WEll, Kathy is here. She was a day late because the flight from the Soo got ten minutes in the air and had to return. Her car was supposed to arrive that Friday, NOPE. Then Sat., Sun, Mon, Tues. Hopefully today, Wednesday. She got the message to them that whatever the delay was, it was not her fault and they agree to take $300 off the cost. So she is waiting at her house for it. I think all the furniture is tomorrow.

Meanwhile, she has washed everything in the kitchen and both baths. Changed a bunch of light bulbs. Changed all the batteries in the fire alarms. And of course, started working Monday. Bought a new washer and dryer. A bunch of household things, like T.P. paper, paper toweling, various soaps and a new broom. Arranged for the recycling and garbage cans to be delivered and establish a company to collect the stuff in them once a week. Went grocery shopping to fill the fridge. I may have forgotten a few other things.


A day early for May but resting my back by sitting down. I’m doing another quilt, trying to get rid of the pile a fabriics in the back closet. So far I can’t tell I’ve used any. Pain comes and goes and may be result of stretching the ribs to far during my first bi-pass in 1975. Several doctors say nothing found in all the x-rays, mri’s etc. Most advise against surgery without finding a definite cause. Usually a little Aspercreme and two aspirins ease it.

One of the ladies at our writing group says she has the sketches for Santa’s New Sleigh ready for Wednesday night. A story I wrote for Ann and Pam when they lived here in Faye. and my original story is dated 1992. I’ll compile the sketches and my dialog  for Nancy and send them off by the weekend. Meanwhile working on the Rochester Michigan storm that knocked power out for the entire city. I’m adding some things from two other episodes to make it a HUGE disaster. I will try to get this on the way in the coming months.

april 5 blog

Was Christmas,yesterday or the day before? And now APRIL? How did that happen? Oh will tolate to do anything about it I guess. Getting Kathy here from California. Ithink she’ll like the house we, (Janet,Jerry, Mary Ann, and I) picked out. It’s a quiet neighborhood and easy access to shopping centers and the hospital and Raeford downtown with town and some other community services, like drivers license and vehicle license. Fayetteville city line about 10 minutes away, but who goes there in the traffic? Yes, I know, Me. I live here. Week day cars are bumper to bumper for at least one trafic red light change from about 3:00 to 7:00 or so. There must be 5,000 eating places in town now. Similar count for gas stations,but none of course in Haymont. Now building all city services and a new baseball stadium off Hay street.  Second thought added a parking deck of some sort. Old Prince Charles Hotel transforming into apartments I think some for sale units.  Lowest level retail, plus more retail around the stadium. A new hotel beside it.How they are going to handle all that traffic, heaven only knows but is keeping quiet I guess.


Author Donald Kemp, has a style that affords easy flowing reading.

Senior Touring Society is all about comedy.  As you discover each character they are sure to remind you of an Uncle Harry or Aunt Gracie. Or–, is this what I will be when I’m

eighty-five? The book is available via Kindle, Amazon, and direct from the author at

New effort to blog

I must do this blog every day from now on. Today I am getting the house ready for J & J. Mostly it is always ready for guests, but I sewed several baby quilts so fabric scraps were all over the floor and chairs and half in and half out of the trash bags. At the sewing machine area bits of thread that I trimmed off were all over the floor. I changed insurance company. Michell saved me almost $1,000. So now I have to do the inventory thing for her. Finding so many things have gone up in value.


A few “I live with a Mended Heart” first edition books are still available. No more will be published. The story of my first by-pass op, in 1975. Here’s your chance to get a signed first edition collection started. You can add “Rendering” and “Seniors Touring Society” and get all three first editions signed and delivered for $24.00.

Senior Touring Society

Release date of October 24, almost here. I should get the Proof copy today and spend the next hours, making sure we have found as many of the boo-boos as possible. Still no word for the price. All will be First Edition. When ordered direct from me, your copy will be autographed, dated and I will add a dedication of your choice.  I also ordered 160 stylus pens to add one as a gift with the purchase.