Vancouver Travel Show

To Read the Entire Post:  Click on the Title: Vancouver Travel Show Most travel writers head off to the Travel Shows hoping to find free trips and writing opportunities.  Not me. I went to the Vancouver Travel Show (this weekend – September 24th, 2016) because I was royally pissed off. I tried to book a cruise to Hawaii (mostly because I’ve never been there AND the cruise went from Vancouver to Hawaii and (most important) back to Vancouver.  After being severely injured on a plane trip from Vancouver to Rome a few years ago, I’m leery about flying.  I still do it but only when I have to. Anyway I got the price from a travel agent – price for 2 traveling $1,717.00 each – which seemed reasonable for a 14 day trip.  Price for...

Days of Yore

To read the entire post click on: Days of Yore Let me embarrass myself completely and take you back about 60 years. Puberty  hit me like a shovel on the back of my head, growing 9 inches of height in a year with hair sprouting from everywhere when nothing had been there only months before … and “yes I was a girl.” I suddenly had a growth of leg hair that I either had to claim I was Parisian French, braid or get rid of anyway I could. Fortunately I had (and thankfully still have) a sister five years older than myself – who handed me a razor (no safely razors at that time) and told me that I looked like Sasquatch and to go shave my legs. I didn’t know how to fire up the boiler for hot water so I climbed into a bathtub full cold water,...

Back in the Saddle

To see the entire post … click on the title: Back in the Saddle Well, I certainly have lived up to my promise for the summer.  I have been doing lots of writing and now have 7 stories waiting at Chicken Soup for the Soul and 1 story at the New York Times. I have created a new line of tree of life pendants that, even if I have to say so myself, is absolutely spectacular. I also have my http://www.etsy.com/shop/BookBlingbyJoei up and running and will upload my newest creations as soon as I have a few more.  I haven’t uploaded my beaded spiders yet and need to do that because I’m getting orders for them. The only fly in the ointment is my latest writing project and it’s not really a fly or an ointment … but I’m trying my hand...

Psychic/Craft Fair over

To Read the Entire Post – click on title Well, if you read my last post you know that there were several things that I wasn’t happy with concerning the Psychic/Craft Fair and, of course, it came back to bite me in the ass.  I wasn’t happy with the fact that it was the first craft fair and the organizer, I won’t mention any names, just didn’t do her job. I suggested that she get in touch with the newspapers and put a small free ad in the “events” section of each newspaper. She said she didn’t have time so I contacted 10 local newspapers and since it was pretty close to event time I don’t know how many listed it. Two wrote back and said “they only list local events and wouldn’t be putting an ad in...

Come and Gone …

To read the entire post click on the title: Come and Gone … Hi Everyone:  I ended my last post with “Ask me next week” because I couldn’t believe that I would still be happy being home but … what can I tell you … I’m still happy.  Things that I hoped for are starting to kick in. I received an e-mail from Barb Warwick at the Surrey Art Centre at the corner of 88th and King George in Surrey (where some of my crafts are for sale) telling me that there was going to be an Psychic and Craft Fair on Sunday, August 7th and tables were still available if I was interested.  OF COURSE I’M INTERESTED.   I contacted them immediately, discovered that this was the FIRST Psychic/Craft Fair which didn’t please me but you...

Still Can’t Believe It

To read the entire post: click on the title Still Can’t Believe It Tomorrow I start my second month of being home and I still can’t believe that I am thrilled to be here … something I never thought would happen. It probably means that I’m getting really close to putting my camper up for sale. I have had many, many offers to purchase my truck and after checking what it’s worth (which is close to what I paid for it almost twenty years ago) I think I have decided to keep it. After nineteen years it is still in perfect running condition and since I’ve been taking it to BC Diesel, right here in Surrey,  it will stay that way … perfect running condition … and if I haven’t mentioned it before – my 1997 F-250...

I Reserve the Right …

To read the entire post: Click on the Title I Reserve the Right I have always reserved the right to say “ask me next week” when my friends, neighbours and family ask “how do you feel about being home?” Since I had cut my summer short by 2-1/2 months (and had been gone only 4 weeks) and have now been home for 16 days I have a huge confession to make: I am happier being home than I thought possible. If you read my last post you know that last year working in Clinton was tough – this year it was impossible.  I’m glad that I had my stint at Okanagan College between Clinton and home because it made me feel there is some normalcy in the world.  I missed my friends and television and the internet and grocery shopping someplace other...