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Debbie’s Retirement Life Week 12: Day 120, 4/21/23 (Podcast and New Book)

This is my April blog post about my post-retirement adventures. It’s been four months since I retired from the library, but I’ve been working there part-time as a sub since February. I’m hoping to continue that until my move in the fall.

On St. Patrick’s Day in March, I went on an adventure with my daughter and a friend. We visited Jones Beach to look for seals. It was a chilly day but not extremely cold. I wore a seal hat I purchased for the occasion. During our walk over the sand, I tripped. I wasn’t badly hurt, but I was achy for a while afterwards. My daughter got to see the seals from a distance and took a few photos.

In march, I also viewed the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit with two friends. It featured an immersive viewing of the artist’s work.

At the end of March, I attended my co-worker’s retirement party, and in early April, I had my nails painted a pretty pink for Easter and spring.

We celebrated Easter at home. I helped my daughter cook a delicious ham meal and created an Easter graphic featuring our cats.

I’ve also entered the Cat Writers’Association’s annual contest with three entries for my cozy mystery, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady and my two short stories, “Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery” from my book, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories and “First Christmas with Kittens” from the anthology, The Cat in the Christmas Tree and Other and True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischief.

I finished writing my third Buttercup Bend cozy mystery, THE CASE OF THE LLAMA RAISING LIBRARIAN and hope to submit it to my publisher in May.

I also had a podcast interview by Donnie Lansdale about me, my books, and the wonderful Facebook group, The Writers Forum. You can listen to it here:

My cozy mystery, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, has been included in the new release, Sleuths and Surprises, a collection of cozies by two other authors, Janie Owens and Jessica Brimer.

In May, over Mother’s Day weekend, I’ll be having the first of possibly three garage sales at my home in Hicksville. If any of you are local, there will be many great items, some brand new, at very low prices.

Thanks for reading about my retirement adventures.  I’ll post another update in May.



I'm a retired librarian and the author of the Cobble Cove and Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series and other novels, short stories, poems, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, SEA SCOPE, MEMORY MAKERS, TIME'S RELATIVE, MEOWS AND PURRS, and MEMORIES AND MEOWS. My Cobble Cove cozy mystery series published by Solstice Publishing consists of 6 books: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED, and SNEAKY'S SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY AND OTHER COBBLE COVE STORIES. My new Buttercup Bend series published by Next Chapter Publishing includes THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY and THE CASE OF THE PARROT LOVING PROFESSOR. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and short stories of various genres published as eBooks and in anthologies published by the Red Penguin Collection. My poetry appears in the Nassau County Voices in Verse and the Bard's Annual. I'm a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers' Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 2 cats.

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