Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Writing Weekend!

I spent a wonderful weekend at a writer's retreat. The Nebraska Writer's Guild hosted "Write Across Nebraska" a new event. Those of us in the eastern region of the state met in the historically rich village of Brownville, NE. With a room overlooking the mighty Missouri eagles soaring overhead, we couln't help be be inspired. One could almost hear Mark Twain on the upper deck, describing his beloved river.
We stayed in the Floating hotel bed and breakfast, the River Inn. It's a darling place, a converted riverboat casino that's a great place for writers.
I completed 19 new pages on my current work in progress. Yay! The peanut brittle of my mind seems to be melding back together. I must tell you, anesthetic does terrible things to your mental processes. It takes much longer than one would ever imagine to get back to "normal".
I needed that time away from everything, but it's always good to come home.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Geneology Finds

As we get older, we seem to be more and more interested in family geneology and finding family we didn't know we had. My sister has turned into the family ancestry sleuth. She's found lots of intersted people, including a half-brother her hubby didn't know he had.

That's a real surprise, especially when you're both retirement age. We are finding my hubby's cousins that he's never met. We're swapping photos and family stories and finding that some of the family legends he learned as a child may not be true at all.

Be careful when you shake the geneology tree. You never know what may come down on your head.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Spring Update

Well, it's been a busy spring and I've been very ill. Chest pains and heart caths are no fun. But the good news is, I didn't have a heart attack and I'm now sleeping like a baby.

Makes it tough to work on the new book, but it is coming along. Yay! A trip to Tennessee provided lots of ideas and pictures of new family members (hubby's cousin) and old family members (my relatives) It was a good time, even though it was hard on me.

We'll travel more slowly next time. More walking, less riding, fewer problems afterward. Take care of yourselves. I was abruptly reminded that hearts can be damaged. Look after yours.