Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thankful Author 2018- Judy Ann Davis


Thanksgiving is the season of crisp short days and long dark nights. It’s harvest time with shiny red apples, plump orange pumpkins, and colorful gourds. To accommodate the cool weather, we dive into the back of our closets to dig out our old familiar sweatshirts, sweaters, flannel clothing, and jeans or corduroys.

For me, Thanksgiving is also a time to slow down and reflect on those things in our lives for which we are most grateful. This year, it’s health that tops my list. It’s so easy for us to take our health for granted. We think we’re unstoppable. We think our physical bodies will last forever.  We think nothing tragic will happen.

Since October of last year, I had been tangling with a sore knee. After spending the winter in Florida, and still having pain, I decided to seek more medical advice there. The surgeon discovered that it was not my knee, but rather a problem with my degenerative hip. I returned to Central Pennsylvania, but within a month, I realized that I needed to plan a surgery since the pain had become so intense.  But…and there’s always a “but.” Our first grandchild, a grandson, was born in December 2017, and we had already made plans to spend a month in Alaska with my son and his family.

After a rather uncomfortable trip to “The Last Frontier,” I returned to Pennsylvania where I waited and prayed for the day of surgery to arrive. I woke up pain-free from the surgery—and with a new hip joint.  Although I’m not doing a jig yet, I’m walking without discomfort.

So this year, I am offering my gratitude to all the people in the medical fields—surgeons, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, and many, many more, too numerous to mention, who unselfishly help the patient not only to be pain-free, but also to be comfortable during recovery, and who are understanding during trying and difficult times. These are my heroines and heroes this year. 
As we gather around the table to count our blessings and express our gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, may we enjoy a bountiful harvest of food, friendship, and fond memories. But let’s not forget to be thankful for our health.

[Note: The picture is of Grammy, Pappy, and little Harvey at a rodeo in Alaska.]

"Can a wily old ghost help two fractured hearts find love again?"

 When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.
Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.
Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?

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Award-winning author Judy Ann Davis is best known for her endearing characters and her unique colorful storytelling full of humor and wit. Four White Roses was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards and the Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Awards.

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  1. What a beautiful post, Judy Ann! I'm so happy to hear you're doing much better. I've heard many stories of those that have gone through similar surgeries and have no regrets. Your book sounds wonderful, and I'm wishing you all the best! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you. Surgery is scary, but I had a great team of doctors. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. Congratulations on your new grandchild! how wonderful. I hope your hip is healing well and you'll be dancing jigs soon. All the best.

    1. I never realized how much fun a grandchild could be. Luckily, there's Skype so we can watch him grow. Happy Thanksgiving!