Jennifer Lyon
Friday, November 15th, 2019
Friday Five

TGIF! Time to share five random things about our week. Here’s mine:

  1. We had another heartbreaking school shooting yesterday in California. We are desperately sad and angry, as I imagine most people feel about these horrible and completely pointless tragedies. The poor families and survivors have had their lives shattered in a few moments of terror, and for what? I can’t even pretend to understand. Some days, I really like fictional worlds better than the one we live in.
  2. We went to see the new movie Midway, and really liked it.
  3. I wrote a tad yesterday, desperately trying something to fix problems. Moving a scene around might do it…or not…who knows! What I do know for sure, is I need to get mean about writing time if I want to get back to the job I still love :-)
  4. So on Wednesday, I told Wizard I was expecting a package from Amazon. Naturally he asked me what it was, and I told him a blue pumpkin. I think he just heard “pumpkin”. When it arrived and I opened it, he was so confused. “It’s blue.” So I explained it was for the Thanksgiving table to go with some other, smaller pumpkins and burlap leaves I’d already bought. His next question was, “But why blue?” I pointed to my kitchen “fall” towels that have pumpkins on it, including a blue one and said, “It has to match. I can’t possibly host Thanksgiving if my table decorations don’t match the towels.” He’s been with me enough years to guess I was yanking his chain :-) He just smiled blandly and asked if I needed anything else. Some days, he has the whole husband-of-a-crazy-writer thing totally nailed. “Nope,” I replied, “I’m good. I mean I have a plastic blue pumpkin, what else could I want?” I was pretty serious about that–my blue pumpkin makes me happy, LOL!
  5. I’m not sure what I’m doing this weekend. I may see a kid or grandkid, on the other hand, I wouldn’t mind actually working either. Although Wizard seems to keep coming up with ways to distract me from work too. But back to the weekend…no firm plans yet so anything could happen!

So that’s my five random things, now I’d love to hear yours! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
What Are You Reading?

The last two days have been insanely busy. Partly because Wizard and I borrowed a carpet cleaning from our daughter-in-law, and first decided to do one room. But it did such a great job, we wanted to do the entire the downstairs in two days, which includes moving furniture :-)

All this while cooking/baking tri tip, chicken, spanish rice, and cookies, as well as putting together and salad and some bread for Youngest and his amazing wife with the broken foot. She’s not supposed to be on that foot at all, and we want to help with enough food to last them a few days. I offered this to do this, they’d never ask.

And then the car had to go into the dealer for an issue under warranty. No problem they took care of it, but when we were driving it home, all the warning lights came on. So the next day we took it back, and by the way, that’s like a 50 mile round trip twice a day to drop it off and pick it up–while we’re doing all this cooking, furniture moving and carpet cleaning.

Plus I had to do a some shopping to begin prep to T-day…LOLOLOL!! Wizard and I forget we’re not 20 years old anymore and try to do too much at once. But we got it all done, and we’re happy about that…however l ran out of steam to write a blog. So let’s talk about books.

I’m listening to a fiction novel about World War II that I’m really enjoying called THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY by Kelly Rimmer. It’s told in the past in Poland when the Nazi’s invaded and the present in the U.S. Interesting, but not lighthearted, obviously. I also like that there’s a child in this book on the Autism spectrum, and very interested in seeing more of him and his relationship with his Polish, WWII survivor grandma.

And I’m reading on my Kindle a non-fiction book IF YOU TELL by Gregg Olson. This one I like, but it’s a disturbing account of abused children, so definitely not for everyone. This book is not released until December 1st, but I got an advance copy through an Amazon Prime program.

I didn’t choose two grim books on purpose, these are just the two that held my interest. Sometimes, I can’t go near darker books, and other times, I can read them with no problem.

So that’s what I’m reading, what are you reading or listening to?

Monday, November 11th, 2019
Weekend Roundup

It was a quiet weekend! The highlight was seeing Turbo Saturday morning, we had fun hanging out with him and his parents. Otherwise, Wizard and I have pretty much done normal stuff and decompressed a bit. I did have a neighbor from another street stop by when I was out front with Maggie to tell me he sees us out walking, and she’s a really well-trained dog. Um…yes and no :-) She’s great in a familiar, structured environment where she knows what is expected of her, but she can be thrown into anxiety by new experiences and situations. However, I appreciate the compliment very much.

So speaking of new stuff for Maggie: I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, and my son’s two big dogs Jett and Hazel, are coming over.  That will be a new challenge for Maggie, as it’ll be the first time she experiences another dog in our house. We’ll see how good or well-trained she is then, especially with all the added chaos of so many people here. I’m really hoping she behaves, but that whole well-trained thing could turn out to be a lie :-) We have a couple of strategies to help, so fingers crossed!

Speaking of training, I need to exert some of that discipline and control over my writing and book. Life and physical issues are not going to conform to my artistic whims, LOL.

That was my weekend. How was yours?

Friday, November 8th, 2019
Friday Five

TGIF! Boom, another week gone! But I’ve had a chance to catch my breath a little bit, and now, let’s jump right into sharing five random things about our week:

  1. I had coffee with Biker Witch yesterday. For once, I wasn’t in a time crunch, so that was nice. But while with her, I could not think of the word “charitable” when I describing something to her. So frustrating when a word slips my mind like that!
  2. Wizard and I had an excellent dinner at the Orange County Mining Company to celebrate our Anniversary. If you didn’t see it on my FB page, here’s a picture with the nighttime view behind us.
  3. One of my BEST decisions regarding my wedding attire was the $12.00 pair of flat sandals that I bought from Amazon. They are blush champagne colored with rhinestones. After the ceremony and pictures, I switched to those flat sandals and enjoyed the reception in total comfort! Best $12.00 bucks I spent, LOL!
  4. Last weekend was pretty wild here at our house with the preparations, rehearsal dinner, wedding, and rotating overnight guests. I’m soooo glad we decided to take Maggie to boarding. She always comes home thrilled to see us, and with no signs of any anxiety. But I suspect if she’d stayed home, she’d have been stressed with the level of chaos and lack of sleep in the house, plus we were gone about 9 or 10 hours on the wedding day, and she has no way to go outside if someone isn’t home. I’m so grateful a place to take her where she’s comfortable and secure while we’re otherwise occupied, and I don’t have to worry if she’s okay or not. Wizard is the one who pushed me to find that place, so Kudos to Wizard!
  5. New Daughter-in-Law got her cast on yesterday for the foot she broke a week before the wedding. It’s a pretty big cast! She was sore after the wedding, and really has been staying off it. But on her wedding day, she wore a sandal and refused to let a broken foot slow her down. The mother in me worried but I also really admire her sheer grit and refusal to let an injury get in the way of her joy or the wedding pictures. Now she and my son are very focused on making sure that foot heals right, and doing whatever she needs to make that happen.

Tomorrow, Wizard and I have a breakfast date at McDonalds with Turbo Terror (my grandson). Don’t be jealous, LOL! Anyway, that’s my five random things about my week, now I’d love to hear yours! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
The Wedding!

And I’m back! Hopefully things will settle a little bit now. Yeah, I know, the holidays are coming so I’m dreaming. But right now, I feel like I have breather :-)

And now onto the wedding. It all came off beautifully! Here’s the bride and groom in a photo I stole from my new daughter-in-law’s social media:

They did their vows on a terrace outside the country club where the reception was held. When they got to the “Will you take this woman to be your wife?” part of the vows, the officiant only got out the first three words before my son answered, “I will!” Everyone laughed, and it was truly sweet to see my strong, silent son so eager to make his best friend, and the love of his life, his wife. Both of them radiated joy and excitement, and total confidence as they and their commitment to one another forever. The whole day and evening was filled with happiness.

One of the special moments for me was the mother-son dance. First, I didn’t know they were going to do it. Youngest hadn’t mentioned it (not kidding when I say he’s strong, silent type.) I was fine with skipping that part since I don’t dance well anyway. Then they announced the dance, and I glared at Wizard when he laughed. He was all done with his toast and happy to have all eyes off him. Anyhow, here’s my son and I in a cell phone shot Wizard took:

A little bit into the dance, Youngest said, “Do you recognize the song?”

I was pretty nervous, and just trying not to do anything stupid or clumsy,  so the song didn’t really register. Before I could answer, he said, “It’s an Elvis song, Mom. I picked it for you.”

Then I really heard “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley. OMG! When the kids were little, I had an Elvis Presley CD I loved. I listened to it all the time. I know Elvis was slightly before my time, but for various reasons, I loved his music–especially at Christmas. My Elvis obsession became a family joke and a Christmas traditional. Then Youngest did this for me on his special day and I was touched beyond words. I’m sure I cried, but what I remember is the stunning love I felt for Youngest that quite literally took my breath away.

By the way, my tears started before the wedding when I walked into the bride’s dressing room. But to be fair, she started it, LOL! She teared up the second I walked in, which almost made me cry too, but I held out. That lasted about a minute, when she gave me a beautiful bracelet with a charm that says “Mother of the Groom” on one side, and “My Other Mother” on the other, along with a sweet note. How could I not cry? I’ve known her for something like 12 years now, and have watched her grow from a shy girl into a beautiful, confident woman. I truly love her and her gift trigger tears of love and joy.

Youngest is gaining a new family that loves him just as much! He now has a second mom who will always be there for him too.


It really was a romantic, magical wedding between two people who’ve supported one another through hard times on their journey to their happily ever after.

Today is also Wizard and my anniversary. Happy Anniversary to the man I said “I do” to a few decades ago!

So that was my weekend, how was your weekend, and is your week off to a good start?

Friday, November 1st, 2019
Friday Five

TGIF! Oh my gosh, it’s November! Okay, let’s dive right into sharing five random things about our week. Here’s mine:

  1. So my almost daughter-in-law saw the ortho, and the break in her foot is worse than the urgent care doctor diagnosed. But this orthopedic did her a favor, and said he’d put a cast on next week AFTER her wedding. In the meantime, he gave her guidelines and told her to go enjoy her day. I like him :-) Wedding glitches happen, what’s important is that she heals well.
  2. I got the results of my blood work–all good! Whew, guys, I am relieved and happy! I had a short-term flare of my RA that was looking like it could be ugly, but it resolved and I’m feeling better now. The blood work reassured me, and YAY for some good news.
  3. Wizard is sulking because I always have better numbers than he does. Of course, I wouldn’t rub that in, bwahahaha! He might be naturally slim and in shape, but I eat better :-)
  4. I saw a woman today walking a massive German shepherd, and she had full control of her dog.  He was so happy and confident walking with her, doing a very dignified prance. It just make me smile to see how much time and care she’d obviously invested into her dog, making sure he’s well controlled, stable and still very happy. I deduced all this in about 90 seconds of observation because, at my soul, I’m a writer and I always write a story in my head :-)
  5. As you all know, Youngest Son’s wedding is Sunday. I probably won’t post Monday, but I’ll tell you all about it on Wednesday. For now, I’ll just say this–Wizard and I couldn’t be happier!

That’s my five, and I really want to hear yours! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Wind, Fires and Not How She Envisioned Walking Down the Aisle

Happy Hump Day! We’re supposed to have a whopper of a “Santa Ana Wind Event” Tuesday night and Wednesday. We already have two major fires burning in So Cal (not close to me), and we don’t need anymore breaking out with the predicted wild winds and extremely dry conditions.

I’m also cleaning because we’re having overnight guests for the wedding this weekend, and stuff like that triggers my mostly dormant clean freak :-) But at least I’m spacing it out over several days, and once I do it, it’s off my mind and I won’t worry about it when people are here. What’s hilarious, though, is we’re going to be too busy for anyone to notice, things will be chaotic and messy, and the house will end up a disaster zone. But tell that to my dormant clean freak–that chick is a little crazy, which is why I try to keep her locked in a dark closet and drugged her with wine, LOL.

Now for the other news. You know how many girls dream about their “walk down the aisle” to marry the man they love? My almost daughter-in-law had that dream too.

It did NOT include a broken foot.

Yep, she broke her foot one week before the wedding. She was with her sister and friends on a pre-wedding trip when her heel in the crack of the sidewalk, her foot rolled to the side, and she heard the snap of the bone on the top of her foot. The next day–after she tried to walk it off, LOL, proving that she’s definitely not a wimp–my son took her to Urgent Care and they confirmed the break in her foot. It was just a freak accident that earned her a big boot accessory to her wedding dress, and a different kind of walk (hobble!) down the aisle than she had planned.

And let me just add here, her attitude has been amazing. Of course she’s bummed and had her moments of upset, and her foot is very sore, but she’s dealing with this like a champ! Seriously, she’s able to laugh at the situation, is working on last-minute details and also resting her foot because she’s smart and practical as well as beautiful and talented. I’m proud of both her and Youngest Son, who took care of her as soon as she got home from the trip. Accidents happen, but we don’t let them ruin the important moments in our lives.

Attitude is everything!

Happy Wednesday! And feel free to share any similar stories you might have about freak accidents, or things that happened before big events in your lives.

P.S. I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!