A Red Letter Day

Every once in a while I have a red letter day and it always thrills me.  Yesterday July 17, 2014 was just such a day. The first thing that happened was on Facebook. I received a couple of special messages from Ursula Maxwell-Lewis and Shawn Bird, both friends and fellow writers, letting me know that Caitlin Publishing, right here in British Columbia, was looking for stories about women traveling solo. After 22 years as a solo RVer you know that this was right up my alley. I went to my computer and found 3 or 4 stories that I could use. I’ll reedit them, trim them back a bit but the word count on the stories must be between 1000 and 6000 so there’s a lot to play with. For those interested in submitting – the submission must be by regular mail and...

RV Owners Lifestyle Conference

Hard to believe but the 17th annual RV Owners Lifestyle Conference at Okanagan College in Kelowna is over for another year.  For those that missed it……it was the best conference so far and I have been teaching at 9 or 10 of them. I didn’t hear anyone complain about the classes – although there might have been a few. By the second day of the conference everyone’s head was stuffed with new and interesting ideas about RVing. I had 2 classes – Solo RVing which I have done every year and Hobbies for the Road which was new for me so I was a little apprehensive. Had no idea how I was going to start but, in the end, it went well. I wasn’t aware I had so much information stuffed away in my head and had to explain that I have NEVER had a...

Write on the Beach

The date was June 8th, 2014 and the 4th annual Write on the Beach was held in Crescent Beach, British Columbia. I have attended 3 of these events. This 4th annual was, by far, the best and I do not say this lightly. Including myself,  the speakers were agent Carolyn Swayze, best-selling Amazon author Martin Crosbie, a panel discussion with Martin Crosbie, Craig Spence and David Blinkhorn and a presentation titled Bum Glue: A formula for organizing your writing time to get writing to mention just a few.  My presentation was on the alternatives to Amazon, i.e. Smashwords and Draft2Digital. Although Carolyn is a friend and neighbour I’ve never questioned her  work in the business and was fascinated by her presentation. Since I have never worked with an agent...

70th Anniversary of D-Day

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  My late husband Paul lost 2 uncles on the Normandy Beaches and in 1990 we went to France and paid our respects at the Normandy beaches. It is said that more soldiers lost their lives on those beaches in 24 hours then all the losses in Afghanistan since this war began. However any loss in any war is one to many. Thank you to ALL our veterans for their service and in keeping our country free.    THANK YOU.  Joei

Trucking and loving it.

For those of you who were not aware I have been VERY uncomfortable driving my truck for the last year or so. Last winter I even cancelled my camping trip south because I didn’t want to go over 4 mountain passes with a vehicle that was giving me problems that they couldn’t seem to find.  Since I have only ever dealt with a local dealer I decided that THEY were ready for me to trade in my vehicle and the tune ups were getting worse and worse. I live in a huge complex in Newton, British Columbia and many, many of our residents suggested I take it to Newton Auto, walking distance from home so I went to talk to them a few weeks ago. I was disappointed that they didn’t deal with diesels but HIGHLY recommended BC Diesel, again just a couple of miles...

What Happened to April

I certainly remember the Bradner Flower and Craft Show and the rest of the month was a blur and all of a sudden we are past the middle of May.  Of course I probably went brain dead when income tax was due but that’s a whole other story. At the beginning of May I attended a wonderful Good Sam Camping Rally in Lynden, Washington and for those of you who live close you must go to the Fairway Restaurant walking distance from the Fairgrounds where the rally was held. I had the clam strip plate that was the best I had tasted – even better than they used to serve at the Howard Johnson Hotel.  There were about 10 of us. Everyone had something different and everyone absolutely LOVED their meal.  I had brought some of my beads to the camping rally and am just...

Bradner Flower and Craft Show

It has been such a LONG time since I participated in such a wonderful craft show. I walked briefly through the flower section but no one was around to explain what kind of flowers they were and I’m quite dense when it comes to names and such. It was attractive. It was a 2-day festival and I had trouble finding Bradner the first time around but by the second day I was a pro. It was no big deal but after getting off the highway on Saturday I turned left instead of right and ended up in Aldergrove…..no biggy…..found my way back without a hitch on Sunday. Since the cost of the booth was $30.00 (just like the old days) I made my booth and expense money on Saturday and until closing time a bit more on Sunday but just after I closed a couple of ladies arrived...