Monday, June 27, 2011

It works--I think!

So far so good on the new, pared-down website. As far as I can tell, it works. (Yay!) I guess I should have taken screen shots of the old website before taking it down. Oops.

But I like the new one. Can make additions or changes pretty easily, if I get around to it. Let me know if there's something you'd especially like to see.

Here's the link... Please leave me a comment if it doesn't work for you.

I appreciate the help!


Sunday, June 19, 2011


I had a lovely visit today with a friend from out of town. We sat by the lake, watched the Canada geese swim along, and caught up on each other's lives. It was a wonderful gift she gave me, to take the time from her visit with family.

I'm blessed to have some amazing friends, who show up with just what I need, exactly when I (or we) need it. Today it was a talk by the lake. Friday it was dinner at our favorite Mexican place. Saturday it was a "thinking of you" email. Often it is a phone call.

It's a hard life, isn't it? We all have our struggles. Great friends make it much easier to survive. Just wanted to say how thankful I am.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Paring down

My website will change in about a week. I've decided to pare down the cost and the content, so instead of using a web hosting company, I am moving it to Blogger. I designed the current/old site using some neat tools provided by the hosting company. I don't have any issues with them--just ready for a change. I'll give you a look at the new site when it's "live," but for now if you want to say good-bye to the old one (*sniff*), click here.

Also paring down physical stuff here at the casa. This has been ongoing, in fits and starts, for many months. I think about, and talk about, being a minimalist, but I know some people who are actually living it. Their experiences are so inspiring to me! Evidently I need to go to an IKEA store, because in the past couple of days, two friends (who do not know each other) told me about something in particular I need to see there. Tiny minimalist "apartments" set up right in the store, so you can imagine living in, say, 250-600 square feet.

Two people telling me exactly the same thing. Don't you love it when life slaps you upside the head like that?

And GUESS WHAT!?! Last year's Ladies of Legend Christmas anthology is now available in print! Click here to get all the info at Amazon. I know, I know... You only buy ebooks. No room for paperbacks. Well, I'm holding onto a paper copy. Once in a while I am a little bit sentimental.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Books and Germs

So, my current read is The Secret: The Power, by Rhonda Byrne. It's a library book, but if you want to check it out at Amazon, they have both print and Kindle versions available. There are loads of reasons this is the right book for me to be reading right now, but the main one is that I am learning to think more positively. Some other recent reads have been nudging me in that direction, and this one is moving me even more toward becoming a "glass half full" kind of gal.

That came in very handy this week, when we learned my husband has a staph infection. It is in his elbow, which is kinda weird. The elbow looks weird, too, and the goop the doctor drained out of it--well, I enjoy looking at a syringe of pus as much as the next girl, Anyway, we had to go to the hospital a couple of days for shots of antibiotic, he's been taking antibiotic tablets, and yesterday we were back at the hospital. This was for a full-body scan, because the doctor was afraid the staph might have spread throughout his bones. A very scary possibility!

My husband always had a sunny personality, and now that he doesn't remember his brain tumor, or understand what might be in his future, he is sunnier than ever. Yesterday we sang and laughed and he charmed everyone he met at the hospital.

While he was having the scan, I got to the chapter in this book about the placebo effect, and how much good we do our health just by telling ourselves/believing that our health is good. A year and a half after his brain tumor diagnosis, he is a walking-talking-singing example of this. So I spent yesterday and this morning, after a good night's sleep, telling myself that his full body scan was clear. (The "old" me would have been up half the night, sick with worry...)

I'll bet you can guess what the doctor said when he called.

Happy Friday!