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From Rebecca: It has been a while since I wrote a blog entry

Hi, Joe’s readers. Joe got caught up in Easter yesterday, and didn’t get to do his usual Sunday entry. He has begun spring cleaning today, as he wrote he would, and he asked if I would do an entry for him. I said yes, I’d be happy to put something up.

I’m not sure what to write about that isn’t the weather (really nice yesterday and today), politics (does anyone else think that the media/congress should be focusing more on the Russia interference with our elections and government, as well as what Trump and Co knew or did), or health (my knees are sore or painful a lot this last month.) Joe and I are trying to pick different topics for the blog, other than the same ones. That’s why for the last post he did a list of his blessings.

It is a reminder to me of my blessings. My husband, my mother-in-law, my sisters and their children, all my parents, my books, my library, my television shows/movies, my technology, and the health and mobility I do have. I have struggles and problems, but I am so lucky, too.

Joe and I will be back at work on Wednesday, and then he will dictate another blog entry for you. Until then, have a good week, may you be safe and comfortable at the end of your day, and happy reading.

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My Easter gift

Greetings, readers. This past Easter Sunday I went back to church for the first time in far too long. It felt nice, but not having a family there I had a sense of being alone. I arrived at the Penn State campus church, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, later than I wanted to and was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to get a seat. To my surprise, there were five seats left on the right side of the front row. I grabbed the one on the end.

As I was sitting there waiting for Mass to begin, a sad feeling came over me and I began to miss my mother. Years ago, she and I attended daily Mass. After she passed away, I continued to go for a short while but something didn’t feel right. I felt alone. That is when I made one of my poorest life decisions. Instead of fighting through my emotions, I simply stopped going to church. Not good.

Right before the service was to begin, a very nice family, I didn’t ask their names, began to take the last few remaining seats around me. The lady asked me if I would mind keeping an eye on her kids while she sat behind me. I, of course, said sure, why not? As the service began, the lonely feeling went away. At first I thought it was because I was busy listening to the lectors, the singing of the hymns, and the priest giving his sermon. But as time went by I realized it was much more than that. I think the Lord worked a little bit of magic that day. He put a big family right around someone who desperately did not want to be there alone. When I came to that realization, I had trouble containing my emotions for a moment.

After Mass was over, I let the lady know what had happened and thanked her for letting me keep an eye on her boys. I told her that she didn’t know how much it meant to me to be with a family on that particular Easter day; my first time back to church in three years.

I am vowing to go to church every Sunday from now on. Will I succeed in this endeavor? Oh, probably not. As long as I make the effort to go to as many Sundays as I can, I think that will be a great first step toward getting back to my Catholic religion.

On Friday, I will have a top ten list for Rebecca, hopefully already made, so that we can quickly post it and move on to other Friday work. So until then, take care, have a great week, and happy reading.

Update about Bear Spring Camps book 2 and weekend plans

Greetings readers. To start off with, I’d like to thank all the people who clicked over to my site yesterday. 41 views! Second highest all time. Today will be a little hodgepodge of work related stuff and some personal notes.

First off, Bear Spring Camps book number two, tentatively titled Tales from North Bay and Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories, is a good couple of months ahead of schedule. At first I wasn’t going to rush this book and I set September of this year as the month of release. However, such wonderful progress has been made recently that I am ahead of schedule. This is mainly thanks to Rebecca, my writing assistant. Now I can definitely see a July release date as a distinct possibility.

On Sunday, I’ll be going to my Godmother’s house for Easter Sunday dinner. I am certainly looking forward to that, as is she. We talk often and I visit as often as I can, usually Wednesdays and Sundays. For those of you who celebrate Easter, have a happy one. For those who don’t, good weekend wishes.

My late weekend plans will include doing some note taking for my new personal project, as well as getting ready for Monday’s Dungeons and Dragons gaming night. I have been a D&D gamer now for about a year and I enjoy it very much. I’m not as good at it as I could be, but I’m learning. I shall also try my hand at a game of MLB 12 The Show baseball on my PS3. Perhaps I might even win.

Here’s another random thought. I have a small picture of my family standing in front of our old Lincoln with our house in the background. I am planning to take that photo to a local drug store and get it blown up. From there, one day soon, I will take it to the local frame shop, so that it can be hung on my wall for easier viewing, instead of the small picture which now sits on my credenza.

Keekee’s picture, which I put up the other day, did work and looked fabulous. One of these days quite soon, I’m going to take a picture that I have of myself and include it in a blog entry. Possibly if I can figure out the sizing of it, my picture might be at the top of my blog instead of the row of books that are there now.

In just a few moments, my editor and I are going to attempt to save three stories that are remaining in the camp book 2’s to-do folder and whip them into shape. These are the three that have been giving us the most trouble, but I am not expecting too many problems. If we can get through today’s computer dilemmas, we should be just fine. Have a great weekend. Hope it is sunny and warmer were you are. Here it is sunny and cooler. Take care.