YOU MEAN WE HAVE TO TAKE IT OUT ON THE WATER!
Sailboat ownership was new territory for Prairie Girl. She was so busy getting the new school year launched, that she barely had time to perseverate on the fact that they now owned their very own Catalina. Warm, fuzzy feelings descended upon her whenever she’d mention to her colleagues and parents at her school that they were now proud sailboat owners! (Oh yeah, she was still locked into her rosy vision of the beautiful people sailing in white, flowing nautical clothing, sipping champagne in the evening under the stars.) Obviously not grounded in reality! DUH! Instead of seeing a Catalina 27 that had had better days, she was transporting herself … Read the rest
WE BOUGHT AN OLD TUB! REALLY? REALLY!
One Sunday afternoon, as husband (that’s right-no longer boyfriend) and Prairie Girl took a walk around Granville Island on a hot summer afternoon, they ended up in a boat broker’s office. What a surprise! Of course, husband had been checking out sailboats for a very long time! (Prairie Girl was too busy to notice…) The broker just happened to mention that there was a one-time owner Catalina 27 languishing in a slip nearby that would be reasonably priced and encouraged them to go aboard to check it out. They had nothing better to do, so Y Knot?
One could tell that the boat had been much loved by its former owners. … Read the rest
MEET INSPIRATION – Instalment #3
I know… I know…. it isn’t Tender Tuesday-it’s Marathon Monday. That’s the point, I had to write my Tuesday post today…
I want to share how easily it is for me to relate to Dave Alavoine’s cartoons, as well as being inspired. In the PACIFIC YACHTING MAGAZINE (JUNE 2016 edition of COCKPIT CONFESSIONS), his cartoon illustrated a submitted story, entitled, SHORT WHITE WATER. The minute I read it, I was compelled to write about one of our early sailing experiences going through a pass in the Gulf Islands. (I’d love to scan this published cartoon here for you, but don’t want to break copyright.Please look it up!)
Several years … Read the rest
THE BINGO QUEEN
–“BORN TO BINGO”
We have a 92 year old BINGO QUEEN in the family. She has a Sunday/ Monday routine that includes prep for BINGO Mondays. Sunday evenings, she makes her lunch, has her bath, and her BINGO day outfit is laid out in preparation. Her daughter calls this their “Girls Day” outing together. This is great, except the odd hiccup may occur with this scheduled date. Her brother is never going to set foot in the BINGO HALL (that’s understood…), so guess who is the next best thing… that’s right- her daughter-in-law- ME!
I never realized what a serious business playing BINGO is, until my sister-in-law handed me a written plan, well in advance, detailing … Read the rest
OKANAGAN FALLS hosted a RAISE A READER visit on Friday, Nov. 22nd. This was the first class to be introduced to the recently published novel, FRENCHIE DIVA- FOLLOW the BLOG. The students were entertained by some of Ethan’s (the 13 year old main character) blog entries to FBF (Frenchie’s Best Friend). Stories were shared explaining what inspired the Frenchie series, as well as a YouTube video that encouraged the writing of FRENCHIE DIVA. The students shared how they personally related to Ethan and his Frenchie, friend, school and family drama, as well as his teen-age angst. Everyone understood why blogs are written and what essential ingredients are crucial to writing a powerful blog. It was a … Read the rest
I’m a professional career woman. (And yes, I’m retired.) I keep wondering if this is my “just deserts” for being an elementary school principal in my other life… I mean, seriously readers, who would believe that an educated, career-minded woman would end up strategizing time in her day to pick up deer pellets scattered throughout her less than pristine yard! It has become such a joke, that I have taken to introducing myself at Frenchie author visits in this way, “Hello everyone, my name is Mary Laudien. I live in Nanoose Bay with the deer and occasionally, my DEAR (husband Ryan). Days in Nanoose are spent scooping up Bambi pellets and replanting the appetizing shrubs dined upon … Read the rest
It was so great to receive the following response when I emailed the winner of the draw from the Author’s in Bloom Blog Hop! It is obvious that Mel and her family are dog people and that they’re keen to read the humorous stories about Ethan (the 13 year old main character) who embarks on a devious scheme with his quirky grandmother to own his very own French Bulldog (unbeknownst to his overwhelmed single mother)! I hope that the first two books of the Frenchie series provides the family with belly laughs and helps to ease the pain of losing their Krunchy. Who knows? After reading the novels, they may be just as Frenchie crazy as many of us … Read the rest
While working out in front of the TV this morning, I caught a segment of Regis and Kelly about dog grooming tips with a “shi-shi” pet groomer. The insanity that Regis experienced while attempting to wash a fairly docile and receptive dog, had me in hysterics. And guess what? This appears to be the reaction my readers are having to Ethan’s antics with his bargain dog washing business. Readers of all ages are chuckling aloud over the chaotic challenges and tensions faced throughout his devious covert plan to own his very own Frenchie. It warms my heart that readers are finding the book hilarious and experiencing some belly laughs. (I can only imagine the reaction of anyone who has attempted … Read the rest