Welcome to my state of Oregon.
I’ve lived in Northwestern Oregon since 1978 when my husband and I moved here. I’ve also lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California. While every state has its own beauty, I have to say I feel fortunate to have found my “forever” home here in Oregon. I love all the seasons, and in my part of the state, we seldom have to shovel snow!
We live within a couple hours drive of the city of Portland, Mt. Hood, and the coast. Portland has a wonderful art museum, science museum, and historical museum. There is a thriving artistic community with many local authors and artists. Many ethnic and traditional restaurants are found both within the city and the surrounding areas.
We had a custom home built in 1983 when my mother moved from Connecticut to join us and be here for our children as they grew up. Having extended family around was good for all of us. Now our daughter and her husband have chosen to live close to us so we are able to spend lots of time with her children.
We live near the beautiful Columbia River where many people enjoy boating, fishing, and other water sports. On Mt. Hood, skiers and hikers enjoy all the mountain has to offer, including the historic Timberline Lodge. At the coast, we enjoy the communities of Astoria and it’s many historic spots such as the Astoria Column, the Captain George Flavel House, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the recently opened Oregon Film Museum featuring films made in Oregon such as The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop. Just down the road is Fort Clatsop, an historic recreation of Lewis and Clark’s camp, complete with exhibitions and staff dressed in period costumes.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have very tall evergreen trees. My most recent release, Boo’s Bad Day, a picture book for ages eighteen months to six years, was inspired by these tall trees.
Many years ago, we had a black kitten named Boo. At that time, we allowed our cats to be inside/outside cats. When Boo was a teenager, we did have one of our infrequent snow and ice storms. He managed to be outside when the worst of it struck. He didn’t come home, and while we were concerned, we weren’t too worried as we assumed he had found a place to hide in a neighbor’s barn. When he didn’t come back the next day, we went out calling and located him high up in one of our fir trees. He wouldn’t, or couldn’t, come down. We called the fire department, but they told us they no longer went into trees to rescue cats. My husband climbed our fifty-foot ladder, but he was unable to reach poor Boo. Boo spent another night stuck in the tree. By morning, his meows were getting weaker and we feared he might fall out of the tree. We decided to call a friend who worked in construction and was unafraid of heights. He climbed to the top of the ladder and by stretching was able to grab Boo. When he got Boo down, we brought the kitty inside. He curled up in front of the wood stove and wouldn’t leave the house for a week. In Boo’s Bad Day, a black kitten is stuck in a tree in the winter, but it is not nearly as traumatic and his young owner is able to coax him down.
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Boo’s Bad Day can be purchased through the publisher at http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/penny-lockwood.php
In addition to Boo’s Bad Day, I have three romances published by MuseItUP Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror. Please visit the bookstore at https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=286&category_id=8&manufacturer_id=57&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
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