ALL ABOUT ME
My husband, Stan, and I are still in love after 53 years of marriage
The older I get, the more I appreciate everything and everyone around me. I truly believe that life is a gift, and enjoying every minute of it is the best thing I can do for everyone around me!
I'm a very lucky and happy woman. My husband, Stan, has been a patient, understanding husband and great partner. And on March 19, 2018, we celebrated our 53rd. anniversary! We have two daughters, and four grandchildren whom we adore, and a beautiful great-grandson. Most of my life has been spent in Sacramento, California, where we still live with our cats; Ash, Gracie and Portia, the kitten twins Becca and Bonnie, our Great Dane, Ellen, and our newest additions -- six chickens!
My first fiction book, She Survives, was published in May, 2018. It's Book One of a Historical Fiction series called the Laura's Dash Series, inspired by my maternal grandmother. The real Laura overcame obstacles and endured hardships that I cannot even imagine facing. She was 1/2 Cherokee Indian, born in 1903 in Indian Territory #6 (now Oklahoma) to a father who hated Indians and forced his children to deny their heritage completely. Raised by her oldest sister from age three, ..... Oops, can't give away too much! If you find this little taste intriguing, stay in touch. Book Two, Strive and Protect was just published in June, 2019. I'm working like mad to have Book Three done and ready for publication in June, 2020.
Getting to know many wonderful people in the writing community is a huge bonus of becoming an author. There are several great groups for writers in the Sacramento area, but my personal favorite is the NCPA, Northern California Publishers & Authors. It was my honor to now serve as the President for three years, and to continue as Vice President.
Brady, our beautiful, sweet boy member of the triplets, passed away at only two years old from heart disease. We miss him, but are so grateful for the time we had together.
This is Ash, our newest addition. He came to us shortly after we lost Brady, in desperate need of a forever home. We love him -- even if the girl cats don't!
Gracie is my office supervisor. When she quits working each day, her favorite thing is rolling around in the bathtub waiting for belly rubs.
Portia is the absolute Queen, ruler of the household. She adores Stan, and follows him around like a dog.
Brady, Becca, & Bonnie
These three were devoted to one another from the day they came to us at eleven days old. The sisters had a very hard time when we lost Brady, but still have one another.
Ellen, the sixth Great Dane we've had through the years, is a true Gentle Giant. She's also a three-time model in internationally published calendars.
Our Ellen and Portia grew up together and are still best friends. Here they are as babies. Hard to believe Ellen was ever this small!
Our chickens are so much fun, and spoiled rotten. Here they are getting a special treat, mini-marshmallows. They are Bernice Williams (big white one with black edged neck and tail feathers), Lady Cluck (gray ball of feathers), Queen Dixie (black and gold), Lady Marlene (different shades of brown with big rooster comb), Goldy Girl (white and gold), and Anna Banana (white). Stan enjoys their eggs, but as a vegan I just enjoy their yard and garden help and pure entertainment.