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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