Mama Diaries

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Case if the Missing Lunch Box

My boy has a habit of losing things.

This time, it was his lunch box. I figured it was stuffed somewhere in his locker. Even though he hasn't been in school for more than three months, I had a feeling it was an utter disaster.

"Dude, can you clean out your locker? We've gone through two lunch boxes already, and I'm tired of stuffing your food into these paper bags," I said.

I don't know if he bothered to clean his locker. Probably not. But he did come home with this announcement:

"I know where my lunch box is."

"Where?" I asked.

"In my homeroom class. The teacher is using it as a door stop!"

Before I go, I will let you know that my tour is continuing. I'm on Julie Flander's blog. Please stop by to read an excerpt (different from the others you may have seen) and enter to win a copy of my book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Canine Catastrophe

If you are friends with me on Facebook, you may have seen that Schultz, my giant German Shepherd, was not feeling well.

Let me tell you about his vet visit.

We took him to the vet where he was examined. It was discovered that he had two ear infections, a skin infection, and a bunch of soars on his tummy and neck. He was a canine catastrophe. Schultz did not like being poked and examined. There was lots of yiping and whining and snapping at the vet.  I'm sure it didn't feel good. But when they got out the razor to shave his neck, he decided enough was enough.

I'm not sure how he did it, but he escaped from the back room and made a beeline for the front door. All you could hear were dogs in the waiting room barking, the scrambling of feet across the floor, and the vet yelling, "SCHULTZ!!!!!"

It was chaos and mayhem!

All I have to say, is it's a good thing Schultz wasn't able to open the front door, or he would've ended up in Timbuktu.

Schultz is better now, but it's not fun shoving pills down his throat with our hands. Those are some mighty big teeth! (He's an expert in getting the pills out of the pill pockets and dropping them on the floor.) The good news is, he didn't have to get his neck shaved. The vet knew better than to mess with Schultz!

Have you ever had anything crazy like that happen with your pet during a vet visit?

I am a guest on The Story of a Writer today. You can read an excerpt from my book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China and enter to win a copy of the book.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


I know I'm a couple of days early, but I won't have time to be here on Wednesday, so I'm doing this now. What am I doing? Answering the IWSG question of the month: Have world events influenced your writing in any way, and has writing helped you?

I can't say I'm influenced by events in the news. I don't have much time to watch the news, and most of it is depressing anyway. I write whatever I feel like writing regardless of what's going on around me.

Writing has helped. Mostly by getting my mind off of problems I'm dealing with in my personal life. I don't share much about those, but they've been significant and long-lasting. Writing is an escape from all of that. It forces me to focus on a story, rather than the troubles. I imagine it's like that for a lot of people. 

What about you? Are you influenced by world events? Has writing helped you?

This month, I will be doing a blog tour to promote my new book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. The first stop will be at Writer's Gambit on Friday, October 5th.  If you have a chance, please stop by.