I AM SO READY FOR SPRING TO ARRIVE!!! Even for the normally mild Pacific Northwest we’ve had a more severe winter than I ever remember and I’m ready for it to be over! I’m patiently waiting for the colors and fragrances of the spring flowers as nature comes back to life again. They bring life to our spirits as well as inspiration to our hearts. I’m ready to go for … Continue reading Patiently Waiting for Spring to Arrive!
MY HOMETOWN ON THE COAST IN THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC NORTHWEST! This spectacular photo was taken by my sister-in-law Nina near my hometown on the Northern Oregon Coast. I’ve been working non-stop for over a year now and today I decided to stop and take a deep breath. Please enjoy these images of the beach near where I grew up. The Peter Iredale is a ship that ran aground … Continue reading The Gorgeous Northern Oregon Coast
MERRY CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! As a Christmas gift to all, my new novel “Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation” will be available for FREE in the Kindle eBook format for 24 hours on the day after Christmas. Starting at approximately midnight Pacific time on December 25, 2016 and ending at approximately midnight Pacific time on December 26, 2016. Just go to AMAZON BOOKS to share in the Giveaway. After … Continue reading We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
EASY SLOW COOKER TURKEY BREAST WITH GROUND SAGE, OREGANO AND BASIL Cooking turkey in a slow cooker is a first for me, but it was especially easy and turned out tasty and tender. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend working on our family turkey dinner and found the slow cooker idea worked beautifully. Just put the turkey pieces in the cooker and forget about … Continue reading Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast With Ground Sage
STAYING THE COURSE IN SPITE OF RECENT HURDLES! I’ve been getting a little nervous lately!! My goal was to indie-publish my novel “Heart Seasons” by the first of November, so it would be available for the holidays. Well, as life would have it that schedule has been pushed out a little. My mother had a couple of health issues that unexpectedly arose and needed tending to. But thankfully she’s … Continue reading Perseverance is Staying the Course in Spite of Obstacles!
RED, CRIMSON AND SCARLET ARE MY FAVORITE COLORS OF THE AUTUMN SEASON! Shades of red in nature are awe-inspiring and by far my favorite colors. I actually think autumn is my favorite season. Personally, it feels like this fall is the ending of a season in my life and the beginning of a new one, one that I am eagerly looking forward to seeing where it leads. I’m in … Continue reading Red, Crimson and Scarlet are Magnificent Colors of Autumn
THIS IS WHAT AUTUMN LOOKS LIKE! ISN’T IT MAGNIFICENT? The fall season is a gorgeous one! I thoroughly enjoy all four season, but this one amazes me the most, the way nature transforms. I am fascinated by nature’s seasons as well as the seasons we experience in our lives. During our lifetime, we go through many different seasons and I look forward to seeing where … Continue reading This is What Autumn Looks Like!
WRITING, EDITING AND THE AUTUMN RAIN! White Trumpet flowers covered with raindrops on a wet almost autumn day, a perfect day for immersing myself in editing my novel “Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation.” I’m sitting in my office with the window wide open, listening to the peaceful sounds of the soft rain. It’s both comforting and inspiring and makes the process even more enjoyable. I love editing as much as I … Continue reading Writing, Editing and the Sounds of Autumn Rain
OVERNIGHT IT FEELS LIKE FALL IS IN THE AIR AND THE WRITING’S BEEN EASY!! Mums are a sure sign that “Fall” is on the way and I’m looking forward to it. I have always enjoyed living in a part of the country where we experience definite seasons, because as soon as I get bored with one season another one is around the corner. It seems like we literally went … Continue reading It Feels Like Fall In The Air And The Writing Is Easy!!
THE DAZZLING SUN SETS ON ANOTHER TREASURED DAY OF WRITING! Each day that passes is another day closer to the release of my new novel “Heart Seasons” and is also another day of writing that is gone!! And those days are so, so precious! But the good news is, I control the release date of my books since I’m an independent publisher. This makes it easier for me to focus on … Continue reading The Sun Sets on Another Day of Writing! Sigh!
DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY FRESH STRAWBERRIES WITH COCONUT CREAM! In season, organic fresh sweet strawberries make the perfect quick healthy dessert. Top the sliced berries with a generous dollop of non-dairy whipped coconut cream and then sprinkle them with a little aromatic cinnamon. I enjoy this dessert almost as much as cake and I’ve said many times that I love cake. Just slice about six or so cleaned and … Continue reading Simple Strawberries and Coconut Cream Summer Dessert
THE GIFTS OF GOD! This spectacular photo was taken by my sister-in-law and is a beautiful representation of the summer sunset in my hometown. The town that inspired the fictional community of “Beachville” in my novel. As I continue working on my next book and struggle to find the hours it takes to write something more than a blog post, I know this project is blessed and ask God for the patience … Continue reading The Beauty of the Northern Oregon Coast
THE JOY OF ACCEPTANCE AND THE STING OF REJECTION! “foodgawker is a curated photo gallery that allows the visual search and discovery of new recipes, techniques and ingredients to inspire culinary adventures. we publish photography submitted by food bloggers from around the world. our editors review submissions daily and choose the highest quality, most appealing images to showcase.” From foodgawker. The benefit of getting a photo on this … Continue reading foodgawker and The Sting of Rejection!
THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER SEASON IN A SMALL COASTAL TOWN! I grew up on the Oregon coast in a small beach community. Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the summer season and when the town begins to magically transform. The population drastically increases and remains that way for the next three months. The businesses in town look forward to this weekend all winter long and are dedicated to making … Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend in a Small Beach Town
NATURAL SEASONAL ALLERGY REMEDIES! I have NEVER experienced allergies during my entire lifetime. BUT this spring I have suffered unbelievably with allergy symptoms. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and so on. I am incredibly blessed to live in an area where I have all the conveniences of living in the city, but am surrounded by parks and nature. Along with that comes POLLEN!! Since I prefer to use a natural … Continue reading TIP: Seasonal Allergy Relief the Natural Way