Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Thanks, Rye.

I gaze in awe.
My pulse speeds
My breath catches
My heart lightens...
Spring is here.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wacky Wednesday

You will probably need to enlarge the last one to read it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Chain of Command
Do you follow the chain of command? Our dog does. When it's time to go out, she comes to me. I in turn prod the HHo to take her out. Chain of command.😀


From the Garden.

The winter kale survived.

The tulips are thriving.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire. And co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins and Chemist Ken.
FYI: The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.

The April 3rd question: If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene/chapter of your book, which would it be?
For me it’s the middle chapter. Just like a waist, if I’m not VERY careful, it has a tendency to sag. No wait…First Chapter, the most important in the book. Okay, there’s no way around it, I need two wishes.

AND: I’m still trolling for Beta Readers for my Western.  Thanks so much for those who have signed up.
Also a question. I really am wriggling on a hook. I write Western Romance but this is a Western with romantic elements told from the male POV. If you are a Western Romance reader are you interested in a Western from the male POV with romantic elements? I ask this to help me figure out whether to market it under my name or a pen name. Your input would be appreciated.

AND…Several of our great authors have new releases out including Jacqui Murray’s SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST.

AND...I read Nick Wilford's CORRUPTION and highly recommend it. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


I try to avoid politics on this blog. I don't want to push my view on anyone and vicey versey. Occasionally, though, I ignore my rule. This trailer struck my funny bone. If you're a 'youngin you may not remember the movie SHANE, so half the humor is lost right there.
(My brother Shane brought this trailer to my attention:)

For those of you who prefer dogs and ducks:

A view from the garden.
Hoppy April 2. Enjoy your day.

The Christmas Amaryllis-a Late Bloomer

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Just Her Poetry

I’d like to welcome good bud and fellow author D. L. Finn with her new release JUST HER POETRY Seasons of a Soul. I just started reading this and it is truly lovely. The poems scoop you up and sit you in the middle of nature.

Thank you, Sandra, for having me on your blog to celebrate the release of my first poetry book, “Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul."  To tell your followers a little about myself here are some
Finn Facts:
1.     I am a huge fan of “Happily Ever After” in movies and books.
2.     I proudly have my great-grandparents 50th Anniversary Cake Topper in my china cabinet. I plan to use it for my own 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Take a journey with D.L. Finn as she blends her love of nature with her deepest emotions. Sit with her on the forest floor observing its tranquil beauty, or stroll along the ocean’s shore admiring the vastness of its horizon. Here in these peaceful moments you’ll be able to experience her thoughts and feelings in the light—and in the darkness. This is a thought-provoking collection of poetry that invites the reader into all the seasons of a soul.

Excerpt from NATURE Spring and Summer:
Today is the first warm day of spring
I step outside excited to sit in the sun
The bare trees are starting to bud
Green pine needles reach for the clear blue sky.
Birds are singing, while gathering for their nests
The bees find daffodils and lilies to satisfy their hunger
The bear has awakened from its winter nap,
Tipping over its first full garbage can.
Pine cones scattered amongst those littered from fall
The air heavy with rebirth, it’s time to plant my seeds
Not just introducing them to the soil, but in my mind
To grow and thrive like the magical landscape around me
Nurtured in love and hope for another season of growth
When mistakes and lessons are the fertile base
As I reach for the stars with my dreams
Spring reminds me that all is possible if you just plant it.

D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.
D.L. Finn Links:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Over the weekend my tulips started popping open.
The second and third picture are of the same tulip taken two hours apart.


I received a lovely review on Montana Shootists. It stood out to me for two reasons:  The reviewer mentioned she wasn't much on writing reviews but had fun and wanted to share AND  since she was in the military there were aspects of the story she could relate to.  Always good to know when writing on something that you've researched but haven't experienced first hand. Whew.


My brother, who had been readmitted to the hospital for liver problems again, was released over the weekend. Any prayers and positive energy for him are appreciated.


My daughter and SIL are buying their first house. Very exciting.


I had surgical removal of an erupted tooth and a bone graft in my mouth last week and the HH did a remarkably great job as caregiver. Yes, I am ready for some solid food:) Heh.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019