Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Winner Or Two!

It's always fun to win something, and the winner of my last blog contest was.......

very methodically chosen-though this is the wrong photo of the 'all' folded entries, you get the picture.
 Anyway, the winner is........ a prize to follow soon, Debbie.
 And another winner was ME! You know you're a winner when birds of a feather flock together and you're one of the birds! A few of us writer friends met up of a winter writing retreat. This is the house that Val found for us, online. There were several places to choose from but this was the right one and we didn't know it was so perfect until we walked inside.
 A beautiful victorian with three levels-Tami Wight and Val Giogas were up there in the peak. My room was the on on the second floor with the three bowed windows. Denise Orakales was next to my room and Cynthia Lord was down the hall on the same level. We hung around and wrote where ever we felt like it. Sometimes I tucked up on my bed....

Other times I curled on a chair in this living room where Tami is working on more of                   Cooper and Packrat
Her first Cooper and Packrat mystery is due out this summer published by Islandport Press right here in Maine. We are all so excited for you, my friend.

 Denise chose to work on her art this week-end. I'm sorry I didn't get photos of her rhinoceros done with acrylics and Black Bear done with water colors.  I peeked in on her once and wondered why the rhinoceros was bright orange and purple. The next time I saw       Mr Rhino he was the most beautiful gray kind of guy. You are so talented, my dear.

Of course we brought lots of food and Valarie Giogas was chef for our first night's dinner-yummy skillet lasagna. There was salad, garlic bread and...

A toast to the New Year and many more writing successes. 
 There were a few walks to Perkins Cove. I walked alone yesterday because I wanted to read out loud and not disturb the others. We stayed over on the side you can see-I came across the draw bridge and had to stop to take a few photos-winter ones almost identical to the summer ones I took when my son took us to Ogunquit last summer-mush less activity!

 Once on Marginal Way, a walking trail overlooking the ocean, I found this bench. It was cold so I pulled out my gloves to sit on then  continued reading a few chapters I'm working on. Lots of people walked the path behind me. I wonder what they thought of that wacky lady talking to herself.
This morning, Cindy and I and Val took the same walk. I took lots of photos that I'm going to post on facebook. I love to write. I love the ocean, I love the snow, I love the sand, I love my friends and my family and I could go on and on and on.... I am a winner!!!!!


  1. lucky duck! How awesome. It sounds like you totally enjoyed it. I'm happy that you got to be a part of such an experience! Thanks for sharing. Loved the photos :-)

  2. And we love YOU too! Thanks for posting such an awesome blog post about our weekend. I'm going to share it on my Facebook timeline, as I have no photos. I had my nose in my laptop the ENTIRE weekend. Next time, I'm bringing my camera and joining you, my friend.

  3. Looks like you had a very productive time. :)

  4. You know it Gail! Who's up???