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My dapper little man, Cyrus
Princess Foofy Monster


Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. 

Grab a coffee, relax and make yourself at home.

I exist in a perpetual state of Confusion...but geographically, my home is in Portland, Oregon, a beautiful, friendly city. My long-suffering, patient-as-a-saint hubby and I have raised two daughters plus a teenage foster daughter and foster son. We're now empty-nesters, if you don't count the "furry children," who seem to be multiplying.

We are the human servants of two mischievous cats, Princess Foofy Monster and Fraser James Duncan, who's a ginger tabby ... and just might be named after a certain hunky ginger Scot. We're here to gratify their every whim. We also are puppy parents to Cyrus, who is the most adored ~ and spoiled ~ dog on the planet! He was supposed to be my daughter's dog, but soon after we adopted him, he decided I was his person. Now almost 14 years later, he's my best bud and faithful writing companion.

My childhood was spent as an Air Force brat. We moved every few years and I was invariably "the new kid". This resulted in the ability to strike up a conversation with almost anyone, anytime, about anything. On occasion, I've been seen chatting with trees and telephone poles. 

I've been writing since preschool, when I invented the riveting tale of "Perky The Kitten", which I dictated to my uncle and illustrated in orange crayon. It made the family's best-seller list. The addiction stuck, and I've been expressing my written opinion to newspaper editors and congresspeople ~ much to their chagrin ~ ever since. I've published free-lance magazine articles and poetry, but my heart will always be in romance. 

During my very rare spare moments, I relax by sewing, gardening, flower arranging, and various creative projects. I enjoy the challenge of decorating our home on a shoestring budget. My interior design obsession has caused my hubby to threaten to "block" the HGTV channel. My announcements of, "Hey, I have a great idea!" strike mortal fear into the family, and the sight of paint chips taped to the wall makes them whimper. Cowards.

Among my proudest achievements, I own a Championship Gold Medal in Olympic Dish Tossing. In this event, competitors must fit a month's worth of dirty dishes into a standard-sized dishwasher. Any items that don't get clean are disqualified. My current record stands undefeated. 

Daily exercise is an important part of my routine. I jump to conclusions, wrestle my checkbook into submission, and bench press prescription-strength chocolate bars. My favorite sport is shopping. If you don't think that's a sport, come to the mall with me sometime.  

I love writing, and spend eight to ten hours a day pounding the keyboard. It's the best job I've ever had. Where else can you go to work in your jammies and hang out with hunky heroes?

Update: Our sweet Cyrus has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We're heartbroken to lose him, but are grateful to have experienced 14 years of his unconditional love and companionship. 

Handsome Fraser
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