Back in the Computer saddle again…


In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been a little bit absent lately. Or, longly. Or, for a long while.  Perhaps you didn’t notice at all and that’s OK too!  It was a combination of things but mostly it was my lack of a working computer.  I had been preparing a post for someone else when my computer went belly up.  Being the computer illiterate that I am I immediately took a photo of my screen and sent it to our resident compuguru and his advise was, and I quote, “don’t touch anything”. I didn’t and though my first instinct was to begin CPR I waited until the guru had a look. He pronounced it dead. Like real dead. Deader than a doorknob, you can’t retrieve anything from this computer ever again dead. I tried to yell for the shock paddles but, it was too late. I took a deep breath, said good-bye and slowly stepped away.

Funny things happen when your method for writing decides to quit. Suddenly you get all the ideas. ALLLLLLL the ideas.  I should backtrack and mention that on this computer now only good as a cheese platter, I had ten years of writing, 15 years of art related portfolio information (including documentation of all the work I no longer have), allllll the pictures in the world and, and here is where it gets good, a book proposal I was almost finished with and preparing to find places to submit. Caput. Gone. Without so much as an adios, so long, sayonara, I’ll be seein’ ya.  I should add all these ideas that decided to pop up have nothing to do with what I already had done.  I resorted to emailing myself quick synopses so I could retain them-they always arrived at the most inopportune time and I almost always have my phone handy.

Fast forward to the arrival of the newest member of our household-a slick new (to me) computer. Oh, man, I had been waiting for this! In fact, I could hardly wait to begin fleshing out all those hastily emailed thoughts. Yup, I got right to it. I tested out the keys, ran my hand over the screen, made sure the face recognition software worked (you read right-face recognition), downloaded Netflix and immediately watched Trolls.

It was purely in the name of research to make sure all the pixels lined up and the sound checked out. Purely research. Then I downloaded the PBS app because I love British drama. And, for the sake of more research, watched an episode of Grantchester and My Mother and Other Strangers. I figured the second one wouldn’t hurt…just needed to be sure my research was complete. Then, I played a little solitaire-at least until I won because I usually delete that anyway but I thought I should at least try it out before giving it the old heave-ho.

Once I made sure that all the bells and whistles checked out I decided I needed to configure my internet thing a ma jiggy so I could set all the whatevers up and select my favorite home page. Then I browsed a few items like Facebook and Instagram just to make sure those worked. I stayed away from Pinterest though because that is a rabbit hole. Seriously.   And Amazon; because books.

After a brief hour or two of that, I then fiddled with a few settings. Forgot to eat dinner. Downloaded some updates and found myself at eleven o’clock-that would be p.m. o’clock-with absolutely nothing done. No writing, no cooking, no house work, no nuthin’. Well, that’s not entirely true. I now had an ear worm related to my Netflix excursion. And my backside was numb, but that could be from anything. I thought about checking out WebMD for a quick diagnosis but thought I should get at least a little work done…

Yes, I am so happy to be a computer owner again! Because now I can really crank out the writing. Wait, I think I saw something about the next season of Outlander-I better go look that up. And check my email. Is that a Facebook notification? I better check. Oooh, and I almost forgot about Pinterest. One quick visit can’t hurt, right?

I can always write tomorrow…

Another Itty Bitty Book Review & Giveaway!!


It’s time for another Itty Bitty Book Review!  I never realized just how fun it can be to review kids books and I think I may just be a little hooked J.

This time I am looking at an incredibly sweet book, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug, by Caroline B. Cooney with illustrations by Tim Warnes.  When it comes to kids books I am a nut for great illustration and if it is married with great story telling, I can almost guarantee you have a book that will stand the test of time. This one fits the bill all the way around.

small bear hug
Beautifully illustrated this bedtime story is filled with animals, bugs, fish and hugs of all shapes and sizes I put it to the test with the little’s that hang around my house.  Younger than the ages range of the book (4-8), my little’s adore this one and I have yet to read it only once at a sitting.  Hugs are a universal-and ageless-symbol of emotion and I don’t think there is a little too young to understand the language of hugs.

Whether it is duck hugs or “wiggly, wriggly…creepy crawly” hugs bringing out the giggles or all the other slithery, wooly kinds of hugs eliciting smiles, one thing that can’t be beat is the promise of unlimited snuggles when you sit down with I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug. If you have a little in your life this one is a must for your book shelves.

Giveaway time!

Because I think this one is so great, I am going to do one more Itty Bitty giveaway!  I have one hardcover copy of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug to share with one lucky reader out there J  Just leave a comment below with the name of your favorite book growing up and that’s your entry!  I will be running this over on Instagram (thatsmesusanmulder) too so make sure to hop over there for another entry opportunity!  Giveaway is open to US residents (sorry) and closes Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Winner has 24 hours from notification to respond before another name is picked.

Happy Reading and Good Luck!

As always, my views are my own. Life is too short so I only pick the good stuff to write about (and give away from time to time!). I am not paid for my endorsements or reviews. A huge thank you to Zonderkidz  and BlogAbout Network for generously providing a review and giveaway copy of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug.