All About You (Krissie)

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And now, back to our scheduled program …

Hello, my darlings. It’s steaming hot! I live in Vermont for a number of reasons, and cooler weather is one of them, but every now and then we get a scorcher. Ugh.

So, I made progress last week. And then i got to play on the weekend – finished a regency dress for the AG doll and almost finished a dress for Ali the Fierce (my granddaughter). Back to work today, then pack, and tomorrow I head down to Crusie’s. She’s got another eye doctor appointment, and we’re going to see “Wonder Woman” and crochet and sew and talk and work. It’s going to be glorious.

I get to listen to the new Ilona Andrews book – the sequel to the one last summer, which I adored. OK, it would be nice if I had names. Lemme check. ah … BURN FOR ME was the first, and fabulous, and WHITE HOT is out now. Loved BURN FOR ME so much I’ve read it twice, and there are lots and lots of new books by great writers I could have read instead. So I’ll listen to WHITE HOT while I drive (after I finish up DIRTY by Kylie … Scott? Won the Audie for best romance and it’s good.)

So – writing books, reading books, sewing, coffee on the deck, great cats around me – life is good. Easy drives, visiting Crusie, Wonder Woman – life is even better. Gotta notice when things are going well. I have some nagging anxiety about Daniel and Tim (the kids) but it won’t do any good to be anxious, so I’m not thinking about it.

I’m just going to live my rich life and enjoy things.

How about you? Name three or four glorious things in your life that you can embrace. Hell, I suppose sewing isn’t that glorious but I love it, so for me it is.

And what’s on your agenda? I’ll try to take photos in NJ. Oh, and if anyone loves Richard Thompson (brilliant, wicked British musician) anywhere near as much as I do, Sirius XM is broadcasting a newly recorded concert today at noon on The Loft (my channel of choice).

But then, no one loves Richard Thompson as much as I do.

16 thoughts on “All About You (Krissie)

  1. I enjoyed your post today. And I love lists.

    1. I’ll be writing “The End” on a Christmas novella this week.

    2. I’ll be getting first-time-through edits this week on another book–I know edits aren’t supposed to be glorious, but I love them.

    3. It’s hot and not humid and everything is lush and green.

    4. Bette Midler.

  2. Have fun in NJ. Don’t think I’ve read Ilona Andrews, will go take a look. Finished #3 in my English Village series. Now I’m re-reading the printed copy and making a few changes. Should be good to go by the end of the week, and that makes me happy.

  3. Four glorious things:

    a) getting bendier and faster now that I’m doing a mix of weights/resistance, fast yoga and running.

    b) breezy but beautiful days here on Isle of Man

    c) clearing the decks for a summer and autumn of walking, reading and writing with few distractions

    d) prepping a seminar for a conference in a couple of weeks’ time on using critique skills in the classroom

    Busy, stimulating days.

  4. Lynda says:

    Not my work, but I am very happy that this week two nice young men are landscaping the empty space in my front yard that once housed my beautiful flowering plum tree, which was a victim of the drought, alas. For over a year I’ve had what amounts to a large sand pit where the flower bed used to be, which was much beloved by neighborhood cats, but not particularly attractive. It recently occurred to me that I should’ve put a couple of fake rattlesnakes in the middle of the mini-dunes to make it look like a decorating choice. Anyway, the area will be quite pretty when the new bottlebrush plants bloom and the garden bench that’s on order arrives, and there will be a place to sit and watch the grandkids play.

    The other thing that made me happy was that I finished the copyedits on the scan of my last book, and now my entire backlist is available in digital format, should anyone want to read them. This was the first time that I had read what turned out to be my last book since it appeared in print 25 years ago. Of course when I wrote it I didn’t realize that it was going to be my very last book, or that my life is about to change dramatically. All I really remembered was the truly miserable experience I had with editorial changes, when the publisher decided they wanted to go in a completely different direction from what we had agreed on. (This is the mess that prompted my agent to ask the editor flat out, “Why did you buy it if you didn’t want it?” To which she was told, “We made a mistake.” Yup. They made the mistake, but I was the one who paid for it.) Anyway, when I finally read it again after all these years, I realized that despite the way they screwed me, it’s still pretty good book. And if it had to be the last book I ever wrote, then it wasn’t a bad way to conclude my writing career. And so I finally got some closure. Which made me happy in a way I hadn’t been expecting.

  5. Four glorious things:
    – my grandfather’s irises are blooming (transplanted from the cottage a number of years ago) – huge glorious purple flowers
    – my peonies are getting ready to bloom
    – sunshine for the last few days
    – great bike ride to to and from work today – hot on the way home but much more enjoyable than the bus.

  6. 1. A wonderful memorial service for Dee–a true celebration that she wrote herself, which was so cool. We had communion–man, that was just so moving…

    2. I’m at the lake and I got to get in and swim today–glorious!

    3. WOWB book 4 is with my editor…not sure that’s glorious, because I’m perserverating over it, but I’m glad it’s done.

    4. Hopeful news for my friend Rich, who was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer–he’s a good candidate for surgery and the prognosis is . . . well, hopeful. Cancer is following me like it’s a hungry alley cat and I’ve got a pocketful of tuna. I hate this! But the glorious news is there is hope for Rich…

  7. Marvelous thing for today: daughter and best son-in-law in the world are celebrating 7th wedding anniversary today.

    This week:
    – Look Good/Feel Better Clinic today, in which I learned how to draw on eyebrows! (as well as other beauty tips).
    – First acupuncture appointment tomorrow; trying to prevent the known nephropathy side effects of the next round of chemo drugs.
    – First chemo treatment on Wednesday of next chemo drug – taxol. Going for many small weekly doses, rather than mega-doses every two or three weeks in an effort to keep side-effects under control. This drug did a real number on my Mom when she took it to fight ovarian cancer. Completely shrank the tumor, but left her with permanent numbness in her feet.

    Hoping to deal with minimal side-effects during the rest of the week – maybe plant a six-pack of impatiens in my garden? And of course, cross some to-dos off the day-job’s list.

  8. Susanne says:

    I took the Look Good/Feel Better workshop. It was fabulous, very uplifting.

    Everyone responds so differently to the drugs. Fingers crossed for you.

    Lovely to spend time in your garden. And remember, today’s to-do list can be done the next day 🙂

  9. Jill says:

    I have never heard of the Look Good / Feel Better Clinic but it must be a very good thing.

    Happiness. 2 ROMEO rides on Friday (I had to go in the car). Granddaughter’s dance recital . Overnight with the kids. Sunday a good visit with 2 aunts and 2 cousins. Joe’s aunts are 86 and 102 . Donnie (86) lives in this great senior citizen facility. Maxine (102) lives at home with help. Until recently she was on the computer. Every time we go somewhere interesting (recently Alaska) I keep an email travelog. When we get home I consolidate it and send it and pictures to the 3 aunts . The 2 near Kansas City and one in Tulsa. They love it !
    Happiness Getting the stitches out of my wrist.
    Happiness Thursday 5 of us (me, friend Sondra, daughter Mellissa , 2 granddaughters ) are going to see Celtic Woman in Springfield.
    More happiness. Daughter Colleen texted-was I interested in Mamma Mia ! June 25 at Starlight in Kansas City ? Oh yeah !
    I have seen Celtic Woman and Mamma Mia ! several times in various places. I cannot get enough of these shows.

  10. Lynda says:

    This most recent book is MORNING HAS BROKEN, and it’s available from or Amazon or any of the usual sources, as are all my other books, the contemporaries by Lynda Ward or the two regencies by Julia Jeffries. Thanks for asking!

  11. Susanne says:

    I took the Look Good/Feel Better workshop in Toronto. It’s a two hour (or so) program where we’re shown how to put on makeup, and we get a makeup kit. The kit has high end products in it that stores donate. It’s a wonderful program and does lift spirits (I was skeptical). It was a lot of fun.

  12. Our clinic is run by a salon/spa from my town which is incredibly supportive of cancer patients. After all of the skin care/make-up tips they went on to discuss ways of tying scarves and all about different kinds of wigs and wig care. (I have to be careful not to open a hot oven or stand over a grill with mine, or the ends might frizz). Three of us already have our wigs; the fourth was making her final choice that afternoon. (She lost her hair more recently and her scalp is still incredibly tender.)
    And then, when our hair starts to grow back in, they offer up to four free trims over the next year to get it back in “shape”.
    Like I said, incredibly supportive of cancer patients.

  13. Susanne says:

    Sounds like an amazing program.

    I didn’t bbq once last summer and I was soooo careful about the oven because I didn’t want to frizz my wig. Seems like such a long time ago…

    Hugs to all grappling with illnesses, cancer or something else.

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