If it doesn’t belong to you…

don’t take it. I need to vent, people. At midnight I was on the phone to my bank to cancel a transaction I didn’t do and an hour on hold the next morning to get Barnes & Noble to realize I didn’t order a bunch of movies. Then I spent the day taking my debit card off websites and changing passwords everywhere. Grrrrr! Arghhhh! Now I’ll have to add a new debit card when it arrives and verify to B&N before I can order anything else. Maybe they should have made the POS verify who he was?!!!

My dad told me “if it isn’t yours, don’t pick it up.” It is such an easy concept, everyone should try it. If it’s not yours, don’t take it.

I’ve worked hard for what I have in life, you can’t have it. Simple. Try it sometime.


Jill James, romance writer

Little Moments

This year I want to enjoy the little moments of life. The beauty of the outdoors, the relationships in my life, and getting my body in shape to enjoy the moments of life for a long time to come.

Watching the snow fall for hours as it covered the patio and walls and fences was breath-taking. At midnight it was as bright as a coming twilight with the moonlight glimmering on the white, white snow. We just laid in bed and gazed out the glass door and it was mesmerizing.

Enjoy the moments, Jill

 

2019 – Happy New Year

For years I would do New Year’s Resolution. About February they were dust in the wind. Then my friend gave me a Wishing Pot. Each New Year’s Eve I sit down and open it up and read what my wishes were for the year. Some come true, some don’t, and some happened that weren’t in the Wishing Pot at all.

wish pot

This past New Year’s Eve I got my wish pot off the shelf and opened it up. Imagine my disappointment to find no wishes inside. The wish pot had still been packed away last New Year’s Eve after the move to our new house and it was months later that my office was finally in order and the little pot on a shelf.

 

 

But, now it has new wishes for this coming year. 1 writing-related, 1 health-related, and 1 personal. It is funny how I won’t think about those wishes until it is time to check them next New Year’s Eve. Happy wishes to everyone for 2019 to be all you want and need it to be.

What is your wish for 2019?


Jill James, romance writer

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Most times people take this time of year to kick the past year to the curb, glad to see it go. They are looking forward to a bright, shiny new year. Although, I will be glad to greet a new year, 2018 was very good to me. I published 3 books, I tried something new ( Kindle Scout), and best of all, celebrated my first year in my brand-new home.

Look back with fondness and greet the new year with love and a sense of adventure.

Happy New Year to all, Jill James

Our Anniversary–for the house

In our family we celebrate our house anniversary–the day we moved into our house. In our old house, it was St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. So, no corned beef and cabbage for this Irish family, we had a nice steak dinner.

Today is the first anniversary of our new, built just for us, house. So we are having a nice steak dinner, red potatoes, salad, rolls, and wine to toast our first year here in Reno. Can not believe a whole year has passed since we got the keys and moved from our apartment with several inches of snow on the ground and soooooo cold.

Happy Anniversary to our home.


Do you celebrate in offbeat ways in your family?


Jill James, romance writer

Decisions, decisions.

A writer’s world is full of decisions. Titles, characters, plots, plotting or pantsing, 3rd person POV or 1st. My dilemma at the moment is what to work on next.

I have three W.I.P.s (Works In Progress) at the moment. Do I add to the Time of Zombies series with book 4 (Willa and Danny’s story) or add to Ghost Releasers, Inc. with books 2 and 3? (Andrea and Luke/Donna and Rafe) I’m loving each of these stories and excited to add to each series. But I can’t seem to settle down and just write.

I had really thought to work more on them during Nanowrimo in November and into December here with all the presents shopped and wrapped and decorations done, but it just isn’t happening. I think I will write every December and every December I don’t. So the plans for the new year will be 3 books and several novellas.

Happy writing and reading, Jill.

Christmas ornaments

I love decorating the Christmas tree each year. Last year we were in an apartment getting ready to move into our new house so we didn’t decorate at all. We were in a new house with almost no furniture and didn’t have our decorations(in storage). We drove to see family and didn’t stay home for Christmas Eve and Day.

This year we got out everything we own for the holidays. It was fun to see the family ornaments after missing a year. The little ones of popsicle sticks and foam the kids and grandkid made over the years. The old ones passed down from generation to generation. The ones that represent a person or a place we’ve been. And the new ones we get each year to make the year.

My mother-in-law gets us a new one each year too. They are beautiful crystal and silver and bright. This is this year’s one!

Do the ornaments on your tree have special stories too?

 


Jill James, romance writer

Giving Thanks

Of course, we should give thanks every day for all of the people in our lives, our health, our bountiful riches, but sometimes we need a nudge, a reminder. For me, that is Thanksgiving. A day to sit with family and friends and reflect on all you have received in your life. Give thanks!

From my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Never Forget

Originally posted September, 10, 2009 on my blog

Sometimes September 11th, 2001 seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago.  You find yourself dividing your life into before and after 9/11.

We had just moved into our new house a few months before the event and it added to the disorientation to be in what still seemed a strange house, in a strange neighborhood, and in strange times.

My son was still in elementary school and I spend the early hours unsure whether to send him to school or not.  Sure, we lived in an itty, bitty town so nothing would probably happen but I didn’t want him out of my sight either.  I remember he stayed home 2 or 3 days until the principal called the parents and asked them to please send the children to school so they could get back to normalcy.

Remember the date. Honor the victims. Salute our soldiers.

The best way to remember is to have a family plan for emergencies. Do you have a plan?

Jill James

Autumn is Coming

At least here in Reno, Nevada it is. Looks like in the 80s most of this week and in the 40s first thing in the morning. The trees are starting to turn orange and red. The sky is a vivbrant blue and wispy clouds scutter across the vista.

I love summer but it is awesome to live somewhere with 4 actual seasons. Loving it.

I’ll be putting out my September newsletter as soon as I have my newest book cover, so if you want to be among the first to see it, subscribe to my newsletter. http://eepurl.com/hvtn-/


Jill James, romance writer

Shadow Box Keepsakes

I’m a collector of things, I’ll freely admit that. I love the history of things. I collect porcelain dolls, salt and pepper shakers, and books–lots and lots of books. I also sometimes get in my possession things from those who came before me.

As a kid and teenager I had a purple quilt on my bed. Each square had a state bird, state flower, and state name on it from all 48 states.

You read that right. At the time the quilt was made–by my grandma and her sisters we only had 48 states in the USA.

Along the way, my dad got the quilt and hung it in a window. I can hear the gasps from all the ladies who know what that means. The quilt fell apart, eaten away by the sun. I thought of trying to save it. I’m not that good of a seamtress. I thought of sending it away to get repaired but I feared losing it and it was just too damaged.

So, I decided to try to save just a piece of it. Now that I’m in Nevada it seemed fitting to save the Nevada square. Since the squares are in order of the states joining the union, the Nevada one wasn’t too bad. So I decided to put it in a shadow box for my office.

I’m not always great at the arts and crafts things, but I think it turned out just fine. I added two casino chips to the box, because, hey!! Reno. I attached the quilt square to a canvas and put it in the box. The shadow box is gray and almost matches my desk exactly. I love it!!

shadow box 2


Do you collect old things or always get new?


Jill James, romance writer

Yearly Check-up

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

Nothing says another year has passed like it being time for your yearly check-up at the doctor’s office. I know some people skip them from time to time, but I always get one each year. My dad was borderline diabetic and I want to keep up on checking for that. I was very anemic as a teenagaer, passing out several times, and I want to keep up on that too.

 

So, I had to fast from Sunday night to Monday morning. (No coffee!) I had a headache but I didn’t want to take anything to foul up the results. Drank lots of water. Didn’t help. Still impossible to get blood out of my veins. LOL

Once I was done, I rushed home to eat lunch. I was starving. But, done for another year. Now I just have to wait for results. (twiddling thumbs)


Jill James, romance writer

Grandson Hiatus

We are blessed to have brainy grandson with us this week. We celebrated husband’s 55th birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary. A very full week, so blogging will be short or nonexistent. Sorry!! Not. Enjoying grandson.

In the meantime, don’t forget I have new books out.

Ghostly Intentions, Ghost Releasers, Inc. #1 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B94HJG3
Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGLJPYH


Jill James, romance writer

I Voted Today!

This is not a political statement. I enjoy voting. I think everyone should vote.

If you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch…ever!!

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Thanks, Jill James

Play Ball!

At our house, we love baseball season. For quite a few years we had season tickets to the Oakland A’s. We had to give them up when we moved to Reno. It is TOO far to go for a baseball game.

Thankfully, Reno has the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reno Aces. We still get baseball! This is our second year with season tickets.

It is fun to watch the up and comers and try to guess who will move on to the Show! The ballpark is clean and smaller than a big league stadium. But, there are sing-alongs, activities between innings, and fireworks every Friday.

Do you like to go to sporting events? Who is your favorite team?


Jill James, romance writer and baseball fan.

A Snow Day

snow dayWe have Brainy Grandson visiting us this week for his Spring Break. He lives in the S.F. Bay Area so not much snow. LOL

We went up to Mt. Rose. Skiing looked awesome; dry snow and sunshine. But since the guys don’t ski and I haven’t skied since I was about 20, we decided to go play in the snow instead.

It is called The Meadow and I imagine in the summer it is just that, but on this day it is full of snow. Really full of snow. In some places we fell in to our hips. But it was a fun day and the grandson made himself a snow throne and threw snowballs and had a great time. He is growing so fast, he is taller than Papa now.

This week has gone by so fast and we will miss him when he has to go back home.


Jill James, proud Nana

Murphy Bed — Murphy’s Law

Today’s post was going to be all about the Murphy bed in my office, with pictures. Nope! Murphy’s Law in fine fetter today.

The measurements are wrong somewhere, so they will have to return and pull it out and put in new one. Which really sucks, because they were just about done after eight hours of working.

Once it is done and I take pictures I will post Murphy Bed, Take Two!!


Jill James, author (lots of editing done today as they worked)