Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

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2017 was a year of big changes, from moving, divorce, settling in a new apartment and new town, plus writing and publishing two new books.

The year started out stressful and heart-wrenching–a move across multiple counties 130 miles away, single-handedly unpacking a moving van (that took me two weeks to recover), not getting out of bed for three months and finding my way around my new community. Over the past nine months, I’ve received help from the local family center and the local food bank, with out which I would neither have my apartment nor food. Slowly and surely, I”m finding ways to pay bills, recover finances and update personal belongings–furniture, phone, kitchen items, clothes.

Health-wise, my stress levels are dropping, thankfully! My surroundings are becoming my own again, my personal space is mine once again. I’m working on my health, after neglecting my emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health for so many years. I’m rediscovering who I am, what I’m all about and what I want to do in the future. Redirecting and rewiring my thought processes is continuing and I’m liking what I’m seeing. Do I still have a ways to go? Of course, this is a life-long process. I’m getting older, changing and growing.

After cocooning myself for the past nine months in  my new apartment and community, I’m curious now what is out there. New friends, new outdoor activities, new discoveries. I live in an Island County with so much to look forward to. Island hopping, meeting new and exciting people, other communities.

Personally, I’ve committed to finishing the Rose Petal Wine Murder Mysteries, currently working on book three, after I worked on the long-term and short-term storylines for the series. During the de-stressing of the year, I also wrote and published two new books, Country Tried Chicken-my new Gay Cozy Mystery and Blue Moor-my witch-wolf Paranormal mystery book. I’m proud of both of these books, new genres for me, which helped me through my own personal ‘demons’.

2018 promises to have many more exciting changes.

Third of 2017 Gone

A third of 2017 has passed, four months. We’ve made our resolutions on January 1st or at least promises to do better in a brand new year. What have you done with your four months so far? Kept going to the gym or working out? Finally took that class you’ve always wanted? Bowling with friends each week? Time and place get away from everyone but making time for you is absolutely vital for a healthy life. If you backtrack, that’s ok–just means you’re human. What do you do? You dust yourself off, get back on  your feet and face forward.

Myself, I vowed to move on with my life somewhere new, get back into my ‘Simple Healthy Fresh’ lifestyle and get healthier. So far, so good: I’ve moved to a new location, giving myself time to grieve the past, eating healthier foods, exercising each day. I’m not ready to dive head-first into society in my new town, but i’ve peeked out of my apartment a few times and enjoyed the beauty. I’m eating healthier, making better food choices (and remembering how much I enjoy healthy food). I’m slowly getting back into my former exercises (low-impact weights, exercycle, etc) and losing weight.


Wertfrei Wednesday: Good Thoughts


Well, the end of the year is upon us, just two more weeks of Wednesdays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  We’ve had 50 weeks to work on those resolutions we fervently, with good intentions, sweated over, worried over and stumbled over. We had 50 weeks to look out for our fellow man, to reach out to help someone, to make others feel good about themselves. We’ve had 50 weeks to make our way in the big wide world, go to our jobs, raise our children, pets or spouses.

We’ve realized our attitudes make up quite a large percentage of how our lives appear to us. Bitter, biting, sour or better, bigger, sunny, it is all up to us. Our outlook greatly increases how the world sees us too-we’ve had 50 weeks to change for the better, see the sunny side of life, look at the world through clear and innocent eyes. People give what they get and get what they give, in attitude, personality, service.

At the end of the year, we look back to see how we did, what we can do better and what we will improve upon. What did I see this year? I saw a world struggling with change in all arenas of life, social, personal, artistic; struggling with natural resources in all it’s forms-coal, oil versus wind and solar; struggling with poverty versus plush. I saw how power can corrupt people and businesses, housing and service personnel.

All we can do is look beyond and into the next year with all the promises it brings. I wish for you a happy, healthy Christmas and a wealthy new years.

Happy 2013!

Seattle Space Needle New Year's Eve 2013
Seattle Space Needle New Year’s Eve 2013

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope your 2012 was happy and successful and may your 2013 be intriguing and peaceful.

Love the rainbow fireworks celebrating Marriage Equality in Washington State last year.  It’s about time all Americans were treated equally in the eyes of the law.  Now for Federal Recognition!

Also recognized was Marijuana legalization with clouds of green fireworks, appropriately enough. Congratulations to those that ‘light up’!  Now you can, without fear of going to jail.  Also related, previous convictions in Washington state for Marijuana were tossed out.  Congratulations to those as well.  Now law enforcement can concentrate on more pressing issues affecting our communities.

In 2012, I republished my debut novel, Aside of Murder and published a selection of short stories as well as my first cookbook, ‘Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0″.  It’s getting great reviews for the simplicity and availability of fresh foods, right from your supermarket.  I’ve created low-fat, low-calorie and low-carbohydrate recipes that people will enjoy time after time.

In 2013, i’ll be publishing the second book in my Novel series, ‘The Bamboo Killer”, as well as compiling and working on recipes for the second cookbook in that series, “Simple, Healthy, Fresh 2.0”.  Lots to do!

What goals do you have for 2013?