Character Interview with Rose Donnelly

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This is the last of the character interviews from the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. I hope you enjoyed getting to know them.

Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m Melanie’s grandmother, but I’ve raised her since my daughter, Violet, left her with me when Melanie was just four years old. Violet broke Melanie’s heart when she decided that making it in Hollywood was more important than her own daughter. At first Melanie didn’t understand, but as she got older, her resentment grew. I pray that someday Violet will find peace and she and Melanie can have a relationship. But I have to say, raising Melanie has been my greatest joy. That child is more precious to me than anything in the world. I couldn’t ever imagine my life without her. Back when I was working as a nurse at St. Luke’s hospital, Melanie helped me take care of her granddad when he became ill. She has been a Godsend.

Where do you live?
I’ve lived in Birch Haven, Minnesota all my life. I was born here, and I’ll die here.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
No further than my own front porch. I love my home and every day I spend here is a blessing.

What is your favorite pastime?
Gardening and cooking. I love to work in my flower gardens and to teach Melanie how to cook. We Minnesotans love our hotdish, dontcha know, so there’s never a shortage of recipes to teach her. And there’s no better place to connect and spend time together as a family than in the kitchen. Melanie and I have had our best conversations while cooking or sitting at the kitchen table.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
When you’re retired, dear, every day is a weekend. My favorite way to spend any day is with Melanie and her friends. And they always make time for this old woman, those sweet kids.

What brings you the most joy?
Melanie. And my memories of her granddad. It’s those memories that help me through my broken heart from Violet. But I believe there’s still hope for her.

What is your most fond memory?
When Melanie was young, watching her with her granddad in the garage. He loved to work on cars and she was right by his side, soaking up everything he taught her. She’d come in with grease smudged on her face and cute as a button.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a single thing. I’m the most blessed woman on this earth.

You wouldn’t change anything?
Well, maybe for Violet to finally find peace so she and Melanie could have a relationship. Maybe someday. Perhaps in one of the next books. Tune in to find out.

 

 

T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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My Top Three for the Week:

3.)  The first juicy red tomato from my patio tomato plant. Yum!

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2.)  My sister and nephew visiting from Minnesota, one of my sons being here as well, and the four of us sitting around the kitchen table late into the evening reminiscing and laughing so hard we were in tears. I think my sister and I lost some parental credibility with our sons as they learned about the pranks their mothers participated in as our stories unfolded of when we attended International Band Camp. Yup, I did say band camp!  🙂 She played the clarinet and I played the flute.

1.)  An early morning run, at a time when the world is quiet and still, and the sun is beginning to rise, giving birth to brilliant pink and white clouds. Truly a blessing to witness such intense beauty.

What are you grateful for this week?

May peace be yours this next week.

“J” is for…

The Journey

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Remember when you were a kid and road trips seemed to last forever?  I used to sound like a broken record as I asked my parents “How much longer ’till we’re therrrre?” Complete with all the drama I could muster.

And as the years passed, I eagerly awaited each milestone.

“I can’t wait ’till I’m in 6th grade so I can get my ears pierced.”

“I can’t wait until I’m 18 and finally an adult. Then no one will tell me what to do.”

“I can’t wait until I’m 21 and can legally drink. I’ll never have to worry again about being busted!”

“I can’t wait to meet Mr. Right.  Life will be so good when I’m in love/when someone loves me.”

“I can’t wait to have a baby and be a mother…until my baby says his first words…takes his first steps…”

My focus on the destination obscured my view of the journey.  It robbed me of the potential delight in each step of each day as I hurried through to more quickly reach my destination.

While I’m a firm believer in goals, I’ve also come to appreciate the steps that get me there.

In a class I took at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, presenter Sandi Ault had us figure out why we write and to truly honor that why. We were to write down our top goal and work backwards to identify each step that leads up to the one following, leading to the beginning point of where we were at that moment. Missing just one of those steps would alter the path and, ultimately, the outcome, of my goal.

As I’m traveling to a destination, whatever form that travel takes or looks like, I want to enjoy each step of the journey, recognizing the importance that each holds.  It’s the journey that holds the beauty, the opportunities at growth and learning.  And it’s the journey that creates the memories.

Today I am going to create some amazing memories. 🙂

Peace.