Friday, February 19, 2021

 

 

INTERESTING HAPPENINGS ALL AROUND

Welcome to February, everyone. As most of you know, the Lenten season started the other day. Even though I grew up a Baptist, I’ve participated in the forty-day observance over the last few years. Honestly, I don’t know why I do it, but I find the structure works for me. It’s a cleansing of my soul, sort of thing.
 
A few years ago, I gave up playing games on my tablet. Another year, I wanted to read a book in the Bible. I laughed when I figured out Exodus was the only one with forty chapters. Who knew?
 
This year, hubby and I are giving up sweets and fried foods. What are we thinking? It’s all good, and we’ll strive to make healthier meals. And knowing Ray, he’ll find a recipe for cookies that don’t have sugar in them and will be eatable.
 
I’ll let you know how we’re doing in my March newsletter. Until then, pray for us – our arteries will thank you.
 
Do you observe Lent? Let me know what you are doing away with or doing differently for the next six weeks.

We visited Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church last month (picture below), but I wanted to share one of the pictures with you. An oasis in the middle of Arizona.

 
WRITING NEWS:
As a writer, I found out this week you better be ready for anything. Ray boosted my new devotional on Facebook, as he had all of my other books. But this time, I started getting strange messages from the group we’d boosted.
 
One man said, “it depends on how close we live to each other.” 
 
Without delay, I took a gander at my author page on Facebook and found a small blue box at the top with a question that read, “Hi ****! Please let us know how I can help you.”
 
I love to help people, but shouldn’t Facebook give a little more details in the questions they ask for me. Suggestion: “Hi ***! I’m a writer. Are you interested in learning more about my books?”
 
Besides the craziness with my boost, in other writing news, editing is going well on Book #5 in the Early Birds series. I finally made it through the arduous task of deleting duplicate words. WOWZER!!!
 
In closing, since this has been a difficult week for many weatherwise, let's pray for those affected by the colder-than-normal temperatures. I know they'll appreciate it a whole lot.
 

Until next time…
 

Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

                                                   

HAPPY NEW YEAR! And before I do anything else, it’s time to announce the winners from December's newsletter. Congratulations to: Dawn C., Connie R., Linda A., Judy M., and Lee F. Your books are on their way.
 
Thanks to the winners and everyone for entering my Christmas drawing. And there will be more opportunities to win prizes in 2021, but I’m not telling when I’ll offer more fun gifts/prizes. You’ll have to keep reading my newsletters. :)
 
As of a few days ago (January 3), I’m a year older. My Medicare card is in my wallet. Getting it in the mail came with mixed emotions. I do not feel old enough to receive it (Physically – maybe a little, but mentally – I’m still a teenager. HA!!!).
 
And the audacity of the government – I received the dreaded card two months before my birthday. It’s like they were trying to rub in the fact that I’m getting older. “Nah! Nah! Nah! Janetta, we didn’t want you to forget you’re turning the Big 65.”
 
I lived through the day, and have to give a shout out to my hubby for his choice of gifts. If there was an item that had Kansas City Chiefs logo on it – I now own it. The license plate holder is already on our Jeep. The K.C. sticker will go on the back of the RV. And I'm wearing the mask (see below). He’s the best.

Yes, I turned another year older (YIKES), but it’s only a number. I’ve decided to enjoy the days that the Lord has given me, and I hope you do the same. And let’s show kindness when given the chance. We may be an answer to someone’s prayer.
 

WRITING NEWS:
 
For the third year in a row, my published is offering want-a-be authors an opportunity. Go to www.wingedpublications.com and click on the Menu item for the Taking Flight Contest 2021. Here’s your chance at publishdom.
 
Also, I’m getting back to writing. My work in progress is in the editing out duplicate-word phase. Every time I do this, I’m amazed at how many times I use the same word. Then I'll send it off to hubby to read and he'll tell me if there’s hope for the manuscript.
 
Until next time…
 

Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

                                                           MONTH OF GIVING

(Details below)

As 2020 comes to a close, you will find me scrambling to get everything done. I’m one who likes to close one chapter (year) and begin the New Year with a clean slate. I’m already ahead of the game and have found my 2021 calendar online.
 
The other day I filled in the birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. And because I tend towards being organized, I wrote down jobs I needed to do too (i.e., date to send my newsletter, schedule what I’m working on, etc.).
 
SIDE NOTE: I have to speak to the list makers. In 2020, I found a handy tool on my computer that screamed, “well done, good and faithful servant.” The item was a tiny checkmark. When I used it, after completing a task, I felt so accomplished. I’ll be implementing it again in 2021 because it’s helpful and so darn cute.
 
Another activity I will place on my calendar are days where hubby and I go scooterpooping. If I’ve not mentioned this word before – it’s a Messmer expression. It’s meaning: goofing off. One of my characters, Rose Wilford, likes to say, “stop and smell the petunias.”
 
Take it from me, it’s fun to set the important stuff aside and enjoy the day – whatever we decide to do. Hubby and I love to jump in the car and take a drive. Find new places to explore and take tons of pictures. 

Yes, it’s another Arizona sunset, but I can’t help myself when I see them. I take my phone out and click away, adding them to my other thousand, or so, I’ve already taken. What is your favorite subject to photograph? Kids, grandkids, pets, scenery?

Mine is our pooch. Last year, in my newsletter, I shared a picture of Maggie wearing earmuffs. But the one above is from a few weeks ago. Our friend snapped it, and we think it is the cutest photo EVER. You’re welcome. :)
 
Oh, there’s one more thing! Since it’s almost Christmas, I wanted to spread some cheer around. HO! HO! HO! Email me by December 31, and I’ll put you in a drawing to win one of my signed books. I’ll announce the FIVE winners in my January newsletter.
 
PS: In your email, tell me the name you want the book signed to and the address where to mail it. Easy Peasy!
 
Here’s the list to choose from:
Early Birds (or any in the series)
Pigtails and a Tool Belt
Waltzing with a Grease Monkey
God’s Grace in the Grumbling

Until next time…

 
Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 TEACHING MOMENTS


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! And because it’s 2020, we know our festivities with family and friends will look a little different this year. But that’s okay, we can still make memories and thank the Lord for His many blessings.
 
In this newsletter, I’m starting with Writing News: Last month I asked you to email me about my latest devotional project. Lots of you answered the call and today I picked two winners who will receive a copy of God’s Grace in Our Grumbling.
 
THE WINNERS ARE – Jane Stubbs and Joan Hicks. Ladies, please email me your address so I can send you a copy of my new book. And thanks to everyone for your emails and encouraging words. HUGS to all!!!

And who knew I’d need your uplifting words. Since I announced the release of my devotional book on grumbling, I’ve done more complaining than I thought was possible for any human being. You may have heard me screaming, “Lord, if this is a test – I’m failing big time.”

If these words sound familiar, and we’re honest with ourselves, this year has thrown us under the bus, ran over us, and returned for a second shot. We’re frustrated and left to wonder what will happen next?

I don’t have a clue what’s next, but I know the One who does. Even when I’m over-the-top annoyed, the Lord gives me His grace, which I can then give to another person. Let me give you an example.

Ray and I stayed in a hotel last weekend. In the wee hours of the morning, we had the privilege of listening to our neighbor’s television. The sound loud enough for us to almost make out the words.

The next morning, any kindness I possessed flew out the sliding glass door. Grumbling and griping took up residence in our room. I planned to share my woes with the front desk and talked it over with Ray.

On our way there, I asked my hubby, “Now what did I tell you I was going to say.”

“You are going to ask for earplugs.”

Those wise words diverted a disaster and calmed me down. And they taught me that whatever I’m going through (good, bad, or indifferent), I can use it as a teaching moment. Thank You, Lord!

MORE WRITING NEWS: Please put these dates on your calendar!!!

The e-book of Pigtails and a Tool Belt is .99 cents until the end of November.
The e-book of Waltzing with a Grease Monkey is .99 cents December 15 - January 10
The e-book of Early Birds (Book #1) will be FREE January 4 thru January 8.
 
Go to www.janettafudgemessmer.com and order them. They’d make great Christmas presents. And you can see my updated website. 
 
Until next time…

 
Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

 SURPRISES GALORE!!!

Can I just say I’ll be a happy camper when the 2020 election is over? Thank goodness the ads will end too!!! The mute button on our remote is wearing out from continual use. HA!!!

Enough talk on the elections. How about I share a SURPRISE with you? I hinted about this in one of my newsletters, but now it’s happening. My devotional book, God’s Grace in our Grumbling, will be out sometime in November. Stay tuned. Photo above is the cover (I hope).
 
And as always, funnies go along with anything I do. I gave Ray two titles and asked, “Do you like HOPE – Christ in the midst of our Chaos OR God’s Grace in our Grumbling.” No hesitation, Ray replied, “The grumbling one, it’s more you.”
 
Here is one of the devotionals. Enjoy!!!

    Be More Like Jesus

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love,
just as Christ loved us… (Ephesians 5:1)

 
I’ve come to the conclusion that LIFE is just one event after another. Most occurrences are ordinary and don’t take much thought to get through them. Others are more of a thrill ride. Thankfully the latter doesn’t happen often.
 
The one that got my (and my hubby’s) heart racing was when we found a tick on our precious pooch, Maggie. Before we called 911 (a definite thought), we removed the tick from Ms. M’s shoulder and headed to the vet’s office.
 
Much to our surprise, they seemed unconcerned about the tick, but they said we need extra medication to ward of the pesky varmints. Before I gave them a curt answer, I thought to myself, why isn’t she protected from them already?
 
My Type A personality husband must have had the same movie playing inside his head. He turned to me and I watched him take a couple of large breaths before he said, “You can go ahead and handle this. I’ll be in the car.”
 
It’s funny when Ray gave me the reigns, I calmed down. Maybe the Lord knew I didn’t want to spend the weekend in jail for overreacting. Maybe I realized it didn’t matter whose fault it was. What did matter - the situation called for me to be more like Jesus than a half-crazed lunatic.
 
In the end, Maggie did not have any adverse effects from the tick, but we learned a lesson that day – be more diligent in her care.

 
Questions:

  1. How do you view your life most days – Ordinary or Eventful? 
  2. Do you tend to blame others when things go awry? Have you ever considered you may have had some fault in the situation too? 
  3. How do you handle a crisis when it occurs? Are there extra breaths needed for you to calm down?

Prayer:
Thank You, Lord, for helping me when LIFE seems to defy nature. Thank You for answering my unspoken prayers. Help to look inside of myself at those times and not blame others. Oh, and Father, can I ask you something else? Why did you create ticks? Can’t say I see much point to them. Just saying! AMEN!!!

Until next time…

PS: If you email me your thoughts on my latest project, there’s another surprise awaiting one of you.

Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 TRAVELING ON THE ROAD AGAIN 

As I’m writing this blog, we’re boondocking outside of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The landscape looks like the moon and this morning we woke up to a herd of bighorn sheep. What an amazing place. I have to say – it’s nothing like I expected. 

 

Yes, we are on the road again. We left Fort Collins, Colorado the day after it snowed (see above picture). Thankfully, the white stuff didn’t stick on the roads, but the weather going from the 90s one day and waking up in the 30s the next, told us it was time to go.
 
And you may have gathered from my first paragraph, we headed to South Dakota. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STATE!!!
 




 
Friends joined us on our travels for a few days. They spent time with us in our RV. Maybe we’ll convince them they need an RV. We can only hope. I told them, “The characters in my books travel with their friends and it works for Ben, Betsy, Rose, and Larry. What do you think?”
 
I never got a definitive answer from them, but the four of us took in all the sights South Dakota had to offer: Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis, and our final stop – Wall. We had to see the world-famous Wall Drug Store.
 
And it was worth the drive. We spent close to four hours in the drug store, perusing all it had to offer. I don’t know if the others felt it, but time slowed down as I walked around. The store seemed to capture the simple pleasure of life and I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave it behind.

 

Have to leave you with a funny. Before we left the drug store, we ventured outside. The minute I spied the oversized rabbit – my feet flew up the steps for a photo op. After I’m up there, I start to wonder if there’s a weight limit. Mr. Cottontail is still intact and rideable for another ‘child’.
 
WRITING NEWS:
It’s time I share the latest. I am in the process of editing Book #5 in the Early Birds series. WOOHOO!!! The working title is: We Have a Mystery Birds. It is full of funnies, a mystery to solve, and even a touch of romance. Projected release date: February 2021.

 

PS: Is it just Ray and I, or do other people take goofy pictures? Share one or two of your outrageous ones. It’ll make me feel better. HA!!!

Blessings!!!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

                     SUMMER FUN, SWIMMING POOLS, AND FRIENDS 

Who was your best friend as a child? What did you do together? Are you still friends?
 
I asked these questions to the participants of the writing class I taught in Arizona last year. As always, their tales entertained all of us. Here is the piece I wrote and it’s another of my get-to-know-me-stories:

My friend, Bonnie, estimates we’ve known each other for sixty years. I say it’s closer to fifty-eight. I’m pretty sure our moms wouldn’t have let us play outside at four years old. Whatever our age, we’ve been friends for a very long time.
 
We lived in the same neighborhood and when our mothers let us, we’d play outside all day. One such day, Bonnie and I decided we needed a swimming pool in my backyard. I hurried inside and grabbed two spoons from the utensil drawer.
 
She and I got to work and we weren’t two spoonfuls in and my mom yelled out of the kitchen window, “Janetta, bring the spoons back in here. Bonnie, you go on home.” We listened and scurried in the direction she told us to go.
 
Through the years Bonnie and I kept in touch, but a strange thing happened to us in 2002. Of all the places Ray could get a job, he got one in Houston. The city where my friend and her family lived. Once again we lived near each other and made many more cherished memories, which included our husbands.
 
How about you? Do have a friendship (or friendships) in your life that’s stood the test of time? Tell me about them. You know I love to hear your stories.
 

WRITING NEWS:
I’m working diligently on my next project, but for right now mums the word on what it is about. Trust me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you find out what I’m up to. Or I hope you are. HA!!!
 

OTHER NEWS:
Please pray for the fires in Colorado, California, and all the other states experiencing them. Also, pray for safety for the people of the Gulf Coast with Hurricane Laura heading their way. Thanks!!!

 
Until next time…

Blessings!!!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy

“Turning Life Into Comedy”