January 16, 2018

Bear Advice

CareStaf's Mike Bear
is a fine looking bear and
so health conscious, too.
  He's a busy fellow and that includes
posing with his tissue for this shot. 
     'Tis the cold and flu season again.  Take a tip from our friend, Mike, the  Kansas City Carestaf* bear, on how he stays healthy.  His Mama Bear taught him and he listens to his mother like all bearlings, children and adults should.
     P.S. Mike has no medical training, so take or leave his advice.  Your fate is in your paws/hands.  However, we must add that he likes to listen to hearts with his toy stethoscope, so that qualifies him for something. Oh, yes, that qualifies him as a stuffed toy.

Mike Says:
  • Don't touch your face.
  • Don't rub your eyes.
  • Hold your breath when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • If necessary, touch elbows in greeting when someone is ill. Don't shake hands.
  • Spray disinfectant on door knobs, inside and out.
  • Polish television remotes with fresh disinfectant wipes.
  • Polish all phones with fresh disinfectant wipes.
  • Wash those paws/hands.
  • Dry your hands with paper towels, not a community cloth towel.
  • Bundle up in layers to go out.
  • Wear a hat out in the cold.
  • Layer your clothing, inside, too, if your thermostat is set low to save electricity.
  • Don't touch your face or lips.  I know I wrote that already, but it's the number one thing Mama Bear says.
     By the way, Mike Bear is friends with our Martha Bear, ursine spokesbear for this blog and Gracious
Martha Bear sitting in her
official Bear Chair
wearing her official uniform
Jane Marie. Martha also makes cameo appearances in Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie series. 



The Goodbye Lie Series

    *CareStaf - Dennis and Peggy Brown opened CareStaf in 1991 and still own and operate the company.  Their commitment to high clinical standards has made CareStaf a recognized leader in supplemental staffing and home health care.  (Peggy Brown is my sister, as well, so  please permit me to brag about her and her wonderful hubby, Dennis.  - jmm)
    .     

    January 10, 2018

    May I Recommend?

        I had the most scrumptious potatoes at a pot luck luncheon.  I was told the recipe was on the back of the Simply Potatoes® bag located in the refrigerated section of the local grocery store.  And there it was. Since it called for chopped onions and I was short on time,  I bought their Potatoes O'Brien® version, with green pepper and onion included. All I can say is the result is YUMMO!

     ***Cheesy Hash Browns***

    You'll need:

    1 bag of Simply Potatoes O'Brien® or your own shredded potatoes with chopped onion
     3/4 cup sour cream
     1 regular can of cream of chicken soup- I used the healthy version.
    8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese - I used 2% sharp cheddar.
    1/4th cup melted butter- I  used Earth Balance organic spread.

    Mix all the ingredients.  Spread in a 9"x 11" pan or 2 quart casserole sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 60 minutes  at  350° F. Cut into squares and serve for Sunday dinner or anytime.  It would go wonderfully with eggs at breakfast, too.  Think I'll run by the store tonight and get the ingredients to make more!
         Enjoy,   Jane Marie

    January 3, 2018

    Hope It's Not Too Late plus Goodbye Diaries-Miss Ella

    I see some rearranging of the heart squares is required ...
         If you haven't already disposed of your live Christmas tree - WAIT.  If you have an artificial tree you haven't put away yet or if you have, get it out again. Why? Because you can easily create a Valentine Tree.  A friend suggested doing this since there was still plenty of life left in the living tree.  
         You can see in the photo that I still have room for improvement and that I'm not yet done. I've used a couple strings of red lights, red garland, pearl garland and cut out paper hearts of pink and white.  This took me all of thirty minutes.  The kids will love it, too, and they can help with cutting the hearts and decorating.  Add a faux bird or three (odd numbers look better), some lace, tie bows on a few of the branch tips, place an old Valentine card for sentimental reasons or new Valentines here and there, add a white sheet, an old Victorian-looking book and a heart shaped platter beneath the tree and a small doll or large bow at the top. There you have it.  Good, wholesome, all-American fun! 
         Hey, decorate a small outside tree, bush or potted plant with red, pink and white weather-resistant bows.  I figure it like this.  If you go to the effort of decorating, enjoy that effort and make it last until the dust settles over it and you're forced to dismantle the thing or redo it.
         What? Too soon after New Year's?  Maybe for some, but I'm always in the holiday spirit!
         Enjoy!
                                      Jane Marie

    Goodbye Lie Diaries
    Late 1800s
    Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida

    Miss Ella writes: This is such a wonderful idea,
    Miss Ella



    Jane Marie.  I do not have your strings of red lights, but have pretty patterned wrapping paper we can use for the hearts to decorate our potted palm in the parlor.  The Sisters of Saint Michael's church have given me the most beautiful handmade lace.  That can be our garland. I will not have to cut into it and shall use it for trim on a  christening gown for the family.  You know how we have babies now that our children are grown. The little ones might find some pink-hued small shells on the beach to hang as well.  The ideas are endless.  Thank you for always including our Dunnigan family.

    The Goodbye Lie historical romance series, available in e-book and paperback, features the Dunnigan family and all their antics, desires and dreams in late 1800 Amelia Island, Florida. Click on the link above for details.   

    December 27, 2017

    Goodbye Lie Diaries - Peeper- Smoking Bishop Recipe

    Excerpt from The Goodbye Lie:

         Leona was at the piano playing Auld Lang Syne. Aunt Noreen and Peeper passed steaming mugs of Smoking Bishop and the scent of the spiced wine filled the room. A toast was raised and cups clinked. 1883 had begun.



          In Drinking with Dickens by Cedric Dickens, who was the great-grandson of Charles Dickens,  I discovered Smoking Bishop was Victorian hot spiced port wine.  Besides the Bishop, there were other clerical drinks in those times:  Archbishop-claret, Cardinal-champagne and Pope-burgundy.  
         We served Smoking Bishop at a holiday party and got a chuckle out of seeing one of our guests tip the pot to get the last drop - and we’d made a double batch!  There are variations of Smoking Bishop, but this is the recipe we used. 
         As with all alcoholic drinks, moderation is key. 

         Enjoy,
         Jane Marie


    Smoking Bishop Recipe- a GBL Fave 


    You’ll need: 
    • 4 whole washed, unpeeled oranges
    • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
    • 1 bottle dry red wine
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 cinnamon sticks.
    • 1 bottle port wine (red wine and port wine combined should equal 4 to 5 quarts)
    • 5 to 6 quart slow cooker or large pot for stovetop cooking
    Stick the whole cloves into the oranges.  Poke the oranges several times with a fork so the juice will seep out while cooking.  Place the oranges in the pot. 
    Add  the red wine, sugar and cinnamon sticks.
    Cover and cook on low or simmer for 3 1/2 hours.  Add the bottle of port. 
    DO NOT BOIL at any time.  
    Heat the mixture for another half hour to warm the port. 
    Serve warm straight from the pot.
    Garnish with extra orange slices or wedges and individual cinnamon sticks, if desired. 
    Serves 10.  This recipe is easily doubled.

    *******  
    The Goodbye Lie Diaries:
    1880s
    Fernandina, Florida

    Grandmother
    Peeper
    Peeper writes:
         Yes, Miss Jane,  I did pass cups a Smokin' Bishop around Dunnigan Manor with Noreena. I never want ta do a thing with her.  I only dun it 'acause  Santee Claus hadn't yet come and I wanted me a pair a new shoelaces, so I had ta be nice.  Miss Ella got me the shoes ta go with 'um, but I didn't ask.

                          Happy New Year All!

     Reprinted from our original
    GraciousJaneMarie.com website

    December 24, 2017

    Merry Christ Christmas



         Many years ago, I learned a rub-out painting technique. You fill a section of the canvas with solid paint then use Q-tips to slowly remove the paint and develop your picture.  Mine is painted on a wooden board and encircled by a straw wreath. To me, the babe in the manger with the chipmunk, lamb, redbird, bunny and donkey looking on, is sweet beyond measure.  I hope it reminds you of the love radiating from the Christ Child into all the world.  Merry Christmas everyone.     
                                                             - Jane Marie

    December 20, 2017

    2017 Annual Christmas Letter

    Somebody else's Christmas Cactus
         Here is another of our annual appalling          
    appealing family Christmas letters.  Hope your year was filled with events and quotes as great as ours!
     
    Mother tried out for the community theater production of Little Mermaid.  She will play the coveted role of seaweed.
     
    Auntie instructed Son to put up the trellis for the wedding ceremony.  He readily agreed, adding, "What’s a trellis?"
     
    Uncle asked, "Who was the last one to brush?"  “Brush what?” came the reply in unison. That happened in May.
     
    Father warned: "Don't go in there.  He's got The Crud and he'll take us all down with him."
     
    The doorbell rang. "Who ordered this kind of pizza?  I hate mushrooms so I ain't paying.  Granny, it’s for you."
     
    "Who wants a white Russian?"  I don't, but I'll take a furry Frenchman."
     
    Uncle Tree-tree talks into the TV clicker and replaces the batteries when he can't change the channels. It keeps him busy and away from the garbage can.
      
    It rained so hard the apple pie was good.
     
    Father cut the grass and his toe nails, in that order
     
    Cousin Skin bought a ticket and wore a sneaker.
     
    The pool was not cleaned this year.
     
    Anybody got any TUMS?
     
    A feather was on the sidewalk.
     
    Ants carried off the cat food.
     
    Mother sewed on a button then removed the blood stains with her spit.
     
    Brother got a new one.
     
    The cat coughed up a pickle.
     
    The timer on the sprinkler got reset.
     
    The oven burned the chicken. 
     
    The repairman made two trips to plug in the toaster.  He wears a uniform and is Father's nephew.
     
    Friday's newspaper was thinner than the bacon.
     
    Sometimes we didn’t dry the dishes.
     
    The stairs still need watering.
     
    The chimney smells funny.
     
    Merry Christmas
    from all the crew and characters at
    Gracious Jane Marie and
    Amelia Island Novels Blog

    December 17, 2017

    Quick Beef Stroganoff

         I heard somewhere, "It is better to wear out than rust out."  And I agree, but our lives do often seem hectic and we may forget a thing or two. (That's why there are sticky notes in my world. )
         One thing we must remember to do is feed the family- like they would let us forget?  So, I am always on the look-out for quick and easy recipes that are delicious.  This Beef Stroganoff has been around our house for a couple of decades. Give it a try! 

    Quick Beef Stroganoff


    Brown and drain any grease:
    • 1 pound lean ground beef
    • Garlic powder to taste
    • 1 medium onion, chopped finely (optional)
    • Flat noodles or pasta            
    Add, stirring over medium heat until hot clear through:
    • 1 can “healthy” mushroom soup (regular is fine, too)
    • 1 cup regular, non-fat or light sour cream
    • 1 three ounce can of mushrooms, drained (or larger can if you love mushrooms) - fresh mushrooms taste even better, but should be added with the onion so they can be cooked through
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup           
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    Serve over flat noodles or pasta.

    P.S.  This recipe was first posted on my Gracious Jane Marie website a long while ago.  It's so good, I thought you might like seeing it again or discovering it for the first time.

    Enjoy!
                Jane Marie

    December 12, 2017

    The Goodbye Lies - Peeper-Perfect Purity Almost

    Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida 
    Present Day

       Jane Marie writes:   My friend, Johanna Eversole, showed me this photo of a Great Egret she'd taken here on Amelia Island, Florida and let me share it with you. She and her son occasionally cast a net for shrimp.  This beautiful birdie, she kindly calls Freddie the Freeloader, watches for them and accepts any of the tidbits they offer. Not only is this creature pure and perfect, but smart. 

    Here is a link for more info. 

    ***

    Fernandina, Florida                                         

    Late 1800s

         Grandmother Peeper writes:  I seen one a them birds aflyin' the other day.  I admit to it.  It was a pretty thing, but sure as a croakin' frog can wake the dead at night, them egrets fly high up and let loose, if ya understand my meanin', and it always lands on the clean clothes ahangin' on the line.  That's the way of it.

    The Goodbye Lie Diaries- What are they?
         Through the magic of electronics, the characters in my Goodbye Lie Series set on Amelia Island can talk to me from the late 1800s and I to them.  It makes for some interesting conversations.- Jane Marie

    December 5, 2017

    Carnival Cruise Anniversary

         My husband, Bruce, and I recently celebrated our anniversary and decided to go on a cruise. Can you say An Affair to Remember (See complete movie here on YouTube.) -That wonderful Cary Grant movie with several scenes set onboard a cruise ship ... I didn't want to drive to a distant port of departure because we'd have to drive home that same distance, tired and worn, from said cruise.  Happily, we have a terminal nearly in our back yard.  Actually, it's little more than half an hour south from Amelia Island, in Jacksonville, Florida. We also had the luxury of being dropped off and picked up by sweet friends. Very lucky us.  So, we hopped on board and off we sailed! 

    Elation's stern passing under
    Jacksonville, Florida's
    Dames Point Bridge upon departure. 


         We took a 5 day sail on Carnival's Elation to the Bahamas.  It was just great. The food, the service, the maintenance,  the near-Broadway style shows, my favorite part, were all wonderful. Oh, plus 24 hours of pizza, ice cream and room service. Sigh ... Talk about pampered

    Yes, Virginia, the Caribbean water is that blue.
    just a cool interior shot
        
    Nassau, Bahamas   

    Darling towel animals greeted
    us each night on our bed.
    We won!  We won!!!

    This little birdie fought the wind and
    rode on the flagpole for miles. 
    What a view he had!



    smooth sailing all the way




    Remember I wrote the ship was well
    maintained? This greased pulley
    impressed me and made me feel safe.



    a full moon, too

    so romantic


    Jane Marie, Bruce and Queen Victoria 


    And to all, a good night ...


    PS - Have I mentioned, my next novel,
    Amelia Island's Sand and Sin, takes place, in part, aboard a cruise ship? - Jane Marie

    November 30, 2017

    Goodbye Lie Diaries - Carolena Decorates with Jewelry

    Late 1800s
     Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida

    Carolena Dunnigan writes:  I heard  word my sister, Breelan, wrote to you, Jane Marie, sharing her perfume tip. I can't have my baby sister show me up, so this is my idea. ( See Breelan's tip here. )
         Instead of leaving my bracelets and necklaces tucked away in my drawer or jewelry box , I decorate my room with them.  I drape my favorite necklaces on lampshades and hang my bracelets from the pulls on my chest of drawers. 
         I am forever changing them out for new pieces as I wear them. And they look different when the candles are lit compared to the the light of day.
         Jane Marie, thank you for trying my style of decorating and taking photos to share with your friends.  I don't want to brag, but little creative touches of all types add to my interior designs for our family's Aqua Verdi Passenger Line grand ships and yachts.  Business is brisk, so I must dash.  Daddy promised I would have my sketches to the gentleman from Boston completed and in the post to him by week's end.

    shade by night decorated with butterfly necklace
    bracelets on drawer pulls


                          necklace on lamp by day

    same necklace, shade turned at an angle, by night


    Carolena Dunnigan is the
     featured player in
     Amelia Island 's Velvet  Undertow.
                                Carolena Dunnigan


    Click here for Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow  eBooks and paperbacks Set on Amelia Island, Florida in 1889, Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow will twist, turn and torture you with Carolena's passion for her family, her art and her lovers, all from her deep and dawning creative soul.





    -Necklaces handmade by Jane Marie's sister, Nancy Kamp
    -Bracelets handmade by Jane Marie's granddaughter, Ava, Nancy Kamp and Jane Marie 


    November 21, 2017

    Bless This House by Perry Como

    Please take a moment during this special time of giving thanks and listen to Bless This House
    by Perry Como. Written in 1927, the melody is gentle then  powerful and the words leave you counting your many blessings.

    Thank you to YouTube, as always.

    November 16, 2017

    Goodbye Lie Diaries - Breelan's Hidden Perfume Tip

    Jane Marie's recreation of Breelan's perfume bottle hidey-hole 
    Late 1800s
    Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida

    Breelan writes: I do not have a care if my perfume gives Aunt Noreen the sneezes.  During the day I will often wear a sweet scent. At night, spice is my preference. When I feel the need for instant refreshment and I don't want climb the stairs to my room or haven't the time, I will splash a few drops on the nape of my neck from one of the perfume bottles hidden about the house. Inside the china cabinet,  amongst the books on the shelf and in the pantry, I have several scattered about.  I was afraid my mother, Miss Ella, or Grandmother Peeper might object, having to dust around the bottles, but they understand the importance of always smelling delightful. And I know for a fact, they, too, spritz a scent on their wrists or necks.

    **************

    Breelan Dunnigan is the heroine in The Goodbye Lie, the first novel in the series by the same name.  Available in e-book and paperback, the stories are set on Amelia Island in north Florida in the late 1800s.

    November 11, 2017

    Italian Cluck

         It is meet, right and proper to give credit where it is due. I saw a similar recipe to what I like to call my Italian Cluck on Facebook, but now I can't find it. As usual, if you know who posted it, please contact me at graciousjanemarie@yahoo.com and I will post their name and thank them.
         So, from memory, I put the ingredients together, with little measuring, and the result was so good,  Bruce and I polished it off in two days. (I always hope there are leftovers I can freeze for a quick meal, but not this time.)

    You'll need:
    1 jar of spaghetti sauce (your favorite brand)
    6 ounces or so of shredded Italian cheese (in the bag)
    Basil ( I used dry because I had no fresh.)
    6 large chicken finger sized parts of the breast, rinsed
    1/2 cup or so Italian breadcrumbs
    6 or so ounces of shredded Parmesan cheese (in the bag)

         In an 8 inch by 8 inch glass dish sprayed with non-stick coating, pour the entire jar of sauce in the bottom and spread evenly.  Sprinkle all the shredded Italian cheese next.  Sprinkle some basil.   Lay the chicken pieces on top.  Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl then sprinkle on top of the chicken.  Bake 1 1/2 hours at 375 degrees with a layer of foil laid loosely across the dish to keep the breadcrumbs and cheese from getting too brown.  Serve with spaghetti noodles, if desired, but we only had a salad to save on carbs. This serves 4 singles, can easily be doubled and is good enough for company!

                            Enjoy,  Jane Marie

    November 7, 2017

    Perfect Two-Some aka Details, Details, I Love the Details

         I recently attended our Writers by the Sea meeting in Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida.  A lot of effort goes into organizing the membership and coming up with programs, etc.  Thank you to Nadine Vaughan D'Ardenne, the leader of this wonderful pack of creative folks. 
         We had two interesting speakers. Our local award-winning poet, Nola Perez, shared her rich story and how it impacted her poems. The second speaker was Linda Hart Green, retired from Christian ministry  and an artist on and off through the years. She and three partners have opened The Shady Ladies Art Studios and Gallery. Located on 8th Street in Fern, as our family calls the town, the name of the shop was inspired by the huge oak tree out front. 
         One thing stood out to me as I listened to Linda.  My words, not hers:  Artists and writers are the eyes for the world.  As I thought about this, I realized I am and always have been an observer.  I could not have written my Goodbye Lie series of novels and had this blog for five years without being observant.  Here is what I mean. 
         I was going through some photos I had taken and found this wonderfully sweet picture of the two "lizzies" on the heads of the cherub statue in my front flower bed at Stately Martha Manor.*  Now some out there may just have passed by and never noticed the lizards, let alone take a picture of them.  It's that old stop and smell the roses thing.  I'm all about that.  To this day, our granddaughter, Ava, and I will see a picture or look upon a swatch of patterned material and search for as many different colors, shapes, identifiable images, etc., as we can. 
         I love details.  When my husband, Bruce, and I watch an old recorded movie, I will rewind it to see the costuming or reread the closed caption to make sure I heard it correctly in the first place, if I didn't quite understand the dialogue.  Or in  musicals, I love them with closed caption.  You can read the lyrics of what the chorus is singing. 
        As for these four legged little guys on the statue heads, note they aren't looking at each other. Perhaps they had a spat over who ate the biggest gnat, yet because they are resting on those cement angels, it makes me think of a  couple committed to each other for life.  Maybe the angels beneath their tiny feet are their way of being blessed by God.  All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all.   
         So, I beg you, slow down every once in a while, pick an object of some sort and just plain examine it to see how it's put together.  In the meantime,  I will continue to observe and share in my writings what I discover.  May what I see and write about in this blog and my novels, bring you wonder, entertainment, drama, mystery, romance and peace.

    *************************************** 

    *We used to call our home Stately Malcolm Manor.  Yes, it's a direct rip-off of Batman's Stately Wayne Manor.  When Martha Bear entered our lives and hearts, she quickly took over. Everybody knows we live in Martha Bear's house. -jmm

    November 3, 2017

    The Goodbye Lie - Mini-Excerpt

    E-books and Paperbacks
    1882 - Amelia Island, Florida

          She stood in the pounding breakers, her heavy wet skirts slapping her legs. With agony beyond endurance, she howled into the night. The insatiable ocean gulped away at her despondency, swallowing all sounds, leaving only its own. At that moment, she hated ...


    October 31, 2017

    Spokes-dog Goes Undercover

    Abby is the spokes-dog for Gracious Jane Marie, our family owned business promoting the silly, the patriotic and Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie series, a whole lot. She is aka The Abster, Abbykins and Stinkhead.  She loves role playing and this day she is pretending she's a spy, going undercover(s). Clever doggie, that one! 

    October 27, 2017

    Mix and Match Crust-less Quiche plus Goodbye Lie Diaries - Marie

    Crust-less Quiche
         I am forever trying to save calories.  I figure the more calories I save when I make a dish, the more of it I can eat.  To that end,  here is my Mix and Match Crust-less Quiche recipe.  It's easy and you can serve it warm or cold.

    You'll Need:

    6 eggs
    3/4 cup milk (non-fat optional)
    8 ounces non-fat cottage cheese
    8 ounces 2% cheddar sharp cheese

    Mix and match any of the following, adding in just before baking:
    1 small can of chopped mild green chilies
    Chopped bacon
    Garlic powder
    Tuna
    Tomatoes, seeded
    Pepperoni, nuked a few seconds on a paper towel to remove the grease, then crumbled
    Ground beef, lean, browned and drained
    Chicken, cooked and chopped
    Ham, chopped
    Turkey, chopped
    Green onions, chopped
    Black olives, chopped
    Green olives, chopped

    For a thinner quiche, pour mixture into a 9 inch x 13 inch pan first treated with non-stick cooking spray. For a thicker quiche, use an 8 inch x 8 inch pan.  You can also use muffin cups.

    Bake at 325 degrees for 30 or 35 minutes, generally, checking a knife comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Reduce the muffin cups by at least 10 minutes.  Oven temperatures vary, so don't over-bake.  Serve with a tossed or fruit salad.  Yummo!
                                 Enjoy!                                                  -Jane Marie


    *********
    Late 1800s
    Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida

    Marie writes:  Jane Marie, you know how I love to
    Marie Dunnigan
    eat.  Why it is one of God's pure pleasures, isn't it?  I am always on a quest to find easy to make recipes because I would much rather be looking for shark's teeth or flirting with boys. However, I understand the need for a woman to be as capable in the kitchen as she is in the bedroom.  Please don't tell Mama or Aunt Noreen or Peeper I said that. They'd skin me and hang my hide from the barn door if'n they heard such an admission. 

      The Goodbye Lie series
         Well, this egg dish sounds wonderful since I can add whatever I want.  Have you tried it with a few seasoned bread crumbs?  Yes, the bread may defeat the purpose of those low-fat ingredients you recommend, but it sounds quite delicious to me.  I bet Peeper will have some ideas of her own to goose up the flavor.  She always has her way of doing things and that makes her about the best cook in the county, next to our mother, Miss Ella. 
          May the reminder of your day be another adventure, as I hope mine will be. Now that I think on it, mayhap my quest for adventure is higher on my happy list than food. My stars, what a realization that is to me.

    Marie is the youngest sibling in  historical romance novel, Amelia Island's Mark of a Man, part of the Goodbye Lie series set on Amelia Island, Florida in the late 1800s.  She is free spirited, opinionated and cherished by her family and a particular young man with whom she is acquainted ... 

    October 24, 2017

    Another "Lucy" Moment- Where Are My ...?

         I confess.  I have always and am always misplacing two things.  Beginning in childhood,  I remember
    asking my mother, "Where are my shoes?"  That continued into adulthood.  Now I ask my husband, "Where are my shoes?" plus "Where are my glasses?"  I wear cheaters/readers, whatever you may call them.
         One day I was alone in the house, scurrying about, as I usually do.  I don't walk.  Why?  I can't say for sure, but one advantage is you burn calories, another is you get to where you're going faster and, thereby, can accomplish more things. Win, win, right? 
         So there I am, asking Abby, the spokesdog for this blog and my writing companion,  and myself, mostly myself, "Where are my glasses."  I always keep a spare pair in every room, or try to.  I often manage to find several in a pile.  Case in point ... When I happened to pass a mirror, I caught a near blinding reflection of something glinting off the sun.  I figured out it was the four pairs of glasses I had hanging on the neck of the sweatshirt I was wearing. I had to laugh as this one.  I took a selfie to prove what a dumb bunny I can be. (Refer to the picture above.)  
         Hey, perhaps we can spin this to read how my powers of concentration are so great, I don't know everything I do while I'm doing it.  Naw.  That can't be right because I am a great multi-tasker.  Just ask me. 
        Save yourselves, my dear readers. Your hostess here is silly, screwie and leaning hard toward being nuts.  But as I tell people, it's happy in my world and that of our  fictitious and beloved Dunnigan family on Amelia Island in the late 1800s. It must be happy in yours, too, because you're right here with us. Happy is a better thing.  Let's keep it that way!