Sunday, June 20, 2021

 LIFE LESSONS LEARNED 


Before I forget again, I want to wish a Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Hope all of you had a super-duper time celebrating. And now that it’s June – allow me to extend a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Have a fantabulous day!!!
 
 
In the almost two years since I received my Fitbit from Ray, I’ve discovered I’m more competitive than I thought I was. And I’ll bet some of you, reading this, can relate to what I’m saying? We don’t like to lose…at anything!

 
 
 
With me, that includes playing pool too. You may remember I told you I signed up for a women’s billiard league the first winter we spent in Arizona. I even wrote in my blog last year about the contest I’d been part of with these fine ladies. But there’s more to the story…
 
When I showed up to play pool that first day, I thought I’d waltz in and show them the female version of Minnesota Fats had arrived. (I hope you know I’m kidding?)

But, I’m not in the room five minutes, and a woman said to me, “Janetta, we play a different version of 8-ball. Before you can get the 8-ball in to end the game, your object ball has to go in first.”
 
I’ll guarantee right now you’re asking the same question as I did – what is an object ball? Their answer: “If you get a solid ball in – you have to put the ONE ball in the side pocket marked (1). And vice versa for the striped balls - you have to get the FIFTEEN ball into the hole marked (15).

If I didn’t love pool as much as I do, I’d have run out of the room cussing and screaming, never to return. But I stuck around, and it’s incredible how many lessons the ladies taught me that I can use in my daily life.
  1. I’ve learned to slow my shots down. No need to try and slam the balls into the pocket. As the saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race.” Same in life – what’s the rush?
  2. I’ve learned patience. When a person breaks – the balls aren’t always in the position for a good shot. I have to hit them (especially the object ball) to get them where I can make it into the hole. In life, it’s better when we practice patience too.
  3. I’ve learned it’s not always about getting your balls in and claiming victory. It’s realizing how much fun you can have with others – whatever you’re doing. If I’d ran out that day, I’d have missed meeting some of the friendliest people on earth.
I tease Ray that he taught me Pool 101, but these ladies here in Arizona have helped me graduate to Pool 202. And all it took was learning to play a game I’ve played for years, but this one came with a twist. Guess you are never get too old to learn something new.
 
WRITING NEWS:

 
 
 
To celebrate the release of It’s A Mystery…Birds (Book #5 in the Early Birds series), I’ve lower the price on the series. Early Birds Adventures (Book #1 through #4) is .99 cents. Click on www.amzn.to/2GsgehA to order the series.

My suggestion, if you haven’t read the 4-book series, please do so before you get your copy of Book #5. It’s easier to keep track of my crazy characters that way. HA!!!  

PS: FYI: The e-book of It’s a Mystery…Birds will be ON SALE June 26 thru June 30. Click on the book cover above.

PSS: My devotional, God’s Grace in Our Grumbling is also ON SALE for .99 cents through June 21. Click on www.amzn.to/35dG6dG.
 
Yes, I think I’ve covered everything, so until next time…

Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy/Romance
“Turning Life Into Comedy”
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

 

BOTHERSOME BLUNDERS OF LIFE
 
The title of last month’s newsletter was Making Lemonade out of Lemons. And this month, our saga continued. But the bothersome blunder gave us quite a chuckle when we found the cause of our problem.
 
We’re not in our new home a week (if you didn’t know about our temporary abode—read April’s posting), and I noticed a light switch in the bathroom. I flipped it on and off, but nothing happened (or so I thought).
A day later, Ray mentioned we didn’t have hot water, so the first thing he did was check the hot water heater. He gave me an update. “It’s not brand new, but it doesn’t look bad. And it’s not leaking.”
 
He then got out his trusty voltmeter to confirm electricity was going to it. I followed him outside. Within seconds, he announced, “The gauge reads ZERO.” His words must have jarred my memory, and I said, “Does the light switch in the bathroom have anything to do with this?”

 
It did, and we again had hot water. Thank goodness Ray is a handyman, or our landlord would have gotten a brand new hot water heater if he wasn’t.
 
A few days later, I’m on Facebook, and I see a post on this lemon/lemonade topic
:
 
 
People, I’m not promoting violence, but some days wouldn’t we all love to toss a few lemons at the bothersome blunders of life.
 

WRITING NEWS:
I’m inching closer every day to finishing my latest novel. Seems like I’ve been at this forever. The working title for my new book is – It’s a Mystery…Birds. Stay tuned…
 
Remember – I love to hear your stories. Do you have any bothersome blunders you’d like to share?
 
Until next time…

 
Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy/Romance
“Turning Life Into Comedy”
E-mail: janettafudgemessmer@gmail.com
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

 MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS


A month ago, hubby was at work and zigged when he was supposed to zag while moving a keg of beer. He said when it happened, “It popped, and I couldn’t put weight on it.” Our plans to leave Arizona came to a screeching halt.
 
So much for getting on the road the first of April, but there’s good news to report – Ray had an MRI, and the doc assured him therapy would fix his problem. We’ll commence our travels the first week of May.
 
I don’t know about you, but Ray and I are not fans when our plans change. Do I hear a few “amens” out there? It’s true with all of us – when we’ve made arrangements for XYZ to happen…we don’t want anything or anybody to step in and modify them.
 
I guess it’s human nature.

 
 
 
While we're here, we're able to enjoy the blooms of AZ. And we're relishing in the miracles the Lord has placed in front of us: 
  1. No surgery for Ray. PT is doing the trick. 
  1. Four people offered us their park models to stay in since temps can reach the high 90s in April/May. Our RV has one A/C unit and gets toasty in the extreme heat of the day. 
  1. Spending extra time with friends who live here year-round, which is always a plus. 
Yes, I guess what I’m saying is we are making lemonade out of lemons. And, we’re cool as cucumbers in our new “home.” Life is good!!!
 

WRITING NEWS:
I’ve finished the first round of edits on my newest novel. WOOHOO!!! The red marks my editors made caused my heart to palpitate, but I repeated to myself while correcting them, “They’ll make my work in progress a masterpiece.” I don’t have a date for publication yet, but I’ll let you know when I do.
 
 

Look real close at the above picture. I had to share a strange sighting from a couple of weeks ago. How many times have you ever seen a goat sitting in the front seat of a truck? In my case, never until that day. If you’ve spotted an oddity while on the road, and have a photo, please share it with me.  
 
Until next time…


Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy
“Turning Life Into Comedy”
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 



DIY - DESK DILEMMA - DOODLES

My hubby and I may live in a home on wheels, but we still want to change things up on occasion. Our DIY project this week: we hung our kitchen utensils on the wall. Doing it cleared clutter off of our counter and gave us extra room in a drawer. We love the less-is-more look.
 
This isn’t the first remodeling job in one of our RVs. In the fifth wheel, Ray built me a desk. If you read Early Birds (Book #1), the main character built his wife one in place of their couch. Who needs a place to sit when you have a book to write? 
 
I have to say I don’t miss the fifth wheel (I called it fifty-five feet of Oh My Goodness), but I must confess – I do miss my desk sometimes. Then I remember why we sold the fiver. The model had too many issues that kept breaking.    
 
Yes, I’m deskless, but writing happens in our tiny abode. Most days, my computer sits on my lap. Notes from the project I’m working on are strewn around me on the couch. On them are lists of character names, locations, phrases I’ve used that I’ll check on later, etc.
 
Since I don’t have a designated work area, these notes (chicken scratches to anyone else reading them) keep my mind focused, on track, and organized. At the end of my day, I collect them and put them in a safe place for the next time I sit down to write.
 
SideNote to the above topic: I’ve told my CEO (Ray) I’m keeping these scraps of paper that resemble doodling. When I become a New York Best Selling author – I hope someone will pay big $$$ for my scribbles.
 
And back to DIY projects – have you undertaken any? Please show me pictures of your makeovers. I’d love to see them.

 
WRITING NEWS: I'm featuring J. Carol Nemeth's book, Glacier of Secrets!
Photographer Maggie Lawrence is excited about her new assignment at Denali National Park, that is, until her excitement is damped by Ranger Troy Donovan’s refusal to escort her into the wilderness for photos. When an Alaskan senator arrives and Maggie’s assignment changes, Troy is ordered by the powers that be to help Maggie out. When things turn deadly and the senator’s life is at risk, Troy and Maggie find a connection between a thirty-three-year-old Soviet defector’s record and a photo Maggie took on her first day in Alaska. While Troy is investigating deep in the park, Maggie and the good senator are kidnapped. How can Troy rescue them when he must stay on mission? There are foreign operatives in pursuit, and he can’t stop now. This woman who once stirred his refusal of help has stirred other feelings he’s buried deep inside. Now all he can think of is rescuing and protecting Maggie Lawrence.
 
MORE WRITING NEWS:
 
For the third year in a row, my publisher at Winged Publications 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. 

Until next time…

Blessings!

Janetta Fudge Messmer - Author of Christian Comedy
“Turning Life Into Comedy”
E-mail: janettafudgemessmer@gmail.com
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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”