As I write this, I am sitting at the desk my granddaughters have set up for me in the dining room of their home. They were excited to show me this surprise. They know that when Grandma comes to visit, she usually spends some time on her computer doing writer things. Here’s my new desk supplied with glue sticks and tape with a little bit of fall and Christmas thrown in for good measure. Maybe the glue sticks and tape are to help me when my story starts to fall apart.
If you’re wondering about the title for this blog post, it has to do with things we do when we love someone. My granddaughters love me, so they wanted to do something special for my visit, especially since I haven’t seen them since January. This is long overdo visit because we normally get to see them several times a year even though we live on opposite sides of the US. Because of Covid 19, our scheduled visits have been curtailed. Even this visit has meant braving a nearly five-hour plane ride preceded by an almost two-hour drive to the Phoenix airport and waiting in the airport for another two hours because we had no idea how long it would take us to get through security. So that means seven hours with a mask. Here I am in my mask.
I must say I look a little scary. Is there a smile or a frown behind that mask? It’s been almost five hours since I took off that mask, and it still feels like I’m wearing it. Thankfully, we got a reprieve from wearing the mask when we ate or drank something. Then there’s the other scary thing. Were we in contact with someone who has Covid 19? In fourteen days we should have the all clear just about in time for the trip home. Thankfully, New Jersey took Arizona off their quarantine list, so we didn’t have to self-isolate when we got here.
In addition to my desk, the granddaughters made our room special with folded towels and turn down service with a chocolate on the pillow.
The grandgirls were nearly in tears when they thought we might not get to come. My husband had cataract surgery five days before our trip was scheduled. The doctor assured him he could fly following the surgery. On my hubby’s follow-up visit on the day after surgery, the doctor discovered that my husband had a viral infection in his eye. We didn’t know what that meant for our trip, especially when we discovered that the medicine he needed to treat it was hard to come by. Thankfully the pharmacist worked diligently to track down the medication at a distant pharmacy on the opposite end of town. Praise God the medicine began working almost immediately, and the following day the doctor cleared my husband for the trip.
We’ve been enjoying our stay at the “Heather Inn” as #1 granddaughter has dubbed it. Here’s the morning note from the hotel manager (AKA #1 granddaughter).
So we braved a long plane ride in the midst of this pandemic, and our granddaughters have made us more than welcome all because we love each other.
When I write a romance novel, I have to figure out what my characters are willing to do for love. Sometimes they have to give up something, and sometimes they have to do something out of their comfort zone. In the case of my latest book, Second Chance Forgiveness, both the hero and the heroine have to let go of impressions from the past. You can use the link to read an excerpt and find buy links.
This is the third book in my Pinecrest series. I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of the first book in the series, Second Chance Love, to one person who leaves a comment. What is something you have done for love?
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