To Be Thankful

I write second chance romantic suspense with happily ever afters. But given the current situation in our world, I almost wish I wrote dystopian fiction. Think dreadful fires in the west and northwest. Think of the people being burned out of their homes and losing their lives and livelihood. Think of the poor firefighters who’ve been at this for months. The floods in the middle of the country with blood chilling calls for rescue. And then glance into our hospitals with our exhausted medical staff seeing this pandemic continue and grow with more deaths, many unnecessary with little end in sight if we don’t change our behaviors.

But remember, I write happily ever afters, so let’s stop and count our blessings.

My husband and I are well. We can walk our dog. I can get my 10 K steps every day. (I remember when I couldn’t walk.)

We are able to work.

While we’ve had a hot summer in Texas, it’s been not anything as bad as some years. We’ve only had 6 days of temps 100 +. (Trust me, that’s really great. LOL)

We have a great AC. (This connects to the point above. 😊 )

Our family is healthy . (One side has had brushes with Covid, but very mild.)

We have Charley. And a new great granddog. (Hazel is our granddaughter’s dog.)

Hazel waiting for Sarah to finish her homework and play.

Our kids live near, so we get to see our grands. (I’m very conscious that this is not what everyone gets to enjoy.) And our kids like us. (Also not something everyone has.)

We live on a beautiful lake. And while we haven’t chosen to buy a boat, the views are more than enough. We are blessed morning and night.

My ninth book will come out in November, and I’m excited to begin the next one. Sign up for my Newsletter to get the first look at the cover. To love what you do is a blessing.

For the first time ever I have book trailer. Check out this one for TAINTED.  

In July, we got to take a trip to Red River, NM, (that I’ve written about here Our Maine trip the first of October is questionable because of Covid. What if we get sick while we’re there and have to quarantine? Where would we stay? Would Charley just have to stay longer at the puppy hotel? What about the cost of all of that? And what about the headaches of changing our flight? We’d miss out on seeing friends up there. We both have the two Pfizer vaccines, but we won’t be eligible for the 3rd booster until mid-November. And apparently, the efficacy of the shots is waning as time goes on. So we could catch Covid!

Okay, hold up! See how easy it is to go to the dark place. We have to make the decision whether to make the trip by September 18 to get back all our money, and we did buy trip insurance. But you know what? Even if we decide not to go? I’ve had a great time planning and thinking about this trip which is to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. I love the places we picked out to stay, and I have lots of super pictures of earlier trips to enjoy. And we will have fall here in Texas. It’s just not as spectacular as in Maine and New Hampshire, and it comes later, but it comes. So whichever way it works out, I will be grateful for my many blessings.

Near Boothbay Harbor Bay, Maine
Moosehead Lake, Maine

So what about you? Do you have things you’re grateful for? Love to hear from you.

I’ll be here. Please stop by to win things from me and all the other authors. It’s something to be grateful for.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki Batman says:

    Im so glad you wrote this post. Im not good about counting. I plow thru good and bad.

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    1. Hey, Vicki. Thank you. It was as much to me as to anyone. They say being happy is a conscious decision. I think being positive is too. Sometimes it’s just a bit more challenging than other times. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  2. J.Q. Rose says:

    Thanks for the reminder to remember the good things in our lives. Love your trailer!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hey, JQ. Glad you like the trailer. I’ve never had one before. Really appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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  3. Reggi Allder says:

    Thanks, Marsha, it is the perfect time for a blog to remind us of the good things in our lives, when the news can be overwhelming. Beautiful photos too. 🙂

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    1. Hey, Reggi. When I struggled with what to write, I realized I needed a pick me up. The pick of Moosehead Lake in Maine is one of my all time favorites. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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  4. Pat Amsden says:

    We do have much to be happy for though many of us are realizing it may not be vaccinate and back to normal. I always love your lake views but A/C on a hot summer night. Priceless.

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    1. Hey, Pat. I’m encouraged by the news, we’ll be able to get the Booster shop 6 months after our second shot. That should mean we can get it before we’d go to Maine, making me feel way more comfortable about making the trip. When we moved into the lakehouse our AC immediately went out. It was the first of June and not comfortable to say the least. I frequently give thanks for the invention of AC. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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