So, as is usual in life, the truth is best. I've been sitting on my lazy butt neglecting this blog (and the house--where does all that dust and grime come from anyway?). In my defense, I'm old. But when there are women like Sister Madonna Buder, the "Iron Nun," competing in triathlons and that show-off Diana Nyad swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, the "old age" excuse isn't any more valid than claims of being kidnapped.
I have done a little bit this summer. I wrote the second book in my Top Shelf Mystery series. It's titled Whiskey Kills and will hit the Amazon newsstand this Friday, September 29th. But it's a good thing I decided against New Year's resolutions. Before I started this post, I read over my January 2017 one and see I didn't release either of the books I thought I would back then. I still have them awaiting my attention, and I still plan on bringing them into the light of day, but this time I'm not going to commit to when. Now that I'm finished with Whiskey Kills, I am going to drag out the Christmas novella and see if I still like it. If I do, it will be out this November. If not, I'll announce its demise.
The biggest event in my life this summer was a sad one. Our old dog, Freckles, called it a day and died in July. She'd showed up at our house one evening in May of 2007. She was already an adult dog--the vet could only say that she was older than one or two--and some poor excuse for a human had abandoned her out here in the woods. Fortunately for her and us, she found our house. When I first met her, I thought she was snarling at me but then realized her body language was submissive, not aggressive. She was giving me a doggy grin, and she gave us a lot of those during her time with us. She was heart worm positive, we had her treated, and she lived over ten years with us. I've posted a picture here so everyone can see what a pretty girl she was.
Well, I think I'd better end this post before I start tearing up thinking about our girl. Like I've said many times before, I'll try to do better and post more often. Until then, have a good life, and PLEASE give all your animals--including your spouses--a big kiss and tell them how much you love them.