Catherine picked up her feet so that Lionors’ head could roll by without stopping." I have to admit that's a line I never imagined I would write. Thank you for following Catherine and our young Knight, it has been fun.
June 13, 2012
What a beautiful day. I hope you had a chance to get outside and enjoy some of it. There's a new blog, "Scents, Sights and Sounds." Hope you enjoy it.
June 8, 2012
I never in a million years would have imagined that the Franciscans would do what they did this week, stand in solidarity with their religious sisters. I am also surprised at where that story took me. There's a new blog "My mom and the Friars." Have a great weekend.
June 2, 2012
Who knew I'd be back so soon? It's a rainy day at camp and I wanted to write a blog about it, so here it is! I hope you're enjoying this rainy Saturday.
May 31, 2012
Hi. I have a few things to tell you. I've decided to self-publish my first book which has been sitting on a zip drive for almost two years. The first step is to read the whole book again and edit it. Next, I'll hire a professional editor to read the book with a fresh pair of eyes. I am hoping to publish it in September.
I have decided to use the Troy Book Makers to print the book, seems only right since Troy is my hometown. They offer a relatively inexpensive option that would allow me to publish other people's books under my publishing company name. I am leaning toward taking that option.
As I am sure you can see, this commitment will take up much of my free time over the summer so I wanted you to know what I'm up to when I'm not here. I am not deserting this page, I love this site. In an ideal world I would have enough time to write everything I wanted, but my real world only has 24 hours in each day ... wish I didn't have to sleep. :)
Once my first book is printed and on the shelf, then I can give more attention to the second book which I have already started and which I plan to finish during next winter.
Please continue to come to this site though, I will still write here and add things that appeal to me ... thank you for stopping by, take care.
May 14, 2012
There's a new Blog, "Not your typical Mother's Day," that will tell you about the day that I had. Hope all is well.
May 10, 2012
She slowly walked up to the small red house, not sure if anyone was home. The lights were on inside and when she peeked in the white curtained window she saw books scattered on the floor and piled on the old wood writing desk tucked into the alcove next to the still smoldering fireplace. A laptop, bright purple lilacs on the screensaver, also sat on the writing desk lighting up that corner of the room.
A half filled cup of tea rested precariously on the arm of the red flowered overstuffed chair that had been dragged from it's permanent spot to a cozier location in front of the fireplace. The sweet smell of chamomile and honey drifted out of the opened window over the red geraniums planted in the windowbox.
Everything she saw indicated her friend had been there recently, but Janice wasn't there now. It was unlike Janice to be out of touch for so long. She wondered where she was.
I cannot believe how much time has gone by since I wrote on this page. The warm spring weather tempted me outside last weekend and I did enjoy mowing and planting, digging in the dirt. I also had a flash of an idea for the book that I will finish one of these days and spent much of my "writing time" pulling that idea together. There's half a blog, the result of another flash of an idea, but it's not ready yet.
Thank you for walking up and peeking in the window. I know I've been an absentee hostess lately, but I do appreciate your visits.
April 28, 2012
I know the quote is rather dark, but when I read it, I thought it was just beautiful. Another Saturday morning writing ... life is good. There's a new blog: "Gardening" where I wander a bit, but eventually get to the point. it's chilly, but at least it's sunny. Enjoy the weekend.
April 21, 2012
Good morning! Finally, it's Saturday and a Saturday when I do not have to go to work. It felt like a luxury to write this morning after such a busy past few weeks. The new Blog is entitled, "Today's Nuns verus the Vatican." For those of us practically raised by nuns what's happening between the few remaining nuns in the US and the Vatican is monumental in my opinion. I'm interested in hearing your opinion. If you have the time, leave a comment in the "Guestbook." Have a great weekend.
April 11, 2012
Accepted Students Day and Alumni Summit on campus this weekend (which means you should avoid driving near RPI this weekend). Work has been hectic and I have to work on Saturday so there hasn't been any time to write. Thank you for stopping by. My life should be back to normal after the weekend.
April 5, 2012
There's an Easter blog a few days early, but it was so easy to write tonight ... here it is.
April 4, 2012
I finally figured out how to post my Hubpages stories on this site. The link is in the "Links & Other Things" area. When you click on the link it should bring you (I hope!) to the Hubpage where all my stories are listed. Then you just have to click on the story you'd like to read.
March 31, 2012
Hi - I haven't had much time to write this week. I started a blog but for some reason the words wouldn't reflect what I really wanted to say, so I just stopped. There were so many things to do that I never seemed to have a block of time to just sit and think and write ... lots of ideas and no time! Next time around I plan to be born wealthy. Thank you for stopping by ... "I'll be back."
March 24, 2012
I've hesitated creating a blog about my opinions on how womens bodies are being discussed in the political arena because I know not all of you will share my views. I have finally decided that's precisely why I created this space, to enjoy the pleasure of writing and to share my personal thoughts with those of you who are interested. There's a new blog "Decisions ... we all have to make them."
March 20, 2012
Do you believe this warm weather? On my walk at lunchtime today I saw six Magnolia trees that were almost in full bloom. The Magnolia blossoms will be long gone before Easter Sunday ... unbelievable. Last weekend I was thinking about how much I enjoy weekends now that I'm working full-time again and that thought grew into a whole new blog, "Weekends." Hope all is well.
March 16, 2012
The story of The Young Knight of Camelot is finished. The final chapter is in the Blog section. I wrote this story without an outline, it just developed in my head as I wrote it which means I didn't know the ending until a few days ago. Now that it's done, I'm going to miss the characters, I've grown somewhat attached to them. My favorite line in the story is, "
March 15, 2012
Good morning ... just a note to let you know I haven't forgotten about Catherine and our Young Knight. I'm on the final chapter but haven't had the time to finish it ... work and life keep interfering ... it's coming ...
March 12, 2012
Today was the first day since last October that I went for a walk at lunchtime without my coat! It felt so good to feel the warm sun on my back ... although I still have this creeping fear that winter is not done with the Northeast. Hope you got out for a bit to enjoy the day. There's a little more of the story in the Blog today. "The Young Knight of Camelot, Part XII"
March 10, 2012
"The Young Knight of Camelot, Part XI" continues ... in the Blog section.
March 7, 2012
Queens and Kings and Knights and things continues ... "The Young Knight of Camelot, Part X" is in the Blog section.
March 5, 2012
The story has taken an interesting turn ... "The Young Knight of Camelot, Part IX" is in the Blog section.
March 3, 2012
The story continues ... "The Young Knight of Camelot, Part VIII" is in the Blog section.
March 1, 2012
Thank you for stopping by to find out what's going on with Catherine and Jon. I was a damsel in distress today. My car slid into a snowy ditch on my way to work this morning and 3 Knights in shining armor (well, actually they were 3 Knights in shiny pick-up trucks) came to my rescue. The back of my neck hurts a bit from holding onto the steering wheel so tight as I slid toward the car in front of me, but other than that I'm fine and so is my car. I actually wrote a bit more of the story tonight, but it's not ready to publish. Sleep tight.
February 29, 2012 (we won't see Feb.29 again until the next leap year)
Part VII (!) of "The Young Knight of Camelot" is in the Blog section. What fun it is to write this ... the story just keeps unfolding every day. Be safe in this little mini-winter we are having.
February 28, 2012
The story continues: "The Young Knight of Camelot - Part VI" is in the Blog section.
February 27, 2012
"The Young Knight of Camelot - Part V" ... see the Blog.
February 26, 2012
Where did the weekend go? "The Young Knight of Camelot, Part IV" is in the Blog section :)
February 25, 2012
Part III of "The Young Knight of Camelot" is in the Blog section. I hope you're enjoying reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it. (Speaking of enjoy - have a great weekend!)
February 24, 2012
"The Young Knight of Camelot - Part II" is in the Blog section.
February 23, 2012
Out of the blue a story formed in my head this morning. As a result there's a new Blog, "The Young Knight of Camelot." I'm trying something knew and the story will unfold as a serial ... to be continued ... :)
February 22, 2012
Hi - what a beautiful day today ... 50 degrees and sunshine while walking at lunch time ... the weather made me wish I could dig in the dirt in the yard. The best I could do was repot my little office plant that sits in the big green ceramic elephant planter that I bought at a yard sale at Woodstock last summer. The office is busy right now, the decision date for new students is coming up real fast, lots of last minute phone calls from potential students and their families and invitations to the spring college fairs are flooding in leaving not much time to write. In my next life I think I'll be rich so I can do whatever I want. Hope all is well with you.
February 19, 2012
During the course of my life I have followed different spiritual paths only to find that they all led to the same place. There's a new Blog, "Different but the Same." I am enjoying this three day weekend, today feels like Saturday and so I am doing what I try to do every Saturday ... absolutely nothing! For a reason I cannot figure out, the print on this page is now stuck in italic ... if that's the worst thing that happens to me today I'm OK with that. Hope you're having a good day too.
February 18, 2012
Most people feel badly when a talent like Whitney Houston dies too young. I enjoyed her music and thought she was extremely talented. It always seemed the possibilites were endless for her, until she got involved with drugs. I wrote a new Blog today: "The Flag and Whitney Houston." Enjoy the weekend!
February 15, 2012
I saw a picture online today that inspired me to write this Blog about jealousy and murder. The Blog is called, "The Tale of Murder Most Foul."
February 13, 2012
On my way to finding something else today, I came across a Blog that I wrote last Valentine’s Day. Some of you may remember it, but for those of you that haven’t read it yet, I thought you might enjoy it. The only change I would make a year later is that I have stopped looking for Prince Charming. At this point in my life I think King Charming would be a better match. The Blog is entitled, "Kisses."
February 11, 2012
It's almost Valentine's Day again. A time of year that focuses our attention on romantic love, whether we want to be thinking about it or not. I hope you're mad, crazy in love and if you're not, I hope love is waiting just around the corner to pounce on you. There's a new Blog, "Valentine's Day 2012."
February 7, 2012
When I was an impressionable teenager John Kennedy was President, he was also assassinated when I was an impressionable teenager. When I read about Mimi Alford's new book regarding her affair with JFK it made me think back to those years. There's a new Blog, "Thoughts of Mimi and JFK."
February 5, 2012
Three months ago I pushed the button that uploaded this site to the internet. I had no expectations at the time, had no idea if anyone but myself and a few faithful friends would even know it existed. But look at all of you, I can't tell you how surprised I am that you found me and what an inspiration it is to know that you are out there reading and writing back. I am really enjoying this website and am thrilled to know you are there. Thank you!
February 4, 2012
What a beautiful day ... sunny, blue skys, cold but not uncomfortable. Great night to light up the fireplace, pour a glass of wine and finish that book I've been reading. I even had some time to write this afternoon ... there's a new Blog, "Horses."
February 2, 2012
I have a new dog in my house. He has been living with me for five or six weeks now. There's a new Blog "Riley" that describes my experience with Riley so far.
February 1, 2012
Last night I could not stay asleep so I began to think about all the art work that I've seen. There's a new Blog, "Andrew Wyeth." I began the Blog late this evening and just couldn't stop so now it's after midnight and I'm pooped ... there's just not enough time in a day!
January 29, 2012
It's wonderful to have a day when I have nothing to do!! Had a great time with friends last night and I've been typing away since I got up this morning. There's a new Blog "Growing up with TV" and I'm off to write a few more chapters of my novel ... life is good! Hope you're also enjoying the day.
January 28, 2012
Hi - I'm beginning to feel bad because I haven't had any time to write lately. If I had my wish I'd be living in an open-air villa on a hillside in Greece overlooking the aqua blue Aegean Sea, a soft breeze billowing the white gauze drapes next to me as I sit at my laptop typing away. Or, maybe I'd be living in a thatched roof cottage on a dirt back road in County Cork Ireland on the Celtic Sea, a fire blazing away at the hearth in the corner of the room and "myself" sitting at the desk at the window sipping fresh brewed tea while watching the cows graze in the field across the way and thinking about how to begin the next story.
Back in the real world, I'm recovering from a cold, my paying job is busy, there are groceries to be bought, laundry to be done, a helpline to be staffed once a week and I find myself crawling into my comfy bed at 10 PM intending to read for a while, but falling to sleep almost as my head hits the pillow. The best I can do is write ideas into my butterfly covered notebook given to me by a friend. I'm off tonight to a party with friends that should be fun and relaxing. I truly understand how John Burroughs felt when he wrote the above quote.
Thank you for stopping by. It really is a thrill for me that so many of you return here. We're almost at 2,000 visits and the sites been up less than 3 months! Enjoy the weekend, stay well (keep washing those hands).
January 26, 2012
There's something a bit different to read today. I have posted Chapter 6 of my first unpublished novel. You should be able to read it without additional context. Remember, it has nothng to do with the previous chapters I have posted ... two different books.
January 23, 2012
A headcold has spread through my office, lots of coughing and sneezing going on. Gabrielle Giffords announcement that she is stepping down from her position in Congress brought back memories. There's a new Blog entitled, "Read the Names."
January 18, 2012
Feeling philosophical tonight ... "Missing the Moment," a new Blog. I hope you are well. Thank you for visiting Red Geraniums, I am happy that you do.
January 15, 2012
Feels like winter has finally arrived, I'd rather have bitter cold than snow by the foot. Today I was thinking about all the stuff we learned as kids and wondering if we really know how much of that stuff is still with us. There's a new Blog, "They were fighting who?"
January 13, 2012
Today is Friday the 13th ... boo ... there's a new Blog.
January 10, 2012
I have been dealing with a bug of some sort that makes me feel tired and off balance. Be careful out there in the world ... wash you hands often. I've also been thinking about Facebook and there's a new blog entitled, "Sharing information on Facebook." Take care.
January 7, 2012
As I sit here typing this my computer is telling me it's 54 degrees outside ... 54 degrees on January 7th in the heart of the Northeast. It's not the typical "winter thaw," we haven't had any long periods of winter weather yet. Don't get me wrong, this is not a complaint. I have this growing fear that above the clouds all our missed snowstorms are accumlating and one of these mornings we will all wake up to find that we cannot open the doors to our homes because of the snow that finally fell and is piled up outside our windows. I hope you enjoy the weekend. There's a new Blog entitled, "Excess?"
January 3, 2012
The cold has finally arrived here in the Northeast. Walking at lunch time today my face was freezing and I was surprised how red it was when I got back to the office. Brrr. There's a new Blog, "Locking Season."
January 2, 2012
The Dolly Parton quote got me thinking about the faces we show to the world. The latest Blog is entitled, "Faces." Hope you enjoy it. Sounds like cold, cold weather is on the way ... button up your overcoat ...
December 31, 2011
Happy last day of 2011! I've added my 2 cents to the idea of a new year in a new Blog, "Happy 2012."
December 30, 2011
Hi ... today was a quiet day for me, a long walk, writing, chatting with family and friends, my favorite type of day. There's a new Blog entitled, of all things, "Bells." I hope you enjoy tomorrow, your last day of 2011 ... make it a good one.
December 28, 2011
Today's Blog is an urban legend that I just made up entitled, Once Upon a Time. The inspiration for the Blog is a photo I saw on Facebook this morning. Hope you enjoy it and that all is well with you.
December 27, 2011
Had lunch at a great little pub in Schenectady today, Stoney Lane. Great food, nice atmosphere. Also had to have new front brakes installed in my car, not quite as much fun. Driving home Belden's Pond flashed into my head so I wrote a Blog about it tonight. Hope all is well. :)
December 26, 2011 - Part Deux
For those of you who may be watching grandkids or have kids of your own at home, today's Blog is a children's story. "Emily's Pile."
December 26, 2011
It’s the day after Christmas and all through the house
I hear the clicking of a wireless mouse.
Facebook is hopping, Red Geraniums too,
While I’m trying to think up something that’s new.
Had way too much food and a little less drinking,
I’ll need some time to focus my thinking.
Enjoy the day and come on back later
I have the whole week off work ...
Hahaha ... told you I wasn’t focused!
December 23, 2011
"Although it's been said many times, many ways ... Merry Christmas to you!!"
(There's a Merry Christmas Blog :)
December 21, 2011
The "maybe" Nor'easter that's being forcasted had me thinking about "Snowstorms and Snowdays," the name of my latest Blog. Hope you enjoy it. Four more days till Christmas!
December 19, 2011
I started taking yoga and meditation classes 25 years ago and continue to practice off and on. When I'm feeling stressed, confused or that life is moving too quickly, I just stop if I can and sit quietly for a bit. "Meditation" is the title of my newest Blog. Hope you are finding time to relax and breathe during this busy season.
December 15, 2011
I've been thinking about the Person of the Year, the Most Fascinating Person of the Year and the Sexiest Woman of the Year so I wrote a new Blog. Hope all is well.
December 13, 2011
There's a bit more of my story,"Red Geraniums," in the Blog section. If swearing offends you, don't read it.
December 11, 2011
Have you ever gotten lost in Youtube? I went into Youtube late last night to find one clip and ended up following link after link. From The Horse Whisperer to Pirates of the Caribbean to Indiana Jones to Senor Wences to the Muppets to Chrisopher Reeve's Superman and ended up spending over an hour laughing at videos of Victor Borge. I've added a few of my favorite links from last night to "Video Clips." I hope you enjoy this cold, but sunny Sunday.
December 10, 2011
It's the weekend ... yahoo! There's a new Blog - Three months on the job.
December 9, 2011
New Blog - Fallen Soldiers
December 7, 2011
I'm glad all the rain today wasn't snow! New Blog - Outside Christmas Decorations.
December 6, 2011
Hi - Hope all is well. There's a "mini-blog," First Month. :)
December 2, 2011
Walking at lunch time today a few thoughts popped into my head ... there's a new Blog, "It's still Troy, but it's not TROY." Hope you're enjoying the weekend.
December 1, 2011
Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit! I had a friend who religiously said, "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" on the first of every month. It was something her family did as she was growing up. I think it means good luck. If you know anything different about the expression, please hop over to the "Forum" (sorry, couldn't resist) and leave a comment. I've started a new topic: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit this site even though I haven't been here in a few days. Most of you probably know already that I lost my sweet dog, Taylor on Monday. He was a part of my family for 15 years. It's taken me a bit to get my balance back.
Also November 27, 2911
New Blog ... Black Friday ... Bah, humbug!
November 27, 2011
There are photos in the "Photos" topic (seemed like a good place to put them :) They were all taken last summer in Troy, NY. I grew up in Troy, but hadn't spent any real time there for about 35 years until I took a job there last summer. The architecture in Troy is beautiful, very unique. You'll see in the photos.
November 26, 2011
Anyone who has ever had a pet will relate ... "Decisions" in the Blog topic.
November 25, 2011
The dishes are done, the food is put away, company has gone home, my son is out with his friends, I planned to catch the new Twilight movie but got too comfortable at home, so I did what I love to do ... write. There's a new "blogish," "storyish" something to read: "Alone in the Dark" If you go out there on this "Black Friday," be careful. Enjoy the day.
PS: I JUST DISCOVERD THAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN LEAVING COMMENTS ON MY BLOGS!! WHAT A THRILL. THAT'S AWESOME!
Thanksgiving Day, 2011
I don't know who thought up the idea of Thanksgiving, but I like it. Permission to indulge in food and drink is always welcomed, but I especially like a day that makes me focus on the good things in my life, it makes the not-so-good things seem so insignificant. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 22, 2011
I just finished a new Blog entitled "1950s Thanksgiving." Should have gone to bed an hour ago, but it all just flowed so nicely I didn't want to stop. Off I go now, have a good day.
November 20, 2011
Taylor seems to be improving. The swelling appears to be going down. He has begun following me all over the house again. He's still limping quite a bit, but more active. I know he can't live forever, and he's probably close to 17 years old now, but I'll take him one day at a time.
I've "blogged" again ... "Did somebody kill Maria?"
November 19, 2011
Hi - thanks for stopping by. I'm not feeling very creative today. My big puppy, Taylor, has a problem with his leg, he can hardly walk. I adopted Taylor 15 years ago. He had been found walking the streets in Schenectady and spent almost a full year in a kennel before he came to me. He started limping a few days ago and I just thought he twisted something, he's such a klutz ... but when it got worse, I checked his leg today and found a large lump at his "knee." I'm hoping it's just swollen, but I fear the worst. I don't have the courage to bring him to the vets, I'm just giving him an Advil now and then. I know it's selfish and when Monday comes I owe it to Taylor to deal with this, but for now, I'm just sitting with him beside me and feeling kind of blue.
November 18, 2011
Added new topic: "Video Clips" and a few new "Links"
November 17, 2011
I've been writing again ... a new blog ... Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Added the Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam to "Links & Other Things" ... fun to watch when the pandas are busy.
** Send a holiday card to a soldier - see "Links & ..." for address**
November 16, 2011
The plot thickens at Penn State ... see another addendum to Blog.
November 15, 2011
I've added a new blog ...
November 14, 2011
Addendun to 11/13 "Dancing in the Moonlight" Blog, click on the link at the very bottom of the Blog to see beautiful time-lapsed video footage of earth taken from the space station.
November 13, 2011, 1:19AM
(Blog) I've been sitting on the porch at night again ...
plus, an Addendum to Penn State Blog of 11/10/11
I've added a new "Topic" - MSNBC.com for current news info
November 12, 2011
I've added some of my favorite books in the "Forum." Add some of your favorite books in the comment box on that page, I'm always looking for a good book to read. If you have anything to add about my suggested books, leave those comments too. I've also added some new phone numbers in the "Favorite Links" section.
November 11, 2011
I've added a new Blog and some of my favorite links.
November 10, 2011
(Blog) My two cents on that waste of skin Paterno ...
November 9, 2011
I've added a brief excerpt from the story, "Red Geraniums" in the "Blog" section ... hope you enjoy it.
November 6, 2011
Welcome! Come on in and pull up a chair. This is such a thrill to have my own website. I was even able to design it, so it feels like home to me.
The name "Red Geraniums on a Summer Day" comes from a particular day last summer when I was talking with a friend while I was cleaning out a pot of geraniums. I casually said to him "I love red geraniums on a summer day," then laughed and said, "wouldn't that make a great title for a book." We both agreed it would. As of today I have written 18 chapters of that book.
This site will evolve as we spend time together. Certainly the blog will be well used since I enjoy writing and look forward to reading your feedback. The link page will be active. I envision uploading links to all sorts of useful sites relating to women's issues, health, the great outdoors, gardening, canoeing, books, music, the Adirondacks and pretty much whatever else catches my eye.
I hope you will sign the guestbook, although it's entirely your decision whether you do or not.
I've included a forum page and dropped a few topics there. Perhaps you'd like to leave your comments and we can all build a dialogue. I'm not exactly sure where the Forum will take us, you'll have to stay tuned and see what happens.
So, off we go on this great adventure ... thank you for stopping by, come again, you're always welcome ... safe home.
The lovely print in the upper right hand corner of this page is Americana Red Geraniums, Art Print by Sid Willis.