The Cabins of Wilsonia is Now on Amazon!!

Now there are several options to buy a copy of The Cabins of Wilsonia.

After spending most of a day with a fantastic technician from AT&T, I have good internet speed for the first time ever. This means I was able to actually load Amazon for a change. It also means I was able to list my book for sale on Amazon!


The Cabins of Wilsonia on Amazon

Isn’t technology simply amazing when it works??

I’m thrilled. Simply thrilled! (doesn’t take much in my simple life)

Next, perhaps I’ll get a review or two. Perhaps I’ll even figure out how to put a description in for the book, or show a few interior pages. It’s all supposed to be so simple.

One thing at a time. Let’s not overwhelm the simple pencil artist who lives in a cabin without electricity for a good portion of her life.

Simple is the word of the day here.

A List Mostly Pertaining to The Cabins of Wilsonia Book


  1. There are many many boxes of The Cabins of Wilsonia in my workshop and house.
  2. Perhaps 1/5 of them now have cover stickers applied.
  3. The boxes weigh 31 pounds each.
  4. The boxes contain 11 books each.
  5. My husband and I each keep a sample book and a few to sell in our vehicles.
  6. The local paper in Three Rivers, The Kaweah Commonwealth wrote a nice (mostly) factual article about The Cabins of Wilsonia for last Friday’s paper.
  7. Many of the folks who received their copy have written or called or emailed me to express their happiness at the quality of the book.
  8. #7 makes me really happy!
  9. Eventually, when AT&T stops messing around and my internet is more reliable and the speed that I am paying for, THEN perhaps I’ll be able to figure out how to put the book on Amazon.
  10. I started a new drawing just because I can.
  11. I’m painting an indoor mural in Visalia. You can read about it and follow the progress here. That’s my new website! The header is still not right, but the web designer knows and is supposed to get to it. (Been asking her since she first started in October. I’m ready, NOW!)

It’s Complicated


 Remember in the olden days before computers were common? The idea was that computers would simplify our lives, making everything instant and easy and paperless.

Have you fallen over laughing? Or are you banging your head on the wall?

What does this have to do with The Cabins of Wilsonia?

The book is for sale. You can buy it from me in person, use Paypal through this blog (that button that says Add to Cart), or mail me a check. You can even email me using the contact thing at the top of this blog and we’ll work out something.

But why isn’t it on Amazon yet?

Because it is complicated.

I’ll eventually get it there, but since I’ve been rebuilding my main website since October, I’m kind of tired of messing around on the computer.

Simplify our lives? Hahahahahahaha!

Happy to provide a laugh for you today. 8-)

First Saturday Three Rivers

News flash – out of propane, dress warmly on Saturday for visiting my studio!

The first Saturday of each month is a special day in Three Rivers, California. Stores have specials, and artists open their studios.

My studio will be open on Saturday, January 3, 2015. (That’s the first time I’ve written that year!)

It will be a good time for you to get your copy of The Cabins of Wilsonia!

Hmmm, I see that the title of this first Saturday is “Let It Snow”. It just might!

P.S. I don’t accept credit or debit cards. Cash and checks are fine.

First Saturday January



The book signing happened December 23, 2014. Books are currently available using the contact button on this blog to email me. 

Today in Exeter at the Courthouse Gallery of The Arts, 125 South B Street, from 12:30-5:30, you can get your copy of The Cabins of Wilsonia directly from me, no waiting for the Postal Service or UPS.


This Mess is a Place


The books arrived Monday afternoon. Two friends came over to help apply cover stickers so I’d be ready for the Tuesday book signing.

Early Tuesday a.m., I figured out the right combination of bubble wrap and box sizes and got those ordered before heading to Exeter.

On Wednesday, I sorted through the pre-sold orders to find the zip codes that were furthest from Three Rivers, got those books signed and set aside. Around 1 p.m., UPS pulled in with the packing materials, so I called my neighbor Robin. She raced over, and we began assembling boxes and figuring out the best way to process as many orders as possible. This is because the Media Mail deadline for arrival by Christmas was that very day at 3 in the afternoon.

When we decided we could wait no longer, we loaded her big car (most cars seem big compared to mine) with boxes full of boxes full of books. We made it! All those distant orders were sent.

On Thursday, I began processing the rest of the orders. I ran out of bubble wrap and had to substitute the packaging materials that I pulled from the cartons of boxes. My husband helped (around attending a retirement lunch for an old work buddy), and then we hauled the rest of the pre-orders to the Post Office.

73 packages, and the tape from the postal register computer dealie was 8′-1″ long! The clerk said it holds the record for the longest tape ever.

All but 3 of the packages will be there by Christmas, and those folks know and are not upset about it.



Exciting First Book Signing


How exciting! The first signing of The Cabins of Wilsonia was definitely a success.

People came at a perfect steady pace, so there was time to visit with each guest. My dear friend and neighbor Robin was there to organize and assist, and we had such a good time.

Here is one of the best moments of the day (and thanks to Robin for having a camera handy!)


Why is this mean artist making this sweet lady cry?


They are happy tears. Why? Because this sweet lady is just thrilled with the cover of The Cabins of Wilsonia!





I called the trucking company to verify delivery of the books today. If there was going to be a problem, I wanted to just drive to Fresno and get as many as possible for the book signing tomorrow.

BOOK SIGNING – Tuesday, December 16, 12:30-5:30, Exeter Courthouse Gallery of the Arts, 125 So. B Street, Exeter

Becca from the Three Rivers Mercantile called me to say “THEY ARE HERE!”. I left the house within 30 seconds.

Three Rivers Mercantile

Tammie took me around back, and then we opened a box to verify that it is my book in the boxes and my boxes on the pallets. (Yes, I was worried about that.)


5 pallets of books, 1529 books, 11 per box, 31 lbs. per box, 4472 lbs. in all.



The trusty Bot-Mobile and trailer that we co-own with a friend in Fresno. (Hunh? How do you share a trailer when you live 80 miles apart?)


The Mercantile’s forklift placed two pallets in the trailer. They fit just right. They remain in the trailer in our garage, out of the rain.


I followed with a full load in the bed of the “new” truck (2003 – woo-hoo, a vehicle from this century!!)


Careful on those curves. Michael said to follow him, and I said, “Why? So when books go flying I can run over them with the ‘new’ truck?” (I’ve always wondered about following a load – is it wise? Lots of unanswered questions in my life.)


Phew. Made it home. Parked the Bot-Mobile and trailer, unloaded the “new” truck, went back to fill it up with the 5th and final pallet.

Then we began hefting boxes around, finding places to store them. After 3 pallets worth were unloaded, our friends Jeannie and Gary came over to help apply stickers to enough books to take to the book signing tomorrow.

The Cabins of Wilsonia is a real book, not just a subject of a blog, not just an idea or a dream. It is HERE!!

I Saw Two Books and They Look Great


On Friday, FedEx brought me a book with 2 sample books, The Cabins of Wilsonia, in it. Each had a slightly smashed corner. (I know how NOT to package the books when they get mailed to you.)

I applied the decal to the cover of each and it looks really good! Nope, you don’t get to know yet.

Next, my husband carefully measured a book while I called a packaging supply company. We found 2 potential boxes, and they are shipping a sample of each so I can try them today.

No worries – I’ve done business with this company for about 25 years. They are NOTHING like the printer and binder – they say it and they do it when they say they will.

On Wednesday I will show you the cover of the book. I am waiting until the person whose cabin is on the cover sees it first.