Friday, December 27, 2013

Looking for a good book for electronic reading?

Hi all,

This will just be a short hello.  I just wanted to invite everyone to check out all thirteen of my novels and booklets.  You can find them by going to:  www.amazon.com.  Once there, enter my full name in the Search block and click search.  All my books will come up. 

Unfortunately, all of them, accept for "Crafty-Cruise" With a Capital "C" are only for electronic reading.  I do have some actual copies of the above book for sale.  They are $16. each and I will be happy to mail one to you as soon as I receive your check.    Although I only have a limited number of actual books left. 

Did you know:  That you can read an electronic book on any electronic device, such as:  Ipod, Ipad, laptop, PC, tablet, Kindle or Nook. 

I do hope your Christmas Holidays are going well.  I'll be doing a new blog very soon.  Take care and God bless each and every one of you.
Susan

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Now is the time...

Hi all,

I trust you all had a blessed and joyous Christmas Eve.  It doesn't matter whether you had the money to spend on many presents, or just one that counts.  What matters is that you and your family remembered the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.  Of course it's to honor the birth of Jesus Christ. 

I know the Christmas season has become very commercial, but it can only be that way if we permit it.  Of course, I love giving my daughters, sons-in-law, grandsons and my husband gifts, but that takes place on Christmas Eve.  On Christmas Day it's just my husband and myself at our home.  The very first time this occurred, I was so depressed.  I had never not spent Christmas Day with my children.  But, it has been this way for many years now and I have to say that I look forward to celebrating Christmas Day with just my husband. 

I watched the Mass which was celebrated from the Basilica in Washington, DC.  It was a beautiful ceremony and the sermon was very enlightening.  After breakfast we exchanged our gifts and then it was very quiet during the remainder of the day.  We watched some (3) old movies, which were from 1945-1947.  The one I had seen before, but the other two I don't recall seeing.  The were all in black and white.  I loved them! 

What did you do on Christmas day?  Did you stay at home or go to relatives homes?  I hope that whatever you did, you enjoyed the day!

I finally got my laptop back from the tech-guy today.  Man oh man, did I miss it.  But, the tablet that my husband bought me for a Christmas gift (he gave it to me early) sure came in handy.  I love it and it's so light and easy to use.  Although I do not like typing on it.  I am old school and by that I mean that I learned typing in high school.  We were taught to rest the tips of our fingers on the keys and we were not allowed to look at the keyboard when we were typing.  Actually, I am a pretty good typist and quite fast, also.  My husband purchased me The Dragon last year for Christmas.  For those of you who aren't familiar with that, it's a headset with software that allows you to speak into the headset and the computer automatically types for you.  I fooled around with it earlier this year, but you really need to learn all the commands so that you can correct mistakes and such.  Since I'd already started my current novel, I truly didn't want to take the time to learn the commands just then.  But, now I'm almost ready to send it to the printers and then I plan on spending some time with The Dragon.  I will need to write some crypt-notes so I can remember all the commands.  Getting old affects the memory!

Well, I hope that in the next two weeks I can get my book off to the printing company.  I'm almost finished making the corrections and then I just need to make sure everything is set up correctly.  I am getting so excited to finally see it in print.  I'm hoping that Irvin's Book Store will have a New Release Party for me when it's published. 

I'm getting anxious to start writing something else.  I haven't done really any writing (except on here) for the past month and I must say, "I miss it!"  How about you?  What have you been up to?  What would you like to pursue in the future?  I hope this gives you something to think about in the upcoming weeks. 

My days this week are all messed up.  Today seemed like a Monday instead of a Thursday.  Tomorrow I need to go grocery shopping, but it won't seem like Friday to me.  Oh well, my days often get messed up since my days are all much alike.

I need to close for now, so be safe and have a wonderful day tomorrow.  Enjoy the remainder of the Christmas season.
Susan

Monday, December 23, 2013

Do you "Play it forward"?

Hi all,

How's everyone doing this dreary Monday morning?  It's now one day before Christmas Eve, so if you are not finished shopping, you'd better get moving!

I have to share my thoughts with all of you today, about 'playing it forward'.  God wants for each and every one of us to count our blessings and then do something wonderfully nice for someone else.  Of course, the best way to do this is by not letting them know who gave them the gift, whatever it may be.

I have to share a story with you all.  I know a young woman, who is a single mom.  She now has full custody of her son and her ex-husband is to be paying child support.  She never took him through domestic relations, so consequently she is always at his mercy.  She approached him about increasing the weekly amount (which was way too low to start).  He objected!  She finally got tired of the fighting to get what was owed her and she applied for child support through domestic relations. 

Of course, like all government operated agencies, it will be at least two months before she even has a sit down meeting.  In the meantime, after her ex was served the paperwork, he refused to give her anything until after it's all settled, because he was ticked off. 

Now things were very hard, monetarily, for her.  Her Mother is helping as much as she can to hold her over until this is all settled.  Now, for the good news!  About ten days ago, upon arriving home from work one evening, she found three grocery paper bags full of food, including quite a bit of meat.  There was no note, card or anything paper attached, so she has no idea who gave her the, much needed, food.  Then a few days later, she received a Christmas card in the mail, with no return address on it.  Inside the card was two gift certificates to a local restaurant.  Again, no name, just some reference to Santa.  She also was informed by her boss, that her yearly bonus would be a bit higher this year than last year. 

She is so thankful to each and every one of these people who have stepped up to help her in her hour of need.  What better time to do this than at Christmas time.  Now, she knows she has to 'play it forward'.  Obviously she can't do that with money, but there are so many ways you can help another person. 

To start, how about a big smile and a 'good morning'?  How about as you are leaving a store, stop to help someone else, perhaps an elderly person, put their groceries into their car.  There are just so many good deeds we can do that cost us nothing! 

How about you?  Do you need to 'play it forward'?  I'm quite sure that you have had many blessings come your way over the years.  Do you give back to another for all those blessings?  I surely hope so.

I'd like to ask each and every one of you out there, to do at least one nice thing for someone else today.  Oh, I know, you're all so busy, what with Christmas just two days off, but every one can spare five minutes of their time.  Will you?
Susan
 
Here's a picture of my Christmas tree!
 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Need a gift?

Hi all,

Just a short post to remind everyone that you can purchase any of my novels or booklets for electronic reading by going to www.amazon.com.  Enter my full name in the search block and all thirteen of my books and booklets will come up.  Feel free to check them out beforehand, by reading the pages right here on my blog.  I don't have a page for all 13 of them, but for some of them.

Don't forget that you don't need to have a Kindle or Nook to read electronic books.  You can read them on any electronic device:  iPad, iPod, PC, laptop, tablet, IPhone, etc.  They make great gifts for those older folks who don't seem to really need anything. 

Also, every woman needs to educated herself as much as she can regarding Woman and Heart Disease.  There's also some booklets available on that subject, as well.  Check them out!

Thanks and have a super day.
Susan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jesus Comes!

Hi all,

As we look forward to the honoring of the birth of Jesus Christ, I hope each and every one of you will be kind, loving, friendly, thoughtful, generous with someone you meet today.  It could be that stranger you encounter while waiting for your lunch to arrive; if could be that woman in the grocery line ahead of you, who is counting her money hoping she has enough to pay for her meager groceries; it could be your own family member, who is going through a particularly difficult time right now; whoever it is, please take 60 seconds to offer a kind word of encouragement.  Or make a donation to the Salvation Army or some other organization that's helps those in need.  Trust me, you will feel so good in doing just one kind act for another human being.  Or, you could just smile at someone and ask how they're doing.  Sometimes a smile makes all the difference in the world to someone else.
Christmas is exactly one week away.  So, that means you still have seven days to pass on God's love and kindness to someone else.

My laptop is still not fixed, but I'm managing okay without it at present.  I'm using the Tablet that my husband purchased me for Christmas.  He buys me something and then gives it to me right away.  Not sure why he does that, except maybe he's excited to give it to me.  Either way, I love it, as it allows me to once again sit on my sofa with my feet up and check out my emails and FB and blogger.

I'm already now for Christmas to come.  Everything is done, well, except for the Christmas Eve meal, which I can't really do now.  I'm just going to enjoy the next six days of Christmas.  How about you?  Are you about done, too?  I started very early on my shopping and did all of it online.  If you haven't ever tried that, perhaps next year you should. 

Well, I'm officially going to publish my newest novel in January.  The proofing is complete, but I still have some changes to make before it's ready to go to the publisher.  I have an idea for a booklet that I'd like to work on next, but won't start that until January, also.  I must say that I'm missing the daily writing, but the past six weeks have just been too busy for me.  I suppose if I wasn't chronically ill, I'd be able to do more, but I am, so I only do what I can. 

I do hope you'll take a few minutes out of your busy day to give that smile to another person who perhaps really needs it.  Sometimes one simple kind deed keeps another human being from doing something bad to themselves or to some one else.  Play it forward, always!

Have a wonderful day and stay safe.
Susan

Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's coming, but I hope it fizzles out!

Hi all,

How's everyone doing today?   In my title I'm referring to the snow storm that is supposed to hit PA today.  It's so close to Christmas now, and so many folks will be out on the roads today doing their Christmas shopping.  Hazardous road conditions don't make it safe for them.  My husband has a company Christmas party to attend this evening and I'm not at all happy about him being out on snow covered, slippery roads.  But, as I've said before:  We have absolutely NO control over the weather!

I'm sure, most of you, like me, are looking forward to the Christmas holidays.  I relish the time I get to spend with all my family on Christmas Eve.  It makes me so very happy to see the happiness in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as they unwrap their gifts.  I wish we could give them more, but we only can do so much. 

Christmas is my very favorite time of the year.  The love, fellowship and caring that people bestow upon others, during this time, is wonderful to see.  It's simply too bad that this love can't be expressed during the entire year.  Why is it just at Christmas?  Don't get me wrong, I am so happy that it does exist then, just don't understand why it can't be present every day.

I'm getting anxious to get started, once again, on my writing.  First, I need to get my laptop fixed.  It threw a fit and now won't even open to the main screen.  But, my husband bought me an early Christmas gift.  He purchased a Tablet for me.  I can't really do my book writing on it, but now I can, once again, sit on the sofa with my feet up and check my email, FB, Blogger.com and anything else I choose.  So, for that, I'm grateful to him.

Well, I best end this now, as I have a few things I need to accomplish today before all my energy escapes me.  That, of course, will be around lunch time!  I wish each of you a safe and productive Saturday.  If your area is caught in this snow storm, please be careful on the roads.
Susan

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I'm sorry, but I know you understand.

Hi all,

I'm so sorry that I'm not keeping up with my posts on Blogger.com.  It's hard for me since my laptop conked out on me.  My tech. is out on sick leave, so I don't know how long it will be before I can get it repaired, if it can even be repaired.  I'm thinking about purchasing a tablet or an Ipad in the meantime.  Any ideas from any of you, since I'm not electronic savvy.

Well, tomorrow is hump day and here in good old PA it's to be a very cold morning.  Temperatures are to be going down into the teens over night and only up to about 25 tomorrow.  What with all the snow we had today, again, the roads will be icy in the early AM hours.  So, if you are traveling to work tomorrow in the morning, please be careful and don't rush to work. 

Well, Christmas is basically two weeks away now.  Are you almost ready to welcome Jesus into this world once again?  I'm pretty much all set.  All my gifts are wrapped and yesterday I made chocolate covered pretzel rods and chocolate covered pretzel Crisps.  Today I made about 150 or so chocolate chip, walnut cookies and a large pan of peanut butter fudge.  I used my dear Mom's recipe and it turned out great.  It firmed up just the way it's supposed to do.  I'm a happy camper tonight.

I miss writing!  I didn't realize just how much time I spend on it.  I can't wait for January to roll around, so I can get back on it.  I have another project all planned out, but just don't have the time to work on it as of yet.  Also, in January, I will be publishing my third book in the series.  It's called, "Train-Trekking" With A Capital "T".  I'm so excited to see it in print.  I'm considering going with a printing company who will also market it, but I really haven't decided yet which way I want to go.  I've spoken to a representative twice recently, but I make my own decisions and I don't let people talk me into doing something I don't want to do! 

Well, I really must go for now.  Please stay safe and be careful on the roadways.
Susan

Friday, December 6, 2013

It's coming fast...

Hi all,

How's everyone doing this fine Friday evening?  I hope all is well with each of you.  I've had a very busy week, but I'm not complaining. 

Yesterday, my Red Hat Ladies met at my house and we had our annual Christmas luncheon and cookie exchange.  All went very well and we each ended up with over 2 1/2 dozen cookies to enjoy.  I hosted the luncheon and I served ham and cheese on the large Crescent rolls, with a large sliced dill pickle.  Then, of course, there were 36 cookies for us to share for dessert.  I was stuffed, that's all I can say. 

My Sister, Carol, is up from North Carolina.  She came in to spend Wednesday and today with me.  I so enjoy visiting with her.  I miss her so much.  She usually comes home once or twice a year to visit.  She stays with our Brother and his wife when she's here.  We always seem to have so much to chat about.  I was teaching her to crochet today.  She knows how to knit, but not how to crochet.  Time will tell whether she'll be able to do it or not!

My husband is on his way home after a week of hunting.  He didn't get a buck, but I suppose he had a good time trying.  Honestly, I don't get the joy in sitting in a tree stand all day, freezing, but then I'd never shoot a rifle at a deer, even if I had the opportunity.  I'll be glad to have him home once again.

Yesterday I had a telephone call from a publisher, whom I've spoken to in the past.  They simply can't understand why I don't want to have them publish and sell my book.  It's hard for me to explain to people why the money part isn't really important to me.  It's all about giving back for all the blessings I've been given.  I told him I had company and couldn't speak to him right then, but he kept trying.  Finally, he said he'd call me next week.  I said "okay" and hung up.

My laptop isn't working at the present time.  I truly do not know what the heck happened to it.  It just won't even open up to my home page anymore.  I can't tell you how much I miss it.  I've gotten so used to sitting on the sofa with my feet up, working on it.  I need to have some one look at it and soon. 

This weekend we have a Christmas party to attend.  I'm sure it will be very nice. What plans do you have for over the weekend?  Anything fun?  I hope you find some time to enjoy yourself and relax.  I miss having time to just write, anything.  I have something in mind for a booklet, but simply haven't had the time or energy to start it as of yet.

Take care and enjoy the weekend.
Susan

Tuesday, December 3, 2013




Hi all,

Here are a few of the photos I took while in Ocean City, MD, over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.  The sky out over the ocean is so spectacular, both just as the sun is coming up and also later in the morning.  It's surely the Lord in all His glory!

I went with a group of ladies, including one of my daughters.  We had a very nice time, at least, I know I did.  I did a little shopping, but they all did a lot of shopping.  It was Christmas shopping, of course.  I think they were all pleased with all the purchases they made and they put a good dent in their shopping list.  As for me, I'm done.

Today I finished wrapping all my gifts.  I'm so relieved that's finished.  My sister, Carol, is visiting from North Carolina, so she and I will be spending most of the day tomorrow, together.  It's been a while since I've seen her, so I'm very anxious to spend time with her once again. 

I was watching a commercial today on television, and I immediately thought of my Dad and Grandpa.  Before I knew it, I was tearing up.  It doesn't take much for me to do that, especially whenever I think of my parents or grandparents when it's close to the Christmas Season.  I miss them so much.  Hopefully, I'll be with them once again, in heaven. 

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?  I assume most of you spent time with family members.  At least I hope you did.  If you are away from home, I'm sure it's very hard during the holiday season. 

Since we only got home yesterday afternoon, today I kept thinking it was Monday, instead of Tuesday.  Now, I keep having to remind myself that tomorrow is Wednesday already.  Oh well, I suppose one day is as good as the other, to me!

I do hope your Thanksgiving holiday was very enjoyable.  Take care and may God keep you all safe.
Susan

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Are you thankful?


Hi and happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.  I know there is and will be a lot of family gatherings going on today and that's as it should be.  But, I'd ask each of you to find a few minutes during this day to stop quietly, and give your thanks to God for all the blessings He's bestowed upon you during your entire life. 

I know we've all gone through both tough, sad times, as well as, very joyous times during our lives.  It takes all of those times together to make us the individuals we are today.  I for one, am happy with where I am right now.  Even with all the heart conditions, I'm still alive and for that, I will be eternally grateful to God. 

If I could go back and change any one thing in my past, I wouldn't!  Even considering all the hard journeys I've traveled, I'd still want to live my life the same way.  Every person who's come into my life was supposed to, for one reason or another.  I've had times when I thought I'd never be able to go on, but quite simply put, "I did, with God's help." 

So today I too, will make time to spend with God.  To speak with Him and to thank Him for all His blessings on my life.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.  Spend the day like it could be your last and that way, you'll live today with joy, happiness and thanks.
Susan

Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm Feeling Pretty Good Today!


Hi all,

Well, I now have some of my books for sale at Irvin Books, York.  I'm very excited about that.  Mr. Irvin said that after my newest novel is published (hopefully by the end of Dec. or beginning of Jan.) they will host a "New Release" event for me.  I'm so excited about that, also. 

My husband and I went in to visit them today.  He's been going in the store looking for some copies of new releases of novels I would like to have for Christmas.  They were very nice.  I understand that they support local authors, which I think is so great.  The "unknown" writers need some support, also.
For me, it's not about the money, it's more about making someone smile, laugh, or simply enjoy what I write.

I write fiction and non-fiction both.  All thirteen of my current books and booklets, both adult and children's books, are available at:  www.amazon.com.  You simply fill in my name in the search block at Amazon and all 13 of my books and booklets will come up.  Take some time and check them out.  Books, both electronic and actual, make great Christmas gifts for those you love. 

Both my "Sassy" With a Capital "S" and "Craft-Cruise" With a Capital "C" are geared more to the mature woman, but also enjoyable for any adult, both female and male.  The sixteen characters (fourteen in the Sassy book) are based on the ladies (and their husbands) in my Red Hat group. 

Well, how was your Monday?  As I mentioned, mine was good.  I hope yours wasn't too bad.  If I remember correctly, Monday's was always a very busy day at work.  I'm not sure why, maybe because everyone was just coming off of two days of being home and really didn't feel like being at work on Monday morning.  The only good thing I ever found about Mondays, was that they always seemed to go quickly.  For that, I was always thankful.  How about you?

Well, Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  Please take some time to think about all the blessings you have been given and be thankful for each and every one of them.  I know I will. 

Well, I just wanted to share my good news with all of you.  Even an old lady, like me, sometimes accomplishes something good.  You're never too old to learn something new.  Never, ever give up!
Take care and stay safe.
Susan

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Day is Almost here.

Hi all,

I'm sure that most of you are making plans for Thanksgiving day.  Perhaps either you are hosting this holiday or you and your family are going to another person's home for dinner.  I know that the Christmas season is very prevalent right now, but that doesn't mean that everyone isn't also thinking and planning for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I believe that the Thanksgiving holiday should provoke feelings within each of us of the gratitude we feel for all the blessings we've been given.  Also, I think it's important for us to remember, not only, the current blessings, but those we've received all through our lives.  It should be a very personal time for each of us to reflect back through the years, for all those times that God has been there for us.  Then, too, it's a time for us to say "Thank you" to all of those people who have always had our backs, through all the bad times when we couldn't make it on our own.  We've all gone through those times at one point during our lives.  I certainly have and I know each of you has, also.

How about giving thanks for all the little things that we take for granted, each and every day of our lives.  You know, like going out and getting in your car, and it actually starts; how about when you get up in the morning and you have hot water to take a shower; or that you have heat in your home to keep you warm; or for the invention of all the electronic devices that are available today.  There are so many more, that I couldn't possibly name them all here. 

I am so grateful for all my blessings and I thank God for them every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day.  I have been truly blessed and there never will be enough time for me to thank God for everything.  Please don't take anything for granted.  You could be perfectly healthy today and in a few short hours, be stricken down with a serious illness.  One that will change your life for ever.  Would you be able to handle those changes?  I can tell you, first hand, that it isn't easy.  And, you can't think that just because you're young, this can't happen to you, because it can and does.  So, right now, I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you for taking time to read my blog. 

Tomorrow is Sunday, so please remember to make time to give praise and glory to God.  Please stay safe and God speed.
Susan

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's in the news!

Hi all,

How's every one's Tuesday going?  Mine's been pretty good.  I spent some time today wrapping Christmas gifts for a Christmas party that's coming up.  I also worked on some embroidery work that I'm doing for gifts.  The prototype turned out well, so I'm keeping that one.  I will need to go  back to the fabric store to purchase some more wool felt.  Hopefully that will be over the weekend. 

I watched the news at both lunch time and five o'clock.  Have you ever realized that there's very little of good news in those reports.  First of all, they discovered a skull and bones just off Rte. 74 in York County.  From what they showed on the news, the person must have been dead for quite some time.  There was nothing left on the bones.  I think that's sad.  Someone was missing a husband, wife, daughter, son, grandchild or friend, and never knew what happened to them.  Hopefully they will find out who this person was and bring closure to the people who loved him or her.  At least I hope so.

Also, there's the news of the pastor who performed the marriage ceremony for his gay son and his partner some time ago.  The church is holding a trial to figure out what to do with him.  They claim that many of the parishioners have left the church since finding out, saying it was because they feel it was wrong.  Apparently, there are others who say that people left because of the way the church was treating the pastor.  Who knows the truth?  I would suggest that it's somewhere in between the two. 

There was some speculation that if they kept him as a pastor, would he agree that he was wrong and agree not to ever do it again.  His answer was "no."  Mainly because he has two other gay or lesbian children who he believes they should have the right to have their marriage blessed by God.

My opinion of the subject is that, first of all, no-one asks to be gay.  You are born that way.  It's been medically proven and is now factual.  I believe that most of the folks who are so against gays would change their minds if it was their child or grandchild.  If not, then they don't love them unconditionally.  This is my opinion and I realize a lot of people have their own opinions, which is their right, just as I have mine.

What I believe is this:  God's plan is for each and every one of us to be happy;  to find someone who completes our lives; to be happy in this world and to live forever in the next life with Him.  I know that this God that I love and worship daily, does not cause any unhappiness in our lives.  People do!
I sincerely don't know why anyone believes that another person doesn't have the right to marry someone they love in front of God, to have God bless their union.  My hope is that one day, people will stop all the prejudice and hate, and just love one another as God loves each one of us.  Every single person alive is a child of God.  That includes every race, color, or sexual preference.  I pray for peace in the world.

Well, on to another subject.  I want to start another writing project, but don't feel quite ready to do that, just yet.  I'm not sure why.  My manuscript, "Train-Trekking" With A Capital "T", is still being proofed.  So, I will either wait until December or January to send it to the printers.  Either way is okay with me.  

What have you been up to lately?  Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  My youngest daughter and her husband are hosting Thanksgiving for us all.  I'm thankful for their generosity.  They provide the turkey, filling and gravy and everyone else brings a covered dish to accompany the turkey.  I'm going to make scalloped potatoes and a dessert.  Not sure what the dessert will be as of yet.  I made scalloped potatoes for a Halloween covered dish and my husband said he loved it.  He asked me to make it again for Thanksgiving.  So, to please him, I will. 

Well, I guess I better close for now.  For all you still working at jobs, remember that tomorrow is 'hump day', so that should make you happy.  Stay safe and God bless all of you.
Susan

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Saturday evening!

Hi all,

How's every one's Saturday going?  I hope you're having a great weekend.  My Saturday hasn't been too exciting, but I've been keeping busy. 

This morning my best friend and I went to the only Fabric Store left in York County.  It's JoAnne Fabrics and Crafts.  I suppose that because the younger generation of women don't do much sewing anymore, maybe none.  It makes me wonder if they even repair their clothes when they tear, or if they need to be hemmed.  It's true that I don't sew like I used to do, but I do still sew on occasions.  I'd never want to be without a sewing machine, that's for sure. 

The reason I went to JoAnne's, was to purchase some wool felt,  The craft stores around here only carry the individual pieces of felt and I needed quite a lot for a hand embroidered piece I want to do.  Actually, if the one I've started turns out well, I think I'll make seven more for gifts for my lady friends.  During the winter months, I truly enjoy sitting and doing hand embroidery while I watch television.  It's very soothing to me.  But then, any kind of creative work is a stress reliever for me.  It's funny, how doing something I love to do relieves my stress.  How good is that?

If you are looking for a gift for an older lady for Christmas, I still have about a dozen copies of my novel, Crafty-Cruise With A Capital C, for sale.  They're $11.00 each.  Just send me a message and I'll mail you a copy after you mail me the money.  Or, if you live close by, you can stop and pick it up.

I'm pretty much finished with my Christmas shopping now.  I haven't started any wrapping as of yet, but hopefully next week.  I know it's early, but I like having things done well ahead of time.  That allows me to sit back and just enjoy the Holiday Season without rushing around and worrying about whether or not I'll get every thing finished in time.  I never have done well rushing around.  I'm a list person and I like to have all my ducks in a row, so to say! 

How about you?  Are you a last minute person or organized as I am?  I know everyone is different and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another person.  I think we should all try to be who we are and not someone we're not!

What's on your schedule for tomorrow?  It's Sunday, you know and it's The Lord's Day.  I hope you will all take some time to give praise and honor to God on His day.  He loves us all so much.  As for me, I'll probably pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song and then participate in the Mass.  Whatever you do, just make time for God. 

I've decided that I'm not going to rush to get my newest novel, "Train-Trekking" With A Capital "T" published before the end of the year.  If I can arrange to have it done by then, that's great, but if not, that's okay, too.  I am anxious to see it in print, but January is just as good as December.  It will be available to purchase in book form, or eventually it will be available for electronic reading.  You will be able to go to www.amazon.com and put my name in the search box.  All of my books and booklets will be available there for electronic reading. (laptop, Ipad, Ipod, PC, Nook, Kindle, etc.)  Please feel free to check the thirteen I already have available there.  They would make a good gift for anyone who prefers electronic reading.

I have my next writing project in mind, but I'm not ready to start it just yet.  Perhaps I'll wait until after the first of the year, we'll see.  Do you have any projects you're working on now?  If so, let me know what they are. 

I'm watching a Christmas movie now.  I've seen it before, but I love watching them over and over.  It's called, The Christmas Hope.  It's a sad movie, but it ends happily, which makes me feel good inside.  Why not tune your television to a Christmas movie and sit back and enjoy the loving story.  I guarantee you it will make you feel good inside.

Well, I better close for now.  I hope the remainder of your Saturday will be good and that tomorrow is a great day for all of you.  Stay safe and God be with you.
Susan

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What would you do?

Hi all,

I was just sitting here thinking about what I would do today, if it was the last day of my life.  I definitely would call each of my daughters, son-in-laws, grandsons, sister, brother and all my friends to let them know how much I love and cherish them.  Of course, my husband would be first on the list.  Then I believe I'd spend time in prayer.  Just me and God alone.  It's very important to me that He be with me in my last hours before death. 

Here's the thing though, we usually don't know what day will be our last.  So, I try to let each of those people I love that I do love and cherish them every day.  Whether it's my last day or just the next day.  How about you?  What would you do?  Any thoughts on this subject?

I called a neighbor today to see how she's doing.  She's been having some spine  or hip problems, I'm not sure which it really is.  She takes blood thinners, so she needs the doctor to take her off them so that she can get a shot to help with the pain.  Apparently, she goes to her family doctor tomorrow and he'll stop the blood thinner so she can have the shot. 

What upset me was that she is so depressed, that she actually said that if she had a gun she'd shoot herself.  I read her the riot act about how she needs to be more optimistic instead of so pessimistic.  She's taking some pills for the pain and she said it's helping some.  I realize she's 89 years old, but up until about ten days ago, she'd been in better health than me, and I'm only 65.  She was going out to the mall almost every day to visit with her friends before this happened.  She normally gets along much better than I do.  She does have some health issues, but nothing chronic. 

I found that talking to her was not only depressing me, but also making me angry.  She's been having problems for about 10 days, and I asked her how she thinks I feel sometimes after seven years.  I definitely try not to let myself become depressed.  I also try very hard to live each and every day of my life with gratitude and acceptance to God.  That's the only reason that I have a good frame of mind.  I am so thankful that I'm still alive! 

I spoke to her a few days ago and it was the same then.  I really care what happens to her, but I simply can't take too much of the pessimistic attitude.  It tends to bring me down and I refuse to let anyone do that to me.  I'll call her in a few days, but probably won't stay on the phone too long.

To finish answering my own question, if today was my last day on earth, I'd give thanks to God for all the blessings He has given me through the years.  I'd be looking forward to Him meeting me when I pass away.

Just some thoughts for today.  Maybe most of us would change our behavior if we knew what day would be our last!  Who knows?  Be safe and stay healthy.
Susan

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What's up with you today?

Hi all,

How is everyone doing this afternoon?  So far today, I've watched a Christmas movie and now I'm watching my all time favorite movie.  That, of course, would be "Dirty Dancing."  I've always loved dancing and music, so naturally, I'd love this movie.  I think both Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray did a phenomenal acting job on this movie.  I think the movie world lost a wonderful actor the day Patrick Swayze passed away from cancer.  He had pancreatic cancer, but I think he lived about a year or two after he was diagnosed, which is pretty good for pancreatic cancer.  I still miss seeing him on movies.  He really wasn't very old when he passed. 

My Mother, Dorothy, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early January, 1996.  We were told she wouldn't live more than a few months.  Then in March of the same year, she suffered a severe stroke, which pretty much paralyzed her.  We were then told that she wouldn't last more then a month.  So, we brought her home to die, but she didn't.  I suppose god wasn't finished with her on this earth just yet.  She finally died in October, 1996, after ten months of struggling and being in the hospital nine times.  She was the strongest woman I've ever known.  I miss her so much.

How's your weekend going?  Yesterday, my Red Hat group had a Progressive Dinner.  We started here at our home with appetizers, then moved to another member's home for the main meal, and ended up at another member's home for dessert.  My husband and I declined the dessert part because I was extremely tired and my back was hurting me.  So, we came home instead.  Neither of us really needed the sweets anyways.  We had a good time and I hope everyone else did, also.  It's always nice getting together with our friends. 

Well, the good news is that I've finally finished up my handmade Christmas cards.  I've completed eighty of them.  This year I ended up making alot of my own envelopes, as well.   I so enjoyed creating these cards, but I'm happy they're done now.  Now my craft room needs a good cleaning.  There are paper scraps and bits and pieces of cut-offs from paper and ribbons.  I'll get to that this week one day.  Sometime during the beginning of December, I'll post some photos of my Christmas cards on my blog so you can all enjoy them, if you'd like to see them. 

Now, I just need to soon get my manuscript to the printers.  Hopefully, that will be in the next couple of weeks.  I'm excited to finally see my third novel in book form.  I will be selling about 50 copies of the book, plus it will be available for electronic reading on Amazon.com.  You can check out the thirteen books and booklets I currently have available there, as well.  Just type my name in the search block and click. 

How's the weather where you are today?  It's a bit chilly here in Pennsylvania today.  I suppose that's because it's pretty windy.  I can always tell when it's windy outside, because it's always feels cooler in the house to me.  A little while ago, I made myself a nice hot cup of Tastefully Simple cocoa.  It was yummy.  My youngest daughter has been a representative for TS for many years now.  She's worked her way up in the ranks and is doing well.  If you haven't tried Tastefully Simple's products, you really should. 

My middle daughter is about ready to start her own jewelry business.  She's always been very creative.  I suppose she takes after me and her Grandmother.  I'm glad she's finally decided to use her creative abilities.  I know she'll do well. 

That leaves my oldest daughter, who is a school bus driver, as well as working for a marketing firm.  She had been in direct sales for many years, but over a year ago, she gave it all up.  She needed a change.  She went through a bad time for awhile, but she's better now.

I'm very proud of all three of my daughters.  They are strong, independent, honest woman.  They remind me so much of my Mother.  She was a very strong woman, also.  I never thought of myself as being a strong woman, but my daughter says that's where she learned to be that way.  Who knew?  Not me!

Well, I need to get back to my movie now.  I hope you enjoy the remainder of your Sunday.
Stay safe and God speed.
Susan

Thursday, November 7, 2013

All in good time!

Hi all,

How's everyone today?  I just realized that Thanksgiving is three weeks from today.  It's coming too fast!  My youngest daughter and my Son-in-law, will be hosting Thanksgiving supper.  They open their home to family and friends to celebrate the holiday.  We all bring a covered dish for the meal, while they furnish the turkey and stuffing.  As usual, there will be too much food and we'll all be really full after eating.  It's always so good to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I am always so thankful for my family and close friends.  What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?  You have three weeks to  be thinking about what you are truly thankful for always.

I still haven't started another writing project yet.  I've been spending all my free time trying to finish up my handmade Christmas cards.  I'll soon be finished, as I now have approximately 70 finished.  I love creating them, and I am so thankful for the creative abilities God has blessed me with all my life. 

I suppose that when I was younger, I just kind of took those creative abilities for granted.  That was very wrong of me.  They are a blessing from God.  It took my becoming chronically ill to stop and realize just how good God has been to me.  The fact that I'm still living is proof enough.  After being diagnosed in 2006 with Chronic Congestive Heart Failure, I realized just how close to dying I had been.  I also realized then that God had a plan for me.  I didn't know what it was then, but I later realized that He wanted me to give back for all His blessings on me.  So, I give back the only way I can, as I lead a very sedentary lifestyle.  I create!  I write and I make handmade greeting cards.  I also read every day. 

Hopefully I will soon get started on another writing project.  I'm pretty sure I know what it will be, but I'll decide for sure, later.  I'm getting very excited to soon be publishing my third novel in the series.  It's called, "Train-Trekking" With A Capital "T".  The first one was "Sassy" With A Capital "S" and the second was, "Crafty-Cruise" With A Capital "C".  If you haven't yet read the first two, you can read them for any electronic reader (laptop, PC, Ipad, Ipod, Kindle, Nook, etc.) by going to www.amazon.com.  Enter my name in the search square and all thirteen of my books or booklets will come up for your perusal.  You can also check out the pages for each book here on my blog.

Have you started any of your Christmas shopping as of yet?  I'm almost finished.  I like to be completely finished with my shopping and wrapping by the 10th of December.  I like to have plenty of time to just relax and enjoy the holidays.  I'm sure a lot of you are thinking:  I don't even want to think about Christmas yet!.  So, for all of you who think that way, Christmas is only 45 days away!!!

Tomorrow is Friday and the end of the work week for many of you.  I'm sure that makes you all very happy.  How well I remember those days... 

Have a great Thursday evening and remember to make time for yourself.  You deserve it!
Susan

Monday, November 4, 2013

I've been thinking...

Hi all,

How's everyone doing today?  I know it's the start of another week, but I hope your Monday is going well.  Mine has been okay.  I did my usual projects, such as laundry and cooking. 

I worked for a short time on my handmade Christmas cards.  I have approximately 20/25 to make yet.  I'm very proud of the ones I've already made.  I think they look pretty nice.  I hope the people I mail them to will like them. 

I cut our some patterns for mittens to use as  small gift wrappings.  I'm making them out of red and white felt.  They are for the husbands of my Red Hat ladies.  We usually give each of the fellows a small gift at our Christmas party.  The ladies do the gift exchange and so that the guys don't feel left out, I like to give them a little gift, also. 

Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be coming quickly.  That doesn't make me upset, because I love those two seasons most of all.  Thanksgiving is a time for each of us to give thanks to God for all the blessings He's bestowed upon us.  Then, we have the celebration of the  birth of Christ to look forward to, once again.  I love the Christmas Season so much.  I wish people would have that good feeling all year round. 

I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do for my next writing project.  I'm thinking I may write a booklet on Ethical wills.  I loved writing my Ethical will and I think they are as important as a regular will.  I had just never heard of them before a year ago.  Turns out they've been around since Biblical times.  Who knew?  Did you?

The way things are going, I may have my newest novel, "Train-Trekking" With A Capital "T", published by the end of the year.  I've now finished the front and back covers and I'm very satisfied with both of them.  I'm just waiting for the third proofread to be completed.  There's quite a bit of  paranormal activity in this book.

I wanted everyone to know that I'm offering my first book in the series, "Sassy" With A Capital "S". at a discounted price this Saturday, Nov. 7, only.  It will be available at $1.99 just for that day.  You can access it for any electronic reading device (laptop, PC, Ipad, Ipod, Kindle, Nook, etc.) by going to www.amazon.com.  Put my full name in the search block and click.  All thirteen of my books will come up and then you can scan down to my "Sassy" book.  Remember, it's only available at that price this Saturday, Nov. 7, only. 

Well, I hope your week will go well and you accomplish everything you need to do.  Stay safe and God bless you all.
Susan












Friday, November 1, 2013

Once again, God is good!

Hi all,

The good news is that my husband, Gerry, will be discharged from the hospital today.  His blood count is once again, normal and the doctors are satisfied with his well being.  Hurrah!  The past four days have been tiring for me, but I know it was very hard on him.  I'm so happy he's healthy once again.  Thank you, Lord for sustaining him!

So, once again it's Friday and the start of another weekend.  I'm sure all of you are looking forward to the next two days of freedom from work.  Well, you may have to work around the house, but that's different from going to the eight to five job every day.  I hope you'll plan a block or two of time just for yourself this weekend.  Each of us deserve to do that and actually, it's something we need to do for ourselves.  So, please make time for yourself during the next two days!

Wow, the sun just peeked through the clouds, but has already gone back behind them once again.  It's been such a cloudy, dreary morning here in PA.  I woke up about 7:10 am and it was so dreary and cloudy that it looked dark outside yet.  I hate this kind of weather.  It simply makes me tireder than I already am.

Well, for an update on my newest novel, "Train-Trekking" With A Capital "T", I proofread it twice already and now one of my daughters is going to proof it for me during the next two weeks.  Then it's off to the printers.  I'll also be putting it in electronic form for amazon.com.   I'm getting anxious to see the printed copy.  I have the next two weeks to tweak the front cover and to make a back cover.  Hopefully, since my husband will be home, once again, I will have some time to work on the covers.  My goal is to have it finished in book form before Christmas. 

I already know what my next writing project will be, but I'm keeping it a secret for a little while.  I need to spend time on my hand-made Christmas cards.  I would like to have them finished before Thanksgiving, if possible.  I don't foresee any reason why I won't be able to accomplish that goal, but one just never knows what's going to happen.   I already have 57 completed, so I will need about 25 more.  Of course, I didn't get much done this week, what with spending time at the hospital with my hubby.  When I get them all completed, I'm going to take pictures of all of them so everyone can see them.  I hope you will enjoy looking at them.

I grocery shopped this morning and now I'm a bit tired out.  That always takes so much energy out of me.  Usually, my husband helps me by either, going with me or carrying the bags from the car into the house.  And, of course, today I had five bags full.  I still use the paper bags, not the plastic.

I hope all of you are in good health and that you all have a wonderful weekend with your families.   Please don't take your good health for granted.  It could change in a second.  Believe me, I know first hand how one's life can change forever in a short period of time.   God bless and keep each of you safe.
Susan


Here's a copy of the cover of my new novel.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sorry, I've not been on for a while!

Hi all,

I've had a few very busy days, as my husband was admitted to the hospital yesterday for internal bleeding.  To make matters worse, I was sick yesterday and couldn't even go with him.  He drove himself there and one of my daughters spent the next six hours with him.  My thanks and love to her for doing that.  I was very upset that I couldn't be there. 

While in the meantime, my oldest daughter came in and sat with me for almost four hours.  I was feeling a bit better by then, but my nerves were quite frazzled, to say the least.  They ended up not doing anything yesterday, as far as tests go, because his blood count and pressure was very low.  He was told that they'd do test this morning to see if he had a bleeding ulcer in his stomach. 

Well, this morning came and went until finally about two thirty they took him down and it was at least three o'clock before they did the test.  They found out that he does have an ulcer in his stomach and attached to the middle of it was a blood vessel, which was bleeding.  They clamped it and he will have to spend one or two more days in the hospital so they can keep a close watch on him.

I have to say that I am so relieved.  It could have been something much more serious.  My nerves were shot yesterday, but I feel better tonight.  It's the not knowing that frightens a person so much.  Once you know what the illness or problem is, then you can deal with it.  So, I'm breathing better tonight. 

This is going to be short, as I am quite tired.  I'm sure it's more from stress than anything else.  Perhaps a good night's sleep with help.  Please stay safe and don't take life for granted, ever.
Sue

Friday, October 25, 2013

Good old Friday, once again...

Hi all,

How's everyone doing today?  I'm sure those of you who go to work five days a week, are thankful that today is Friday.  Now you get two days off from work.  Take note I did not say that you get two days off to do nothing!  I remember just how busy the weekends were for me when my girls were young.  I had the cleaning, grocery shopping and running around to do on the weekends.  So, to all of you, I will say that at least, your busy times will be different than while at work. 

As for me, my weekend will be much like the week days.  I won't have any laundry to do, as I did it all up today.  I will probably spend some time working on my hand made Christmas cards over this weekend.  I now have 41 complete, so I'm about half way done.  I enjoy creating these cards so much.  Some of them took as much time as an hour and a half a piece, but it's what I do.  It's my way to give back to God for all the blessings He's given to me.  Hopefully, everyone who recieves one of these handmade cards will at least smile.  Hopefully, they'll find two minutes of joy when seeing and reading them. 

Well, I finished my second time at proof reading my newest novel, "Train-Trekking" With a Capital "T".  It needs one more reading and then I'll be ready to send it to the printers.  I'm starting to get excited.  I simply can't wait to see it in print.  It's the third in the series, but any one of them can be read alone. 

If you would be interested in purchasing a physical copy of the book, please send me a message and  I'll reserve one for you.  It will be available for electronic reading on any electronic reader, PC, Ipad, Ipod, tablet, Kindle, etc. in another month or so.  You will be able to purchase it by going to www.amazon.com.  The first and second novels in the series, is now available on Amazon.  They are:  "Sassy" With a Capital "S", and "Crafty-Cruise" With a Capital "C".

I'm enjoying the change in the weather.  I like it when it's cold overnight, but warms up during the days.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not ready for temperatures down in the twenties, snow or all that goes with that weather. 

Next week is Halloween.  Where did this year go?  Before we know it, we will be celebrating the beginning of another new year.  I am excited about the fact that the Christmas Holidays will soon be upon us.  It's my very favorite time of the year.  Always has been, always will be!  I suppose my dear Mother passed that love on to me.  My oldest daughter has been posting on Facebook how many days we have until Christmas and/or Christmas scenes.  Her friends are complaining, but not me.  I love looking at them.  They make me smile and feel so good inside.  I truly wish those feelings of lvoe and joy existed all year long for everyone. 

There have been three school shootings in the last ten days here in the United States.  One of them was by a twelve year old student who brought the gun from home.  I have to ask why on earth a twelve year old child (or a child of any age) would have access to a gun in their home.  Where is the responsibilty of the parents.  Every gun which is in a home, should be locked up in a gun safe!!!
We need to stop these school shootings before we loose one more child or teacher!

Well, I need to close for now.  So, stay strong and healthy and have a wonderful weekend.
Susan



 
Just one of the year round trees that I keep in my home.  This one is decorated using the colors of the ocean in the Carribbean. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What can we do to change things?

Hi all,

How's everyone doing today?  I hope you're all doing well and staying safe.

There's something on my mind today.  I was having trouble getting to sleep last evening, mostly because I got to thinking about some things that bother me.  I was thinking about my Grandparents.  As I'm sure some of you already know, I only ever had two Grandparents. 

My Dad's Father died when I was age thirteen; my Grandma, died the same day I was born.  As for my Mother's Parents, I only ever knew my Grandma and she passed away when I was twenty one years old.  As for my Grandpa on my Mother's side, he left when my Grandma was pregnant with my Mother.  So, obviously, she never knew him, either.

Even though I only had two Grandparents and they both died when I was still young, one thing I do know for sure, is that they were hard workers.  They worked for everything they had.  My Grandpa and Grandma, when my Dad was a little boy, ran a hotel restaurant in Wrightsville, Pa.  I also know, that before that, my Grandpa ran a bakery. 

As for my Grandmother (Mom's Mother), she was on her own for a very long time.  Her so called husband, kept leaving her and their children to get by any way she could.  She worked exceptionally hard to feed her children, to keep them clothed with a roof over their heads. 

So, what I do know about both of my Grandparents, is that they were never afraid of hard work.  They would do whatever they had to do to take care of their children, no matter what.  They didn't know any other way, except to work hard.  They started working when they were still children and worked up until they died.  These work ethics are what they passed on to their children. 

Now let me tell you about my Parents.  My Father worked a full time and a part time job when we were young children.  As for my Mom, she went to work, full time, as soon as my Brother started Kindergarten. 

My Dad wasn't afraid of hard work.  He didn't know any other way of working.  He'd do whatever he had to do to keep us clothed, fed and a warm and comforting home to live in.  Besides working two jobs, we lived on a small farm and he and my Grandfather raised quite a few vegetables.  Of which, we ate, Mom canned, and they took the vegetables in the back of Dad's station wagon and sold from there.  In other words, they peddled the food by going up and down the streets of Columbia.  Dad was never embarrassed to be doing that.  He simply did whatever he had to do.  That's what he was taught as a child. 

As for my Mom, before she started working outside the house, she canned or froze much of the home grown food.  She took care of the house:  cleaning, laundry, cooking, caring for her three children.  She helped my Father take care of the outside work, as well.  We had quite a large lawn to keep mowed in the warm weather.  As well as, a whole lot of shoveling of snow during the winter months.  Our drive way was extremely large.  We had a two car garage, which had to be shoveled.  There was always some type of work for my Mom to do on the farm. 

She started working outside the home when my Brother was five years old.  She went to work at a local sewing factory.  She was an excellent seamstress, so that would be the logical place for her to go to work.  She worked long hours, sometimes working nine hour days.  During the summer months my Sister and I did all the laundry, ironing, cleaned our own rooms, started dinner every week day, worked in the field, babysat my Brother.  For this work, we were paid $5. a week by my Mother.  Back then, that was a good bit of money. 

Basically, what we learned, was that if you wanted to get by in this life, you had to work hard, every day.  You needed to work as a family, even as a child.  We all had responsibilities, which we had to do regularly.  Again let me say that we were taught the value of working hard for what we wanted.  Sure, as children, we sometimes complained, but we had to do the work, anyways. 

As an adult, I worked hard for most of my life.  I was never too proud to take any job, no matter what it was.  I was never concerned about what my friends would say or think.  Those work ethics were drilled into me, starting as a young child. 

This is what I taught my children.  We never had much money when they were young, so if they wanted extra things, they had to work for them.  My middle and youngest daughters delivered newspapers for money, before they were old enough to go out and get a job.  They never worried about what their friends would say or whether they'd make fun of them.  They'd do whatever they had to do to earn some money.  After their Father and I divorced, things got a lot tighter for me and my daughters.  They all had part time jobs at the age of 16, in fact, one of them got working papers, so she could start working at age 15. 

So, what's my point?  I'm sure you're wondering about that.  Well, here it is.  I believe that today's generation of kids seems to have a sense of entitlement.  I think they believe that things are owed to them, simply because you're their parents.  I'm sorry, but that is just so wrong in my eyes. 

I'm not saying that all of today's kids are like that, but it seems alot of them are.  My feelings are:  if you are sixteen years of age, you need to go out and get a part time job.  You need to earn some money of your own, so you can purchase those things you want, but truly don't need.  You find a job, any job, and stop worrying about what your friends will say.  Truly, it doesn't matter what your friends say or think.  You are not them, you are you!  I strongly believe that families who have money should also make their children go out and get a job.  They need to learn how to work hard, how to work hard for the money they make. 

I believe that parents today are NOT hard enough on their children.  I believe that they are NOT helping their children by pampering them all the time.  I'm not talking about child abuse, I'm speaking about a child who is 16 years old.  They want to drive and they think you should buy them a car and pay for their insurance.  Guess again!  All three of my daughters purchased their own vehicles, mostly because I was a single Mom with very little money.  The most important thing to me was having enough money to pay all my household bills, insurance bills, and to keep my children in Catholic Schools.  If they wanted to have a car to drive, they needed to save their money and purchase their own, which they did. 

This is why I am so proud of my daughters.  They are all strong, independent middle age women, who work so hard to help support their families.  They will do whatever they have to do to make ends meet and to support their families.  Most of my Grandsons started working as soon as they turned sixteen years old.  Good for them.  They took jobs where ever they could get them.  Again, good for them. 

Well, to sum all this up, I'd have to say that I come from a long line of hard working relatives.  They never sat back and expected someone else to take care of them or their families.  So many things, such as:  good ethics, manners, independence, strength, faithfulness, unconditional love and so many other wonderful things was passed on from one generation to generation.  I am so thankful that I was passed these things and that I was able to pass them on to my children and they to theirs. 

Okay, I'm done for now.  Now you know why I couldn't fall asleep last night.  Take care and I hope you will take some time to think about what I've written.  Stay safe.
Susan

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A very interesting sermon today at church.

Hi all,

Happy Sunday to you all.  I realize that the weekend is soon coming to a close, but you still do have this evening to make it a fun weekend.

I participated in the Mass at noontime today on EWTN.  It is the Catholic television station and I watch it  every Sunday.  This morning's priest was one I've only seen once or twice before, but his sermon was phenomenal, to say the least.

His question to the worshippers was:  How do you pray?  And, what do you pray for?  He told everyone that if your prayers consist of asking God for things all the time, that's not really praying to God.  He expressed that we all should consider praying at simply talking to God.  Letting Him know what's hard for us, how much we thank Him for always being with us.  We can also pray every time we do our daily chores around the house or at work. 

He suggested that when we are doing something that we don't particularly like doing (for me that would be cleaning) that instead of complaining and growling about what we hate doing, we should offer the task up to God and then continue on with the chore with a happy heart. 

He also said that we often pray for the wrong things.  By that, I mean that we pray for God to give us something that simply isn't good for us.  Then we get angry when He doesn't allow us to receive what we pray for.  He suggested that we should start asking God to open our hearts to what will be good for us; to ask God to help us to send us along the route that will bring us closer to being like Him. 

I realize that many people only pray when things are really bad for them.  I have to say that I pray every day of my life.  Mostly I pray for the well being of my family, those who are very close to me.  I try not to pray for myself very often.  I started practicing Gratitude and Acceptance in my life some time ago.

Mostly when I pray or speak to God, I start by thanking Him for all the blessings He's bestowed upon me.  I ask Him to help me to do what honors Him the most.  I also tell Him that I accept my life and my health, just the way it is.  I've found that since I started living my life with Gratitude and Acceptance to God, I'm a happier and more content person. 

I believe that you can watch today's sermon by going to www.EWTN.com and clicking on the television link.  It is well worth your time. 

If you haven't had any time to yourself this weekend, please try to fit some in before the weekend ends.  We all need to take some time just for ourselves.  Be happy and stay safe.
Susan

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How busy have you been lately, doing something that matters?

Hi all,

I ask each of you the above question, not to judge you, but just to make yourself stop and think.  Doing something that's important to you is wonderful, as well as doing something that's important to other people.  I realize that many of you work full time jobs and there's very little time left at the end of the day to do anything of importance for yourself.  But, it's necessary that you do.

This could be something very small, such as taking a long bubble bath, or an extra long hot shower.  It could also be grabbing that book you've been meaning to read and actually start reading it.  Perhaps it could be taking an extra ten or fifteen minutes when putting your child to bed tonight.  Just take those minutes and sit on the side of his/her bed, sharing how much they mean to you and how richer your life is since they were born.  Believe me, it will not only mean the world to them, it will also make you feel good about yourself.  This child doesn't have to be young, either.  How about telling your teenager the same thing.  As parents we spend so much time correcting and disciplining our children so that they will know right from wrong.  How about starting a new habit of letting them know all the things you love about them for a change.  Even those simple things that we take for granted.  Maybe he/she awakes in the morning in a good mood and you're not in a good mood.  Let them know how their cheerfulness helps you to start your day feeling better.

There are many things one can do that matters both to oneself and to others.  Look at me, I live a very sedentary lifestyle, so I don't have the option of going out and volunteering anyplace to help another person.  But I try very hard to use my God given talents to reach others through my writing and hand made greeting cards.  It certainly isn't much, but it's all I have available to do. 

We were put here on this earth by God, so we could live our lives according to His teachings for us.  I know that's really hard sometimes, but we need to just keep trying to change.  If God has blessed us with a child or children, it is our responsible to honor God by raising that child in accordance to God's plan.  We are blessed in so many ways, that I couldn't even list them all here. 

Each of us matter to God.  We are each so important to Him and He loves us so much.  So, be kind to yourself, love yourself and praise God always. 
Susan




Monday, October 14, 2013

Have you ever had, what Oprah calls, "A Light Bulb" Moment?

Hi all,

How's everyone doing today?  I know it's Monday, and the first day of the week, but I still hope that it was a good day for you.  If it wasn't, at least your working hours are now over for the day.  My day was pretty good.  I finished up my cleaning on the second floor, did a load of laundry, made a couple of Christmas cards, did some proofing on my novel and I made a roast chicken with filling for dinner tonight.  So, all in all, I think I accomplished a good bit, and I'm satisfied with my day's work.

As far as my title, I was wandering if you've ever had  one of those moments, when something just seems to click.  That's what happened to me on Sunday.  I was praying, in song format, The Divine Mercy Chaplet.  If you don't know what that is, let me explain.  The Chaplet can be sang or recited using the Rosary Beads.  I can't begin to tell you how emotional I get when I pray The Chaplet in song.  I love it and it allows me to feel so close to God and His only Son, Jesus Christ. 

Well, when I was singing the Chaplet on Sunday, and sang the part that asks God to bless us and the whole world.  I, momentary, thought of the violence and hatred in the world today.  When suddenly, my thoughts went to the fact that Jesus was tortured, nailed onto a cross and left to die.  What I realized was that things weren't so different back when Jesus lived on this earth, as they are today. 

I understand there were a lot less people living on the earth back then, compared to today.  I have to say that I never thought about this before.  It definitely was a "light bulb moment" for me!  But it certainly wasn't the only 'light bulb moment" I've ever had. 

I listened to the weather report this evening and I'm not liking what I heard, well not the first half of it, anyways.  They are calling for the temps to be up to 70 degrees for tomorrow and almost that warm on Wednesday.  Then, alleluia, the temperature will, once again, come down to where it should be for October.  I can't wait!  I want it to be 'fall' weather out there...

What have you been up to lately?  Are you doing anything creative?  I hope so.  It's not only good for you as a stress reliever, but it will also make you feel good about yourself.  We all need to feel good about ourselves. 

I hope your week goes well.  Try to make time for yourself because we all need some time alone just to ponder on our lives and how we can improve them.  Take care and stay safe.
Susan

Friday, October 11, 2013

What's your rating for today's weather?

Hi all,

For all of you who live in the Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania, I'm sure your assessment of today's weather is the same as mine.  Uck!!  It's been raining all day long and it's not going to completely stop for another day or two.  We have so many flooded roads, streams, creeks and rivers here in this area.  There have been a few places where they've evacuated trailer parks and neighborhoods because of the heavy rains. 

We had water in our basement today.  I'm not at all surprised because of the heavy downpours we've had.  Most of it's cleaned up now, but who knows what will happen between tonight and tomorrow.  I suppose there's not much we can do about it, so we've just have to wait and see what comes our way.
I hope it's uneventful, to say the least.

Well, another weekend is upon us.  What's on your schedule for Saturday and Sunday?  There's really not much on mine.  I hope to do some more proof reading on my novel.  This is my second read through, and I'm still finding some small errors.  It's very hard to proof read.  If you've never tried it, you should.  You'd find out just how difficult it is.  I usually scan-read when I'm reading a novel., which is very different than proofing. 

I started working on my handmade Christmas Greeting Cards this week.  I now have 13 done.  These were the most time consuming style that I plan on doing.  I love them, but I simply just don't have an hour and a half to do each card.  I hope to start another style this weekend.  Hopefully I can find a few hours tomorrow morning to work on them. 

Have you been thinking about the Christmas Holidays at all yet?  I have been for a few months now.  I've already done some of my shopping and will soon do some more.  I like to be completely done with my shopping and wrapping by the second week in December.  How about you? 

I'll share with you what I learned over the years.  I learned that the earlier you start, the earlier you finish.  This allows you to sit back and enjoy the holidays instead of running around like a wild chicken, being so stressed out that you don't enjoy anything.  There's nothing wrong with purchasing your gifts months in advance.  Take a few dollars from each paycheck and buy one gift.  Soon you will have them all purchased.  One thing I would advise is not to spend more than you can afford.  Christmas isn't about how much money you spend, or at least, it should not be!  If money is tight for you, try making some gifts.  You could craft something for a loved one or bake some goodies for them.  Homemade food is always enjoyed by all.  Whatever you do, DO NOT put yourself in debt by overspending at Christmas.  Remember the real meaning of Christmas:  It's to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  It's a time to share joy and happiness with your family and friends.  A time to be thankful for all the things God has blessed you with each day.  It's the perfect time to practice Gratitude and Acceptance to the Lord.  Then hopefully, that will continue all year long.

What is almost upon us is Halloween.  Do you have young children who still go Trick or Treating?  I'm not even sure how many cities still have Trick or Treating.  I know some areas now host a Halloween Party for any of the local children.  They feel this is a safer way for the kids to dress up for Halloween and have fun. 

I remember when I was a young teenager, my folks let my Sister and I have a Halloween party on the farm.  We bobbed for apples and went on a hay ride.  We also played other games and had plenty of treats to eat.  I recently got together with three women who I haven't seen since I was a kid.  That Halloween Party was what they still remembered.  It wasn't anything special to me, but apparently it was to them.  They lived in a small town, while I lived in the country on a small farm.  It's funny how  the things that you remember from your childhood, didn't make as much of an impression on you, as it did on your friends. 

Well, whatever you do over the weekend, I hope you have some time to spend on yourself.  Hopefully it will be a relaxing and quiet time for you.  Stay safe and God bless.
Susan

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Now, This is what I'm talking about!

Hi all,

What my title refers to today, would  be the weather.  I'm so happy we finally are having some October type weather instead of August type.  It's cool in the morning and evenings, but warm in the afternoons.  Yeah!!!!!

How's everyone doing today?  I'm doing well.  I've started proof-reading my novel, for the second time today.  But, I really haven't spent much time on that today.  I spent about two and one half hours starting my hand made Christmas cards.  The style I'm doing now, is called Iris Folding and it's very slow going.  I already had the main front panels complete.  These contain the Iris Folding part.  Each one took me at least forty-five minutes.  So, in the 2 1/2 hours I spent today, I completed the fronts and insides of five cards.  I still have to stamp the backs and envelopes to carry the theme through on both of those surfaces.  I already have eight more Iris Folded designs ready as front panels, so I will complete those and then I am so done with the Iris Folding design for now.  It simply takes too much time to make them.  I will have to make approximately 80 cards, so I really can't spend this much time on a single card.  Although, I have to say they are beautiful when they're completed.

Since we closed up our trailer for the season, I've been placing online orders for a few different things.  I ordered some Christmas gifts, Christmas bags and a few other things.  I also ordered three hard bound books for myself.  As well as, some laundry detergent and softener from Amway.  My Grandson, Cori Ebersole, is a representative for Amway.  I have to say that I really love the laundry detergents and softeners,and kitchen and bathroom cleaners.  You use such a small amount of the laundry detergent and softener, that in the long run, it's very economical to use.  Here's his web site:
www.amway.com/CoriEbersole   Perhaps you'll want to check out all the things that Amway sells.
I especially like the Ribbon Cards for gifts, as well as, the Partner Stores for gift cards for presents.

I've been trying to take the time to write another article on Woman and Heart Disease.  Hopefully I will soon be able to get it done.  It's so important that woman know how dangerous heart disease is and that it's not necessarily like that in a man.  I'll let everyone know as soon as I've completed it.

Somewhere in between all of these things, I really need to get to cleaning my house.  I can't tell you just how vehemently I hate to clean house!  But, since it is my home, I suppose I'd better get at it one of these first days.  It just takes me so long to complete it, because I can only work for about an hour or so and then I'm done for the day.  Also, I have to do it in the morning, when I have a little bit of energy.  I suppose I shouldn't complain, as I do use my Rumba to clean the floor rugs.  I just love that little robot!  I can't push the big sweeper around any more, it just tires me out too fast to run the sweeper.

Well, I hope you all are having a good day and will have an enjoyable evening tonight.  Take care of yourselves and your families. 
Susan

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy Saturday Evening!

Hi all,

How's your weekend going?  I know it's almost half over now, but tomorrow's another day!  Please don't forget that tomorrow is the Lord's Day.  Just a reminder to spend some time giving praise to God for all He's blessed you with each day.

My husband and I closed up our travel trailer today for the season.  I'm so glad that's finished.  It's a big job for me now.  All he will have to do yet, is go up to the campground and blow leaves, also, cover the air conditioner in the trailer.  He would have done that today, but we had a brief shower and he didn't want to cover it while it was wet.  We started yesterday and finished up today.  Now it's all set for the winter months.  The last thing we did, was to winterize it.  Thank goodness it's done!

I enjoy spending time at the campground, but if I'm being truthful, I simply don't enjoy it like I used to.  Since becoming sick back in 2006, so many things in my life have changed.  I can't go out in the heat and humidity and I can't be out in the cool and damp weather, either.  Also, the campfire smoke odor, makes it very hard for me to breath.  So, maybe now you can see why I don't enjoy going up as much as before my illness.    I'm not complaining, but it is easier for me, as far as keeping my spirits up, if I just stay at home more. 

Have you excepted the fact that summer is now in the past.  I know, you wouldn't think so with the weather this past week, but it is!  How do you feel about that fact?  As far as for me, I'm happy.  I've always liked the spring and fall seasons.  But, it just seems that we don't have much of either of those two seasons any more.  That makes me so sad. 

My oldest daughter, Mari, has been diligently reminding everyone on Facebook, how many days it is until Christmas arrives.  Every time she posts a Christmas poster, it makes me smile.  She is her Mother's and Grandmother's Daughter, that's for sure.  Both my Mom, Dot, and I couldn't wait for the Christmas Season to come.  It always seems that no matter what happens, I'm simply happier during that Season of the year, than any other.  How about you?  Do you love the Christmas Season, and if so, why?

My husband and I usually decorate for the holidays the weekend before Thanksgiving.  My husband is a big hunting fan, so we need to get the decorating out of the way, before deer hunting starts.  That's okay with me.  I really can not do the decorating myself anymore.  As far as the tree goes, I hand him the ornaments and he hangs them on the tree for me.  I'm so lucky that he's willing to help me with the decorating. 

Well, enough about Christmas for now, at least.  Halloween is quickly approaching us.  Do you do anything special for that Holiday?  We really don't anymore.  We used to hand out candy, but we stopped doing that some time ago.  We live on the outskirts of the city and people would bring kids in by the car loads.  It just became too much.   I really don't even decorate much anymore.  I may put out some pumpkins and a few other decorations, but that's about it for me.  How about you?  Do you do anything for Halloween?  Do you still have children at home who go Trick or Treating?

Tomorrow my youngest daughter, Candy, is having an open house of her fall Tastefully Simple Products.  She has been in the business for quite a few years now, and she has worked her way up through the ranks.  She works very hard though to keep her business so successful.  If you haven't ever heard of Tastefully Simple, you need to find a dealer and purchase some, because it's very good and so easy to prepare.  I know that's a very important factor to those of you who have children at home.  You're always on the go, but still need to fix quick meals that are also good for everyone and still tasty.  If you can't find a dealer, let me know, and I'll see if I can hook you up with my daughter.

I guess I better close for now.  I am quite tired this evening.  Have a wonderful Sunday, ask for God's blessings, and stay safe. 
Susan

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I give up!

Hi all,

How's everyone today?  I hope you all realize that the work week is now on the down side.  I'm sure that makes many of you smile. 

Everyplace I look, whether it's television, newspaper, or social networks, everything is about the government shut down.  I realize that's a very serious subject, but it seems to me that our government officials (and I mean BOTH parties) are acting like sixth and seventh graders.  I think they need to grow up and come to some agreement, so these folks who are off work, can go back to their jobs. 

That's all I'm going to say about that subject.  I have my own opinions, as well as the next person and I'm not going to change and apparently nether are they!   All I will add is that if I had not been able to afford health insurance seven years ago, I would have died.

What's on your schedule for the weekend?  Anything exciting or interesting?  I understand that the weather here in Pennsylvania is to be in the low eighties.  Ugh!!!  I DO NOT like that one little bit.  I am so ready for cool mornings and evenings, with nice afternoons.  You know, usual fall weather.  Definitely not what it is this week.  I simply hate it! 

I was reading a book of poems this afternoon and the accompanying picture with one was of a snow covered scene out in the country.  It was simply beautiful and I almost wished that weather for now.  Take note I said, almost! 

Have you been up to anything creative lately?  As for me, I have about one hundred more pages to proof read on my novel.  Then, of course, I will need to start all over and reproof it once again.  I'm still hoping to have it published by the end of the year, but if not, then early in 2014 will be okay, too.

I need to start working on my handmade Christmas cards pretty soon.  We're now into October and the time will now fly on by.  I will be creating approximately eighty or so.  I like to only do about eight to ten the same and then switch to another style.  I already have about ten front panels completed, but still have the rest of the front and inside to do.  I'm using the Iris Folding style on these front panels.  I takes a lot of time but they are so beautiful when they're finished.  At least I think so.

We will soon be closing up our camping trailer for the season.  I'm so ready to have it done with!  I just have too many other things to do to go camping.  I may lead a very sedentary lifestyle, but I am busy with many creative projects.  I find that if I stay busy, I don't think so much about all the activities that I can no longer do. 

We all have our crosses to bear.  What matters is how we carry them.  I'm trying very hard to carry mine with dignity and without depression.  Believe me, it's not easy some times, you just need to allow yourself to cry or be depressed for a short time, and then move out of it.

How do you like the fact that it gets dark earlier now?  It's okay with me.  I love the change of the seasons.  I always have, ever since I was a little child.  I remember so many wonderful winters when we lived on the farm.  Our farm was kind of in a valley and when it snowed, we always got snowed in.  We'd be off school sometimes for three to five days.  Because we lived out in the country, the snow plows did our rural road last.  I remember once, when my Aunt was snowed in with us at the farm.  We had two very long sleds, so my Mother, Aunt, my Sister, Carol and I went sledding down a neighbors long drive way.  That particular time stuck in my mind because my Mother and Sister were on the sled together and they wrecked and rolled off the sled.  My Mom was laughing so hard that she wet herself.  So, of course, we had to head home after that.  My Mother always made things so much fun for the three of us kids.  I remember another time when my Dad had a meeting after work and my Mother told us three kids, that we were to hurry up and get our homework done because we were eating out and going to the movies.  What we didn't know was that her idea of us going out to eat was to allow us to eat in the living room, using tray tables, while we watched a movie.  To say the least, we were a bit disappointed, but it didn't last long.  It wasn't often that we got to eat a meal in the living room, so that was a big treat for us.

Well, I suppose I will close for now, with the hope that perhaps by tomorrow our government will once again be open.  Who knows?  Have a great day tomorrow and stay safe, always.
Susan

Sunday, September 29, 2013

And So It Begins Again...

Hi all,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was pretty good.  We spent Saturday and Sunday at the trailer.  It was "Winter Wonderland" weekend.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as, Judy the Elf came to visit after the Christmas supper on Saturday night.  We didn't stay the entire time, as it started getting damp and I needed to get inside.  There was so much food to eat and everything was delicious.  As usual, my husband ate too much and then felt miserable.  I didn't!

I worked on proofing my manuscript some while up there.  This will only by the first run through, so I will have at least one more read through.  If you've never proof read anything before, I have to tell you that it's very difficult to do.  You really need to read every single word out loud, otherwise you just start skimming and then you miss things.  I know most women read a book by skimming every word, but I believe that men don't .  Don't know why that is, but it seems to be the way with myself, my husband, and my friends.  This is the third novel in the series.  I'm not sure yet, whether this will be the last in the series or not.  We'll see when I finally get this one to the printers and onto Amazon for electronic reading. 

By the way, if any of you took advantage of the two books that I offered up for a free read over this past weekend, I thank you.  I hope you enjoyed them and perhaps learned something new about chronically ill people or about yourself.  The two books I offered this weekend were:  "The Day The Flowers Died" and "Living and Loving With Divine Mercy."  Both of these books were written from the bottom of my heart.  They are both nonfiction books. 

Well, for many of you tomorrow means going back to work once again.  Although I don't work anymore, tomorrow will be a work day for me, as well.  I will have laundry to do and I need to spend at last two or three hours on proof reading.  So, although I won't be leaving my home, I still do have some work to do. 

If you are a heart patient or know someone who is, you may want to check out my booklet at:
www.amazon.com on heart disease.  There's also a page, right here on my blog, concerning heart disease.  Please educate yourself because at some time, I promise you, someone you love will suffer from this debilitating disease. 

I hope you had a wonderful Sunday and didn't forget to spend some time giving praise to God today for all the many blessings He's given you.  I didn't forget!

Take care and stay safe.
Susan