New on the Horizon

Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends – and hardly ever our own grown children. ~Ruth Goode

Isn’t this the greatest quote for grandparents? All the grandparents out there are nodding their heads I’m sure. I can honestly say that being a nanny is totally awesome even though it has already been established on this blog that I’m far too young for this.  😉

A few days ago, we noticed the tulips Miss Charlotte helped to plant last year are coming up through the ground. Miraculous, considering they were beneath three inches of snow just last week. When Mother Nature gets her spring up there’s just no stopping her. What a gal! While we’ve been having more than seasonal temperatures, in fact the last few days have felt more like late May than March, other parts of the country have been totally opposite. Go figure! But for now, I’ll take this beautiful weather with a great big thank you!

Next week is bound to fly by as Miss Charlotte and Momma are coming for a weeklong visit. If the weather cooperates, which I think it will, we should have a great visit. Heck, even if the weather is crappy the visit will be terrific. I heard Miss C is quite excited to visit Guppy B’s house.

I’ll still be around blogland next week, and will try to get caught up on some of the blogs I hadn’t been able to get to last week while I was working. The next three weeks are mine, though. Maybe I’ll finish up a short story I’m hoping to have in shipshape to submit to an upcoming anthology. The deadline is June 1, but I hate letting things go to the very end. I have to say, it’s been awhile since I submitted a short story. This is one I wrote a few years back but didn’t submit.  The theme for the anthology is social justice. It shouldn’t take too much tweaking to bring it closer to the theme. It was very close to begin with. I find when a theme is so broad, it’s often tricky to know what a particular editor is looking. Perhaps they aren’t sure themselves. Maybe it’s one of those, I’ll-know-it-when-I-read- it deals. I can go along with that. As editor Penny Ferguson once said on this blog sometimes”it is just a matter of connecting with the /right/ editor in the /right/ mood on the /right/ day!the right editor on the right day.” You can read the rest of Penny’s post here. Penny was the editor of the Amethyst Review, the very first literary magazine I was published in. Even though the review folded some years back we kept in touch.

While on the subject of publishing for those of you who like good news, I’ll have some to share with you all very soon!  

Is there anything new and exciting on your horizon?

Enjoy your weekend!

Making Memories

Look how quickly a month rolls around. Today you’ll find me over at A Hopeful Sign. I hope you’ll drop in and say hi, maybe check the site out while you’re at it.

I’m sneaking in a little computer time while Miss Charlotte has her nap. I don’t expect to do a whole lot of writing this week what with Miss Charlotte here until Saturday, but that’s okay.  I’m just excited for the extended visit.

She’s growing mighty fast and, at seventeen months, has a larger vocabulary that some adults I know. It’s a great feeling to know that one day she’ll be reading the stories her nanny has written.

Earlier today, when the subject of a quilt was brought up, I mentioned to my daughter that I had helped a neighbour with the quilting and she later gave the quilt to me as a gift. I have wonderful memories of our times together. My neighbour lived to be 100.  My daughter said something then that struck a note with me when we spoke of the quilt. She said that everyone should make something to leave behind for others to remember them. This is how I feel about the stories I have written.

Yesterday, Miss Charlotte helped plant some tulip bulbs. With a little luck we’ll have a patch of tulips for many years to come.

It doesn’t matter how old or young we are we are all capable of making memories for the future.

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