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?