Writer on a Horse
And a Dog

The world looks better from the back of a horse and the roads of life are easier with a good dog beside you.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just Dance

If you have not played this game on the Wii you've missed tons of fun and good exercise. I played against the grandkids and yes my son video taped it and said he was posting it on YouTube. Nobody will know it's me, he took it from a rear flank position.
You can have a great time with your family without sunshine or lots of money. All around a really great day... spent time with my friends and enjoy my family.

So much fun last night

Dark clouds rolled in just as Irene and her family arrived in Florence. By the time we got to the small family owned restaurant the bottom fell out. Being the brave souls that we are we went the the Helen Keller play anyway. We were wet but that didn't smother the inspiration of the play. I've seen the play many times but tears came to my eyes when Helen knew water. I forgot my camera but this is a pretty good image of Irene's two oldest Andrew and Daniel.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Never too old

Dixie is the lesson horse at the barn. She belongs to oldest granddaughter, Jaselynn. Dixie is 18 years old but still works nearly every day with a lesson or two. We do not jump her, even over small jumps... her joints just wouldn't take the stress. She looks pretty good for an old girl, doesn't she.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Never new words, just new people saying them

My Dad will be 81 this August. We're so much alike that sometimes we butt heads. I look like my Dad. The funny part about getting older is that you start to sound like your parents. Have you ever said... I'll never do my kids that way or I'll never say that to my kids... well you better get a knife and fork because you will be eating crow.
I find my mouth blabbing the same phases, sentences and words my parents, grandparents and aunts said to me.

Kids today don't know how to work.
Kids today have no respect for themselves or others
Party, Party is all you think about
Things that come too easy is never appreciated

Do any of these sound familiar?

Happy Father's Day Daddy.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Just so you know

Here is Lake on her horse Sandy... same smile same joy of horses. Joy is a funny creature, what gives one person joy gives another heartache. If you had to write a joyful experience for a character how would you show it? Here is a short blurb from one of my earlier short stories that I've not done anything with but ... that is another story

Adults don’t like snow!

It was New Year’s Eve 1963. I stood at the picture window, my eleven-year-old heart pounding with excitement, and watched snow float silently to the ground. My brother and I whispered about all the great things we were going to do come morning. Things we had only read about or our northern-bred mother had told us about. Sledding, snow angels and snowball fights were first on our list. Little did we know that tomorrow we would discover a shocking aspect to adult behavior?
Northwest Alabama woke up to the amazing sight of 18 inches of snow covering the ground. As my brother and I squealed with delight at the new adventure before us, our parents looked out the window frowning.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ride what you have and love it

When I look at this picture, I think... It doesn't matter that the horse is just a wooden rocking horse... Lake is enjoying every minute. She now haves a real horse and she still has that look in her eyes when she rides.

Friday, June 11, 2010

I've got to do better

I was looking at some old pictures and this one triggered memories of how much fun those 20 mile horse rides were. This was Nuggett,who was 5 years old when the picture was taken in 1992. I sold him to a good friend 13 years ago when Ronnie got hurt so bad.
Peace is riding on logging trails with no utility wires, phone wires, no traffic sounds and a good horse. I'm going to start riding more... why do we stop doing things we love to do?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What if you came back as an elephant

Oh my gosh... look at all those wrinkles. You know I had this story popping in my head when I saw this picture. What if a freak event cause a kid at the zoo to switch with an elephant... doesn't those elephants look like they're running away from each other.

Monday, June 7, 2010

We're from a poor family that only has a one dog pool

One day I'm going to write a picture book about these two dogs... Levi the the black and Lilly is the pup... They dig in water so to keep them water all day we had to get a pool... but they chewed up a regular pool so we go a sand box. We fill it everyday with fresh water and then for kicks we put Ice in it. They are entertained for hours catching the ice. I love Aussies.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Work is good for the Creative Mind

This picture of a hoe isn't like mind, no my hoe has seen many years of work and the blade is wore thin in places. Why won't I get one of those new fiberglass ones that won't rub blisters on your hands and are light weight??? Because I'm a stayer... I stay with things that have worked for me or with me. My hoe fits my hand and I know how hard I need to swing to get that grass up.
I plotted on a new story while I was working the garden today. Swinging a hoe doesn't take a lot of brain use so I went to the place where my characters talk to me and tell me how they would like their lives to be written.
I'm now an official redneck... I need to wear a wide brim hat.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Romeo Dude! What Juliet might have said today

In my opinion it just isn't as romantic.
Hey Romeo, where do you stand?
Do you love me enough to change your name
If you will and I will too
It's your family name that my Paw wants to kill
But your name isn't what makes you cool to be around and hot as a boyfriend
If a rose looked like garlic would it still have a sweet smell?
I wouldn't change one thing about you except you name
but I'm still yours even with that name.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Romeo, Romeo What's in a name?

Do you sometimes worry and edit and spend tons of time picking out the right name for your characters? Me too! If we listened to Juliet from Romeo and Juliet we wouln't worry so much.
Check it out:A tidbit of information... I love plays by William Shakespeare
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;--
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title:--Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee, Take all myself.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summertime and the living is crazy

I want to know why anyone would ever say living was easy in the Summer. Crazy demands on your time, your body and your mind. At Weaver house that also goes for Spring, Fall and Winter.
What do you like most about Summer?
Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh peppers
Long evenings
Beautiful mornings
Watching my babies have fun

My article came out in the SCBWI Midsouth newsletter today
Check it out on page 8