‘Tis the Season

It’s so awkward getting gifts that you really don’t like. Or need. Especially when the giver is all excited because they looked all over for it and they love it so much that they just assume that you’ll love it and treasure it forever.  We’re hard to shop for, everybody tells us so, but Daphne always manages to find something that we don’t already have. Last week,  she gave us this:

Oh Deer

Oh Deer

Anyway, it was a little awkward as I said. She was wagging her whole body with the joy of giving and Denis and I were clinging to each other and screaming like schoolgirls.  Because it was in our house. It would have been fine, we wouldn’t have been screaming if it was outside where I took the photo. No, she cleverly dragged it through the doggy door so that she could place it on our ….

Oh, never mind. It’s gone now.

It’s been so long since I last blogged that I have spent the last hour trying to figure out how to get back on this blog!  I’ve missed blogging. I’ve just been writing very intently and whenever I sit down to the computer, I feel that I must work on the book. It’s also been a very nice fall and I did a lot of riding.  I also invented Hoga! Horse Yoga:

Biting Toe Pose

Biting Toe Pose

Okay, I didn’t really invent anything like that. I think Z is biting my toes because I had the audacity to ask him to stand and pose for a second.


Tonight, I’m doing a live chat with Coastal Living Magazine which has been kind enough to make THE GOOD HOUSE its November book club read.  Or is it December?  Anyway, it’s at 8PM EST tonight, December 3rd.  You go on Twitter and search for #clbookclub. I think if you click on the link it will bring you right there. Just tweet along and remember to add the hashtag.  I’ve never done this before so I am looking forward to seeing how it works out.

I’ll blog about it tomorrow!


  1. Ann, Glad your back!!! missed you.

  2. So, where were we before the long pause…?

  3. Hey you can’t not talk to us for months and expect us to …..oh wait that’s my man , ungrateful child etc speech LOL Never mind….Glad to hear from you Ann and yes please blog more if not then wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

  4. Catherine says:

    You’ve been missed!

  5. Kristin from Mpls says:

    Yeah!! You are back! Missed you :)

  6. Dear Ann, please blog more. I’ve missed you!

  7. I thought nothing could compare to my dog eating her own frozen poop and then moments later sharting on the couch. I was wrong.

  8. Nancy Leong says:

    Have missed your blog posts and love that you returned with stories of the furry family members! Daphne’s little present wouldn’t be high on my wish list either, and in the house, oh my. Worst “gift” from one of our “kids” was a skunk head; probably dropped by a hawk, vulture or eagle and found and presented in the yard with a big grin and wagging tail. Ugh!

  9. Our Golden Retriever Goober, brought in a baby bunny, when we screamed like fools clutching each other he let it down and it hopped around the house, evidently he wanted it as a pet not a meal LOL So he was pretty upset with us for scaring the poor thing.

  10. Oh Ann, so pleased to read a new post. Missed you dearly. Also pleased that your book is doing so well, congrats on that.

    Oh my, the “gifts” from pets in the comments, just too much! :-)

  11. Kristin from Mpls says:

    Hi Ann- Just wishing you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family! Hope all is well and we hear from you soon!


  12. Ms Kelley Jarvis says:

    Anne, the gift from your dog was a funky objet d’art compared to the surprise I found in my laundry room in the basement. The light bulb had burned out, so I put in a new one. I noticed a thin, curling black tail to my left. I had missed stepping upon a four foot long black snake by a few inches. Apparently Mr. or Ms Snake had failed to get or read the memo about winter hibernation.
    Luckily, I haven’t seen it again, but I warn it (as if it could comprehend English) to stay hidden or else…it probably knows that I am a wuss when it comes to reptiles.

  13. Just found your blog and wanted to tell you how much I loved The Good House. I read a lot and it’s been a while since characters have stayed with me like Hildy and friends…I look forward to following your blog. Happy New Year!

  14. It’s time to re-post the zumba video, Ann . I need a good laugh.

  15. Kristin from Mpls says:

    Hi Ann- Are you ok??? Just checking in with you!

  16. I miss your blog, Ann Leary!

    • Kristin in Minneapolis says:

      Me too!! It’s been a year and a few months and I miss it tons! Just wondering Ann how you are doing?

  17. Happy birthday Ann, enjoy. hope the book is done.

  18. How I miss your blog! You sucked me in with your posts about your horses, then the dogs, then the family and your wonderful house and on and on….. PLEASE post more here – Twitter just isn’t the same! Plus it is sorely lacking in animal photos :)

  19. Hi Ann,

    Just starting to read your book now. I purchased it for my mother awhile ago (because it was set in N.E.) and I grabbed it from her shelf on my recent visit back home…

    Haven’t finished it yet but I am loving it so far….and just wanted you to know.

    I was reading it and said to myself at one point -when you were describing a character or situation, “Omgosh, that’s me!”

    So, thank you, for being you (as a writer) but also for allowing others to identify with your characters.



  20. I have missed your blog! Eagerly waiting for you new book to come out! Welcome back.

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