Monday, April 30, 2018


By now, I'm sure you've heard the name of the new prince.

Just in case...

Prince Louis Arthur Charles.

He will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

The pronunciation of his first name is Lou-ee, not Lou-iss.

It's growing on me.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


So much snow this winter has delayed my workout on the steps of Stillwater, MN.

Tonight I finally started my weekly routine. 

The steps were getting pretty rough, so over the past six months, they got a face lift.
They look pretty nice, but trust me...they still kick my butt climbing up and down all those steps. NOT EASY!

The view from the top.

There's still snow on the ground and greenery to be grown, but nonetheless, I made it through my first workout of the season!

No workout is complete without a chai from Chilkoot Cafe. It makes finishing my routine that much more sweeter when I know I can stop in and finish my night with the best tea ever. 

My work is done!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Big News

It's a boy!

The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered a boy!

Waiting on the name...

Thursday, April 19, 2018

No repeat

I'm really hoping my souvenir bear doesn't find its long lost twin due to a repeat surgery. UGH!

My ear is BEARing (no pun intended!) its symptoms once again. I see my ENT next week. Here's hoping another surgery is not in my future. I'd like it to be anything but that.

I get on a plane in a few months. I'd rather not be in pain! SIGH.

I'll let you know! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Finding a new author

Found a new author!
I'm intrigued  because her book, Becoming Mrs Lewis, releases in October.

Guess who Mrs Lewis is?

Yep...Joy Davidman. Otherwise known as CS Lewis' wife. Need I say more?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Highly recommend

Have you watched a movie that you just can't get out of your head?

I'm still processing, Only The Brave.

Based on the true life events of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, it's an epic movie about lost causes (you will know what I mean when you watch it) and huge loss.

I'm still pondering the lessons of this show. 

If you see one movie this year, let it be this one.

Also, look up Brendan McDonough.

I want to see this movie again!

With the weather coming our way AGAIN, its a definite possibility.

Snow, and lots of it, is forecast for our area.

It's getting really old! 

Monday, April 9, 2018


This past weekend, Once Upon A Prince premiered on the Hallmark Channel.

The movie is based upon the book written by my writer friend, Rachel Hauck.

I grabbed my bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream and hunkered under my blanket. The fire was crackling in the fireplace. It was a relaxing and lovely way to spend a few hours viewing a dream come true for a writer friend.

A sort of prelude of what's to come on May 19!

The movie was cute, but admittedly, the book was better. Isn't that usually the case with any movie?
A book takes at least a year to complete with edits and final okays.
There just simply isn't enough time to fit every detail of the book into a two hour movie.

Regardless, her book is a movie! Success indeed. A dream for any writer. I'm so very thrilled for Rachel. She must be beyond ecstatic. I wonder how many times she has watched it?!

I would watch it over and over. The best part would be seeing my name flash across the screen.

I can't even imagine.
Congratulations, Rachel. Such an honor.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

White Space

See all this white space on the page?

It pretty much mimics what it looks like outside my window. Spring is hiding.

It's snowing AGAIN as I write tonight. Its been a crazy long winter and it just won't let go! 

Snow is forecast for the weekend. Oh joy! I shouldn't complain. It's more time to stay inside and read!

Monday, April 2, 2018


In case you didn't know, there's another royal wedding in the works!

I would love to be there in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that most certainly is going on in Windsor and at the Palace. May 19 will soon be here.

About those bouquets...
Did you know there is a tradition concerning royal brides that dates back to the 1840s?

Queen Victoria planted a myrtle shrub in her garden after she married Prince Albert. Myrtle is referred to as the 'herb of love.' 

The Queen most certainly loved her Prince Albert.

Ever since, royal brides have plucked a sprig of myrtle from that same shrub and placed in their own bouquets.

Gives great meaning to the old adage...something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new!   
Something old, to be sure. What a thought to be part of a tradition where few brides have such an honor. We're talking Queen Victoria here!

I'm confident Meghan will follow tradition as well.

The excitement is getting palpable. What will the dress look like? The bouquet? The cake?

All I know for sure...I will be buying every magazine and book detailing the main event!