Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What a Tuesday

There are blessings and then there are blessings. Lenny had an appointment with his eye doctor at 10:30. Now that might not sound so difficult except -- well since my doctor changed my meds I'm sleeping much better (that's a blessing) but with all we have to do in the morning care-wise for him, I had to set the alarm clock to be sure we were up and away in time for the doctor. I hate that alarm clock and once made a promise to myself that when I retired I'd never use it again. That promise was broken years ago but I still hate the alarm clock.

So we were off to the doctor's on time and it was a good meeting. Lenny has a MRSR infection that he brought home from rehab. It's in his eyes and if any of you know about MRSRs they are a pain. For 8 weeks we've been putting drops in 4 times a day, ointment at bedtime and two antibiotic pills a day. Today the doctor said the infection is still there but better. He doesn't want to see him for 6-8 weeks. That's another blessing.

Then a reporter from the News Sun, a local newspaper, came to the house to interview me for a write-up in the paper. The writ-up will also appear in the Heartland Cultural Alliance newsletter. It's all about why I write, how I write and featuring Finding Amy. Another blessing.

We are card players and so every Tuesday evening we wheel it up to the clubhouse in our golf cart (it is never used for golf anymore but I guess it's still a golf cart). On Tuesdays we play Euchre, a silly game with five cards per hand and some even sillier rules but it's fun and a night out.

Right now I'm supposed to be watching the Yankees but I'm in here. Lenny is watching and will bring me up-to-date when I return to the living room. I'm as big a fan of sports as he is and since he cannot read well right now, I'm getting even better by reading the sports pages to him. Watched a bit of the French Open Tennis this morning, too. Surprisingly I'm a fan of golf, baseball, football and tennis.

Guess I'd better quite and see what the Yankees are up to. More to come. Have a wonderful day (tomorrow since today is almost gone). See you soon,

Monday, May 28, 2012

She's back

I know it's been WAY too long since I wrote on my blog. Hope everyone hasn't abandoned me but it's been an unusual five months. After spending 82 consecutive days in hospital or rehab, my darling husband, Lenny, returned home on March 12th. Since then he has been improving day by day, with a few setbacks, but still improving. My job is to care for him, a job I don't really consider as a job but more a pleasurable responsibility. This responsibility is made even easier by his cheerful, optimistic attitude. We still sing every day! We still do our daily devotional, watch a lot television, read and just plain enjoy each other's company. He continues to have home health care which is a blessing. But time have changed and one of the changes is that this new routine has eaten into my writing hours but I continue to write. My thirteenth novel is in the works, slowly proceeding. But, I have discovered there are benefits even in the midst of turmoil and unsettling times. We are closer than ever before; I have a bit more reading time; and things that seemed routine in the past now hold a much deeper meaning. When you feel God is with you every step of the way, troubles are less significant and the 'good stuff' seems even better. Of course, even in dark times there are flashes of light and one of the biggest flashes of light in my current world is the publication of my twelfth novel FINDING AMY. When this manuscript won Book of the Year award and first place in women's fiction, unpublished, I was astounded. I loved the story but to find that my peers felt it was worthy of this endorsement was beyond my wildest dreams. Last week I received my first copies. The joy of holding that book in my hands for the first time is immeasurable. The book is available on amazon.com, B&N; Kindle and Book Nook and through my publisher at http://doubleedgepress.com. The cover is beautiful and the upgraded format is wonderful, all due to my publisher's talent and personal input. She is truly a God-send. I urge you to go to her website to see just what she has to offer and to get a peek at other available books and the cover for Finding Amy. I wish I was talented enough to get the cover and blurb on the blog but with a little help from friends I just may be able to do that soon. Fingers crossed. I'm going to promise to be blogging much more regularly in the near future. I left the site because I was overwhelmed with the situation which I thought not many would be interested in to any great extent and because I just literally didn't have the time. Until next time, have wonderful, blessing filled days. Until next time. (apparently I can't figure out how to separate the paragraphs. While I was absent Google sneaked in and changed things. I'll work it out.