I found Jackie to be an extremely organized and an extremely giving person, so it's my intention to let her speak for herself rather than prattle on about what you can find on her blog. I urge you to visit Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories, and to say hello to Jackie while you're there.
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|Reading spot complete with Reading Buddy.|
Hello my name is Jackie, go by Jackie B Central Texas on my comments across the blogs, @jacabur1 on Twitter, jacabur when I sign up to follow blogs. I love to read and share my books, promote Indie and mainstream authors, talk about my cats and my Chihuahua among other things on my blog posts.
As a lifelong born and raised Texan I cut my reading chops as a child with Westerns, favorites were those by Louis L'Amour thanks to my Father. As a preteen got interested in Sci-Fi, then as a teenager found historical and contemporary romance books appealing. In my 20’s my taste branched out to include Mystery Suspense Thrillers, some Horror and by my 30’s through now my all time favorite genre love has been for Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and any mixture of things that go bump in the night particularly Werewolves and Vampires.
|A comfy spot to curl up with a book.|
In my late 40’s I have discovered that all those genres still appeal and have added Erotic Romance to the mix to spice things up and to keep me warm on chilly winter days when I cuddle up in my recliner with a book or my ereader.
My blogging love affair started back in April 2009. The blog called Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories was created, at first it was going to be a way to share my love of my Chihuahua and the books that I read. That changed in May of 2009 when my Father contracted pneumonia and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital and then from there spent over a month in a Rehab facility. When he and my Mother were gone, she stayed with him the whole time and I went to visit them during the weekdays and weekends, my blog became a way to help me fill all the hours when I was alone in our home with only my pets for company. In June of 2009 my Dad came home, he lived 13 days and died on Father’s Day morning. For the rest of 2009 my blog gave me a way to overcome my sorrow, my rage and my guilt of his passing as I wished so very much there was a way that he could have gotten well instead and there was nothing I could do!
|Where the blogging happens.|
In September of 2011 we were among the hundreds of people who lost their homes to wildfires that raged through Bastrop County here in Central Texas. My blog once again helped to keep me sane after losing a lifetimes worth of memories when the home contents burned, thousands of pictures, books and other miscellaneous mementos of 30 years of marriage and almost 50 years of living all gone in one day!
We are now in another home, slowly have refurnished, my books to read are now numbered back in the range of 200 or more rather than 20 or so that I had in a bag and grabbed along with clothing and things we took when we evacuated that Labor Day weekend. It seems surreal now that all we had when we moved in was 4 suitcases of clothes for myself, my husband and my mother. All the pets carriers, their food, my Chihuahuas medicine and a few toiletries and framed photos.
|Another cozy reading spot.|
Since 2009 I have made a lot of contacts with other bloggers who read the same series and authors that I do, to this day they are still some of the bloggers who I follow and enjoy the posts of regularly through my emails and twitter shout outs.Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Jackie. You've been through some very tough times! I know that many of us have learned how significant blogging can be when we're experiencing some of the worst things life can throw at us.
My blog is going to be three years old this April, cannot for the life of me think back to what it was like before I had it to keep me occupied in my free time. Whether it be following the Waiting On Wednesday posts that allow me to find new books to add to my Wishing to Read list, whether it be enjoying seeing how authors/fellow readers set up their work/reading spaces on posts like this one, whether it be nosing through the In My Mailbox posts that other readers like myself share and drooling over all those shiny books or better yet whether it be when an author queries me on whether I would like to read and review their work blogging is fun and interesting every day.
Thanks for having me over today Cathy, it has been fun and if there is anything anyone would like to ask feel free as I am an “open book”. LOL
Many of my readers know that I have a thing for quilts, even though I don't have the talent to make them myself, so I just have to say that I love the one on the back of that rocking chair. Pretty!
We certainly appreciate being able to visit with you this week!
Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll be featuring another book blogger from our worldwide community!