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An Exceptional Morning

Almost without exception in this Buxton household, I am the first to rise, Jerry usually following within the hour. This morning was the exception. Around 5:30, Jerry rolled over to me, threw off my cover and asked if I didn't think it was great to wake up being kissed by my man.

"Uhmm..," I replied…and in a not very seductive response, "Yes, but I don't want to talk now."

He stayed a few minutes, then drew the cover back over me and left the bed. I turned over, stretched clear to his side of our king bed, grabbed his pillow and filled the entire bed with my sprawl. Delicious, stolen snoozing. I stayed there for another 30 minutes or so until wafts of the brew lured me out of the bed, down the two steps and into the kitchen where I poured a steaming cup of Starbucks french roast. I joined Jerry on the back deck where he was hard at work line-editing my manuscript.

Link to Excellence is the name of my newest book, and its production has been most challenging. Last Friday, Matt, my graphic artist, sent the final draft for my approval. I've gone through it once, now Jerry is checking each word, and I will read it again today, give Matt a call, and, looking at the manuscript on the screen, he will make the changes I want, then the book is off to New York for printing. This is a terrible time for the finishing of the book, seeing it also is the week of our big celebration, but it cannot be helped.


1. The photographer is wanting a list of shots we particularly want. I'll get that to him this afternoon.

2. We have guests coming tomorrow, so I've got to do some dusting, bathroom scrubbing and general sprucing up today. I also need to straighten up our "potting shed". On the Friday after our Thursday night reception, several of our out of town guests will be coming by our house. Want things to look right. 🙂 I also need to pull a few weeds in the front.

3. Email Aisha with some changes to the program she is designing and printing.

4. Make final decisions as to the old pictures we will be taking to the Storybook Inn on Thursday.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

12 replies on “An Exceptional Morning”

Congrats on the book and anniversary. I thought I was the only person that stole my husband’s pillow and 40 extra Zzzz’s.


Congrats on the extra snooze! I have to have that extra thirty minutes each morning or my day just doesn’t go right. I expect full details on where I can get a copy of your book!



Lots of Matts around. Glad to hear from you, Matt of Palm Springs. I spent a few minutes looking at your work and enjoyed it. Probably next week I will post an image of my book cover. Will keep everyone posted. Thanks for your interest.

I wish you every blessing and much success with your work. A couple of my books are at Amazon, but I haven’t loaded an image–which is a shame. I need to do that.


And you’re amazing, Daniel to keep such an eye out for my stats.

My new book will be a good one, I believe, but its layout has been difficult. I worked all day on line-editing and am waiting now for a corrected email manuscript to come from Matt.


Link To Excellence is a wonderful title. Makes me wonder already what’s in the book. Have fun these days. I am enjoying your descriptions of all the preparations for your anniversary party. We will celebrate simply here (37 isn’t on the biggie chart 😉 )


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