|Author Carrie Fancett Pagels|
So this summer I was able to do a couple of books signings, two library visits (where I was treated so well -- what a blessing!), and got to go visit several people at places where I'd like to sign books or present at next summer or beyond, in Michigan. I donned my pink New Balance tennis shoes and walked all around Mackinac Island.
I learned a few things. One was that my husband was right about his theory that for me to travel well we'd need to take his big truck and fill up the back with a lot of stuff I need. Like:
My Kindle Fire with my Bible through the Year on it, so I can get into the Word first thing in the morning.
My own very flat pillow (didn't take it to writer's conference later and had to swap out to using a towel!) I have a spinal fusion and degenerative spine so the wrong pillow can cause big problems.
My green tea (I found out for me it lowers my pain about a half level to one full level if I drink it every day.)
My bag full of medications and ointments and patches (like lidocaine patched for my neck) plus supplements that help.
A thick gel foam pillow that I sit on in the truck or when I am in a chair for very long.
Recreational chairs in case I have to sit outside.
My special tennis shoes and orthotics and special sandals.
Ice packs (I use between one to three a night and often during the day use.) These packs can also be heated if need be.
My glow-in-the-dark plastic water cup which I use during the night (dry mouth is part of the whole RA experience.)
A foam bed topper for my joints in case the rental bed is too hard or too soft.
If you are thinking right about now that I am high maintenance, that would be right!
|Carrie Fancett Pagels and cousin Susan Carey Matheny|
We tried to keep our legs of the journey to 350 to 450 miles max. It was so wonderful getting to see so many folks, some blog friends I had not yet met in person, like Tina Rice, who has joined us on the Colonial Quills blog! I also got to visit Sister Mary Lou Kwiatkowski and some of her wonderful fellow nuns in Pittsburgh! And author Rita Gerlach, in Maryland, on our return trip.
|Carrie Fancett Pagels with Tina St.Clair Rice|
Tea Shop Folly (A Teacup Courtship Novella) now available in paperback. One of our commenters will receive a copy of this new novella!
O' Little Town of Christmas collection is now available with all of the novellas in one ebook. Novellas from the talented Cynthia Hickey, Debra E. Marvin, Becca Withal, Teresa Ives Lilly, and Linda Baten Johnson and myself.
This includes my 2016 Maggie Award published romance novella finalist "The Substitute Bride" (please be praying as mine is the only inspirational finalist and the winner will be announced in October at the Moonlight and Magnolias conference!)