I have been a wife and mother for over twenty years. Now I am becoming my husband's lover, too.
We owe it all to my fellow bloggers who gave me the courage to come out to my husband as a spanko.
I do feel like this is a New Beginning for us.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Returning to Us is LIVE!

It’s out! 



Returning to Us
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I realize you already know all about me, but...

So what do I do as a blogger do when I have nothing particularly interesting to blog about, but I still want contact with my friends. A meme, of course.

1.What bill do you hate paying the most?

The gym. I hate it when I pay and don’t use it and I hate it when I pay and do use it.





2. When is the last time you had a romantic dinner?

They don’t really happen all that often now.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?

Drawing

4. How many colleges did you attend?

Three

5. Why did you choose the shirt you are wearing right now?

It fits, it’s comfortable and I like the color.

6. Thoughts on gas prices right now?

Not too bad.

7. First thought when the alarm goes off in the morning?

Lucky me! It doesn’t go off!




8. Last thought you have before going to bed?

I say my prayers.

9. Do you miss being a child?

There are times. Playing with my friends. Riding my bike all over town with no fear. Having someone else responsible for food, clothing, safety, housing… These are the things I have very fond memories of, but for the most part, no.

10. What errand/chore do you hate doing the most?

Anything that involves the post office.

11. Up early or sleeping in?

I’m usually up by 7:30 – is that early or sleeping in?

12. Found love yet?

Yes, I have!

13. Favorite lunch meat?

They are all about the same to me.

14. What do you get at Walmart every single time?

The realization that I should never come back.




15. Lake or ocean?

Like them both.

16. Is marriage outdated?

Nope, it’s not for everyone, but I like it.

17. Ever crash your vehicle?

Yes, a few times over the years.

18. Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth?

Nothing comes to mind.

19. Somewhere you’ve never been but want to go?

I’d like to see Maine someday.

20. At this point in your life would you want to start a new career?

Aww, hell no! I dabble in writing and that’s all I want to do.

21. How old are you? 

I could say ‘none your business’, but my age has never bothered me. I’m 62.

22. Do you have a go to person?

I have several, depend on what I need.

23. Are you where you want to be in life?

I am.




24. Growing up what cartoons did you watch?

Mighty Mouse, The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, The Jetsons, and Looney Tunes

25. What about you do you think has changed since you were in high school?

My looks, my weight, my politics, my confidence, my friends, my family, many of my attitudes – basically like most people I’m a completely different person.

26. Looking back was high school the best years of your life?

Again,aww hell no!

27. Are there times you still feel like a kid?

Nope, not really.

28. Did you have a pager?

Never did. Got my first cell phone about 2000.

29. Was there a hangout spot when you were a teenager?

Yes, but I never hung out there.

30. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?

Probably.

31. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out to you?

Paul Sharp, seventh and eighth grade social studies. Good looking as hell! Made me realize I was a citizen of the world and what was happening mattered to me, 1969/70 Interesting times.

32. Do you tell stories that start with when I was your age?

Only to annoy my children.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Fantasy Friday - Another World

I'm so happy to be able to continue with Fantasy Friday. When I stopped posting every week I was afraid it would die out completely. But thanks to readers who still send me wonderful stories it continues! I love this story and I'll let the author introduce herself.
My name is Adrienne. I've been married to my hubby Jeremiah for almost 10 years.  We have two sweet kiddos.  I've had a variety of professions, but right now I'm a teacher at my kids' school.  I've loved Sci-Fi since the first time I watched a re-run of Star Trek (the original) years ago.  I'm also a spanko.  To me it seemed only natural to combine the two into a story.  This one's been chasing around my head for quite a while.  I know you might not be "into" Sci-Fi, but maybe you can derive a bit of satisfaction from the story anyway.  :)  Thanks for reading!


Another World

Mom, when did you first fall in love with dad?”
Allie cut her eyes to her husband and suppressed a giggle.  Phillip grinned in return.  Allie sidled over to her husband and sat down on his lap.  He gave her a peck on the cheek.  Even after nearly thirty years of marriage, Phillip and Allie acted like newlyweds.
“Well, Harmony,” Allie answered with a twinkle in her eye, “I fell for your dad the first time he ever put me over his knee.”  
Harmony furrowed her brow. She was well aware that her father spanked her mother.  She could not, however, imagine how spankings could be endearing.  “How could dad’s spanking you make you fall in love, Mom?”
Allie grinned mischievously. “I didn’t say anything about spanking.”
For the first time in the conversation, fourteen-year-old Marcus chimed in.  “You mean that there was a time that dad put you over his knee but didn’t spank you?  How is that even possible?”
Phillip grinned and goosed his wife’s sides, making her jump and giggle.  “She tricked me.”
“I did no such thing, Phillip Matthew,” Allie said with mock indignation.  
“C’mon, guys.  One of you tell us, please?”
Suddenly stern, Phillip said, “Marcus, Harmony, you both have homework to attend to.”  
“Yes, Sir,” both kids intoned.  They knew better than to argue with their father.
“Come here you two and kiss me, then get up to your rooms,” Allie beckoned.  “We will have to tell you our story another day.”
As the kids made their way upstairs, Allie was starting to anticipate a quiet evening with her husband. She sighed contentedly as Phillip began to kiss her all over her face and neck.  “I love you so much, Phillip.”
“And I you, my darling, Allie.”  Their pleasant interlude was interrupted by a knock at the front door.  Moments later, the butler ushered a well-dressed man into the sitting room.  “Forgive the intrusion, Your Majesty.  An urgent matter requires your attention.  Your father, the King, asks for your presence in the main courtyard.”
Phillip stood and placed Allie on her feet in one fluid motion.  “Henry, my coat and hat, please.”  Henry had anticipated the Prince’s request and already had his winter garments at the ready, including the Prince’s boots and gloves.   Phillip smiled in acknowledgement of Henry’s timely and thoughtful service.  With a quick kiss on his princess’s cheek, he followed the messenger out the door.
Allie looked around her abandoned sitting room and harrumphed.  So much for her lovely night in with the family.  Oh well, at least they’d had dinner together.  Finding nothing immediately presenting itself for her attention, she acted on a whim.  Soon she was curled up on the oversized chair in the library reading through her diary from a bygone era.  She rang for tea to be brought in and she settled in for a cozy night with her memories.
From the time she could remember, she, Princess Angelica, the King of Zophar’s only daughter, had been groomed to be a peace bride between her own planet and Sentia.  Her marriage to Prince Phillip was to be the end of decades of conflict between their peoples.  For the first twelve years of her life she had grown up with her own family, her own castle, her own servants.  On her thirteenth birthday, she was shipped off to her new planet, complete with new culture, language, customs and family.  Even sitting in her idyllic space tonight she could still feel the terrible fear and loneliness that had gripped her young heart the day she’d first stepped foot on Sentian soil.
For two years she had been groomed in the finest finishing school in the Sentian capital, learning the language, customs, and history of her new people.  One of the most striking differences between Zophar and Sentia was the treatment of wives.  By both culture and law, Sentian wives were subject to their husbands and to their husbands' discipline.  The type, form, or severity of the discipline did not matter.  From what little she had seen and heard, even she knew that women here were routinely beaten simply for their husband’s pleasure.  
Allie looked up from the old book, old feelings again gripping her heart.  How she had loathed such a culture where women were so devalued. At the time she had not been willing to admit it, but the idea that she would be one of these wives had terrified her. How thankful she was for the changes she had seen in thirty years.
Allie shifted in her chair and flipped several pages of the diary.  Tired of reliving the terrible feelings of those first few years, she flipped to the entry regarding the day she had truly fallen in love with Phillip.
“I had my second outing with the Prince yesterday.  He seemed nice enough in a stiff, formal way.  Truthfully, luncheon was just awkward.  How I wish I could talk to Mom about it.  
After luncheon, we walked together in the park near the river.  It was actually relaxing, and I was starting to feel less awkward until I heard screaming on the other bank of the river.  I turned to observe a man holding a young woman by her hair, yanking her head backward. He began to drag her away by her hair as she screeched.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I wanted to rescue the woman who couldn't have been much older than I am.  I turned toward Phillip, expecting to see outrage in his affect.  
I was shocked to see the look of unconcern, even boredom, on his face.  He motioned toward the path and said, "Shall we?"  I don't remember exactly what I said, but I remember insulting his culture, his morality, indeed his whole planet.  The thought of marrying this veritable monster made me want to scream or be sick.
But then he did something that changed everything . . . he ordered me over his lap.  He sat down on a bench—in the middle of the park no less—and ordered me to lie across his lap for a spanking.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  I just stood where he’d left me and stared at him.  I think he thought I was going to bolt.  Truthfully, I thought about it, but where would I go?
Before I could figure out what to do, he changed his demand, cordially requesting that I sit with him on the bench.  I was scared to death, but I forced myself to sit with him.  He turned to me and said, “Princess, has your father ever spanked you?” I couldn’t speak, so I just nodded. “So you understand that getting a spanking on your bottom end will hurt but will do no permanent damage?”  
I was so angry I wanted to spit at him.  What did he think, that I was an imbecile unable to understand even basic concepts? Of course, I knew that spankings were painful not harmful.  I turned away from him, but apparently not before he saw the look on my face.  I don’t know what he saw on my face, but I know what I saw on his: rage (probably because he isn't usually challenged by 15-year-old girls).  He immediately shot out of his seat as though from a cannon and stalked off, followed closely by his bodyguard.  
I was alone.  Before our outing, the Prince had picked me up at school and had said that bringing my guard was not necessary.  Now, with neither vehicle or bodyguard, I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, so I stayed put. It was probably an hour or so later when I realized that no one was coming for me.  I didn’t know my way back to the palace.  I panicked.  I began wandering trying to figure out what to do.  It was starting to get dark and I was not dressed for the chill in the air. I had no money.  I sat down on a stoop and cried.  
A kindly older gentleman found me and brought me inside his shop.  It was probably not wise of me, but I told him who I was and that I needed to get to the palace.  He brought me a cup of tea and said not to worry.  After what seemed like hours but was probably not more than thirty minutes, my frantic fiancĂ© rushed through the shop door and scooped me up in his arms. One of his men paid the proprietor as Prince Phillip swept me out the door and into his vehicle where he wrapped me in warm blankets and tucked me under his arm.  I have no idea how long it took to get to the palace.  I fell asleep on the man’s shoulder almost immediately.  I vaguely remember someone (I am mortified to think it may have been him) dressing me in my nightgown and slipping me into bed under a nice warm cover.  
This morning, I awoke to the sun streaming into the window and Prince Phillip’s sitting in a chair beside the bed.  He looked as though he hadn’t slept.  He noticed me stir and reached for the bell pull.  Then he touched my face.  “Good morning, beautiful,” he said, “How do you feel?”  
Allie’s stomach flipped again even thirty years later as she recalled the first time Phillip had called her “beautiful.”  She laid the diary aside and let the rest of the scene replay in her head.  
“I’m fine.”  She answered, bewildered.  “I was just a little tired and cold last night.”  She had wanted to add “because you left me alone” but decided not to ruin the sweet moment.  
“Princess Angelica, I was wrong to walk off angry and leave you alone.  It was foolish of me and dangerous for you.  Will you please forgive me?”
The girl sat up, sure she must be dreaming.  The high and haughty prince was apologizing?  To her, his future wife?  Instead of answering, she looked out the window.  She had no desire to forgive him.  She had been so afraid, alone, and helpless last night, and it was his fault.
A waiter appeared at the door.  “Excuse me, Your Majesty, breakfast for you and the lady.”  At the smell of food, Allie’s stomach had rumbled, reminding her that she hadn’t eaten in many hours.  
“Thank you, Thomas. Just set it on the side table,” the prince had replied.  “I’ll serve.” The prince had then buttered a biscuit and handed that and a cup of tea to Allie.  The girl bit off a chunk of biscuit and slumped back against the headboard, groaning appreciatively.  Phillip waited a few moments while Allie ate before again broaching yesterday’s events. He decided to ignore the fact that she had yet to answer his earlier question.  
“Princess," he said sternly, "You must never go with a stranger anywhere.  The man who helped you last night is very kind and has been friends with the royal family for years, but what if he hadn’t been? He could have kidnaped you or hurt you or worse.”
In a moment, the fire returned to Allie’s eyes and she turned on him.  “What was I supposed to do?  I was in a strange city, I was alone, I had no money, no contacts, no protection, no way of returning to you or the palace or even letting you know where I was.  What do you suggest I do instead of trusting a kindly stranger?  Sit on the streets and freeze?”  Her tone was caustic and accusatory, but she didn’t care.  By the look on his face, she knew she had hit a nerve, and it felt good.
Rage again boiled within Phillip, but he tamped it down.  There would be time enough to deal with disrespect.  “One issue at a time, old boy,” he told himself.
He took a deep breath and tipped his head in acknowledgement.  “I know that yesterday there was little you could have done differently due to all of the factors you’ve described.  However, in that situation, the best thing to do is to stay put.”
She raised her voice and practically yelled, “I did!  For an hour. No one came!”
Phillip knew she was about to cross the line.  He barked, “Princess.  You get over my lap right now.”
She narrowed her eyes and hissed, “You really think that after the disregard you’ve shown for my safety in the last two days that I would let you touch me?  No.  Absolutely not.”  She shook her head.  "If my father had any idea . . .”
Phillip's anger got the better of him.  He leaned toward her, his eyes flashing, and he nearly spat out the words. "What?  He'd call off the truce and send hundreds more soldiers to their deaths so that his little girl wouldn't get her bottom spanked?" He said the final word in a mocking, sing-song voice.
Allie sunk down under the covers and covered her head.  She felt utterly humiliated.
Phillip took a deep breath and stood.  He began pacing up and down the room, trying to cool off.  It was time to confront the issue they had been dancing around.  He knew that his words had been cruel and before he could lecture her, he would first have to apologize, even if he was having a hard time stomaching the idea of apologizing to this self-righteous teenager. 
Schooling his features and his emotions, the prince sat on the edge of the bed.   He reached for the covers and inched them down until he could see her eyes and nose.  Allie's fire had been extinguished.  Her eyes looked empty, hopeless. Phillip stood and cleared his throat.  He paced to the end of the bed to put some distance between himself and her heartbreaking eyes.  
He deliberately made his voice as gentle as possible.  “I apologize for losing my temper . . . again."  He gave her a crooked smile.  "I know that I have a bad temper, and for that reason, I have three promises to make to you that I’ve already made to myself and to God." He ticked them off on his fingers. "First, I will never spank in anger.  Second, I will always listen to your side before I decide on punishment.  And third I will only punish you when it will benefit you.”
Allie pulled the covers back over her head and thought about his words for a long time.  Allie knew that Phillip had been right.  She knew that if she called upon her father right now, he would indeed rescue her, but no doubt her refusal to fulfil the marriage contract would mean a renewal of hostilities.  How many Zopharians—and Sentians for that matter—would end up dying because of her choice?  Could she be so selfish to sacrifice lives literally to save her own butt?  She imagined her older brother, lying face down in the mud of a battlefield, lifeless.  She could not let that happen.  Allie felt hot tears dripping down her face. 
She knew she had to act, but her pride would not allow her to acquiesce to this insufferable man. When she heard Phillip moving away from her toward the other end of the room, she felt panicky.  She had to do something before he left and contacted her father to send her home, setting in motion those unthinkable events.  She pulled the covers off her head and asked, "Don't leave . . . please?"
Phillip stopped in the middle of the room, pivoting to face the girl.  
Allie tried desperately to think of something to say.  Almost before she realized it, she found herself accusing rather than placating him. She could not make eye contact and spoke so quietly he could barely hear her words.  "You were angry in the park yesterday.  And you were angry again just now.  Both times you wanted to spank me without any request for ‘my side of the story.’”  
He felt his hackles rise, and he wanted to tell her that his anger had been because of her insolence. But any such answer would just cause another fight, and whether she realized it or not, he wanted this truce between their peoples to last.  He answered very humbly the question she had implied, if not actually asked. "If I had spanked you in anger without listening to your explanation, I would have been violating the promises I have made."
His admission emboldened the princess.  She sat up. Her tone was a bit louder now, though still very soft.  "How would a spanking today have benefited me?  It seems like it would only have served to shut me up."
Phillip realized that her questions were meant to show him that he had not made a good start on keeping his promises.  She was right, of course.  He moved slowly back to the chair where he had been when she had awakened, and he sat down.  He abruptly changed the subject.  "I've heard that your family's name for you was Allie.  May I call you Allie?"
She laughed out loud and looked him straight in the eye.  "I don't know where you got your information, but my family calls me Lica."  She shrugged. "You can call me Allie, I guess. But you’re avoiding the question."
"Thank you, Allie.” He reached over and took her hand. To his surprise she didn’t pull away. Encouraged, he explained, “When I asked you to lie across my lap today, it was to help you calm down.  I've seen my father do it with my mother many times. Usually it happens when mom is about to become disrespectful and dad wants to keep her from crossing that line."
The princess looked at him askance.  "So spanking her makes it better?  You people have very strange customs."
Phillip shrugged. "I don't know why it works. It just does."
 Allie pulled her hand back and again looked out the window at the beautiful landscaping of the palace grounds, but her thoughts were in much less pleasant places.  “I have been spanked before and survived,” she thought.  “My duty is to marry and bring peace.  If spanking is part of the deal, it can't be helped.”  She let out a shuddering sigh.  Phillip noticed a change in her demeanor and immediately feared that she was going to call off the wedding.  He was surprised to realize how disappointed he felt at the thought.
A moment later, she’d gathered her courage.  “All right,” she whispered, determined.  She remembered even now the feeling of terror and humiliation she had felt as she slowly lifted off her covers and padded across the few steps to Phillip’s chair. She hesitated for a split second, but knew that if she didn't act quickly, she would lose her nerve. Quickly and unceremoniously, she flopped across his lap.  
Phillip’s stomach turned a flip as he realized what this woman, his bride to be, was doing.  The trust she showed in surrendering herself voluntarily to him made him feel immediately and intensely protective.  
For one heart-sickening second, Allie second guessed her decision, wondering if she had just made a terrible fool of herself.  Then she felt Phillip relax and put his hands on her back.  When his right hand slid down to her bottom, she shivered.  She felt him begin to rub her back gently with the tips of his fingers.  “I’ll take care of you, Allie,” Phillip whispered very gently.  And Allie began to sob—long, racking sobs.  She felt all the tension, fear, and loneliness of the last two years sloughing off.  Finally, for the first time since she had turned thirteen years old, she felt loved and protected.
Poor Phillip sat there in absolute confusion.  He hadn’t even patted her bottom.  What happened?  What was wrong?  He sat her up quickly.  “Are you ok, Allie?"  She didn’t answer.  Instead she grabbed the front of his shirt in her fists and buried her face in his neck, still sobbing, sniffing, and gulping big breaths. Phillip just put his arms around her, patted her back rather awkwardly, and let her cry.  It wasn’t until much later that he learned that his reaction had been exactly what she had needed.
“My Love, wake up. It’s late.  Time to come to bed.”  Phillip patted her shoulder.  She blinked trying to figure out where she was.  She heard her husband chuckle.  “Rereading our rocky start, were you?”  He was holding her diary.
“I certainly was.  And I’ve realized something.”  She stood and put her arms around his neck, kissing him deeply.  
When they broke the kiss, Phillip whispered against her skin, “What’s that, My Love?”
Allie looked up innocently into his brown eyes.  “You still owe me that spanking.”
“Hmmm.  Indeed I do.”  Phillip grinned and took his wife to bed.
~o~

Thank you Andrienne! I do love a good love story in every genre. And I thank you for helping me keep Fantasy Friday going. If there are others willing to help, if you're willing to write out that story that is swirling in your head, we'd love to read it. Send any stories to elisspeaks@yahoo.com

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Back to the real world

And with a deep sigh, I come off the holiday high and return to the real world. I’m lucky that I am one who truly loves the holidays and the quiet of everyday life. Right now with all my family back to work but me, I’m loving the solitude of my writing room, a fire and a cup of coffee.

I remembered to write Nick this week. Okay, I barely
remembered in time, but I made it. He thanked me and said we’d discuss it later. When it was time for that discussion I was asked to wait in the bedroom – I like that. It gives me a little time to reflect. It had been an okay week considering we still had a full house and way too much food around.

Nick let me keep my clothes on for the warm up. I swear I’ve become a true wimp lately. He is a very understanding man, acknowledging that the holidays and all that comes with it could cause weigh fluctuations and interrupted gym time. But as he pulled down both pants and panties, he began pointing out that it was time to return to the real world where these things would no longer be ignored.

I agreed and between little yelps of pain. I assured I would be doing better the next week – keeping better records on my WW app, getting back to the gym and working on having healthier foods in the house. He began rubbing and I rolled over so we could continue talking. After a minute or two I reached to pull up my pants. Mistake!

“And who said this was over?” my sweet husband asked sharply, rolling be back to my stomach. “You’re always welcomed to ask if I’m finished but to just decide I’m through isn’t your call.” To punctuate this declaration he pulled out this fun little number to finish up.



I think I’ll be asking if he’s through in the future.

In case I don't get back here this week, we have a wonderful Fantasy Friday coming this week. Hope you'll stop by!

Saturday, January 05, 2019

My new book is coming soon!

I have a new book coming out. It’s should be available by January 19. Most of you who read here know that my heart is truly in my Cassie books. She’s the friend I’ve had forever and being able to capture her and her stories in the books has been a great joy for me.

Since Cassie and Tom are in a long term, loving and very stable relationship I decided to try something else with Cal and Jenny. I wanted to explore the beginning of a domestic discipline relationship and I’ve enjoyed exploring their story.

This new book is different. This is a Corbin’s Bend book. I enjoy the series very much. For those who haven’t ever read any of these books, Corbin’s Bend is a town in Colorado begun by spanking enthusiast. The lifestyle is wide spread and openly accepted. 


I’ve had writing in the back of my head since I can remember. One piece of advice I’ve often heard was, “Write what you want to read.” That’s what I do. My book have sex in them – but it’s not an in-your-face anatomy lesson. My books are about couples in love who feel spanking in the relationship is something that can bring them closer.

Cassie is my long time imaginary friend, Jenny and Cal are characters I dreamed up. But in this book my long time readers will see Susan is much like me. I have given her many of my hopes and dreams, worries and frustrations. Anyone who has read here for more than ten minutes will recognize this. Some of the book comes directly from post I’ve written, but chose not to post over the year. Because of this you can imagine the book is very special to me.

Be assured, I’ll post the buy links here as soon as it goes live! 

And now if we can have a small drum roll for the cover reveal…




Returning to Us





Thursday, January 03, 2019

Many emotions in one week

Wow! I’m not sure this will make any sense. I am writing without really knowing where I’m going. All is well, but for an old writer who is on the edge of being a recluse/hermit this has been a stressful time.

Mollie came when her school got out, adding her cat and
puppy into the mix of our two cats. The cat is no problem at all, the puppy is a puppy. That requires more attention than the cats but she is sweet and loveable and I like it when she visits.

Christmas Day was fairly quiet, as we waited for the boys to come in a few days later. But my sister and BIL came for dinner and I did way more cooking than I usually attempted. I made my first turkey. I made it in the crock pot, so I guess some would say that’s cheating. But it was tender and juicy and I thought it was great. I also made my mother’s apple pie. I loved my mom’s apple pie but after she died I was hesitant to try it myself. I waited fifteen years – but it came out perfect and my sister and Nick both told me I nailed it! I have to agree with them, it was great.



LJ and Collin arrived and we had our Christmas last Sunday. With just the five of us I love the way we open our gifts. We go around the circle and open one gift at the time. I know people spent lots of time thinking of a good gift and they spend money and time wrapping – I want to see each one opened. At Nick’s there are over twenty of us and we can’t do this, but I never see what anyone gets and never know what they think of what I got them. I cooked – again! Which means I’m done with cooking until next Christmas.

It’s fun having everyone here, but with all nine of us – five people and four animals – in our small house it seemed very full. Then in the midst of all the visiting I realized our old cat had taken a sharp decline, very sharp. He’s sixteen and hadn’t been in the best of health. He was originally LJ’s cat and I was happy that they had gotten to see each other one more time. I put him to sleep early on the morning of the 31stand his passing has left a big hole in our family. Mollie use to bundle him up, put a baby cap on him and tuck him into her stroller for a trip to the neighbor’s. He accepted her playing as well as all the animals we’ve had come and go over the years with friendly disinterest. But I will miss his companionship the most in my writing room each morning. Nick and I are now down to one pet. There have only been a few times in our thirty-five years together when that was true.

You can see I’ve had a happy, chaotic week with the sadness of losing a friend thrown in there. Mostly I’ve been very happy to have all my kids here. That’s always the best. Not having the time to do any writing does throw me off, however. And to top it all off we had no internet for two days – horror! But I survived and I found a few minutes to unwind and write this post. Thanks, I feel more relaxed already. 

And I won’t be forgetting to write Nick this week!