Clean Desks, Newsletters and Valentines

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 8 Comments

Clean deskCleanliness is next to godliness. I’ve heard that all my life, and the Shakers certainly believed it. That had various sizes and shapes of brooms to get back in every corner and crevase where dirt might hide. As one of my characters said in my last Shaker book, The Innocent, those people warred against dirt. They had a place for everything and expected everything to be in its proper place. Pegs around every wall kept things off the floor so sweeping would be faster and easier. Cabinets were built into every nook and cranny of their houses and an attic had wall to wall chests with the drawers numbered so the Shakers would know what went where.

Unfortunately, I’m not as neat. But I did get my office cleaned last week. I was determined to see if I could find my desktop before I started on a new book. And I did. See, doesn’t it look great? I’m still smiling every time I come in here to work. I also moved my desk back to the window instead of having it more in the middle of the room. As you can see I have wonderful windows to look out at the world while I’m working. You might note on my Home page here on my website, the bit that says my favorite room is one with windows.

Oscar’s Week to Shine

Desk and OscarI’m glad so many of you enjoyed reading about Oscar on Sunday’s post. It is his week to shine since he’s also the star of my guest post on Quid Pro Quills’ feature Animals & Authors.  One of the questions there is what three things both Oscar and I like. At first I wondered what in the world I would come up with to answer that, but then after I thought about it, I thought of several things we both liked. They also asked me if I’d ever written about Oscar in any of my books. You can hop over there and read the answers. But here you can see that Oscar is very relieved I’ve stopped cleaning. He’s not a fan of vacuum cleaners or things being moved about, especially his beds. Remember, all those odd quirks he has.


I sent out a newsletter on Valentine’s Day but February is heart month, so we can keep thinking about love and more a little longer. If you didn’t get my newsletter and would like to, it’s easy to sign up here on my website. Plus, here’s a link to Sunday’s Valentine’s Day newsletter if you’d like to read it. I’ve got a February giveaway in it. Most of my newsletter have giveaways. Three winners will win a box of candy and their choice of one of my books. The deadline to enter is February 27 at midnight EST and you must be 18 years old to enter. For fun, some of those entering have been sharing about Valentine’s fun or a special gift. Sunday, I plan to share an inspiring post from one of my readers that might make you look at Valentine’s Day a little differently.

A Valentine of Enduring Love

I’ve been getting some sweet stories. But here’s one from John about his favorite Valentine’s gift that I just had to share with you.

My favorite Valentine’s gift
Is my beloved wife,
Who, for over forty years,
With LOVE has blessed my life.

Thanks for reading, and if you have a Valentine story or a favorite Valentine gift, I’d love to hear it. Your stories always make me smile or touch my heart and sometimes both.

Comments 8


    I always enjoy reading about the Shakers, but I know I wouldn’t have lasted a week. lol In my heart, I always intend to be neat and tidy, but I’m just not cut out for it. My house isn’t dirty, but it does look lived in. My husband and I went to the Shaker village at South Union, and the rooms are just so bare! I don’t know how they stood it.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      The Shakers wanted everything to be easy to clean, Tammy. They didn’t go in for clutter, but I’m like you. I can clutter up things in a minute. Neat and tidy isn’t my way either. That’s why I took a picture of that clean desk so I could remember how it looked. LOL.

      I threw your name in my book giveaway. Good luck.

  2. Linda Clement

    I love seeing the space where people work, especially people on the artistic side of life. You did a great job cleaning up. Is it hard for you to keep it clean for long? My husband wants everything at his fingertips on his desk. I am the exact opposite and prefer everything except for a few special things to be stuck away unless I need it. I love all your writings and always look forward to the next book.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Very hard, LInda. I tend to drop things on my desk to get to later. Then later gets shoved off until even later. I do like having a clean desk, but papers seem to reproduce or something. LOL.

      So kind of you to let me know you’ve enjoyed my writing. I appreciate that so much. Fun to hear from you. I entered you in my drawing. I’ll be picking the three winners in a few minutes after I make sure I haven’t missed any of the entries. Good luck.

  3. Robbie Pink

    WOW! You do have a fantastic office!
    I REALLY need to clean my desk and desk area up. I have an old, heavy, and I do mean HEAVY, desk that has a huge top. I catch myself making little stacks of things like articles to read, ideas for stories, coupons to clip. . . you get the idea. Anyway, I know where everything is and can get to it quite quickly UNTIL my g’daughter’s cat comes along and knocks it all off!! Then, of course, it’s just one big mess that I stack back on the desk with hopes of sorting out eventually-and before it gets knocked down again!!
    Poor Oscar, he really is a special dog, quirks and all!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Fun to hear about your desk, Robbie. My husband bought my desk at an office salvage sale. It’s an oak secretary’s desk with a section where you could put a typewriter and raise it up to use and then stuff it back out of sight when you weren’t using it. Also very heavy but pretty. I got a modern computer desk to put in front of it and stuffed that cavity with old manuscripts. You know writers. Can’t throw anything away with precious words on it. My desk has plenty of room for stacks too and I do tend to plop things on the desk to get to later. Much later sometimes. LOL. So far, I’m keeping it relatively uncluttered. Hope I can keep that up. I don’t have a cat to help with my organizing though. Oscar keeps his nose out of my papers. LOL.

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