Author / Storyteller / Dreamer


Hello!  It’s nearly the middle of 2022 and I’m still working on projects carrying over from last year!  The good news is that I’m learning new things and seem constantly busy, although some would say Not. I’m did complete an author’s new website, one I’ve worked on for many years but we’re going with an […]

Fairchild Fudge

This recipe has been handed down from one generation to another in our family.  Boil until mix forms a soft ball in cold water:2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup milk5 T corn syrup (white)1 – 2 dark baking chocolate Remove and drop 1/8 lb butter or margarine on top.  Let cool somewhat, then begin stirring. When […]

Wedding Dress Draft

Then: about 20 years ago Caught an interesting segment on TV this morning.  One of the hosts designed a wedding dress for a friend.  She sketched two dresses, and showed the bride-tp-be the designs along with swatches of fabric choices.  Based on feedback from the bride-to-be, one design was modified and then this dress was […]

pink cupcakes

Yum! Cupcakes equal love!

I just ate four! I went to my oldest grandson’s high school graduation in Pennsylvania last year.  (Thankfully before Covid!)  It was such fun!  And hard to imagine he was 18 and graduating.  As the saying goes, time flies! I always enjoy baking and my three grandsons love cupcakes.  I baked a ton for Liam’s […]

Finding Emotion: Then and Now

Then: about 20 years ago Spotted a nice, quiet nook at my local library today.  Plan to keep it in mind as a possible creative escape spot for myself. Great article in the new Writers Digest about putting emotion into your writing. Lots of good tips including writing your heart out in the initial draft […]

Slice of Life

Then and Now  “It isn’t as if she’s in love with him.” I paused, fingers poised on my laptop keyboard and mentally rewound the words I’d overheard spoken at a nearby table.  I couldn’t possibly have heard correctly, could I? I’d settled in so nicely at the café in my neighborhood book store for some […]

Ruby aka Rat Baby

My lucky day! Shirley, my sister, and I stopped at a local cafe in Cle Elum, Washington for breakfast one morning.  Shirley is a regular there and is well known to everyone.  As soon as we seated ourselves, the waitress (Cathy) came up with a coffee pot and, while pouring explained that a customer was […]

Daily Habits: Then and Now

Then: about 20 years ago. Keeping on a writing schedule, like a diet, is doubly difficult during the holidays, especially when part of the season you’re on vacation in another part of the country.  I’m told that on average people gain about 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. Normal stringent eating habits erode when […]


Hooked on Shopping!

Covid-19 has made me an online shopper! Instead of “window shopping” / browsing at TJ Maxx or Marshalls or Dillards, I find my new life as a “Sheltering Senior” (ha!) has made me a fan of online shopping, in particular Amazon.  It’s amazing how much I can find and actually saves so much time.  Now […]

Gladys Rhubarb Pie Recipe

My mother’s rhubarb pie was one of my favorites. How I wish she could bake me another! Not sure if this was her own original recipe but, to me, it has always seemed so. Mix together:1 ¼ cup sugar4 T flour¼ t salt3 eggs½ t grated orange peel Mix well with 3 ½ cup rhubarb, […]