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Please, forgive me for not posting here for a long time. I have been so very busy. It has been one thing after another.
First, we moved in February. Yes, we moved into a house that is big, but we did it without renting a truck or basically having any help. It took a lot of lifting and putting and throwing stuff away. So, here we are.
We are renting a house in the country and when I say country, I mean it 100%. We have turkeys in the front yard, snakes down near the water, mosquitoes, flies, lizards, bees, moths, and a scorpion. Yes, we had a scorpion on the porch this past Saturday. All in all, we love it.
There are no street lights and the stars can actually be seen at night. It is amazing.
We moved from an apartment, so, we do not have a lawn mower. There are some areas that are beginning to look like "jungle." Honest, the other day, I thought I heard monkeys in the trees.
We did have one major event. The "yard cat" chased a squirrel up a tree and forgot how to get down. It took forever to get that cat to come down the tree. I finally got her to jump on the top of an umbrella, from the table, that I held over-head. She jumped on the umbrella and then flew to the ground and hid under the porch. We gave her food and water and she started being social, again. (Did you know that fire departments really DO NOT care to come and get a cat out of a tree. They suggest a tree service and we all know that they charge an arm and a leg and a tree trunk.)
There is very little traffic and my grandson almost swears he heard a bear in the woods. At first, he thought it was a dinosaur. I think most of those are extinct.
We have Carpenter Ants. I wanted them to build me a table for the porch, but they just want to burrow through the wood. Those suckers are huge. I have never seen an ant so big. I think that trained-ones could move furniture.
So, alas, we are country folk. We are city come to the country and we love it.
We are counting down the days until we get to move. We are not buying a house. We will be renting. We currently rent an apartment.
Hmmm...I have no regrets, but My wife and I worked in a Christian School for years. She was there 20 years and I was there 18 years. We did not actually "bring home the bank," but money is not everything. We never had the opportunity to purchase a nice home. At one time, we lived in a very small home that my dad built. It was very old and needed thousands of dollars of work. I could not afford it. It also needed a new septic tank. Basically, it needed the walls torn down and the inside rebuilt.
I sold that house and paid off a debt. I was not able to purchase a home. You have to think of a small two-bedroom house that needed to be rebuilt. It was the home that I grew up in, as a child. I miss it, in some ways.
We rent an apartment and with just a little more, we can move into an unfurnished home. It has five bedrooms. It also was a basement and it is located near a lake with ample woods.
Zander and Zoe will love it.
My family is very important. If you don't have family, you don't have very much.
I have been a very poor blogger. I have just been so busy. I guess it is a good thing that books have kept me busy.
What will the New Year bring?
1. Sleepytown Press began in January of 2010 and we are about to enter the year 2015. Wow! This will mark "five" years of Sleepytown Press and many wonderful authors. It has been an amazing ride and I have learned so many things about publishing.
2. After living in cramped quarters for two years, we will be moving into a roomy house in the country with lots of woods and fresh air. I am really looking forward to it. It is time for a change.
3. I have been baking cakes for a local restaurant. They have enjoyed serving my Chocolate, Lemon, Carrot, and Strawberry Cakes. I have really enjoyed the response from the public. Other items will be added, soon, and the restaurant is going to expand into a larger area, next-door.
4. My Zander and Zoe are still the "light of my life." Zander is 9 and Zoe is 5. How blessed can one person be?
5. I wanted to have my cookbook ready for Christmas, but I am going to have to wait until Spring or maybe sooner.
What about you? What does 2015 bring to you?
I had to start back to school this past Thursday. This coming Monday begins Staff Meetings and planning for the opening of school. Where in the the world did Summer go?
The Summer has been really busy fro Sleepytowm Press. I actually worked on an published more books than in an other Summer period.
Currently, a new Newsletter is being put together and I hope to have it out this coming week.
I have been so busy all Summer working on books. This has been the busiest Summer ever. New books and new books on the way.
I just finished illustrating a book for an author. It is called "What Color Is A Ladybug?"
I am working on a new Newsletter that will come out some day next week.
Sleepytown Press has a NEW Email. When you need to send something or ask a question, feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com and I will get back to you.
It has been a busy, busy SUMMER. Well, I even wonder if I have had a Summer, as yet. We have been so busy, since school got out in May.
I was hoping to get to the beach this Summer, but it is not going to happen. Maybe next Summer.
Actually, I would love to be able to take the kids to Disney World next Summer. Of course, if my ship comes in, I will probably be in the bathroom or something. I always seem to miss the "Big Thing."
When I say kids, I mean my grand children. They are amazing. Zander is 7 and will turn 8 in August. Zoe is 3 and will turn 4 next week.
We moved to an apartment in December. We have a pool. I thought I would be at the pool every day, but it does not happen that way. We went at first, but now, we are way too busy. What happened? Why do we live life in such a rush.
Sorry for the delay in posting on my blog. I have been so busy. This has been one of the crazy busy times that almost drive a person crazy.
First, I just finished my first NEW year at a new school. It was a pretty good year. I really enjoyed working with my teachers.
I worked in four reading classes this year. That made me even more aware of what Young People are reading today.
They love things in the Hunger Games Genre or area. They also like easy-to-read fiction that does not take a lot of thought. They like adventure and mystery.
Most Young Girls are reading Hunger Games, Divergent, and similar books.
Boys still enjoy sports and mystery and funny fiction. I can not tell you how many times I have seen boys reading the Wimpy Kid Books.
What are people reading in your neck of the woods?
This is the Third Anniversary of Sleepytown Press. It seems almost like yesterday that I was talking about the second year and here we are at a new year.
WOW! Sorry to be so behind, but we are moving. Sleepytown Press is not going anywhere, but we are physically moving from our present residence to something much better in many ways.