November 2020
Happy Holidays!
Thanksgiving is behind us and the Christmas season is just around the corner. The holidays this year may not look like those of the past, but I find myself making an effort to make this season and this year memorable for something other than the obvious.

I finally did it! I have always wanted a grand piano, and with spending more time at home, I found myself longing to play a real piano. I’ve never been a great pianist, but I’m closer now than I’ve ever been and am enjoying learning some of my favorite Christmas songs.Thank you 2020!
Tried and True Recipe
Quite often, I am the one cooking for Thanksgiving. This year, it was just the two of us, so the menu was a little smaller. However, we enjoyed a 2-mile walk and a 5-mile bike ride in preparation for our meal. I decided to go with tried and true recipes including Lee’s favorite dessert, Apple Crisp with Maple Cream. He would be happy if I warmed up a can of soup for dinner as long as we had this for dessert. 
Cotton Patch Boutique

Over the past few months, I have enjoyed helping my sister Pam launch her new online store, Cotton Patch Boutique. The Store features unique women’s clothing, accessories, and gift items. I invite you to shop the website and follow the store on Facebook to participate in live shopping events. She is in Minneapolis, MN and I am in Mesa, AZ and together we visit and host these live shopping events on Facebook at least one a week. We enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Christmas Has a Way
As you are doing your Christmas shopping, remember music is the gift that keeps giving year after year. My best-selling Christmas Has a Way CD is available to purchase here and available for download on iTunes.

In Memory of Mark Wearsch

I met my friend Mark Wearsch after a show in Las Vegas. I was working for Lorrie Morgan and he and his wife Diane were vacationing from Ohio and in town for the show. Mark introduced himself and said that he was a web designer and would love to do a website for me. This was in the late 90’s and it seemed like a good idea. He said that I would need to send him pictures and he would get something started for me to look at. I explained how I really didn’t like taking promo pictures. Coincidentally, Mark was dabbling in photography and as it turned out, had a great eye for it. This was the beginning of a friendship that has been such a blessing in so many ways. 

Some of you know Mark, and more of you know his work. He became the only photographer I would use for over 20 years. All my profile pictures on Facebook, as well as the photos for my CD artwork, are pictures that Mark took. He also created many versions of my website over the years and he always worked tirelessly to put me in the best possible light. 

Through the course of countless photo-shoots, we got to know each other very well and with our spouses, shared many vacations and visits to each other’s homes. Mark made taking promo pictures fun – because we were friends. We took pictures in the snow in Ohio, on the beach in South Carolina, on a cliff in Red Rock Canyon (this picture was taken after that shoot) and countless other locations.

Mark's courageous battle with cancer and an immune disorder ended this past Sunday when Heaven called him home. I will miss his wonderful sarcastic sense of humor, his beautiful generous heart and his incredible gift. Rest in peace my dear friend.