LIVING WITH SANDIE LEE

It is with a sad heart I write this post today. So much has happened since my last blog but I must get on with life. My first born, my son, passed away on August 8, 2018. My heart aches but I know I will see him again.

Stephen Michael Sanders 6 mos oldThis is Stephen at six months old, my favorite picture of him. I’d entered him in a baby contest at the Grant store. He won second place. His smile was always so sincere and inviting. Those blue eyes twinkled.

A typical boy, getting into trouble, having to wash his mouth out with soap when I heard a few words spouted that were not quite up to par. As he grew older he became my rock. He was always there to help me, no matter what it was I needed. When I wanted to learn how to can he was there cleaning the jars, stirring the pot, and helping me put each jar in the pressure cooker to finish the process.

He rode his Shetland pony out one day with his sister and while I was in the yard doing a few chores the horse came racing in and heading for the barn. No riders! No saddle! I became frantic as I didn’t know where to begin looking. Fortunately by the time I saddled my horse and started out the gate here came Stephen with his sister, walking, carrying the saddle and both as red as a beet; perhaps from the heat, or so I thought. When he told me what they had done I really got concerned. It seems they found a bees nest and decided to stop, get off the horse, and throw rocks at the nest. You know the rest of the story. Only, Stephen had been stung multiple times. He never got sick but from that time on he was highly allergic to bees!

There was football in Junior High School and High School. His rock collection he valued. Steve played the trombone and loved music. In his later years, my pack rack, collected all kinds of musical instruments. Not only was he interested in music he was much like me, wanting to know more about his ancestors. I’d given him most all of his pictures and he treasured them along with pictures other family members gave him. As far as I know he kept them in a suitcase so he could talk about the many pictures and show them off.

I suppose I could go on and on with cute stories, concerning stories, or even sad stories, but no matter how many stories I can sit here and tell they will never bring him back. So to all those who knew him remember the good times you had together. Cherish the time you have with your children. If you are free and near San Bernardino, CA on 6 September 2018 stop by the Highland Baptist Temple for his memorial service.

Rest In Peace, my son. I love you.

 

Stephen's Memorial Svs

Until then my friend………………….

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It’s another hot one outside again today. Supposed to be over 100 again! So here I am trying to clean office of unnecessary paper. I started with one of the stacks I was working on when I was trying to figure out who my biological father was. At first, I didn’t recognize any names so I started to tear it in half and toss it. Something told me to wait a minute and really take a good look at it. Oh my goodness, so glad I did. It was my CARR ancestry line.

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Five hours later I’m still working on it. There is so much information on Ancestry. People have shared their information plus actual documents. What a gold mine. Like I’ve said before I want the paper trail to prove my connection. Now I have another book to put together to sit on my shelf.

When I found my George Carr, who married Elizabeth Oliver, the children were listed. As I went down the list one caught my eye, Mary b. 24 Feb 1651/2, she married James Bailey the first minister in Danvers, Massachusetts. Mary is connected to the Salem witch trials. Mary’s youngest sister, Ann,  married Thomas Putnum. Their youngest daughter, Ann, was one of the most active “afflicted children”. So, now I really need to dig deeper here.

On my BARNES side of the family one of my earliest Barnes’s wife was hung for being a witch. Now to put all of this together, a double connection. The New England Genealogical Historical Society has a book right now they are selling, and it’s all about the Salem Witch Trials. I just might have to invest in it.

Did I also mention my husband and I are related through out Bradstreet line and now it looks like we are related through our Richardson line. All from in and around New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Anyway, back to my CARR history. If all is correct I am a descendent of Sir William Kirkaldy of Grange (10 Baron of Ferniehirst Castle) Carr/Kerr 1542-1655. They came from Scotland. Who knew? He married Mary Ann Clifford 1573-1610. More digging to make sure I’m correct on this. Busy, busy day but worth it.

Until then my friend………….

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With another writing retreat behind me I am ready to get down to business. I’m still walking on air. I was privileged to study under Brandilyn Collins who writes Seatbelt Suspense. Yes, she is my favorite author. I think I learned a lot and I’m ready to put it to use.

ID and lake 2018

I arrived at her beautiful home in Idaho on a Friday night eager to meet the other eleven ladies I would be sharing my evening with. Dinner was prepared and what better way to relax and have fellowship.

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After dinner Brandilyn gave us an overview from her book “Getting Into Character”, which she would be using Friday and Saturday.  I highly recommend the book as I learned there is a lot more that goes into building your characters, not just physical features.

Brandilyn teaching Jun 2018Not only did I learn about in depth building of my characters, I made new writing friends. We all have the same goal, to write the stories buried deep in our minds. Stories we’ve carried around but now we are ready to put them on paper for the world to read. Well that sounds scary, maybe even intimidating. The whole world is ready to read. Letting go of a little bit of ourselves.

Fantistic Fiction with Brandilyn 2018 IILike I said, I’m ready to build my character from the inside out. Brandilyn, thank you for your ministry to help other writers. There are other authors out there that are ready to help a struggling writer. If you are looking for one find out if there is a critique group in your town. The American Christian Fiction Writers is another group to belong to. So many authors willing to help. I could go on and on about different groups and all you have to do is google writing critique groups or Christian writing groups. Guess I’ll get off my soapbox now and start building my protagonist.

Until then my friend…………………..

 

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So, okay, here it is. I’m busy! Or at least I think I am. I’ve noticed my blog hasn’t been updated since April. What have I been doing?

I finished my memoir and DNA book, or rather I finished it but my editor (I love her and she is correct) said break it out into two books. It will be better. So I laid it aside because I am helping another friend polishing another book “The History of Cibolo”. Funny, I thought I could two things at the same time! After all aren’t women able to multi-task? At this point, no. So, here I am finishing the history book all the way to the end…

If that isn’t enough hubby and I took a wonderful and much needed week in New England. We were supposed to go last year but rescheduled because I went to the unveiling of the historical marker for Indian Kate in Illinois. I really wouldn’t have missed that. I think I’m part of the family now…

Let’s get back to the coast line of Maine. Bar Harbor to be exact. I’ve been wanting to go so hubby took me. I must say we both enjoyed the rocky shore line, the water, and the Trip sailing ship at bar harbor (3)weather was made just for us.

The tallest mountain on the New England coast is Cadillac Mountain. We drove to the top and got out and walked to the highest rock point. I was able to see all the way around the island plus all the islands surrounding Bar Harbor. It was absolutely breath taking.

We also spent some time in the Berkshires. All my life I’ve heard about the Berkshires and now I was here. Staying three nights and four days. Again the weather was perfect. Cold, but perfect. Yes, I had to buy a sweatshirt. That’s just the way it is. I get cold easy.

 Trip the moose and me MEGet a load of my friend here. This was the only Moose I saw, well, except for the chocolate moose at the candy shop in Scarborough, Massachusetts. I bought a box of truffles there. Yummm.

Now I’m a west coast girl and I love my lattes, especially going to the drive up coffee huts. Well look what I found in Ellsworth, Maine. And the latte was great!Trip drive through coffee shop ME (2)

I know I’ve rambled again but I did want to share my trip with everyone. Just to let you know what has been keeping me busy. Today I made more progress on the revisions for the history book. Slowly but surely it will all come together. It is not my timing but God’s timing. See, I’m learning patience too.

Until then my friends…………..

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I’m happy to announce a new critique group started Jan 15, 2018 at the Little Taco Factory in Kirby. There are four members and so far one has almost finished her novel, two are bringing her rewrites, and me, well, I’m struggling to get a few pages at a time to critique.

Christian Writers of SESA 2018We have our breakfast, prayer, then delve into our pages we’ve brought.

If you are interested in meeting with a critique group during the day why not stop by, have a cup of coffee and see what we are all about.

We are the CHRISTIAN WRITERS OF SOUTHEAST SAN ANTONIO. We meet every Monday morning from 10-12 a.m. at the Little Taco Factory on FM 78. Close to SAMMC, loop 410 and IH 35. We are also listed on Facebook.

So my friends, until then………..

 

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Lately I’ve been thinking of changing my blog posts to Living with Holly (my Shih Tzu)!

hi momNow doesn’t she look pitiful? Trust me she knows how to make you feel like she doesn’t have a friend in the world. Hubby calls her Trouble. I’ve always kept our three babies on a schedule of getting up at 7 a.m. For the past six months Holly starts her barking and crying at 6:30…Oh, and can she cry!

We have two small Chihuahuas also. They are eleven years old and they tolerate Holly. Holly is five, the baby.

Holly sleeping in chairAnd here is where she lays while I work at the computer. Her favorite perch. Don’t know what I’d do without her but sometime I don’t know what to do with her. Gotta love her!

Until then my friends……………

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This year is going so fast I’m ready to say “STOP THE WORLD” I need a break! Do you ever feel this way? I’m going to write a note to myself…DO NOT try writing/working on two big projects at one time! I have finished one “The History of Cibolo” with my writing partner Judy Womack. I’m about ready to give it to my editor. So glad, now I can go back and break my last book apart and make it into two. At least that is what my editor said I needed to do. WHEW!

And while I’ve been working away my publishing partner and I went to a publishers conference (IBPA) in Dallas the first part of April. That was well work the time and money we spent on it. It was so nice to finally put faces to the people we talked to on a regular basis plus meet other author/publishers. I’d heard and seen advertisements of some but believe me there are a lot more publisher/printers out there. I met sisters located in the Los Angeles area who are authors/publishers of children’s books.  Even bought one of the books, “The Audacious Little Princesses” by Janet Breceda Wright, A.E. Wright, and Nataly Wright. Check it out if you are looking for a children’s book.

IBPA Conference with Natalie Wright and Alyssa E. Wright-Myles 2018My schedule was so full I didn’t get their presentation “Multiculturalism in Publishing”. The conference was two full days of back to back breakout sessions. The hotel kept us well fed during both days. I’m looking forward to next years conference on the East coast. Not sure yet where on the East coast, still in the negotiations on place, only date April 5-6, 2019.

Watch for more information when I receive it.

Until then my friend…………………………

 

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Good Morning Everyone…there is so much going in I don’t know where to begin. As most of you know I shelved my book about DNA. It was because I have two books in one so after much thought and prayer I set it aside and went back to finishing a book I started about six years ago. Before I started White Moccasins. Okay, well, I must be ADHD…can’t focus.

Sandra Lee Cleary reading at senior center 2017I have too much roaming around my little pea picking brain. Also I’ve been re-directed to finishing up the History of Cibolo book that another lady, Judy Womack, and I put together about four years ago. We found out we have a lot more information to put into the book. Only thing lacking for the history book is early pictures of Cibolo. We are in dire need of those.

So on to what went on this last week end. The Mill Boutique in Cibolo held it’s second annual Meet The Author Day, which I might add, turned out super great this year. Last year we had about seven authors signing their books for guests. This year we had seventeen signed up and thirteen present. What a great day for everyone.

Meet the author with client 2018Melissa Uritaga who wrote Trained Up for children. Judy Watters who has written Panning for Gold in your Golden Years, and Sandra Lee Cleary with White Moccasins. I might add that Judy Watters and Sandra Lee Cleary own Franklin Scribes Publishers and Melissa is one of their clients. We love working with authors who are struggling to get their books published.

Meet the author day with judy's books 2018    Meet the author 2018 Linda DavisLinda B. Davis who wrote about her grandmother Ella Mcfarland. Great reading. Meet the author 2018 Kelly GrettlerKelly Grettler has a book about Sweet Tea By The Live Oak Tree.   Meet the author 2018 Jill Johnston Jill Johnston book on Praises. Meet the author 2018 Irene Aldrich Irene Aldrich’s book on early Cibolo Bits and Pieces of Blue Tafetta. Meet the author 2018 April GardnerApril Gardner has several books about the lives of Indians. Good reading for young and old.

meet the author 2018 Amy BearceAmy Bearce..Bridging the Gap Between Middle Grand and YA Fantasy.

Meet the author 2018 Al BatesAl Bates and his stories of a Wicki…A lighthouse on the Oregon Coast and the men who kept the light burning warning the boats of rocky shores. Watch for his second book that continues the story.Meet the author 2018 Adrienne Dawn Adrienne Dawn and her series…also great reading. These are only a few of the authors present this year. In case you missed the event please stop by the Mill located at 200 N. Main in Cibolo as each of these authors have their books on their shelves. Plus a few more not mentioned.

Again, I am looking for pictures of old Cibolo. We really want to get this book out there for others to see how Cibolo has grown over the years. Although Irene has written her memoir about early Cibolo, from Depression on, there is so much more to tell of the early beginnings of the area.

Until then my friend…………………………….

 

 

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It’s Friday and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m looking at my appointment book plus the desk calendar and it looks like I have a clear slate. Now what to do, as if I have to think really hard of something to do!

old books to readOh, before I forget it…mark your calendars my friend. There will be a Meet The Author day at the Mill Boutique in Cibolo on Saturday 10 Mar 2018 from 2-4 p.m. Address 200 N. Main Street, Cibolo, Texas 78108.

Fifteen Texas authors will be there to sign their books for you, perhaps, with coaching, tell you why they wrote the book, and of course, snacks. This is good Ole’ Texas hospitality. Sit down, chat, get your picture taken with an author, and have a cookie.

Texas Authors: Sandra Lee Cleary, Judy Sheer Watters, Allison Pittman, Jill Johnston, Melissa Uritaga, Alfred Bates, Dawn Trueblood, Wes Trueblood, John Lovitt, Marie Senter, Linda Davis, Kelly Grettler, April Garner, Adrianne Dawn, Justin American.

I’m looking forward to meeting with you. Until then my friend……………………..

 

 

 

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Is this cold ever going to end? Or is it I’m getting old and I can’t get warm any more? I’ve gone to wearing a t-shirt under my sweaters now because I get chilled easily. I’ve become my mother! Oh no, say it isn’t so!

pacific northwest 2017When I was a child you couldn’t bring me inside from the snow. I made snow forts, snow angels, anything I could do in the snow. I tried my hand at ice skating on the neighborhood pond. That didn’t last very long as I couldn’t stand up on the skates very long. My ankles always fell inward. Come to think of it, I wasn’t very good at roller skating either. Guess you could say I couldn’t keep my balance very well.

How did our ancestors do it. I mean they suffered on many occasions during the winter with outlandish temperatures hovering around zero. They didn’t have insulated homes or big insulated parkas. They were lucky if they had a fireplace in the house or even a big pot belly stove they fed wood from their wood pile. If they lived on the prairie they may have used cow chips, if they could find that. Oh, how easy we have it with our forced air heat and air conditioning.

So, here I sit complaining about the cold outside, but oh so warm in my cozy living room. Actually I’m going to praise God for all the luxuries I have. And I’m going to stay inside until it warms up outside. AND work on my novel. AND the Cibolo History book. Will keep you posted. pen-and-quill

Until then my friend………………………….

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