Taking a Blogging Break

Hello, friends. I know I haven’t been all that visible lately, and I apologize for not being able to keep up with your blog posts. We all deal with the intrusion of real life issues now and then. I guess it’s my turn.

My husband and I lost his mother in May after a difficult time of hospital stays and hospice. The remainder of the month was a blur for various reasons. Early in June, we took a much needed vacation to Cape Cod. It was a beautiful relaxing time, but I haven’t been able to stay on top of things since returning. Thankfully, we have another vacation coming up in early July, but then I go into another whirlwind of situations that will demand the bulk of my time. I plan to hop online now and then. I’ll keep up with my Story Empire commitments, and also visit blogs as time permits, but for the most part you likely won’t see me until August.

Until then, happy summer—I’ll be back before it’s over! In closing, below are a few shots from the beach front cottage we enjoyed in Cape Cod. I did zero writing, but I read 3.5 books (didn’t make it through the fourth) while sunning on that gorgeous deck)!

Comments are closed, but I promise to get back to regular rounds soon! 🤗 ❤️

Pool Time and Reading

cocktail with pool water in the background
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Hi, friends. I just wanted to drop a quick note to say I will be scarce this week. I am enjoying a staycation at my pool. I’ve got several days lined up with friends, a few lunches out, a visit to a winery, shopping, and plenty of books to keep me occupied. As a result, you probably won’t see me online very much.

I’m at Story Empire today but will likely be offline the rest of the week. I will catch up with everyone in August. Happy last week of July!

A Helicopter, Robber and a Moonlight Swim

A number of years ago I had to attend a 3-day business conference in Phoenix for my employer. Since I’d never been to Arizona, my husband came along, we tacked on a few extra days, and made it into a vacation.

I fell in love with the Sedona area, ate rattlesnake and Indian fry bread, saw my first professional hoop dance, and came home with one very cool kachina doll. But my most vivid memory of Phoenix? You guessed it . . . a helicopter, robber, and a moonlight swim.

I can’t remember the name of our resort, but it was divided into groupings of two-story buildings with eight suites in each. The buildings were sprawled over acres of ground, each building with a private pool. Nice, right?

I thought so too until the helicopter showed up.

Late one night, hubby and I decided to take a dip in the pool (yes, we had our clothes on, thank God!). There we were, enjoying a moonlight swim when a helicopter nailed us in the beam of a high-intensity spotlight. I felt like a fugitive on America’s most wanted! Helicopter-1; romantic moonlight swim-0. Talk about killing the mood!

After it took off, we went back to our suite and my husband stepped onto the balcony to nose around. He saw a cop snooping below and asked what the problem was. Apparently someone had held up a Quickie-Mart and been chased to the area. Given the helicopter, I think the guy was probably armed and the hold-up ugly. The cop didn’t share details, but advised we stay inside. Of course, my writer’s imagination kicked into overdrive.

We’d been oblivious to the danger when in the pool, enjoying the moment, unaware of our surroundings. What if the robber had been lurking in the darkness with a gun?

So, why am I thinking of this now? Because events, no matter how random or long ago, are worth tucking into the idea book you carry in your head. I’m not sure that moonlight swim will ever make it into one of my novels, but I’m going to hang onto the memory. It freaked me out when it happened but, hey, how many people can say they were caught up in the middle of a manhunt?

How about you?  Are you one for collecting ideas and nuturing them indefinitely?

Oh, and by the way, should you ever make it to Phoenix I highly recommend the rattlesnake at Rustler’s Rooste. It really does taste like chicken!