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Is everyone checking out The Sentinel Secret Santa daily posts?

There are some stories for everyone. If you don't like slash, you'll find Gen there. It's been so fun already. This is the eighth day and I can't wait for tonight to come so I can read what's coming next. Here is the link to go and check it out. I promise it'll put you in a great mood. The Sentinel Secret Santa

Ainm puts a post up every evening at about midnight and you just follow the link from there. I'm having great fun and want you to, too.

Hugs, Patt
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I have some awesome news.

While I was home recuperating from my surgery, I got a letter and a contract for a publishing company to print one of my children's books. It's called The Well Mannered Giant. It's super cute if you like Children's books. Anyhow, it take a really long time to get this going. They are talking ten months to have it on shelves. Mind you it's got to have a lot of illustrations done and that's what takes the most time. Anyhow, I'm very excited. Still working on publishing the first one that was accepted. Thank goodness I'm patient. They also asked me if I had any other's like it. And I said, "Only about 14 or so." You never know, they may accept another one. We'll see what happens. I'm filled with joy over this. I dreamed of doing this when I was in my 20's. And now I'm 67 and it's coming true. Woot! Okay, that's all. Just wanted to fill you in. Have a great rest of the week.

Hugs, Patt
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More news.

I'm having surgery on November 11th. They are taking out my thyroid because it had one nodule six months ago and now there are three nodules. We'll find out about it soon enough. I'm glad they are taking it out so that I can clean the house and cook for thanksgiving. Keep me in your thoughts that day. TIA

Hugs, Patt
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Thanksgiving time will be here before you know it.

We're having 23 people at our house. Thankfully we have lots of extra tables and chairs. Everyone is bringing something so that takes a lot of pressure off us too. Sam is very excited. Everyone I invited is bringing an extra person that has nowhere to go for the day. It's going to be fun. We rarely have bad weather for Thanksgiving so all the kids can play in the yard on the swing set all day long. We're very blessed to have this many wonderful people in our lives. I'm in such a good mood right now.

Have a great weekend,


Does anyone have a special fruit salad that they make that everyone drools over? I would love some recipes. Thanks.

The adoption date is set.

Thursday, November 14th is the big day. Our lawyer told Sam that even the judge gives out gifts on adoption day. Sam was quite taken by this, because she sure didn't expect anything. (We're going to take her out to a nice restaurant after we sign papers). Then we talked about getting her an Xbox game system. But Lord, those are so expensive. We'll see how the month goes and go from there. She's very down to earth. She would be shocked if we got her something so big. I'm very excited about the big day. So is my hubster and Sam. I feel like we have more to be thankful for on Thanksgiving day this year. Thank you all for your kind words and hugs. We always need them.

Hugs, Patt

I have some news.

Sam wanted to become a real member of our family and asked if we could adopt her. So I talked to her parents who haven't had her for years and they both agreed. We got the papers signed by them on Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow is our second visit to our lawyer and she said everything is going so smoothly that we might be able to get our court hearing for November 7th. We're excited to have it almost done with. Now that we're retired it's been very hard because we can't get a family plan insurance for the three of us. Only for her. We're on Medicare and have all sorts of good insurance. Sam on the other hand has crappy insurance for almost what we're paying for ours and hers includes NO pharmacy coverage at all. We've spent a fortune since we retired. Now she'll be able to be on our insurance. I'm very excited about it. 5 1/2 years of medical is worth what we had to go through for this. :)

I just wanted to share this news with all of you. We didn't want to become parents again at 60, but here we are seven years later doing just fine with her.

Hugs, Patt

PS: She doesn't wear glasses but she loves her fake glasses. LOL She's a hoot.
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Today is Beta Appreciation Day

A big holler to Sheila, aka, Bluewolf for all of her help, her guidance and her ideas that always send me in the right direction. Thank you so much. You're not only a great beta, but a great friend on top of everything.

Love, Patt
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Thank you, T_Verano. :)

T, I got my book yesterday and instead of cleaning I've been reading. Needless to say I'm 3/4 done with it and I totally love Even Smoak. I'm going to order the next two or three tomorrow, I think. Thank you so much for the rec.

In case anyone wonders, it's called Orphan X. Mystery, thriller and suspense. I find it a toss up between Equalizer and Jack Reacher. I find this book much better than Jack Reacher books. His name is Gregg Hurwitz. Check this book out, you won't be sorry. I'm saving these when I'm done because I already know I'll be reading them over and over again.

Thank again for the rec, T. Hugs, Patt