BeachGrandma wrote:[b][color=#0080BF]River, it's so good to see you on board again! When I first saw your picture, I said to myself, "Whoa! Hollywood has sent someone to our porch?" You look FABULOUS! And congrats on selling so many of your books! I sold two copies of my book "Prisms Of The Heart." Both to my mother and she gave one away! You're so good meeting the public and that's how books get sold. I'm too shy to appear in bookstores and I'd probably tell everyone who inquired that my book isn't very good and they should spend their money on something worthwhile! I shoot myself in the foot all the time that way. Is there a reason you're incognito and would you prefer that we not use your real name? Sometime (if you want to), fill us in on what you've been doing during your sabbatical or hiatus or vacation or interval or whatever you called it. Weren't you in seminary or something similar?
Hubby and I won a photo shoot when we bought our home near the river. I had a one hour full makeup and hair styled as part of the package. We had to chose three outfits for photos on our own and together. The shoot took almost 2 hours and then took another hour selecting which photos we liked best. We had a lot of fun.
I have also been caring for my Dad since Mum died in 2011. He is slowing down lately after he had a blood clot between his heart and lung. Caring for Dad takes up much of my day. I also set up an activity group once a month for the disabled and their care-ers, seniors and the lonely. It takes a week to recover from the event each month before I begin plans for the next. We have a 'Trivia for the fun of it' day a few months back. The only rule was to have fun but we did introduce a new rule as the morning progressed. The noise was unbearable and the hard at hearing just could hear anything. LOL! Anyway the 22 people who turned up all took home at east on donated prize worth between $30 & $50 and lots of smaller prizes. The community give well to the group. Last month we had a Christmas in July morning tea and 3 wiremen came bearing gifts. August program will be easier with darts, carpet bowls and table games. In September, Companion Dogs Australia will be there with volunteers to put the pup's and dogs through their paces. Every month we have a guest speaker who gives their testimony and shares a verse from the Bible. Yes, I get worn out but I do love to see smiles on faces that are often filled with pain. We have 44 on our books now and 5% are in wheelchairs or use walkers. We have a few with incurable diseases too. I visit most of them at least once a month between our monthly events.
As for the sabbatical, that's was DeeJays term/word and it probably fits the situation. I finished my theology studies late last year with an associate degree concentrating on pastoral care and counselling subjects then devoted all my spare time to visiting the housebound, the lonely and the housebound. I also established an activity group that meets once a month for these people. It's got to the point where I will be applying for a government grant in the next month or so to purchase items like laptops for our 'introduction to computer classes' and our carpet bowlers. Some of the bowlers use walkers to lean on and we use a variety of plastic balls and balls used in lawn bowls. This is probably the biggest project besides somehow purchasing a disabled friendly bus to collect those without transport.
My books have to sell for themselves these days, I'm afraid but Skoobiebooks.com have been great supporters. I finished my mum's poetry book and it's off being edited for printing in October. Dad wants to see them in print before he goes to be with the Lord.
And, for my next book? Well it's slow but sure to be published when I finish it.
Hubby has semi retired after 43 years in the Royal Australian Air Force but continues in the role as a reservist. I think he would go looney if he quit and retired 100% Norm also runs 2 Bible Study groups and helps me now with the activity group.
That's about it for now. We're going out for our evening meal and hubby is standing beside me with the car keys.
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