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May 18 - Traveling to the villa in Tuscany, please see "BLOG."  Hope you're having a good day.

May 12 - I didn't want to leave Venice, but Tuscany called, see blog, Venice - Part 3.

May 11, 2017
Venice ... the adventure continues, see blog, Venice - Part 2.

May 10, 2017
Come join me in Venice ... click on "BLOG" in the gray strip above.

May 8, 2017
Hello - It's been a while. During the time away I celebrated a significant birthday, and decided it was significant enough to deserve a trip to Italy:  Venice, Florence, Cortona (under the Tuscan Sun), Sansepolcro, Monterchi, beautiful Anghrari, Assisi, and an assortment of other lovely towns in Tuscany. Our home base was a charming villa on a hill with a panoramic view of the Tuscan countryside.  During the coming weeks I'll write more about that trip to Italy.  Along with the significant birthday came a decision to allow my hair to grow out into a very nice white/gray combination; less white than I expected.  That decision also deserves a blog or two.  It's nice to be back, and thank you for stopping by.

December 11, 2015
Writing a novel is fun and challenging.  Self-publishing a novel is time-consuming and challenging. Writing blogs are fun because one can step out of a strict story line and write about whatever is interesting at the moment. Today's blog is about snow, or the lack of snow, this December of 2015. Click on "Blog" in the grey strip above and it will take you to "Where's the Snow?" If you're interesting in learning about my novels (plural, novels plural ... wow, that amazes me) you'll find links to "Sea Story" and "Gracie's Tribe" in the grey strip. Nice to be back.

February 22, 2015
Hi - I've been spending my time finishing my book "Gracie's Tribe" when not at work and any blogging-ish writing I've been leaving on a few Facebook pages, including my personal page and one entitled "Janice Naylor- Chapter 2," both of which you are welcome to visit.  I have missed a more formal blogging framework, so I've decided to come back to Red Geraniums and I do hope you will join me here again.  Today's blog is entitled "What Winter Brings." I hope you enjoy it.

July 19, 2014
Today's news brings the details of the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip.  Today's blog reflects my thoughts as I follow the situation. Not from a political perspective, but from the perspective of a traveler who visited the region. The blog is entitled, "Israel and the Gaza Strip."

July 10, 2014
I'm back. So much has happened since my last post but nothing extraordinary.  Just life passing by and not leaving me enough time in its wake.  I've had to rewrite over 20 chapters of the book I'm working on because of a faulty thumb drive and when I'm not working the rewrite takes most of my time.  I have missed posting my blogs here and am happy to be back.  I'll start off with a short blog about a recent situation where I found myself in the center of a tornado warning and the unexpected road it took me down (figuratively, not literally!).  The new blog is entitled, "The Important Stuff."

November 3, 2013
Finally, there is a new blog.  "Daylight Standard Time."  I hope you enjoy it.

September 2, 2013
Happy Labor Day! The summer went by way too quickly.  There's a new mini-blog "September."  Hope you enjoy it. 

July 18, 2013
While driving into work this morning I had an epiphany that inspired me to write a new blog entitled, "Trees."  I hope you enjoy it and that all is well with you.

June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. If you're a man who has every loved and nurtured a child, you're a father as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I'm thinking of my dad this weekend.  There's a new Father's Day blog.

June 7, 2013
I'm thinking of swimming pools today.  There's a new blog, "Esther Williams and the Prospect Park Pool."

June 5, 2013
Hi - I'm back much sooner than expected.  There's a new blog, "45th Anniversary of RFK assassination."

June 4, 2013
Hello.  You may be wondering where I've been.  Some unanticipated events occurred since I published "Sea Story."  All good, just unanticipated.  The most unexpected was that once "Sea Story" was published the writer in me took off on an unplanned vacation. Just left without warning.  Not writer's block, I just stopped writing for a while.  In retrospect it was caused by the unrelenting details of self-publishing.  I cannot tell you how many times I read the proof of "Sea Story."

Also unanticipated was the great reception "Sea Story" received.  So many readers enjoyed it and wanted to talk about it.  A few friends hosted a book signing for "Sea Story," and, of course, I promoted it at local libraries and book stores and then took time to sit back and just enjoy the fun.

I am writing again.  So far 23 chapters into my second novel.  I'm enjoying creating the characters, weaving them together and seeing where the story leads.

Know that I haven't forgotten Red Geraniums, I've just taken a short intermission.  Thank you for checking back.  As I take needed breaks from novel number two, I'll be posting here again.  Take care and enjoy the summer.

March 25, 2013
My book "Sea Story" is ready!  I picked up copies today.  What a thrill!  If you're interessted in "Sea Story" go to the dark gray section above and click on the section labeled "Book - Sea Story" and read a little more about it.  If you decide you'd like to read "Sea Story" go to the bottom of that page and click the "Buy Now" button.  That will take you to PayPal, a secure site, where you can use a credit card to make the purchase. Be sure to include your mailing address on the PayPal form so I know where to send your copy.  You do not need a PayPal account, just click the section "Don't have a PayPal account, use credit card."

If you'd like to purchase a copy with a check, send me a message at wordsfromjan@yahoo.com and I will send you an invoice with an address. 

This is all so very exciting!

March 24, 2013
Writing is also a journey.  Often I start a story in one place and end up at an unexpected destination.  That's true of my latest blog, "Palm Sunday - A Journey."  Hope you enjoy it.

March 15, 2013
I began an "Irish Story" to post here but after four or five paragraphs needed to do more research about the Potato Famine in Ireland and each article led to the next.

The story of why so many Irish emigrated to America and Canada is a very sad one and what happened to so many of the emigrants during their journey is even worse.

I decided not to post the story yet since it would dampen any St. Patrick's Day celebration, but am going to finish the story and will post it.

If your ancestors left Ireland during the Famine and made it safely to the States or Canada, as mine did, remember them as you celebrate this St. Patrick's Day, remember them as the brave, strong, Irishman or Irishwoman that they were and lift a glass for the thousands of Irish that started the journey but never reached their destination.

Éirinn go Brách (Ireland Forever)

March 7, 2013
With St. Patrick's Day still 10 days away, it's probably a bit early to post a blog about Ireland but I find if I don't write when things are fresh and interesting, blogs just fade away. Hope you enjoy it.

March 2, 2013
I've been thinking about the resignation of the Pope for the past few days.  There's a new blog, "The vacant office in Rome."

March 1, 2013
It feels much better to be at this end of winter. Holidays that I usually associate with April are happening this month: Easter, the beginning of Passover. I'd love to be at Stonehenge for the Spring Equinox on the 20th. Daylight savings time begins on the 10th and it will be wonderful to have more daylight when I get out of work. St. Patrick's Day is on a Sunday this year ... more time to celebrate. It's almost spring ... it's almost spring ...

February 17, 2013
It's  Presidents' Day weekend and I am enjoying three days away from the office. Today I was thinking about what it must be like to have presidential responsibilities. There's a new blog, "I don't know why anyone would want the job of President of the United States."  Hope you enjoy it.

February 11, 2013
There's a new blog, "Happy Valentine's Day 2013."
I was shocked this morning when I read Angelina Jolie had an elective double mastectomy. In a world where one cannot Google-search for photos of the most innocent topic without photos of women’s breasts flashing by, a world where women’s breasts are rated, augmented and reduced, used to sell magazines, movies, cars and, of course, Victoria’s “Secrets,” sometimes it seems as though our breasts have taken on a life of their own, independent of the women they are attached to. When a woman who is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful and sexiest women, an actress in a business where body imagine can be more important than talent, chooses to have a double mastectomy, it brings us back to reality for a while … the size or lack of breasts is insignificant when compared to the health of the women they belong to.

April 5, 2013
"Sea Story" had a tremendous week.  Many people are currently reading "Sea Story," and the feedback has been wonderful.  Here are a few of the written comments:

 
·        Janice---OMG! I started your book Tuesday and I only have about three chapter left to read!!! I'm enjoying it so much I don't want it to end. I love everything about it including the beautiful cover.  KH
·        Janice-just wanted you to know that I truly loved your book!!!!!Finished it last night-Tried to savor it longer but couldn't wait to read the ending- I do believe that there should be a sequel. Waiting patiently for your next book.  CD
·        JANICE!
I JUST READ SEA STORY IN ONE SITTING! THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL STORY.I LOVE IT!
DM
What a thrill.  If YOU would like to read "Sea Story," click on the "Book - Sea Story" link in the dark gray line above, then click on the "Buy Now" button which will bring you to PayPal where you can purchase "Sea Story" with a credit card.  Bon Voyage! 

March 28, 2013
I'm sorry, I was so excited I didn't post the price of my book, "Sea Story," or the names of the bookstores where copies are available:

If you purchase "Sea Story" on this website (go to "Book-Sea Story" in gray band above) the cost would be:  $12.99 (book) +.91 (tax) + $2.25 (mailing) = $16.15

If you purchase "Sea Story" at any of the following bookstores the price would be $12.99 plus tax:

Market Block Books, 290 River St., Troy, NY

The Book House, Stuyvesant Plaza, Western Ave., Albany, NY

The Bookloft, 332 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington, Massachusetts 

That should cover everything.  :)

 


February 5, 2013
Hi - It's February already and from my perspective living here in the Northeast, that's a good thing.  We've had more snow than last year, but not as much as we've seen in the past.   I find I'm drawn to gardening books and webpages now ... I'm ready for Spring.

I've been away putting the framework in place around "Sea Story."  There are so many details to deal with when a book is self-published, unlike the lucky authors who are backed by an agent and publishing company.  Nevertheless, I've persevered and many of the details that have taken up so much of my time are established and in place to be reused when I publish my next story.

Tomorrow evening I have an appointment with the printing company and will turn over the "Sea Story" edited proof for printing.  That means "Sea Story" will finally be a "real-life" and official book within the next two or three weeks.

In the meantime, I've finished 22 chapters of my next story, "Red Geraniums," and, unexpectedly, changed the direction of the story mid-stream.  That's one of the exciting aspects of writing.  Even though there's a story outline, if the story begins to feel tired and uninteresting it can be redirected down a more exciting path. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Now that "Sea Story" is finished I expect to be here more often. 

Bye for now.


January 24, 2013
There's a new blog, "Oh Say Can You Sing."  If you're a Beyonce fan you might want to skip this one.

January 19, 2013
The beginning of a three-day weekend for me ... feels so relaxing to have so much time to myself.  There's a new blog, "Music."  Hope you enjoy it and that you're having a great day.

January 13, 2013
Last night the new Miss America was crowned.  Over the years the Miss America Pageant has meant different things to me.  There's a new blog "Here She Comes, Miss America."

January 6, 2013

Timing is everything ... I certainly believe that's a true statement. As many of you know, my book "Sea Story" is at the printer after sitting on a zip drive for two years. One of the "main characters" in my book is the legendary ocean liner, the QE2. The QE2 has also been sitting on a zip drive of sorts. After being sold to the United Arab Emirates 5 years ago for $100M, she has been tied to the dock in Dubai waiting to be reborn into a high-end luxury hotel. A week after my book went to the printer, the on board crew who has been overseeing her upkeep for the past 5 years was unceremoniously replaced by a smaller Chinese crew. The fear is that this magnificent, one-of-a-kind, sea legend has been sold to China FOR SCRAP! Currently there's a campaign to get the QE2 back to London where she belongs. If you're interested in what's happening to the QE2, the link below will bring you to a discussion page from theqe2story forum. My hope is by the time "Sea Story" is available, the still elegant QE2 will be sailing back home to England, not to an unthinkable ending in China.

tinyurl.com/QE2LON

December 31, 2012

I wish you all good things on this last day of 2012 and throughout 2013.  There's a new blog, "Happy New Year 2013."  Have fun tonight, be safe.

December 25, 2012
The ham was delicious.  We ate in the parlor in front of the Christmas tree and fireplace and drank wine and laughed and exchanged gifts.  Company has gone home now, the fire in the fireplace is out, Christmas dishes are washed and put away until next year.  It is a quiet, comfortable little Christmas ... the best kind.  I hope your Christmas was the same.

December 24, 2012
Well, I didn't get to that blog I wanted to write, but I did have a few quiet moments this morning and had a chance to think about Christmas Eve a bit.  Here are my thoughts: 

Christmas Eve. A magical night. Walking to midnight mass in the snow, singing Christmas hymns in the choir, walking home in the moonlight wondering if Santa had stopped at the house yet (he never had). Kissing mom and dad goodnight and wishing them Happy Wedding Anniversary one more time, leaving them sitting on the couch in front of the Christmas tree holding hands and hoping they wouldn't stay up too late or Santa would never come. One last look out the frosted bedroom window for Santa before snuggling under the covers and drifting off to sleep. Happy Wedding Anniversary mom and dad wherever you are, and Merry Christmas everyone ♥


December 23, 2012

Hello - I'm still here.  My novel, "Sea Story," is finally at the printers and should be ready by mid-February.  I found I had to stop writing other things and just concentrate on the book in order to finish it.  I discovered a few things in the process:  1) there comes a time when a writer just has to stop editing and be happy with what is written and 2) it's okay if a novel is small.  "Sea Story" is less than 200 printed pages and I kept thinking I should make it "bigger."  Yet, that's all the space needed to tell the story and, in the end, I do love "Sea Story."

Thank you for coming back.  I'm off to write a blog. 


November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving, again.  Another year has flown by.  Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  There is a new Thanksgiving 2012 blog ... of course.  :)

November 13, 2012
Just a quick note to say "Hi" and tell you a few things.  Over the weekend I finished a small chapter that will be included in a book about Lansingburgh, NY.  I thought about posting it here as a blog, but decided that wouldn't be fair, at least not until the book is published. 

I've removed the "Guestbook" from this site because it was turning into an advertising forum for uninvited users.  If you'd like to be in touch you can send me a message by clicking on "Contact Me" above, or by leaving a comment under a blog.

I'm focused on getting my book, "Where the Moon's Big and Shiny," to the printer next week.  It has been a long process.  I'm twitchy about it now because I want to get back to my second book, "Red Geraniums on a Summer Day."  Twelve chapters have been written but it has been months since I've worked on it.

It's all very exciting, but now I'm anxious to move forward.

Thank you for stopping by.  Take care.

Janice


November 6, 2012
One year ago today I launched "Red Geraniums on a Summer Day."  In honor of that occasion, there's a new blog about our first year together entitled, "Happy Anniversary Red Geraniums."  Thank you!

October 27, 2012
"Halloween - 2012 - Ending" is now in the Blog section ... boo!

October 26, 2012
There's a to-be-continued Halloween story/Blog.  It's loosely based on a recurring dream I had when I was a kid.  There was an old woman who lived in my neighborhood and my childhood friends and I were afraid of her.  I'm sure she was a very nice woman, and we grossly exaggerated her lifestyle but nevertheless she is the muse for this Halloween story and many of my childhood nightmares.  

October 9, 2012

Do you remember playing outside in the fall when you were a kid?  There's a new blog, "Furnaces and Friendships."

October 7, 2012

Feeling a bit philosophical today.  Just finished a new Blog I started last week entitled, "The Unexpected."  Funny the difference a few days make.  I started the blog with one thought in mind and ended up in a different place. 

My camper is closed for the season, no more traveling back and forth on the weekends.  I am looking forward to a winter of writing.  Publishing my first book, which I hope to get to the printer within the next 10 days or so, finishing my second and blogs, lots of blogs.  Hope all is well.


September 20, 2012
Printing a book is filled with unexpected fits and starts.  So far I have dealt with two professional copy-editors. I sent each the first and second chapters of my book.  After reading the chapters, the first copy-editor questioned whether one of my characters would, "actually say that."  I had to laugh because that particular character is based on my personal experience and, yes indeed, that character said that.

Before reading the chapters, the second copy-editor told me she often liked to suggest story lines and character changes ... my thought was, whose story is this anyway??? When I told her thank you, but no thank you, she asked if I would let her know when my book was printed because she wanted to read it.  All of that and their fees were double and triple the editing fees in my budget.

As you may have guessed, I did not hire either one of those copy-editors.  Currently a trusted friend with a newspaper background is rereading my book and sending me her comments which have been pretty minor so far.

I am surprised at the fits and starts.  The most challenging part of this project for me will be when I receive the final proof from the printer, reread it and then push the button and tell them to go ahead and print it. 


September 9, 2012
A storm knocked out the electricity to my camper Saturday night which meant I found myself at midnight with no TV, no Internet, no company and wide awake.  So I spent the next two hours writing a story until my laptop's battery gave out.  It's the kind of story one might tell around a campfire on a dark night and I thought about making the story a little more Stephen King-ish, but I was all alone in a dark camper surrounded by a black night and didn't want to let my imagination wander too far.  So, there's a new blog, "She."  I hope you enjoy it.

September 3, 2012
How is it possible that the last Summer of 2012 holiday weekend is over?  I hope you enjoyed it.  Mine started calmly at camp and then picked up speed on Sunday.  As a result I've written a new blog, "Bob Dylan in concert at Bethel ..."

August 26, 2012
Finally felt the uncontrollable urge to write again!!  Life is good.  There's a new blog, "Sunday."

August 15, 2012
Hi.  I'm sorry I haven't been here lately.  I'm sorry for me because I haven't been able to write and I'm sorry for those of you who come by looking for something interesting to read.  It turns out this is the busiest time of the year for me at work and this is the first time I've been through the full year cycle.  From 8:30 to 5 it's just one project after the next.  By the time I get home after 6 it's hard getting those creative juices moving.  Mostly I just relax and listen to music.  One good thing is that it wasn't work that caused my painful, swollen hand.  I'm not positive, but I think something bit me because once the swelling went down I've been using my hand just as much, but there's not a problem.

I am negotiating with a copy editor to review my book.  She just sent me her first editing comments and I've not had time to give them serious consideration.  It's kind of strange because I'm trying to decide if I want to be grammatically precise or maintain my more casual writing style.  I have to think about that a bit more.

Well, it's late and I've got to get to sleep.  Thank you for being patient and returning.  I hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer.  I cannot believe how quickly the spring and summer have flown by.  Bye for now.


August 5, 2012
After a very busy week at work I am now nursing a very painful right hand (typing this with my left). From days of repetitive movement using the computer mouse, it began throbbing and swelling Friday night and yesterday every little movement made me wince. It's still swollen today but not quite as painful. Lessons learned. Alternate tasks at work. Don't ignore small aches and keep plowing through ... they can turn into big monster pains to be sure they get your attention.

July 31, 2012
Where did 11 days go?  It's hard to believe it's been that long since the last time I posted here.  Thank you for being so persistent and for coming back.  I've been busy! 
 
Over a year and a half ago I finished the first draft of a book. I've been poking at it, but mostly it has been patiently sitting on a zip drive since then.  Well, like the quote says, the book is "... an idea whose time has come." Early Sunday morning I finished it. Next stop is a copy editor for continutiy, grammar, etc. and then it goes to the printer.

I didn't expect to feel so emotional when I typed the last words, but wow ... there is such a sense of accomplishment.

I am about one-third through writing another book but I couldn't work up a lot of enthusiasm for it and I think it was because the first book wasn't "done."

So, now I am a woman on a mission to get that book published!  I'm hoping it will be printed and available before the end of October.

I'll also have time to get back to blogging now, so don't give up on me ...  :)

July 20, 2012
A turn of events has me thinking about what was happening in my life during the time of the original Woodstock Music Festival.  There's a new blog, "Back to Woodstock."  Have a great weekend!

July 16, 2012
Vacation is over and I am back in my normal routine today.  I am feeling the constraints of my "real" life and long for the freedom of the past 12 days.  The ability to do what I wanted when I wanted and eat whatever I wanted was very liberating, at least until I stepped on the bathroom scale this morning.  My sleeping schedule is out of wack too.  My weekday alarm goes off at 7AM yet I was still wide awake and writing at 3AM this morning.
 
Following is a description of one of my last days at camp. It's short, so I decided to post it here rather than drop it in the "Blog" section. I hope you enjoy it and that you are having a good day:
 
"After wrestling my canoe from the chipmunks who had claimed it for their home, then wrestling it onto the roof of my car (even though it weighs just 15 lbs, it is 10 feet long so I always feel like a keystone cop trying to lift a ladder, three steps back and one forward) I made it to the lake early this morning. The sun still low in the sky just above the mountains, pink and grey fog, lily pads, ...birds singing, fish jumping leaving circular patterns on the water. People sitting quietly in their small, floating boats, their fishing lines disappearing under the still water's surface. I was torn between telling the people where the fish were or telling the fish to skedaddle. Back to the camper for a few hours then down to the pond for a swim. No one was there so I drifted on my Papa John float watching the clouds go by for a long time before a friend joined me and we had a long, floating, conversation. I'm going to try to remember this day in the middle of the winter."

July 9, 2012
Hi.  I haven't been writing stories lately, just rewriting.  It occurred to me this morning that some of you might enjoy reading a few little comments about my vacation that I've added to my Facebook page, so I created a little Blog entitled, "Notes from Vacation."  Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you're enjoying the summer.

July 6, 2012
Hi - news from vacation ... the weather has been perfect.  Warm, sunny and a cool breeze.  Yesterday I finished editing the first two chapters of my book and am enjoying rereading it.  It's wonderful not to have to watch the clock and instead live my days according to what I want to do next, which, most of the time, is pretty much nothing.  I'm off to the beach to swim and sit in the sun for a bit.  I hope you enjoy the day.          

July 1, 2012
Happy July.  What a great month ... picnics, swimming, fireworks ... hope you have many chances to get out and enjoy.  My dog, Riley, (the littlebrowndog) went to my camper for the first time last week.  He went with my son and spent 3 days there.  I got thinking about what it might have been like for Riley visiting the Adirondacks for the first time.  There's a new blog, "The Littlebrowndog Goes to Camp." 

PS:  I wrote this blog while sitting on the deck here at camp.  I was just about finished when a chipmunk jumped up onto the swing right next to me and scared the hell out of me!  I'm sure it was less interested in what I was typing than in the jar of peanuts that I was munching on.  Nevertheless, it reminded me what a sissy I am when it comes to critters in the "Dacks."  Cannot even imagine what would happen if I ran into a bear!

June 20, 2012
It's all over the news today that my favorite actor has split from his long-time lady love.  When I first heard the story I jokingly thought to myself, "Ah, he's back on the market." One thought led to another and before I knew it I had written a new Blog, "Johnny."  Hey, a woman can dream can't she?  Stay cool.

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, "

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.

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).

Janice


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.

Janice


The lovely print in the upper right hand corner of this page is Americana Red Geraniums, Art Print by Sid Willis.