Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.



Rather than a day late and a dollar short, I’m gonna do this a day early.

At church this month, we’ve been blessed by having different women tell us what they’re thankful for. Each one has been thankful for Jesus, family and friends and most of them talked about that as well as other things in their lives.

I’m thankful, too. But as usual, I’m weird. (Maybe why I wasn’t invited to talk about it.)

I’m thankful I was born in a country where I didn’t have to wear a veil and be covered head to foot. Where I’m “allowed” to speak my mind and go and do and act pretty much the way I want. (Because knowing me, I was going to anyway, and this way I get to live through it.)

I’m thankful this is a country where I can talk about God (or not) and I don’t have to worry that my front door will be kicked in for it. Where I’m not risking my life when I share Jesus.

I’m thankful God gave us the Internet and Facebook so I can catch up with friends I haven’t seen (and sometimes didn’t know).    

I’m thankful for imagination. (Read it again. Yes. I’m thankful for the gift of imagination. It’s a biggie in my life.)

I’m thankful I have a job to go to and a story to write and a place that’s dry and warm (a little bit, anyway) to do it.

Did I mention I’m thankful for God and family and friends? I am.

What weird things (or not so weird things) are you thankful for this year?


Snitting and Wild Hairs

I might have to shave my head.

Know what I’ve been doing?

1-2No, not writing. Want to guess again? 🙂

1-4If you guessed Snitting, you guessed right. LOL


Why so many hats, you ask, when you only have one head? (And yes, I look silly in a hat.)

They aren’t for me. They’re gifts. Here’s where the wild hair comes in. *sigh*

(Here’s the reason I might need to shave my head. No hair, no wild hairs. Get it?)

1-5If this one looks like a teddy bear jigsaw puzzle, it is. Hopefully, I’ll get it stuffed and finished before I send it on its way.

They’re all for kiddos I don’t know.

Here’s why I got that crazy hair. I have a little friend who’s going to school near Tahlequah. I snitted and sent her a hat a few weeks ago, and she said all the girls in her house loved it. One even wanted to pet it. LOL.

Why not make one for all the girls in her house? the crazy hair whispered in my ear. 😉 When I started knitting furiously, I realized it was kind of a big bite to take here just before Christmas.

But a wild hair is a wild hair. What’s a mother to do? I’m enlisting a little help. Hopefully, we’ll get this wild hair of mine taken care of before Christmas.

1-6 This hat isn’t finished yet. In fact, it’s still on the needles. See at the top? It’s a cable needle (one long contraption with a needle on each end) meant for knitting in the round, except I’m using it like two needles and knitting the hat flat. I’ll seam it when I’m finished.

Leave it to me to use the wrong needles to get what I want. LOL. But it works. I’m getting there.

Did you ever get a wild hair, just when you should be doing something else, such as getting ready for Christmas? Is there anything to do for it except shave your head?

Are wild hairs ever a good thing? (I hope.) 🙂



Our Buddy, Buddy

G-Man and I had a great weekend! Friday night, we went to see Buddy Guy. That would have been quite a show, even if Buddy hadn’t been there.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a concert. We sat on the second row, and the people around us (and who thought they should be around us and weren’t) were a show all by themselves.

On man came in and wanted to know if Row 1 was Row A. A man sitting near us asked, “What?”

“IS THIS “A” AS IN APPLE???” the man screamed.

It wasn’t. “A” was back several rows, which didn’t make him a bit happy. He wanted to be right up front. Not being right up there didn’t keep him from yelling through most of the show.

The man I sat behind had a beautiful braid. Do you know what a temptation that is? When he turned around, his beard was braided, too, and had a silver dangle on the end. Real pirate stuff!

He was with a pretty blonde. The Pirate’s Blonde had on a pair of over-the-knees suede boots to die for. Even G-Man noticed them. 🙂 Next to them was a couple I thought of as a doctor and his wife. I didn’t talk to them, but something about the pair told me they were in the health profession. Mrs. Doctor was a pretty good dancer by the end of the show.

Even though the audience got a little rowdy (who knew the Old Lady on Brady had a liquor license?) Buddy put on a great polka-dot show. (Buddy is famous for his dots. His drum is dotted, the floor when he performs is dotted, and he always wears polka-dots.)

G-Man and I both enjoy his shows. G-Man because Buddy’s music is wonderful. G-Man thinks he’s the best guitarist out there.

Me, because he comes across as a really nice guy. He doesn’t just play and sing, he talks like he’s having a conversation with a friend. He spoke about his childhood in Louisiana, the book he’d written (be still my heart!) and the people he’d learned guitar by listening to and studying their technique.

He talked about where he lives near Chicago, and his club in Chicago, which is run by his daughters. He said when he’s not on the road or scheduled to perform at the club, he goes and sits in the bar to just watch people and hear the entertainment. He even told us what he eats and about shopping for his food. No seedless melons or yellow and white corn. He wants the real thing.

Oh, and his opening act (Robert Randolph and the Family Band) was wonderful, too. Love a great steel guitar! Anybody want to loan me one?


The Christmas Candle

Yesterday afternoon, G-Man and I went to see “THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE.”

On a scale of 0-5 stars, I give it an even 10!


It’s probably the very best Christmas Movie of the Season!

The book the movie was made from was written by Max Lucado. (I ordered the book last night.)

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And I saw the script writers/producers on the local news last week, and I believe it said they went to school at Victory Christian School in Tulsa!

That’s why it’s showing in Tulsa now when it opens nation wide on November 22nd. (And Tulsa is very special!) 🙂

image1These pictures come from The Christmas Candle website.

I wish I could show you a picture of the village where the story is set. I want to visit! (Whether it’s real or not.)

The story was great, the acting fantastic, and best of all was Susan Boyle, the singer. Oh, my stars! God gave that woman a great talent. It was wonderful to hear her sing! Worth the price of admittance just to listen to her.

image2When we got home, I looked up some of the actors who looked familiar. The man here (the Candle Maker) has played Dr. Who as The Doctor (Voice). I’m not sure what that means, but I was impressed! 🙂

image12I’m feeling Christmassy already.

One man who has a pivotal role in the movie looked so familiar. He isn’t on the website but I looked him up on IMDB. Here he is–

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He’s Rachel Weisz’s brother in “The Mummy.” In “The Christmas Candle,” he’s a man, dying with consumption who’s not worried about himself. He’s concerned about his nephew who doesn’t speak and his daughter who has lost her faith.

He does such a good job, I felt like I knew him. Or should know him.


The Christmas Candle is a beautiful, very well made movie with Christian values. I love having movies like this available and want to support them as often as I can.

I want to buy the video as soon as it’s available so I can watch it every year. It’ll be another one of my Christmas Traditions!

Have you seen CC? What was your favorite part?

If you haven’t, do you plan to?