I just wanted to get a nice inexpensive bouquet for our dinner table. Alas, as it was Valentine's Day, the florist was out of nearly everything except a big batch of lilacs. Apparently they had been special ordered for a wedding that didn't happen. I got them cheap because they were one day ahead of wilted death.
When I got home and the lilacs wouldn't fit in any vase or container that I had, so creative person that I am, I decided to pluck all those little lilac pedals off their vines and strew them everywhere, I mean everywhere. I had visions of those romantic Hollywood movies where little rose petals fall all over the place, the kiss happens, the lights go out, well you get the picture.
I made dinner, put it in the oven to stay warm and to make the night extra special I ran hubby a hot bath just before he got home. Into the bath water I "strew" those lilac flowers, hundreds of the little beggers. Hubby was a bit reticent to jump in a tub of full of lilac flowers, but bless his heart, he wanted to make me happy.
He jumped into the tub, laughing at those pedals. I went to the kitchen to finish dinner. In a few minutes I hear the dreaded; "honey, I need your help." I go into the bathroom so see my naked honey standing with tiny lilac petals stuck to every inch of his body. They were stuck to his skin like little tiny suction cups. We began by plucking them which with a guys more hairy body wasn't the best idea. The house didn't have a shower, so I found a bucket and began rinsing off all those petals by making a dozen trips to the kitchen sink. As a young married couple it was pretty funny and we were near tears with laughter.
The laughter however, was short lived. Do you have any idea what happens when thousands of flower petals try to go down a drain? Yeap, they clogged that sucker up tighter then a drum. We must have carried 40 buckets full of those petals outside, leaving this huge pile of lilac flowers outside the door.
Then we worked for about two hours with a plumbing snake to clear that drain, because neither one of us was willing to explain to a plumber or our landlord why there were thousands of flower petals clogging up the drain.
So, to this day, I say dinner out and no surprises!
I can see why you now say dinner out and no surprises! But isn't it great to have such a fun memory!
I love, love, love to travel. In my fantasy life I am a writer for National Geographic.
I can tune up a car and have my own tool box.
I can name every bone in the human body.
Love to travel, but working on cars is not my specialty! Why do you like being an author?
Random stories start playing in my head and I have to have an outlet, so I write. It's so much cheaper than therapy.
Seriously, I love a great story and I've always been a fan of writers that could take me to other places, other worlds. I want to be one of those writers. To give a reader an escape for a few hours, to allow the reader to defeat the bad guys, to laugh at life, to love vicariously for a little while.
That's a great reason. Who’s your favorite author of classic literature?
I really like Charles Dickens. His stories give readers a sense of the era, a true description of life then, not the glamorized Hollywood version. And in spite of some very dark human moments, he let the good in humanity shine through.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am the Senior News Editor for Reader's Entertainment News, Senior Media Marketing Manager, and scriptwriter for COS Productions. I write a library marketing blog for RT BookReviews online as well as occasional "roving reporter" articles. I also write financial articles and scripts for Investopedia.
Book One of The Three Baers Trilogy – Baer Truth – is my first novel.
The second book in the series, Baer Necessities. will be out in October.
I have two almost perfect children, an extremely patient husband, a neurotic miniature Eskimo dog who yearns to live in Miami, and a Terrier/Mongrel mix that will "tinkle" at the slightest provocation.
When not writing, I grow ArnoldSwartzaWeeds in my garden, and camp whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Let me just say that I absolutely love the cover art for both of these novels! Where can readers connect with you online and find your novels?
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My books are also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Linda, thanks so much for guesting! I enjoyed hearing about your one & only planning of Valentine's Day and learning more about you and your books.
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