29 = Grace Under Pressure

The launch of T. J. Brown’s Summerset Abbey at Powells on Sunday was enough reason for my

Delilah, Elizabeth, Laura, Teri
Delilah, Elizabeth, Laura, Teri

friend Elizabeth Boyle to come to Portland with her fellow historical romance novelist Laura Lee Guhrke. They joined T. J. (Teri Brown) and Delilah Marvelle for a panel discussion of historical trivia. They all became passionate when discussing the realities of the women’s lives in historical times, when even the gowns could be treacherous.

A woman who didn’t marry well had no life or rights at all. Yet these authors love showing how women were resilient and innovative and learned how to improve their lives for themselves and their daughters. This is why I enjoy historical romance novels because a good heroine improves her own life and the happy marriage boosts her stature and power in the social trials of the times.

My attendance at this event included some U-turns and since I was headed in the wrong direction more than twice, I know this is also a metaphor for other things in my life. I enjoy these games and it makes random and surprising events more fun for me. What could be more fun than hanging with some favorite author friends chatting books? Afterwards some of us went to the McMenamins for good food and more intimate conversations, including coming up with book titles.

When Laura mentioned she’s getting married on the 29th of June, I had a “not the 29th” reaction as the energy of this number is: Grace Under Pressure. The  karmic example of 29 is the Old Testament story of Job who was subjected to all kinds of trials until the ultimate Black Moment when he transformed from a victim to a hero. It’s the classic hero’s journey mythology and some version of this story arc shows up in every good movie and book. However, I’ve never felt 29 was a good karmic energy for a wedding anniversary even though  Ed and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage on August 29th.

The odd thing is my friends Paula and Elizabeth also celebrate their wedding anniversaries on the 29th. So what does it mean when four women randomly sitting next to each other, at an impromptu dinner, all share that 29 karma in our marriage? We may never know but I’m willing to bet that if we made lists we’d see more patterns than loving romance novels. We didn’t make lists. We just sort of sat there looking at each other repeating “the 29th” a few times – then we began a new conversation topic.

But it is the heroine that operates with grace while under pressure that appeals to me, in any time slot in history and the present. It’s also an honor to call these authors – my friends – because I know enough about them to state they are heroines who embody the concept of Grace Under Pressure in their own lives. You can read about Teri’s journey writing Somerset Abbey while in cancer treatments – on Jane Porter’s Blog.  And yes, Jane is also a resilient and innovative heroine.

Maybe the 29’s was a metaphor of my U-turns of the day. Maintaining and gaining Grace while Under Pressure is always a good reminder. But there’s also the happily-ever-after part of the story of Job. Everything he lost he regained, and more, and Job had a greater appreciation of his abundance.

And maybe “the 29th” is a good karmic energy for a marriage.

A 717 day

717 is our youngest daughter’s favorite number. She was born on 7-1-1989 and that’s her dirt bike in the picture. Her fiance is also “into” numbers though we’ve never really chatted about it, yet. They are getting married on 12.1.12.

For my in-process contemporary romance the hero and heroine characters are based on the astrological aspects of these two, and motorcycles play in the story.

Today I drove to the library and noticed the license plate on the car before me was 717DUB. So I immediately thought of this daughter and wondered about the d-u-b and if it meant “W” or something. It was just a game in my mind that I forgot about while at the library.

Then I decided to go to the local produce shop and pulled up behind a car at the light waiting to turn. License plate – 717EVC. Okay, that’s fun! So I pulled into the parking lot and immediately texted my daughter with a “What’s UP?” and shared these two 717 sightings.

Her response was, “Funny! I’ve just been looking at new cars. :-)” They like Suburu’s and even attend annual rally’s.

So I had to ask, “Were you looking at V W’s?”

“Actually I am!”

Now this story will be really fun if she buys one, and loves it.

For me, I returned home and got to work on my story as I’ve been distracted with other interests this week.

It happened on 11/11/11

It was a fun day for me! First, my Christmas Cactus bloomed.

Christmas Cactus

This is an event because the blossoms are awesome, vibrant, and it always blooms in early November.

I had some fun with numbers on the clock today as I only looked at the time when something caught my attention.  Then I had to laugh because my attention was caught on something that compelled me to check the time… that began at 1:11 am, 11:55am, 2:55pm, 3:11pm and finally 11:11pm.

We attended our grandson’s birthday celebration this evening and it was a great party.

Devon 9th Birthday 055

You’ll notice this picture is # 55. 😀

It was time to open presents and the kids gathered, while the adults watched. There had already been games played – Toss Across, Bingo – and a paper airplane competition.

The under 21 crowd
The over 21 crowd

Musical chairs were played by black-light and my camera flashes were like a strobe. First the kids played then the adults had a round…

Now, you’ve seen pictures taken from my camera.  If you follow my blog you know I believe laughter and fun times will attract orbs, whatever they are. No need to travel to specific points on the globe – or sacred caves. Just have a fun party and a boxing match…

Devon 9th Birthday 074
Devon 9th Birthday 077

Some of them orbs are bit frisky as they were on one daughters boob and another daughters belt buckle.

Them frisky orbs were in lots of pictures because that’s what I was asked to do, take lots of pictures so my eldest, who was hosting the party, would have a record of the event.