I love Autumn. The feel of the cooler air as the wind ruffles my hair…the smells of woodsmoke from chimneys…the vibrant colors on the leaves falling everywhere…all of these energize me, making me want to write, or cook, or throw a party. Today I was taking a walk and saw this pumpkin in someone’s yard, waiting for Halloween. It was like a sign saying, “Yes! Autumn is finally here!”Transformers: The Last Knight live streaming film
And for my readers, yes, book seven of the Sully Point series is definitely coming out this month. It will be called Love Surprises. It’s in the final editing phase, and should be back in my hands soon for the last corrections and then formatting. I’ll post again here and on facebook as soon as it is available.
Music I listened to for the final phase of the book: Carrie Underwood
Good Autumn food: Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies
Favorite Classic Movie I watched during downtime: Rear Window (Hitchcock version)
Lots of appointments outside the house this past week led to not as much writing getting done, which is always frustrating. I found myself in one waiting room, jotting down a scene for the Sully Point book I’m working on, using a scrap piece of paper and having to write very tiny. I clearly need a tablet! It’s funny how fast the tablet became prevalent in all our lives. Well, not in my life just yet, but hopefully soon. 😉
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I made a big batch of Chicken Enchiladas yesterday, with plenty to freeze for later. I like to do that on a regular basis, freezing meals that I can microwave in a hurry on days when I either don’t feel like cooking, or am too into the writing to stop for long. Cooking every day has never been my strong suit. Okay, if forced, I could probably make a batch of brownies every day, but you get the idea.
Is anyone else out there watching Under the Dome, that new series? I like it so far, but it has the feel of one of those shows that can either go downhill fast or end up really good.
My friend, R, went to a cooking class the other day that used edible flowers. I anticipate having some at her house very soon. She says the yellow day lily is the most tasty of those she’s tried. Evidently, the flower is cleaned, and you eat just the petals. The recipe she’s going to make includes a small scoop of savory cheese spread served inside the day lily blossom. The color of the flower is important, because when it is darker the taste changes. A bright yellow day lily is what you want. Also, the flowers should be homegrown, with no chemicals used. As R puts it, “You have to know your flowers,” a bit of advice that I think applies to much in life.
Yes, it’s time. Time to clear out all the old stuff from my apartment. I spent the other day going through clothing, setting aside anything I haven’t worn in a while to be given to the Salvation Army. It’s very freeing getting rid of things. It makes me feel that I have more room in my apartment, even if it’s only more room in some drawers. I’ve also been giving away old paperback books that I now store on my Kindle. I have the habit of re-reading books, which I may have mentioned here before. Basically, re-reading for me is like seeing an old friend and resuming a conversation that was fun.
Isn’t this a great clock? I think it belongs in Frank and Betsy Grainger’s house in Sully Point. I was thinking about time when I was working on sorting through stuff to take out of my apartment. Time just flies by sometimes, and we collect various pieces of cool stuff, junk, or necessary items as the time goes by. Then at some point the stuff becomes overwhelming and takes over. By minimizing it, I feel all fresh and new and like I’ve somehow turned the clock back.Life 2017 movie streaming
In my life, I’m very used to the vagaries of time. Time runs slow at times and then super fast. I can be writing and be completely absorbed in my work. Then, when I look at a clock, I can be amazed that not much time has gone by at all. It is like I’ve been existing outside of time. On the other hand, on days when the words just don’t flow, it works two ways. One way is that the clock moves fast and I am suddenly at the end of the day with nothing to show for all that time. Other days, the time drags and I feel the day will never end.
Time speeds up when you have children. Watching them grow is like putting life on fast forward. In today’s world, I think we have to make the time to slow down, to pamper ourselves, to, yes, stop and smell the flowers. 😉 It’s too easy to get caught up in everything going on in the news, online in social media, at work, and then at home with family and friends…so that sometimes the priorities get flipped and we spend the least amount of time with those most important to us. The one thing I know about time for sure, is that we can’t get it back once it’s gone by. Take the time to tell someone you love them, gather up a bouquet of flowers for yourself or someone else to enjoy. I’m saying all this to remind myself to do these things. My goal: use time wisely and have no regrets in the end.
I’m putting a lot of flower photos up on the blog because we won’t have them when it’s winter again. 😉 Loved seeing this summer yellow rose outside my apartment building. I like to get fresh flowers once a week and have them in a vase by my computer.
Book Update: Within the next day or so, Love Imagines will be available on Amazon.com as a paperback, in case you like that format better than an ebook. Work continues on the seventh Sully Point book. It features Charlotte, the sister of Ben Sterling who was a main character in the previous book. I am thoroughly enjoying writing about Charlotte.
Here’s today’s delicious food item from Sully Point, found in Deb’s Deli – Chicken Pasta Salad. The key is to use a mix of mayo and olive oil as the dressing to the salad. The salad includes: The Lost City of Z 2017 movie streaming
- cooked chicken (poached, roasted, or broiled)
- green and red bell peppers
- sweet vidalia onion
- black olives
- mayo and olive oil
- cooked tri-color rotini pasta
I’m drinking a strawberry smoothie as I write this blog entry. Strawberry smoothies always seems like a summer drink to me. I was thinking the other day about summer, as most of the country swelters in vicious heat. Here in New England we’ve been having ninety degree weather with a ton of humidity. I have memories of summers in Florida growing up, time spent at the beach, or at backyard barbecues. The weather in my memory does not appear to have been nearly as intense as what we have now.
The summer of my memories was filled with water sports, swimming and water skiing, or riding in boats. I remember a crab fest we had one night after getting a bunch of crabs while we were out on the water. The dining room table was covered in newspapers, with the cooked crabs piled in the middle. Neighbors came over and we had a grand time eating that seafood and talking and laughing. Summer makes me think of freshly-mown grass, the smell of suntan lotion, being able to wear sandals and shorts and not having to bundle up for winter. Summer meant no school, and days of sleeping late after staying up watching old horror movies on tv. But best of all, summer was reading time. Book after book, stories to read for pleasure and escape to new and different worlds, and all the time in the world to read them.
So my advice for this summer is to grab a good book, in paperback or on your kindle or other ebook reader. Escape from the heat with a story that grabs your attention and makes you want to stay up all night reading. Have fun, readers!