Another Bug

Apologies for not posting a new blog sooner but I’ve been sick–and traveling–for the past week and am still congested and snuffling and coughing. Mac, of course, came down with the cold, too. I knew it Saturday when he started to act a little crankier than he normally is and then Sunday he was feverish and slept most of the day.

I forgot how little guys pick up everything and pass everything on. So far no one else is getting hit as hard as I am. Not sure why. Immune system might not be as good as it could be.

On the positive side, since I can’t focus long enough to write, I have been working on book tour for the fall and doing some pre-book publicity stuff. I’m really looking forward to the week I’ll spend in Texas in mid-October, and then I’ll return to Dallas again mid November for the DFW Tea Group’s Readers’n’Ritas weekend.

So far I have late August events scheduled in  Palo Alto, Sacramento, Fresno, Pasadena, and Las Vegas. And then in September through November I’ll be doing events in Bellevue, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Katy/Houston, with possible events in four to five more states. Keep an eye on my events page here on my site for full details, and of course, I’ll share info here, too.

Mac is yanking on my t-shirt as I type and howling up at me so I better go be a good mom and give him some TLC. But first,  please do tell me how you are, what you’re doing or reading, and just like that, you’re entered in my Another Bug Contest. I’m going to draw ten winners for this one, and I’ve got great prizes, so you’ll want a chance to win. Contest runs through Friday night and I’ll announce the winners Saturday morning! Talk to me and stay healthy!


  1. I’m so sorry that both you and Mac have been so sick!! Hope you both feel better soon!

    It’s finally summer break for me, but unfortunately I’m stuck in summer school, getting a required class out of the way since I’m studying abroad at the University of Oxford this coming spring…so at least suffering through summer school is for a good cause! And luckily I have plenty of time to get in lots of reading, so I’ve been reading some Presents by Trish Wylie.

    Get well soon! =)

  2. Hi Jane,
    Wow! I feel so bad for you two! I remember when my kids were little how when one got sick, we all got sick. It doesn’t seem fair at times, we try so hard to keep them well then what happens, we get hit by their illness far worse than they do.
    As for me, I am good. Tired, but good. I just started taking care of my granddaughter TuesDae’. What a joy!! I had forgotten how fun and busy a nine month old could be especially when I’m no spring chicken anymore. The first night after watching her I passed out in my recliner at 8:00 p.m. What a wimp!
    I just started reading “The Last Child” by John Hart. It’s about a thirteen year old boy who’s twin sister disappears. A year later, she is presumed dead. He starts out with a bike, a map and a plan to find her. I have heard great things about this book. I’ll let you know how it turns out, whether I like it or not and how many tears I cry. You, take care, You!!
    Well wishes,
    Lisa G.

  3. Sorry you’re so under the weather, Jane. And with the end of the year stuff for your older two boys coming along, things must be rather hectic. Hopefully once school’s out, you’ll take some time to slow down and take it easy before starting work on your next book.

    I’m currently reading a highly recommended oldie romance: WILD OATS by Pamela Morsi.

  4. So sorry to here you and Mac are sick! I can see why the way this weather keeps changing back and forth. Lately here all its is doing is raining and then it cool for a few days then warms back up. I just finish Kaki Warner’s second book in her Blood Rose series, Open Country! I am so hooked on this series and can’t wait until the next book. I highly recommend her books they are awsome, if you like the western romances. Hope you get to felling better soon!

  5. Jane,
    Hi, I feel lucky to say things are good for me right now, except having to work extra hours to cover form someone out on leave. Spring weather and daylight savings times has meant I can take walks and hikes and get some natural vitamin D (until I put on the sun screen). I just finished reading American Fuji by Sara Backer, which I liked a lot.

  6. HI Jane-Sorry you guys are under the weather. I’m just learning that even when they’re in college and get sick, you still worry about them and want to take care of them as if they were still little. My daughter just came home from college and is running the course of a virus with 102 fever, the chills and everything else that goes along with it. And I still go right back into mom mode and take care of my big kid…I’m just glad she still wants me to.

  7. Yuck! I hope both of you get better soon and don’t pass it along! It breaks my heart when little ones are not feeling well.

    I have totally re-done the boy’s gameroom in the past week. We were given some furniture that worked great so all the old went out and the new came in. I also painted (Behr’s ‘Cactus Garden’ – LOVE the color!). I am hosting a multi-family garage sale in two weeks so it has been a great time to weed out all the unnecessary items that have just been hanging around in there!

    Today, I helped my parents move some furniture and am totally worn out after my week of working on the gameroom. I am heading down to catch up on some DVR’d programming to veg out now.

    I just finished Jodi Picoult’s House Rules – anybody have anything great to recommend? I can’t wait until August!

  8. I just finished Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and it was excellent. I totally enjoyed it and have added her classics to my reading list.

    Tomorrow I am headed to go camping with 9 girls for Girl Scouts. It will be our first camping trip. I am rather excited.

  9. Jane, I feel so bad for you and Mac. Hopefully you are getting more rest than normal! My daughters and I got hit really hard with a nasty cold a couple weeks ago. We are just now feeling and sounding better.

    Right now I am reading Intensity by Dean Koontz. Great book so far!

    Take care of yourself and both of you get better soon! 🙂

  10. i hope you and Mac will getting better and better !

    i’m still under my morning sickness. I hope it will gone soon 🙂

    i just finished making my son, a pan of brownie. He asked me this morning. since it’s been a very long time that i’ve never made one.

    And i’m reading Something Scandalous from Christie Kelley now.

  11. hope you two feel better soon! i know what your going through, i have 365 days filled with allergy symptoms but dont have allergies. yeah, i know. WHAT????

    waiting for school to be over for both kids and in the meantime keeping busy with normal day to day stuff- cleaning, laundry, always organizing.

  12. I hope you both start feeling better soon. Tonight I’ll be attending my 4 year old granddaughter’s graduation from pre-school. It’s a full cap and gown affair, I can’t wait. I’ve been staying pretty well considering my severe RA means my immune system is not great. So I can’t complain. I am reading Restless by Tori Carrington right now.

  13. Hope you’re feeling better soon. I’m in the Houston area so I will have to check you out when you come out here. 🙂

  14. So sorry that you and Mac are under the weather!! Hope you both feel better soon!!

    I am now almost 3 weeks post surgery for a tear in the labrum and a ligament in my left hip. I never thought recovery would be so difficult! I hate that I cannot do all the things I have become so accustomed to doing! But slowly I am getting better and should be fully recovered in 16 weeks!

    Get some rest and feel better 🙂 Much love to you and yours!


  15. Hello!

    Sorry that you and Mac are not feeling well. It is no fun being sick. I started my last semester in my nurse practitioner program on Tuesday. I finish up in July. It has been a long road, and I am excited that graduation is not so far away now. The only things I am reading at the moment are text books :-0(

    Feel better soon!

  16. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Can totally relate re not focusing long enough to write.

    I too have a cold, for lack of a better word. Sinus headache. Big lump in throat. Sleeping as much as possible. Can’t think straight.

    I too am self-employed. One of the “joys” (NOT) is that even when I’m sick, I still get to go into work, so to speak. So … after I force myself to go for a walk this morning, I’ll be back at work. Can’t promise I’ll be “with it” when working, but I’ll be there. Come rain or come shine, or something like that….

  17. Hope that you will be well soon and Mac feeling back to normal. I am reading East of The Sun and enjoying this novel. Take care and wishing you well.

  18. Hi Jane. I hope you and Mac recover quickly. I am having a pretty good week. I am reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

  19. Sorry to hear about you and your son. Springtime bugs are no fun.
    Things are just fine with me. Not a lot happening, school is winding down. My youngest will be a senior in high school next year, time flies!!
    Take care.

  20. Get some rest, drink fluids. Take care of yourself.

    I am reading ‘To Bury the Dead’ by Craig Spector. Just getting started but it appears to be pretty good.

    Looking forward to the day with my husband and date night tomorrow!

    Take care.

  21. wow i hope you guys start to feel better! let’s hope the other 2 guys dont get it…i am reading horizontal life right now and am in need of a new book! get strong.

  22. I use Vicks around the throat and behind the ears — it warms the glands as well as clearing the sinuses! Hope you both feel better soon!

  23. Oh, poor baby! Hope you and Mac are feeling better soon. I haven’t been reading much recently, a sentence I don’t think I’ve ever typed/said before in my life. I’ve been writing every chance I get to try and reach a 6/11 goal. When I read, I tend to get the author’s voice in my head, so I’m restraining myself. I don’t expect it to last. I did finished ALWAYS A SCOUNDREL by Suzanne Enoch, which I enjoyed. I have MISTRESS IN THE ART OF DEATH on my floor waiting for me to start it; already I’ve had to renew it with the library and I haven’t even cracked the spine yet.

    Hope the rest of your week perks up into better health!

  24. Hi Jane,
    I hope you and Mac are feeling better real soon. It sucks being sick in the springtime.
    I have just been working in the yard and doing some spring cleaning. I wish I felt like doing some major work but I just don’t feel like myself lately. I am tired a lot.
    you take care of yourself and your little sweetie.

  25. It is the second round of the crud. We have had numerous sick calls at work. My thoughts to you and Mac for a speedy recovery. I loved hearing your summer schedule. I was even more excited to hear that you will be in Fresno. We will be going there in July for Junior Olympics and wouldn’t it be a double treat if you were there the same time. I am keeping my fingers crossed! Have a wonderful week, feel better!

  26. Hope you and the little man are feeling better soon.
    I am leaving Sat. for a week in Key West. I am trying to decide what books to read on the beach. It will be so nice to escape for a few days.
    Hope you have a good weekend.

  27. I’m sorry that you and Mac are sick. Hopefully you guys are feeling better soon! Get plenty of rest! We all know how hard you like to work, but slow it down and get better! 🙂

    Right now I am not reading anything. I have been so overwhelmed with grandchildren’s activities and working, I haven’t had much free time. I need to stop and pick out a book today. I find I get grumpy when I don’t have at least 15 min. a day with a good book. It’s like a little vacation in my head I guess! Feel better soon Jane and Mac!

  28. Yikes! It’s hard enough when the kids are sick, and even harder when you are sick, too. Feel better soon!

    I just finished Liza Palmer’s Field Guide. (It’s awesome.) Now I am going to read something by Jacqueline Mitchard.

  29. Hope you and Mac start feeling better. It’s just so much worse when you can’t be at home when you don’t feel good. I feel for you!

    I’m getting ready to go out of town next week. So, I’ll be getting all my housework (ironing, washing, dusting, etc) in order this weekend. I’ll also be going to the gym for my combat class. YAY!! Good for a major sweat.

    I’m just beginning to read a book by Christy Reece called “Run To Me”. I’ve never read anything written by her so I’m eager to find out if she may become part of my ‘Author’s To Read’ list.

    Good luck with your scheduling. Hope you can make it to the South, like Nashville or Atlanta, some day.

    Take care of yourself…

  30. Hi Jane,
    Hope you and Mac are feeling better soon. I know this weather doesn’t help. I’m in the need of some sunshine so I’m going to take a few days and go visit my mom in AZ. I need some sunshine to restart myself.

    Also going to see Tim McGraw Friday night and am looking forward to that.

    Get well,

  31. Jane,
    I hope you and Mac are back to 100% very soon! I am feeling great. Enjoying this last week of break before summer classes start on the 25th.
    I’m reading “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have Susan Wiggs “The Summer Hideway” waiting to be read next.
    Best wishes,

  32. I am tired with just hearing how busy you are going to be with your tours and all…whew! How do you do it and raise your family too!! No fun being sick, especially while traveling so hope you and the doll baby get better soon. We are getting ready for some nice beach weather and planting the garden. Had lotsa rain in the past few days so we’re set for some nice sun and carefree days. Get well quick! I use Dayquil for the days and Nyquil for the nights…knocks it right out for me!

  33. I am busy with Teeball and Softball concerts, spring band and choral concerts, ballet recitals, amongst birthday parties too. Can’t wait for summer so there is not a schedule that so busy!! Just finished my last book to read last night so I am going to have to hit the library or the book store now…

    Hope you and Mac feel better soon and no one else catches it!!

  34. Hi Jane,

    I’m keeping busy with a new job and can’t find the time to read a good book.
    But I’m so looking forward to She’s Gone Country and will be taking that with me when I’m going on a late Summer vacation in September.

    Hope you feel better soon,


  35. Hope you and Mac are feeling better.

    I am so excited that you are coming to Sacramento in August. I will be there. I have read all your books and regularly read you blog. I am so excited.

    Nothing exciting going on here. It is getting close to the end of the school year, so there are a lot of activities and field trip going on for the kids. I am reading “The Girl Who Chased the Moon” by Sarah Addison Allen.

    Take care and get better soon.

  36. I hope you and Mac feel better soonest!

    I’m at home at the moment, one good thing for working for a Jewish Charity – getting the holidays off! I’ve just started Carla Kelly’s Marrying the Royal Marine (one of my favorite Regency authors) and I’m going to the movies today!

  37. Sorry to hear that you & Mac are under the weather. It seems between allergies & colds almost everyone is sick. I keep using my saline nasal spray hoping to keep the bugs away. I just finished ‘An Absence So Great’ by Jane Kirkpatrick. Also just finished the book I keep in the living room (for when I take a break during the day)’Bleachers’ by John Grisham.

  38. Hi Jane! I am reading “The Pact” by Jodi Picoult, and “An Offer You Can’t Refuse” by Jill Mansell. A lot of people I know have recommended Jodi’s books, but I find this one a bit hard to read because of the subject matter, though it is well written. I prefer the second book, which is much lighter! 🙂 I am planning to get away from the computer now and enjoy the beautiful weather today and work in the garden! 🙂

  39. Sorry you are not well . I am going thru some problems too. I am nursing a cracked rib and possible stress fracture in my foot.This give me a lot of time to read.I have also lost my hearing in one ear and am looking at putting tubes in the ear.
    I have been reading Patti callahan Henry’s books. Now reading”The Art of Keeping Secrets” Next on the list is “Man of the House” by Ad Hudler.. Hope you feel better soon.Your new book looks interesting.

  40. I just finished It’s a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice, by Bo Lozoff (which I highly recommend!), and am slowly incorporating its ideas in how I work. Change is slow but good.

    Yes, early childhood is a hot bed of pesky illnesses. Hope you a cutie Mac are on the upswing soon.

  41. Hope by now you’re both feeling better!

    We have been dodging tornadoes and hail this past week! My daughter put two big pieces of hail – 3 inches across – in our freezer, not sure what she plans to do with them!

    I’ve started working my way through Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series, I’m on the third book now, and have also watched all the DVDs, which were awesome.

  42. Hi Jane,
    So sorry to hear you guys are both sick. There’s definitely stuff “going around” right now, plus anytime you travel…ugh!

    I’ve been drinking a tea-drink called Kombucha (you can get it at Whole Foods, or health food stores) for it’s supposed amazing anti-oxidants, probiotics, etc. I have to say that since starting to drink it daily I’ve only had one cold in two years! Maybe it would help boost your immune system. My Hawaiian surfer-friend turned me on to it.
    At any rate, hope you feel much better soon!!

  43. Well let’s see, in the matter of one month I turned 44, my first grandbaby was born (a boy on my birthday), flew to see him in Mississippi-came home and a week later had a stroke! It has been a very interesting month! I am very lucky, I have only lost part of my vision.
    So now, I am reading anything I can get my hands on! We are changing so many things in our lifestyle now-quittting smoking, and its hard, but we can do it. I have a wonderful hubby who has taken 30 days leave from his job in the Navy to baby me and push me 🙂
    Thats about it for me-hope your little guy feels better soon, there is nothing like a cranky kid!

  44. Poor Jane and Mac. Hope you both feel better soon. Seems like mac was just getting better and he’s sick again.

    I am reading Haunting Warrior by Erin Quinn right now. I’ve had a headache the past 2 days so i’m kind of in a holding pattern til it goes away. hard to focus when your head hurts.

    Take care


  45. Oh, I hate it when little ones get sick… they are so miserable and have no comprehension of what is happening. Hope you and Mac get better soon.

    We are coming up on a long weekend here in Canada, Victoria Day weekend (which I think coincides with Memorial Day for you guys this year).

    I have my first horse show of the year with two of my daughters, so it is a busy weekend. I have a new Nora Roberts to read (since I am waiting for Shay’s story) and gardening to do when not at the show.

    Have a good weekend!

  46. Hi Jane! Sorry to hear about the colds. I know how your feeling as most of us have it here also. Ive had more time to sit with my 2 yr old and read. Been reading Fern Micheals Sisterhood series and can’t wait till August to read your newest. Take care you two.

  47. I just got back from a dream trip to Greece! Now I am washing clothes and more clothes.

    On the trip I read 2 wonderful books: Kristan Higgins’ THE NEXT BEST THING and Lori Wilde’s THE TRUE LOVE QUILTING CLUB.

    I hope you and Mac feel better soon! 🙂

  48. Hi! I’m fighting a cold, all my little ones that I care for have or had a cold so now, I’ve caught it. Still have to work, and try and get ready for my dad to visit from Stuart, Fla. Not sure if he’s coming but have to clean the guest room, and all.I’ve been doing alot of reading, just finished Nora Roberts new book, Savor the Moment. I love wedding stories. Now, I’m reading Linda Lael Miller, Garrett. I favor cowboys and the west, or Texas setting stories. If my dad doesn’t come(haven’t seen him in 3yrs.) I’m going to hang-out at the beach.My favorite place to think and relax.My friend just got back from Hawaii, and bought back all kindsof neat stuff from Ty’s shop, mostly for my son but i took a T-shirt.I couldn’t believe for I didn’t know that Jimmy was going to Hawaii. How neatr! Hope you and Mac feel better.. Have a good one.

  49. Jane, just think once this bug is gone then perhaps you won’t get the next one and others will be sick and then you can feel sorry for them.

    I’m sorry for you and Mac. Take care.

    I just received Tails of Love in the mail today so will be checking the book out.

    Saturday there is a big yard sale I plan on attending even though I’ve given boxes of goodies away of my own.

  50. Sorry to hear you and baby Mac are not feeling well and I hope you’ll get better soon.

    I had a great week so far- Tuesday and Wednesday was a Jewish holiday so I had days off from work and today I took a day off to enjoy a very long weekend since I don’t work on Friday.
    I went with my cousin to Jerusalem and we visited the zoo there and we both had a great time- the only annoying thing was how long it took us to get there by bus.
    Tomorrow a friend is coming over for dinner so I’m planning to relax and catch up with her and on Saturday we are celebrating my grandfather birthday.

  51. Warm weather colds are the worst…so unfair.

    I’m just doing the end of the school year stuff x 4! Crazy trying to keep track of it all. But June 1st – I hit the road with the kids for a month-long road trip. In the car with four kids, seems like a break to the current craziness…what does that tell you?

    Right now I’m reah Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin….very good!

  52. hope you and the baby are well in no time! i am currently working on my committe position for the CCTAKESTEPS walk that will be held in louisville, ky. my team has raised over $1100.00 and i am very proud of that. i have had crohn’s disease for over 24 years and this is the first time they are having a walk in louisville.
    i am currently reading the book “lovely bones”. i saw the movie and wanted to read the book afterwards. trying to patiently wait for your book in august!!! take care!

  53. Hi Jane,

    Wishing spring would return to Washington! 😉 I am sorry that you and Mac have been sick.

    Right now I am reading Mrs. Perfect. I am about 1/4 into it and I’m having a tough time putting it down! Thanks – Jodi

  54. Sorry that you and Mac are sick. I remember those days-not fun.
    Right now I am reading Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs. Loved it.
    Can’t wait until August for She’s Gone Country!
    Get Well.

  55. Hey Jane – Linda here from McKinney, Tx. Just finished reading an Amanda Quick book and picked up Women, Food and God. Not much going on here – bathroom floor is rotted out under the toilet – told my husband to just put an “OUT OF ORDER” sign on the door and we’ll use the back bath – he didn’t think I was very funny – go figure! Later girlfriend.

  56. Jane, I am so excited that you are coming to Texas. Hope I get to meet you in Austin.

    So sorry that you and Mac are not feeling well. It is no fun having a cold. Right now it is getting hot weather wise here, so we are into popsicle season. Smile!

    I just finished reading Lift by Kelly Corrigan, a kind of love letter to her kids. The book I have to read next is Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden by Ruth Kassinger. I am on a non-fiction kick for a few days.

    I hope you and Mac feel better soon!

  57. Jane!

    You poor thing! I feel your pain. I had a temperature all weekend…… not fun when it was actually nice out. For me its just work work, and getting ready for my brothers wedding. (that in itself gives me a headache) He’s getting married in Seattle on the 29th. Hope you and Mac start feeling better! 🙁


  58. So sorry to hear you and Mac haven’t been feeling well. That’s no fun at all.

    It’s been a busy week for me. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in elementary and special education from Towson University today (summa cum laude!). It was really exciting since it took me awhile to get there and it’s the first of my graduation ceremonies I actually attended. And this week, I am also celebrating my 25th birthday!

    Definitely busy, but lots of fun with family and friends. Hope you and Mac feel better soon!

  59. Jane, I hope you and the little one feel better soon. Hopefully your other boys wont come down with it!
    Right now I am reading “Worst Case” by James Patterson. It’s a hard one to put down.
    Take care of yourself, Jane!

  60. Hope you and Mac feel better soon. I’ve had a nasty cough for the past several days. I’m currently reading Joanne Rock’s “Just One Look.”

  61. Hope you and Mac feel better soon. There’s a nasty bug going around here, too. My parents had it last week & I got it the beginning of this week. Sounds similar to what you are going through but also sinus congestion that brought a terrible headache that wouldn’t go away. I’ve been losing my voice off and on today. I’m at the end of it now and was able to return to work today but am totally exhausted and ready to get some sleep although it seems like that’s all I’ve done the past three days. Good thing my kids are teenagers and fairly self-reliant when I come down with something. I remember the days of having to suffer through because the baby was sick also. Not fun. Hope you both are better real soon.

  62. Hope you feel better soon. My sister swears on the use of Vitamin C when she gets ill and always works for her. Haven’t picked up anything new, just reading what I have. Getting ready to move into our new home in 4 wks and don’t want to be packing more than I have to.

    Look forward to seeing you when you are in Austin, I will have no problem taking a road trip up from S.A. Hopefully meeting you and following that up with a Mango Margarita from Baby’s A’s (off of Barton Springs Rd)will just be the icing on the cake. Of course I will have to limit myself due to the 100 mile road trip back!

  63. Hi Jane,
    Hope you and Mac feel better soon! We have been busy with a lot of landscaping work and end of school year activities so I have not been reading as much as I would like. I am looking forward to picking up the next book in Sherryl Woods Sweet Magnolia series on Tuesday. I also just finished Rachel Gibson’s new book. Take care of Mac and yourself!

  64. I just finished my first semester of college and got all A’s. I’m so pumped! This weekend I am taking the RV to the baseball tournament in Blue Valley up in KC. It’s a nice area so it should be fun.I am not reading a book right now I will be doing a lot of writing though. I plan on keeping a short story journal all summer.I hope you start feeling better soon. I send lots of wishes your way.

  65. Hey Jane! So sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. Hope you are feeling better soon. I have absolutely no energy when I’m sick, so I’m amazed you’ve had the energy to accomplish all the things you’ve had your hands into :0)

    Not much going on with me. Just registered again for classes that start on the 7th. Put my promotion package in the mail on the 13th when I hit my Navy 18yr mark :0) Yes – that is where the grey hair came from, lol. And just working on my tan. Really need to get my car working, but it’s been 2 yrs… so what’s the hurry, n’est pas?

    Be well ~

  66. I was thinking about you and just wanted to send a smile your way.

    I still have 1 bathroom and the kitchen to remodel and then I’m done. I had last week 4 guys in my bathroom, I should’ve taken a photo ’cause I don’t know when that would happen again. I made them blush when I said that, their age is same as mine, but in 2 by 2s (like in 2×21= 42) and they are religious. I got invited to one’s wedding. Sunday I had to get dressed and go to church and restaurant, where they did not even serve any alcohol because of the religion. My trusty water bottle contained “holy water” (gin & tonic so I could go through the whole ceremony).

    The wedding was at the Pentecostal Romanian Church for one of the guys (laminate installer) and I found all the other guys that worked in my bathroom. They were praying, singing, listening to the sermon, anyway, real followers. What I heard in the church was this: the man should love his wife. Nothing wrong so far, BUT (as you see there is a big but) the second part of the moral is the part I’m having problems with: the wife should obey the husband. There was no talk about loving the husband, just obeying. Obviously they knew that women would love but not obey and obviously I did not get all this brain washing from an early age, otherwise I would not have any problem with 2nd part. Few other morals of their story: the man is not whole without a woman, the woman is not whole without the man and that the feminism is a virus that is meant to destroy the family formed as man, woman & children (gays be gone!). I bet Jesus is either mad for all the things people say in his name or he is laughing his ass off over a glass of wine.

    If I would had grown up with this little theory, my life would’ve been so much easier. I did smile few times and then remember where I was and thanked Jesus I didn’t belong to any church. Later I saw a bumper sticker with those words: “Jesus please protect me from your followers” and that’s when I said “Amen”.

  67. Hope Mac feels better soon. I’ve done the sick toddler thing more times than I can count on both hands. Ear infections galore!

    I’m doing well. Just got done celebrating Shavuot and then Shabbat starts tomorrow night. Lots of eating this week!

    I finished “The Opposite of Me” by Sarah Pekkanen and am now reading “Italian for Beginners” by Kristin Harmel (thanks to you). 🙂

  68. Feel better mommy-friend and little friend!! Heading to see my baby sis graduate from college this weekend. When she was born…I as in college! Wow.

    Shannon in Tustin

  69. When I’m not reading “The Help” or enjoying an interactive “talk”on Fox Island with Jamie Ford author of “Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”,I’ve been reading books and articles about the responsibilities of the “Father and Mother of the Groom”…some of them are to politely call guests and ask “Are you nuts? What do you mean by having added more people to your invitation than were addressed ON the invitation! Next, I’ll read the soothing ingredients on a bag of caffeine free tea.)

  70. I’m reading The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. Loving it so far. Have the same plans for the weekend that I always do – cook, clean and clear out the DVR some more . . . maybe read some.

    Feel better Jane.

  71. It’s 4 am and I can’t sleep. My carpal tunnel is killing me and I have so much to do. But I hate getting up this early because in a few hours it will hit me and just when I should be getting a million things done, I will be ready for a nap!

    But, don’t get me wrong…at 37 weeks, I am still very grateful to be pregnant-especially at 43! I just have so much more to do before this baby comes in less than 2 weeks.

    Sorry to hear you and Mac are sick. Take it easy. Glad to hear you are coming to Fresno in August. I will definitely try to make it over!

  72. Sorry to hear you and Mac have the bug. I’ve got one, too, but am feeling much better than I was earlier this week. We’ve had some wonderful warm weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine, but today it’s rainy and cooler. I am going to stay home and do some cleaning today (at least that’s the plan)! Hope you guys feel better soon.

  73. I hope you and Mac feel better soon. We have been working on the garden and right now I am looking at cookbooks for some new recipes.

  74. So sorry to hear you have been sick. There is nothing worse than the bug!!!

    We have been very busy here enjoying the nice weather and doing LOTS of yard work. (With the exception of some new allergies.)

    Hope you feel better soon:-)

  75. Hi Jane, hope you feel better soon. Right now I am reading the Sweet Magnolia series by Sheryl Woods. I like “series stories” like yours, hers, and Debbie Macomber. Have a good weekend & hope you all get well soon!

  76. I just dropped here by to see how things were – and they are miserable. I am so sorry to hear that you both have been/are down with the sniffles – not fun, and the sun not really going for it does not make it any better, I bet (what is it with this weather anyway!?) – get well soon, both of you (and who ever you might bless with the bug too). I have been reading “Just kids” by Pattie Smith, a fantastic book, and am winding my way thru’ “Getting to CALM – parenting teens and tweens” by an(-other)awsome local Laura Kastner, Phd. and Jennifer Wyatt, Phd. Laura gave a talk at our Middle School. Instantly useful and lots of food for thought long term too! And Oprah;-).

  77. Hope you and Mac get to feeling better sooner rather than later.

    As far as what I’ve been reading, Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Clearly. I read a chapter to my 4-year old daughter every night before bed. She loved the Ramona series…

  78. Hi Jane,
    Sorry to hear that you and Mac haven’t been feeling well.
    I’ve been super busy taking a class on DVD and applying for teaching jobs – I haven’t done a resume in 20 years and it’s hard, but I’m doing it!
    I haven’t had a lot of time for reading lately and am about to start “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak – I’ve heard it’s really good.

  79. Sorry that you and Mac got hit by the bug, Jane. It seems to be a really bad year as far as all the crud going around. My family has been hit multiple times this year with some real bad ones…hopefully we are done for a while! 🙂
    I have been busy with planting a garden and flowers. The weather here has been so crazy going from 78 degrees one week to monsoon the next. I just hope everything I planted will survive it. I guess at least I don’t have to water for a long time! 😉 Right now I am not reading anything. I just finished Cold Fire by Dean Koontz. Hope you feel better soon and take it easy!

  80. Sorry to hear you and Mac aren’t feeling well! Hope you are better soon.

    I am still feeling overwhelmed with working and having hubby overseas so my pile of books keeps growing! I am still looking forward to reading your Duty, Desire & the Desert King. My friend won it on your blog and I am so looking forward to some quiet time to read it. Hope that comes soon!

  81. Oh! I am sorry you and Mr Mac were not feeling well!

    And I so excited to see your scheduled events in August. Hoping to make it to Sacramento or Palo Alto, CA.

    I am just finishing up A Field Guide To Burying Your Parents, by Liza Palmer. It’s Great! I am going to have check out the other books she has written. Thank You Jane!!

    I have Live A Little by Kim Green that I would try for the next read. I haven’t heard anything about Kim Green. Hope it’s good!

    I can’t want for August for your new book!

    Take care busy Lady! Get well!
    Love to you and yours!

  82. I have been reading this great author, Laura Caldwell, lately. I am currently reading, “A Clean Slate.” Interesting story line. All of these books are filler until She’s Gone Country is released. I can’t wait to read it!

  83. OKay, everyone, for some reason my comment didn’t show up earlier today when I posted the ten winners this morning. I know I’ve been sick, and know I was rushing to get my boys to the Seattle Sounders game, but still!!!

    I’ll try again and hopefully this time you all will know who won what!

    #10 Mariska

    #16 Laney4

    #27 Runner 10

    #32 Diane Fisher

    #39 Jill

    #45 Teresa

    #52 Moran

    #66 Gena

    #73 Kathy H

    #76 Meg M

    #82 Barb C

    And wait, you say, that’s 11 winners not 10. And you’re right. Ten of you will get the prize picked out for this contest and the other person will get a mystery prize that went unclaimed. Now I know the mystery prize and think it’s pretty cool but it’s going to remain a mystery until it lands in someone’s mail box. So who gets the original 10 prizes and who gets the mystery prize? The first 10 people that send me their address get the regular prize, and the last one who emails me their address will get the mystery prize….OR…
    the person that requests the mystery prize will get that one. And it will all come down to speedy fingers. The sooner you see your name above, and the sooner you send me your address, the sooner the prize you will its way to you!

    Congrats to all 11 winners, and now I have a question for you. If you have not every won anything in one of my JaneBlog contests, please email me privately and tell me your name, the name that shows up in the comments, and your address and I will try to make a special note for the future that you deserve something good, too!

    Have a wonderful Saturday night all. I’m off to make cookies with son #2 and watch something horrible on Cartoon Network…


    1. thats so sweet baking cookies with #2 son, what’s his name, I bake with my daughter all the time. I love to bake, it relaxed me plus reading is top of my list-no calories. I didn’t win a price but my best friend did, does that count. It doesn’t matter for I love you as a person and all you do as a mother, and writing. Have a wonderful sunday, was watching that surfing video, it was neat. My e-mail address is

  84. You are delightfully generous with prizes! Have fun with son #2…my “#2 son” also liked to cook and bake…he eventually learned to barter making sandwiches etc. for his older brother cleaning his room! I am married to a “#2 son” who is a “#1 Husband” in every way;)

  85. Thanks so much, Jane. Email has been duly sent. Congrats to all the winners! Have a super weekend, everyone!

  86. I’m so happy I’m one of the winners.
    I just so today your post about the winner since my internet conection at home is not working for 3 days now so only now I had time at work to check the blog.

    Hope you and baby Mac are feeling well 🙂

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