Hurricane Weekend

Good morning, Everyone. I am beginning this Sunday grateful for power so the Keurig could drip coffee.  It’s been a busy week since returning from beach weeks. Pour your coffee. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would say that Hurricane Henri is bearing down on my little corner of the world. Being a coastal town, we will face flooding and storm surges. Tidal floods will be more extreme because of the full moon. Happily, the storm lessened and downgraded to a tropical storm, and the track wiggled to the east, keeping us out of the brunt of the rain and the eye. I spent yesterday securing the garden and patio and brought my little Sunfish sailboat home in the truck. I also reset the dock lines on the motorboat according to my husband’s directions. My sisters, brother-in-laws, and I helped move outdoor furniture in rose pots at my mom’s house. She lives right on the Great South Bay. The last big blow was Super Storm Sandy that left the backyard and garage under water and significant dock and bulkhead damage. I remember retrieving several of Mom’s big rose pots that floated down the streets. Being stubborn and independent, my mother won’t leave her house to stay with me or my sisters or let anyone stay with her. Uhhh.

 If we were having coffee together, I would add that timing is everything. My husband was scheduled for a new hip—his fourth joint replacement in six years on Friday, just when hurricane prepping got underway. The procedure went well. I brought him home from the hospital less than 24 hours after surgery. He’s hobbling with a walker. I expect some skippy steps by next weekend. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce BIG NEWS. Daily Bread is officially re-covered and re-titled to The Heart Bakers and Artists. Amazon has it up and in the world. There is one glitch. The fantastic reviews from Daily Bread did not transfer. If you reviewed Daily Bread on Amazon, you can copy it and paste it to this link for The Heart of Bakers and Artists. As always, I am grateful for all the generous kindness. 

 Now that The Heart of Bakers and Artists is up and running, I am filling my calendar with bookish events. The first one is on Thursday. Live on Main is a Summer street festival in Sayville—my hometown. I will have the table in front of the Catbird Seat, chatting, taking pics with my fans, and signing books. If you are in the area, come out to Main Street, Sayville and enjoy the music, slurp oysters, and say hello.  

 I am also setting up a “store” account with Teachers Pay Teachers—an online community resource for everything a teacher could possibly need. There are a couple of The Heart of Bakers and Artists freebies- book discussion and writing prompts and research projects. The interactive bookmarks, door hanger and tic-tac-toe reader’s response worksheet should be available tonight. You can access my TpT store here. As you can see, I have been putting my canvas subscription to good use. 

That’s it, Everyone. Great BIG thanks go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating. Have a good week. Make it Funtastic.

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Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.

“If you don’t cook with love, you have to get out of the kitchen.” Florence Messina

Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

17 thoughts

  1. Just the word “hurricane” brings me shivers, Antoinette. Let alone going through a hurricane. Coast town and full moon gives me more shivers. Good news about your husband. I agree how timing is everything. Thank you for sharing how the reviews did not transfer. A learning curve. You have had a busy week on many levels. Wishing you and loved ones well, Antoinette. ❤️

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  2. I hope storm Henri doesn’t cause much damage to your home and your Mom’s. Also my well wishes to your husband. Congrats on your continued book success! Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. It looks like the hurricane veered east and my husband is hobbling better today. All good.


  3. Love your update Antoinette and I just love the new covers. No hurricanes in our area, just volcanos and earthquakes…lol. Haven’t felt an earthquake in our direct area in a long time and of course the last volcanic action was mt. st. helens.

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  4. Oooh volcanos and earthquakes sound more serious than hurricanes. Hope it doesn’t happen for another long while. Thanks for reading.


  5. Hi Antoinette, Work had me underwater most of last week and while I did get two stories out the door and made some progress with my new longer story, everything else barely moved. I’m at about 75% of your new manuscript and liking it. I have captured a couple of comments in the PDF and hope to have it done and back to you this week.
    In the mean time, gracious – hurricanes and hip joints (sounds like a great title for – um – something) anyway, it sounds like you are plenty busy but it all sounds like great stuff except for that hip replacement. I’ll bet your husband would have preferred taking a pass on that adventure.
    Stay safe and keep us posted. I love hearing how you progress through this publishing effort. It sounds like great work and fun all rolled together.


  6. Wow! Am glad to be able to have this cuppa with you – we really can’t take a comforting brew for granted in times like these when no electricity means being left of so many essential functions in the home!

    My parents have been without gas for the past month – the gas line that feeds their stove is underground and supplies thousands of homes. There has been construction in the area and a leak was detected in the gas pipe so they have shut it off to find the source. Still no sign of finding it. Disturbing. Needless to say, their ability to prepare stove top meals has been halted; fortunately, they have a microwave, airfryer and a rice cooker, so my Innovative Culinary Mother has been improvising.

    I am glad to hear that your husband’s surgery went well and that he was able to get it done and home again despite the raging storms.

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    1. Thank you Ju-Lyn, . We were lucky that the storm wasn’t the predicted direct hit. All is well here. So sorry to hear of your parents dilemma. A month is long time to “make do”. I hope it resolves very soon. Thanks for reading.


      1. It is always a relief when the actual isn’t as bad as the predicted – but the preparations still have to be made, and the anxieties run high regardless. I am very glad it is behind you now.

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