I'm very busy raising an eight year old grandson who has cerebral palsy and is blind in one eye.
I'm editing several novels and have completed two illustrated poetry books. Currently I'm looking for interested publishers.
Would love to keep in touch with everyone who enjoys my poetry but there is never enough time. If you'd like updates on what's going on, you'll find it here.
Newsletter Dated: 1/12/2005 2:21:41 PM
Subject: Sandy's Chatterbox January 12, 2005
Happy New Year!
Yesterday Doogie's Braille teacher contacted us to congradulate him on winning a 'poster' contest. The 'prize' was for the students to attend a Banquet last night to meet the mushers for the Atta Boy 300 dog sled races being held in Central Oregon AND the opportunity to drive their own 'team' (a two dog sled) today.
We went out this morning (despite Al's reservations) but didn't know where to buy the snow parking ticket (went several places). Had to fill the car up too.
At any rate, once we arrived there, not only was Al cheered up, so was Doogie. Kim Griffin (who is responsible for those who won the contest) came up to us to apologize for NOT reaching us (by email or phone) yesterday--she somehow had the wrong email.
We met several others from Crooked River Elementary plus I know a writer for The Oregonian who came up to give me a hug. It was cold but we all wore several pair of pants plus layered tops (waddled like penquins) :)!
Ben (the one student who last came over to visit Doogie) also won the poster contest and we met him and his mom. They'd been there for a while and expressed dismay that Doogie was on the sled with Rachel Scdoris (he rode up to the starting line with her) when they'd been there 'waiting'. At any rate, Ben was later the first 'winner' to ride his own dog team (we agreed with Rachel's friend--who was leading the student dog teams--that since the kids were on their own that Doogie might not want to do it since he'd already rode with Rachel--Doogie didn't want to); Doogie didn't. Actually as Rachel/Doogie rode up to the staging area, they turned a corner too fast, the sled turned and they both fell off. Doogie needed 'help' finding the sled again plus encouragement that it wouldn't happen again.
Photographers were snapping picture after picture of Doogie with Rachel so he was quite impressed plus he posed in front of horses pulling a different kind of sleigh. Rachel was born legally blind and has an 'aid' who snowmobiles in front of her team to 'guide' her. She had to sue to be able to run in dog races as she needed the 'aid'. She won the right to race her team anywhere!
I was able to speak with Mrs. Scedoris and she's exceptionally nice.
A volunteer asked Doogie if he'd liked to go 'sledding', couldn't find the sled when they reached the 'hill' so they slid on their butts, and crawled (hands and knees) back up the hill. Doogie was SO wet, cold and tired that we went to the warming hut for about a 1/2 hour.
We went home around noon as we were all tired.
Then when we got home we learned Doogie had won (for the second month in a row) a FREE book from "Anna's Book Angel Project" from Seedlings Braille Books for Children. It's a second-grade Braille book like the first but golly, what a terrific day!
Today has been most unusual but very rewarding. We had a lot of fun!
Also, yesterday I finally got an earmold that allows me to utilize the higher volume on my new hearing-aid with it whistling Dixie! Super!
I've also begun editing my novel, have decided to change the title and am actually making progress on it!
Then, too, the illustrations and story of "Cracked Open" the first Adventure of Chelsea Chick is now finished and in the hands of several publishers for consideration. Doogie and I are working on a report he HAS to do before going on to the second adventure :)!
Keep in touch and take care.