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...

I’m Home

To read entire post please click on title  “I’m Home” Well, I’m home – 2-1/2 months earlier than expected – but I’m home.  Am I happy to be home, you ask? Yes and No.  To start with Clinton, British Columbia, in the centre of the province right on highway 97 leading up to the Yukon and Alaska, where I was supposed to be for the summer, was a bust. I was welcomed by the owner the day I arrived and all seemed good. By the second day he decided that it was funny to aim his truck at me as he rode around the campground and then slammed on the brakes and turned the wheel just before running into me.  The first time I yelled at him.  The second time he did that a day or so later I screeched at him.  I am too old to be that...

Cruising around

I know it has been way-too-long since I updated but I just returned from an Alaskan cruise and feel the need to update and, once again, I promise to do it more frequently. Life, fortunately or unfortunately, just gets in the way of doing what we promised. My latest cruise was May 7 to May 14 and the reason I chose Alaska – I didn’t have to fly anywhere and it was easy. I hopped on a bus that took me to the skytrain and got off at the end (waterfront station) walked up the stairs and there was the cruise ship centre in Canada Place. EASY – PEASY. I was with a friend/neighbour/card shark Dori and I was sure it would be fun.  I have been to Alaska twice before.  The first time I drove a motorhome by myself from Sarasota, Florida to Alaska and...