Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

brighteyed   Well here I am again. Thank you for all your messages and good wishes.

A couple of weeks of enforced leisure  -if sitting under a fig tree getting water-pistolled by a grandchild counts as leisure   –  gave me time to scan this year’s accounts.  To date: six months of anxious unemployment; eight months of caring for an increasingly stroppy dementia sufferer; hospitalisation of the aforementioned with a serious leg injury; the subsequent cancellation of a much-needed holiday; and then a sudden death in the family. I think I got off lightly with nothing worse than a dose of shingles.

A little ad just popped up on my computer screen. It said KNOW MORE. DO MORE. DO BETTER.  Whatever they’re selling, no thanks. I’m planning on doing less. The only thing I’ll be doing more of is saying No. I have a book to write, yippee, a sequel to The Future Homemakers of America, and I have a house move to contemplate, to somewhere smaller and simpler, but all in good time. I may be feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed compared to two weeks ago but I’ve larned my lesson. Old rocking chair got me. Take it away, Mildred.



  1. louise platt on August 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Time to be kind to yourself. ( I have often recommended your novels to pals who are in need of a good read. I wonder who you turn to for pleasure and escape.) Thank you for the books, keep well.

  2. Elizabeth Dunn on August 17, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Yippee’s right. So thrilled to hear about Homemakers sequel!!

  3. WordMistress on August 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    So very difficult to find your published works her in the States. A Brit friend turned me onto you ( and a few other delights) some years ago Since I just found your site I will ad what most have already said- YAY! for the sequel to the Homemakers. My first intro to your wit and “wisdom” was Gone with the Windsors which I did laugh out loud throughout and , of course, being Yank– The Kennedy saga. So enough adulation for now…I have found your books Stay Calm — as I personally know only humor can get you through the dementia saga!

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