Hey Y'all!

It took me awhile to get here, but alas I'm finally joining the blogosphere of bloviation. It took a rant floating around in my head to send me toward this journey, but so be it. We'll have some fun here too. I promise. Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to leave me a comment or two. ~ diane

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Random Post on a Faux-Winter's Day

Are those crickets I hear? . . . please pardon me while I brush away the cobwebs on this blog . . . heavens! It's been a while! In fact, I came awfully close to shutting down the ol' girl here. Time doesn't just get away, it runs at wharp speed. And I have trouble justifying spending a lot of time writing on my little podium here. Then there's the fact that everyone on the planet blogs, and let's be honest - who has time to read all of them?

To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Then I decided, who cares!? I browsed back through some of my previous posts and had myself a nice stroll down memory lane. So if no one else ever reads the words I write here, at least I'll have a cozy journal of sorts to come back to again and again.

And so begins my first post of 2012. Random post. Lots of thoughts. Not much connection between them, so consider yourself warned.

Goodness! It's already February 18th. Not that you'd know it by the weather (thus, the "faux-winter" reference). I'm so bummed that we haven't had more than a dusting of snow yet this year. I must have one serious snow or I can't face spring! Just one good one. Asking too much? The picture on the left is from last year. It's currently the wallpaper on my desktop reminding me of what snow looks like . . .

Tomorrow is Ben's 25th birthday. I. Cannot. Believe. It. MY son? Already 25? That's him on the left at Universal Studios in Orlando long, long ago. Ben is so full of life and I'm so proud of him. He has a job he loves (golf anyone?) and oh my, you should hear him play guitar. Basically self-taught but he is SO ridiculously talented - and no, I'm not just biased on that! And a song-writer to boot. He no longer lives with us and I miss the snot out of him, but I'm glad he's still in the Nashville area. Happy Birthday, Ben!  

 I recently discovered Downton Abbey and I'm shamelessly smitten. Can't get enough of it. After so many years of nothing but garbage on TV, what a relief to find something of such extreme quality - from the acting to the music and stunning English scenery, to the amazing costumes, it is top notch. But it is the writing that keeps me coming back. Non-stop drama set in such a fascinating time of history, both "upstairs and downstairs." I just love it - though I'm probably driving Ken crazy since I seem to have acquired a British accent of late, but he's not complaining. LOVE this show.

Just finished helping my friend Dennis Pethers publish his book, The Rooftop: A Crisis of Opportunity. There's an interesting story, how God crossed our paths last September, then laid it on my heart to help him get his book published. Dennis has a fascinating story to share and a message of tremendous importance. I truly believe it's a life-changing book. You can find it HERE.

Busily trying to finish up Book #2 of the Moody Blue Trilogy. Blue Like Elvis has been such a trip to write. I hope my readers like it! Hoping to have it available by the end of March, Lord willing! Then I'm anxious to start research on a book about the Chowhound Mission at the end of WWII. My dad was so honored to be a part of the life-saving food drop for the Dutch, and I can't wait to tell the story.

Our "OBT Bookz" company continues to knock our socks off! Our book sales have continued to do well and we give ALL the credit to God for that. Ken is currently at work on the sequel to Ordained Irreverence and I'm excited to see what other kind of mischief Elmo can get into there!

Well, that's enough for now. I could make endless promises to post more, write less, blah blah blah, but it will be what it will be. And yes, you can quote me on that.

Happy February.