Ohio’s Buckeye Book Fair

Any fans of Amish fiction who will be in central Ohio on Saturday November 7th, I will be signing books at the 22nd annual Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio.  This is an invitation only affair for Ohio authors, so I am honored that I’ve been invited. The event is from 9:30 until 4:00 pm at Fisher Auditorium of Ohio Agricultural Research Center in Wooster. Proceeds benefit Ohio literacy programs and libraries. If at all possible, plan to attend. details and directions can be found at www.BuckeyeBookFair.com

Happiness is time spent with family and friends

We just got back from five days in sunny Florida where I had more fun than I’ve had in a long while. Our handsome nephew, Steve, his charming wife, Rena, & their adorable daughter, Nora, made us feel welcome, comfortable, and best of all…loved! Nothing could’ve been better! (take care of that collarbone, Nora, until it’s one hundred percent better!) Our day spent collecting shells, watching manatees, and touring the weather station at Cape Canaveral was so much fun. Who would ever think a manatee would drink water from a garden hose? Loved our day at Epcot too. The USA “tour stop” at Epcot was my favorite, but maybe I’m just biased. We also got a chance to meet their wonderful friends Kristy (hubby deployed in Afghanistan), Tricia &  Doug, and their kids. (hope you’re feeling better, Sam!) We ate like kings and queens at a neighborhood get-together that emulated what  neighborhoods should be like everywhere.

God bless our active military servicemen & servicewomen and their families. You make the rest of us feel proud to be Americans.

We had a great time visiting our long-time friends Cindy & Dean in their beautiful home in Lake Worth. If I lived that close to the beach I would be there every day. You two are very lucky. give Pete and Katie a hug from me.

Before I forget, sweet Rena was kind enough to set up a FaceBook page for me since she knows the limitations of my time & techo-abilities. If any of you are on Facebook, please check it out. Thanks Rena. Did I ever tell you that you are the best?

Summer’s last hurrah!

I’m always a bit sad when approaching Labor Day weekend. Although I refuse to contemplate summer’s end, still it does give one pause, no?

We’ve still got 3 more weeks before fall according to my calendar, but after this weekend, the white shoes and purses must be packed away, or you risk censure from the fashion mavens. The children are all back in school, Halloween candy is flooding into the stores, and autumn “themes” highlight each merchandising display everywhere.

Well, I’m not ready. Here in Ohio we had a cool, rainy summer so I won’t pack away my shorts and capris until I can see my breath while walking the dog. I will think “summer thoughts”, enjoy root beer floats on the deck, light a sparkler when the sun goes down, and not even think about flannel sheets!

Let’s not give in to marketing folks who tell us it’s time for autumn. No, I’m putting on sunscreen and going to sit out in the sun.  Enjoy.