Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

My sister Joey (1961-2003)

My niece Sophie is working today so she took me out for a Mother's Day breakfast. The problem, she says, with working on Mother's Day, is that everyone asks her when she's seeing her mother and what she's doing. In retail, everyone asks these questions. Since she works in a place with a lot of repeat customers, the same people have asked her the same questions every year for three years now.

I came up with the perfect response.

"Are you seeing your mother today?"

"I saw her this morning." (And she did. My sister's ashes are in my dining room, still in the box the funeral home places her in, inside a slightly rat-chewed velour bag.)

"What did you do?"

"Not much. She's dead."

She probably won't use my snappy comeback - although I know my sister would get a giggle out of it. Unfortunately I can't use the same schtick.

My Mum in 1964 (1927-1999)
"Are you seeing your mother today?"

"No. She died fifteen years ago."

"I'm sorry. Will you visit her grave?"

"I'd like to, but I'm not sure where it is."

Like me, my mother was very close to her sister. My cousins and I shared holidays and weeks of summer vacation together. When my mother died, it made sense to spread her ashes near my aunt and uncle's home. (Since Mum and Dad had sold the house we grew up in.) We had a lovely family gathering down by the lake, then a gust of wind came up and that was Mum all over.

Wherever her mortal remains are, I imagine her spirit is sitting by a heavenly lake with my sister Joey, Aunty Yang, maybe Nana, and many family dogs.

Aunty Yang in 1961

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Keep them doggies movin' Rawhide! ... 'n Roses

Shh... I'm supposed to be working.

Alison Bruce here, queen of procrastination, taking a break from finishing my taxes, which, depending on how you look at it, are a few days late or a few weeks early. It get's complicated when you are a mostly self-employed. (By the way, self-employed means having as many bosses as you have clients.)
 Anyway, I'm also supposed to be promoting Rawhide 'n Roses this weekend because, when we decided on this date I thought I'd have my taxes done and wouldn't be behind on stuff because of a silly stomach bug.

Have I also mentioned that I'm the queen of run-on sentences?

In case you missed them, and because I need a little filler here, I interviewed all the author in Rawhide 'n Roses (including myself) in this very blog.

There's  Celia, Simone, Caroline (not to be confused with Carol), Charlene, Rain, Chad (our one brave man), Margaret, Sue, Carol (not to be confused with Caroline), Paty (yes that's how she spells her name), Lyn, Peggy, Jacquie, Cheri Kay (no relation to Mary Kay, as far as I know) and me.

And you can find out more about the authors and stories on the blog.

Since you made it this far, I'd like to pat Deadly Legacy on the back for making it into the top 5 paperback sellers at Imajin Books.

And now, I guess I better get back to work.