Just Nonsense by Melynda Fleury

Jenn, from The Blog Starts Here, is spreading the word about a wonderful book called “Just Nonsense” by Melynda Fleury. Melynda sounds like an amazing woman, who embraces all life has to offer, despite medical issues with diabetes, which has stolen away most of her eyesight.

To be sure, Melynda has overcome a lot, like financial stress and surgeries that were very costly, plus she lost her home. Did this stop Melynda? No. Her best friend Elisa took the liberty of taking some of her best blog posts and put them in a book, because Melynda always dreamed about having a book published.

The e book is 2.99 and paperback 8.99. I’m reading “Just Nonsense” now…and it is hilarious!

Below is Elisa’s post, that I received from Jenn. Take a moment and read about this determined woman. Then please visit the links to Melynda’s book!


Melynda from Crazy World lost her eyesight.  We’re very good friends and her loss broke my heart. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please go here:

This may be goodbye for now

She’s gone legally blind in BOTH eyes, had surgery after surgery, gotten depressed, the list goes on.  To top things off, a few weeks ago, Melynda lost her house. Then, Meaghan (her daughter) almost died from a cyst that attached itself to an artery and leaked! Now this. Melynda is obviously sad about losing her driver’s license and independence. She WILL conquer this and diabetes, though; she’s a survivor.

Her strength and resolve astound me. I’ll never forget when someone tried breaking into my house. Melynda stayed up all night guarding my house from across the street.  She couldn’t see, but still said she’d ‘watch’ AND listen. I laughed thinking she was joking, but come to find out, she was serious. That woman stayed in her driveway ready to fight Lucifer if she had to.

I asked her about it later. “Why did you stay up? I know you couldn’t see.”

“So what if I couldn’t see them! THEY could see me. I can’t imagine someone trying to break in, when someone else seems to be sitting there watching.”

That’s just Mel, classy and brilliant all the time.  Any time I was sick, she’d make me food. I swear I’d sneeze and she’d make me a lasagna. Sneezing led to a good time! The point is, she’s really been there for me–and she’s epic–but right now it’s my turn to be there for her!

Months ago I begged her to find her favorite blog posts she wrote last year. We put a book together, planned on editing it. I created a cover and formatted it. Here’s what we came up with:

It was getting closer, but her eyesight went downhill fast after that and she never got to really “SEE” her book.  Instead of her book getting published, Melynda forgot about it and thought another dream just shattered. . . .

   So, why am I here, telling you this sad story?  Because it has a happy ending!

Melynda’s first book has been released!!!  And just between the internet and me . . . I think she’s pretty thrilled with the surprise.  Joshua (fromVive le Nerd), Fishducky (the goddess of awesomeness) and I edited Melynda’s book. We’ve surprised her with it, but the excitement doesn’t stop there. You can buy her work onAmazon, for kindle, and on Smashwords!

Thanks to all of your support and generosity, Melynda’s book, “Just Nonsense” made it to the 5th best selling book for family humor on Amazon last weekend! She made some money to buy supplies she needs.  But more than that, her book is spreading like wild fire–so many people love it.

Isn’t it amazing how helping someone can bring so much joy, so much peace?!  We started this hoping to cheer her up and now she’s a best seller. The battle isn’t over and she’s still trying to learn how to live life without her sight, but she’s getting there and I’m so proud to call her my friend.  Please check out “Just Nonsense.”  She can still use all the support she can get.  I hope you’ll love her book as much as I do.

If you’d like to add this to your to-read list, please go here: Goodreads/Just Nonsense

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The Best Worst Days Ever

Life is funny. Kids want to grow up faster than ever, and adults dream of bygone days when life was simple, when they were five or six, or maybe ten years old. As a mother of six children, well…now, mostly young adults, I spend too much time at the grocery store. Frequently, I see parents struggling with their kids, dropping groceries, and they look utterly exhausted. Last week, I saw a young mother pulling a grape lollipop out of her daughter’s hair. Yes, the child was screaming and kicking. Ah, the joys of motherhood!

You may think I’m crazy, but I’d give just about anything to get those long, sleepless—wonderful days back. I had five kids in seven years, and then seven years later had my sixth child. Yes! I was busy. They say there’s no use crying over spilled milk, but have you ever dropped a gallon of milk? I have, more than once, and it is one of the worst messes I’ve ever seen. Milk is not content to simply puddle around your feet. Oh, no. It must splash all over the refrigerator shelves, before it seeps under the refrigerator, and of course, this is while dinner is cooking. That means the dinner rolls are long forgotten until the smell of crispiness attacks your nose. Fun times…

Although the day I dropped a gallon of paint from atop a ladder on the second floor, only to watch it bounce and thrash down the steps to the foyer was truly horrendous! The paint exploded from the can to make huge spirals all over the wall I just painted. Those spirals, being a flat paint, dried super fast and had to be sanded off. The walls, carpet, foyer tiles, and me were a disaster, and I did this one to myself. Uh-huh…that was a bad day.

Oh, it gets better. My little darlings, all creative little sprites…loved to make me “things.” One morning, I awoke to find a cheese design on my wall. Actually, it was quite pretty, but cheese sticks…and when removed, leaves an oily mark. Nothing on earth would wash away the oil, so the oily remains had to be cut out, repaired, and painted. Try to imagine what they did with eggs and blue paint.

My youngest daughter, Brenna, still laughs until her eyes water, when my family recounts how she distributed an entire bottle of maple syrup all over our downstairs. I believe she was around four years old and did this in the middle of the night when I was in a coma. That morning, I stepped into a gooey puddle as my foot hit the foyer, and it was downhill from there. She managed to dribble that syrup all over the couches, floors, TV, her toys, and anywhere else she could find. Brenna was kind enough to make sure the silverware drawer was adequately doused as well.

Can I top that? Yep, I’m afraid so. Max the ferret probably made for one of the most memorable days my family has had…so far. Occasionally, the kids would let him run around the house. Unfortunately, Max loved to hide. After a few hours of looking for him, my daughter discovered he’d gotten stuck in my husband’s favorite stereo speakers. Let’s just say, hubby was not happy. The speaker died, Max lived. Yikes! What a day from you know where.

Those were the days, though. Every night, I tucked my kids in bed and knew they were safe and sound. I heard them giggling and telling each other goodnight. A child’s laugher is precious, isn’t it? So if parenting brings you any days like my past episodes…smile. Milk can be sopped up, walls can be repaired (many times), and ferrets can survive stereo speakers. Although, I’d suggest keeping cheese out of reach! The worst days become the best memories never to be relived, but wished for always.

Feel free to share your childhood antics, or family mishaps, and bring a bit of laughter to someone.

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