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canpin1You know how it is. You’re at your computer, gazing over the hundreds, nay, thousands of nifty projects on Pinterest, pinning and pining away. You have the best of intentions, but deep in the back of your mind, you know:

You will probably never, ever get around to actually doing any of them.

That is, unless you’re Julie! For, BEHOLD! One day she thought to herself, “I need a scarecrow for my garden!”

And she went to her favorite site for such things. And she found:


“Hmm,” she said to herself with her tinkly voice as sweet as any fairy’s. “I need to make this for free! What to do?”

So she put her thinking cap on. ‘Tis a wee, pointy thing, with ear flaps*. It worked. “A-HAH!” she cried! And she went dumpster diving. And LOOK WHAT SHE MADE!


Look at that face!                                                          Complete with curly hair!


And thusly shall Julie’s crops remain safe and free of crows.

As I admired her handiwork, I lamented that I never seemed to get any projects done like she did. Julie pointed out the dolls that I sew for. That made me feel better. Julie is kind.

Speaking of Kind, thank you all for your sweet words regarding the loss of my pet yesterday. They truly helped and were much appreciated.

*One of my favorite quotes from the television show Cheers. You remember Cheers, don’t you…?


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About Chapter 14 Zombies & Ghosts


Saw this on Pinterest. LOVED it.

Chapter 14 Zombies & Ghosts opens with the reappearance of Maxwell, just after he leaves Marlene’s trailer. He drives through town, and if you noticed, his experience is much the same as Hazel and Ruth’s back in Chapter 9, with the friendly wavings of strangers.

In fact, both Ruth and Maxwell make the same observation, albeit in very different tones.

“It’s like stepping back in time!” Ruth happily sighed.

“It’s like stepping back in time!” Maxwell grumbled.

Isn’t life a bit like that? It’s all in how you look at things. Taking a positive approach to life isn’t always easy, but the important thing is to try, which in itself is a challenge sometimes.


Judith O’Dea in the opening scene of Night of the Living Dead.

Maxwell somehow misses the charm of a small town. That said, his attitude allowed me to work the term “Zombie Apocalypse” into the story, and for that I’m grateful. Ever since I got the 60’s classic movie “Night of the Living Dead” from the Target $1 section in that cheap little cardboard box, I’ve been a teeny bit fascinated by them.

“What? Those things are so slow moving! How could they possibly be scary?” But Oh, They Were.

Along those lines, when I watch the occasional scary movie, I always wonder where in the line of hapless victims marching towards their fate I’d like to be. Certainly not in front! Not in back either – YIKES. The middle’s most likely the safest, but Hazel decides to take the lead.

zombierolfe1Last night as I was at my computer and I thought about going up those attic stairs of mine in the dark just to see if I could.

Well, bat season or no it would take some courage. Granted, it was during the daytime for the trio in Chapter 13, but Hazel had seen those ghosts. And she was deathly afraid of spiders, so I think the challenge between me and her was equal. I couldn’t have done it.

But she did. She’s learning to be brave. I am too. Life is one endless lesson, isn’t it?

The artwork isn’t in color, not yet, but even in sketch Nina’s outdone herself. I hope you’ll come back to see it tomorrow. Until then!



Postcard featuring the Opera House of Rolfe, Iowa.