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Please let me introduce you to my wonderful friend and fabulous Christian Romance Author….

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!  I hope that your weekend was fabulous!  I finished a wonderful Christian Romance written by Julianna Desmond (pen name), aka JoAnn Durgin.  This is her first book written under a pen name and I have to say that I loved it every bit as much as I have all the books she’s written under her given name. 

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I was blessed to have been introduced to JoAnn via my wonderful sister-in-law. Though we live in different states I was able to spend a little time getting to know JoAnn and her husband Jim when they flew into town a couple of years ago and we’ve been friends ever since.  I have literally read every single book she has written and have truly loved every one of them.  Each and every book leaves you with wanting to not only better your relationship with God, but wanting to be a better person and live a more Godly life.  They have all the ups and downs you’d expect.  You will laugh and you will cry, but they are always uplifting and you’re left pacing the floors waiting for her next release (which I believe is Christmas!).  I am more of a historical reader, but I’ve become literally addicted to JoAnn’s modern day Christian Romance stories, and now Julianna Desmond’s too.  Now without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you.  I’ve asked JoAnn to be my guest today and write a little about herself and her newest release.  Ok everyone, here she is!  I’m very happy to introduce you to my wonderful friend, JoAnn Durgin!

JoAnnWhat’s an author to do after 25 published books? Try something new, of course! My name is JoAnn Durgin, and I’m a USA Today bestselling author who blends faith and humor in contemporary Christian romance novels. I was thrilled when my lovely friend, Lisa Macy, graciously invited me to share my brand new book, Only A Heartbeat Away, with you!

For this book, I created a fun pseudonym (pen name) using my same initials, and came up with Julianna Desmond. Doesn’t that sound like a romance writer name? The book released on September 1st, my faithful readers have been clued in, and I’m having a blast creating more book covers and titles using the “Only A ________ Away” theme. This first book can be found on Amazon (see link below), and it’s only 99 cents!

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Here’s a little more about Only A Heartbeat Away:

Georgia Adler might be from a small town near Atlanta, but don’t call her a peach! When a top literary critic reviews her book as a “contemporary masterpiece of epic proportions,” Georgia is named one of America’s most promising new authors. When her agent sends out a press kit with her photo, magazine editors and talk show promoters across the country clamor for her attention. Against her better judgment, Georgia reluctantly grants a few interviews, and a whirlwind publicity tour begins.

Grayson Chambers walks into a tempest when he visits his friend Nick in Manhattan. He’d only planned on lunch, but a new female novelist who’s taking the literary world by storm is being interviewed. As the managing editor of a trendy New York magazine, Nick’s in desperate need of an immediate replacement for the ailing male model. Swallowing his misgivings, Gray steps in to model professionally one last time. He can tolerate working with a demanding, beautiful diva for a few hours if it’ll give him the opportunity to publicize his foundation to thousands of people. He’ll be paid extremely well for a short time in front of the cameras, so what could be the harm? It’s a win-win situation.

After Georgia meets the devastatingly handsome Grayson, she begins to question the very crux of her novel, and Grayson wonders if the basis for his foundation is misguided. Is this a “chance” meeting between them or a way for God to reveal His own plans for their lives individually or perhaps even…together?

I hope you’ll check out Only A Heartbeat Away.  Thank you, Lisa, for inviting me as your guest on your fabulous blog!

Blessings,

JoAnn Durgin

 

Thank you JoAnn for being my guest today!  Now everyone, please head on over to Amazon and get your copy!  I promise, you will LOVE IT!! 

Here is the link for you to purchase at Amazon.com for only .99.  Please make sure your follow her author page for Julianna Desmond too to keep you apprised of new releases too!

Once you’re hooked, make sure you check out all of JoAnn’s other wonderful books at  Amazon.com via her author page also! 

Thank you all for being here today and I hope you’ll share these wonderful books with your friends too! 

Until next time, have a wonderful, happy, healthy and blessed day! 🙂

 

 

Facebook Contest!!!

Hi Everybody!  Happy Saturday!

Since I’m launching my business, I thought it would be fun to have a contest!  Here is how it will work:

Help me reach 500 likes on our new Facebook page and you will be entered to win a FREE personal aromatherapy blend!  This is a $150 value!

Here is all you have to do to be entered to win:

Go to http://www.facebook.com/triquetraenergyandaromatherapy and LIKE the PAGE.  Then, find the pinned contest post and type “done”!  That’s it!  That’s all you need to do!  Please share with your friends and give them a chance to win too!  Once we hit 500 LIKES on the page, we will draw a winner!  There won’t be a drawing until we get there, so the faster we get there, the sooner we can draw a winner!!!  WOOHOO!!!  I’m looking forward to the drawing!!!  I lovvvve to make blends!  It could be a diffuser blend, personal inhaler, body butter, balm or even a lotion!!!  This is EXCITING!!!!!  😀

Thank you and have a Blessed weekend!!!

Memories of my Dad

Hi everyone, just wanted to share a bit about my Dad.  I’m having a bit of a rough time today, as he passed away just 3 weeks ago today, and today would’ve been his 72nd birthday….

A few memories:

I remember when I was probably about 4 sitting in his lap, or rather standing and helping him drive the car into the garage.

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I remember weekends watching westerns and Wide World of Sports and eating spaghetti dinner with him out of a box (Chef Boyardee).

I remember him cutting up coconuts with a machete and sharing it with my brother and I, and letting us try the coconut milk inside.  Hmmm, I wonder if that’s why I lovvvve coconut water?

I remember falling off the back of my brother’s bike into a prickly pear cactus and being scraped with a pocket knife from head to toe to get all the cactus out.

I remember going with him on weekends when he was on his second job, remodeling houses, and helping where I could.

I remember him taking me to the hospital when I stepped on a roofing nail.

I remember him taking me to the gun range and teaching me not only to shoot, but how to properly clean firearms and to always respect them.

Dad taught us proper work ethic….be on time or early, work hard, do your job, do it right the first time, earn your paycheck, and always show respect.

Dad taught us to always respect our elders….Yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am.  No smart mouthing, no bad language, and you for darned sure better not even think about telling a lie…

We were expected to study hard, always do our best, and earn good grades.  Probably one reason I’m such a perfectionist, and still insist on getting A’s, even at my age.  ha

I remember working on cars with him, from about the age of 6 up through adulthood.  My hubby was pretty darned proud of me when he came home one day and I had put a new alternator on the car, all by myself.  I even finished up a lift kit we were putting on a Toyota truck once.  ha And for a time, I was really great at rebuilding motorcycle carburetors too!  Allll thanks to Dad teaching me a bit about working on cars and trucks when I was younger.

I remember our Wednesday’s when he’d pick me up from school early to go get my allergy shots listening to ollllld country music on the AM radio.

I remember how hard he worked to take care of us.  As many as 3 jobs at a time.  He wasn’t home much, but we knew he loved us just the same.

From the time I was born he had a nickname for me, and called me that up until the day he died.  No I’m not telling you what it is.  Some people know, and they also know they better not even dare think about calling me that.  Only Dad can do that.  My heart breaks knowing I will never hear him call me that again.

I remember the first time I went fishing with him, which was after I was married, and him throwing inky squid legs at me.  He couldn’t swim, but when we would wade fish off the beach, he’d walk out to the 3rd sandbar at low tide, in jeans, boots and a long sleeved shirt.  When he was done fishing a few hours later, the tide had generally come in and it was way over his head.  He would just walk back in and use his fishing pole to help him bob up for air!  lol My honeybunny and I went fishing with him many many times and have lots of great memories from going.

I remember him sneaking into the bathroom and pouring a jug of ice water over the top of the shower to pick on my husband when we were newlyweds.

I remember our one and only vacation when I was little, where our guinea pig died of heat exhaustion, a bear really and truly ate my Honey Comb cereal, we slid down dunes of gypsum, Dad climbed up a rock face……then the transmission went out on the car.

I remember when he decided to teach me to drive his granny geared 50 Chevy truck.  I had never EVER seen him look worried before, but he was holding on to the door for dear life!  ha

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I remember the day he took my hubby and I to get our marriage license, and my hubby had left his wallet in his car and we had to drive alllll the way back to the house to get it. Dad was not happy to say the least.  I was only 17, so he had to sign for me.  Our 32nd anniversary is in 2 days, and I’m so glad that Dad not only approved, but gave Troy his permission to ask me to marry him.  They got along great and had many good times together, fishing, building things, working on old vehicles…..

I remember when I got my first tattoo (I was 35) and worried he’d be mad (he was really ticked off that I got my upper ear pierced a week or so prior).  He wasn’t mad at all, he just wanted to know why I didn’t get one like grandpa’s!  Grandpa had a Marine bulldog on his arm.  I will be getting a couple of new ones soon, and one will be in memory….

I remember the first time he told me he was proud of me, and that wasn’t very many years ago, but knowing that he was proud of me meant the world to me, even if I did have to wait over 40 years to hear him say it.  I never ever had to wonder if he loved me though.  He always told me he loved me when we parted ways or hung up the phone.

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all my wonderful memories I have of my Dad, but it gives you a few to share in.

My last memories are of me flying out to see him and say goodbye.  I went straight to the hospital from the airport.  His first words were “it’s about damn time you got here”. ha  Then he said, “I told you I’d call you before I die”.  I told him, “You didn’t call”.  He looked at me for a second and then said, “Well, you look good”.  I said, “Thanks Dad!”.  Then he told the nurse “That’s my daughter!”.  Just before I left for the evening, I said “I love you Daddy, I’ll see you tomorrow”, he said “I love you too baby, it’s now or never”.  Those were actually the last few words I got to have with him.  He was less and less lucid throughout that day, and even less each and every hour after that.  It was totally heart wrenching to watch a man, that had never a day in his life complained about pain…to hear him yell out, to beg you to help and you not be able to do anything for him, to hear him crying out and begging for the pain to stop, or for the nurses to not touch him.  Three short days later, when that moment came to say my final goodbye, I watched over him, spoke to him, and told him how much he was loved, how much he’d be missed, and that it was ok, as he took his last breaths.  It was truly the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I will never ever regret those last moments with him.

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Happy 72nd Birthday Daddy, I hope you’re having a great big party up there in heaven to celebrate your earthly birthday!  I love you, and I miss you so very much, and I will always and forever be Daddy’s little girl…..

Why are people so hateful…… :( This is why I’m a hermit……

Hi everybody, happy Friday!

I need to vent……yes I know, seems like I do that a  lot.  Sorry, but y’all are the best way for me to do this.  I don’t think anyone I know reads my blog anyway, so it’s a perfect way for me to vent and nobody cares.

Soooo, many years ago, we started traveling full time for my hubby’s job.  This requires mostly campground living.  The are some absolutely awesome things about the job, so I’m not complaining about that part of it.  We are soooo very blessed that we’ve gotten to see and do all the things we have!  What I AM complaining about is the part that is not so awesome.  You meet lots of people and many many of them are “on the job” too.  You do not always work with the same people on each job, but from time to time you do see them again…there are times, you wish you didn’t.  We’ve been doing this for 12 years on the road full time, and early on (about 3 years in) I learned that people can be very mean and hateful.  They can be worse than those mean girls in school and I’m sooo not kidding.  When you’re in a campground, everybody knows everybody else’s business because you’re in close quarters.  I USED to be really sociable.  I would visit and get to know everyone on the job.  Go to lunch, shopping, all that fun stuff with “the girls”. I learned my lesson though.  I was mistreated, lied about, and ridiculed enough that I quit talking to people and started staying inside all the time, except to take my dogs out or go to the store.  I quit going lunch, shopping, having “girl” days.  It just wasn’t worth it to me.  I am always nice to everyone, but I no longer socialize like I used to.  It’s sad, I know, but you can only take so much.  We even try to stay in campgrounds where we don’t know anyone, or at least away from people we may know.

I have only kept up with a handful of the people we’ve met over the years.  We don’t really “talk”, but we keep in touch from time to time.  Someone that I’ve known for many years….our hubby’s worked on a few jobs together over the years…..sent me a message today.  She told me that this other person told her that I had told a bunch of women something about her and wanted to know if it was true.  Good grief.  The last time I saw either of them was 3-4 years ago, and I don’t tell anyone anything.  Why would I do that to someone?  I literally try to live by the Golden Rule and darned sure don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I’ve been through.  I thought she knew me well enough to know that (She was pre-hermit stage), but apparently not since she still felt the need to ask, which tells me she wondered, and that really hurts my heart. 😦  I thanked her for coming directly to me with it though.  People’s personal business is none of my business, and I just don’t do things like that.  Apparently you don’t even have to be within 1000 miles of someone and they’ll still use and abuse you somehow, because they have nothing else better to do, even if they haven’t seen you in year! My feelings are so hurt I want to scream!   I don’t even tell anyone anything about myself anymore because why the heck would they care anyway?  Might as well keep all my problems, non-problems, sadness, and everything else to myself or it be misconstrued as who knows what.  No one cares anyway.  You can’t even be a good hermit without people trying to hurt you.  All people seem to care about is hurting others, or stirring stuff up and starting stuff to hurt people.  It’s just heart breaking. 😦 Because of caddy women like this, my poor hubby literally has to drag me out to go anywhere.  I order online as much as possible just so that I don’t have to go anywhere.  Sad huh?  I only leave the house when I absolutely have to.  I’ve learned to be perfectly happy this way.  Just me, my hubby and our dogs.

We were in an area recently for a couple of years, which was great.  We met lots of great people, but yet again, we ran into some of those saaaaame kind of people that do those same kind of things that made me want to not go out anymore.  I’m very cautious around people anymore and it takes a lot to earn my trust and friendship, but can you blame me?

Here I was having a great day today, and then this….  I met several nice people at the grocery store today that had improved my faith, somewhat, in a friendly humanity, in an area that I’m new to…..for a couple hours anyway…

It’s so hard for me because I’m one of those people that is naturally trusting, and just wants to help everyone, but you can get abused just so much before you want to crawl under a rock and not come out….

Soo, back to being a hermit……

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!  🙂

 

And so it is…..

Hi everybody, I hope you’re all happy and doing wonderfully.  🙂  I hope you’ll indulge me while I pour my heart out today…..

I pre-enrolled for a class in October of this last year for a class that does not start until September of this year.  I just requested a refund because of some personal things, and would you believe they said no?  Yep, they’re citing policy that states you have 21 days to ask for a refund, when class starts, and you may only request a refund on that 21st day.  Not one day before or one day after.  Well, day 1 of that 21 days hasn’t even begun!  That’s just not right!  There is a definite gray area, but they’re not budging.  I don’t even know if they’re going to let me ask for a refund on the 21st day!  I just don’t know what to do……frustrated……

This morning, I talked to my Dad.  Last July he was diagnosed with a very unique/rare form of Leukemia.  He’s been undergoing a type of chemo ever since along with almost 40 blood transfusions now, and platelets have recently started too.  A few weeks ago, they decided he’d been misdiagnosed.  They know it’s a blood dysfunction of some sort, but not sure exactly what it is yet.  They did a bone marrow biopsy last week and got the results yesterday.  His bone marrow is like cement.  They aren’t sure what that means exactly yet.  It could possibly mean that he’s got full blown Leukemia, orrrrr not.  If it is, his choices are three weeks in the hospital on a chemo drip, or hospice.  He says he’ll think about that when/if the time comes.  If we’re lucky it could be another year or more before he has to think about it.  Dad says dying is easy, it’s staying alive that’s hard.  He’s right.  It’s also very hard to sit around and be helpless while your Dad is clear across the country.  😦  So, we wait.  We pray for a miracle….

I’m soooo not ready for him to leave this earthly realm, but I don’t want him to suffer either.  I know in my heart he’ll be in Heaven, happy and healthy.  I know I will see him again one day, but it’s so very hard to think of that time coming so much sooner than we ever want.  Can’t we have another 20-30 years?  He’s only 71…

I’m thankful for some great memories that I will forever have though. My Dad taught me how to work on cars/trucks…..brake jobs, engine work, drive train.  Because of this I was able to put a starter on the car one time (wayyyy back in the late 80’s) while my hubby was at work.  They were both proud of me!  Dad also taught me many aspects of remodeling houses…..sheetrock, paint, roofing.  He taught me the proper use of a firearm, from shooting to proper cleaning.  He taught me to be strong and independent. I have learned so much and am so very thankful and grateful that I was lucky enough to get to learn all the things I have from him.  I’m grateful we got to spend time together last year.  It was the first time I’d seen him in two years and it’s been over a year since then.  I’m thankful we at least get to talk on the phone once in a while.  No matter what, I will forever and always be a Daddy’s girl and I’m proud of it.    I love you Daddy!

Thank you for letting me pour my heart out today, I needed that…….

Until next time, wishing each of you lots of great memories, love and Blessings……

I feel a customer service rant coming on…..

Hey everybody!  I realllllly hope your day has been better than ours!  We have just moved to our next adventure destination (honey bunny’s job has us traveling) for the rest of the year, soooo we had to call the satellite company to set us up on the ground, because the “fixed” one on top of the motorhome won’t pick up and since we can’t move it around, we can’t find an open space for it.  ANYWAY, I called the company two days ago, they set us up for an appointment between 12-4.  The technician called us a bit after 11, said he was ahead of schedule, could he go ahead and come out.  That sounded like good news……at the time.  He showed up about 12:30, looked around a few minutes, said “sorry” I can’t help you, I’ll call another tech.  Well, hello, there are two dishes within a few feet of us, with the SAME company we use, and you can’t set one up?  Really?  Come on now, don’t give me that.  I don’t think he even wanted to try.  He said the other tech would be here in about an hour.  Several hours passed, I went to the “online chat” area, told a rep the issue, they said someone would be contacting us.  Three more hours go by, stillllll nothing.  I went to “online chat” again.  They said someone was on the way and would be calling within 30 minutes.  That was almost 2 1/2 hours ago, still no one here, still no phone call.  I called the company AGAIN.  Finally got someone that is at least on the east coast, and now we’re set up for 3 days from now!  We’ll see if anyone actually shows up.  I’m so frustrated!  We have been with this company for 20 years and have NEVER had an issue like this before.  Their customer service is usually top notch, but apparently people here don’t care about work ethics, helping people, or the concept of time.  There are only a few things on my pet peeve list……one is being lied to.  Do NOT lie to me!  I might get my feelings hurt, but I’ll get over that.  You lie?  I won’t trust you anymore…EVER.  Which would you prefer?  The other issue is respect/common courtesy…..if you say you’re going to do something, do it.  If you can’t, then let the person know!  If you’re going to be late, then call, text, email.  SOMETHING!  Don’t just let it go!  That’s rude, inconsiderate, disrespectful and just downright wrong!!!!  People have more important things to do than sit around and wait all day for you to decide to NOT show up!  UGH……..  I have been soooo very patient today, and tried soooo hard to be nice and understanding, but after alllll these hours of nothing I’m worn out and unhappy……

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day…..

Until next time, I hope YOU have a great day!  🙂

 

What is Crystal Healing?

Hi y’all!  Happy Monday!

Some of y’all have probably noticed that I have added another certification this last year.  I became a Certified Crystal Healer in early November and plan to study more about crystals and crystal healing later this year to upgrade my certification to Advanced Crystal Master.

You may be wondering what a crystal healing session is, so I’m going to try and tell you a little more about it to help you to understand a bit more about is:

  • A bit like a spa treatment in that it can be deeply relaxing and rejuvenating
  • Clothing stays on, but shoes can be removed to be more relaxed and comfy
  • Minimal contact (placement and removal of crystals/stones only)
  • Session goals can include energy realignment, removal of blocked energy – these allow for healing and spiritual growth.  Different crystals have different energies that work by taking our out of balance energy and entraining it back into balance.  Depending on what is out of balance, I will choose a particular crystal to work with to bring what is out of balance, back into balance by placing a crystal in the area that needs work.
  • Energetic imbalances can cause ailments and/or emotional issues that balancing energies can assist in helping.
  • Promotes good health and energetic balance

These are just a few things to help give you an idea of what to expect in a session.  Many people fall asleep and awaken feeling energized!  I can also include Reiki during a session which to me is an added energy lift, as it goes where it’s needed most and is a wonderful extra layer of energy therapy.

Right now I’m only able to offer distance sessions due to travels, but energy therapy such as Crystal Healing and Reiki know no boundaries and work very well whether you’re there in person or not.

Here is an article that can help explain a bit more about distance healing…..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meryl-davids-landau/healing-over-the-phone_b_1011510.html

My hubby can attest to distance healing, as I work on him pretty often while he’s at work.

I hope this helps explain a bit more about Crystal Healing and I hope you will try it!  It’s amazing!!!!

Until next time!  Have a happy healthy day!!! 🙂