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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Meet Susan Swiderski!

Hello sweet friends. Gosh this has been a long nine days since we last talked. I truly miss you and hope your
doing well.

Sending you love and thanks for all the lovely comments you left me on my previous post about my son Clint's accident. He is recovering at home and receiving lots of attention from his family.

I did manage to finally drive to Austin to see him on Tuesday. The nasty stomach virus I had kept me away until then and as all of you know a mother not being able to see her babies when their hurt is a living nightmare.

Clint was still banged up bad but is on the road to recovery. I wanted to cry when I saw him but after seeing what he looked like in the emergency room I did cry. He is taking care of himself and will soon be back to work and I imagine riding bicycles again one day with his kids.

Today is his and Andrea's wedding anniversary. They were married 15 years ago. He wrote the sweetest Thank You Note and love note to Andrea today on Facebook wishing her a Happy Anniversary. No one ever wrote me such a sweet note. lol  Wishing them both many many more years of happiness.

Now let me introduce you to my dear friend Susan. She graciously agreed to be my next Blogazine Guest on here. You know how I love it when someone volunteers but sometimes I have to reach out an grab you to get you on here.

Susan is lot's of fun as you will see from reading her post here. She also has written a book that after I read it I knew I wanted you to meet her too. Her writing is refreshing and at times quite hilarious. I fell in love with several of her characters in the book and hated to see it end.

As you know I love nothing better than to curl up with a good read but sometimes their hard to find so I often ask you to tell me about what your reading. You will not be disappointed if you purchase Susan's book from Amazon or visit her blog  I Think Therefore I Yam!
So please enjoy my friend Susan and if you want to be my next blogazine guest please send me your post to We all have a story to tell so please send me yours.

Hi-ya! It’s a pleasure to meet y’all. My name is Susan, and most people call me… um… Susan. (Go figure.) It’s really great to be here to chat with you guys. (Thanks, Maggie!) Talking about Maggie, isn’t she something else? Ya gotta love a gal who calls herself Grandma Yellow Hair. Any of the rest of you relate to that name? I sure do. The way I see it, just because my kids refuse to do anything about their gray hair is absolutely no reason for me to stop putting smelly crap on mine. Somebody has to support the economy, right?  It ain’t much, but it’s something.

As you can probably guess, I’m an old(ish) fartessa, but I’ve got no complaints. My hubby and I have been married for forty-four years, and are enjoying retired life in our empty nest. Wait… let me rephrase that. He’s been retired for almost a dozen years. I was a stay-at-home mom, over-zealous housekeeper, and outta-control volunteer, so technically I can’t ever retire. However, I’ve gotten around that little technicality quite nicely by becoming a whole lot more (ahem) relaxed. The health department hasn’t threatened to condemn the place, so I figure we’re still good. I mean, who the hell needs to see their reflection in the kitchen floor, anyway? I’m not even all that keen about seeing it in the mirror.

Oh yeah, our slightly messy nest isn’t entirely empty, either. We have two cats, Dot and Dash, who are considerably more spoiled than our children ever were. Kids? We’ve got three, (One of each, my husband likes to say.) and they’re all married and off raising their own families now. I tell ya, there must be something in that Florida and Alabama water… grandbaby number thirteen just made his grand entrance (Or was it an exit? I guess it depends on how ya look at it.) a couple weeks ago.

My hubby and I are originally from Maryland, but we moved to Georgia in 1971. You think it’s a bite ya in the butt bit of karma that our boys moved out of state to raise their families, too? Could be. We’re both amateur radio operators, (AKA hams) and pursue a number of other hobbies. For our anniversary this year, we went to the north Georgia mountains for a few days, and tried our hands at panning for gold and gems. So, we ended up backing into yet another hobby. Rocks. I never would’ve imagined that one, but so far, we’re having fun with it.

Enough of that. I’m pretty sure what Maggie wanted me to talk about is my writing, so I’ll get to it. For many years, I did a lot of pro bono stuff for numerous organizations, and got a couple pieces published in magazines, (For pay! What a concept!) but I decided it was time to write a book. After all, my second grade teacher TOLD me I was gonna be an author some day, and dammit, who was I to make a liar of her? (She was a really sweet lady.)

So fast forward… lots and lots (and LOTS!) of writing, rewriting, and editing, and then it was time to query agents. Several suggested I start a blog, so I did: I Think; Therefore I Yam.  It’s an eclectic blog, to say the least. What can I say? I’m a bit of a smart ass with a weird sense of humor, who loves weird facts and historical tidbits, so just about anything goes. Initially, the premise was to build a platform, but that’s a bunch of hooey. I  blog now because of the connections I’ve made with so many wonderful people around the world.

Anyhow, long story short, my book (Tra-la!) was released a couple months ago. It’s called Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade, and contrary to the title, it isn’t a book about menopause. It’s about life, love, family, and friends. (And a gal who just happens to be going through menopause.) From the feedback I’ve been getting, my book has been making women AND men laugh. And cry. And making this old gal very happy… because they…ohmigod, they LIKE it! Life is good. It is very very good.

Again, thank you, Maggie.

Thank you Susan for taking time out from your writing to do this post for me. I hope you enjoyed doing it as much as I enjoyed having you here. 

It's a delight to me getting to know my friends out here in this amazing world of blogging better. 

Congrats on your book Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade. I just know you will sell tons of copies and I am looking forward to reading your next book.

Sending all of you much love and hope to see you again soon. I am
still having trouble with my internet but will try to stop by and see you soon.

Love to all


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hi-ya. Well, it looks like you were successful at the library. Cool! (But you were supposed to PICK a pic, not post 'em all!)

Again, thanks for the invitation. I do appreciate it, dear lady.

Terra said...

Susan your book sounds like a hoot, I do love to laugh.
And Maggie, that accident of Clint's was so shocking and hard on a mom too! I am glad he is home and healing.
I am giving away a book on my blog today.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Thanks, Terra. I like to laugh, too. It's my idea of aerobic exercise, so I do it as often as possible.

magscorner said...

Nice to meet you Susan. I really like the title of your book, sounds like a most interesting book.

Maggie I am so glad to hear you are over the stomach bug, got to visit Clint and he is recovering.

Thanks, for introducing Susan. Hugs

Marydon Ford said...

Terra is right, it sounds like your book would be a hoot! Have to look for it.

Maggie is just one precious gal, & I am glad she brought you to us.

Maggie, I hope that Clint does well. Know well that emotion a Mother feels when their child is hurting. Please wish them a Happy Anniversary for us.

Have a lovely weekend ~
Love ya!

Julia said...

Hi dear Maggie, I'm sorry that you are still having trouble with the internet. That really sucks.
Happy Anniversary to Clint and Andrea. I'm so glad he's on the mend and that you got a chance to go see him.
I'm glad that you got rid of that nasty flue bug too.
I've really missed your blogging this summer.

How exciting to have a Blogazine guest on your blog,once again. It's been a while.

Susan, you seems to have written a great book and I wish you every success with it. We all need a good belly laugh once in a while.

Take care of yourself Maggie. I hope that you have a great weekend my friend.

yaya said...

Good to hear that Clint is healing and will be just fine. I enjoyed meeting Susan..her book sounds like something I will really enjoy. Nice to meet you Susan! Thanks Maggie for

yaya said...

Ok, I wanted to say "Thanks Maggie for introducing us to Susan", but my post published before I could finish! I think Gremlins are living in my computer these days...and I just had it fixed! Have a great weekend!

Carol Z said...

Hi Maggie, so enjoyed reading about Susan. Hope Clint makes a quick recovery. Hugs to you!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Thanks, ladies. Nice to meet all of you. Hope to see y'all over at my blog sometime. A great group of clever people visit, and their comments are usually better than the posts. More are always welcome at the table.

Happy weekend, all!

gpc said...

Hi Susan, nice to read about you -- I'm a Ham operator, too, AC8OU, sending your 73s! Love the title of your book. :)

Maggie, I am so glad that Clint is doing better and hope you are feeling completely well!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Well, I certainly need to read that book!

Thanks for checking on my sweetie, I am back in my home and grateful I still have one...

Happy to see Clint is on the mend...



Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hi-ya, gpc! Nice to meet ya. AF4FO here. Thanks. No ham radio in this book, but maybe a little in the next.

Rocky- Why yes, yes you do! HA. IF ya do, I hope you enjoy it.

Missed Periods said...

Glad to hear that Clint is recovering, and I love the title of Susan's book. Congrats, Susan!

June said...

I'm so happy to meet you Susan! I loved that you didn't want to make a liar out of your teacher so you went for it!!! It sounds like a wonderful read.

Sweet Maggie...I loved reading about Susan. She is a hoot. I always love meeting interesting people, don't you?
I am so glad you finally got to see your boy. I fell in love with him when you shared that he wrote his sweetheart a love not for their anniversary. You raised an awesome kid!!!
sending big hugs your way...

Theodore said...

This is gorgeous!