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Barbecue, Shanghai Rummy-How I Relax

Sorry fans that I missed two days of blogging. I went to a barbeque on Sunday, needing to get away from my computer. My leg was developing sciatica and was hurting like the devil. So my dear husband and I were off to a day of surf and turf. Well, I did eat shrimp and sat in a lukewarm Jacuzzi since it was 110 degrees in sunny California. Okay, so it was a poor man’s surf and turf, but it was great for my psyche. I tried not to think about writing or marketing my book and just enjoyed the afternoon and evening. Sitting in the spa for hours, talking with friends was heavenly until we finally heard the vociferous call that the lamb chops were done. We hurried into the house for a great dinner and much needed socializing with friends.

One of my friends asked how the book was selling. I said, “Great for an unknown author.”

The conversation suddenly changed to other topics. I’m used to my friends being indifferent. I thought to myself, but wait until I turn into a famous writer, then I will get the respect that I deserve!

When I got home, I tried to get it together. I checked my blog and still no comments. Staring at my computer in disbelief, I thought how could this happen. So I played free poker on line to ease my pain.

The next morning, I worked on my continuing second novel. In the late afternoon, I went to play cards with my little old lady friend from Pasadena. Her name is Rose, she’s 90 and sharp as a tack. She’s unbelievable…no health problems and very serious about her card games…a no nonsense type of gal. I love games and gambling! It runs in my family. My father died in front of a slot machine. He had a massive coronary. Maybe that will be my fate too. We played Shanghai Rummy from 5:30 until 1 a.m. She beat me four out of six games. There are nine different games to one set. So that makes 56 games in all. I went home trampled, but happy. I love her company and spunk. I want to be her when I grow up!

By the way, the California fires were burning all around us. On my way home, the smoke came blasting through the air-conditioning vents and I was afraid they were going to close the freeway or I was going to die of asphyxiation. However, I made it home safely. It’s sad how two firemen lost their lives fighting these horrific fires. I’m grieving for them and their families. We experienced a fire once and believe me, it was scary. Our house took eight months to be rebuilt, and we lost a lot of things…just things. Everybody lived and that was all that mattered.

It’s late, my eyes are closing, and tomorrow I’m listening to a teleseminar about Facebook and other social media sites. Stay tuned for some valuable information on networking and promotion. If you would like to leave a comment… you can.


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