Monthly Archives: March 2012

When Fast Food Isn’t

There I was, just sitting in the drive-through line at Taco Bell, minding my own business,  when I spotted my friend Mary in the car in front of me. I could tell it was Mary because her eyes and her glasses were reflected in her drivers’ side mirror.

She was laughing and waving her arm, while carrying on a spirited conversation with the boy working the window. So spirited, in fact, that after a while I began to wonder if she was ever going to finish her business so I could pick up my order. I was in a bit of a hurry because I really needed to get the tacos to my mother, who’s in a local nursing home, before she ate her regular meal.

But Mary was determined not to leave. She continued laughing and waving her arm out the window of her car. That’s when I got the bright idea to call Mary on her cell phone. So I did. But when it went straight to voicemail, I knew Mary had left the house without turning on her phone. I decided to leave her a message anyway, telling her I was behind her and why wasn’t she moving and was she flirting with the boy at the window or what? Mary, I said, quit flirting with the boy and move on so I can get my tacos. But, of course, Mary didn’t hear me because her phone was turned off.

That’s when I decided I would change tactics. You see, Mary has a penchant for getting into little spats with people in grocery store lines. Wouldn’t it be funny if I made Mary angry, only to have her realize I was the person behind her? So I honked my horn and frowned at her and motioned her to move on. I was pleased when Mary frowned back at me in the mirror.

Except that’s when I noticed Mary’s arm looked a little larger than I remembered it. And Mary’s eyes and glasses suddenly didn’t look like Mary’s eyes and glasses at all. And this not-Mary was now glaring at me.

 Oops, I thought.

I quickly pasted a huge smile on my face and waved enthusiastically at not-Mary as if she and I were long-lost friends.

 Not-Mary looked a bit puzzled, but I breathed a sigh of relief when she drove off without beating me up.



Filed under embarassing moments, fast food, friends

Blog Revival?

After a hiatus of almost three years, I’ve been thinking of reviving my blog. For one thing, I got a nice note from a woman who said she liked my novel Dog Nanny, and I think she’s now following my dead blog. I also thought, hmm, that makes three followers. My friend Lynn, my new fan, and me. Yes, I somehow clicked a button and now I’m following myself. I seem to be doing that a lot these days. 

I believe that’s why I quit blogging. That and the fact I’m too much of a perfectionist. Yes, there, I’ve admitted it. It took me forever to post just one blog because I was forever tweaking it. And playing with colors and fonts and what-not. And looking up words, like “what-not,” to see if I spelled them correctly. FYI, I am not going to look up “what-not,” so if I’ve misspelled it, I’ll just have to live with it. Unless my friend Roberta, who is not following my blog, corrects me.

Then there were the pictures. I could spend an hour searching for just the right picture to go with the blog. And sizing it and trying to decide whether it should go on the left or the right or center. Not this time. No ma’am. I am NOT going to include a picture with this blog. So there.

Holy moley! (You learn to talk like this when you teach high school for many, many years.)

Holy moley! I just looked and I suddenly have 436 followers! Where did all these people come from? I asked myself. Then I remembered clicking on a Facebook thingy, so I guess these are all my Facebook friends. The ones I abandoned about the time I quit the blog.

Anyway, with that many people following me, maybe I can quit following myself. Except it’s kind of nice to know where I’ve been.


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Viva Dog Nanny!

Cats supposedly have 9 lives, but in the Whitaker household, dogs also are known for their longevity. Our love child, Jolie Blon, just turned sweet sixteen.

A few days earlier, the second edition of Dog Nanny went live. Brought to you by Texas Twang Publishing, the new and improved version is available for download at

The good news: it will be available for FREE on the following memorable dates: March 15 (ides of March), March 30 (my mother’s 90th birthday), April 1 (for obvious reasons), May 18 (my late father’s birthdate), and June 6 (D-Day).

 So mark your calendars and have a free read on me.


Filed under books, dog nanny, dogs, free, Kindle, romance