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Wed 6/20

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Summer time is here. Planned to walk at 8:00 but temp still above 90′—so better to stay inside with AC. Thinking about Myra picking cotton in such heat and wearing long sleeves to protect from briers. She had no choice like you and I. Thankfully by book III, she could sit on her shady porch and with a nice breeze from her fan.

Saw a really good movie this afternoon, “Oceans Eight”It was a remake of a film I saw long ago but main characters were women instead of men.  Sandra Bullock was great as always.

Now to bed with my sweet kitty and a book by Mary Alice Monroe.  She makes me wish to spend the summer on Isle of Palms or my favorite Folly Beach.

Good night, sweet dreams and pleasant reading.

Shirley   PS   Comments are now usable –so would love to hear from you—if you only say “HI”


Sat 6/16/18

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Can’t stop singing “Love Never Dies” after seeing the amazing performance at Peace Center. If you loved Phantom of the Opera, the finish to this will touch you deeply. Scenery & lighting like magic. How do they transport this large cast and all things needed from city to city. I will try to stop singing but the words are so dear.

Plans are to get back on book club circuit next month. I miss being with readers but a lazy month has been good for me.

Carly, the kitty, still keeps me entertained and provides sweet love.

If you are blessed enough to still have your father, the father of your children or grandchildren, make it a special day and show your love and appreciation. These times do not last forever. I sent in a tribute to my father for my newspaper column—things I wish I had said to him but never did. perhaps he still reads the Swainsboro Forest Blade.
Happy to have you to share my thoughts.

Wed 5/23/18

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Hello on a mid week morning—especially a big hello to the 5 friends who have joined me since I last wrote. I will never know this answer—Did 5 folks check in—or did one person check in 5 times. I am happy either way.
I am entering into a time of sorrowful thoughts. Seventeen years ago I had not the slightest clue that my life was soon to change forever. It was not in my agenda to live the rest of my days without the love of my life, my soulmate and the most precious gift I have ever received. All that I have to do to put this in perspective is give thanks foe every moment we shared. Life has been good to me and you, dear readers, have been a large part of my salvation. Thank you for getting to know Myra and wanting to read about her.

Beautiful day and I have plans ahead. I have put a lot of effort into making my patio a peaceful retreat that is a thin place for good thoughts.

I keep the royal wedding in my thoughts and the message from my own dear Bishop, Michael Curry—when loves takes over, amazing things happen. I must tell you that I met him when he was Bishop of North Carolina and gave sermon at ordination of a young priest from my church. His sermon that day was just as arousing (even without royalty) and at the following reception, I told him that he “really raised the rafters” with his sermon. Being a southerner like me, he knew that was a high compliment.

Writing a column for Forest-Blade about politics which is something I have tried hard to avoid. Lately, I have learned that you can be political without being partisan. It is a thin line to respect the beliefs of others without imposing your own. I will try hard.  Those of you who know me well are now rolling your eyes.     Enjoy the remaining week and please keep reading. I need you.


Tues 5/15

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Hello to all, Today you are first on my To Do list. Ten hits have been made since I last wrote & I hope you had a new read. June 15 already. Where does the time go? I must admit that I spend a lot of my time being entertained by my kitty. My family is getting tired of hearing my kitty tales—but she is just so darn cute—especially when she runs across the inside window ledges chasing the chipmunk race down the outside ledge.
Hope everyone had a Happy celebration of mothers. We all had a mother and even if she is no longer living, memories make you happy. I am often surprised when I make a comment & sound exactly like Inez McIntyre Proctor. I was blessed to be with 2/3 0f my family. Granddaughter, Allison cooked brunch for us which was a real delight. Son, John, served us steaks in the evening. Also, presents to enjoy.
Only writing going on is column for Swainsboro Forest Blade. I am often asked about a new book, but I fear that door has closed (but not locked)—-unless I come up with new characters—what so you think?
Enjoy this lovely day & rain tonight to water the newly planted

Wed May 2

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The merry month of May offers pleasures ahead. I am trying to ensure this and spent the last two days clipping and “neatening” the outside of my townhome, scrubbing tiles covering my patio and filling a few patio pots with what I hope will be colorful blooms soon.
I did put two tomato plants into the ground because I am an old southern lady and WE MUST GROW TOMATOES as said in the movie “Steel Magnolias”. Looking forward to the delicacy of sliced red ripe tomatoes in a sandwich with mayonnaise on white sliced bread. Don’t say “Yuk” if you haven’t tried it.
Not much going on for me in book world. Most of sales are on line (lots of e-books). I do beam when someone tells me, I am enjoying your book and have it on my Kindle. Wouldn’t Myra be surprised at this modern electronic world. For the next hour I will do some real writing on my column for Swainsboro Forest Blade.. Good night and sweet dreams.

Fri night 4/27

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Although I am no longer a student or teacher, I still enjoy the feeling of freedom on Friday night. It has been a busy week for me with early rising every day—but tomorrow no alarm and lingering over coffee and paper.
tonight I had a favorite dinner, chicken and dumplings, and lemon pie to boot with two special friends, Carolyn and daughter, Ann from Atlanta. We sat on her back patio in the pleasant early evening and declared that life is beautiful. You might suspect that we also had a few beverages.
Plans for tomorrow are working in my small yard and putting plants that I bought today into pots for patio. My thumb is any shade but green so I need encouragement. Enjoy the weekend and hope you are into a good book. I just finished The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Korsova—highly recommend this masterpiece. I am determined to keep blog rolling, especially since I have added four hits since last time.

April 20 Fri

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Seven readers have checked in since I last wrote. I am a happy blogger and promise to continue writing often. This has been a busy & exciting week for me. Tuesday I attended Silverfish Book club. One of the very best I have been privileged to share my books. They had read Cotton in Augusta, great & discerning discussion. I relished hearing every word. Lovely lunch—honoring Myra—with fried chicken and pound cake–table decorated with cotton. I was sorry to leave these welcoming friends of Myra. Hope to have honor of sharing the later books.
Thursday I attended a United Ministries sponsored “Transforming LivesTogether” luncheon and was head a presentation by Kathryn Edin author of “Living on $2.00 a Day” Very inspiring and especially so to see the banquet room of the Hyatt filled with folks who are making a difference. Proud to be at table with St Peter’s. Today is birthday of my fantastic granddaughter who is also making a difference to many lives. Happy Grandmother.
I just read a quote regarding cats: “You can’t change the lives of all cats—but can make a difference in the life of the one you own.” I feel this works for everything. You can’t do it all, but you can do something.” My sermon of the day.
Now I sign off to visit Fiction Addiction and take additional copies of Cotton in Augusta. Love to get the message from Jill—“Sold out–Need More”.
Keep in touch. Myra needs your support. Shirley

Sat 4/14/2018

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Lovely Saturday to do home chores, a little shopping and write column for Forest Blade. Yesterday I visited mu 92 year old friend, Melvie in assisted living home in the heart of rural South GA.
After being lost for an hour, stopping at small (very small) post office to ask for directions, finally found the place. Happy to see her, but she is homesick. Betty Davis said it right that “Old age is not for sissies.”
Looking forward to book club on Tues. .
Enjoy your weekend and maybe start a good book.

Thurs 4/12/2018

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

I am so happy to be able to post on blog again. I am afraid that I have lost all of you but I  hope you will return. We have much catch up to do. In case you haven’t heard, Book IV is on the market and being read by many of Myra’s friends. The title is MYRA–the girl–the woman–the Legend. You have met the girl and the woman,, but the legend tells you even more. Hope you will read and enjoy.
Silver Fish Book club next week, and I am very excited.
I will be looking for your hits and replies. Shirley


Wednesday, April 11th, 2018