Bambi, et al

It’s been a crazy week here, between work and (very welcome) houseguests, so rather than get serious, I’m just going to post some pixes.
This is the view from my office window. Yes, the dear deer are back (actually, they never went away. Here they are eating what the drought hasn’t killed. (The “bars” on the window are between-the-glass blinds).  
Here’s the newest member of the family, my adorable granddaughter, CC (no relation to CeeCee Wilkes and her Secret Life!). CC lives in California and it will be May before I get to hug her. I don’t know how I’m going to wait that long. 
The other day, it was warm enough for me to take my laptop onto the porch. Jet enjoyed the outing, too. (Keeper was behind my chair).
jet on porch.jpg
And finally. . . we discovered that our every-other-week housekeeper, Ginnie Dowd, has a hidden talent. She paints! It’s always fun to discover the passion behind a person’s facade. Here’s a print Ginnie gave me of a water color she was commissioned to paint for Christmas. It’s of three women friends enjoying their getaway at the beach. I like it because it reminds me of my three stepdaughters. And I love the colors.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures! I’m off to bed, then back to work in the morning. Just a few weeks to deadline.


  1. Cheryl on February 22, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Diane, I just wanted to say your new granddaughter is adorable! I enjoyed the other pictures too. I never get tired of dog pictures!

  2. Margo on February 22, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations on your new granddaughter Diane!…she’s looks so sweet! Of course I love the pic of Jet and the deer are gorgeous…your so lucky to see them right outside your office window!
    Ginnie’s painting is beautiful! What a talented artist! I too love the colors of blues and rusts and she has really captured a great composition…I love the fact that this watercolor really tells a story!…it would be great to see more of her work. (-:

  3. Julie on February 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    The smile on that baby is just infectious! What a cutie!
    I love that watercolor. The hats are such an intriguing detail.
    BTW, my son went to listen to Chelsea Clinton at his university the other day and asked her what her mother intended to do about poverty and homelessness if she were elected. These kids are pretty amazing.

  4. Gina on February 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Diane, I just found your blog as I was searching for books that you have written since I literally just finished reading “CeeCee Wilkes” this afternoon.
    I loved it! As a mom and a social worker I just couldn’t put the book down. I recommended it to readers on my blog. I just had to stop by and tell you how much I love your work.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on February 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Margo, I’ll pass your kind words along to Ginnie. Coming from you, it says a lot.
    Cheryl, thanks for the compliment on my new granddaughter. I can’t wait to see her in person!
    Julie, I hope Chelsea had a good answer for your son. I think she’s pretty amazing to be standing up in front of crowds at age 27. I was cowering somewhere at that age.
    And Gina, welcome to the blog! I just checked yours out and it’s a lot of fun. I’m thrilled you enjoyed CeeCee so much. Did you know my background was also as a social worker? That’s one of two things CeeCee and I have in common (I also have rheumatoid arthritis). Thanks for recommending the book to your blog readers and I hope you enjoy my other stories.

  6. brenda on February 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Love the pictures…am swamped grading papers and trying to keep things going.
    I read regularly just don’t have time to write too much.
    What a gorgeous little girl.

  7. brenda on February 24, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Margo-I have lots of trips planned this year-to Miami Beach to my son’s one or two times of course. To INdy to the girls (I drive there-only 6 hours) many times. NYC Marathon in NOvember…Since my son is doing IRONMAN competitions now-the Marathons have “run” their course for him…He says this is the last one there…In the midst of all that, my jobs, and my personal life right now, I am going to watch Diane’s calendar, and I am going to try to drive down for a weekend when she is doing a signing or something. I don’t see why I couldn’t do that…I have been to that area many times-only about 6 hours south of me…That being said, I am not into “autographs” famous folks, etc…I want to do this because she is such a great writer. I didn’t even ask THE EAGLES for an autograph when I spent time with them in hotel lobby one time…or many others I have seen and talked to…

  8. Brenda on February 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Julie-I love your sense of humor. In Julie’s BLOG, she wrote that she was “MARY” in a play-she fell flat when told she was giving birth to Jesus…
    Julie-I have taught drama in DRAMA and in ENGLISH for l4 years…it is a long process–getting the kids from the chair to performing…I love doing it…However, I do not like performing myself…have done so many times-just don’t like it-I prefer teaching…Sounds like you might be great doing children’s theatre-with that sense of humor-and I’ll bet lots of patience.
    The rest of you-too bad we can’t go to see Julie perform.

  9. Diane Chamberlain on February 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Teaching IS performing, Brenda. And you have to be “on” all day long. That’s one of many reasons why I admire teachers so much.

  10. Liz on February 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Diane – the pictures are great to look at – is it possible to buy prints of the women on the beach? It so reminds me of my two dearest friends and me enjoying the lake house that one of them has. I would love to be able to give each of them one. Thanks.

  11. Diane Chamberlain on February 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Liz, I’ll check with Ginnie and get back to you off the blog. Seems like a picture that resonates with a lot of people.

  12. Brenda on February 26, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Diane, Get well. I was on antiobiotics so long. I rested this past weekend-drank lots of orange juice…my problem-the antiobiotics make me hungry…I usually don’t have much of an appetite…but wow!!! Nothing tasted good, but I was hungry. I am hoping that this cough will leave soon. I think the rest did the most.
    Cold here tonight…snowy…we need spring.

  13. Kathy Holmes on February 26, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    What a fabulous water color!! And adorable granddaughter. 🙂

  14. Diane Chamberlain on February 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    keep warm, brenda!
    and thanks, kathy! ginnie was thrilled to read everyone’s comments on her painting.

  15. Faith on February 29, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Diane, I just finished reading “The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes”!! I absolutely loved this book! I happened to just pick it up and read the back cover at Costco. As I started to read………I just couldn’t put it down. I am a nurse at a very large, busy labor and delivery unit in Phoenix, AZ. I had to take the book with me to work and to pick up kids from school or anywhere I would have a couple of minutes to read it!! I got to the last 5-6 pages and was acutally sad that it was going to end. I was in a pickle…….I wanted to read the end but was sad that it was going to be over!! No book has ever done that to me. I love the way you write and I love, love, love this book!! Thank You!!

  16. Diane Chamberlain on February 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Faith, I’m so glad you picked up CEECEE! And even more glad that you enjoyed it so much. I hope it didn’t get in the way of taking care of your patients, not to mention your kids. (some of my social work days were in a high risk maternity unit and I know you nurses needed to pay attention to what you were doing!)
    Thanks so much for writing, and I hope you continue to enjoy my stories.

  17. Lorri on March 6, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Diane, I am one of the ladies in the watercolor. I am so glad that so many people are enjoying it! Ginny did such a great job. That picture certainly captured a beautiful weekend of three longtime girlfriends enjoying a much needed getaway from everyday city life. We all have framed pictures in our homes. I look forward to reading your books.

  18. Diane Chamberlain on March 6, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Lorri, so glad you stopped by the blog! It’s been fun to discover Ginny’s hidden talent. She really did a wonderful job catching the “girlfriends’ getaway” theme.

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