For the First Time in 24 Years, I’m About to….

For the First Time in 24 Years, I’m About to….

Got another reminder today of why we’re moving. For the third time, our water got turned off this morning with no warning at all. I fired of an angry text to the property manager. She apologized. Us lowly renters can’t catch a break!!

I’ve been on overdrive all week, with my keyboard smoking, as I prepare for a four-day staycation. I NEED IT!! The second (and last) part of our move will be happening in two weeks. The first one darn near killed me. I’ve been pretty stressed.

For the first time in 24 years, I’m letting my awesome people answer my email for me. I’m a control freak (I’m sure you did not know that! Ha ha.) and I have never let anyone take over my email for an hour, much less four days. I have trained them all well and I know things will go smoothly. I am anticipating no emergency phone calls at all. Seriously. I think it’s going to be GREAT!!

And, BookLocker has NEVER been this busy. We even hired a new person a few weeks ago and he’s working out great! The more our competitors that go belly-up, the busier we get. We LOVE our authors and we LOVE staying busy! 🙂

The staycation could have been a vacation but we’ve traveled so much over the past four months that I don’t want to go ANYWHERE. Our daughter offered to get us a beach house rental but we declined. We are seriously traveled-out! We stocked up on groceries (including microwave popcorn and Milk Duds), cleaned the townhouse, bought some new books, and researched some good movies to watch. (If you have any great recommendations on movies or series, please share them in the comments box below!) I’m a horrible cook but I love cooking so that will keep me relaxed and busy as well.

I bought a new bird watching book and I might just sit out on the porch with binoculars. I used to love watching the birds in Maine because there were SO many! And, the species changed year-round. I’d whip out my bird field guide, identify them, read where they came from and where they were heading, depending on the season, what they ate, etc. It’s a GREAT hobby!

Once we do the final move to Georgia, I’m taking bird watching up again. I even bought a brand new sketch book and colored pencils so I can draw the ones I see. I’m a horrible artist but I still enjoy drawing. Don’t expect a bird art book from me anytime soon. You’re welcome. 😉

If you need a good book for bird lovers in your family, I recommend The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht. We’ve been reading it to each other all week, and cracking up!!!

In about an hour, I’m going to turn off my computer and I will not be touching it again until Sunday. Aaaaahhh!! 🙂


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8 Responses to "For the First Time in 24 Years, I’m About to…."

  1. Glenna Murdock  May 2, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Since you asked for recommendations: I am finished binge-watching the 3rd season of a 4-season program and I’m so sad to be near the end. It is a British detective series in which cold cases are solved. The name is The Unforgotten. The 6 episodes of a single season deal with solving just one case. There are so many ins and outs and the premise is so clever….I am fascinated by the whole thing. Some of the British accents are difficult for me so I use closed captioning. If you decide to watch I urge you to watch an entire episode before deciding yes or no. It seemed such a jumble to me at first but I promise that everything will soon pull together and you will be, as am I, hooked.

    Books: The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg.

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  May 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you sooooo much, Glenna! We’ll check it out!! 🙂


  2. Aimee Phillips  April 30, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Staycations are sooo good. I’m a birder too and it is my calm in most storms! Hope you regain some sanity and all things settle for you soon!

  3. Sylvia  April 30, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Enjoy! You’ve earned it. I’m going to be signing a contract with you very soon, so get ready!

  4. Chris Hanly  April 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Have fun be safe and quite your mind. There won’t be any mercy once I send you my 3rd book lol COMING SOON TO A BOOKLOCKER NEAR YOU!

  5. jedidiah manowitz  April 29, 2021 at 6:55 pm


    I thought you would actually be moved in by now. But I forgot how your life works for you.

  6. Carla  April 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    I agree. It is time to step away from the keyboard and let those people you pay do their jobs while you are away. Happy vacation!

  7. pamelaallegretto  April 29, 2021 at 11:39 am

    A well-deserved staycation. Enjoy!