Posts Tagged ‘Shirley’

Wed June 3

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Birds, birds not to mention the squirrels. I seem to be feeding the population of Greenville County. As soon as I refill my feeders they clean it out. I would do this less, but every time the feeders are empty Lorna sits on the window sill looking forlornly at the empty feeders and then eyeing me like I am uncaring. I can’t stand that look, so I regularly refill and then head to Ace Hardware to buy more.
I could not resist blogging tonight. As you see, I have little of interest but I am enjoying the wonderful June weather. No AC yet just ceiling fans, windows open and nice breeze to sit on patio and read in late afternoon.. Oh Carolina, nothing could be finer. My writing exercise for today has been a play with puppets for Children’s Church next Sunday. I took a lot of liberty with the holy bible, but I think little ones will get the message. Planning trip to GA in a couple of weeks. I will visit the Coleman House so I just might see you there.
Storm seems to be headed our way, so I will close down. I hear thunder so lightening will be coming too. Stay safe, stay cool (in every way) and read keep reading.
One last thought from a TV sit com I saw—“If when you are writing a book you are a writer, when it is completed are you a writtener or maybe a wroter?

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Memorial Day 5/25

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Good Morning, You are first on my list today. Now you see how I appreciate the 13 who have checked in since I last wrote. Second on my list is to paint my patio swing—its a tradition on this day. I feel so humbled and thankful to all who have served in harms way. I always phoned my Uncle Woody on this day, and though he is gone I still remember his service. Yes, he is the Woody who married Ruth and appeared in all of my books. Those two characters were the nearest to actual family members. Woody served three years chasing the enemy from island to island in the South Pacific. He was a cook assigned to a Marine unit and usually set up mess tent to serve hungry fighting Marines while the enemy was still strafing the beach. He came home but with a disability that he carried throughout his life. I also have pride in my own USAF pilot. He did not serve during a declared or undeclared war but in the Cold War. He was trained and ready if needed. I hold a line from sound track of movie, “Pearl Harbor” close to my heart—“In my dreams I see you soar across the skies.” Proud of this part of my past. God Bless America.
Yesterday I attended the 100th birthday party of my friend Lucille. Amazing lady who kept us laughing. Since she is unable to come to church, we brought church to her. When asked how did it feel to be a century old, she replied, “Today it feels pretty good.” Love her & thankful I have known her. There IS writing news. No novel in sight, but I am working on a possible newspaper column and a collection of short stories. Will see where that goes. Would you be interested in insight into some of the minor characters? I am working on Olieta–how did she become so bitter and jealous of Myra? Would you purchase a book to learn? I am giving it a go. Now it is time to attend to the swing. I must have inherited my love of swings from you know who. Some of my problems find answers in the swing. Tomorrow I will do a lot of swinging–it is the date 5/26 that my dear Al soared to the sky, fourteen years ago. Thanks for reading.

Tues May 12

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

So much has happened since I last wrote that I don’t know where to begin. Enjoyed all the treats of Mother’s Day & had calls or visit with each of my children. Best gift ever was the beautiful spring day, under the tall oaks at Presbyterian College and seeing my only grandson receive his degree ( and I must add cum laude). The bag pipes brought tears because this always touches the special spot in my heart for my Scottish ancestors. Now the graduate will spend his summer taking some needed courses at Greenville Tech, working for a lawn service and saving up for grad school. Proud of the boy. The rest of my time has been filled with helping out my good friend who just had surgery to cover a nasty gash in he head the result of a fall. Love to do this but I am awed by the workings of a big hospital. I do admire the folks who are called to do this.
I am shamed to tell you that little work has been done on either starting some writing or setting up events. I am finding how pleasant it is to indulge in other things I enjoy. Give me a push. I need it. I am reading some books that should inspire me but so far when I finish one, I just start another. I am into Toni Morrison’s latest “God Help the Child” Tough to read but so brilliant. Now I shall sign off and take my book and kitty cat to bed. Thanks for checking in. Your mean so much to me.

Thurs 5/7

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Happy May–I predict this lovely month will come forth after the rains have ceased. Thanks for checking in. I am in the midst of lots of cooking today for the party we will have after my Grandson, Austin, graduates from Presbyterian College on Saturday. Must do today because this is the only free day I have to bake lots of cookies. Now you see how much I value you, dear readers. I came up to do a quick check of email but when I saw that nine of you had checked the blog since I last wrote–well I couldn’t resist the temptation just to say hi. Tomorrow morning I will spend at Washington Center’s craft day. I love this chance to be with special needs children on this exciting day and to see lots of old friends from my Washington Days. Of course, I will come home with a craft from each class. They will also have lovely plants from their greenhouse.
I am excited about seeing my grandson process into the ceremony following a bag piper. My Scottish genes will probably cry. I promise to get back soon and tell you everything—well, not EVERYTHING. As, I think, Myra would say, “Some things are better kept to yourself.”

Mon morning 4/27

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Happy Day after a great weekend at Blue Ridge Bookfest. This is one of the pleasures that writing books have given to me. I always love Flat Rock NC (have you noticed that I have been there for two straight weekends?). Fri night we enjoyed a luscious buffet of food & wine & then heard one of the most awesome keynote speakers ever. Joe Galloway was a war correspondent all through Viet Nam. His book “We Were Soldiers and Young” was an intimate & person account of this horrible war by someone who was there with the troops. Book became the movie “We Were Soldiers” with Mel Gibson. If, like me, you have searched for insight into this time, I highly recommend the read. However, I won’t be reading for awhile—I quickly had four guys ask to borrow—so I gave them first option. Sat was the day for thirty authors to sit at tables and hopefully sign purchased books. I have to say that my books were not best sellers. Most folks were buying the keynote book & that was good to know. I am not disappointed with sales for I enjoyed the company of other authors—a few successful and well knows, but most like me and writing to share their stories. I made a new author friend who shared my table and hope she will make a visit to Greenville. Best reward of the weekend was returning home with new interest in going forth with several projects I had neglected. #1 on list of goals is to continue quest to tape books for Books for the Blind.
I am able to blog this morning because I am trapped upstairs while The Merry Maids clean my house. I finally decided that this is a must if I am to have a clean habitat. My kids have forbidden me top climb on ladders–so that is a good excuse. Today I am thankful for all the above and look forward to more Mondays like this! Thanks for checking in and reading my thoughts. You are a treasure.

Sun evening 4/19

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Spent the weekend at Kanuga near Flat Rock NC. Still on a high from the amazing fun-filled, peaceful, renewing, refreshing & every thing else that is good for the body, spirit & soul time. Kanuga is truly one of my favorite places on earth, and I look forward to retreating there each year. What’s better than sitting quietly in rocking chair on big porch looking across lake at the cross (even with rain), crisp mountain air and three hearty meals each day. Top this off with exciting program presented by a professional biblical story tellers about “Women of the Bible—Famous and Infamous” I did learn a lot. When we were a bit shocked to learn the facts of some biblical women, the story teller always stressed, “It’s in the bible!” So you see I had a good time and enjoyed being with my lady church friends. I don’t mention a trip until I have returned. My cautious daughter instructed me that announcing the trip before would be a risk. I must follow her instructions so she can’t say, “I told you so.”
Since I do a lot of story telling myself, I picked up some pointers from this talented lady. What fun it must be to make your living telling stories. Seeing your stories on the shelves of bookstores is pretty cool also.
Thought I kept from the weekend–“All gifts taken to extreme becomes a weakness.”
and a nice ending–“Amen, So Be It, So it will be.” Thank you Tracey for sharing and thanks to my friends who shared this time with me.
It would be very appreciated to have a few days of sunshine next week. I am really wanting to plant a fig tree in container on my patio.

Tues 4/14

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

I was excited to check blog tonight since I have been away for a few days. Nineteen hits since last time. I hope you found something new. I hate to think of a reader taking time to check in & finding the same thing as before—so I do want to add more.
Folly Beach was a great get away. Not beach weather, but for me I am happy to walk, sit on beach or porch and just watch the waves. I love looking at the homes and determining their ages. I had a mission to find The Porgy House after I read in Dorthea Benton Frank’s book that Gershwin had lived there with the Haywoods while he wrote music for Porgy & Bess. I searched & found address—which was one street over from our house. I walked up & down the street several times but no luck. Then I learned that the street continues beyond the downtown. Found it, took a picture & thought about all the magical words written inside the house.
Why did I schedule carpet cleaners the day I returned from trip????
Now I have spent two days removing all the breakables & then returning to their places. However, clean carpets are uplifting. Since my bookcases were empty, I thought it would be a good time to eliminate a few so I have enough room to store more—as you probable guessed—very fewe made it to the book sale box.. I must be tougher on myself for I have no room for more bookshelves.
In case you are a reader who has asked about Lorna’s welfare. She does not like for me to go away and sits beside my suitcase before I leave. . Her “Aunty Janet” spoils her while I am away, but she still puts a guilt trip on me.
Hope next time, I will have more interesting things to share. I would love to tell you that Myra to Laura made NY Times top ten, sales just hit a million or even that a movie is in the works—that would be nice, but I can be happy that it is being read and I hope enjoyed.
Have the week you enjoy and fill with good friends and good reading.

Thurs 4/2

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Just a few words as tonight I begin the Easter observances of my church. One of my favorite tales in Cotton in Augusta is the big egg hunt & picnic that Myra & family enjoyed at the church in Sullivan’s Corner. Does anyone remember that?
I was surprised a few days ago when Publisher posted a new and additional website for From Myra to Laura. It only covers that book and there is no blog. However, there is a Contact page where comments can be written. Oh, how I would love to hear from you. The address is www.shirley-twiss.com Note the difference is the hyphen between Shirley and Twiss. The original website has not changed.
I wasn’t expecting this, but I am happy for the coverage.
I wish for a sunny and pleasant weekend for all.

Thurs 3/26

Friday, March 27th, 2015

I am somewhat proud–here I am blogging exactly one week since the last. I found sixteen readers had checked in since last I wrote. That makes me feel really responsible to write regularly—Guilt is my best motivator. I do love this chance to chat with you, so I have every intention of trying harder. Busy day and busy week, seems to have zipped past. My to do lists never gets completed, but again I do try.
Lunch yesterday with a friend who is working on a book of memories for his family. I was honored he asked me to read and comment. I laughed all the way through and know¬†this will be a treasure for his family when finished. Many of his stories brought memory of a similar story of my family. I have found the camaraderie with other authors is special. His wife is a special educator also, so we also had a lot of good stories to share. I spent two & half hours with these fun & interesting folks & also enjoyed a good lunch. Thanks for a happy visit if you should be one of the “mystery readers.”
Finished reading The Kitchen House last night. This is a must read for all. I lived through every page with characters. I read on my KOBO and enjoyed, but I am determined to read two “real” books between each e-book. Also, if you would like to see a “feel good” movie that is appropriate for the whole family, “McFarland” was a delight to me. I’m not trying to be a movie or book critic, but I like to share what I enjoy.
I received an invitation for Myra & me to visit a large church women’s group in Sept. I am very happy to have that on my calendar.
Now I will say good night. I have a new book to start & that is calling.
You are so dear to continue checking the blog. See you again soon.

Thurs 3/19

Friday, March 20th, 2015

1222 is a beautiful number for that’s how many hits on my blog since it’s debut. I find that so gratifying. You are out there and are reading my random thoughts. I think that is 20 since I last wrote–shame on me. I am trying to think of a system to keep me writing more regularly. I do love to keep in touch with you, but sometimes my time just runs out. Maybe I should pick a specific day to always write at least a few lines. I will give that some thought.
What a day this has been. Myra & I were invited to visit the “Go Forth” Senior Group at Fourth Presbyterian. Large attendance and most had read the book. I was welcomed with jars of cotton stalks along the table and copies of book covers. Really a clever and appropriate decoration. Lovely lunch was served first. I do love being out to lunch with such gracious and interesting folks.
Best of all they had read Cotton in Augusta & seem to have taken Myra to heart. Good discussion & lots of laughs. Thanks Fourth Pres Seniors & especially my old buddy fro Washington Center Days, Barbara Horton.
Lenten Evensong service & supper at my church. I have been in churches twice today and with such dear folks. I am feel so joyful.
Check me again soon & see if I am holding to my wish to write more often.
Will this long winter ever end!!
Be of good cheer. I need you.