Our Day Trip

The drive going up to Helen was beautiful. The news had been saying that the colors were at peak in the mountains and as I stated before we planned to go.

I was so glad I was feeling better, and off we went for a fun day in the North Georgia mountains. Yes, it was pretty chilly but with a couple of layers of clothing on we were fine. Well, make that 3 layers for me. Get above 70 and I’ll take a layer off.

The town of course is surrounded by trees and a major river (Chattahoochee) and we were able to enjoy all of it. Had the sun been shining brightly I think the colors would have stood out more but I’m sure not complaining.

Spending the day shopping and having real German food for lunch was a treat we both needed. Yes, its a tourist spot, but one I always enjoy whether I go alone and spend the night in the hotel on the river or with someone else for the day. Of course it is more fun if someone else is with me.

The whole town looks like this, even the McDonald’s. The small trees along the walkways are even brilliant which is a real treat.

So needless to say there was no trying to straighten out the partial chapter I messed up before and no writing. The day was spend admiring and thoroughly enjoying Gods beautiful creations.

How can anyone look at the beauty God has created and say, “There is no God!?” Something is definitely wrong in their head!

Enjoy the week-end. Stay warm and safe.

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Playing Tourist

This picture was taken a couple of years ago when I had a friend visiting from another state. There’s a small tourist town in the North Georgia mountains called Helen, Ga. I love going there regardless of visitors or not.

As you can see in the background the stores are all built in the German, Swiss, etc. style. Many of the shops have articles from those foreign countries. Its quite the quaint little town and with the Fall leaves in full color my roommate and I are headed up there today. Me, with camera ready.

We were going to go yesterday but I woke up with my head all stopped up and a sore throat and now I’m dealing with a sinus infection. I guess its that time of year. Yuck!

Needless to say, I haven’t written much the last few days. I started a new chapter in my new book but didn’t get far. I just couldn’t seem to get my head wrapped around what the Lord wanted written and kept messing it up. I finally just said, “I’m sorry Lord” and quit.

That’s something I have learned the hard way, we can’t force the words to come. If we do there will be some sad consequences, like a lousy story!

In trying to write this last chapter, even as little as I wrote, I went back to reread it and holy cow, what a mess! Nothing made sense, there was no flow, and the entire thing was just a mess.

No, I didn’t delete it even though I was tempted, but I’ll have to go back and do quite a bit of editing and hoping that my brain isn’t clogged and I can do a decent job of it.

In the meantime I’m going to go play tourist and take as many pictures of the trees radiating God’s beauty. I hope you all are enjoying the Fall colors also.

Go play tourist, too and I’ll see ya’ next time.

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Moving Forward Regardless

Wow, what a week-end! I hope you all had a great one. It’s been cold which means I hibernate and when I hibernate I need to be doing something besides hiding in my cave sleeping.

I have spent most of the week-end writing. Yaaay me, but I have also experienced a good bit of frustration in doing so. But frustration or not I must move forward regardless. We can’t just throw up our hands and yell, “I quit!”

One of my characters in my new novel is named Casey. She’s a nine year old girl and for some unknown reason I keep typing Corey.

I didn’t realize I was doing that and being quite pleased with myself after completing three more chapters it suddenly hits me like a bomb that I’ve been calling the girl Corey. Grrrrr

That means going back through the past three chapters to make all the corrections. Word for word I have to check and finally get the name typed correctly and move on to the last chapter I’ve typed to reread and make sure there is continuity, etc.

“Wait a minute! This is supposed to be — and —, not — and —.”

Another screw up! I put the wrong two people where the right two people are supposed to be. Okay, its late, I’m tired, and maybe I need to hang it up for the night, but first I have to correct this. I can’t stand leaving errors for the next day if I see them.

Needless to say, writing a novel with more than a few characters can get twisted around in our heads and we have to keep the people, the places, and the length of times straight.

I can’t have a kidnapping, for example, on Monday and she’s been gone for four days and suddenly having her discovered in three days after she disappeared kind of thing.

We have to keep these things straight or the readers will be so confused they just toss the book aside to gather dust.

I prefer my books to be read from cover to cover, not need dusting after reading twenty-five pages.

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A Gloomy Day in Georgia

Having taken a couple of days of rest and trying to get my head screwed on right for writing a novel that I have no idea where it is going or how it will end I think today will be a good day for digging back into it. I hope so anyway.

We’ve had two days of rainy, gloomy weather and today is at least dry so far but a gloomy kind of overcast. I guess that’s good for all those who celebrate Halloween. I don’t! In my opinion it is satan’s day and in no way will I celebrate the dark side. We are to be light not depict darkness with witches costumes and little devil’s running from door to door. But that’s just my opinion.

With our temperatures dropping down to 34 degrees tonight I have a couple of plants, big plants, in big pots, that I need to bring inside and some laundry to do and then I will sit down at this contraption called a computer and get into some serious prayer and serious writing. Procrastination must end!

With the colder temperatures arriving I can light the fire in the fireplace, fix myself a hot cup of herb tea and settle back in the warmth of the room and write. This story definitely has me going because of the twists and turns. It sure would help if the Lord would quit saying, “Trust Me. You’ll see.”

The mystery is building.

Hang in there, we’ll get it done.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

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Suspense Growing

After spending a quiet day of rest and relaxation I decided to begin the next chapter in the new book while it was quiet and peaceful last night with no interruptions. Reading the last chapter, so as to be sure to start where that one left off, ideas began to form in my mind.

A lot of ideas. “Okay Lord. Get me out of your way so I will write what you want written.” I sat praying and then started typing and things seemed to be going pretty smoothly but…

A new twist in the story began appearing. I’ve been told by past publishers and editors that if a story has too many twists and turns, several characters, and various events that it can become confusing to the reader. Its almost like trying to put an invisible jigsaw puzzle together and the reader will lose interest.

I finished the chapter after asking the Lord several times, “Is this coming from you or am I getting in your way?” The answer was always affirming and encouraging that no I am not getting in His way and to keep going.

This morning I was up early and began the next chapter. Half way through it I have had to stop because of my own doubts and listening to past editors about a story becoming too complicated. The new twist in last nights chapter is being played out in this chapter and even with the Lord admonishing me with, “Who’s writing this?” because I keep questioning if this is coming from me or from the Holy Spirit, so I just had to back away before I would delete the entire chapter and start over thinking I’ve messed up and got in His way.

So for today, I’m tempted to go back and continue the chapter but because of my doubts I won’t. I need a clear head and a sense that this is the way the story should be going.

And that’s what we need to do! If this arises when we’re working on a book, an article, or whatever and our thoughts are not clear, or there’s a sense of something not right, or maybe distractions from the enemy are sneaking in, then we need to back off and take a break.

So maybe tonight my head will be screwed on straight and the Lord will give me the rest of this story or at least the rest of this chapter.

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Back in the Groove

After writing about my woes I’m happy to say the week-end was nice! Nice, yes, but there was one little unexpected glitch. I decided I needed to see if my gas fireplace was working due to winter cold just around the corner. It’s remote controlled so I grab the remote. I press the buttons – no little clicking sound telling me that the fire is about to pop up through the logs, nothing!

The non-Christian language wanted to spill forth but I was able to contain it. Thank you Jesus. I don’t have to ask for forgiveness and repent of the foul language spilling forth from these lips.

I decided to wait and just take care of it at a later date and went off to bed. During the night and in my deep sleep, I hear a voice that says two simple words, “remote control.”

The next day I check the battery in the remote control – dead as a door nail. I change the battery and walla- all is good and no big bill to check out the fireplace. God is so good! He cares and looks after us and we need to listen to His little whispered words.

I was finally able to settle down from all the “disasters” and my roommate and I drove up to Dahlonega in the mountains of Georgia, and visit a 92 year old that I had been visiting before she was moved to another assisted living facility after an extended stay in the hospital.

We were able to spend some time with her, stop and have some lunch, and on the way home take a few pictures of the Fall leaves that have finally started to display their beautiful colors.

With my renewed sense of peace the juices began to flow again and I spent most of Saturday and part of Sunday writing. It felt great! If we can take care of business and get to the point of having a mind clear of other things we can sit down and let the words flow.

I found that having the cares and concerns for other things is definitely a big hindrance to writing. How can a story line flow when smoke alarms blare sending you glued to the ceiling in the middle of the night, broken t.v’s, and stopped up toilets are upper most on our minds? It could be a sick child, a car broken down, or anything else that invades the writing juices from flowing.

With the week-end free from those pesky need-to-do, have to take care of surprises I have been able to write, write, write, and I’ve joyfully added another three chapters to the new book.

It feels so good to be back in the groove!

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The Plumber

The last post I was pouring out my woes to you and things were not looking up. It seemed it was one thing after another and this is the time of year when my big bills come rolling in and must be paid so I was hanging onto the Lords promise to meet all of my needs and now with a new roommate that I’m helping the checkbook might squeal a bit.

We got the smoke alarms taken care of and the T.V. fixed and my handy dandy handyman came yesterday evening and plunged and plunged and plunged and used the “snake” on the guest house toilet all to no avail. “I’ll have to come back Monday with a fifty foot snake and remove the toilet and run the snake the full length.”

Not good news and in the meantime my poor roommate is having to traipse upstairs to use the bathroom. She can still shower and use the sinks etc. downstairs so this morning she gets in the shower and while her head is filled with shampoo she glances down and the bottom of the shower is filled above her feet with soapy water.

“Ahhhh, Sue.” She doesn’t want to tell me after everything else.

But….

“The water was over my feet and I hear blurp, blurp,blurp. Then all of a sudden a whooooooosh. All the water was instantly sucked down the drain.” she tells me. The toilet flushes, no more problem and I do a happy dance and finish the chapter I was writing on my new book.

I didn’t know that God was a plumber!

See ya later…

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When it Rains it Pours

And I’m not talking about the wet kind of rain. I’m not sure if the enemy of God is really mad because I brought a woman home that was having difficulties and she’s now living with me but it seems one thing after another has happened since then which was just last Friday.

We got my roommate moved in, things put away in my guest house and she was able to get a bit settled and things were going great. She loves her new home and we get along beautifully. We went to church, had a nice lunch and sat around getting acquainted.

Tuesday night we had a nice dinner, sat out on the deck chatting and later parted ways to our own domains and went to bed only to be abruptly jerked straight up in our beds to the screaming of all the smoke alarms in my house blaring.

The fire department arrived to find no fire. Praise be to God. The alarms suddenly stopped and the firemen hopped back in the big red truck and left. We went back to bed and barely dozed off when the blaring smoke alarms began again.

Now if you think, Dah. Change the batteries, that was done just three days previously and it was the firemen that changed them because I’m old and do not belong on a ladder or climbing into my attic.

Back the fire men come again. Not so nice this time. Long story, I had to have an electrician come and there was a short so $150.00 bill later a unit was changed out and we are getting sleep.

Tuesday, the T.V. went out downstairs in the guest house. Thankfully that was taken care of by Direct T.V. but the usual, “We’ll be there between …. and …. So stay put until they arrive.

Today, my room mate woke to her toilet overflowing. Yikes! Now I need my handy dandy plumber.

Needless to say, this week has been a doozey and we still have the rest of the week to face. And obviously I have not been able to wrap my head around writing until just now so as not to keep you all hanging as to why there has been no new posts.

Now you know. And no, I haven’t had the time or inclination to even think about writing anything for the new book, but life happens and we all know how that can go.

I decided its time for a break and time to chill out, so we went to my beach and got our feet wet and enjoyed the sunshine, warm weather, and sand between my toes. Boy is the water cold!

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Fall is Here

I took this picture in Tn. when I lived there.

Yes, the leaves have started falling, the 98 degree heat is gone, and now I’m in a sweat shirt because it’s 62 degrees! I do love seeing the Lord’s handiwork in the changing of the leaves but I do not, do not like cold weather!

When the Lord moved me to the middle of Podunk nowhere Wyoming He said I would be there a year and a half. I was there through two freezing, and I mean freezing, below zero winters and one 80 degree summer. I absolutely hated having to dig out from blizzards, shoveling snow, and freezing my butt off even with three layers of clothes on. Praise God for Georgia weather!

At least cold weather is good for something, like writing, and ridding us of those pesky mosquito’s. I’ve been able to add a couple of chapters to my new book and today is an exciting day. The past two days I’ve been doing laundry, doing some on the new book, cleaning my guest house, and waiting in anticipation for my new roommate to arrive today.

This reminds me of how the Lord will work in our lives if we will just listen and then be obedient to what He wants us to do. I’m sensing a life change for this room mate and I’m excited for her. She’s had some tough years but her heart’s desire is to do the Lord’s will. That makes all the difference in the world.

That’s one of the reason’s I write. It is His will for His message to be out there in the world and since we are His hands and feet I allow Him to use my hands….and now my home.

All the glory goes to the Lord for how He will use us. If we try to take the credit, step up with the “I did…, aren’t I great,” He will jerk a knot in our tail in a New York minute!

So when this little Christian starts typing the words I give Him all praise, honor, and glory because He is the One I want to please, not man.

Happy Fall – see ya next time.

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The Lord at Work

Wow, the last few days have been a zinger. Meaning good, but busy. It should never amaze me how the Lord works but at times it does. He’s always at work behind the scenes in our lives regardless of whether we are aware of it or not.

Sunday was a normal get up, go to church, come home, eat lunch, take a nap. It was during my nap part of the day that the phone rang and with that one simple phone call a whole new chapter in this writer’s corner of the world will be beginning. A new chapter, but not in the new book I’m writing, but in my personal life.

Over the years the Lord has used me and my home to help hurting women. I’ve had several move in with me and give them a safe place to heal, be ministered to, and get on their feet. That’s the Lord’s glory not mine!

Since being back in Georgia, after the five + years of hard lessons in learning to trust, obey, and totally depend on Him I have not had any ladies living with me as the Lord has called me to do other things.

In one phone call and 24 hours later the Lord has brought a woman in need to my doorstep. She will be moving in with me this Friday. I’m excited about it and please pray for us. This will be a big adjustment for her and a smaller adjustment for me because of having someone else living with me after all this time.

Our Almighty Lord and Savior is absolutely amazing! If you ever doubt He cares about you then remember that He said He will meet all of your needs, and that includes giving you a place to live other than your car.

Have a great week – see you next time.

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