Tuesday, November 29, 2022

My First Reading Glasses Experience

 No one told me I would need reading glasses. I'm 48 years old and had NO clue this was something that almost everyone needed as they aged. I am the black sheep in a family where everyone wears glasses. For my entire life, I was lucky enough to be able to see just fine. I ate lots of carrots.

I noticed a few months ago I couldn't read the tiny instructions on the back of pill bottles. If I did try to read, my eyeballs would hurt. Still never crossed my mind that I would need glasses to aid me in reading. Then the blurriness grew to impacting when I would read books while brushing my teeth. (All my free time I try to devote to writing - or surfing the internet for little model horses -- that will be another posting.) So, I read while I brush my teeth with my electric toothbrush. And I couldn't see the words in my historical romance I was reading. Not fair!


15 Best Reading Glasses to Shop in 2022, According to an ExpertCourtesy of Prevention.com 


One day I had stopped in a store for something and walked past their reading glasses fixture. My brain whispered to me to try a pair on. Ughh. I didn't want to put glasses on. In my mind, it was a sign of weakness, but I still reached out and picked a bright yellow pair and slid onto my head, settling them on my nose. When I looked out into the store, things were blurry and I breathed a sigh of relief. 

See, I didn't need glasses.

Then I saw the little card on the side of the fixture and suddenly the font was crystal clear. I lifted the glasses and the suggested prescription "fit" guide grew blurry. I slid the glasses down. CLEAR.

I was elated! Thirty seconds ago, I was ready to pump my hand in the air with the declaration that I don't need glasses. But I wouldn't have been able to see.

Now, the second eye opening fact of the day was when I turned to my eleven year old daughter and asked her how I looked and she screwed up her face and said, "I don't like how they look." Well, I don't either, I had to conclude, but to able to read clearly again and without eyeball pain, I might be willing to look uncool. 

One week later, I have three pairs of glasses spread around the house. One in bathroom, one in living room and one in purse. I need my readers to do anything closer than arm's length. I can see now and am somewhat more willing to acknowledge aging is something I must be willing to accept. I might not be happy with it, but I have to understand there's no way around it.

Happy reading!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

The Mysterious Benedict Society - what a fun series!

My daughter and I stumbled across The Mysterious Benedict Society while surfing Disney+'s many movies, so we thought, "What the heck. Why not give it a try?" The original book series is written by award-winning author Trenton Lee Stewart.

To say we are hooked is an understatement. We binge watched the first season after we stumbled across the second season preview. It looked so interesting we had to give it a try. I loved the fantasy element of it and couldn't wait to see what kind of adventure we'd be taken on.


Courtesy of TheLaughingPlace.com

Season One introduced us to four very resourceful orphans as they answer a mysterious ad in the newspaper in which the best students would get a scholarship to a prestigious school. We get to meet Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance. Each has their own distinct personalities and with each episode you can really see how they continue to bring the best out in each other. The children learn about their mission through their benefactor, Mr. Benedict and his helpers - Number Two, Rhonda and Milligan - each of these having their own skill sets.

The Mysterious Benedict Society TV Review | Common Sense Media 

Courtesy of Common Sense Media

 I don't want to get into any spoilers but wanted to let my readers know that this serious is enjoyable to all ages. There's comedy, action, and mystery - what's not to love? I love the costumes and the environment in every scene they take us to.

Every episode had us wishing it wasn't over and wanting more! Every single character that walks across the screen is carefully placed and integral to some part of the story.

One fun thing to be on the lookout for that had Morgan and I giggling in glee involves Number Two. When you see her swinging the axe to chop down tree branches, you'll know why.

I highly recommend this series and can't wait to see more!

Happy reading and write on!


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A Lesson Learned

I managed to lock myself out of my book room today. By book room, I mean the room I store all inventory for my book events. Tables, chairs, signs, business cards, book stands. Everything. And it was my fault. I didn’t lean one of the tables back the way I usually do (they have a nice spot RIGHT behind the door and out of the way). So, a little while later, I went to open the door and… nothing. 

Door wouldn’t budge.

disappointed dog - Animal Fair Courtesy of AnimalFair.com

Yes, my husband probably told me a bunch of times to put the tables somewhere else in the room. I don’t like admitting that he’s right. But now I have to and, I promise you, when I get back in that darn room, I’ll make sure I put them somewhere better where they can’t fall over and block people from entering! 

Now we have to basically kill the door in order to get into the room.  

Which could be cool since Halloween is right around the corner and we can re-enact The Shining.

So, this is a lesson learned. Don't be in a hurry and listen to the well-meaning advice of others.

 Have a happy Halloween!

Write on!


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Suggestion Adds to my Collection!

 At a recent book event, a young child looked at all my coloring books and said they wished I had something with fish. I had no fish. But that night I went home and started working on my next project. I pushed aside my adult novel I'm currently writing (I won't lie, I was glad for the break.) 

While looking for fish, I realized I know nothing about fish - especially tropical fish. But I always like doing these coloring books because it gives me the chance to learn about what I'm drawing. I also liked adding more than just fish to my newest book. Seals, sea gulls (although I learned they really should be call simply gulls) and turtles were added as well.

The next suggestions in my 'get to eventually' bin are flowers and "Getting ready to Show" - another horse-centric book!

Sea Fun on Amazon

I wish everyone a great fall season and lots of pumpkin yumminess!

Write on!