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Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

 
 
Foggy in Houston

 
 
See the view I had this morning from my back porch? The fog had cleared a bit before I snapped the picture. I debated to walk or not, but decided to plunge out into the soup.
 
 
The past two days here have been ideal. Yesterday was an absolute diamond. Did I walk? Nope! Here I was....worried about my New England friends and the Blizzard. I sent them emails and said I hoped their power stayed on.
 
 
Mine down here in sunny Texas didn't.  On Tuesday it went down for a few minutes....just enough to make a mess for all in the neighborhood.  Go figure that one.  Of course my computer and land line went kablooey along with all WiFi. So yesterday I waited all day for AT&T to arrive. You know how it is.  They don't come in the window of time they give you.
 
 
Anyhow........I'm back up and running and that's a good thing.
 
 
Now to run those errands that I missed yesterday while I waited for repairs.  Have a good one!
 
 
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gay's Days, January 23, 2015


I've run across liars in my time. Maybe even offered one or two when I was a kid, but I never expected a person at Amazon to lie to me.

But a male agent did.

If you've ever tried to reach Amazon for any reason, you know it is a hassle. I found the phone number and called Amazon Audible. Sarah and the Internet Dating Service is now available on Audible, and I wanted to purchase it. Christy Williamson reads my books, and she does an amazing job. Even though I wrote it, I enjoy listening to Sarah's antics.

I digress.

Back to Amazon Audible. The man I spoke to attempted to help me with my questions about price. Since I'd already purchased the Kindle as well as the print version for myself from Amazon, I thought there might be a discount. When I purchased Sarah: A Mission of Love, I found that to be the case.

The guy couldn't find any of my books. He finally found Mission of Love and kept referring to it.

I ultimately told the man that he and I weren't jiving and I needed to speak to someone else. We understood each other's words, but we didn't comprehend what was said. We couldn't get on the same page.

The dude put me on hold and left me. I suppose he thought I'd hang up. He came back and began again. I said, "Aren't you the same man I was speaking to?"

He said he was not, that he was the supervisor and gave me a new name.  He tagged himself Ace this time.  Right. LOL. He should have called himself the Joker.

With the same voice, same words, he went round and round with me in the identical manner as before. He was hooked on Sarah: A Mission of Love. I love that book too, but I was calling about Sarah and the Internet Dating Service.

After chasing each other around the forest for a long time, I at long last drew it out of him.

I'm sure the man thought I wouldn't pursue the poor customer service I'd received from him.

He doesn't know Gay N. Lewis.

After much research on the Internet, I found an email address for Amazon's Customer Service. Here's the email I sent.

01/22/15 00:15:17
Your name: Gay N. Lewis
Other info: Poor service. Amazon employee lied to me.
Comments: I inquired about Audible. The person couldn't help me. I asked for a new person. I was put on hold for a long time. I suppose he thought I'd hang up. He came back on the phone and told me he was a supervisor. It was the same guy. I don't like being lied to. I expect better from Amazon. Supposedly the phone call was recorded. The second time the guy came on, he gave his name as Ace.  I spoke to him today.  Look it up.  He's a liar and doesn't know how to adequately communicate about your products.  He's a big mistake. I'm very unhappy with my whole experience.
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Here's Amazon's response. I was surprised. It came immediately. I have a feeling it is a canned response from someone in a foreign country. Look closely at the wording, and no mention is made of the actual incident., but I hope they will look this guy up and coach him.


 
Hello,

I'm sorry for the inconvenience caused due to unprofessional behavior of my colleague.

We never want our customers to be treat like this. At amazon our only motive is customer satisfaction.

As a representative of amazon I really apologize on behalf of whole amazon and my colleague as well and assure you that same won't happen.

Further to stop such issues in future I've raised coaching request for the agent and asked our team to take necessary action.

Truth is the first thing that we need to communicate with the customer.

So, I request you to consider this issue as an isolated one as it'll not happen in future for sure.

I hope you give us another chance to serve you better.

We look forward to see you again soon.

Warmest regards,
Johny G

http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Internet-Dating-Service/dp/B00S8J8H7S/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422021014&sr=8-1&keywords=sarah+and+the+internet+dating+service



 




















 



 



 




















Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gay's Days, January 22, 2015

 

I promised to show you pictures. Here's daughter and son-in-law leaving for the Texas Inaugural Ball. The lighting was too inadequate at the ball to take good pictures, so I'm pleased they took this one before they left San Antonio to trek to Austin for the gala.
 
 
 
Our daughter stands five feet tall and loves six inch heels. I have no idea how she can walk in them. Sarah, the angel character in my books, covets shoes with heels like that too. But she can't walk in them at all and falls down each time she tries.  LOL.
 
Craig and Lanissa lead an interesting life.  Here' a picture from two years ago when they were invited to the White House. They attended a ceremony for a friend who received the Medal of Honor. I should write a book and include some of the activities they've been privileged to share. However, most of these events don't happen to ordinary folks, so the book would read like a fairy tale.
 
 
 



Here's a picture of them with the recipient. Leroy Petry. Leroy is a fine gentleman, and I'm honored to know him.



 We have a rainy day in Fulshear and the weather grows colder as I sit here.  I hope you are safe and warm.

Enjoy the day the Lord has made!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Inaugural Ball



Good morning friends,

No, this invitation to the Texas Inaugural Ball isn't mine.

Youngest daughter and husband went last night to the gala in Austin, Texas.

I watched the swearing in of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Great State of Texas on TV. The day was perfect for it...sunny, blue sky and about 70 degrees F.

Our daughter promised to send pictures of the ball, and I'll post them as soon as I receive them.  I'm eager to see her gown. She said the dress is blue and I've no doubt she looked stunning in it.  Son-in-law wore a tuxedo, and I'm sure he looked handsome as well.

They were invited to the entire day's events, but time only allowed them to attend the ball. They missed the outdoor inaugural, the barbeque and afternoon parties. I wonder if they returned home to San Antonio before they turned into pumpkins. Since the drive is close to two hours in traffic, I doubt they were in bed until the wee hours of this morning.

"Why were they invited?"  I hear you ask.

Good question. They aren't Republicans, and as far as I know, they don't contribute to political candidates, but they remain popular with influential people.  Son-in-law once escorted VP Biden around San Antonio.

Stay tuned. I hope to have pictures!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Gay's Days, January 19, 2015


Good morning friends,

Last Saturday, hubby and I drove over to the University of Houston to see the musical entitled, "In the Mood."

The singers and swing dancers were fantastic! If you have the opportunity, you should see it.

The decade for this production is the big band era of the 1940's.  Yes, that was before my time, but my mom and dad dated during part of that era.

We had trouble finding the Cullen building. U of H is huge, over six hundred acres. You can't believe how many people were as lost as we were. We parked, found someone with a map and ended up walking over a mile to get to this place, and then a mile back. Not an easy thing to do in heels, believe me!

So many people who came were old enough to be my mother or father. Some were in wheel chairs, others on walkers or with canes. They'd come to remember their early years and fun days. Of course those were the war years, and some of those memories evoked pain. I hated that many of them had that distance to walk.

As I stood outside the building while hubby bought tickets, it seemed that people thought I could answer their questions about location, tickets, if the auditorium was cool and if they needed jackets inside, etc.

Me? I'm always as lost as the little angel in my Sarah Series. I knew nothing more than they did, but I tried to help. I love telling people where to go, even if I'm wrong. Ha, ha, ho, ho, chuckle, chuckle.

Toward the end of the performance, the band and singers sang the theme songs for each of the military U.S. branches. The veterans and current service men stood as they heard their song. Wow! I cried my mascara off.

We had no Marines there that I could see, several Navy men, one Coast Guard, and a few Air Force. The overwhelming majority were Army. It was patriotic and heartwarming.

I wanted to go for several reasons. As I said, the era belonged to my parents. The costumes and hairstyles the women wore reminded me of pictures I'd seen of my mom.

I'm also writing a Sarah book. The main female human character is named Carolyn, and she attends the University of Houston. Seeing the campus gave me a better idea of how to write Carolyn's story.

Look for it. Even if you are too young to have a connection, it will do your heart good.










Friday, January 16, 2015

Gay's Days January 16, 2015

Good morning friends,

Is the sun shinning where you are? Rays are pelting us with warmth, and I'm giddy with pleasure. I've fought flu like symptoms all week--didn't have it, but felt icky, so the sun helps.

Direct TV came out yesterday to install new satellite coverage for us. We had Dish removed. Hubby enjoys Fox News and they weren't available on Dish.  Ironic thing is that when he called to cancel Dish yesterday, Dish said Fox News would be back today.

Hubs said, "Too late."

So now we are getting accustomed to new channel numbers and a new remote. Don't you just hate that?  As soon as I learn to operate some technical device, I have to start over.

Direct has features Dish didn't, so I may like it better.

The weekend is here. Hope all of you are well enough to be in your worship places on Sunday!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Gay's Days January 15, 2015


ABWA Katy Chapter's photo.

I had the privilege of attending the ABWA (American Business Women's Association) Meeting on Tuesday night.  Rhonnye Morton, Life Coach, presented an inspiring presentation on Dream/Imagine/Believe/Succeed. The discussion that followed on balance was beneficial, and I have the privilege of speaking here next month.  I hope my presentation can match the good one Rhonnye presented last night.

Terry Moneyham, the President, was an amazing leader for the meeting, and the  food was delicious. Terry is a Financial Advisor and my friend.  She's the one standing at the front of the room.

Cold again today.  Would you believe the Houston area has had over seven days of the temp never reaching 50 F for the high?  I think the weather guy said it had been ten years since we've had this many chilly days in a row.  Today we may break the 50 mark, and we may glimpse the sun. Yippee!


My third book came out on audio yesterday. Wow~ Four now!  Amazing. Grateful.






Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gay's Days, January 13, 2015

Good morning! So are you warm?

We have showers and a temp heading toward 52 degrees F today for a high. The dampness makes it feel colder, but nothing to equate with what many of you have in other parts of the world.

With the exception of a couple of phone calls, I've spent the morning writing about Sarah. She's wandering about on Catalina Island.

Errands have my name on them today...the ones I didn't get to yesterday.

I didn't find a coat replacement, but I found a nice, helpful man at the Apple store, so now I'm fixed up for my new mini iPad. 

When I saw Sarah and the Internet Dating Service again on Amazon's Best Seller's List, last night when I checked, I was thrilled.  Amazon updates every hour, and they sell a lot of books. I'm always happy to see one of mine there, and even more thrilled when they stay longer than an hour.

Have a good one.  Stay healthy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gay's Days January 12, 2015

Good morning friends,

The temperature is a chilly 43 F here in Fulshear and our high for the day should reach 54. Fog will clear out later, and I hope the misty stuff is gone by the time I need to drive east.

I'm going to Macy's today, and the closest store is in an area called Memorial City...it is a mall, not a separate city, and it will take a good forty-five minutes to get there with good traffic.

On Saturday, FedEx delivered a huge box to our door.  Hubby wanted to know what I'd ordered that needed a container that size.

He looked a bit surprised when I said I didn't know. How could I forget buying something that required such a gigantic box?

After opening it, I discovered three long, black coats. Did I say long? Each one skimmed my ankles.

My daughter sent them.

 
   
     

She's a sweetheart. I try to be careful not to mention I need something or plan to buy an item. That little thing (she's feet tall) goes out, gets it, and sends it to me.  Did you catch the number? Three coats.

The instructions were to "Keep the one you like and take the other two back."

So I'm headed to Macy's today to return all three. Houston isn't the frozen tundra, so the length is too long. I sent her the picture below and she was surprised too. She ordered them on line and failed to recognize they were "maxi."  This is the one I liked best...fake fur on the cuffs, around the collar and flows all the way to the hem.  If they have this in a shorter version, I'll buy it on my credit card--not hers.  She does way too much already.



While at the mall, I'm going to the Apple Store. My new mini iPad needs help. Well, actually, the gadget is fine. Gay needs help to download her stuff.  Amazon Audible needs to be on the device so I can listen to the books I've written.  Three are on Audible now, and the forth one is coming soon.

I'm down a few ounces on the scale today. Yay!  I hope they don't return tomorrow. Getting rid of holiday treats is difficult, isn't it?

Have a good one and stay warm.



Friday, January 9, 2015

Gay's Day January 9, 2015

Good morning friends,

A cold and rainy day here in Fulshear. I'll make myself go to the gym later. Too messy to walk in the neighborhood right now.

Four years ago today, on a Sunday, the weather resembled ours of today. I was teaching my Sanctuary class at church. I stand at the front, and place my purse and cell on the first pew. At 9:15 AM, the cell rang. I ignored it and finished the lesson. Fifteen minutes later, lesson over, I saw the name on the caller ID and thought, "uh oh."

When I redialed, the first words I heard were, "Gay, this is the hardest phone call I've ever had to make. Rick passed away this morning."

Rick is my brother. He lived in Arlington, Texas with his fourteen year old daughter. Even as a young man in his forty's, he had multiple diseases before he died. Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis...to name a few. Since he couldn't drive, I often made the trip from Houston to Arlington to take him to doctors and hospitals.

His fourteen year old daughter became his primary caregiver. Too much for a kid, but that's the life they had.  She awoke to find him dead sitting in his recliner and phoned her mom in Oklahoma. Her mother then called me.  Since it was Sunday morning, my sister, who also lives in Arlington was at church and couldn't be reached. From Houston, I began making phone calls until I finally made contact with her.

The last two years of Rick's life, he devoted to the Lord. Perhaps if he'd lived a responsible life during the earlier days, he might still be here. The good thing is that he woke up to destructive ways and changed them....but not before he ruined his health.  Surgeries and disease caused him to lose about fifty pounds. He was a big man, at least to me. He stood 6'1" and was athletic.

He abused alcohol and chewed tobacco before cancer grew on his tongue. Surgery kept him from eating properly and enjoying meals. In my book, Sarah: Laney's Angel, I wrote about how the new human arrivals enjoy heaven. Two men who'd had oral cancer inspired the scene. My heart broke for them while they lived on earth and couldn't eat.   Here's an excerpt from Chapter Twenty-one in Sarah: Laney's Angel.


As the Lieutenant rounded a heavenly corner, the aroma of fresh bread assailed his nose—Chef Andrew’s famous cinnamon rolls. Maybe he should stop for a taste before his appointment with the Commander to speak his unease about Sarah.

The outside eating area featured tables where one sat and enjoyed conversation with their meals. The Lieutenant waved to two men who were woofing down huge plates of food. More platters waited in front of them.

“Try the crispy, fried chicken. Brisket is good, too.” One man said to the Lieutenant as he drew near.

“Thanks, but I’m here for a cinnamon bun.”

The second man nodded. “Yeah, those are wonderful too.” He offered a platter to his dining companion. “Here—go for a pork chop. I’m having banana pudding next.” While on earth, both men suffered from oral cancer—with no ability to eat or drink. All that changed with their entrance to Heaven. Feeding tubes vanished and they again tasted favorite foods.

Upon entering the exquisite dining area, the Lieutenant greeted fellow officers. Like him, they sniffed the delightful delicacies and were already seated with rolls and coffee. He brought a pastry and a cup of heavenly brew to a table nearby.

“How’s it going for you down below?” he asked a fellow Lieutenant.

“All goes well with my platoon at the moment. One angel is about to finish a mission, and the others are several weeks away before they close their assignments.” He smiled. “How’s your Sarah doing this time? I heard about her escapade at the restaurant.” He laughed loudly and caught the attention of several. “That mortal had no idea who dropped in on him.”

Another lieutenant joined in the laughter. “And that stunt with her charge’s automobile, the flowers, and her lost church. That was priceless.”

“And how about causing the server to see flying lamb chops, and then causing the poor guy to fall into cake?” The officer who offered this reprise doubled over in laughter.

Sarah’s Lieutenant sighed. “If I were in your wings, I’d find her antics amusing too, but from my perspective, she’s a puzzle. I don’t know how to help her.”

“Ole buddy, you know we aren’t making fun of her. That would be wrong of us. We find her delightful and she brings us merriment with her innovated approach to a situation. She can’t be blamed for talents she doesn’t have. Let’s rejoice over the ones she does have.”

“I know, but I want her to feel comfortable in her angel skin and because of her limitations, she doesn’t.”

My brother loved pork chops and banana pudding.



He had charm, wit, and made people smile and laugh wherever he went.
 
I miss him.

Smile! The day may grow warmer where you are!



 

    
                                                           Books
Sarah: A Mission of Love.   2.99

Sarah: Laney's Angel            3.99

Sarah and the Widow's Mate  .99
Sarah and the Internet Dating Service  .99
Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel  .99
Sarah and a Dad for Mandy  .99
Sarah and Three Times a Charm  2.99
 
                                           

 
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gay's Days January 7, 2015

Hello friends,

The early day here in Fulshear began on a mild note, but the weather changes as I write. A hard freeze is heading to south Texas but our frosty condition can't compare to weather our northern neighbors endure these days. Between here and the Canadian border, there are much colder temps.

The fireplace is blazing, the coffee is hot, and I'm enjoying staying inside. Walk? Oh, yeah, I was supposed to do that today. Planned on going to the gym, but I found it easy to ignore that task today.

I'm hungry.  Are you?  Did you resolve to lose those pounds from the holidays? Oh my! Those delicious meals will linger with me for awhile.  I can hear your question. "Well, duh, Gay, what happened to the exercise routine? Losing weight requires one."

I know. I know.  Please don't make me feel guilty. I'll do better tomorrow.

What will come your way in 2015?  No one knows the future, but a few of my family members have made plans.  Daughter number three who resides in San Antonio will be moving to Kentucky in the spring.  Any of you live there? I've never been, but hubby and I look forward to visiting. I'm excited for them.

She and her husband bought over five acres to build a house upon, and the nearest big city is Lexington.  We spent Christmas in San Antonio with them.  Here's a picture. Yeah, I understand, it's blurry and you can't tell much about it.  Sorry. We were at the Marriott Hotel, and they had the grounds magnificently displayed in lights. We needed a bigger camera with a better flash.

Daughter number two is in the purple shirt, and daughter and son-in-law (the tall dude) who will soon be in Kentucky are in dark clothes in front next to me. Hubs and I were freezing and we didn't stay outside in the cold long enough to keep taking pictures.


Christmas holidays were a mixture of happiness and a bit of sadness.  First born daughter and husband (in Austin) had planned to be with us in San Antonio, but they couldn't make it. Our son-in-law wasn't released from the hospital for several days, and he spent Christmas there. What a bummer for them.

On December 26, daughter number three's mother-in-law died. Her funeral was this past Monday. She was a terrific lady who'd attended our church before moving to San Antonio to an assisted living facility. No need for her to transfer to one in Kentucky. She relocated to a far better place than any down here.

I finished a short story and turned it into the publisher yesterday. Clue into Kindness. The release date isn't set. Sarah isn't in this one, she's still riding the waves on the way to Catalina Island. I should bring her ashore soon. She's not fond of the ocean.

Until tomorrow, ya'll stay warm!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gay's Days. The Sisterhood




 The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

 
I would like to thank Vicki Cain for inviting me to join the Sisterhood of The World Bloggers. It looks like a fun gig. Check out Vicki's answers after you read mine.


 First, before I get started, here are the rules she sent…

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

 
Here are Vicki’s ten questions for the nominees-along with my answers.

1. What’s your happiest holiday memory?

         Thanksgiving at mom’s and dad’s house. When I was a child, everyone came to our home. Mom’s meals rivaled any renowned chef of the day, and the visit with family is a treasured remembrance.  Too many are now in heaven.

 2. Who was your favorite grade school teacher?

       Hmmm. That’s a difficult question. Many made an impression on me. Teachers often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Easter, went above board to help me learn long division.

 
3. If life had taken you down a different path, what would you be doing now?

        I’d still be in church serving in some capacity. I’d want to be married to the same man, but I could see us in the building and developing business. Perhaps something along the lines of buying land, building spec homes to use as models and developing subdivisions.

 
4. What place in the world would you like to visit?


        England and Ireland. My father’s side came from England, and as near as I can determine, my mom’s ancestors are Irish.

 
5. What’s your favorite dessert?

         That’s easy. Lemon Ice Box Pie. We have it twice a year. Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 
6. If you were told you only had one day to live, how would you spend it?

         If I had one day left to my life, I wouldn’t want to know it. My aspiration is to live each day in a way that doesn’t disappoint the Lord.

 
7. Which do you like to do best: a movie rental and a bowl of popcorn, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, or a day at the beach ending with watching the sunset?

       Each of these adventures sounds romantic. I don’t eat popcorn, so I’d choose a good book and hot chocolate, and then late in the day, go to the beach to see the sunset.

 
8. What’s your favorite electronic gadget?

         Oh good grief! I have none. I use them, but most of the time they frustrate me…I’m so tech savvy…just kidding. We bought a smart TV and can’t use the features! Tech gadgets frustrate me, but the cellphone is now a necessity.

 9. How will you (or how did you) spend New Year’s Eve?

         Hubby and I went to dinner at an exclusive restaurant with a daughter and special friend. Great conversation and food. We came home, turned on the fireplace and watched a Hallmark movie.
 
 

 10. Pets – cats, dogs, fish? What do you have?

         None. I have a granddog who comes to visit, and I enjoy Mindy.  She goes home after the visit, and I like that too.
 
 

 Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful 2015!!

 I nominate Delia Latham and Carla Rossi to answer the same questions I answered.
 
Have you read my books? I'd love to have you meet Sarah.

Sarah: A Mission of Love.   2.99
Sarah: Laney's Angel            3.99
Sarah and the Widow's Mate  .99
Sarah and the Internet Dating Service  .99
Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel  .99
Sarah and a Dad for Mandy  .99
Sarah and Three Times a Charm  2.99