Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It has been so long since I last posted!
I have not dropped off the face of the earth, I am still here.

We have been picking black walnuts and hickory nuts! The walnuts have been husked (the hard and messy part) and dried. They are now waiting to be cracked. We are cracking the hickory nuts, we may be lucky and end up with around 3 quarts when we are finished. I love hickory nuts. When I was a child they were the only nuts we gathered, seems like now a days people don't want to fool with them because they are so small. We're getting good at the cracking, though, and are getting many half nuts in our jar.

My husband went through a health scare. He has to be different than most people, he has LOW sodium! But, it got too low and, without warning, he passed out and had a small seizure. The doctor put him in intensive care and took all kinds of tests. He passed them all with flying colors except the blood sodium was very low. We never knew low sodium could be such a problem. He has always craved salty, crunchy things to eat. His body was telling him something. I guess we should listen to our bodies.

Our writing group has more or less disbanded. There didn't seem to be any use to continue our meetings when only one or two of us were able to show up. But, I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will start meeting again soon. I need writing buddies!

I am currently editing my MG manuscript, The Family Secret, so I can start sending it out again. I think it is about ready.

I received a rejection email from Candlewick on my picture book I submitted.

I have not yet received any response from Sourcebooks on Lucy of Tupper's Hollow. I did email Mr. Lynch about a month ago and he said he would follow up with me shortly. I am still waiting.

I am working on writing our family history. I am anxious to get it finished.

That just about catches everyone up on what has been going on here in the hills of West Virginia.

What's up where you live?


  1. Sorry to hear about the disbanding. Maybe this winter when there isn't so much else to do, you will start meeting again.
    I'm curious what you do with the hickory nuts. Do you use them for baking or just snacking. I have a huge hickory tree and nuts all over the place.

  2. Hello from Cyprus. I am sorry you received a no thank you. I had one this week :(
    I read you have also chosen to pull out a manuscript from a publisher. I wish you good luck for the future.

    Hickory nuts are new to me. We don't have them here. We do have 100's of Almond trees though.

    Low sodium is something we have to be aware of because of the heat. If I suddenly fancy a packet of crisps(chips), I know my salt levels are low. I hope your DH recovers.
    Happy Scribbling.
    Nissi Peters

    I enjoyed my visit, thanks for having me.

  3. Becky, hickory nuts are great in fudge. . . and just about any other baked desert. My neighbor said her mother used to make hickory nut pie, I need to get her recipe and give it a try. Glynis, I am glad you stopped by. I eat almonds all the time, wish we had almond trees!

  4. Dear Janet,

    I feel lucky to have stumbled upon you through Glynis, who stumbled upon me...

    You NEED a group to help you. Please read my old post "So You Want to be a Writer," which I did in February. Also, I am soon doing a drawing for a wonderful book about how to get published.

    Just keep writing, writing, writing. Blogging is good for you.

    All joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  5. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)



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