Well, we did it. We survived Christmas and managed to avoid going into any of the big box stores except for just one time during the shopping season. To me, that’s always an accomplishment. The crowds, the commercialism, and all of the nonsense takes away from the real meaning of the holiday, and I don’t like any of it.
Well, I take that back. I do like Christmas music. I always enjoy hearing all of the old-time carols and songs. But I’m not against trying something new, either. A while back someone turned us on to the wonderful a cappella singing group Pentatonix. Do yourself a favor and watch this YouTube video of them singing Mary Did You Know? I absolutely love it, and Terry and I could listen to them all night long.
So how did you spend your Christmas? Ours was quiet, but busy. Miss Terry made a wonderful dinner of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, a couple of vegetables, and some other goodies, and topped it off with a delicious homemade pumpkin pie. Jim Lewis, our houseguest, has never been a big eater in the 30+ years I have known him. But when Terry cooks, he sure shovels in the groceries! He said that when he leaves to go back to Texas later this week he is going to try to avoid all of the truck weigh stations, because he thinks his little Kia SUV might be pushing the limit.
While Terry was cooking, I finished the last three chapters of Big Lake Celebration, the 11th book in my Big Lake mystery series. I’ll give it a read through today and then print it out for Terry to proof. Unless something drastic happens, it will be available on Amazon by the end of the year. This will be my fifth book out this year, and my 25th book to be published.
I want to jump right into my next project, the second book in the John Lee Quarrels series, but first I’ve got to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal done and sent out to our subscribers. I’ll be working on that as the new book is being proofed and edited.
My buddy Greg White keeps asking me when I’m going to get my boat in the water and is suggesting that it’s no more than a hanger queen. Believe me, I’m eager to get it out there, just as Miss Terry is eager to get a weaving project started on her big loom. But even though we are getting up earlier than we always have, hoping to get more accomplished, it seems like there are just not enough hours in the day.
Congratulations Marcy Krauss, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Terry’s cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. We had 250 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – There is nothing sadder than meeting the right person at the wrong time.