Bloggy Update 2/26/22

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Is it March yet?

February 1, Charlie had knee replacement surgery. He’s doing pretty well, which is great! However, the past 25 days have basically been a game of “time tetris”, fitting in PT, ice, walking around, doctor appointments, moving from walker to cane, and tending to needs that most folks don’t readily think about on an average day. Totally worth it by the end of this, but neither of us could remember how time consuming the process was from his FIRST one (done 15 years ago). They (meaning the medical community) also do things somewhat differently now (no machine that moves your leg for you, the addition of the hated compression socks!, etc).

During a downtime, I’ve managed to contact someone here (in Normal!) who knows more of the behind-the-scenes of WordPress! They are coming over to the house in early March to help me “reconfigure” the blog and hopefully make it more user-friendly and easier to navigate. I’m hoping to give each interview its OWN page so folks can comment directly to the individual (and visa versa). There might be some other improvements too that I am not even aware of, so stay tuned for some positive changes coming!

I’ve also had the opportunity to do an Author Book Signing/Meet & Greet right here in Bloomington/Normal! Bobzbay (local bookstore in downtown Bloomington) will be featuring local authors this spring/summer. I’ll be showing my wares on Saturday, May 14! (time yet to be determined) I am planning on doing some giveaways/raffles and am thinking of other possibilities as well. Check the EVENT section of the blog to stay updated regarding the times/dates/specifics of what’s coming up.

I’m hoping that once Charlie is able to drive, I’ll be able to start the second draft of my latest novel (still unnamed). So, if I had to ballpark a time? Probably late March.

We have watched a few movies:

The French Dispatch (2021) – Uh, yeah. We just couldn’t get into it. I know lots of people thought it was amazing, but it didn’t click for us. A bit TOO art-house and “trying to be clever” feel for us.

Horse Girl (2020) – Good, solid movie that was kind of surprising. I wish it had a better title because this makes it sound “simplistic” or, perhaps a bit YA (which isn’t bad, but it’s not necessarily YA). I recommend this if you want a more serious, emotionally toned movie.

Minari (2020) – Solid film about an American-Korean family making it as farmers in the Ozarks. Quality piece for sure.

Adrift (2018) – Decent movie, but a tad heavy-handed. I liked the film Open Water better in this “category”.

No One Gets Out Alive (2021) – Fair horror movie. I had to go and look it up again because there’s so many movies with similar titles these days. (lol) Yeah, I gave it a 5.2 (out of 10). A little forgettable, but could be okay for a few hours of basic entertainment.

14 Peaks (2021) – “Fearless Nepali mountaineer Nimsdai Purja embarks on a seemingly impossible quest to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks in seven months” This is one of those docu-entertainment films that I would recommend IF you like that kind of thing. If not, steer clear. We enjoyed the movie, but it’s kind of up our alley.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Old school horror with terrible visual effects and a very emphatic and young Kevin McCarthy. Gotta love it.

Okay, there you have it.

Hey – I’m still looking for musicians/artists (and authors) to feature on the blog! Please send folks my way! Have them send a brief email to Thanks! 🙂


  1. Glad to hear Charlie is healing well. And you’re “making use“ of your down time while you tend to him. Thanks for the movies’ updates. Just brought to my mind I haven’t sent you my reply to the author’s interview question. Quite busy with our search for the second quarterly honoree of ExtraOrdinary Women Project BN. Check out our Facebook. Take care, Feli

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    1. That looks pretty cool! Hey, whenever you have time to send the Qs and As, it’s fine. No worries. We all have plenty on our collective plates as it were. Good luck with the search process. I’m sure that’s not easy!


  2. I’m glad Charlie is progressing and improving. That is always good news.
    And I hope things work out for you with fiddling with the blog. It’s always helpful to have a friend who knows what they’re doing, LOL.
    Speaking of back in the day, I remember watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers, way back when. I don’r recall a lot about it, but my guess is it must have been amazing for its time. 😉

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 IOTBSnatchers (1956) is all the 50s goodness you’d want in a horror movie. Scary? No, not to today’s audience. But it’s old school delightful.

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  3. Glad to hear Charlie is progressing. A friend went through this a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. Rough at first, but totally worth it. How lucky you found someone locally to help you with WordPress! I spend hours googling my problem and usually just fall into a solution by accident, lol.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I tried the googling route. And the YouTube route. I don’t have the mind to comprehend the technology. For real. Kind of like math…lol.

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