Saturday, August 23, 2014

Note to Self

Dear Helen Hartman,

You saved my life when everything was falling apart. This blog gave me a place to write and have fun without the input of a dozen dysfunctional to toxic relationships telling me that no matter how hard I had worked, it wasn't ever going to be good enough. Being good  much less good enough or other people's opinions were never that important to you, dear Helen.  And when I stepped into your shoes, I was ready to kick up my heels or kick some ass and look fab doing it. 
Thank you, Helen Hartman, for giving me that.  I am sorry I've neglected you for so long now but not sorry enough to make promises I doubt I will keep ... like that I will be blogging with more regularity again any time soon. 
                                         Loved it while I was doing it but maybe it's done


Dear Loved It Until You Were Done One (IOW, a note to myself)

I get it. I really do. Helen finds herself wracked with guilt over... well, too many things to mention.

Oh, go on, mention them all, we promise we won't tell ANYONE.

But one of the things I feel the guiltiest about it that I still never seem to have time to read the blogs I once made part of my daily routine! Where does the time go?

Time sure flies when you're having rum.


I guess if I ever figure out why people make time for the things they dislike or are unhealthy or non productive over things that make them happy and healthy, I'd write a book telling people how to stop doing that and be rich.

Some ideas just seem so obvious you can't believe you didn't think of them first. Home decor, guns and ammo, lawn and garden all in one big store? Of course!
But then so far in my life writing books haven't made me rich, so maybe my thinking is flawed to start with! I hope my son had better things in store as his first book is out now 


For Kindle, in paperback the first week of Sept, other ebook formats in December! 

Pardon the proud Mama brag, just trying to get the word out because look at that face, how could you not?


PS, feel free to step into Helen's shoes whenever the need arises, but be sure you don't scuff or stretch them out because just because you can't always find HER, doesn't mean she can't always find YOU! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Busy busy busy still! Had a head bump in a car accident but that's no excuse as the Dr only prescribed "adult supervision" for one day. As soon as I gave that adult the slip I was onto more fun - sharing one of my favorite books and then getting requests for a follow up! My slightly jangled brain is hard at work on that idea!





And the biggest news is I'm celebrating Christmas in July! It's not just from the blow to the head, I promise.
Am having a sale on my Kindle Christmas Book: The Christmas Sisters 
99 cents for Monday July 21 Only!



If you don't have a KINDLE, it will be available in print from Amazon soon!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Fun!

Still keeping busy as only Helen can:

My side yard fairy garden is my favorite magical place
But can take time to let you all know about this great deal:

My Retro Romance is just one of a collection of 10 ebooks available all these place for 99 cents!

Have you picked up your copy of TEN BRIDES FOR TEN HEROES yet? How can you resist this great bargain? This BARGAIN bundle is available on these venues:
Kindle US: http://amzn.to/V8yEdn
Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/UvCpJj
Nook: http://ow.ly/ynHdH
Kobo: http://ow.ly/ynHxR
iBooks: http://ow.ly/yshEX


Cool, huh? Having a lovely summer so far and hope you're making the most of yours as well! 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Is there such a thing as a Barefoot Re Boot?


Home is where you can be yourself, even if you're a regular ass, and they still love you.


Nothing, and I mean, nothing reboots your soul like time spent with people you love. 

Just a few of the nefarious characters I was last seen with! 

More so if you also LIKE them.

World's tallest man, meet world's biggest blessings! (My cousin and daughter) 

Ever feel like Harry Chapin in the song W*O*L*D: "Sometimes I get this crazy dream that I just take off in my car..."?  Me too. So I did.

Oklahoma road, 3 women who can't remember where they last had their glasses (On their heads) tried to find a family farm house they hadn't seen in decades! 

Took an unscheduled trip to visit my hometown of Enid Okla and spend time with my cousins, my sister, my sister-in-law and dear friend.

Sweet! (celebrating National Donut Day)

The Bible tells us that a Merry Heart doeth good like a medicine. I could use a dose of this more often!

We have been secretly passing these decorative impalas from family member to family member for 20 years now! My brother's turn to take care of them until he finds someone to hand them off to.

Yes, I also thrifted a little. Cool scarf, huh?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Helen's Back!

Helen's BACK! (And she learned how to tie a Rosie the Riveter scarf)


Starting in July I will be going part time at my current job, allowing me time to blog again and hoping to start an ETSY shop (will announce it here when Hel's Kitchin' is up and selling).



Just did my first ever Vintage Fair and am hooked! 






It all started when I read this quote on Facebook: 


And feeling trapped and unappreciated in a job that demanded most of my time and almost all my joy was not getting me anywhere. 



So after a short vacation and time to set things up I hope to be selling vintage, writing new books and, of course, ruling the world. 



Um, I mean, enjoying life and blogging about it again.

No idea if anyone will see this but just writing it out has been wonderful so if you see it, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! 





Monday, January 27, 2014

GRAMMY HIGHLIGHTS

If this morning's news is to be believed Grammies are getting the much needed praise they have long deserved. 

Oh, My. It's nice to have admirers other than our stalker Earl back there.
*My Granny Shorter and I think her sister


I'm hearing about their fabulous red carpets.

We've been vacuuming for decades, it's about time someone noticed.


And bold fashion sense

An award for best wrapper? Well, I've had years of practice on gifts for the grandkids.
*My Aunt Oleeva, kind of our family granny after the real ones were gone 

Attention Madonna: THIS is how you rock a big hat.
*My Granny Shorter early in her marriage


About how they have made history 

I was country when country was all there was!
*My Granny Maggie as a Bachelor Girl before she married my grandpa

And how they are fun, young, the best of the best! 

Dear So called trendsetters: You didn't event having a good time. It's been in our family tree for generations.
*My beloved Mama just being herself!

All I can say is FINALLY! Grammies have long been all these things and more and it's about time our culture rewarded and recognized our grandmothers for all they contribute to... WHAT? Just another flashy award show? UGH.

They need MORE limelight? The things some people do to get a little attention.
*My Aunt Ruth, who grandma'ed me when she moved back to our town and her daughter had gone to college


I stand by my idea - sending my love to all Grannies, Nanas, MeMaws,Grandmothers and Grammies out there. You earned our respect the hard way, by putting up with US!  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SNOW DAY!

Oh the weather outside is...

5 in of snow and wind chill below zero! It's def for the birds!


But the fire is so...

It's too cozy in our house to take down the Christmas tree so we put vintage valentines and pink monkeys and a vintage wedding cake topper and pink sparkly tinsel rope (which I just happened to have around) and had a Valentine's Tree!

And since we've no place to go...

Really, it has to be a day when the cat won't run outside for me to get sock monkey a hat on her! Total hat rejection in 5...4...3...2...

Because modern technology makes it so I can do my job from home, I'm staying in! Stay warm and safe, y'all. 








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