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27 Nov

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A Whirl Wind!

8 Sep

A Whirl Wind!

Well it’s been awhile since I’ve just sit down to do a regular blog post!  After the Whirl Wind month of August where I finished up my Video Blogging of my Romance/Suspense Novel If Oak Trees Could Talk, I also became a  #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of my new book 5 Steps to Birthing Your Dreams A Spiritual Midwife’s Manual.  Honestly, I’ve been on a pretty amazing high as I am still riding on Top 100 Amazon New Releases

I remember the first blog that I ever posted which was six years ago now!  Wow, the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is so true.  I was so unsure if I really had anything to say, but once I began writing, it would flow out of me each week, sometimes two or even three post a week! No one could possibly know that I spent many hours journaling and dreaming about a life that I hoped to someday have. So why am I looking back?   I am looking back because even though I am enjoying a level of success at this moment with my writing, I remember that I spent many years when I wasn’t for sure if anyone was even interested in what I had to say through my writings.  I would write with no reaction whatsoever.  However, do you know what I learned, when everyone and everything was quiet, I learned that I have passion, tenacity and just plain old determination. I also learned that as I spent time with the Lord, that He would fill my heart with such hope of a great future!  As I continued to write, I found that I had plenty to say, and eventually people began to listen and be encouraged!

My goal in all of these years has not changed, in all my writings, whether it be blogs, newsletters, or books, my goal is to always encourage those who read to never, never give up on your dreams!  It may be taking longer than you thought it would, but be encouraged.  God is a redeemer of all time.  Just know that nothing is a waste of time or energy.  If you tried something and it failed, learn from it and move on and try it a different way!  Just don’t quit! Don’t wallow in self-pity because you feel like a failure, nope, get up and try again!  One day you will look back and realize Wow, Look how far I’ve really come!

Part 51 If Oak Trees Could Talk the FINALE! & A FREE GIFT!

30 Aug

Part 51 If Oak Trees Could Talk! FINALE & A FREE GIFT!

Yay! Everybody, I am so excited and yet a little saddened that this week, we are concluding the Video Blogs of my Romance/Suspense If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I want to thank all of you who have “tuned in” each week or read along with me.  I never realized how long the process would be but I love you for being faithful and showing up!  As I told the story I’ve tried to imagine you sitting across the table from me as if you were an old friend! This video blog is a little longer this week as I felt it necessary to get the rest of the story in, but it is the grand finale of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  So being true to my word, I want to give you the surprise gift that I mentioned in the last Video Blog for being here today and in the past weeks!

CLAIM YOUR SURPRISE GIFT NOW: CLICK HERE!  I can only offer this free gift for a few days- Starting  August 30, 2016-September 2, 2016.   So I encourage you to please GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!


We are picking up in Chapter 22 The Ghost, and will finish the book in Chapter 23!

They rushed out of the door and down the hallway going as fast as Helen could with her walker.  Soon they rounded the corner to the nurse’s station.  When Nurse Warren saw them she immediately ran to them as she could see that they were very upset.

            “Is everything okay, Mrs. Tyler?” Nurse Warren asked.

            “No not at all, it is urgent that we call our Daughter!”  Helen said. 

            “Okay, but is there anything that I can do to help you?”  Nurse Warren asked.

            “No, please, I just need to talk with my Daughter immediately!”  Helen stated.

            “Nurse Warren went around the desk and placed the telephone onto the counter.  Do you know your Daughter’s telephone number, Mrs. Tyler?” 

            “Yes I do!” Helen answered as she dialed Amelia’s number as fast as she could while Henry held the phone.  “Here Henry, tell her what you told me!”  Helen ordered,

            The telephone rang once, twice, three times and still no answer, then on the fourth ring Amelia answered the phone.

            “Hello, Steele Residents” she said,

            “Amelia, it’s your father!  Something is terribly wrong.  Mr. Hodges and Sheriff Eugene are going to commit murder if they haven’t already.  I heard them say it needed to be done immediately to a Mr. Stapleton.  We need you to convince someone that I am not making this up!  Something has to be done!”  Henry said very directly.  “Do you understand me, Amelia?  I heard them say they that they were going to do it. I also saw what they were going to do it with.  The Sheriff is dirty, so I do not know who to call.  Please tell Robert.  We would like to get out of here as soon as possible!”

            “Daddy, Mr. Howard and Mr. Henderson are here.  They will know what to do.   Go back to your room immediately and we will come after you!  Lock the door! We will be there after you. Hurry, go back to your room and wait on us to get there! Do not open the door until you hear mine or Robert’s voice,” Amelia pleaded.

Amelia ran immediately into the front room where her company was.  She told them what her Daddy overheard and seen.   Mr. Howard used Amelia’s telephone and immediately called the counties District Attorney and the regular police department since Glenview is in the city limits.            Mr. Howard and Mr. Henderson left immediately to go to Glenview.  Robert called his sister and dropped the boys off, as Nurse Melba Applegate and Amelia drove on to the Glenview.

            When Amelia had gotten to Glenview, the police was already there.  She pressed through with Nurse Applegate after convincing the police that it was her parents that had called.  She ran through the entrance past the nurse’s station to the hallway where her parent’s room was.  She knocked urgently and told them to please open up. 

            Immediately Henry opened the door and Amelia fell in his arms.  He was obviously shaken, but strong.  Amelia then ran to her Momma, “are you okay?”

            “We’re fine Dear, just upset that Mr. Hodges is so evil.   I feel sorry for poor Ed and Immagene Perkins.   Bless their hearts.  How their hearts must break to have a son like Sheriff Eugene.” Helen sighed sadly.

            “Daddy the police are going to want to talk with you.  Are you ready for this?”  Amelia asked.

            “Yes, Dear, I am ready! You do believe me don’t you Amelia?”  Henry asked rather pathetically.

            “Of course I believe you Daddy!”  Amelia reassured.

            When Amelia and her parents walked around the corner, Mr. Hodges was pressed up against the wall in handcuffs.  Henry couldn’t believe what he saw. He feared that they would think he was just a senile old man because it was his word over Mr. Hodges but they took him seriously. 

            “Mr. Tyler, Sir, may we speak to you, please? 

            “Absolutely Police officer, Henry said as he followed the police officer and signed papers promising that all the things he had witnessed and heard were true. Mr. Howard was by Henry’s side.

            “Oh and Mr. Tyler, Good news, you saved Mr. Stapleton’s life.  He is in very serious condition, but he is alive.  It seems that what was in the syringe was some kind of allergens that Mr. Hodges knew that he was allergic to.  It would have been fatal if you had not called when you did.  We will ask more questions later, go home and get some rest.”  The Policeman said.

            “Let’s go home, Helen!  Are you ready?”  Henry asked as he pulled her in to him and kissed her hard on the lips!

            “I have never been more ready in my life, my Hero!”  Helen said with a huge smile! 

            “Oh it was just a Ghost!”  Henry said with that familiar little impish grin.

            Nurse Melba smiled as she stood in the distance and watched Amelia’s parents.  Robert and Amelia were standing beside her.  “Your parents are the real deal aren’t they?”  Melba asked.

            “Yes, my dear friend, they are the real deal! You must really get to know them!” Amelia answered as she watched her parents with tears of joy and admiration in her eyes.

Chapter 23

Home Sweet Home

            Henry and Helen walked out of their bedroom into the kitchen.  Helen put them on a pot of coffee.  She couldn’t wait for it to finish brewing though for her heart longed to see the sun come up.  She walked out of the French doors onto the patio and sat down.  It was a brand new life and as the sun came up, Helen was grateful for the second chances.  Soon Henry came out with coffee in hand. 

            “Here, my love! Just the way you like it!”

            “You are here and sharing it with me! That’s the way I like it!”  Helen commented.

            “I want to make a toast!  This is to a long, healthy and happy life together!” Henry said as they clicked their cups gently together.   They sat peacefully as the sun rose and Henry and Helen’s new life had begun. 

Henry and Helen lived their life with even more passion and purpose the second time around.  They lived it with more awareness of all the tiny things that were so important.   They realized that all of those tiny things in their lives that they used to take for granted, when added up were the sum of all the big things that were the most important.  Henry and Helen had a second chance at being parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends and even great grandparents!

            They truly pursued love.   The love they pursued wasn’t the generic kind of love that was based on condition.  No they learned the true unconditional kind of love.   They enjoyed the giving of it and the receiving of it.  Henry and Helen found out that the difficult things that come are not supposed to tear apart but are meant to bind together. 

            As soon as Henry was well enough, he went back to work at his hardware store.  When he went back the business more than doubled.   It wasn’t because people needed more hardware, but because the people crowded in for the entertainment of hearing Henry tell his stories again!  He told new stories of a man who went into a nursing home with memory loss but when he wanted to remember things, he sat under an old Oak tree in his mind.  He could then remember again.   The people thought that he was sure telling some whoppers!  Henry thought how life reads like a good fiction.   As people pressed him for more and more stories, He decided to pen his own story to see if anyone would take the time to read it.  He entitled his story If Oak Trees Could Talk.

            Henry and Helen lived and loved until they were Ninety Eight years old. That was almost Twenty-five years after they walked out of Glenview.  They were married Eighty years. They both died within two days of each other and were buried in one grave under the old Oak tree. Their monument read “They Passionately Pursued Life and Love!” 

Everything they owned of course went to Amelia’s family with only one exception.  Henry and Helen wanted all of the proceeds of the sales of Henry’s book If Oak Trees Could Talk to go to some folks who couldn’t afford their bills at the Glenview Residential Home for the Elderly in Mason Creek, Georgia.

 Robert, Amelia and their family still had a crowd of regulars at Tyler’s Hardware store.  People would still gather around to hear Henry tell his stories for years after he had died.  At Amelia’s suggestion he had physically recorded himself reading his story of If Oak Trees Could Talk as well as his other embellished tales. Folks would come in as usual.  They would get them an ice cold soda pop along with a brown paper sack of fresh hot boiled peanuts cooked with Henry’s very own recipe.  As they pulled themselves up a chair and listened to Henry’s whopper tales, they continued to enjoy Henry’s company!     

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have enjoyed my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to check in often as I have had some very exciting things happening that I would love to share with you! If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk in paperback format or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  When you Subscribe to my WordPress Blogs, I have a wonderful free gift for you as my thank you! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com


Part 50 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

24 Aug

Part 50 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

I am so excited to have you join me for another video blog of my Romance/Suspense Novel If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I am excited to announce that because you have stuck in here with me that I am going to do something special for you!  At the final Video Blog which should be in a couple of weeks or so, I will be giving you a free gift as a thank you gift for being who you are and coming along beside of me for all of these videos!

In other exciting news my brand New book released last week  5 Steps to Birthing Your Dream A Spiritual Midwife’s Manual  It has been ranked #1 Best Seller in 3 Categories and #1 Hot New Seller!  I want to thank you if you went in and got your copy!  I am so thrilled because when you work hard and it pays off, it is worth all of the effort!  Let me encourage you that if you have had dreams and haven’t seen them yet, don’t give up!  Maybe you might have failed at doing something, don’t just give up on them, get back up and try a different approach but don’t let your dream die!

Okay, yes, it’s time to get on with the this week’s blog!  We pick back up in

Chapter 22 The Ghost!

Soon there was a loud knock on Mr. Hodge’s door.  Henry listened intently to hear every detail clearly 

            “It’s about time!”  Mr. Hodges’ said.  “Did anyone see you come up here?”  He continued.

            “What if they did?  I am the Sheriff of this little one horse town.  Who would stop me or with all of these old retards living here who would even know that I was here? Heck they don’t even know that they are here!  Sheriff Eugene said as he laughed. “Oh, Maybe Mr. Henry Tyler would see me!”  He said again as he continued to laugh.  “That goofy man was sitting in a limb of a tree like a squirrel only he was naked!  What do you think he is going to say?” Eugene asked as he continued laughing uncontrollably while he made fun of the residents of Glenview.

            “Okay, you’ve made your point.  Now let’s get down to business. Mr. Stapleton needs to go into a coma and then pass away in peaceful sleep!”  Mr. Hodges stated plainly.  “His wife just died, bless her heart, and he has no more relatives.  We stand to get all of his life insurance which I might say is a substantial amount.  Here is the syringe with what you will need to do it.  Don’t come back until I call for you. Do I make myself clear?”  Mr. Hodges ordered.  “There will be a huge big fat bonus in this one for you, Sheriff.” He said with an evil smile. 

            “Mr. Stapleton will meet his maker ASAP.”   Eugene promised as he went out the door.  Mr. Hodges waited about twenty minutes until he see Eugene out in the parking lot.  Mr. Hodges signaled him and thumbs up and then walked out of the office.  Henry moved quickly to get back through the duct and back to the cafeteria.  He made it back in record time.  He rushed down the ladder and had just gotten in rolled back in front of the high pantry shelf which is where he got it when he heard a noise.  He quickly dropped and went behind a counter.  It was Nurse Warren getting her a soda pop out of a vending machine.  She then turned and went back down to the nurse’s station.  Henry rushed to put everything back just as though he hadn’t touched a thing.  He pushed the cafeteria door open, ran back to the Stair door and pushed it open.  He ran through the stairwell and quickly opened the door slightly to see if it was clear.  Henry then ran and got back into his room just in time.  All of a sudden there a soft knock at the door.  He quickly got into bed, clothes and all. He covered up, closed his eyes and acted as though he were sound asleep when Nurse Warren peeked in.  Everything seemed as it should have.  The “Ghost” was in bed! Henry took in a deep breath as he tried to figure out what to do next.

            He needed to contact someone with the information that he found out.  But who could he contact?  The sheriff was dirty and as Henry thought about what Sheriff Eugene had said about the residents of Glenview, and especially about him, he realized that the Sheriff was probably right.  If he told what he knew, who would believe him? Who but Helen would even believe him, with the exception of maybe Amelia?  He couldn’t sleep knowing that Mr. Stapleton was going to be murdered. Sheriff Eugene had already left.   He may have already used the syringe on Mr. Stapleton.  He had to do something even if people did think he was crazy. 

            He woke up Helen.  “Helen, Sweetheart, wake up.  I need you to wake up?” 

            Helen rolled over immediately to see why Henry was so upset. 

            “What is wrong, Henry?  Why are you so upset?”  Helen drilled.

            “Quick I need for you to get up.  I’ve got to tell you something and I need for you to believe me okay.  I need you to know that I am not crazy and that I am perfectly sane in what I going to tell you.

            Helen sat up and looked right into Henry’s eyes. “Okay, honey, what is it?”

            “Mr. Hodges and Sheriff Eugene are going to murder someone.  His name is Mr. Stapleton.  They may have already done it.  I heard them planning it.  I heard Mr. Hodges tell the Sheriff that it needed to be done and how to do it.  He gave him a syringe full of something and told him that it had to be done immediately.  Sheriff said it would be done “ASAP.”  What do we do Helen?”

            “Let’s go to the nurse’s station and call Amelia right now.  She will know what to do! We will have her to come and get us.  What time is it?

            “It is about Eight-thirty. I heard them talking about Eight o’clock this evening.” Henry explained.

 “I’ll get dressed!” Helen said as she moved as quickly as she could. 

            “What if they just think I am crazy? Henry questioned.

            “What if they do and this Mr. Stapleton dies.  What if they believe you and he is saved from those mad men?” Helen said.  “This will just have to do,” Helen said as she slicked down her shiny gray hair. “Come on let’s go.”      

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk! or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  When you Subscribe to my WordPress Blogs, I have a wonderful free gift for you as my thank you! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

Part 49 If Oak Trees Could Talk

11 Aug

Part 49 If Oak Trees Could Talk!  

Welcome to my video blogs of If Oak Trees Could Talk! I once again just want to thank all of you for reading along or “tuning in” to each post!  We have a few videos left as we are nearing the end of the Romance/Suspense novel.

Today we pick up in a new chapter!

Chapter 22

The Ghost

The time seemed to slow to a snail’s pace for Henry.  Once he and Helen had gotten back into their room from the activity center, the therapist came in and took Helen to therapy.  Henry wished that he could take a nap but instead he found some of the notebooks that Amelia had brought him.  The pages were filled from when he was still trying to find his way out of the darkness.   As he read some of what he had written, his eyes filled with tears as he looked to his old friend once again. 

            “I knew you were helping me all alone!” Henry said to his old friend.  “Well you and the Sweet Lord above.  I have to give him credit because he has blessed me with the best that I could have ever asked for in this life.”  He thought of his time on the outside a couple of days ago and how free he and Helen were.  He chuckled when he remembered that he left the center with no clothes on! “Boy I surely was messed up wasn’t I.” Henry said to his old friend.  “But as usual you helped me when I climbed up in your loving branches of embrace.  What a precious time for my Helen and I.  I owe her a lot more precious times and I am going to see that we are free to enjoy them.   Thank you for helping me Lord, Henry said as he looked to the sky, then he looked back at his picture of the old Oak tree, Thank you for best friends too. Amen.” 

            Just as Henry finished his prayer of thankfulness and reflection, a knock came at the door.   It was the therapist bringing his love back to him.  Henry’s face lit up as Helen seemed to be in better spirits. 

            “You did wonderful, Ms. Helen!” The therapist bragged.  “I think you’re right where we hoped you would be.  You’ve recovered wonderfully.  Things will only improve from here on out.”  The therapist encouraged as they went out of the door, however the door never closed completely as Nurse Applegate come in behind therapist with a smile.

 “Terrific, I just heard the good news Mrs. Tyler.  That is wonderful progress! I know that you have put in some very painful work- outs in order to get that report huh?”

“Yes sweetie, I sure have.”  Helen answered with a wide smile.  She knew now that she was ready to leave Glenview.  She felt that all Henry ever needed was his home and familiar surroundings to be whole again, especially his old Oak tree friend.  They were on their way out and it couldn’t be soon enough for either of them. 

            “Do you want to go to the cafeteria and eat or do you want it delivered into your room?”  Nurse Applegate inquired. “I have the rest of you medications right here.  It is up to you if you want to go to the cafeteria.”  She continued.

            Helen looked at Henry again as she knew that he had to hide his pill, but he had already perfected his acting.  He pretended to pop the pill as he downed a glass of water and Voila!  He was finished. 

            “No, we will not go to the cafeteria.  My sweet Helen has had a rough day with therapy and the activity center.  I think we will just stick around and after dinner go to bed.” Henry answered quite clearly.  Helen agreed. 

            “What time did you say everyone left the cafeteria again?  Henry asked.

            “Everyone is out usually around by about seven o’clock!” Nurse Applegate answered as she was really surprised that Henry actually responded to her questions, and even asked questions and waited for her response.  She was impressed with both Mr. and Mrs. Tyler’s progress.

            After Nurse Applegate left their room, Henry and Helen mused at their day.  All in all it was a pretty good day considering where they were.  The two waited for their food to be delivered so that they could eat and go to bed.   Henry didn’t tell Helen about the conversation between Mr. Hodges and Sheriff Eugene.  He didn’t want to worry her any more than she was already worried.  Instead he seriously was going to lie down with his sweet Helen and when she drifted off to sleep the “Ghost” was going to make his move.  He hoped that Helen would sleep and be none the wiser.

            Soon someone was at the door. It was their dinner.  Henry and Helen sit at their little bistro table.  With their glasses filled with nothing more than water, they pretended it was wine and toasted to great healing and progress that they both had made. Suddenly Henry raised his glass and hollered, “To life!”  Helen giggled and repeated, “To life!”  They eat their dinner and spent time with one another. After their meal they stood and looked out of the window over the gardens as the sun was going down. They smiled as both were thinking the same thing, but then Henry said it! “Yes, soon we will be looking over our own beautiful and peaceful gardens!”

            Helen smiled as she moved toward the bed.  She truly was exhausted and she climbed in as Henry covered her.   “Aren’t you coming?” She asked. 

            “Soon, Sweetheart, I will come to bed soon!” 

Helen drifted off to sleep almost immediately. Henry stood and watched her as peace settled in.  He watched the time until it was around Seven-thirty.  He then needed to act quickly and precisely. It was now or never, he thought.   He immediately went to the door.  He opened it quietly and looked both ways to make for sure that all was clear.  He stepped out and walked quickly to the end of the hallway. He pushed open the door that read Stairs.  He listened to make for sure that no one was in the stairwell.  He walked faster to the door that he hid behind when he overheard Mr. Hodges and Sheriff Eugene talking.  The door opened right in the front of the cafeteria.  He opened it slightly as this hallway was obviously busier than the one he and Helen’s room was on.  He heard someone talking and could see two Nurses standing in front of the medicine room.  One unlocked the door as the other stood outside.  When the first came out, the second went in.  Soon they both walked together down the hall and around the corner.  When it was clear, he ran and tiptoed to see if he could see through the two windows in each of the cafeteria doors.  As he looked inside it was darkened with the exception of the exit signs above the doors.  Henry was thrilled as it was just enough light for him to see what he was doing, but not so bright that the “Ghost” could hide in the darkness quite easily.  Soon he pushed one door open very gently and stepped inside.  Once, he was sure that it was clear, he ran immediately to the supply closet.  Stepping inside, he immediately grabbed a black uniform which would help him to be even more blended with the darkness of the room.  He could also possibly pass as a cafeteria helper if he was questioned from a distance.   Henry then searched through a utensil drawer where he found a small tool kit.   He grabbed it and placed it in the pocket of his uniform.  Henry then rolled the tall ladder that was used to get the supplies down from the top shelf of the pantry under the air conditioning vent that was mounted in the ceiling.  He scurried up the ladder like a lineman and immediately opened the toolbox.  He took out a screwdriver and unscrewed the vent.  He then turned it at a different angle to push it to the right of the opening.  He knew he wanted to go left.  Henry tried to pull himself up from the ladder, but he was very weak. However, he was determined to fulfill the Ghosts mission.  Once he was finally able to lift himself inside the duct, he then crawled as quietly as he could on his knees. The duct work was metal and it made a rattling noise as Henry’s knees pressed into it.   He moved quickly until he went through to the middle hallway.  Henry knew that the next room he went over in the vent was going to be Mr. Hodges’ office.  It was probably getting close to Eight o’clock and time for Sheriff Eugene to show up.  Henry moved very deliberately and slowly now to keep down any noise that his knees would possibly make.  Henry practically held his breath as he moved up over Mr. Hodges office. The vent was actually next to the inside wall which pleased Henry. He could rest his body flat and lay down.  Most of his body and weight would be positioned into the hallway that was in the middle of Mr. Hodges office and the cafeteria.   He could see Mr. Hodges’ desk which was off to the right of him. He also could see Mr. Hodges as he stared at this watch.  Henry just made himself comfortable and waited quietly.


Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk! or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  When you Subscribe to my WordPress Blogs, I have a wonderful free gift for you as my thank you! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com


Part 47 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

20 Jul

Part 47 If Oak Tree Could Talk     

I don’t know about you, but time seems to be marching way to fast on this end of the screen!  Here we are in the middle of summer already! As always I am so grateful  that you’re here, and with all of my heart I want to thank you again for either reading along with me or listening to my Video Blog of my Romance/Suspense novel If Oak Trees Could Talk each week.   We will be winding the novel up in a few weeks, so my hope is that you will continue to stick in here with me until the end!

I am excited because I’ve been working on a brand new book entitled:

5 Steps to Birthing your Dream (A Spiritual Midwife’s Manual)!  As an author, this for me is such a release of creativity and overwhelming joy!  I pour my heart and soul into each of my books. The expectancy of them really touching the hearts of my readers is something that is difficult to explain!  I once heard it said and I am sure I am not quoting it exactly, “Being a writer is both an egotistical and a humbling thing, it is an egotistical person who would think people would actually want to read what they write, but again, it is also a humbling experience to think of people actually wanting to read what I write!”   I know I probably botched that quote, but my point is that I am truly humbled that many of you have followed my blogs every week.  I honor you as my guest today and wish I could set across from you and sip on a tall glass of sweet tea or maybe a cup of coffee and simply visit with you.  I would love to hear what you aspire to be, or what you’ve already achieved.  Maybe as we shared with one another, we would realize that we both bring a lot to that table and can really help one another!

Today we pick up back up in Chapter 21 The Final Plan

Another knock at the door came on the heels of Mr. Hodges leaving.  Amelia again answered it.  This time it was Nurse Applegate.

            “Hello, Nurse Applegate, Amelia said rather loudly so if perhaps Mr. Hodges was listening she did not want to let on that she knew Nurse Melba on a first name basis. 

            When Nurse Applegate was inside, Amelia shut the door.  She immediately asked Nurse Melba if she could meet with her and Mr. Henderson at her house.  Melba agreed.

“Oh, Mrs. Tyler, before I forget, therapy is looking for you. I did not want you to be alarmed when someone knocked on your door.”  Nurse Applegate stated.    “They went into your old room several times yesterday.  I think they assumed that you had gotten released to go home since you have just a few more sessions to go.”  Nurse Applegate explained.  “It is okay Mrs. Tyler they are the same therapist that you’ve always had!”

            “Momma and Daddy, I have some more errands I need to run before this evening.  If you need me I will be home around Six o’clock.  She then turned to Nurse Melba, if you’re off early, then who will take over for you?”  Amelia said with concern. 

            “I will order their dinner and medication before I leave.  Nurse Warren will be at the desk again, so if they need anything, all they will need to do is buzz her via their on-call button and she will assist them.  Will you be okay with that Mr. and Mrs. Tyler?”  

            “Whew, finally Helen, some alone time if you know what I mean!” Henry said as he winked at his sweet Helen.  What’s the sense in having our own room and double bed if we can’t use them?”  He continued with that familiar grin.

            Nurse Applegate just smiled.  She thought that Henry was talking out of his head.  She never knew anyone that still had relations after they were senior citizens. 

            Helen flashed Henry a gentle smile, however she was weary. She wanted this to come to an end.  She, like Henry found something at home that she had lost.  She was ready to reclaim it.  She remembered back again when Henry was in the service.  He was wounded as he rescued many men from his battalion.  In return for his bravery, he received the Purple Heart for his service, but Helen didn’t want Henry to prove he was a hero again.  He was her hero already.  She just wanted both of them home where they could enjoy and really live the rest of their lives together. She never wanted to waste one more moment being in Glenview. 

            Amelia seen something in her mother’s face that she had never seen before. Not even when she first had her stroke and had to work so hard to regain her speech and mobility.  No this was something else altogether.

            “What is it Momma?”  Amelia asked as she was very concerned.  Go see the lawyer Amelia. I am ready to leave this place now! I’ve changed my mind about being in here.  I don’t want to wait.  We can do what we have to do on the outside.”  Helen stated.  When she was that direct, Amelia knew that her mother meant it, so she determined to see Mr. Howard, her parent’s lawyer on the way home.

            Henry in the meantime thought it a wonderful thing that Nurse Applegate or no other nurse would be checking on them.  He felt like tonight was the night that the Ghost did his thing!  He had rehearsed what he was going to do.  He mentally memorized all of the details down to even the black uniforms that were lying on the shelf in the cafeteria’s supply closet.

            “I will see you later on in the evening Mr. and Mrs. Tyler to get your dinner orders! If you need anything before then, just buzz me!”  Nurse Applegate said as she headed toward the hallway.  “I will see you after while Amelia.”  She whispered as she was now in the hallway.

            “Daughter, please stay with your mother for just a little while longer.   I need to go somewhere really quickly. I will be right back!” Henry ordered.

            “Daddy, I don’t want you out where Mr. Hodges can see you.  If you get into more trouble, I hate to think what he would do to you!”  Amelia tried to convince. Listen, I know that you both feel like you’re in imprisoned, but why don’t you go to the activity center and visit with some of your friends.  At least get out of this room and try to enjoy yourself a little.

            “I’ll be right back, gals.  It won’t take me but a second.  Now stop treating me like I am a little boy Amelia!”  Henry scolded.

            “Henry, there is no sense in speaking to Amelia that way!” Helen said. “I don’t want you to go out there either!  I know that you are the hard headed man that I love, not some little boy.  We are concerned for you!”  She continued as she softened up every harsh word.

            Henry was determined to do what he felt needed to be done.  He opened the door to look out.  He spanned the hallway.  He stepped outside and instead of taking a left to go toward the front desk he took a right in the opposite direction.  Henry needed to find a way to get to the cafeteria without having to walk past Nurse Warren.  He really didn’t want to run the risk of running into any of the staff.  The staff, however knew that Henry was an amnesia patient and could be a wanderer.  After all, he had just come back from a trip where he wandered all the way home.  He walked down to the end of the long empty corridor.  At the last door was a sign in bold red letters that read stairs.  Henry opened the door and went inside.  It was a stairwell to every hallway on that floor.   When Henry followed it through to the end, he realized that the hallway actually ended a door down from the cafeteria.   He needed, however, to check out where it ended if he went up a flight of steps to the next floor which is where Mr. Hodges’ office was located.  While Henry was climbing the steps he realized just how noticeably out of shape he had gotten because he was breathing very heavily.  He thought to himself when he got back home he would fix that problem.  He would start working in the gardens or mowing lawn again.  Henry would get back into shape not only physically but also mentally as he loved his gardens for they were good for his soul. When at the top of the steps there was an exit door to the second floor.  Henry opened it slightly and looked out.  This hallway was much busier.  As he continued to watch he saw Mr. Hodges.  He was standing at another nurse’s station.  There wasn’t anyone down at the end of the hallway where Henry was so he opened the door just slightly more to get a better view.   He noticed that this floor seemed to be busier than the floor he and Helen were on.  As he continued watching he realized that this was the floor that the really sick residents lived.  When he moved to the extreme left he could see a patient who was hooked to several machines that beeped. He watched Mr. Hodges until he moved from the nurse’s desk.  He walked to the end of the hallway until he disappeared into a room to the right.  Henry concluded that this was Mr. Hodges office.  It was as he had estimated earlier on his trip with Nurse Applegate.  Mr. Hodges’ office runs parallel with the cafeteria.

             Henry quickly found his way back to his room after he was satisfied that he knew the layout of Glenview’s building and most importantly where Mr. Hodges’ office was located.  He would move tonight as soon as the cafeteria closed.  He too was ready to leave Glenview, but he wanted to leave knowing that he had done all that he could to help his friends and neighbors that had  no choice but to stay at Glenview. 

            When Henry returned to his room Amelia was obviously upset that he took so long.  “Now, Daddy, you are worrying me and Momma. Please forget about what you think you need to do.  I will take care of everything, I promise.”  Amelia pleaded, but she and Helen knew that it was a waste of good time and energy.  When Henry set his mind to doing something, he was going to do it or die trying, no matter what he ran up against. Amelia just hushed and squeezed her Momma’s hand. 

            “Okay, now that you are both back together I am going to say good-bye.  Do you need anything before I leave or do you need me to bring you back anything?”  Amelia asked. I sure wish you were coming with me, she said in all sincerity.

            “We will be home very soon dear!”  Helen whispered. “We will!”

            Henry shook his head in agreement as Amelia hugged them both.  She looked at Henry, and ordered, “Daddy, please stay out of trouble.”          

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

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5 Steps to Birthing your Dream

17 Jul

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Part 45 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

6 Jul

Part 45 If Oak Trees Could Talk! Have you just had something to come up that prevented you from doing something even though you really wanted to do it!  That was the past week when it came to doing…

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Part 45 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

6 Jul

Part 45 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Have you just had something to come up that prevented you from doing something even though you really wanted to do it!  That was the past week when it came to doing my regular Video Blog of   If Oak Trees Could Talk!  Both my husband and I ended up catching a mean head cold or a series of allergy attacks.   Needless to say I sounded like I was talking through my nose and was hoarse because my nose ran and I coughed so much.  I was sure that you wouldn’t have wanted to hear me squeak through as I whispered through the Video blog of my book!

So even though I have coughed and sneezed, and blew my nose a hundred or more times, I’m here and am determined that I am going to deliver another Video Blog so that we can ease closer to the final dot and tittle of  my Romance Suspense Novel  If Oak Trees Could Talk!    My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you as you stick in here with me!  Today we began in a new Chapter!


Chapter 21

The Final Plans

The morning came in bright and cheery as Amelia’s feet hit the floor.  She paraded off to the shower to get her day started.  When she came out of the bathroom, Robert was still lying in bed asleep.  Amelia looked at him with such love.  He was her rock.  He supported her in everything that she had ever wanted to do.  As she stood just staring at him, he opened his eyes to her tender smile.  He yawned and stretched and smiled back.

“Good morning, was I drooling or something?  What’s so funny that you were looking at me with that Henry Tyler grin of yours?”  Robert asked as he chuckled a little.

Amelia walked over to the bed and climbed in.  She sprawled him as she bent over and kissed him. Robert shivered as her long cold dripping hair touched his chest.  She laughed out loud as Robert let out a yell.  He then rolled her over onto her back and tickled her unmercifully until she begged him to stop. He tenderly kissed her.  He rolled back off of her and lay beside her.  They held hands as she told him of her plans for the day.  She was going to go immediately to check on her parents.  After that she was going to speak to Mr. Henderson about coming to their house.  She was going to invite Nurse Melba Applegate to come to their house as well. Amelia wanted Melba to be able to share with Mr. Henderson about all that she knew about Mr. Hodges and the Scioto County Nursing Home in private.

“What time will you come home, then?”  Robert asked.  “I would like to be here to hear all that is said, so that I can help us figure out our next move!”  He continued.

“I will try to be home when you get home from the Hardware store! How’s that!  I need to make up a few appetizers for our company!  I just do not want to set the meeting in town in case Mr. Hodges has more people like Sheriff Eugene working for him.   I want this to be top secret until Mr. Henderson can present the evidence we have to the Attorney.  I am just hoping that we will have enough on Mr. Hodges to go forward and that he is immediately arrested.  If not, then my parents along with Nurse Melba’s father could be at great risk.  Robert, I can’t believe this is going on right here in Mason Creek.” Amelia said with a sad sigh.  “If I didn’t know it to be true, no one could have convinced me that this was happening.  One thing I can say about Mr. Hodges is that he knows how to direct Glenview very efficiently as to not draw any unwanted attention to himself.  He’s never presented Glenview as being anything other than a top of the line care facility which may be, until you cross him.  I guess I just wonder why others have never came forward?  Surely others suspected wrong doing at times.   I mean if suddenly my father who has never slept all the time, started sleeping or was zoned out all the time, I would be finding out what was going on?   I realize many of the older folks in there are really sick and weak.  Maybe their loved ones can’t tell the difference between their sicknesses or a medicated state.   It is a sad day in Mason Creek.    The news of Glenview is going to rock our little peaceful community. You know we’ve just always have had such loving and caring folks here!  Who would have imagined someone like Mr. Hodges living here under such pretense?

“Well Honey, unfortunately, I guess it is a sign of the times that we now live in.  Things have changed so much since we were youngsters.” Robert stated.

“Speak for yourself Old Man Steele, but I am still a youngster!” Amelia teased.

“Your parents are still youngsters for sure! Heck, they’re younger than we are!” Robert said with a chuckle. “I need to learn some of your Daddy’s romantic tricks if you know what I mean!”  Robert said as he gently stroked down Amelia’s wet hair and then her bare shoulder.  He gently pressed against Amelia and kissed her passionately.

“Oh Baby, believe me, you have all of the tricks that you need!  Amelia stated,” but I am so sorry dear, you won’t get a chance to use any of them this morning!  I’ve got to get up out of this bed and get dressed.  I’ve got to get the kids up for school and drive to Glenview early.  Maybe you can think of some romantic tricks to use on me later!  I’ll look forward to them!  Amelia promised with another kiss as she sprung up out of the bed and ran to the bathroom. 

“See, I obviously do not have the kind of Romantic tricks that your Daddy has.  He is how old?  He always has your Momma smiling!”  Robert continued to tease.

Amelia came and stood in front of Robert at the foot of the bed. She then smiled ear to ear!  She laughed out loud as she ran to the bathroom to dry her hair. 

“I am determined that I will make that smile of yours real!”  Robert promised.

          Amelia didn’t style her hair.  She just blew it dry and let it go natural.  She rushed to get dressed so that she could drink at least one cup of coffee before waking the boys.

          “Do you want anything for breakfast?”  She asked as she was rushing toward the hallway.  “I’m putting on coffee before I wake the boys!” 

          “Nope, thank you, coffee is fine. I have an early meeting at the Hardware Store with Joe Bentley from Bentley Farm Supply this morning around Nine o’clock. Thought I would bring in Elma’s Biscuits.   Meet you down stairs in a few!”  Robert answered.

          Amelia loved being a wife and a mother.  She also loved working at the Hardware store while her boys were at school. It gave her great joy to hear so many of their customers who were mostly neighbors and friends speak adoringly about her parents.  She appreciated Mr. Thomas helping out while she was taking care of her parents.  Closing the store was never an option with Amelia.  She grew up in the hardware store. When she was little, her father had built a nice little cubby or nook for her.  He built it right under the stairs.  It was her little secret thinking place, or at least when she was small she thought of it as a secret. Amelia wanted to pass the Hardware store on to her children and grandchildren, but as Robert said times were changing so with the world, she only hoped that the boys would want the business when they were grown.

          Amelia woke the boys up and pulled out some cereal from the cabinet.  She placed the milk and some fresh fruit on the table and waited for the men in her life to come into the kitchen.  In the meantime, she opened the kitchen window over the sink and listened to the glorious sounds of the birds singing.  It was already quite warm outside.  It was sure to be another scorcher today in Mason Creek.  Amelia however, had no idea just how hot things were going to get until she went to Glenview. 

          When the boys came in, she kissed them all.  She ran to her car, so that she could get ahead of all the elementary buses.  When she got to the Glenview’s parking lot, low and behold who was there but Sheriff Eugene. The thoughts of having to deal with him made Amelia sick to her stomach.  She however, refused to be intimidated by him.  As she walked up the sidewalk to the entrance of Glenview, Eugene acted as if he would block the entrance.  She looked him straight in the eye and continued to walk forward.  He just barely moved out of the way, but not before blowing cigarette smoke in her face.   Amelia’s face burned as she had never wanted to punch someone so hard in her life.  She was furious, but held her tongue and pushed by him. She felt sorry for his parents. She wondered to herself if Eugene knew about all that Mr. Hodges has been doing and if he was party to it.

          When she walked into the lobby of Glenview, immediately she saw Mr. Hodges as he was undoubtedly lying to some unsuspecting family about a precious loved one.  She wanted to run to them and scream for God’s sake take them somewhere else.    She totally refused to look into his evil eyes although she could feel his eyes glaring at her.  Amelia walked around the corner to the hallway where her parents were.  She knocked on the door to hear a sweet voice on the inside say, “come in please!”

          “Good morning sweetheart.  How are you this morning?”  Helen asked as she held out her arms for Amelia to hug her. Both of her parents were sitting at their little quaint bistro table drinking coffee and eating breakfast.

          Amelia walked to her parents and hugged them both!  I am fine.  What are you having for breakfast?”  She asked, “Yummy, it smells like grapefruit and what else?”

          “Oatmeal and toast for Henry, just the fruit and toast for me.” Helen answered.

          “How are you Daddy?  Did you sleep well?”  Amelia asked as she noticed Henry was smiling at her. 

          “I’ve got something for you, Amelia!”  Henry said, “But I can’t give it to you yet.  The nurse is supposed to be back in here in a minute and I don’t want her to see anything.”  Henry continued.

          “Oh okay Daddy, Amelia said.  She had no clue what he was speaking of.  As she looked around she noticed Henry’s old friend was hanging on the wall.  She also saw a special quilt that once belonged to her grandmother that was lying across the foot of their bed.  The bed was all made up and her parents seemed to be alert and fairly well considering all of the changes that they had gone through in the past few days.         

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk! or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  When you Subscribe to my WordPress Blogs, I have a wonderful free gift for you as my thank you! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com



Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk

16 Jun

Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk! Hello Everyone, Welcome back to my video blog of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I hope that you’ve been enjoying the last days of spring as we are marching quickly into …

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