Buddy and the Tin Man

buddy-jan2015aMoving into new days of gladness and hope. Yesterday I finished my last training course in Salem. It was really an amazing training time. I learned a lot and feel more confident at being able to handle some of the things I might come up with working in the CCS  (Catholic Community Services) home. In fact I am excited to go to work today and look at things with a new perspective.

This is a picture of Buddy I took on Saturday. I was getting ready to go out with my sister Barb and I was standing in front of my house waiting for her to arrive. I looked in the window and there was Buddy looking out. Was too cute. He likes to sit on the chair and look out so I open the curtains a bit so he has a better view.

corvallis_tin_manAnother picture I took on this same day was of this cute tin man in Corvallis. He stands about eight feet tall. Across the street (at a car place I think) are some more figures made this way. I will get pictures of them next time. Just love them. So far I don’t know too much about them but I think I will try to find out.

Update on Book

I have decided to slow down again with the book. With the new job and the big training curve of learning things every day I found I was just too brain tired when I came home at night to work on the book. I just wanted to read something light (like Harry Potter) and watch something on NetFlix. No matter how much I tried to kick myself to sit down at the computer I just couldn’t do it. So I decided to take stock of life at the moment and adjust accordingly.

I have three more days of being in training and then in February I start actually working the floor. So then I think things will start fitting into more of a rhythm and I can get back with the book.

Okay – now had best get myself out the door and get to work. Hope you have a wonderful, super filled day in the Lord.




Finally! Readers wanted for book review

typewriter-bookIt has taken me longer than I expected but my book (If I’m Not Me, Who Will Be?) is at the second review stage. It still needs lots of work but at this point I need some brave souls who will volunteer to read it and give me some honest feedback.

The more honest the better! Do not be afraid of hurting my feelings. I really want to know where it limps, gags or bores you to death.At this point in the stage it will be easier to fix.

This doesn’t mean I will whip myself around in knots to try and change it to make everyone happy but at this point with the book I just can’t tell whether it is good, redeemable or best left hidden in the deepest corner of my computer storage till it gets accidentally deleted.

The book is long. 17 chapters at 75,493 words.This is about 300 pages in book form which is I guess is an average length for a novel.  I’m sure it needs chopping right and left though you might also find glaring blanks where you are left wondering what happened next? Those are the parts I definitely need to know about.

Finally just to narrow down the review field. I would like to get feedback in two weeks. I realize not everyone has the time or inclination to read the whole thing that fast but I want to keep moving with the book so if you take the book (in pdf form) and find that you only read a chapter or two don’t wait till you might someday finish it but please give me feedback on what you do read by February 3rd.

Finally I also need people who will correct grammar, spellings and anything else that will make the book better. My thought was if you are willing to help with that – would be to assign one chapter per person for editing review. Breaking it into smaller pieces makes it more manageable. I would send each grammar reviewer the whole book though because it will make more sense if you are working on chapter ten to know what went on before.

So any takers? I am not going to put the finished book on the site for anyone to download. I will email a pdf of it just those who are willing to read it and give a few sentences (minimum) to a few paragraphs review.

If you are willing to take a chapter to do a grammar edit of a chapter or two please let me know that as well.

Thank you so very much!

You can either leave your answer in the comments or email me patty@joyinjesus.net

Blessings of all Peace and All Good!


Happy New Year 2015

Today’s Hangman: January 1, 2015
All Games | Mahjong, | Simon Says, | Word Search | Memory Games

happy new year 2015Happy and Blessed New Year!

So far I haven’t set any goals for the coming year except for getting my book published and on its merry little way. Getting close!

On Monday I start the orientation for new job so that will definitely be a new way to start the New Year. Poor Pudge will probably go crazy with my long hours on Mondays and Fridays but at least he has Buddy to keep him company.

May all the Joys of Jesus be yours in the coming year!