Welcome to my first blog! I'm excited and nervous, with the hope that you will find it insightful and entertaining. I'm slowly figuring out how to use the tools that Weebly provides for my website, but I have to admit that I'm not technically oriented. This causes some (much?) frustration and frantic calls for help. Thank goodness for friends.
One of my sisters once asked me, "Where do you get your ideas from for your stories?" My answer - from observing life around me. These observations lead me like threads to new projects. In the case of my Molly McPherson - 1st Lady Book series, I lived with my dear friends, Deborah and Ray, and their dog Molly for one year back in 1998, after a personal crisis in my life. At that time, Molly was just an adorable 8-week-old ball of golden fur, and I had never lived with a dog. It proved to be a life-changing experience for me at a time when I needed the love and companionship of this amazing animal. Imagine my delight at Molly's graduation from obedience school on seeing how pet owners praised their animals, as if they were their own children. I couldn't believe it at first, but I became one of those "parents'". Molly is no longer with us, but her memory lives on in the stories I write. I hope you enjoy them!
THIS WRITING LIFE
I just finished Sandra Brown's Rainwater, which was a terrific read. Brown is one of my favorite authors alongside C.J. Box and William Kent Krueger. I'm always amazed at the storylines and how characterizations, detail and suspense are woven into an exciting, fast-paced page-turner. For me, I see a scene laid out before me, much like a movie, and take great pains to record each detail, bringing it to life for my young readers. That may sound a little over-the-top, but that's what happens in my writing world. It forces me to think creatively and pour every ounce of emotion into the work. Those days give me a high like no other.
LUNA & BIFF
Today I met Luna, the beautiful white dog that greets customers at Honker Flats Greenhouses, outside Middle River, MN. She appeared to have the long sloping body of a German shepherd, but with very thick fur about 3-4 inches long. She wandered about the property, making friends as she went, seemingly unfazed by the activity around her. I love big dogs. I don't know why, but I do. Luna reminded me of Biff, a white Burnese mountain dog that I met at Sunset Haven, the nursing home where my dad lived. He was a therapy dog, who brought much joy to the residents, especially my dad. Seated in his wheelchair, Dad's face would light up on seeing Biff approach. Biff's presence always seemed to change the atmosphere from a regular Sunday afternoon visit to a very memorable one for all concerned.
I'm sure you're wondering if I have a dog. No, I don't, unfortunately. Pets are not allowed in our apartment complex. So I make sure that, when I'm visiting my daughter, I get all my hugs in with Daisy, her one year old springer-doodle.
YOUR PETS & COVID-19
According to the CDC, here are a few tips about what to do if you own pets:
- treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from possible infection
- do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household
- keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people
- walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals
- avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather
- be aware that children 5 years of age and younger, people with weakened immune systems, and people 65 years of age and older are more likely to get sick from germs some animals can carry.
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test):
- restrict contact with your pets and other animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding
- when possible, have another member of your household care for your pets
- if you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them
- if your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your vet and let them know that you have been sick with COVID-19. Some vets may offer telemedicine consultations for seeing sick pets.