Life In A Small Pond


People are SO fascinated with our house. It’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in the boonies since, well, maybe forever. It’s a new house! Look at how they made that bridge across the creek to put in a driveway! Who knew there was that much room to put a house on top of that hill! And it’s THAT ROMANCE WRITER! People come from miles around so often to gawk, the builder has to lock the gate some days to keep them out. So then they slow down on the road and look up through the trees. They even sit on the hill across the river with BINOCULARS.

So yesterday the electrical inspector called. He was going to inspect our electric and he was lost. I said, “Where are you?”

He said he had gone past where the hard road stopped and then it had turned to hard road again and eventually, after a few questions, I figured out exactly where he was. Which was like three miles past the river crossing where he should have turned off to our farm. Only, you know, he didn’t see that because it’s a RIVER. Like, not a bridge, a RIVER. You have to drive through the river to get there. I know, this is shocking. It’s kinda fun, actually. The bottom of the river is rock, so this isn’t as bad as it sounds…. And you could always go out the other way where all you have to do is drive through a couple creeks. But that was a long, long way around from where the electrical inspector was at this point.

Anyway, he said, “How do I get to your house from here?”

I thought, hmmm…… If I was talking to anyone who knew anything about that road, I’d tell them to go back past the guy who has the turkey and a mean goat but not so far as the old one-room schoolhouse and ford the river on the left and the house is RIGHT THERE. But I kinda had an idea that that wouldn’t mean anything to him and it might make him run screaming back to the city if I pointed out that he had to drive through a river. People are so strange–they don’t react well to that kind of information.

So I said, “You know what? I’ll be right there.” I drove out there, rolled down my window and he said, “The map doesn’t show this road even going to your road.” I said, “Yes, it does. It’s just kinda like an adventure.” He said, “What do you mean?” I said, “Don’t worry about it. Just follow me!” He did and he survived and he didn’t even complain.

He just had one thing to say. “I hear you’re a ROMANCE WRITER……”

I feel so exotic here.


  1. Kim A. says:

    You have to drive through a river?!? Gees, even 35 years ago in Gaspé there were bridges. 😆

    What an adventure this guy had. After all that, I hope the inspection went without a hitch.

    BTW, maybe you should start to charge for viewings. Help pay the building costs. :yes:


  2. Margery Scott says:

    I love your driving directions :clap: I thought you lived in the boonies before???? Well, if you don’t want much company, knowing they have to drive through a river!! might make people think twice before visiting.

  3. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    The excitement in your life is never ending. Each day brings a new adventure. I guess I am guilty of being a teeny bit envious. I am so glad I have you and Jill Shalvis in my life. Between the two of you, life is never dull. It’s easy to see why you two are friends :shimmy: BTW, I didn’t know that there were places you could ford the river left. I remember doing that when I was a little girl. I loved it. :clap: Thanks for sharing Pictures of the home in progress and your life with us. Have a great day and :hug: to all.

  4. Ellen says:

    It’s great that you’re bringing such excitement to everyone’s lives! I wish I was as entertaining around here. LOL.

    Oh, and how cool that you drive across the river to get home. That makes you a TOUGH romance writer. You’ve gotta love a place where the directions are based on livestock. :cowsleep:

  5. Marianne says:

    I love you directions. They are EXACTLY the kind of directions I like to receive. Why can’t everyone give directions like that? Don’t tell me to go 1.8 miles west… tell me to go past the man with the turkey and the mean goat!! I’d never get lost.

    Enjoy being exotic… :mrgreen:

  6. Susan says:

    Great story! 😆 See everyone knows your a famous Romance Writer!! :shimmy:

  7. Estella says:

    I have always lived in the country until March when we moved to town. I never knew there was any other way to give directions until then.

  8. catslady says:

    Good thing he wasn’t trying to find your house in the dark lol. You’ll never have pesty salesmen at your door 😆

  9. trish says:

    Can I come and stay with Biddy in the Princess’s room? Pretty please!

  10. Brandy says:

    Love the directions and the fact that everyone is so curious about you and your new home being built! Too funny.
    We’re lucky in that our house doesn’t show up on ANY GPS. It’s so entertaining giving directions. *G*

    Have a good evening! (I’m late today.)

  11. Dru says:

    Now that’s what it’s all about, giving out landmarks for directions; way better than go down the road 1/8 of a mile. You’re famous you know, that romance writer. Gotta love it.

  12. Alice Audrey says:

    If you have to be well known for something, isn’t being The Romance Writer a good one?

  13. Lis says:

    I love you have to drive up the river lol :rockon:

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