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To say that day was a mixed bag is putting it mildly.
February is my birth month (not telling you the year ‘-). The memory of my brithday many years ago when my kids were grade-schoolers always comes back to me around this time of year.
It was a Sunday, a wintry one in Iowa. The day began with the anguished meows of our cat Shadow, a mixed Siamese who was a stray we took in the year before. (I take after my mother who was on the strays’ list of soft touches. ‘-)
Anyway my son had picked her up and she tried to jump down but instead one of her claws had become stuck in his pajama shirt. It actually had pulled the “finger” out of its joint. I unhooked her and she literally writhed on the floor in pain. You can imagine my emotions. Our son was devastated so I didn’t scold him.
I called our vet hoping I could leave him a desperate message. Wonderfully he answered my call. We still had to get dressed and he said he was going to early church and would meet us in an hour at the office. So we dressed and dropped the children off at Sunday School and headed to the vet. Shadow was in terrible pain but in my arms, she suffered in silence.
At the vet’s office, the vet anesthestized her and pulled the ‘finger’ back into place.
But then he couldn’t revive her! I thought, Oh, Lord, please. Our son would be devastated if Shadow died because he picked her up.
The vet worked on her for FORTY-FIVE minutes, doing chest compressions and administering wake-up shots.
FINALLY, she started breathing on her own. The three of us visibly let out a breath of relief.
As you can imagine, I felt as if I’d run a hundred mile race and it was still mid-morning.
We left the vet’s office and started to go to get the children. As we approached a green light. Movement to my right caught my eye and I shouted, “STOP!”
Fortunately my husband didn’t hesitate. A white van sped through the red light and we would have been in a major accident. But we were safe.
Several feet on the other side of the intersection, the van driver realized what he had done and stopped. We drove home without stopping.
What a day for a birthday. I was drained.
The afternoon went quietly with homemade cards from my children and a gift from my husband.
After supper and clean-up, I told my husband that I was going to get into my long flannel winter nightie and when the kids went to bed, I was too.
He gave me a funny look.
About fifteen minutes after I’d sat down in the living room in my nightie, the doorbell rang. I thought, who is at the door after dark on a winter night?
A family in the neighborhood walked in and asked, “Are we the first?” At my husband’s nod, they shouted, “SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”
TOTAL SHOCK describes my reaction. Before I could get up and run to change. More people crowded in. “SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”
I gave up. My husband said, “You can see I really surprised her.”
Everyone laughed including me. After all, I would have been more exposed in my bathing suit than my neck to toe, grannie nightie.
As I’ve said before, I’m tired of witches, magical cats, dogs that solve crimes, baking sleuths and crafting ones, etc. So this mystery was WONDERFULLY FREE OF THESE! The protagonist, an aging Brit TV star is invited home to her family’s estate for a murder mystery party–of all things. Her brother and friend have set this up to take her mind off losing her longtime TV crime series show. The beginning was a bit slower than I like. Mary Blake wallowed a bit longer than I thought necessary but I perservered and was not disappointed! An interesting setting, outrageous but believable characters and a good plot! I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more. I hope Inspector Corrigan will be appearing again!
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A baby girl’s future hangs in the balance and sparks a heart-rending mystery~Why Cash’s only sister willed guardianship of her baby girl to her best friend instead of him.
New Year Question: Are you familiar with this scripture? (I bet you are!)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version
I think the key here to the peace we all crave is “with thanksgiving.” So let’s start the new year by expressing what we are thankful for.
I know that that list would begin with the free gift of salvation through Christ and every good gift comes from God. So please what are the top three gifts God has given you? Don’t be afraid to be honest! Here’s one of the great gifts in my life. God has blessed me with several furry companions over the years who have been a true blessing.
I know that that list could go on and on. So please share the top three blessings in your life. Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing for a free ebook.
Let’s all start our year with gratitude and in spite of all the bad news around us claim our peace in Christ.
2020 was a rough year and 2021 has given us much to worry about. So let’s prepare our minds and hearts for 2022 with gratitude for what is good in our lives.–Lyn
I’m really enjoying these vintage mysteries about a courtroom expert Perry Mason written by a lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner. I’m happy that they are releasing these as ebooks now. I’ve long been a fan of Perry Mason and am happy to say this continues. In this case, I had to skim past the first few chapters because I just can’t put up with people (like the “future” defendant in this case) who lets himself get in over his head in a situation.
This continues even after his loyal secretary drags him to Perry Mason’s office. A few times–I along with Perry–was ready to “bean” the guy over the head (whatever that means!) Anyway as usual Perry outsmarts not only the DA but also the culprit AND his own client and solves it all and brings it off with flair. Perry in his summation to Della smooths over one character’s motives which I clearly saw from early chapters, but that’s okay. Perry is always a gentleman!
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PS: My holiday novella BENEATH NORTHERN LIGHTS is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. Click here for more info.-Happy Holiday Season!–Lyn
What’s your favorite holiday taste?
Please share your choice and how you like to imbibe or nibble that flavor. Do so and be entered into a random drawing to receive all three Christmas novellas. This prize will go to one commenter. Drawing will be November 30, 2021!–Lyn