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It’s my birthday…

Today’s my birthday, I turn 65. Yikes, 65?? It is funny how 65 doesn’t seem as old to me as it once did—in spite of my aches and pains.

I don’t think I will be doing anything special today—maybe go out to dinner, or perhaps stay home and hubby will grill something.  When I turned 60 our daughter threw me a wonderful surprise party, and so many of my family and friends made such an effort to attend, you have no idea how it warmed my heart.

That birthday—my 60th—came at a very stressful time for our family. Less than a month before the surprise party, my mother-in-law passed away. We held her wake at our home, and so many family members came to pay their last respects—and many of those same folks made the effort to travel again to celebrate my birthday. 

But it wasn’t just my beloved mother-in-law’s death that was heavy on our hearts. Days after her service it was confirmed—I had breast cancer.

But that was five years ago, and while I might be older, I am in a better place—almost five years cancer free. My Haunting Danielle series, which I had to put on hold back then to deal with life, is thriving. And I am now on Medicare—which saves me considerably each month on my medical bills.

I have many blessings to be thankful for this birthday—my wonderfully supportive husband and loving family, those two rascally pups, Danny and Lily, sweet old boy Spooky the Halloween Cat, good friends, and of course, my readers. Thanks to all of you who have helped make this a great year!

A Ghostly Christmas Story

The Ghost and the Christmas Spirit is off with the editor—and I expect it back in a couple days. It goes live November 21, 2019—one day before my birthday.

While I typically encourage readers to start the series with The Ghost of Marlow House (Book 1 in the series, available FREE in eBook format) and then move through the series in number order—with this last book  I encourage all readers looking for a feel-good Christmas story to read The Ghost and the Christmas Spirit.

I suspect readers of the series will enjoy it more than those who haven’t yet read any Haunting Danielle books. But that is only because readers already have a relationship (so to speak) with the characters.

I did add a little more backstory than I normally do, just to help out those new readers—but I tried not to overdo it, so as not to annoy those already familiar with the series.

You can preOrder the eBook now, and find the vendor links here!

Our recent adventure…

Bobbi and Bruno. Sister Lynn and Bobbi’s 1975 road trip to Oregon.

In college I used to daydream about traveling cross country in a converted bus. The closest I got was a spur of the moment road trip my sister and I took up to Oregon the summer between my Jr and Sr years of college. It wasn’t in an RV, but in my Mustang GT, and we motel’d it. Our destination was to see her hubby who was in a hot shot crew in Oregon.  But when we got there, he was on a fire in Arizona.

It seems my road trips—and recent RV trips—are always pulling me toward Oregon, the home of Walt and Danielle—and of my son and daughter-in-law, Scott and SeAnne.

It’s difficult for us to get away for more than a week at a time—but I really wanted to see Scott and SeAnne. Flying was out of the question—we have the pups now, and I am not quite ready to leave them at a kennel. I also wanted to take our motorhome on a REAL road trip.  

I asked my sister, who lives in Morro Bay, if Mom could stay with her for three weeks if we brought her and picked her up. Sis has lots going on in her life right now, so I was ecstatic when she said yes. Plus, it would give Mom the opportunity to spend time with her other daughter. (There is just me and my sis.)

As I mentioned in my other post, we traded our rarely used 5th wheel in for a motorhome. I remember in our early camping days sitting in the back of our pickup truck under the camper shell, looking out jealously at the nearby motorhome and its occupants having a jolly time inside as rain pelted our vehicles.

Happy to report we had excellent weather on our 20 day trip—lots of sunshine—but we did have several days of rain, and we were grateful to be in the motorhome, and not cramped in the back of a pickup truck with our two pups.

Danny and Lily were awesome on the trip, and by the end Danny had curbed much of his barking, making him a polite camper. He still has some leash issues, but he is getting better. And Lily has also made improvements—giving up whatever rock or stick she has gobbled up to consume, trading it instead of snapping. I intended to write more about our trip in this post, but that will have to wait until my next blog post. I really need to get working on The Ghost and the Christmas Secret.