Slow Monday

Not much to report today. I had a lot of books to mail out this morning (10), so that was good. Took most of the morning packaging and delivering them to the Post Office.

This afternoon, I spent working on Elton John. Up to almost 5000 words which is about 1/4 of the way to the finish. Hope to be almost done by the time Doug gets back from vacation, so I can give a good report.

Feel like I’m coming down with something. Chest burns when I cough and I feel just achy and have chills. That usually mean some kind of illness. We’ll see. I’ll report any changes tomorrow.

The Sabbath Day

Today was Sunday and we went to Church this morning from 9-12. Barb and I are in charge of the bulletin for the service and so we handed them out just before the meeting started. I print them off on Saturday night.

Today was Ward Conference, so we heard talks from our Bishop (Matthew Bradley) and our Stake President (David Cottrell). I heard a lesson in High Priest from Bro Santos who is a high counselman from our ward and is from Brazil. He has some trouble with English, but I have met few men who have a stronger spirit. It was an amazing lesson and even though I couldn’t understand some of the words he spoke, I understood the spirit and was edified.

This afternoon, we went Home-Teaching to all four of our families. It is the last Sunday of the month and this has been a crazy month with no other opportunity to do it, so we did all four today. I have a list of names that we home teach. I’ll put that in later after I find the list. On family we visit is the Bishop’s family. We joke that we must be the best home teachers in the ward since Barb and I have home taught the last three Bishops over the last several years. Wouldn’t they assign the best to the bishop? I think so.

All in all, a wonderful and spiritual day. Tonight Barb and I read 1 Nephi 12 and then the first chapter of “The Continuous Atonement” by Brad Wilcox. It’s the second time, we are reading that book. It is fantastic and puts the sin that we do in proper perspective. That’s all for tonight.


Trip Up the Canyon

Barb and I went with the Senior Center on a bus ride up Provo Canyon to “look at the fall colors”. The only problem was, there were no fall colors. Oh, there was a yellow tree here or there and some orange way up high on the mountain, but nothing much to see down at our level.

It was a nice trip, even though we were stuffed into a bus with no leg room and I was completely exhausted by the time we got back. It was 4 hours in a packed bus, which luckily, did have air conditioning.

So, all in all, even though it wasn’t that pleasant a trip, we did get out of the house for the afternoon and got to spend some time together that wasn’t in front of the TV. So, all in all, not that bad a day, I guess.

Lehi’s Vision

Tonight, Barb and I read from 1 Nephi 8 (I think). This is Lehi’s vision of the tree and the iron rod and the building full of mocking people. I have never seen the vision more clearly in my mind than I did tonight. And, I have read the story many many times.

I can see the cloud of darkness and how we must hold on to the iron rod so we don’t get lost in the darkness. I can’t remember all the meanings of the different symbols (we will get to that in coming chapters), but I know the iron rod is the word of God (just like the song) and that if we are to find our way back to our Heavenly Father, then we must hold on to that rod. It will lead us through the darkness that is our world.

I also see my own Laman and Lemuel and I grieve for them. I wish I could help them find the rod, but there doesn’t seem to be much I can do. I just have to hope and pray that they will find their own way to the tree of life. I will undoubtedly leave this earth before them, so I hope to be waiting to welcome them on the other side.

Today, I worked on Elton John a little (I need to work on him much more) and listed a few books to sell. I talked to Doug this morning and he says I should stay the course and keep doing what I am doing even though the return is not all that great, it is still something and my niche is fairly evergreen. I hope he’s right.


Senior Center

Welcome to the exciting life of James Hoag. Today, was one of those when nothing different happened. I spent the morning getting caught up on stuff on the computer that I do each day and then when over to Dennis Hepler’s house to get his book ordered from Amazon. It is a proof copy and hopefully, will be the last iteration of the process so we can publish in a few days. The we will be done.

He said he is taking Barb and I out to dinner for all the help I’ve been giving him. I’m picking somewhere expensive.

I talked to Kim today. That was nice with Maggie screaming in the background. That’s really a different back ground from what I am used to. But I would still love to see them more, but I don’t see a tip in the near future. I was looking for whatever Genealogy work she had done but she doesn’t really have anything anymore and so I have to start over from paper records that I have. I will buying Legacy this week, so I can start putting in data.

We had lunch at the Senior Center. It was my favorite meal, the breakfast meal with eggs and sausage and biscuits and gravy.

So, all in all, not a bad day, but didn’t get much done on Elton John. Maybe tomorrow…..

Catching Up

I haven’t posted the last couple days because by the time I got in to my office to do it, it was too late and I just wanted to go to bed.

But, Sunday, Sept 21, there was the re-dedication of the Ogden Temple after being closed for about 4 years so they could practically re-build the whole thing. There were services in our chapel of the ceremony, but we didn’t go. Neither of us were feeling too good and it was a good excuse to stay home.

Monday, I spent the day working on my Halloween site. I don’t really like the way it looking, so might just forget about it. We’re getting too close to Halloween for it to really matter, anyway. I should get it ready for next year and spend my time working on the Christmas site.

Today (Tuesday, Sept 23), I went to the Family History Class again. That’s the class that got me started writing in this blog again. Ann Lewis talked about chronology which is putting the events of our lives in order. I have homework that I will work on over the next week. Later in the afternoon, I went back to Dennis Hepler’s house and got his book re-submitted for review. He had made a lot of changes to it and Createspace has to review it again. Hopefully, this is the last time.

That’s all for tonight.

Football Saturday

Today, Barb went to work and David and I are here at home alone. I spent the day playing on the computer and watching football. The Utah game and the BYU game were on at the same time, so I watched Utah beat Michigan (my old alma mater) and taped BYU (who played Virginia) so Barb could watch it when she got home. Both Utah teams won today, so it was a good day to live in Utah.

My Halloween site is coming along. I hope to have it up and running in a couple days.

Tomorrow is the re-dedication of the Ogden Temple, but I’m not sure we’re going. I am not feeling very good and Barb is in her mood of wanting to stay home and not go anywhere, but we’ll see how she feels in the morning.

Happy Birthday, Kristy. You are my youngest and I love you very much even though I don’t see you very often or talk to you. I hope you have a good day.

Not Much Happened Today

Today was one of those days when I really didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I talked to Doug (Hoover) this morning for a few minutes and then I had five books to mail out for customers who bought them. None of them were worth much, so the ROI wasn’t great, but every little bit helps and I’m thankful for what we get.

I got my Halloween site back. Now I have to install it and get it running, so that maybe I’ll make a few bucks before Halloween. As soon as that is done, I plan to start work on the Christmas site.

I read some of Elton John’s life, but none of it translated over to my book. I plan to spend some time tomorrow working on him and hopefully, writing a couple thousand words.

Barb spent the day at the Senior Center. Elder Quest has started for the fall semester and she is attending classes on Thursday and Monday. I don’t fell like I can spend the time on stuff like that when I could be writing or creating a site which, hopefully, will bring in income. We live so close to the edge, I’m afraid that one day we will fall off and we’ll be in deep trouble.

I wish I had profound words of wisdom to say that future generations would stumble across and be impressed with my rhetoric. But, I guess that’s not about to happen. Oh, well, take care everyone who reads this. I hope you are well.

I just read this over and it sounds kind of gloomy. Oh well, sorry. I guess I can’t be “up” all of the time. As it turns out, I hardly ever am (“up, that is).

Sept 17, 2014

OK, this will be a short one. Not much happened today. Barb and I went to the Senior Center for lunch today. There was supposed to be a Square Dancing Demonstration, but they cancelled and we got to hear one of the ladies play the flute for a half-hour. It’s not as bad as it sounds. She was actually pretty good. We had meatloaf.

I worked most of the day on my new Halloween site, and had it up and running and then decided to change everything and when I took it down, I messed up something and so had to call Hostgator to get them to fix it. Now I have to start all over again, tomorrow, or whenever they get it fixed. Hope to have Halloween done by the end of the month, so I can get started on the Christmas site.

Heard from Dennis Hepler today. He’s in my ward and has been writing an LDS children’s book and I’ve been helping him publish it. He got the proof copy in the mail today and he’s excited. There was some problem with his cover, so we have to re-publish the book with the new cover and I told him I would help him do that. I’ve spent about 10 hours, so far, working with him to get his book out the door. It’s a long process.

For devotional, tonight, we are reading from a book about Joseph Smith and the Relief Society. How, even though the women don’t directly hold the Priesthood, they still receive all the blessings from the Priesthood. The book quotes much of what Joseph said when the R.S. was organized. It’s very cool and we are enjoying it a lot.

I did work on Elton John a little, but not much. I’m shooting for having it done by the first of October, but probably won’t make it. Took me 6 weeks to write James Brown, I don’t know why I think I can get Elton done in 2, but we’ll see. Stay tuned for updates.

Right now I have 5 books (physical books) to package and mail in the morning.

Good night.








Sept 16, 2014

I am taking a family history class and today’s lesson was about Journals and writing in Journals. When the teacher asked who was willing to write at least 8 minutes a day for the length of the class, I raised my hand. I guess I’m a follower like that.

So, to document the day, it goes as follows: I got up this morning and had my 9 o’clock call with Doug and we talked about the four books (two copies of the Sixties mega-book, the paperback and the Kindle, then I published James Brown and the Spanish version of The Everly Brothers.) Who knows if any of them will sell, but I keep hoping} I published over the weekend. He is working on getting products from China to sell and he told me he is going on vacation to Mexico in a couple weeks.

After talking to Doug, I took Barb to work where she spent the day at Heinselmens Yarn shop. I drove home, stopping to pick up a prescription at the drug store and then heading over to the church for the Family History class. After class, I came home and did pretty much nothing for the rest of the day.

I have a new class I got online about selling on Amazon and plan to go through that in the next couple days. I hope to have a site up and running before the end of September for the Halloween business and then get my Christmas site up by the end of October to take advantage of Black Friday and the Holiday buyers.

Oh, and I am working on my next book: Elton John.

I went and picked up Barb at 6 and we had supper and then watched TV for the evening. Watched Masterpiece Mysteries with Hercole Peirot, Agatha Christie’s detective. It was pretty good. Not much on right now as the new season hasn’t started yet and the summer shows are winding down.

Our devotional was held after the news and tonight, we decided to abandon Elder Bednar’s book and instead read a book about the early days of the Relief Society. It is much easier to read and I think will be very inspirational. I am so glad of the testimony that I have of the church. We talked of praying out loud instead of just silent prayers. I suggested that we should, maybe, go out to the car and just sit in the car in the garage and speak to our Heavenly Father. We heard a talk on Sunday from Elder Scott (One of the 12 Apostles) about how our Father in Heaven is, literally, our father and he wants us to talk to him, but silent prayers always seem so forced. You should get away from other people and talk to Him like another person and what a difference that can make. I am going to try that tomorrow.

Well, it’s been about 8 minutes, so I will quit. Time for bed. Good night.