Thursday, February 4, 2016


Can you believe Valentine's Day is a little more than a week away.

Let me just brag a little.  I love being best friends with my Sweetheart.

When he came into my life it was to also become stepfather to my three little girls.

He helped to raise them as his own, along with our other little girl which we had later.

God has been good to me with the gift of my husband.

He's been my strength when I couldn't get up.  He's been my comfort and cheerleader when life brought me down.

Girls let me tell you, a man who loves God will love you through the roughest parts of your life and you'll both stand strong through any trial you face.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!  ;)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What does the Conch shell say?

I usually get the lion share of my writing done in the winter months.

Even though it's cold outside, I am constantly being drawn to the Sea; at least in my mind that is.

Last week one of my granddaughters, I like to call Sweet Pea, was visiting.  She picked up a Conch shell from my dresser and listened to it.

She told me, "I hear it Granny!"

I smiled and knew exactly what she was saying.  I asked her, "What does the Conch shell say?"

"I don't know."  She gave a big smile.

I told her, "If you listen to me I will take you to the Sea."

She grinned and replied, "Not really Granny just pretend."

"Yes, it's wonderful to pretend and imagine we are there right now."

She then continued to listen to two of my Conch shells, one at each ear and repeated, "If you listen to me I will take you to the Sea."

I smiled with joy she had gotten it!  ;)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Dreams ;)

Christmas Dreams

Our Christmas tree is up and our home decorated for this special time of year.  I think I have as many Nativity figurines as I have Nutcrackers placed throughout the house.

I especially think of my girls which are now grown and have children of their own.  I even dream memories of them when they were little and eyes wide with wonder for all this season celebrates.

One of my favorite Christmas songs, especially to remember those times is Christmas Dreams by Francesca Battistelli.

Just click on the link below to have a listen.  I hope you enjoy it and have Christmas dreams of your own.  Merry Christmas and God's blessings for the New Year!  ;)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Autumn Reflections Poem

 A retelling of my favorite Autumn poem:

What is it that makes my heart stir
In the autumn of the year
The hues of gold, orange and scarlet
Or the blue skies so clear
Is it the sight of the leaves swirling
As the wind beckons them to dance
Or is it the rolling hills of color
That makes me take a second glance
Is it the sound of booming thunderstorms
From sheets to gentle rain that falls
Or is it the brisk autumn breezes
And the howling wind that calls
Is it the brilliant starry nights
With the October moon that glows
Or is it the little babbling brooks
To the raging river that flows
Is it the smell of fresh cut wood
Stacked neatly in a row
Or the sight of orange pumpkins
With happy faces all aglow
Is it candy corn, hay rides and bonfires
Apples that are red and green
Or the smiles of happy children
On the night of Halloween
Is it the smell of cinnamon and spice
 And wood smoke drifting in the air
Or is it the blue jean overalls
And knitted sweaters that we wear
I guess it’s a time for family and friends
To come inside and join in on the fun
To sip a cup of hot cocoa or cider
And sit beside your special one
I love all that this season has to offer
From sounds, tastes, scents, and sights
To good food and fellowship
And a warm fire on chilly nights

- Sheri L. Swift (2010)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Autumns Fading

These are the last blooms of summer in my yard.  I always cut a few to dry so I have the remembrance of spring to carry me through the cold winter.

Most of the leaves on the trees have changed to golden, scarlet and orange which gives such beauty to the eye.

The blustery autumn winds have already taken many of the leaves and spread them where they will; giving the ground rich nutrients which cause the grasses to remain green nearly all year.

Even our pine trees are dotted with orange which is such a contrast to my former home in California.

Tonight we're expected to be 31 degrees and tomorrow a high of 49 and a low of 30.

It won't be long now and the trees will be bare and gray and every blossom dead and blown away in the brisk winter winds.

It saddens me to see such a death of the growing things and winter can seem so long.  But even in autumns fading and the soon arrival of winter, we have the hope of renewal in spring.  ;)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lizzy's Dream House

Fantasy~Mer Pinterest

For those of you who are on the third book of the Legend of the Mer series (Song of Sirens) I thought I'd let you in on my Pinterest board Fantasy~Mer.

I've pinned several images which have inspired me not only on the third book, but also the first and second as well.

This is an image of Lizzy's Dream House pin for her dining room.

There are some images for the Prentis Home as well as images of people who might remind me of some of my characters in the book series.

If you're a fan, I hope you'll check it out!  ;)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Walking like a two year old ;)

I never dreamed I would one day have to learn to walk again, but I am.

On the 4th of July I was sent to the hospital by ambulance.  I had an infection which became sepsis.

In 24 hours I lost the use of my legs; not only could I not walk, I couldn't stand either.

I've been blessed to have a Physical Therapist as well as a Nurse coming by to help me out.

I'm so thankful to them both and all those who had a hand in my rehabilitation.

I've had the use of a walker to help me get started since I left the hospital nearly a week later.   

Over the past weekend I used a cane, but I kept trying to make my left foot step down at the same time the cane did.

This only frustrated me because it felt like marching and not walking.

Yesterday I decided to be brave and try walking without any assistance.  It worked!  Lol!

I am not walking very well, but I'm walking!

My legs are still stiff and don't turn easily and I'm not used to the full weight resting on my legs and not on the walker.

Although I'm walking like a two year old, I know I'm blessed to be able to do it again!  ;)