Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This is a very old photo from the Long Lake archives; however, last night I saw a bear lumbar across my front yard, stop for a moment and look at me and then amble on about his business. Of course, I didn't have the camera handy so missed a good shot. There have been several reports of bears in the area. Folks say it is because the berries are coming out late this year and as soon as they are out the bears will disappear again. The one around where I am is about 250 pounds so not too big by bear standards.

This morning there was a large deer out front. He or she too ambled across the field until Kato, my dog, saw her and went bananas in the house barking so loud that the deer and anything else could hear him for miles. So, that deer was out of there in a shot. Oh well, he was just doing his job, protecting mom.

I love living in a place where there is little space between me and nature; hence, sliding glass doors all across the front make me feel like I am outside.

Moving right along with my Blunt Force Winds sales and now have several chapters completed on the First Pioneers of Long Lake. What a bunch. Pretty interesting research. God speed and good night.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Excerpt and my front porch

Front porch of cabin. My chair and coffee mug

Running fast down the smooth trail, I began looking up at the trees and  sky, feeling the wind blow through my hair. I loved the smell of the rotting wood of the Adirondack forest ravaged by the “Big Blowdown of 1950”; and on this day, at this time, I was flying; I was happy; I was a gale blowing through my beloved Adirondacks.
             Then, I was lost.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Oh my gosh, we are little people! Here we are at the weirdoo mirror in the Discovery Museum. Fun day and then we went to see Madagascar III in 3d and ate lunch at the Alamo. Being a grandmother is soooo much fun. My head is 4' tall and Daniel has long skinny fingers.

This is my last blog before I head up to Long Lake Sunday morning. I am looking forward to my morning cup of coffee looking at my mountain. Some of you who have my book, the picture on the front is my view from my porch. If you don't, you can get it at my website, or The Winchester Book Gallery. Or, email or facebook me and I will send you one.

I will be working on my Long Lake historical book, swimming, boating, and hiking.

I am so blessed to have such an awesome life with absolutely beautiful people in it.

I love my family, my sponcees, and sponsor, and my wonderful Kato who is also ready for the trip.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Country Living at Grandma's House

There are no videos, electronic games, etc. at Grandma's house. Hang out on the rope swing, explore the ridge and mountains, run with Kato, or ride bikes with Grandma. My bike is red and this year I have only one brake left that works so it is reminiscent of being a kid with a two-kid hand-me-down bike with no brakes that I had for awhile. John's bike is a used Daniel hand-me-down bike with a back tire I need to inflate every other day, but we make do out here in the middle of everywhere watching the moon and the stars. Daniel knows exactly where to find the big dipper, and we run out at night to see which phase of the moon is gracing us with its presence on this night.

John had his first bike wreck, survived and got right back on the bike. What a brave little trooper that one is!

Events of the day include toad and turtle searching, water hose spraying, climbing the ridge to the bat tree, jumping in the leaf filled holes on the top of the ridge, and settling in to watch the basketball game at night.

I am a blessed grandma and I didn't do anything to deserve such wonderful family in my life. Thank you, Mom and Dad for taking care of me so I lived to see such wonders in the world!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Obsession, Anger, and Alcohol--A Lethal Mix

Around 2:00 AM, I started calling bars looking for him. I called a bar in Indian Lake and asked, “Is Mike Tracy there?”
The bartender replied, “Uh, is this Kathy?”
I was already furious and now I was steaming, “No, this is not Kathy,” I screamed and slammed down the receiver. Bruce, my teenage neighbor was staying overnight that night, so I woke him up and told him I was leaving for a while. 
He looked up groggy eyed, mumbled, "Okay," and went back to sleep. I grabbed my keys and two bottles of beer from the refrigerator (I had already had several) and ran out the door. I jumped in my gold Duster that Mike had bought me to entice me to come back the last time and spun out of the parking lot. By the time I flew by the Lakeside, I was hitting 80 mph, my mind dead set on storming into the bar and screaming at him to get out of my life. Fresh snow carpeted the road and shiny guardrails peaked through the four-foot snow banks like braces on teeth. Suddenly...

Friday, June 1, 2012


At the water park on Memorial Day with my grandchildren and friends. John at left and Daniel and Bradly out in pool. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Now, getting ready for 4 state get together, a weekend with friends, food, and fellowship.

What an exciting life I have! So blessed with a wonderful family, beautiful little home in the forest and log cabin in the woods.