Heirs of the Magi News Flash!

***Heirs of the Magi News Flash!***

The annual Samshwords Summer-Winter sale has ended! Thank-you to everyone for your support and interest in my books - and for any other Smashwords authors that you may have checked out during July too!

***Year Three of Harry Potter - After the Epilogue has now been posted at FanFiction.net in time for Harry's 37th Birthday! If you love my Harry Potter fan fiction stories as much as I do; check out this newest installment in the 'After the Epilogue' storyline!

Happy summer - or winter - reading!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cassie's Journal - August 16, 2017

It’s Wednesday; I worked all day and evening; and now I need to crash so I can get up in the morning and do it all again!

We had thunderstorms early this morning; another one tonight around dinnertime; and a hot, humid day the rest of the time around here.  The rain brought extra campers to town and into the Inn for meals; and I didn’t get to go out and play during much of the hot, sunny parts of the day because we were just that busy at the Inn.  Baseball practices were cancelled this evening, but I wouldn’t have been at my practice anyway because Miranda needed me more than my team did.

While I was busy, I missed out on a work afternoon at the lab for the twins; some kid play time; and some chores that I didn’t help out with because Mom let me get as much of my family business work finished as I could during my breaks from the Inn.  That’s the only reason I’m not writing this before heading to work for the breakfast shift, but my wake-up call for that will still feel too soon; so it’s time to wrap this up and head into nap mode.

I’ll try to sound more excited with my next update, since this one doesn’t capture the fun parts that go along with one of my work days, but tired out wins tonight; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cassie's Journal - August 15, 2017

I did not get enough sleep last night; and will be a bit short of it again tonight; so let’s get to the news and then I’m off to dreamland for what bit of nap time I have available to me before it’ll be time to get up and ready for the breakfast shift at the Inn.

Tai Chi by the river was fun; breakfast was standard fare for a weekday; and then I did some chores with Mom until Rowen came to pick me up so that we could get to our hair appointments and then do a bit of shopping.  Getting our hair done was partly because we’re getting ready for school; but mostly because it’s part of Rowen’s plan for Tim’s birthday – and she’ll be celebrating that with him this weekend ahead of football training camp.  I’ll have more on that this weekend, but the shopping was definitely all about her weekend plans – though I did a bit of shopping too.  Rowen had to work starting at lunchtime, so we wrapped up our fun by then; I met up with Michael; and we had lunch with his parents before going on to play with Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden.

It was hot out again today, so swimming was a big part of our afternoon fun, but we biked the trail around town and rode some of the park trails too; had a bit of playground fun; and had a mid-afternoon ice cream break at home.  Michael and I helped with the early dinner work while Mom did some other chores; we ate early; and then Michael and I headed for the park for what will be his last football workout before football training camp.  Rowen missed part of that workout, but she joined me on the bleachers once she was done for the day at the computer store; and we talked about cheerleading plans again while watching the boys go through a fairly-tough workout that Tim made them do after he took Monday off.  We all went for a swim in the river after that; hit the Emporium for frozen treats; and had some teen hang-out time at my house after that before our friends headed home for the night.  Michael stayed with me and we watched a show in the lounge while having a bit of make-out time; and then he went home while I got ready for bed and started on my family business work.

That was a few hours ago, and as I mentioned; I am really tired after too many too-busy days in a row.  I’ll be back to the busy again in the morning, and now that Rebecca, Jenny, and a few other teens have moved on to the college level; Michael and I really will need to help out and put in extra time through the rest of the week and weekend.  There is a lot more than that going on, including the last ballgames of the regular season for four out of five of ‘our’ teams on Saturday.  The parents will have the annual end-of-season night out after the evening games too; and Michael and I will be leading the kid and teen campout – or sleepover; if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

I can write more about all of that as it happens, and you can read on while studying my journals in the future; so I won’t drag that out when I could be sleeping instead.

We’ve had a really good two days off, so other than the lack of sleep; I’m ready for the work – or will be once I’ve had my nap and done a bit of self-healing in the morning, so I’m going to get to that; and, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cassie's Journal - August 14, 2017

It’s late, but I’m actually writing this before getting to the work part of my day because we haven’t been home for long after our long travel and play day at our favorite, comparatively-local amusement park.

We’ve had an awesome play day, so let’s get right to the news; and then I need to get busy with my family business to-do list.

I really did only have a nap before getting up and ready to go today; we packed up the vans, trucks, and cars; and were on the road an hour and change before dawn.  Michael and I drove the minivan with the twins, Naomi, Aiden, and Sophia.  Mom and Dad had another load in the truck; and I won’t do the full run-down here; but we did have a small convoy of family and friends going along for this day trip.  The trip to the amusement park was quiet for the first half while the kids watched a movie and napped; they woke up when we stopped to pick up breakfast to go and take washroom breaks; and then we had fun making plans for the day the rest of the way to the park.

Most of our fun today was family-rated.  Michael, Tim, Rowen, and I got to have an hour or so of teen time that included some extreme rides; but we spent the rest of the time with our families and the younger teens and kids.  That seemed to be more important to me today because of the college departures on the weekend; and I’m feeling the need to spend more time with Mom, Dad, and the twins before I’ll be off to college next summer too.  The extreme rides are still a lot of fun, but it’ll be a few more years before I’ll be able to do most of those rides with the twins.

Maybe I should pre-book some trips for that with them once they’re eleven or twelve – if they’re not too cool by then to hang out with Michael and me! ;^)

I guess there’s no point in going over everything we did today, but we did have a blast; and the weather was nearly-perfect – if a tiny bit on the hot side by mid-afternoon.  Picking on the weather forecasters when they once again underestimate the hot never seems to happen while the complaints roll in whenever they’re wrong to the bad-weather or cold side of things; but I can’t help but wonder how the numbers are ending up so unpredictable this summer.  Yes, I know it isn’t the same, but every time I think about weather forecasting; I can’t help but wonder how long it would take us to bankrupt our family business if we regularly made ten or twenty-percent errors with our investments.  Nobody would complain about that much extra profit; but big losses would be a problem!

Anyway, that’s a bit off-topic – other than I need to get started on that work and do it without those kinds or error margins.

We had fast food lunch and dinner at the park; stayed until close; and then hit the road for home.  Aunt Leanne needed another fast food fix on the way home while we did our pit stop, and most of the rest of us got snacks and drinks too; but we made that stop fairly short and then we pushed on to home.  Michael and I had sleeping kids in our minivan by the time we got home, so he took Sophia home while Mom and Dad helped me with the twins, Naomi, and Aiden – after dropping their kids off at home along the way to our house.  I would have liked to keep Michael tonight, being responsible won out; and he’s likely sleeping by now.

Before I get to work, though; I want to write a bit about the collegian exodus from town this weekend – though others will be leaving over the next few weekends; depending on when their schools begin their fall semesters.  I’ve written a bit about Rebecca, Lucas, and Jenny leaving for college; but haven’t mentioned any of the others – including Violet, Dillon, Josiah, and Christina.  They’re all in their post-grad year to earn their Master’s Degrees, but what I’ve been thinking about a lot over the past few days is just how little time I’ve spent with them this supper.  Part of that is because they have their own apartments and Violet and Dillon are newlyweds; but their lives are just going to be different than mine too; and we won’t spend as much time together anymore.  That’s normal, but a bit sad, so if there’s something to be happy about; it’s having Jake and Stephanie here for a year before Michael and I go to college.  They have their own life now too; but we’ll at least spend a lot of time with them every week while working at the Inn.

Finally, for the college thing; I’ll note that Rebecca and Jenny have crossed over to yet another level without me.  The plans they’re making for their future will make sure that I’ll be a bit behind them for the next five or six years, so while this doesn’t feel weird the way it did when they crossed over and stopped thinking that boys were gross and disgusting; I do feel a bit of a sense of being left behind.  Fortunately, I’ll be here with Michael; so it never even crossed my mind to skip a year and be able to go to college early.

I nearly forgot to add that all of our favorite collegians arrived to their dorms or apartments safely; Rebecca and Lucas are having a bit of culture shock; and Jenny apparently loves everything about the crazy college world they’ve been dropped into and need to learn to navigate successfully and safely.  I’ll have more on that as the stories roll in, but while their stories are more personal for Michael and me; they have been the same as the alternate-reality stories we’ve heard from all of our favorite collegians.

Okay, that’s enough for tonight.  I really need to kick up my work into high gear – including using a time phase; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cassie's Journal - August 13, 2017

Many of our favorite collegians left town today – or over the weekend, and I have a lot to write about; but am too tired to do it tonight.

Losing Rebecca and Jenny alone made our shift at the Inn today really tough; I had to do a few hours of family business work after getting home; and now I just need to crash for the couple of hours I have for that before I’ll need to get up and ready for our amusement park adventure day.

That’s going to be just a one day trip this year, but Rowen and Tim get the day off to go along; and we’ll have an awesome day – once I get this nap and then do a bit of self-healing to deal with the lack of sleep.

I’ll shoot for what will be a double update tomorrow, but that’s it for now; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cassie's Journal - August 12, 2017

I’m doing this update while changing and getting cleaned up before heading over to Michael’s house to catch the end of the going away party for Rebecca, Lucas, Jenny, and some of their friends – and other favorite collegians; so this is going to be short and I’ll add some details tomorrow.

My breakfast shift at the Inn was busy, but I left early-enough to catch about half of Ehlana’s ballgame.  My cheering didn’t really make much of a difference, if any at all, but the Hair Herons wont their last regular season game; and will play in the championship game on the Labor Day weekend.

After that game, I came home; worked on chores; had lunch with Mom, Dad, and the twins; and then helped at Michael’s house this afternoon with some of the party prep work.  That needed to be a family and friends effort while running the Inn and other businesses in town too – along with a farm or two for Lucas and his family, but Michael and I did what we could; and then we went to the Inn and got to work there.

The weather was great for most of today; and it was perfect by the time the party started.  Miranda and Jacob took turns with Jake and Stephanie so that they could each get home for some of the dinnertime fun, but Michael and I missed that and took our break after they’d finished eating and the party had moved on to the socializing and games that is still going on now – though they’ve moved on to a campfire that Michael and I will catch the tail-end of once I catch up with him.

We have had as much fun as we can too, but I really haven’t gotten to spend much time with Rebecca, Lucas, or Jenny today.  I’m hoping to do that later tonight; which is why I’m doing this update now – and will be taking an overnight bag with me when I go over to Michael’s house.  I don’t know whether there will be a sofa sleepover or not, but I do expect that we’ll stay up late talking with Rebecca and Lucas – and his family will be back for breakfast in the morning because Lucas, Rebecca, and Jenny will be leaving for Central State after that meal and can’t stay for church.

I’ll have more on that with the next update, but I’m ready to go now, and don’t want to miss out on the rest of the family fun; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!