At Last, Sunshine!

We live in the foothills of the Southern Sierra (Central California) and for the last two weeks we've had gloomy weather, lots of rain and a smattering of snow. There's lots of snow in the mountains making beautiful views. We really needed the rain because we're in our third year of drought. Weather man promises the biggest storm of all is coming tonight with snow levels perhaps down to 1000 feet--we live at 1000 feet.

Our weather is sort of like life--especially now with the economy the way it is--gloomy for awhile, then bursts of sunshine. Having lived through World WarII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Cold Wars and now what's going on in the Middle East, I can tell you that through all the gloom, there are always bright splashes of sunshine and happiness.

We've heard sad things like friends losing their jobs, salaries being cut, stocks in the toilet, and on a personal note, the lower oven in our wonderful stove pooped out on us yesterday while granddaughter was making a cake. We bought that stove new when we moved into our house in 1981 and it's helped me prepare thousands of great meals. Hubby is going to try and fix it. He is a fix-it person. Sometimes it works--he put a new pilot light igniter in our gas heater yesterday and fixed it.

Our son and grandson made it home over the grapevine despite predictions of snow. One of the bright spots.

I've been plugging along with my latest work-in-progress and hope to do more today.

Everyone in my family is healthy at the moment, always a bright note.

Plans for the launch of my latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, No Sanctuary, are coming along great. For anyone interested, the book is now available at Amazon, at the and click on Dark Oak Mysteries, and to read the first chapter and order an autographed book, my website,

Even when it's dark and gloomy, I can usually find a bright spot of sunshine in my life. As I'm fond of saying, "I'm too blessed to be stressed."



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