on today?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Someday my prince will come

The kidlets and I were watching the Disney Channel when a movie trailer came on. Seeing Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia, especially the close up shots of his eyes, were just what I needed. I got that feeling and and knew... I'd found inspiration for my current hero also a prince. Have a look.

So glad I found him sooner rather than later. Having a visual really makes the character writing easier for me!

Have a nice Tuesday!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Yay Monday!

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I'm not normally a fan of Mondays, but we had such a busy weekend I'm happy it's over. On Saturday alone, we had a 4-H dog show, a soccer game, Irish dance class and swim workshop. It was crazy. Worse, upcoming weekends don't look much better. Sigh...

And we've even been cutting out activities, too! Yikes!

I overdid it at the dog show since my daughter's club was the host. Lots of setting up, carrying, taking down. A good thing I have PT this morning. I'm really sore. Guess I wasn't as healed as I thought.

I did manage to finish a chapter on the new book. Writing and continuing to heal are the big priorities around here.

What's going on with you?

Friday, April 23, 2010


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I've been seeing improvement from the PT sessions I've been attending. Unfortunately, some numbness has returned. They think they know the reason which is good. Just hope it's not a drawn out process to fix.

As it is, my writing time feels more like cram sessions. My goal was to not need any extensions this year after what happened last year. With three books to write, I really can't afford them because each delay would effect the next manuscript.

So I'll just continue to cram. I mean, write. And hope I'm doing it right!

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


This has been around for over a year, but it's new to me and I wanted to share. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Norwegian Forest Cat

A little bit ago I blogged about Yoda's fluffy plume tail, how big he already was and the size of his paws. We also noticed how he walked a little funny and had fur growing out of his ears. We figured he was just some genetic mutant cat. Well, it turns out he's a Norwegian Forest Cat! All the weird things about him are normal for the breed!

Here's a little YouTube video on the breed:

A Norwegian Elkound and now a Norwegian Forest cat. I wonder if there are any other Norwegian breeds out there!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Overrun by elves

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I hear this excuse a lot. If it's not elves causing the problem, Idaknow seems the culprit. It's rather annoying the mess they've been making around here.

Hope you had a good weekend. We were busy as usual.

I'm feeling a little better and did some writing.

NBC had a family movie night on Friday with Secrets of the Mountain. After Friday night soccer tryouts, we grabbed dinner from Burgerville and headed home. The kidlets and I enjoyed the movie, but there sure were a lot of commericals!

Hubby arrived home on Saturday! It looks as if he'll be home all this week. Woo-hoo! I want to make the most of it and write, write, write!

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Norwegian Elkhound Puppies

Earlier this week, the kidlets and I drove to Hillsboro, Oregon to visit three 9 week old Norwegian Elkhound puppies. I think Chaos might be the half-aunt of these cuties. I forget the exact lineage of the mom, Cassie. My camera is in Taiwan with hubby, so the breeder provided these pictures and said I could use them on the blog!

We'd never seen Elkhounds this young before. I think Tango, one of Chaos' puppies we met, was a few weeks older than these. I remember her being bigger, longer legs and not so round a belly. It was almost exactly this time two years ago that we adopted Chaos.

These nine week old puppies are so cute, the definition of adorable. They are bundles of energy. Biting on shoes, hair, whatever they can get their mouths on. They ran around the fenced in area chasing kidlets, balls and sticks. We played with them for two hours. All of us were worn out!

The breeder identifies the puppies by color. Each wears a colored tag. The three left were red, blue and green. They were all set to be placed in homes by the weekend which is why we needed to get over there earlier in the week. All are considered show quality right now. The kids thought it would be fun to watch them compete when they were older.

Fortunately for hubby, all the puppies were already spoken. The kids fell in love and if they knew any of them hadn't had a home yet there would have been begging, tears and wailing! I haven't really considered getting a puppy before but now that we've had some dog experience with Chaos, it might be an option in the future.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

One of those Wednesday

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Wish I didn't have to go on. It's been one of those days, but I've yet to write one word today. My work is just beginning now...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday smiles

I saw this on one of my yahoogroups this morning. It put a big smile on my face. A great way to start a new week. Enjoy!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Oh, Yoda!

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I found one of my new window coverings lying in the bathtub last night. Yoda had even managed to pull down the rod. Argh! Of course, he then jumped onto my table, stretched out and fell asleep next to my computer looking totally sweet and innocent.

I'm off to my Portland for a girls' group meeting. Hope you have a great Friday!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Revisting a story

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I need to get a copy of that book! Yoda is a kitty wrecking machine. My new bathroom window coverings are his new favorite toys. Good thing he's so cute and adorable.

Last night he managed to get locked in the garage. Hubby heard wailing, opened the door and something black darted inside. He stayed with me the rest of the evening. Poor baby was very scared.

Before I read the cat behavior book, I need to finish another first. The AAs (page proofs/galleys) for my upcoming November release, Christmas Magic on the Mountain, arrived yesterday.

It's always fun to revisit characters and a story. With the distance, in this case a few months, I can read the words without so much emotion invested. It's easier to find awkward phrases, words, you name it. It's also nice when I'm pleased by what I read. I'm only to page 80, but so far so good!

I'm doing physical therapy three times a week to recover from being rear-ended. I'm sore and my hand/arm is still numb, but my back is doing much better. Now to get my neck, arm and hand healed! It's still uncomfortable to sit in my chair so I'm limiting my on-line time. I am reading blogs, however, just not commenting due to my numb hand! I have a book due in May so pretty much a visit to Facebook, email and a blog here is about it. I'm even writing by hand and hoping to be able to type it all in soon!

Hope all is well!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mean Cat

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Spirit, my grey kitty, keeps getting meaner. She'll be thirteen years old this month. I thought she might mellow, but nope. It keeps getting worse. She will attack the other cats. The dog, too. She wants what she wants and makes sure she gets it whether it's a chair to sit on, the bed to herself or rubs. It's really annoying because she can also be the sweetest kitty in the world when she wants to be.

I have spoiled all the pets rotten, but no one else has turned into a mean girl (or boy.) Guess she wants to make sure she remains top cat around her. But it's sad how all the other pets now keep their distance from her.

Hope you have a good day and are surrounded by nice people and animals :-)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!

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My furbabies don't like wearing bunny ears. Good thing I didn't try actual Easter clothing!

Hope you and your loved ones have a Blessed Easter Sunday. This is my absolute favorite holiday. We went to early Mass. The kidlets have done their egg hunt and are going through their baskets the Easter bunny left them. I'm finishing up my decorating this morning and will keep everything up until Pentecost.

He is Risen!