I love cooking.
I love baking.
I love writing.
Mixing the three?
HUGE SMILE ALERT!!!!
That just makes my day.
I think that's the fun of being an author. One task bleeds to another and my day job infiltrates my fictional life and augments my take on young families.
Life. Love. Loss. Lasagna.
And the beat goes on.
In my first book "Winter's End" I had the hospice nurse feeding a neighbor's dog a cookie to keep the dog happy while she figured out a way into her locked apartment.
In the original manuscript it was a chocolate chip cookie and THE CONTEST JUDGES WENT WILD....
DIDN'T I KNOW I'D KILL THE DOG WITH A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE????
Let me just say, if that was true, we'd be living in a pet cemetery here in upstate. My dogs have nipped their share of chocolate cookies, cakes, etc and seem none the worse for wear.
In the published version, it's a peanut butter cookie... Because we can't have the heroine accidentally killing Fido, right?
Bad to kill Fido!
I love how fiction mimics life and vice versa. The hospice experience in "Winter's End" was based on our family experience with my mother when she was end stage with lung cancer.
God bless hospice care workers, Visiting Nurses and everyone who believes a peaceful death is a wonderful thing!
Right now I'm nursing some dreaded plague-like virus. It's going around. Well... Duh.
But the nice thing is it didn't strike me until all my fall traveling was done... I got to annoy people I don't see all that often... I got a lot of writing done.... I took care of many sick little toddlers and we did just fine.
And I got to see two of my grandchildren be baptized.
I am thoroughly blessed.
So, I'm sick. I'm not sharing recipes but I'm not whining, either, because we all get bugs. Right?
I'm throwing more wood on the fire for tonight... and tomorrow, after writing, I"m spackling the new cedar clapboard on our house because the temps are going up.
This is a day to grab hold of!
So I'll spackle and sniffle, sneeze and sand and when the weekend is done, the house will be ready for winter.
Except for the leaky roof, but that's a project for another season.
And that's the way it is, isn't it? Always a project, waiting in the wings!
God bless you on this beautiful fall Saturday, the second Saturday of a prayerful November. Wishing you peace, warmth, health and if necessary SOFT LOTION tissues.
I love those things.