Hello Sweet Readers!
I hope you guys are doing well!
I have a bunch of things in this newsletter, including something I’ve never had before.
First, I wanted to share this new release from the clever and witty Emma St. Clair!
New from Emma St. Clair!
I won’t be winning any employee of the year awards. But only because my boss is the grumpy boss to end all grumpy bosses. Did I mention he doesn’t trust me to do my job?
Not only am I going to help James launch a successful brewery, but I’m going to find out what makes him tick … and what makes him go boom.
All this has nothing to do with the fact that the man is unbearably, unfairly, unignorably (is that a word?) attractive. Or that he lost his mom when he was young, same as me.
The more he pushes me away, the more I’m pulled into his orbit. It’s a battle of stubborn wills, and I don’t plan to concede anytime soon.
Except the more time I spend around James Graham, the more I start to lose the one thing I refuse to give to any man … my heart.
The Bluff is an enemies to lovers, grumpy boss rom-com set in the fictional small town of Sheet Cake Texas. You’ll find plenty of laughs and sizzling chemistry in this closed door romantic comedy. It’s the second in a series, but can be read as a standalone.
Jessie again! : )
I’m having a blast on the farm and I’ll talk a bit about that in a minute, but first, I wanted to share something that’s never happened in my newsletter before.
You all have enjoyed plenty of previews from Jay (and I agree with Lois below – if you’re not watching the previews, you’re missing out on some great entertainment), but he’s done something new this week.
Now, you guys all know I think Jay is the best voice actor on the planet. I’ve told you that often enough. He also has a fantastic sense of humor and he’s got a really amazing artistic streak (look at that beautiful thumbnail – Jay is so talented!). Probably something I don’t talk much about, though, is how kind and humble he is and what a big heart he has.
I’m really excited about today’s preview video because he’s taken a bit of a risk and he’s going to give a little devotion about something that’s been on his heart. He says that he’s not qualified to talk about it, but, I strongly disagree with him. Just like you and me, Jay is not perfect, but he’s humble and sincere and he truly tries to live what he believes, and those are the best qualifications he can have. Honestly, when Jay gets serious, I always listen, because he has the kind of mind that puts things together in a way I can’t, and he has a way of explaining things that makes it easy for me to understand. What he said today was a huge blessing to me, and I know it will be for you, too.
I’ve love it if you listen to what he has to say, hit the thumbs up and leave a comment (and subscribe to his channel if you haven’t already!). It’s worth your time! (And it’s free! : )
PREVIEW for Friday and devotion from Jay!
The narrator is also different, a seasoned man without a trace of the actor about him, in the best sense. – Jack on YouTube
If you are already a fan of Jessie and Jay’s, and you’ve decided to just skip the previews and wait for the full book, you are missing something. Jay likes to get creative and it’s so much fun!!This week it is his ‘inner 12 year old.’ – Lois on YouTube
I love this story and the audio makes it better. Thanks for your great work that you provide for free. – Karen on YouTube
Another awesome job with another awesome story!! Thank you! – Karen on YouTube
Great intro as always. I am anxiously awaiting this release! – Natalie on YouTube
Thank you for making the WHOLE series audible!!!!!!! – Julia on YouTube
Thank you Jay, for giving Preston a voice that truly shows his character!! 😂🤣 So easy to want to slap him silly and pour coffee in his plate! – Miss FlowerPower on YouTube
Alright, Jessie one more time, here! : )
So, I promised a little update on the farm, although I don’t have a story, exactly.
I’m not sure if I mentioned our new kid (that’s a baby goat – I didn’t have a baby, I promise, despite the fact that Julia is praying for a baby brother, lol, and despite the fact that I gained a lot of weight this spring from sitting around and eating Nutter Butters ; ) in here, but there’s a pic of it – in my kitchen – on Facebook somewhere.
We also got three piglets, since we were planning on taking the three big pigs we had in PA to the butcher. Well, Joe gave us an insane amount of money for those hogs, so Watson decided it was a good idea to get more. So, now we have three piglets up in PA and nine piglets here in Virginia.
I missed most of the spring calves, but we just had a late baby yesterday, (SO sweet!) and one of my favorite cows – Teddy – is due in a month or so. Then we’ll start with fall calving. We’re kind of excited about that because some of these babies will be our embryo calves.
I think I mentioned Julia’s birthday was last week, and I put a little post in the Chat about it. I mentioned somewhere that we spent a lot of time that day trying to get the cows water – Watson was in PA and they’d run out of water, we let the hose fall out of the tank when it was filling, and then the cows drained the tank and upset it, so Julia and I watched the sunset on her birthday at the top of the hill, keeping cows away from the water trough so it could fill.
Julia is a girly-girl, so it shocked me when she told me she’d like for us to go to the cute little lake that’s just a few minutes from our house. We’d never been there, although we’d seen the sign when we’d hauled cattle and made hay for our neighbors.
It turned out to be a sweet place. Pretty. And popular too. A bike gang stopped in while we were there (you just can’t make this stuff up, right?). They were fun and nice and we enjoyed our time with them. None of us asked for any rides, although some of us might have wanted to. : ) (The swimming area was rather small and you kind of got to be friends fast.)
There was also a really cool swing, made especially to jump off of into the lake. If this is a thing, I’ve never seen it before. The girls had a lot of fun on it – the pic below is of the birthday girl. : )
We did make time to go out to eat, too, between fighting with the water and swimming and feeding horses, piglets, chickens, dogs and cats and (did I miss anything?) our calves and bull in the side pasture.
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I miss my boys and daughter-in-law and grandkids in PA, but it’s great to be home! Thanks so much for spending time with me today!
Hugs and love,