The Adventures of the Dye’s Part 1

We spent the summer in Opp, Alabama, visiting our youngest three grandkids. We left there about September 1 to visit Kay’s best friend in Thomasville, NC. We spent a few days there and went to family reunion at Bluestone State Park in Hinton, WV. Our whole lives revolve around family reunion.


When we left family reunion we traveled to Jackson, TN to visit our oldest three grandkids. They are really growing up fast. We want to spend as much time with them as we can before they grow up and leave the nest. We have helped them clean up the yard, get rid of old stuff and clear out buildings. We have taught them how to play a few games and the kids taught us to play a game called Nertz. We taught them to play Back Alley (kind of like Spades, but includes jokers called big and little bloopers which are always the highest trump), Gotcha (kind of a cross between Sorry and Trouble), and Phase 10.


They have their own mini zoo: 2 Capuchin monkeys, 3 Airdale Terriers, 2 standard Poodles, 2 Great Danes with 12 puppies (most of which have been spoken for), 2 horses, a cat, a Macaw, a Cockatoo, and an African Gray parrot. Needless to say, it is never boring at this house!


We left there November 16 and are slowly making our way to Houston, TX to visit my brother and his family for Thanksgiving. We are really looking forward to meeting his wife and mother-in-law. Our trek is taking us down the Natchez Trace Parkway through Mississippi. We have made a lot of stops and I’ll have pictures for you when we get settled in Quartzsite, AZ this winter. We should be there by early December.


Dialogue and Foreshadowing–Writing 101

Chandra and Marigold were standing by their lockers after school. Chandra’s blond curls bounced around her oval face as she rushed to put her books away for the weekend. “What’s got you so excited?” Marigold had never seen her friend so animated. There was something different about Chandra lately. She seemed happier than usual. She seemed to be smiling all the time.

“Do you have a crush on someone, Chandra? You’ve been acting like nothing could ever ruffle you. What’s up?”

“I’m going on a trip and I can hardly wait.” Chandra’s eyes seemed so bright. Marigold wondered if her friend was on drugs.
“Really? Where are you going?”

“Someplace I’ve never been before. I’m so excited. What if it happens tomorrow?”

“Wait. You’re going someplace you’ve never been before, and you don’t know when you’re going?”

“That’s right. But I know it will be beyond anything I could imagine.”

“Chandra, you’re not making any sense. How can you plan to go somewhere if you don’t know when you’re going?”

“It’s easy. You just have to make the reservations.”

“No, Chandra. It isn’t that simple. When you make reservations you have to have specific dates for the airlines and hotels. I think you need me to come with you. I helped my parents plan vacations before.”

“You can’t come with me, Marigold.”

“Why not? I can get you the best prices and the coolest places to stay. I’m good at this.”

“Because you have to know the travel agent personally. He makes all the arrangements.”

“Right. And he won’t tell you when you’re leaving? How are you supposed to be ready?”

“He said to be ready at a moment’s notice.”

“It sounds like a crazy adventure. It might be fun. How do I get to meet the travel agent?”

“Come with me to the meeting tonight and I’ll introduce you.” 101