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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gay's Days, April 16, 2015

Tax day came and went yesterday. Did you get yours into the ole IRS? They'll come calling if you didn't. We took our info and receipts to the CPA last January. Would you believe we still haven't heard from him? He's a good accountant, and a nice guy, but he sure doesn't show his clients much respect.  We've called and left messages numerous times. His gatekeeper said they were finished and on his desk for review. Hubby assures me that if we owed money, the man would have let us know.  I suppose he filed an extension....hope so anyway. I think it is time to find a new CPA, don't you? Sure is hard to get good customer service these days.

I promised you pictures of my yard, and now that the front bed is planted, here are the photos.

I named the angel Sarah. Can you guess why?


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gay's Days, April 12, Diets

I'm so hungry, I don't think a mere one piece would satisfy my appetite. Do any of you diet for weight loss? I start fresh everyday.  I love coconut cake, and this one is difficult to resist.

Did you see the article about Penn Jillette loosing 100 pounds in 100 days? The guy is amazing. He stands six feet and seven inches, and after the vanishing pounds, he really looks skinny.  He's a Vegas magician, but he made his waistline disappear by eating only 1000 calories a day.

Penn ate a lot of lettuce.  Check it out.

Forget the lettuce. Sure would like a piece of that cake up there.  How about you?

Did you have a good weekend? Eat anything fun? Healthy? Or did you enjoy junk food?

Sarah loves to eat, and as an angel in my books, she's always looking for cheeseburgers. They are a fav of mine too, but right now I want that cake. Sarah stays petite regardless of her mammoth appetite.

I send blessings your way and hope we all can achieve healthy results with our diets.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gay's Days, April 11, 2015

Hi everyone,

How's your Saturday? Mine is rainy down here in little ole Fulshear, TX. Clouds make the day cool, and I love that. The temperature has already soared to 85 F a few afternoons and it is only the second week in April.

Did I tell you I dread summer?

I spent the morning at the West Houston RWA meeting. (Romance Writers of America). After having family with me this week, I really needed to stay home and catch up. Couldn't do it. I wanted to hear Vicky Dreiling speak.

Boy! Am I happy I went. Vicky presented good information, and the group enjoyed interacting with each other.  Vicky writes wickedly, witty, historical, romance. Her books entertain and keep the reader awake until the wee hours of morning.

Authors learn a lot from each other, and these gatherings are beneficial. Food and coffee hit the spot also.
Thanks Vicky!

Vicky Dreiling

Flowers and shrubs will be planted later today in the front bed (as the sprinkles come down). I have my angel statue in place. Her name is Sarah, but I told you that, didn't I? Well, anyway, next week, I'll show you her picture.
Until then, ya'll have a good weekend!  Take time out to enjoy a good book. Try one of Vicky's, and if you see one of mine that you haven't read, pick one up. I'd like to introduce you to Sarah.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Gay's Days, April 6, 2015

Did you have a joyful Easter yesterday?
We did. After a wonderful church service, we ate lunch with two of our daughters and one son-in-law. Our daughter and husband, who live in San Antonio, have their house on the market and will be moving to Kentucky in a few weeks. Needless to say, she and her hubby were too busy to come. We missed them.
Last Friday, we took a quick day trip to see a few bluebonnets. The day turned rainy, but we saw a several patches. 
If you have the opportunity, please come to Texas in the spring...while the state flower blooms and the weather isn't too hot.  Traveling through country roads can be a treat, and discovering quaint, small town cafes will surprise you with a good meal.
We stopped in one in Fayetteville, Texas. I chose the special of the day, meatloaf and veggies. Hubby had a good old fashioned cheeseburger. Here's a group of diners, and you can spot the front door in the background. The food was good, and the desserts looked awesome, but we didn't try those.
Fayetteville is only about an hour and fifteen minutes from home, and this time of the year, that region has huge antique sales. If you are into unusual items, check out Round Top and Warrenton, a mere few miles from here. About a 100,000 people attend these events each year in April and October. I've been there in both months, but I prefer April. October heat can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Texas. Whew!
Several of my books take you to these area of Texas. I had one of these country towns in mind when I wrote Sarah: A Mission of Love.  The rolling hills provide not only beauty, but inspiration. Some of the churches in this location are really old.  Here's a picture I took several years ago on a sunny day. This isn't one of them, but if you are ever our way, you will enjoy touring the Painted Churches of Texas. Come when during the spring so you can take pictures of beautiful flowers. Honestly...a field of bluebonnets will remind you of an least in color.


In Sarah: A Mission of Love, the rural church such as the one above, is set in the midst of Texas farm and ranch land. The elders seek to fill a vacant pastorate and ask Tom Shoemaker to take the position. He's never been a preacher before, and the offer surprises him, especially since he has no wife. Sarah, a dyslexic angel, comes to earth to help him fall in love, and it is disaster time.
Until later, ya'll keep smiling, and come see us!


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Gay's Days March 30, 2015

Thanks for inviting me into your home today.  I've poured a fresh brewed iced tea and want to share some stuff with you.
I started at daybreak for my two mile walk. The day started out at 65 F and promised a high of 83 F (and at 5:30 PM, it is.) Here's a picture of the sunrise. The warm up quickly banished the fog.

Enjoying the Azaleas again as I jaunted through the neighborhood.

I spent the morning with a variety of work, and then a landscape artist came this afternoon. He liked my ideas for the front bed.  Sorry hubby. He liked mine more than yours. Now to tell you about one of our trees.

We have a huge Arizona Ash in the back yard. When we built the house thirteen years ago, this tree already reached about eighty feet tall. I loved the lot and planned the house to fit around three huge trees. (The Pecan is my favorite, and the Ash my second favorite)  We've learned the Ash tree only lives about 20  to 30 years, so we decided to have a tree doctor look at it. It shows signs of aging. Don't we all?

He wanted $3800 to remove it.  No thanks.

I love the tree and hate to see it go, but on the other hand, I dread having the thing crash into our house. The beautiful wonder could kill us.

We asked him to remove numerous limbs. I couldn't believe how high this guy climbed.  Here's a few pictures.


This tree climber earned his money today!
Time now to prepare dinner. We are having left-overs. What are you enjoying?
Ya'll come see us in Texas, ya' hear?


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gay's Days March 26, 2015

Good morning friends,
The temperature these days in Fulshear, TX is gorgeous. Leaving the treadmill inside and choosing the streets seemed a great choice. I didn't take my camera on my walk, but the colors in the yard inspired me to go back and get it. Come along with me on my two mile jaunt, and I'll show you my vistas.

                                       A neighbor's tree                      A neighbor's azaleas
This neighbor's azaleas are almost full.  
                                                                These are really out.


Tyler, TX is famous for their azalea tour, but we have them here in our area too. Several garden clubs in Houston provide them, but ours aren't as famous as Tyler's. I wish the azaleas bloomed a bit longer than they do, but every spring, they show up again.
We have a landscape designer coming next Monday to give us ideas for our yard. We cleared out a bed, but with all the trees in the front, we need a variety that grows in the shade.  I'll take pictures when we get something planted.  I bought an angel to go there, and right now, she sits there all alone. Guess what I named her? You got it! Sarah!
Our 150 year old pecan tree is budding out in the back. Last year, we picked up about 200 native pecans and let the squirrels store the rest.
I write about flowers in my books. Did you know Sarah is allergic to lilies? Her reaction to them causes one disaster after another.
Here's an excerpt for Sarah: A Mission of Love. The Lieutenant arrives in the Commander's office to discuss Sarah's progress.

       The Lieutenant sat, but glanced around before he began. He loved the opulence in this room. The sparkling prisms in the windows behind the Commander were made from diamonds. God’s holy light filtered through the windowpanes and was a constant reminder—there was no darkness in Heaven. White linen covered the walls. The floor gleamed with gold-inlaid pearl. Flowers of every kind and color filled large vases and perfumed the air with sweet fragrance. The Commander was clearly partial to the purple and blue bouquets of orchids and blue bells. He also had a fondness for sapphires—a preference the Lieutenant shared.
If you go to my website, you'll see I'm partial to purple and also blue too.
Have a good day. Enjoy the flowers!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gay's Days, March 20, 2014

Earth welcomes spring today, and the equinox occurs. Wow! That might be good news. Day and night reach equal length, so does that mean we sleep longer tonight? Now there's a pleasant thought.

Old Man Winter hangs on in places. Have you ever wondered why he's called that? Or perhaps you think of him as Jack Frost...well, either way, while parts of the northern U.S. and Canada experience snow flurries, down here in Houston, our temperature will reach into the 70's Fahrenheit. Spring for us lasts about fourteen days and then we enjoy summer. At least some do. I've never cared for scorching temperatures.

Before the heat destroys them, we will revel the magnificence of Texas bluebonnets.

They hadn't arrived last week when we were in the Austin area, but soon.  Very soon.  If you haven't seen a field of these beauties, you've missed an eye feast.

We expect a super moon tonight, but Houstonians won't see it. We expect rain again.

Speaking of rain, I drove in it all morning yesterday. As Sarah would say, "merciful heavens!" Talk about messy puddles and street flooding. Yuk. I was thankful when I pulled into the garage.

Did I ever tell you about the year I had nine wrecks? I didn't? Well, that's another story.

In Sarah: Laney's Angel, Sarah tries driving a car. Here's an excerpt.

Freaked out, Sarah assumed the driving position. Her long, swirling skirt cramped the space, and she stuffed it around her knees.

Cannon shut the driver’s door and strode back to his vehicle.

Merciful heavens! What to do now?

She’d ridden in cars and observed people driving but never absorbed much about it. Her strategy never once included a plan to operate this contraption. Maybe this ruse would turn out as another dumb idea.

Sarah peered into the rear-view mirror and frowned. Cannon sat in his car waiting for her to move. Holding her breath, she turned the key in the ignition. The car roared to life. Now what?
Feet—drivers used them. Hey, there’s that little pedal gadget doodad on the floorboard. Drivers pressed that thingamajig with their right foot. She decided to give that thingy a whirl.

The engine raced however, the car didn’t move.

 Oh yeah, drivers moved the contraption sticking up between the seats. She grabbed the whatsit and pulled it down with all her might while she kept her foot on the thingamajig.

The car shot backward and rammed into Cannon’s car.

Many of Sarah's events actually happened to me. When I tell you that I'm nervous about driving into Houston, I'm telling the truth!
Ya'll have a good one. I'm busy today writing another Sarah story.