Jennifer Lyon
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Storm Watch!

Wizard sent this warning to me.

With all the news on TV lately about the sub zero weather and snow that the east coast and upstate NY areas are experiencing, we shouldn’t forget that Southern California has it’s share of devastating weather  also.

I’ve attached a photo illustrating the excessive damage caused to a home   from a west coast storm that passed through the San Diego area a couple of days ago. It really makes you cherish what you have, and reminds us not to take life for granted!!!

Warning: The attached picture is quite graphic and may not be

suitable  for younger viewers.

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so cal storm watch!

I laughed my butt off! In Southern California, if the weather folks thing there’s a chance of any moisture, they call it Storm Watch! And use their, Serious News Voice.

Most of the time, I love So Cal, but it really can be the land of Drama Queens.

For those of you experience Real Weather, you really do have my sympathies! And try not to judge us So Cal folks by the Drama Queen Newfolks :-)

Monday, January 4th, 2010
Book Giveaway

Here we are in 2010! Amazing!

New Year’s Eve, Wizard and I made steak, lobster and stuffed baked potatoes. New Years Day, we had baby back ribs and apple pie.

I think Wizard might be getting spoiled :-)

And a certain Witch’s broom might be groaning a bit.

Yesterday, I started cleaning out some stuff, going through books and I have a few copies of some old books (written under Jennifer Apodaca) to give away. I have about five copies each of the anthology SUN SAND AND SEX and full length novel EXTREMELY HOT.  If you are interested in either of the books,  name the titles  the comments. I’ll randomly draw names until I’m out of books.  I’ll announce the winners later in the week.

If no one wants them, I’ll just donate them somewhere.

Is anyone else trying to clean out stuff? I really want to simplify and pare down this year!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Holiday Light

I figure I’d better give you all a break from Bailey pictures–even if my son did send me some cute ones by cell phone :-)

But this week I’m still not on my normal schedule either and I’m a bit scattered, so this week will be Blog Light.

We’ll start with a couple witch jokes:

What do you call a nervous witch?

A twitch!

How do witches lose weight?

They join weight witches!

I really have losing weight on my mind (and on other parts of my body),  LOL!

Changing the subject here, if you are interested, my local RWA chapter posted a blog on Advice I’d Give Myself here I wrote that blog a month ago and completely forgot about it.  It’s weird to think of advice I’d give myself as a newbie now.  Experience is the best teacher. Many generous published authors gave me advice, but I didn’t always take it.

For instance, a couple hardback mystery authors strongly suggested I order a few dozen of my first edition hardbacks.

I didn’t.

And guess what? Now they are out of print, impossible to get and i only have a couple copies.

I should have listened. I wish I’d listened.

What about you guys? Any advice you wish you’d listened to?

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Holiday Hangover…

And it’s not over yet! We still have New Years!

Any one else gaining weight from all the holiday food? Or is it just me? I really could use an instant weight loss spell!

Otherwise we had a great Christmas! I got a camera that I love. And you know what that means…

More pictures of Bailey!

DSCN0005Bailey got a new toy for Christmas

DSCN0018He wouldn’t put his toy down all day

Except once…when Bailey came over to me and said, “Wizard won’t play with me.”


How can anyone resists? Even Wizard caved and pet Bailey!

In case anyone is wondering, I did take pictures of my kids and Wizard. I’m not that Bailey-crazy! Well, okay,  I am. But I also took lots of pics of the family (okay, sure they were holding Bailey, but it still counts!) I  just don’t post those pics of the kids or Wizard.

On another note, we saw two movies.  One was boring, but the second one IT’S COMPLICATED I loved! I laughed until I cried.

I even manged to read JR Wards LOVER AVENGED.

So how was your holiday? What have you been doing?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Wishing, Dreaming…As If!

See this dog?

12-14-97 4 mo GS mix

I just added him to my Christmas Wish list. Oh stop laughing, I know I’m not getting him! But still, don’t you think he’s cute?

Monday, December 21st, 2009
Weekend Roundup!

Christmas baking 2009Guess what I’ve been doing?

Okay the picture is a hint! I spent two days baking!

I made sugar cookies–half dipped in chocolate, pumpkin break, caramel layer cookies, Russian tea cakes, peanut butter balls and chocolate-kahlua truffles. That’s all on this plate I took to a family party over the weekend.  Not shown is the chocolate pound cake I also made for the party.

This is the reason I’m invited to family parties, LOL!

I did have one mishap when I grabbed a pan that I somehow forgot had just come out of the oven.  I have three words for that:

Seriously Stupid Witch!

However those were not the words I used when I did it. I won’t repeat those words.

Wizard was not happy…until he realized that it was kind of funny. Now he’s asking me to touch the BBQ and see if it’s hot, or bragging to everyone how I don’t need pot holders, I just grab hot pans with my hands.  Uh huh, real funny wizard. Okay, it is funny, he makes me laugh. Especially since he’s been doing dishes and helping out where ever I need it.

Oh, and I got to play with Bailey this weekend too.  Everyone in the family is teasing me about how much I love that dog. Is it that obvious? LOLOL!

So how was your weekend? I’m guessing you all were too smart to grab a hot pan right out of the oven!

Monday, December 14th, 2009
The Speech Witch

Jen_-_workshop_004 Guess who? This is me giving the dreaded speech on world-building.  It was pouring rain that day, but people braved the wet roads and showed up. Amazing!

And now it’s over!

Kate Carlisle was taking the pictures but she was so far to my left it was hard for her to get a good shot.

Of course, my friends said I did well and that’s why they are my friends :-) I’m very sure I could have done better.

Want to see me BEFORE I went on stage? I was trying to focus and mentally prepare and while Kate was tormenting me with the camera…


Jen the Witch, right???? But in my defense Kate was sitting there aiming the camera and WAITING for the chance to show me at my witchy best!

She got it, LOLOL!

On the other hand, Kate and Maureen Child both braved the rains to come out and support me.  And more friends helped me prepare the speech including Marianne Donley and Laura Wright.  Thanks guys!

Okay that was my weekend, how was yours?