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Part 45 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

6 Jul

Part 45 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Have you just had something to come up that prevented you from doing something even though you really wanted to do it!  That was the past week when it came to doing my regular Video Blog of   If Oak Trees Could Talk!  Both my husband and I ended up catching a mean head cold or a series of allergy attacks.   Needless to say I sounded like I was talking through my nose and was hoarse because my nose ran and I coughed so much.  I was sure that you wouldn’t have wanted to hear me squeak through as I whispered through the Video blog of my book!

So even though I have coughed and sneezed, and blew my nose a hundred or more times, I’m here and am determined that I am going to deliver another Video Blog so that we can ease closer to the final dot and tittle of  my Romance Suspense Novel  If Oak Trees Could Talk!    My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you as you stick in here with me!  Today we began in a new Chapter!

 

Chapter 21

The Final Plans

The morning came in bright and cheery as Amelia’s feet hit the floor.  She paraded off to the shower to get her day started.  When she came out of the bathroom, Robert was still lying in bed asleep.  Amelia looked at him with such love.  He was her rock.  He supported her in everything that she had ever wanted to do.  As she stood just staring at him, he opened his eyes to her tender smile.  He yawned and stretched and smiled back.

“Good morning, was I drooling or something?  What’s so funny that you were looking at me with that Henry Tyler grin of yours?”  Robert asked as he chuckled a little.

Amelia walked over to the bed and climbed in.  She sprawled him as she bent over and kissed him. Robert shivered as her long cold dripping hair touched his chest.  She laughed out loud as Robert let out a yell.  He then rolled her over onto her back and tickled her unmercifully until she begged him to stop. He tenderly kissed her.  He rolled back off of her and lay beside her.  They held hands as she told him of her plans for the day.  She was going to go immediately to check on her parents.  After that she was going to speak to Mr. Henderson about coming to their house.  She was going to invite Nurse Melba Applegate to come to their house as well. Amelia wanted Melba to be able to share with Mr. Henderson about all that she knew about Mr. Hodges and the Scioto County Nursing Home in private.

“What time will you come home, then?”  Robert asked.  “I would like to be here to hear all that is said, so that I can help us figure out our next move!”  He continued.

“I will try to be home when you get home from the Hardware store! How’s that!  I need to make up a few appetizers for our company!  I just do not want to set the meeting in town in case Mr. Hodges has more people like Sheriff Eugene working for him.   I want this to be top secret until Mr. Henderson can present the evidence we have to the Attorney.  I am just hoping that we will have enough on Mr. Hodges to go forward and that he is immediately arrested.  If not, then my parents along with Nurse Melba’s father could be at great risk.  Robert, I can’t believe this is going on right here in Mason Creek.” Amelia said with a sad sigh.  “If I didn’t know it to be true, no one could have convinced me that this was happening.  One thing I can say about Mr. Hodges is that he knows how to direct Glenview very efficiently as to not draw any unwanted attention to himself.  He’s never presented Glenview as being anything other than a top of the line care facility which may be, until you cross him.  I guess I just wonder why others have never came forward?  Surely others suspected wrong doing at times.   I mean if suddenly my father who has never slept all the time, started sleeping or was zoned out all the time, I would be finding out what was going on?   I realize many of the older folks in there are really sick and weak.  Maybe their loved ones can’t tell the difference between their sicknesses or a medicated state.   It is a sad day in Mason Creek.    The news of Glenview is going to rock our little peaceful community. You know we’ve just always have had such loving and caring folks here!  Who would have imagined someone like Mr. Hodges living here under such pretense?

“Well Honey, unfortunately, I guess it is a sign of the times that we now live in.  Things have changed so much since we were youngsters.” Robert stated.

“Speak for yourself Old Man Steele, but I am still a youngster!” Amelia teased.

“Your parents are still youngsters for sure! Heck, they’re younger than we are!” Robert said with a chuckle. “I need to learn some of your Daddy’s romantic tricks if you know what I mean!”  Robert said as he gently stroked down Amelia’s wet hair and then her bare shoulder.  He gently pressed against Amelia and kissed her passionately.

“Oh Baby, believe me, you have all of the tricks that you need!  Amelia stated,” but I am so sorry dear, you won’t get a chance to use any of them this morning!  I’ve got to get up out of this bed and get dressed.  I’ve got to get the kids up for school and drive to Glenview early.  Maybe you can think of some romantic tricks to use on me later!  I’ll look forward to them!  Amelia promised with another kiss as she sprung up out of the bed and ran to the bathroom. 

“See, I obviously do not have the kind of Romantic tricks that your Daddy has.  He is how old?  He always has your Momma smiling!”  Robert continued to tease.

Amelia came and stood in front of Robert at the foot of the bed. She then smiled ear to ear!  She laughed out loud as she ran to the bathroom to dry her hair. 

“I am determined that I will make that smile of yours real!”  Robert promised.

          Amelia didn’t style her hair.  She just blew it dry and let it go natural.  She rushed to get dressed so that she could drink at least one cup of coffee before waking the boys.

          “Do you want anything for breakfast?”  She asked as she was rushing toward the hallway.  “I’m putting on coffee before I wake the boys!” 

          “Nope, thank you, coffee is fine. I have an early meeting at the Hardware Store with Joe Bentley from Bentley Farm Supply this morning around Nine o’clock. Thought I would bring in Elma’s Biscuits.   Meet you down stairs in a few!”  Robert answered.

          Amelia loved being a wife and a mother.  She also loved working at the Hardware store while her boys were at school. It gave her great joy to hear so many of their customers who were mostly neighbors and friends speak adoringly about her parents.  She appreciated Mr. Thomas helping out while she was taking care of her parents.  Closing the store was never an option with Amelia.  She grew up in the hardware store. When she was little, her father had built a nice little cubby or nook for her.  He built it right under the stairs.  It was her little secret thinking place, or at least when she was small she thought of it as a secret. Amelia wanted to pass the Hardware store on to her children and grandchildren, but as Robert said times were changing so with the world, she only hoped that the boys would want the business when they were grown.

          Amelia woke the boys up and pulled out some cereal from the cabinet.  She placed the milk and some fresh fruit on the table and waited for the men in her life to come into the kitchen.  In the meantime, she opened the kitchen window over the sink and listened to the glorious sounds of the birds singing.  It was already quite warm outside.  It was sure to be another scorcher today in Mason Creek.  Amelia however, had no idea just how hot things were going to get until she went to Glenview. 

          When the boys came in, she kissed them all.  She ran to her car, so that she could get ahead of all the elementary buses.  When she got to the Glenview’s parking lot, low and behold who was there but Sheriff Eugene. The thoughts of having to deal with him made Amelia sick to her stomach.  She however, refused to be intimidated by him.  As she walked up the sidewalk to the entrance of Glenview, Eugene acted as if he would block the entrance.  She looked him straight in the eye and continued to walk forward.  He just barely moved out of the way, but not before blowing cigarette smoke in her face.   Amelia’s face burned as she had never wanted to punch someone so hard in her life.  She was furious, but held her tongue and pushed by him. She felt sorry for his parents. She wondered to herself if Eugene knew about all that Mr. Hodges has been doing and if he was party to it.

          When she walked into the lobby of Glenview, immediately she saw Mr. Hodges as he was undoubtedly lying to some unsuspecting family about a precious loved one.  She wanted to run to them and scream for God’s sake take them somewhere else.    She totally refused to look into his evil eyes although she could feel his eyes glaring at her.  Amelia walked around the corner to the hallway where her parents were.  She knocked on the door to hear a sweet voice on the inside say, “come in please!”

          “Good morning sweetheart.  How are you this morning?”  Helen asked as she held out her arms for Amelia to hug her. Both of her parents were sitting at their little quaint bistro table drinking coffee and eating breakfast.

          Amelia walked to her parents and hugged them both!  I am fine.  What are you having for breakfast?”  She asked, “Yummy, it smells like grapefruit and what else?”

          “Oatmeal and toast for Henry, just the fruit and toast for me.” Helen answered.

          “How are you Daddy?  Did you sleep well?”  Amelia asked as she noticed Henry was smiling at her. 

          “I’ve got something for you, Amelia!”  Henry said, “But I can’t give it to you yet.  The nurse is supposed to be back in here in a minute and I don’t want her to see anything.”  Henry continued.

          “Oh okay Daddy, Amelia said.  She had no clue what he was speaking of.  As she looked around she noticed Henry’s old friend was hanging on the wall.  She also saw a special quilt that once belonged to her grandmother that was lying across the foot of their bed.  The bed was all made up and her parents seemed to be alert and fairly well considering all of the changes that they had gone through in the past few days.         

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk! or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  When you Subscribe to my WordPress Blogs, I have a wonderful free gift for you as my thank you! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

 

 

Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk

16 Jun

Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk! Hello Everyone, Welcome back to my video blog of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I hope that you’ve been enjoying the last days of spring as we are marching quickly into …

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Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk

16 Jun

Part 43 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Hello Everyone, Welcome back to my video blog of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I hope that you’ve been enjoying the last days of spring as we are marching quickly into summer.  I’ve been working on a New Book which I am very excited about and doing a few other projects that I’ve tried to put the finishing touches on!  I apologize that I’ve not done this blog for a couple of weeks, but we are moving on and I appreciate you hanging in here with me!

 

We will finish up Chapter 19 Henry the Spy and Go right into Chapter 20 Common Friends!

When Nurse Applegate knocked on their door, Helen answered once again. The nurse walked in first and then Henry followed.  He had a very productive walk. He was sure that he could formulate a plan to spy out the enemy.  When he walked into the room his eyes met Helen’s. She saw the slightest curl of his lip into his impish little grin, but Helen was quite upset and never smiled back. 

“Here you are Mrs. Tyler. I am delivering Mr. Tyler back to you. I also have your medications.” Nurse Applegate stated.

  Both Helen and Henry looked at each other as Nurse Applegate handed the small little pill cup with a couple of pills each in them.  Helen noticed right away that Henry had an extra one.  Henry could not have told anyone what kinds of medications that he had taken over the past six months or so. Henry watched Helen’s eyes and knew that something was wrong, so they both did as they had planned to do.  They would pretend to take the medication by hiding it under their tongues.  Helen only wished that Nurse Applegate would leave immediately.

They did just that, Helen handed Henry his pills with a glass of water and Henry pretended to take them.  But suddenly Helen thought to ask Nurse Applegate if it was okay for her to take hers on an empty stomach. 

“Oh, I am sure it would be fine if you take it after you eat, Mrs. Tyler. Someone from the cafeteria should be bringing your food right up.  Just make for sure that you drink a full glass of water with them okay? Especially Mr. Tyler’s it looks as though his doctor has prescribed him something new for his severe allergies.

“Yes Nurse Applegate I sure will do that.” Helen promised as she flashed Henry a strange look.

“Is there anything else that I can get you before I leave for the night?”  Nurse Applegate asked.  I have to meet someone around Nine o’clock or so and it is Eight-thirty right now. 

“No Sweetie, we will be fine.  Will we see you tomorrow?” Helen asked. 

Suddenly someone knocked on the door.  Both Helen and Henry flashed each other a frightened glance that Nurse Applegate could not help but notice.  She knew that they were probably shaken up from the ordeal that they had just gone through.  So she reassured them, “I’m sure that is your trays!” Nurse Applegate said with an understanding smile as she opened the door. 

Sure enough it was the kitchen leaving Henry and Helen’s Banana sandwiches.  Nurse Applegate took the tray and placed it on the little bistro table.

  “Bon appétit, your gourmet meals awaits!” she teased with a smile.  Now to answer your question Mrs. Tyler, yes, I will be here tomorrow.  Looks like you and Mr. Tyler are stuck with me while you remain here.  Tonight the Nurse at the front desk, Nurse Warren will check in on you.  She will not step inside unless you need her to.   It is totally up to you.  Goodnight and have a peaceful night.  I know that you both must be exhausted.”

“Goodnight, thank you for everything!”  Helen said as the nurse walked out their door.  Henry immediately spit the pills out into the little cup that Nurse Applegate gave him.  They were bitter in his mouth, but had not dissolved.  When Helen saw them, she said, “The little white pill is one that you have been taking but that big white one is a new one.  Do not take it Henry!”  Helen ordered. “You must hide them somewhere until we can give them to Amelia tomorrow.  Severe Allergies, what a horrible lie!”

Chapter 20

Common Friends

When Nurse Applegate walked through the sliding doors to exit Glenview’s Residential Home for the Elderly, the air felt fresh and crisp after the earlier thunderstorm.  She took in a deep breath as she loved the way the air smelled after a rain. There were still standing puddles of muddy orange water in the parking lot.  She walked this way and that to avoid them until she got to her car.   Once she was in her car she began to think of what she would tell Amelia.  She had to protect her father  just as Amelia was trying to protect her parents from Mr. Hodges.  Nurse Applegate put her car into gear and drove directly to Maggie’s Pie and Coffee to meet Amelia.  She dreaded talking about her experiences with Mr. Hodges, but looked forward to really getting to know Amelia.  Nurse Applegate hoped to gain a friend in Amelia as they had much in common and she never knew anyone in Mason Creek other the elderly folks at Glenview.

Amelia arrived at Maggie’s Pie and Coffee before Nurse Applegate had.   She took the liberty of ordering Ms. Maggie’s famous apple pie for both she and Nurse Applegate.   Amelia had a trying day and it felt good to just sip on a steaming hot cup of coffee.  She spanned the room to see if anyone was there that she knew.  The boys coach and wife were sitting in a corner booth.  Amelia took the time to thank them for keeping the boys for them during her Daddy’s escape. Just as she was headed back to her seat at the counter where she had been sitting Nurse Applegate walked in.  Amelia greeted her with a smile.  She turned to the counter and asked Maggie if she could bring another cup of coffee and the slices of pie to a back table.  Nurse Applegate followed as Amelia lead.

“Hello Nurse Applegate, how are you?”  Amelia asked to begin conversation.

“Please call me Melba, I’ve been a nurse all day, and now I just want to be Melba!”  Nurse Applegate said with a chuckle.

“Sure, I like that much better anyway.” Amelia replied.

“Call me Amelia please.   Mrs. Steele sounds like I am iron lady!”  Amelia said as they both giggled. 

“How did my parents do after I left?”  Amelia asked.  “I hope they are adjusting well, you know everything was new to them, no offense, but even you are new.  I just worried about them as I didn’t want Daddy to become confused.”

“Well, honestly they seem to adjust to the room pretty well, but Mr. Tyler was a little disoriented this evening.  I surmised it was because he had not had any of his meds today. They also had not had anything to eat since you were with them, so I made for sure they ordered them something before the cafeteria closed.  Mr. Tyler walked with me to the cafeteria and everything.”  Melba reported to Amelia.

“Really, that sounds a little weird!” Amelia said with a confused look on her face.  “Did he leave Momma alone?” 

“Yes, he left Mrs. Tyler alone for the length of time it took us to make our trip.  I said trip because the reason he wanted to go was because he told me he wanted to see an old friend! I, of course, thought that he might have been talking about another patient, but instead he wanted to go back to his old room.  Maybe it was because it was familiar to him, but then once he went inside he took a picture from the wall.  When I walked in, he was talking to the picture and told his “old friend” that he missed it. I have seen this behavior Amelia in a lot of amnesia patients.  They get better, but out of the blue, they can revert back.  I assumed again it was because he had not had his meds.”  Melba tried to comfort.

“Well, he is not as crazy as you may think, Melba!”

“Oh, please I did not mean to imply that he was crazy!”  Melba said apologetically.

“Oh, excuse me, wrong choice of words on my part.  Let me explain.  My Daddy grew up in a house that was built by my Great Great Grandfather.  In the side yard of this house is a huge old Oak tree that my Daddy calls his old friend.  The picture on the wall in his room is a picture I brought him because somehow the tree seems to comfort him and help him.  I know that sounds crazy, but I was desperate to do anything that I could to help him come back to us.”  Amelia explained.

“Ah, that is the sweetest thing. Well, it seems to have worked.   I saw him hugging that picture just as though he was hugging a person.  The look on his face was priceless!”  Melba shared.

 

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk! or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  When you Subscribe to my WordPress Blogs, I have a wonderful free gift for you as my thank you! I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

 

Tell the Enemy To Scat!

16 Jun

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Part 42 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

25 May #inspiringonedreameratatime

Part 42 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Welcome back to my Video Blogs of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I hope that you are having a wonderful and productive week!  My week has been awesomely blessed to be able to do what I do!  When your passion and your profession meet there is such a wonderful coupling to walk in.  I hope that as you read along with me or “tune in” that you are enjoying this story!

Today we pick back up in Chapter 19 Henry the Spy!

Nurse Applegate was startled.   She had read Henry’s charts which read that he was diagnosed with amnesia.  Henry’s amnesia was also classified as amnesia with functional causes which meant that his type of amnesia was psychological in nature.  Henry’s type of amnesia occurred because his brain put up a defense mechanism to forget the painful and traumatic experience of Helen’s leaving him. The good thing about Henry’s type of amnesia however, is that his type could possibly mean a full recovery.   Earlier today when Nurse Applegate had met and talked with the family Henry seemed much more alert.  She considered his actions now to be caused by a lack of his medications.

            “Mrs. Tyler, I will bring Mr. Tyler his medication back first, before going to the cafeteria, as it seems as though he may need them now.”  Nurse Applegate stated.

 Helen agreed with Nurse Applegate even though she didn’t really understand what Henry was up to.   She was as surprised herself when Henry suggested that he go with Nurse Applegate.  Helen didn’t like it. She never wanted Henry to leave her sight again for his safely, nor did she want to be alone without him for hers.

“I’ll go with you, Nurse, Henry stated.   Henry rose up immediately from the bed.  He walked around the side of the bed and was ready to go with Nurse Applegate to get his old friend which was his picture of course, that Amelia had gotten for him.  Nurse Applegate did not know about his friend.  Henry thought that it would still be in his old room.   He wanted to go and get it to assure that it would not be lost. However, once he had gotten this reaction from Nurse Applegate, he decided to take full advantage of the opportunity to let the staff at Glenview continue to think that he was not at all well.  Henry knew that he wasn’t completely well, but he was well enough to know exactly what he was doing now and what he needed to do to try to trap Mr. Hodges in his dirty dealings.  It worked out exceptionally well since Nurse Applegate did not know him.   She assumed he was talking out of his head, which played right into what Henry hoped would happen.  He wasn’t going to reveal that he had gotten a lot of his memory back to her.  He intended for Mr. Hodges to still think he was very ill. 

As Nurse Applegate walked out of Henry and Helen’s room, Henry went in the opposite direction pretending to not know where he was.  He then turned and followed along beside of her.  Nurse Applegate tried to carry on a conversation with him but he let on that he never understood her.  It was actually very difficult to act, for Henry knew that he was in a dark place like the one he was portraying for far too long. He was ready to talk, whether it was to a stranger or not.  He longed to shout and let the world know that he was coming out of a dark tunnel into the marvelous light. Henry never enjoyed deceiving anybody, but he felt this gave him an advantage over Mr. Hodges.  It let him roam and investigate without really drawing a lot of suspicion.

Soon he and his new nurse rounded the corner to a corridor of rooms where he and his sweet Helen had lived for what seemed an eternity.  He ran into his old room ahead of Nurse Applegate to find his old friend hanging right where he left her!  He grabbed the picture off of the wall and began laughing like a school boy.  “There you are my old friend!  I am so glad I got to go home and see you in person.  You helped me so much!”  Henry said as he was hugging the picture like it was a real live friend.  Just as he was hugging the picture Nurse Applegate come in.  Yes, again she concluded that he was definitely an amnesia patient or at the very least a mentally challenged patient.  Henry wanted to explain to her that he wasn’t crazy, well not as she considered him to be crazy, but again it was best if he let her assume that he was.

“Want to go on with me to the cafeteria?”  Nurse Applegate asked, “Or do you want to walk back to your room first?”

Henry just shook his head, as he thought he needed to investigate the cafeteria area to see if there was anything in there that he could possibly use or need to get into Mr. Hodges office.   He walked along beside her and never said a word.  Occasionally he would look up to the ceiling for no reason because he had seen other mentally challenged patients do it a lot in Glenview.  Nurse Applegate pushed open a set of double doors and Henry followed.  He judged from the distance they walked that the cafeteria was almost parallel to Mr. Hodges office.  There was one long hallway of patient’s rooms that separated them.  He looked up to the ceiling again, but this time it was to see if he could find any heating or air conditioning ducts running through the ceiling.  Sure enough there was.  Henry took note of where they were placed, how many of them there were.  He also noticed that in the far wall there was a huge built in pantry shelf with a huge ladder to make the top shelves accessible.  Perfect he thought.   He could actually use that to do what he needed to do.  He noticed the cafeteria staff.  All of them that worked the line were wearing white.  They were all women, however as he walked through the line with Nurse Applegate, he noticed the workers in the back who were wearing black and most of them were men.  They were loading supplies from a back door into a back room that must have served as a supply closet.  He could see what he thought was extra uniforms folded neatly on the shelf in the entry way of the supply closet.  He felt like he had seen enough to at least formulate a plan to find out what Mr. Hodges was up to.  Because he was looking around so intently he never drew any attention from Nurse Applegate.  She knew that patients such as Henry were prone to look confused.  His trip was very productive indeed, Henry thought!

“Are you ready to go Mr. Tyler?”  Nurse Applegate asked as Henry walked forward but was still looking back.  She had no clue that he was actually counting how many steps it took him to get to the door.  Again she just assumed that it was the behavior of someone with his problem. Every step represented seconds. Henry calculated how many seconds it would take him to get from the door to the counter.  He was spying out the land so to speak and without any suspicion.  Of course Henry was still carrying the picture of his old friend with him and it somehow seemed perfectly natural to all of the staff at Glenview.  He was grateful that he could remember what he learned when he was in the service. He was overwhelmed and grateful that he wasn’t just another patient at Glenview, but that he was going to help his neighbors and friends who had been placed in Glenview for various reasons.  Henry thought it sad that their families probably were deceived by Mr. Hodges just as He and Helen were.  He hoped that he could help get Mr. Hodges out of Glenview before anyone of them would ever have to find out how ruthless he was.

When Nurse Applegate left the cafeteria she then walked a little distance down the hallway to a closed room with windows to where you could see everything and everyone inside.  This was the room where all of the medications were housed. She took keys out of her pocket.  She turned to Henry.

“Mr. Tyler, you must stay out in the hallway.  Do you understand? You cannot follow me in here.”  Nurse Applegate tried to explain, but Henry did not let on as to whether he did or didn’t understand.  He pretended as though he would go in with her, but had no plan to really follow her. Nurse Applegate put her hand out and placed it on Henry’s chest as he acted as though he would go in.  She held him back and he obeyed her.  He then waited patiently until she came out.  He was becoming a little nervous as he did not want to be caught out in the hallway by Mr. Hodges.  He had no clue what time Mr. Hodges left for the day.  That was something he made a note of in his mind that he needed to follow up on.  Nurse Applegate opened the door and she and Henry walked around the corner and down the hallway where he and Helen was now staying.  As they had walked, Henry surveyed the front desk in proximity to their room, then to Mr. Hodges hallway, and then the distance to the cafeteria.  He was formulating and calculating as he walked merrily along with Nurse Applegate.  She was none the wiser and neither was anyone else. The “Ghost” roamed the hallways of Glenview!

 

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk! or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

Tell the Enemy to Scat

21 May

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Part 40 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

12 May

Part 40 If Oak Trees Could Talk!     As Mother’s Day has just past and Father’s Day is coming next month, the characters of Henry and Helen in If Oak Trees Could Talk remind me of my own …

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Part 40 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

12 May #inspiringonedreameratatime

Part 40 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

 

 

As Mother’s Day has just past and Father’s Day is coming next month, the characters of Henry and Helen in If Oak Trees Could Talk remind me of my own parents who have now both passed and went on to be the Lord, but will forever live larger than life in my heart! In writing this book, I wanted to honor my parents who not only gave me life, but taught me about how to live life!  Once again thank you for reading along with me or “tuning in” to my video blogs of If Oak Trees Could Talk!   I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this book as it is very dear to my heart!

We will finish Chapter 18 The Detectives!

Soon the boys were finished eating and helped clear the table.  They went outside to play as Robert and Amelia cleaned up the kitchen.  Amelia told Robert of the day’s horrible events.   He now understood why his wife was so upset.  He became angrier as Amelia told him what Mr. Hodges had done and attempted to do with her parents. 

“He is pure evil, Robert!”  Amelia stated as chills ran through her.  “I fear for my parents, but they insisted on staying there.  My Daddy is going to play detective which is even more terrifying to me.  Mr. Hodges is not playing here!  He is out to save his reputation and the facade of Glenview no matter who he hurts in the process.  I felt like I was in a nightmare today and just needed to wake up.  This is like a horror movie, but it’s not a fake movie, it is very real and right here in Mason Creek!”

Robert could see that Amelia was very scared.  He again pulled her into his loving arms and just held her.  He assured her that he would not let anything happen to her or her parents.  “We will get them home!” Robert promised. “I will go get them now if you want me to!”  He declared.

“No, Robert, Mr. Henderson has to have a little time.  He’s going to the state attorney in morning, in the meantime I need to go and meet with Nurse Applegate to see if she can tell me more about what is going on.  She seems to be legit.  I can only hope that she is!” 

“I’ll go with you!  We can drop the boys at my sisters!” Robert suggested.

“I don’t think that is the best thing.  Nurse Applegate is probably as afraid and untrusting as I am.  She may just close up and not share anything if you come.  I believe I need to go alone.   Don’t you?”

“Maybe you’re right, but I don’t like it.  I just want you to be extra careful.  If you suspect anything, I want you to promise me you will call me immediately to let me know!  I will come to you, okay?”  Robert ordered.

“I promise Robert! I love you with my whole heart!”  Amelia said as she leaned into Robert to kiss him tenderly.

“I love you Mrs. Steele!” Robert replied and gently kissed Amelia on her nose.

They laughed and went outside to be with the boys.

            Soon Amelia kissed the boys and Robert as she sped out of the driveway.  She wanted to run by Glenview and check on your parents one more time.  As she arrived in the parking lot she glanced up to Mr. Hodges office.  She could see lights on, so she assumed that he was probably still at Glenview.  She became nervous as she once again thought of her parents being harmed by him.  Amelia practically ran to get inside the building.  Once inside the nurse at the station was on the telephone, so Amelia smiled and went on toward her parent’s room.  She gently tapped the closed door.  However, there was no answer.  Amelia almost in a panic, immediately pushed the door open to find both her parents snuggled up tightly. They were sound asleep. She watched them awhile. Her parents seemed so peaceful.  Amelia thought to wake them, but instead she smiled tenderly and backed out of room.

            When she backed out of their room, she headed down the hall when Nurse Applegate came around the corner.  “Well, hello again!” Nurse Applegate said with a friendly smile.

            “Hello, I was just checking on them! They were sound asleep.  I couldn’t bring myself to wake them to let them know that I came by to check on them. They just looked so sweet and peaceful” Amelia stated.

            “Yes I know, they seem to be exhausted as I checked on them a short while ago. They were resting. They are so sweet. I noticed that they were all snuggled up together.”

            “Nurse Applegate, you will never find another couple so in love as my parents are with each other!  They act like teenagers!  They can’t keep their hands off of one another!” Amelia said with a chuckle.  “I am glad that they are together.  If they weren’t I would move in here myself whether Mr. Hodges liked it or not!” Amelia stated rather defiantly.

“Don’t worry, Ms. Steele, I will take good care of them!  I promise!” Nurse Applegate said as she too seemed a little defiant.

“Thank you so much.  I feel a little better knowing that they have someone as caring as you!  Amelia replied, as she found herself really liking Nurse Applegate.  She then whispered, “How soon will you get out of here? I have a few errands, but will be at the place we talked about.”

“My shift ends at around Nine o’clock. I will meet you as soon as I can get there!”

“That sounds wonderful!  Again I want to thank you for taking good care of those two lovebirds in there.  They are two amazing people. I would love for you to get to know them better!  Maybe after all this mess is over, you can!”

“I would love that!” Nurse Applegate agreed. “Go, get out of here and run your errands.  They are fine!”

Amelia smiled as she came around and corner. Immediately her smile left as Mr. Hodges was at the nurse’s desk.  At first Amelia was going to wait to see if he left, but then she thought to herself that she wanted him to see her.  She wanted him to see that she was on her guard.  He would not be able to do anything without going through her first. 

As she walked down the hallway to the nurse’s station, she never stopped.  As she kept on walking both hers and Mr. Hodges eyes met.  The glares from both of them were cold. Soon Mr. Hodges’s developed an evil glint as he grinned a devilish grin while Amelia walked by him.   She never slowed up and acknowledged his presence. She continued walking out of the sliding glass doors, down the sidewalk to the parking lot.  She could barely put her key in the door because her hands were trembling so badly.  However, once inside her car, she took deep cleansing breaths and calmed herself down. 

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply Subscribe to my blogs or to my  Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

Part 38 If Oak Trees Could Talk

28 Apr

Part 38 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

Hello Everyone, I am so glad that you chose to join me again on my Video Blogs of my Romance/Suspense Novel If Oak Trees Could Talk!  I love all the new people that have found me and made comments.  Thank you so much for “liking” the Video Blogs.  If you‘ve just recently found me, I wanted to say these blogs were really just me trying something different with my Romance/Suspense novel.  I personally just wanted it to be read, so I thought I would read it myself and video blog it.  I wanted to send out a big Thank you, again to all of you that have hung in here with me since the Part 1 of If Oak Trees Could Talk!  You are amazing and I am so grateful!

 

Today, we begin in…..Chapter 18 The Detectives!

The doors to Glenview opened to allow Amelia to walk outside.  The humidity in the air was thick and heavy and felt moist against her skin.  The heat seemed to hit her in the face when she stepped out of the air conditioning.   A warm brisk wind was blowing and Amelia could see that there were several storm clouds gathering in the westward sky. She ran quickly to her parent’s vehicle as rain began to fall.  When she climbed in the front seat she started the car and put it in gear.  Suddenly there was a tap on the passenger side window.  It was Mr. Henderson from the Mason Creek Times.  Amelia immediately bent over the front seat and opened the door.

“Hurry, get it!” She ordered.

“Hello, Ms. Amelia, how are you doing?”  Mr. Henderson asked as he obeyed Amelia. “I’m sorry that I am soaked.  I should have listened to my old knee this morning! Every time it is going to rain, my knee will act up.  

 Mr. Gerald Henderson and his wife Sophia were also lifelong friends to her parents.  Henry and Mr. Henderson had known each other since they were young boys.  They had gone through twelve years of school together.  Mr. Henderson’s wife was the Mason Creek Elementary School librarian.  Surprised that Mr. Henderson was at Glenview, Amelia was a little curious as to why he seemed to be waiting to speak to her.

“Hello Mr. Henderson, I am sorry but I was a little startled when you knocked on my window.  This has been a crazy day. May I help you with something?”  Amelia asked, but just as she asked the question she looked up to see Mr. Hodges staring at them through his office window.  She became very upset.  “Mr. Henderson, we can’t talk here.  I am sorry.  I do need to speak to you on an urgent matter, but not here and not now!”  Amelia said as she looked down as to pretend that she had not noticed Mr. Hodges.

“Amelia, I know about your concerns. It is quite alright.   May I possibly meet you at your home?  I do not want to meet at my office, for I have the same concerns that you do.”  Mr. Henderson stated.  “Your husband told me that you needed to possibly speak to me.”

“Yes, but I am supposed to meet someone that works at Glenview.  I just met her today, but she wanted to meet with me.  I can possibly meet with you tomorrow!”  Amelia suggested.

“Tomorrow it is.  I will call you tomorrow morning and we will go from there!” Mr. Henderson agreed. 

By the time that Mr. Henderson had gotten into the car with Amelia, the sky opened up.  It was a typical summer storm in Georgia which consisted of strong gusty winds,  roaring thunder that shook the whole ground, vivid flashes of lightning and  torrential rains that pounded the ground so hard that water ran orange from the muddy Georgia clay.  The run off of water quickly flooded the parking lot of Glenview and continued to run out into the streets.  Amelia was going to wait it out, but when she looked up Mr. Hodges was still watching her and Mr. Henderson from his office window.  It wasn’t long until Amelia saw Sheriff Eugene drive by the main entrance of the parking lot.  She wondered if Eugene’s driving by was meant to intimidate her.  When the rain slacked down a little bit, Amelia backed out of the parking space. 

“Where’s your car parked Mr. Henderson?”  Amelia asked.

“Well, Ms. Amelia, frankly I never drove, I walked!  Guess I should have paid attention to the weather huh?”  Mr. Henderson said with a little giggle.

“No problem,” Amelia said.  Where do you want to go? Do you want me to drop you at the Times building or home?”  Amelia asked as she drove quickly out of the parking lot. Either place that Mr. Henderson chose was on her way home.   Just as she was pulling out, Eugene drove by rather slowly.  It wasn’t good because he could probably see who was in the car with her much better than Mr. Hodges could through his office window and the rain

“Well Mr. Henderson since we are together anyway and I’ve got to take my time, why did you come to see me?” Amelia asked as she drove very slowly on the rain slick roads.  She noticed that Mr. Henderson kept looking down at his side mirror.  She felt he too was concerned about Sheriff Eugene seeing them.

“Ms. Amelia, I have heard stories for years coming out of Glenview. I understand that you and your parents had a run in with Mr. Hodges?  Well, young lady, I do not wish to worry you, believe me.  Let me just say that he is not at all a nice man. If you’ve crossed him then I am sure that you’ve already found that out.  He’s always kept all of his dealings covered up pretty good but lately he has been pretty sloppy.  For one thing he has that idiot Sheriff Eugene in cahoots with him who has let this Sheriff’s job go straight to his head.  Both of these men are power hungry! Mr. Hodges is just like Glenview’s building. From the outside everything appears to be all pristine and beautiful but on the inside it is full of rot and disgust.  I intend on exposing him for what and who he really is! Ms. Amelia, I need to hear about everything that you know!”  Mr. Henderson stated.

Amelia still looking ahead said, “Frankly, Mr. Henderson, how do I know that I can trust you?  I don’t know who all is in with him on this thing?  I, of course, am concerned about all of the residents in Glenview, but my parents are who I am most concerned about.  I tried my best to get them to come home with me today and never return.  When I looked upon Mr. Hodges face, I saw pure evil. I fear for my parent’s safety!”  Amelia stated with tears in her eyes.

“Ms. Amelia, I understand your concerns, and yes you should be very concerned.  I have known your parents longer than you have.  Henry is a dear friend of mine. I want to put Mr. Hodges behind bars where he belongs.  I, however, need evidence and proof that he is doing what we both know he is!” Mr. Henderson convinced.

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply subscribe to my Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

Part 37 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

22 Apr

Part 37 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

It is amazing to me how fast the year is flying by, but each week we are getting closer to the end of my Romance/Suspense Novel If Oak Trees Could Talk!  Thank you so much for hanging in here with me! Whether you are reading along with me or “tuning in” each week to my Video blogs or regular blogs, I sincerely appreciate you for visiting!

 

Today we pick back up in Chapter 17 The Tyrant!

When they had gotten the words out of their mouth, another nurse came to get them settled into their new suite.  The Tyler’s had seen her around Glenview with other patients but they had not met her or been helped by her.

“Are you Mr. and Mrs. Tyler? I am Nurse Melba Applegate.  I will be your nurse for the remainder of your stay.  Mrs. Tyler it appears that you will only be with us a few more weeks.”  Nurse Applegate concluded.

“No Mam, I will not be the only one going.” Helen answered.  “When I leave, Mr. Tyler will be going home as well!” 

“Oh well, for right now let’s just get you settled back into your new room!  It will be a great day whenever you both are home.”  Nurse Applegate said with a gentle smile. She seemed nice enough, however she wasn’t Nurse Wanda.  It was obvious that she never knew Henry and Helen.  Thank God that Amelia stuck to her guns when it came to insisting that her parents stay together.  She felt like because they would be together that they would definitely be stronger and more aware of what was going on. 

 Amelia had become suspicious of even the nurses.  She wondered which nurses on staff at Glenview were in cahoots with Mr. Hodges?   Amelia surmised that if a patient was drugged and made to be quite that it probably made the nurse’s jobs much easier.    It registered to Amelia that it is the nurses, after all, that must administer the medications to the patients, whether knowingly or unknowingly.    Amelia intended to be aware of every move that Nurse Applegate made to see if she was indeed an unknowing victim or a willing party to helping Mr. Hodges, such as Sheriff Eugene was.

Nurse Applegate led Amelia and her parents down a hallway that wasn’t far from the main entrance of Glenview.  This was important to Amelia, as she did not want her parents placed at the end of another dark and dreary corridor like the one that Mr. Hodges had led them down earlier.  When they stopped three doors down into the hallway, Nurse Applegate turned to them and with a smile on her face stated, “Here we are! Home sweet home until you can return to your own home!”

When Henry and Helen walked in, they were pleasantly surprised!  It was bright, beautiful, and Sunny!  All of the décor was fresh and new and their double bed looked like a regular bed. They had a small comfortable sitting area to the right of the bed.  Also a little bistro table with chairs to enjoy their meals.  It was the perfect little place for the both of them for the next few weeks of their stay in Glenview. They felt like it was indeed a nice luxurious suite. Amelia too was very pleased, but then she thought again of the room where Mr. Hodges was going to place them and she truly realized how vengeful he really was. 

“Oh it is beautiful, isn’t it Amelia!”  Helen announced with a sweet smile.  She looked at Henry who had already made his way to the bed. He gazed into Helen’s eyes and patted the bed.  He smiled his little impish smile that Amelia was so used to.  Nurse Applegate couldn’t help but smile as well.

“Nurse Applegate, my parents really are in love with each other, so I must warn you to be prepared for anything!”  Amelia warned as she admired her parents.

“Where is my gun cabinet?  I don’t see my gun cabinet anywhere! Also I want my picture of my old friend hanging right there!”  Henry said as he walked in front of the bed and pointed to the wall.  He needed to see the old Oak tree in front of him.  He never wanted to lose anything that he gained, but he also wanted to see what else his old friend could help him with!  Wouldn’t you say that would be a good place dear?”  He asked Helen.

“Yes, the perfect place Henry!”  Helen confirmed.

“I’ll make for sure that you get all of your things from your other room Daddy! Your old friend will be here!  Amelia stated.  “Gun cabinet?”  She questioned.  “That is a scary thought!”  She thought with another smile.

“I will leave you to get used to your new suite. If you need anything please let me know.”   Nurse Applegate said again with a smile that seemed to be genuine.  Amelia, however, was not ready yet to let her defenses down and trust her yet?

“Do you want to go out to the gardens, Honey?” Henry asked.  He had walked over to the window and was staring out.  Worried that her Daddy was becoming a little disoriented, Amelia walked over and looked outside of the window as well.  Surprisingly, there were beautiful gardens right outside their window!  She couldn’t help but chuckle a little as she really thought that her Daddy was talking about their gardens at his own home. 

“No Henry, I am a little weary in my bones!  I think I need to just get something to eat and rest awhile.  This has been a trying day and emotional to say the least.”  Helen answered as she sat down on her little sofa.   Henry agreed with Helen as he walked in front of her and sat down beside her.  In true Henry fashion, he picked up her hand and kissed it tenderly.  They both breathed a sigh of relief as their eyes spanned the room to take it all in. 

“Amelia, darling, we are fine now.   You need to go home and be with your family!”  Helen stated.  “Go on we are tired and will probably take a nap.  Go get out of here!”  She continued to order.

Amelia was torn.  Yes she needed to go and be with her family, but her parents were her family as well.  She never wanted them to become so comfortable in their new surroundings that they let their guard down! 

“Momma, if I go home for a little while, please just keep your guard up.  Don’t be fooled, even by Nurse Applegate.  Do you understand me?”  Amelia whispered because she never wanted anyone to hear their conversation.  “I mean, do not trust anyone Momma.  Right now we do not know who is going along with Mr. Hodges!  Be careful.”  Amelia continued to warn as she paced the floor.   She then turned to her parents. 

“If you need me for any reason, if Mr. Hodges dare says anything to you, call me immediately Momma!  Do you understand me?  Call me!  Do you have my number handy to where if you need me in an emergency situation that you can call me quickly? I hate that they do not put telephones in these room.  They have one at the nurse’s station.  If you have to, Momma, just use your on call button in case of an emergency.”

“Yes, my dear!  I know right where your number is, so go on.  Get on out of here! We will be fine.” Helen reassured.

Amelia obeyed her mother and hugged them tightly.  She felt as though she was leaving her child on his first day of kindergarten.  She opened the door and stepped out into the hallway.  Her heart was breaking to leave them.  She didn’t care how beautiful or nice their room was.  Amelia was more concerned about Mr. Hodges and what he was planning to do next.  While walking to the front entrance, she saw Nurse Applegate. 

“Oh, Nurse Applegate, my parents are exhausted and decided that they needed a rest.  So I left them to rest.  I wanted to say thank you.  I really appreciated you being so nice to them today.”  Amelia said even though she did not know if she could trust her yet.   “I will be back before they retire for the night.  I just wanted to make for sure that you have all my information so that you could reach me if you needed to.” Amelia continued.

Nurse Applegate reached out her hand and squeezed Amelia’s. She then looked over her shoulder and whispered. “My father is in Glenview as well Mrs. Steele.  That is why I am working here.  Mr. Hodges, of course does not know this. My father’s last name is Wilson, of course, different than mine because I was married. I used to work over in Scioto County, but my father lived in Mason. I applied here about six months ago so that I could keep an eye out on him.  You may not know this, but Mr. Hodges also has his hooks in the Scioto County Nursing home.  I would love to speak to you outside this place if possible.” Nurse Applegate whispered. 

Totally shocked at what Nurse Applegate had told her, suddenly Amelia felt like she had another ally like Nurse Wanda on the inside to help watch after her parents.  A huge burden seemed to roll off of Amelia’s shoulders, but still she did not take her guard completely down.  She did, however, want to meet with Nurse Applegate to find out as much as she could about Mr. Hodges. 

“When does your shift end?” Amelia asked.  “Oh, if you leave, then who takes care of my parents?”  Amelia asked in a panic as she hadn’t thought about Nurse Applegate leaving them.

“I get off at Nine o’clock tonight, but please do not worry.  Nurse Warren at the front desk will check on them after I leave.   She is a really sweet and compassionate nurse.  She will enjoy taking care of your parents as I am sure I will.”

“Meet me for coffee at Maggie’s Pie and Coffee?”  Amelia whispered.

“That sounds, wonderful, around Nine-Thirty? Nurse Applegate asked.

“Sure, I’ll meet you there! Thanks again.”  Amelia said with a sigh of relief that her parents was in good hands.

 

Thank you once again for “tuning in” or reading along with me!  It is my hope that you have been enjoying my Romance/Suspense novel, If Oak Trees Could Talk, for it has been my pleasure to share it with you!  As always I would love to hear from you.  I want to thank all of you that have begun following my WordPress blogs.  Please continue to “tune it” as we are moving right along through the book.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy of If Oak Trees Could Talk or any of my other books, please visit my Amazon Author Page here!  Also If you are new to my Video Blogs and would like to catch up on the story from the beginning please check out the archives in this blog or simply subscribe to my Youtube Videos as they are numbered and in order!  I am also a weekly contributor to The Lakeview Times.   All of my videos are published each week at http://www.lakeviewtimes.com

 

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