January Update

Tomorrow it will be two weeks into the new year, and I’m still writing 2019. Do you all do that? I guess old habits are hard to break, even though writing 2020 is much easier.

Have you all read any good books so far this year?

I read “The Way of the Brave” by Susan May Warren, and I’m about to finish “Love Amid the Ashes” by Mesu Andrews.

Crochet is another passtime for me, and lately, I’ve started a new project. I’m crocheting sleeping mats for the homeless. Rather, I’m attempting to crochet them. It’s more difficult than crocheting with yarn. But, my 2nd attempt is better than my first, so I have not given up, yet.

Basically, you cut plastic bags into strips, tie the strips together into one long strand, then use that to crochet. The mat, the patterns say, need to be about 3 feet wide and 6 feet long. If you are interested in making them, you will want to note that tucking in all those ends will make your project wider than your first chain. This is why my first attempt began at 38 inches and ended up at 58. LOL

Another favorite hobbie of mine is baking. Just before Christmas I heard of an antique cookie recipe. Naturally, I had to try it out. It called for crushed cornflakes, oats, flour, sugar, oil and vanilla. I didn’t have enough of any of these, so I cut the recipe in half. I still didn’t have enough cornflakes, so substituted coconut. My husband and girls loved them. They are called Dishpan cookies, and it looks as if I’m about to make more of them, real soon.

Keeping busy with reading, crocheting and baking is all fine and good, but I’m ready to work on my new book. It’s set in WV in the early 1900’s, and I actually wrote some on it this morning. I have another manuscript that I’ve been working on for several years, and yesterday, I wrote a few paragraphs on it. There’s yet another story in the works, and I’m working on character development over there. You could say, I have writer’s ADD. You could also say, I have too many characters in my head. Either way, I’m still writing.

I’m still publishing, too, or attempting publishing, as the case may be; I submitted 2 pieces to Chicken Soup for the Soul. One piece is about cats, and the other is a poem. It will be a wait before I hear from them, but if I do, you all will be the first to know.

I also hope my children’s book will be published this year. The illustrations have already begun, and the main character, Windy Blabs is as cute as he can be. He has trouble with his mouth, though and has a lesson for kids and adults, alike. Be on the look out, because Windy’s story will be a great edition to your Sunday school, youth group, homeschool or Christian school.

Speaking of books, my audiobook, “You Belong to Me”, is selling, and there are even some nice reviews. I hope you will check it out.

2020 is shaping up to be a busy year,, and homeschool is back in full swing. We made it through the first semester of 9th and 6th grade, and now we’re pushing to keep our momentum going. Something about January makes it hard, though. This morning, my 6th grader had a math problem that went something like this:

G+7 > 14

I’m ashamed, a little, to admit how long it took me to figure that out. LOL

Mondays are not our strongest days. Hope yours is going great, though, and thanks for spending part of it with me. Below are links to the books mentioned in this post, as well as the Dishpan cookie recipe and the crocheting project I talked about.

“The Way of the Brave” by Susan May Warren


“Love Amid the Ashes” by Mesu Andrews


“You Belong to Me” by S. J. Wells


Making sleeping mats from plastic bags


Dishpan Cookies


Be blessed. 🙂

2 thoughts on “January Update

  1. I’ve been reading Tom Clancy it’s a long series starting with “The Hunt For Red October ” I’m currently on “Debt of Honor”. I’m also trying a new author Robert Ludlum. The book is “Matarese Countdown”. The two are not normal reading taste, but my hubby suggested Tom Clancy, and my dad bought me the other book.


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