Adapting to 2021 realities

As a volunteer at the mobile food pantry at our church, I miss greeting people as I hand out items such as potatoes, carrots, onions, or other vegetables, stacked on long tables to people from the neighborhood as they walk by. The last time, I helped, I pushed a big shopping cart, often hard to steer, and stocked it with items as I passed by. I stacked frozen chicken, yogurt, beans, rice, juice, canned goods, and milk in a large box. At the end of the line, men lifted out boxes, added some bread or cake, and then loaded them into the trunks of cars as they pass by. If any food was left, people loaded it into Mission Central’s truck to go to the food pantry that is open on weekdays.

Here I am with a box ready to load into someone’s car.

Sunday mornings are different also. I can attend church in my nightgown with Lifestream or get dressed, put on a mask and sit in person in the pews. Our church probably holds 1,000 people, but only 222 attended in person last Sunday, while 516 watched at home.

Last Thanksgiving we ate dinner in the family room. My husband, my daughter, son-in-law, and I got vaccinated. One daughter refuses to be vaccinated, and we hope she stays healthy, but she will eat at the table with us.

Me, my husband, my grandson, and my two daughters.
Thanksgiving Dinner

Publishing my books is different also. I used to attend group signings of romance books at stores and libraries. Now I show their covers online and hope a large number of people see the cover pictures and take time to read about the story. My next book, Holiday with a Royal, Cordillera Royals Book Four, will be released October 16th.

Heroine Kelly Chandler wants to become a travel writer, but she misses boarding the plane in Tenerife (an island in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Spain) to go to Paris. She’s stunned when handsome Prince Mario manages to get the airline to hold the plane for her and she’s delighted to sit beside him in first class.

Check out Pretend Princess, Cordillera Royals Book One, now on sale.

About carolynrae

Carolyn Rae (a/k/a Carolyn Rae Williamson) - Her passion is writing romantic suspense and delving into the minds of stalkers, bombers and terrorists that threaten the course of true love. Romancing the Doctor, follows two lovers in a search for a dangerous virus spreader. It was published on May 22, 2018, Watch for the Cordillera Royals Series, soon to come, with Pretend Princess, Royal Wedding Scoop, and Holiday with a Royal. She has also written a Witness Protection Series, which includes Hiding from Love, Protected by Love, and Tempted by Love. She wrote the text of There IS Life After Lettuce (Eakin Press), a cookbook for heart patients and diabetics and has a master's degree in home economics. Whenever she tastes a delicious high calorie dish, she goes home to make a more healthy, but still tasty version for her husband to taste. Her profile, travel, and cooking articles have appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Positive Parenting, AAA World, Hawaii and Alaska, and Romance Writer's Report.
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