Friday, April 24, 2020

Quarantine Basic Needs

It was bound to happen. I had to write a snarky blog about being quarantined, so I geared it to three basic needs: shelter, clothing, and food. I'm fortunate to have my home of 27 years in the form of shelter, of which I am becoming reacquainted by dusting and cleaning out closets. I have no need for a lot of clothing or shoes since I've been living in flip flops and yoga pants all day, every day. I just hope my regular clothes fit me after my quarantined weight gain. If you've read my other blogs, you'll remember I'm always battling the bulge. Another battle during this quarantine is going to the grocery store. I've blogged about my love of that too. Wearing a mask and gloves makes it that much more troublesome.

You can read my new blog by clicking here.

The star of the blog is my dog, Larry, who humbly poses for such adorable photo ops. I'm working on a book all about Larry and his Words of Wisdom - stay tuned.

One final thought. ALL my books are on sale for $9.99 plus shipping if you order through my website.

Enjoy, stay safe, and wash your hands.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Hummingbirds and Quincy the Quail

I'm offering a free download of QUINCY THE QUAIL SAVES A LIFE on Amazon. This offer is good through Sunday, April 19, 2020. Quincy and his family encounter a bullying hummingbird when they go to a new neighborhood to hunt for food.

Hummingbirds are very territorial, but they are fascinating to watch. On my blog today I've included links to two interesting hummingbird videos. One video shows how they build their nests, and one shows in slow motion how they suck nectar.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Hope During Holy Week

On my website is a blog about hope and new beginnings during Holy Week. I've included pictures of the Super Moon, white Eurasian Collared-Doves, and, of course, Larry.

I'm giving away Lonnie the Loon books to two lucky winners.

Read my blog to learn more about how to win signed copies of my two most popular Loon books.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Trumpeter Swans and Gambel's Quails

I'm blogging again, but I'm redirecting you to my website to read my blogs:

Read about Springtime and birds building nests: Spring! Time to Build a Nest, a Story about Trumpeter Swans

Read about the unique calls and sounds that birds make: Gambel's Quail and Other Bird Calls

Visit my website for information about my children's books:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lake Time; Two Views

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer - in most places. Right now in Lake Country, Minnesota, it's 60 degrees, cloudy, with an 20% chance rain, 80% humidity, and 20 mph wind. The clouds have been dribbling wet stuff all day, and I don my parka and gloves to walk the dog. It's pretty much Desert, Arizona's winter - minus the rain and humidity. Summer is imminent.

Ahhh, lake country in the summer. Time for boats, swimming, floating, paddle boarding, water skiing, and relaxing - for some people. Husband and I have a home in lake country; we have a boat, and enjoy being close to some 50 lakes, but we have differing views of enjoying the water.

My view is cruising on a 30 foot pontoon, a glass of wine in hand, admiring the lake homes of the 1% - where the white canopies are set up, music crooning to the latest light rock, and party goers dressed in white linen. For snacks we savor bruschetta, drizzled with olive oil on smoked salmon and capers; goat cheese stuffed with bacon and basil; and wood-fried spinach dip. Pair that with a Russian Valley red Cabernet Sauvignon and cozy down on the leather seats to enjoy the sunset.

My husband's view is getting up at 5:30, packing peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and hooking up the 17 foot outdoor /indoor motor boat to the long-bed pickup. We putt putt through the bulrushes to the best walleye hole and cast our lines. The sky is cloudy, the wind is brisk, and the peanuts and bottled water satisfy my breakfast hunger. We brought home a basket of 3 sunfish and 1 bass.

Ahhh, summer in lake country. Choose your view.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Google Won't Like That

I'm a guest blogger on the Phoenix Publishing and Book Marketing Facebook page, and contribute my blog the 22nd of every month. I had been posting the same blog on A-View-From-My-Window; however, a marketing guru mentioned to me that blogs should only be posted on one site because Google doesn't like it. What?? Google used to be a mere noun (Check Google for more information.), then it became a verb (I'll Google that for you.), but now it has become an emotional entity (Google doesn't like that.).

When I think of Google and Facebook I envision a room the size of an empty Costco warehouse filled with millennials sitting on their beanbags holding Apple laptops and listening buds hanging from their ears. They are each assigned a segment of society that they make dance like puppets on their computer screens while they compute algorithms to control their behavior.

And, Google probably won't like the image I'm using so will be shut down, handcuffed, and hauled off to Google jail. (Hmmm, now it's an adjective.)

Anyway, instead of posting my same blog in two different places, I will just supply a link on my Window blog. I'm kind of lazy that way.

Happy Googling.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Zip Lining

Zip lining over the Costa Rica canopy is by far the bravest thing I've ever done. At age 66, I didn't really have any extreme sports under my belt. No sky diving, no bungie cord jumping, no scuba diving, no climbing Mt. McKinley.

However, I have slalom water skied, but, hey, everybody does that, right? I did it at age 60 and am fairly proud of that! And the closest I've ever come to scuba diving is snorkeling in the Caribbean, which gave me motion sickness. I guess there's time to sky dive in the new indoor facility that opened in Scottsdale, but I've heard weird bodily functions occur while doing that - like snot flying out of your nose and getting stuck in your eyelashes.

To prove my zip lining experience, here is a video someone took of the Arizona chicks coming in for a landing. I'm the slow one in the blue shirt:

You can read more about my visit to Costa Rica here.