Ankle Alphabet

Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

I am now doing the rehab exercises for my fractured ankle.

Having been through physical therapy five years ago when I sprained the same ankle, I was allowed to do the exercises at home. Therapy involves some stretches and writing the alphabet.

Writing the alphabet was the most challenging exercise because my left ankle is the one fractured. I am right-handed so figuring out how to “write” the alphabet with my left foot is difficult.

As I was trying to remember which way a “j” curves, I thought of the Chinese student living with us this year. If he sprains his ankle, will he have to “write” with his ankle in Chinese? chinese-jSomehow a plain English “j” seems less complicated.


Book Gardens


I’m never without a book. Sometimes it hides in my purse; sometimes in my tote. I like the idea that my books are flowers carried in my pocket.

Who reads Romance?

I read a blog recently where  certain elements of the blogger’s stories were listed with the question, Are you my reader? That got me to thinking about who reads romance.

According to Maya Rodale, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that romance readers are single women in possession of cats and in want of a man.”

I’m a long time romance reader and neither truth applies to me.

She adds, “Other “true” facts about the romance reader: They’re “nice people with bad taste in books”, uneducated, bored, stupid, “lack romance in their lives.” Or if we want to be really specific, they’re “middle aged women who are bored in their marriages and want to fantasize about hard, chiseled men.” Or maybe they’re “younger women who are using them as emotional porn.”

None of those characteristics apply to me either.

So who reads romance?

Romance Writers of America did a survey and created the graph below to identify romance novel readers. These  demographics are a closer match to who I am as a romance reader.

If you’re a romance reader, do the stats fit you?

BTW, if you’re interested, you can read the rest of Ms. Rodale’s humorous post on romance reader myths and truths here.


Chicken Slide

Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

The past few weeks have been difficult on Miller Farm.

Chicken Wrangler Sara’s sprained ankle ended up having a fracture. This has the daily routine a bit of a challenge.

Then we had a situation arise that has required tremendous emotional energy. I found myself going into survival mode – making it from one day to the next.

One morning I was letting the chickens out and wishing I could crawl back in bed.  Most of the chickens had run out of the coop when I saw one hen sliding down the ramp.slide

I had to smile in spite of all that is happening.

I can always count on the chickens to provide humor when it is needed most.

Words and Fall Leaves


I like this quote from Ruth Ozeki, American-Canadian novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, and the wonderful graphic Edie Melson created from her words.

This time of year I watch from my office window as leaves in the Rio Grande National Forest fall, scattering and covering the forest floor. Inside, sitting at my computer, I peck away at the computer keys and the words appear on the screen like those falling leaves.

Soon snow will cover the leaves on the forest floor or the wind will scatter them over the ridge. Hopefully, my words will fall into place and become a completed book.

What are your chances of success?


Looking at this graphic you can clearly see what a world of difference attitude and action can make in success. The I wish I could  circle gives you only a 30% opportunity for succeeding while the I am circle gives you a 90% chance of success. Thanks to The for the motivation.

Which circle describes where you are with your latest project?

Me, I’m at 90% and determined to get this story finished and to the editor before the holidays.

Progress and Change

shaw-changeI don’t know about where you live, but here in the Rocky Mountain Forest things are changing. While I’m not looking forward to the winter, I do look forward to the change.

Can you feel the change of season where you are? Are you ready and willing for the change?

I hope so because I truly believe Mr. Shaw’s words. Without acceptance of change (and I mean more than the weather), we do not move forward.