Friday, February 23, 2018


It was one of those days that doesn’t turn out as I had expected. I really wanted to go to my knit and crochet group this morning. I haven’t been for a few weeks and I like to catch up on how everyone is and I wanted to spend some time crocheting. I am making the pattern for On the Hook and I wanted some time to work on it.

I did make it to the group and it was as nice as I’d hoped. They all oohed and aahed when they saw the granny square afghan I’m making. It’s always a good feeling to get their stamp of approval.

I had tied in some errands that I did on the way back. And then I expected to get back to writing. But then my son wanted to go to Disneyland. We have season passes and he thought it wouldn’t be crowded since it was a Thursday and cold for Southern California and there was even a chance of rain.

The idea of getting some exercise sounded appealing and I thought I could watch my grandson, so his parents could go on some rides. They got a later start than expected and we ended up stuck in traffic and it took a long time to get there.

The cold weather and possible rain didn’t seem to deter anyone and Disneyland was crowded, though not mobbed. I did get my walking in and I did watch Jakey sleep while he parents went off together.

The ride home was much faster, though there were still traffic issues. They do road construction at night. The sky was interesting with bits of clouds drifting across the half moon. I am a nice kind of sleepy now. I didn’t get my work done, but there is always tomorrow. Time spent with family is never wasted.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bathroom Remodel is Complete

I had wanted to talk about something else besides our bathroom remodel, but as it's been one of the focuses of my life (besides my new novel which I completed the first edit) it's hard to pull my mind completely from it. And it is now done. Once again, we have a master bathroom. It doesn't quite feel like mine, almost feel like I'm visiting someone else's bathroom. My husband says the feeling will go away once we've had it for a few weeks. Right now, it still feels like a dream rather than reality. The walls are still bare as we/I are looking for the perfect wall decor. I'm thinking of a metal mermaid sculpture to go on the wall near the tub and some vacation photographs for the other walls.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

My Sweet Dogs

I started writing this post with one hand.  Why?  My younger dog Cari was curled up on my lap.  She does that a lot while I'm working on the computer, and although I can do some things with one finger at a time I haven't figured out a good way to type around her.

That means I can check emails and Facebook and blogs and even do crossword puzzles--slowly.  I can even edit.  But write?  Nope, she needs to get down for that.  And as I was writing this, she just jumped off.  Guess she got uncomfortable.

And my other dog Mystie?  She's lying on the floor at my feet.  She sometimes looks at me to pick her up and hold her too while I'm working, but those looks of hers usually mean she has something else in mind, like going outside or playing games with her squeaky toys.

In case anyone wonders why I love to write about dogs, I think you can tell by reading this that mine are always my inspiration, even though I write about other breeds and mixed breeds more than I write about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels--although I'm addicted to them.

I did write about a Cavalier in my Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries, since--and you may have heard this before--Kendra was a lawyer who lived in the Hollywood Hills with her tricolor Cavalier  King Charles Spaniel Lexie.  At the time, I was a practicing lawyer, I live in the Hollywood Hills, and Lexie was the Cavalier we lost about a year and a half ago.

The Kendra books were also what inspired me to write here, at Killer Hobbies.  I was invited to join those who were blogging here then because the theme of this blog was mysteries involving hobbies.  I accepted the invitation, but I made it clear that dogs aren't hobbies, they're family members.

Right now, I need to get back to writing an upcoming Barkery & Biscuits Mystery.  And, yes, I am writing this with one hand again.  Cari is back on my lap.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


I must have been half asleep when I wrote my post this morning, because I forgot this:

Some years back, the mystery convention Magna cum Murder had a contest: Write a radio mystery! The winner would be performed and broadcast live on a local radio station. The contest ran several years, and one year I entered - and won! I wrote "The Corpse in Fibber McGee's Closet." Fibber McGee and Molly was a very popular radio show back in the thirties and forties (and fifties?), and one feature was a hall closet people were warned never to open. But about every fourth show, someone would open it, and things would pour out of that closet for about two minutes. Hilarious!  Since I was writing a mystery, I put a corpse among the other detritus that fell out on my version of the show.  Upshot: a local radio host has gotten hold of a recording of that show and will rebroadcast it on Sunday, February 25, at 9:30 local time on KFAI FM 106.7 on your radio dial. You can also listen to it on their web site. Look for it at If you connect and hear it, let me know.