Walter & Katy Shuster make a comeback

 

 

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Thank you Rosemary for the nice review.

The adult coloring book, Walter & Katy Shuster, ‘Florida Fun,‘ debuted a year ago.

I deliberately kept the dexterity and eyesight of our older generation of adults and people with disabilities in mind when I had the coloring book illustrated. It was my intention to come up with a fun activity that would entertain EVERYONE.

Although, the book was designed for our older population, it is Rated G (general audience). Your grandchildren would find the pictures fun and easy to color between the line.

I do hope that I can get the coloring book into all of the senior places here in Roswell. I agree with Rosemary, that the residents and day care people would have fun. Plus, my book features a bonus section of satire/humorous shorts about the retired couple.

The Shusters’ are a one-of-a-kind married couple.

I encourage my readers to go to my website http://klorraine.com and take a look at the library of books I’ve written. Most have discount coupons that will save you some money. While there, please read my blog. There’s a lot of good FREE reading on the K. Lorraine website.

Walter & Katy Shusters adult coloring book, ‘Florida Fun,’ is among the books in the K. Lorraine book library. The book is still available for purchase. The adult coloring book is also available on line through Barnes & Noble.

“I know that at Brookdale assistant living they have a table for puzzles and one with coloring supplies and its very popular. My friend can’t see well enough to do anything like that but I know others would. I still love to color but don’t have the time any more. I also know its used in the Alzheimers Unit. Have fun if you do it.” Rosemary

Happy Days are here again.

Thank you for being my friend, and a K. Lorraine fan…

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Spring day in Roswell, New Mexico

Not complaining. The high of 94 degrees today. Loving Spring here in the Roswell, NM desert.  RR sun

Reminder… There are TWO FREE books in the Reading Room for your leisure enjoyment. All you need to do is go to the K. Lorraine web page http://klorraine.com and click on the Reading Room icon. And then you can select the book of your choice.  th

Enjoy your day. I’m going shopping.

Until next time,

Happy reading, K. Lorraine

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FROG LEGS

From the unpublished book

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Coffee Table Art

Copyright © 2013 by K. Lorraine Books

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I thought it was time to lighten things up a bit. The acrylic painting, FROG LEGS, is one of the twelve UPSIDE DOWN pieces that I literally painted upside down. I meant for it to be whimsical and not the kind of frog legs you would order in a restaurant. But, that’s not the way Walter saw it. The blog is short, but I do hope you get a chuckle out of the slapstick kind of humor the Shusters often exhibit.

The painting ‘Frog Legs’, inspired me to write Inviting Nature Inside… featuring the retired Florida couple, Walter and Katy Shuster.

Walter was taking out the trash and decided that he would make it easier by leaving the Florida room door open. He was in the carport putting the trash bags in the storage bin when suddenly Katy heard a ‘swoosh’ and she saw a ‘flash’ from the kitchen window.

Wondering how Walter could mess-up taking out the trash, she walked toward the slider to go out into the sunroom to investigate.  To her surprise, she saw Walter swishing a fishing net at some frogs that were caught in the room. It was obvious that he was trying to get them to jump into his fishing bucket.

Later, when he came in, Katy said, “Dear, why were there frogs in the Florida room?”

“Well, Katy, I guess I was thinking, since it’s your birthday and instead of taking you out to dinner for some frog legs, I’d catch enough of them and you could fix dinner at home.”

She shrugged it off and mumbled beneath her breath, “Walter is a man in his own mind.”

The moral of the story is; when you live in Florida with Walter Shuster and wildlife is all around you… don’t leave the door open, or you might be cooking your own birthday dinner!

Happy Reading,

K. Lorraine

All of the author, K. Lorraine blogs and books are available at http://klorraine.com

Travel Blog – Oatman, AZ

Dear FB friends,

My webmaster updated the K. Lorraine webpage a few days ago. My webmaster updated the K. Lorraine webpage a few days ago. Thank you Jeannie for a job well done.

I love the streamline, modern look that she gave the site. As we all age, a face lift never hurts.

But, I was just instructed on how to navigate my new webpage, so I can give you some insight on how  to find your way around the front page. There are several small icons on the upper portion of the  page in the area of my picture. Click on the icon that you want to explore. The reader will find the NEW and older BLOGS when you click on the icon that says – K. Lorraine Books.

If you click on Walter Shuster – you will find an entire list of books that I’ve published over the years and where you can purchase the book if you so desire.

When you click on Twitter, you will be taken to one of my Twitte pages. I’ve discovered that if you click on the tab ‘HOME’, you will go to another and more updated Twitter page.

I am working with my web designer on updating the Author’s Bio. It is six years old and could use an update about the advancement of my writing career over the years.

I suggest that you take some time and explore what the K. Lorraine site has to offer you.

Today’s BLOG  – GO to the ends of the world by by auto, boats, trains, planes or donkeys – Oatman, AZ.

I’m always looking for new blog topics. I’m not sure if it was by accident or good fortune that brought to me the…

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GO to the ends of the world by auto, boats, trains, planes or donkey – Oatman, AZ.

I’m always looking for new blog topics. I’m not sure if it was by accident or good fortune that brought to me the RJ Vlier.com website. By the way, you might want to check her out. RJ has been around for a while and she has a thought-provoking writing style. I find her work out of the ordinary, and she always draws my attention to see what she is up to at the moment. So browse through her website and see what she’s all about for yourself.

Anyways,  I caught on that she was promoting a new book. I found two noteworthy points of interest in her blog appealing, so I read on. Dragon Boat Races caught my eye, and I was curious about a comment that mentioned travel. She wrote about wanting to visit the place where you can be in (four) states at one time.

I think she was  referring to Four Corners in northern N.M. This is where you can put your hands and feet in four states at one time. The four connecting states are, N.M., CO., Utah, and AZ. I’ve been there several times and it is definitely worthy of a western adventure.

RJ Also mentioned in her blog that she would like to visit Key West. But, livng in Florida, as long as Ed and I had, the Keys were like stepping out of our back door and riding the Conch train to Sloppy Joes for a jello shot. And then going a few blocks to visit Ernest’s cats at the Hemmingway mansion.

One of our favorite things to do was go to the Salvation Army center looking to purchase Florida-style men’s shirts at half the price selling in the tourist shops. Of course we never missed Duval street and its lively nightlife, and then we’d always end up at the southernmost point of the United States where the Carribean and the Atlantic join just 90 miles from Cuba.

Today, I considered it might be thought provoking to blog about travel and places of interest. I dug through the recess of my mind and came with an adventure that Ed and I took when we traveled across the country on Route 66.

Getting our ‘Kicks on Route 66’

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Route 66 is known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road. The highway served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed.

My husband and I had taken a month long road trip across America each year for as long as I can remember. I kept a journal of our adventures, and this one took place in 2006, when we traveled the length of Route 66 from its beginning in Chicago to the western coast of California. The entire trip took a month, but today, I’m going to share a bit about Arizona.

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It was an adventure in itself getting to Oatman, Arizona. Okay, so first of all, the drive from the Kingman side was scary, but in a thrilling way! The road was very narrow with several sharp hairpin curves. No vehicles over forty feet in length were allowed on this road.

It started as a meager trail for the people who migrated there in their Model T’s from the Midwest. So, even though it made the drive more difficult on those old Model-T’s, the road took the hazardous journey up Sitgreaves Pass and bypassed Yucca. But once we got to the top of the mountain, and Oatman, it was a fun place to be.

Burros first came to Oatman with early day prospectors. The animals were also used inside the mines for hauling rock and ore. Outside the mines, the burros were used for hauling water and supplies. As the mines closed and people moved away, the burros were released into the surrounding hills.

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The draw to Oatman is the wild burros that are descendants of the animals the gold miners left behind when they vacated the town. Live burros still roamed the streets, mostly in the afternoon looking for handouts from the tourists. My husband wandered around taking pictures of them, but I chose to stay in the car. While he was out playfully surrounded by the beasts of burden, a burro came up to my window and rubbed his nose against it. But even with a pane of glass between us, that was close up and personal enough for me.

The Drulin Hotel, was built in 1902, and it survived a devastating fire that burned most of the town’s other buildings in 1921. The hotel did a brisk business, accommodating the local miners. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned there in 1939. Their honeymoon suite was open to view and though guests no longer stayed the night, there was a museum on the top floor and a bar and a restaurant on the bottom floor. The old hotel, was renamed the Oatman hotel in the 1960’s, and it is the only historic two story adobe building in Mohave County.

Oatman is an authentic western ghost town. It is located on Historic U.S. Route 66. The Sidewalks are wooden and most of the buildings are as they were built.  The friendly town residence and store owners dress in western clothes and do their best to help create the early days. Though Oatman is only a shadow of its former self, it is well worth a visit to this lively “ghost town” that provided, not only a number of historic buildings and photograph opportunities, but the streets provided the tourists with well costumed 1890’s style ladies strolling about.

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It was fun to be part of the wild west experience and witness a real live reenactment of a gunfight and bank robbery. In its heyday, from the early 1900’s to the 1940’s, Oatman and the nearby town of Gold Road were the largest producers of gold in Arizona. Being in Oatman felt just like we were living during the time of cowboys and gold miners and now the ghosts of the past.

So, this was my way of sharing a tid-bit about one of the Four Corner states – Arizona. But, really, I guess I just like reminiscing and storytelling.

Thank you for joining me and reading my blog. Until next time,

Happy Reading, K. Lorraine

Can an old dinosaur be taught new tricks?

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A blog not to be missed…  

‘Baby Boomers’

Welcome back to the working world. My editor is one step ahead of me and posted two blogs at one time over the weekend. So, I need today to play catch-up in the realm of my earthly existence.  My mind has been scrambling over the holiday trying to decide what I needed to accomplish first. And then, I read a blog this morning that made sense. It was clear and concise.

It said…”Make a commitment right now, TODAY, that you will put your soul’s work first. That you need to spend at least 15 minutes a day, every day, working on the writing that makes you feel ALIVE.”

Well, I do this faithfully. I love working on my fiction stories, but at this time, my heart belongs to my blogs. I discovered, that I can do both, work on my stories, and that it is worth writing my blogs too. I enjoy coming up with new topics each day.

But, I have a children’s story that I wanted to publish before school started. I can’t believe that some schools are already is session, and others started today. This means that my job at hand is to get the revised ending to the kid’s book done today.

My second focus is to do a better job of marketing the books that are already published. I’ve spent years writing them and I’ve spent plenty of money to publish them. So, Monday, yesterday, Labor Day, I spent the entire day on building a book proposal and marketing strategy for the adult coloring book, Fun in the Florida Sun, featuring Walter & Katy Shuster. I have mapped out a full plan, including buying some promotional tools, to assist me in promoting the coloring book in my town.

Thank you for allowing me the time to have gotten that load off my chest, and on to today’s business. My blog features – Can an old dinosaur be taught new tricks?

I’m off to finish the book that is sitting on my desktop, Spog and the Bully. First things first. Get the book done!

Continue down to read the full blog.

Happy Reading, K. Lorraine http://klorraine.com

I had an interesting Sunday afternoon while shopping with my husband Ed. A nice young man approached us in the store and asked, “Are you happy with your internet package?”

Ed said, “Not really, what do you have to offer?”

Alphonso proceeded to explain the ins and outs and other benefits that his internet package might have that our current service might not. Of course, Ed was mostly interested in the cost. However, his pet peeve is there are too many sports networks and far too many repeat channels.

A man who was not interested in sports dumbfounded Alphonso, but he did relate to the abundance of repeat channels. In fact, he showed us that the average number of stations offered is around 79. Ed gasped and said, “I swear we get over 1,000 channels. Regular viewing and the upper end Hi-def ones.”

Ed then said, “All I want is the local networks – you know, NBC, CBS and ABC. I also like HGTV, Hallmark Movie Network and Lifetime movies. Can I tailor-make my TV watching to satisfy my wants?”

Well, I’m going to move on here because we talked with Alphonso for at least an hour about technical stuff. Boring!

But, what I do want to talk about is, that Alphonso was in the throes of becoming a writer. We talked about an array of topics connected with writing a book. He also counseled me on the ‘How To’s’ of promoting your finished and published book.

I’m here to say, that I’m old enough to be his mother, maybe even his grandmother. My first experience with a computer was in the 1980’s. I’m pretty sure that Alphonso cut his baby teeth sitting on his father’s lap at the keyboard. I know my grandson did. In fact, my two kids starting using a computer in school before they reached their double digit age.

Alphonso and I had a lot in common, which was nice to discuss. We both discovered our artistic talents early in life, (around six). We both loved poetry, and we started to think about becoming a writer in middle school. Our college education centered on business applications and advertising/marketing/promotion. But he had a leg up on me. An expansive working knowledge of computers.

Alphonso was speechless when he asked, “Do you have a smart phone?, and I answered, “No.”

“Do you have an Ipod – an Ipad?” and something else that I don’t remember. (Blackberry?

“Um, no,” I don’t know, I said. “I have my desk computer workstation and a laptop. That’s it! However, I do use social media… Facebook, Twitter and I have a pretty good website. And oh, by the way, I blog every day if possible… at least 4-5 times a week. ”

“That’s great, Kay. You are building your brand. Once you get a substantial number of ‘followers’, you’ll see an increase in book sales too.”

My ears took notice, but I became troubled when he said, “Now make 30 video blogs.”

Alphonso lost me right there and then. “How do I accomplish this?” I asked.

“Easy as pie.” He said, “Sit in front of your desk computer and talk into the camera.”

So, he then attempted to explain how simple this was to do and we swapped email addresses. Regardless, that we were generations apart, our commonalty brought us together to share knowledge and ideas. He was in need of a good Proofer/editor and I needed the encouragement  that I could come out of my dinosaur cave and learn more about video-blogging.

Alphonso has a ninety day goal to have his Science Fiction short story finished and published. I promised to connect him with my proof reader – editor. I also pledged to work on my fear about how to video-blog. But until then, I will continue to find interesting things to write about and upload the written word to my website blog.

To answer my own question… can a dinosaur be taught new tricks? I think so, but I still haven’t found the nerve to try video – blogging.

Best of luck to everyone who has a dream and a goal.

Happy Reading,

K. Lorraine

Fun in the Florida Sun

Adult Coloring Book

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The Fun Adult Coloring Book, featuring Walter and Katy Shuster, is dedicated to everyone who would love to escape into a forgotten world of adult satire and humor, and simply  become a child again.

Welcome to book two, ‘A Fun Adult Coloring Book.’ The adult coloring book follows closely on the heels of  Book One, ‘The Traveling Green Alien Ants,’ in the humorous series  of adult entertainment titled: The Misadventures of Walter and Katy Shuster.

Have you ever thought about stepping into a time machine and dialing it back to when you were a kid? Well, the fun has only started. Select your favorite crayons and begin to create an imaginative work of art as you brightly color between the lines.

The  coloring book features large, easy to color pictures, staring a zany couple who live in a Florida 55 plus community.  Katy and Walter Shuster live in a topsy-turvy world based on everyday life of a retired couple.

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The Misadventures of Walter & Katy Shuster is a continuing saga of short stories that takes an easy task into a hilarious undertaking.

Walter & Katy Shuster are embarking on a new and unfamiliar lifestyle known as retirement in a SW Florida 55 plus retirement community.  Katy’s dream has finally come true when they bought their first waterfront Florida home.

Author, K. Lorraine will bring fun and laughter into your life as she shares with you about how Walter & Katy Shuster fill their days as retirees. Walter & Katy are enjoying sunshine, palm trees, beautiful blue water and flocks of plastic pink flamingos in the front yard.

Walter has now joined the multitude of white haired drivers along with their wifely passengers on the Florida roads.

The Shusters are prepared to share their  Florida fun lifestyle with you, as they present this opportunity to feel like a child once again. The adult coloring book is a collaboration of illustrations by Envisioners, inspired by the writings of the author, K. Lorraine.

The Adult Coloring book is available at Createspace https://www.createspace.com/6250650

Sincerely,

K. Lorraine

 Well Ms. Lorraine, I will definitely have to go and see about the adventures of the baby boomers and the coloring book!!! You have my curiosity peaked. Thank you for sharing… FanStory Comment Written 04-Sep-2016