Indie or Traditional…that is the question

On this Independence Day weekend, I am extremely excited to announce that I will be an Independent Published Author.  I am in the process of self publishing my book Rose Colored Glasses.  Yeah!  I am free of the traditional, provincial, slow motion way of  publishing, so I can get an important message in the form of my book out to the world.

I am not putting down traditional publishing, I was on that track.  But, it is not the right path for me.  I am someone who loves to move about freely, and make my own decisions.  As my loving husband Tom, always told me, “Do what you want to do, Be who you want to be, and Go where you want to go”.  I am doing just that, whether it is successful or not, it feels right and good.

The Indie world is very exciting too.  The myriad of options for methods of publishing and marketing can be overwhelming, but extremely logical and doable.  The best part is that there is a warm welcome from all the other Indie published authors.  I have joined a large family that I feel comfortable and appreciated in.

Keep and eye out, with those Rose Colored Glasses on, for an official publication date.

Check out my website at for a sneak peek.

Enjoy the weekend, and our independence!!!!!




Blizzard 2017 – Time to Reflect

It is snowing sideways, covering the windows so you could hardly see the snow growing into huge mounds, but it is cozy and comfy inside with a fire in the fireplace, glass of wine and time to reflect on the future and the past.  This is a bonus day!  It makes me feel like I could be retired, and what it would feel like.

My apologies for not posting since November, but life has been very full for me.  My experiences and things that I will be writing about in the future…

  • I finished my memoir ‘Rose Colored Glasses’.  It is currently out to publishers….yeah!
  • I visited Paris for the first time over New Year’s Eve…loved it!
  • I have a new Granddaughter, who is gorgeous and healthy….pics to follow
  • I started painting again and will share my paintings with you
  • I am happy to be me.


Reflecting today has helped me to appreciate my life.  Last week I couldn’t even imagine this peacefulness.  I think the wine helps too.  Try it sometime, maybe without a blizzard.  Cheers to you!






Happy Sunday!

These fall days are the ones that make Sunday’s extra special.  A crispness in the air and cozy sweaters and scarves that keep our souls warm.  These Sundays beg for something warm and sunny for my breakfast.  Here is an extra easy recipe that I hope you will love too.     Easy Egg Puff  – egg-puff-3I chose asparagus, any veg will do        Preheat oven to 425, place 10″ cast iron skillet in oven.        Mix 4 large eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup flour, add 1/2 cup shredded cheese, fontina or what you have.                         Steam asparagus for 5 min, toss in ice bath, dry.                    egg-puff-1Add 2 Tablespoons of butter to hot skillet, line up asparagus, salt pepper, add your favorite herb if you would like into skillet.                                                 Pour egg mixture over veg,  sprinkle with parmesan cheese, into the oven for 20 minutes. egg-puff-2

Make your coffee, get the paper, turn on good tunes, Enjoy!                                                                                                                           This is a healthy fun dish that I hope you make and love too!  egg-puff-4



Finding An Old Friend

How does it feel to run into an old friend?  Most times it feels good.  It brings back memories of times that were fun, exotic, silly, happy, or sad.  It could be a person, place or thing that you meet up with.  If it happens when you least expect it, a delightful, Deja vu’ encounter reminds you of how life used to be.

I was visiting a good friend recently and happened upon this painting of me.  It captured my attention and memories of a wonderful time in my life.  I had forgotten this and many other paintings that I had created.  But this one, an early Jo Ann Simon, showed my carefree love of life in the ‘princess bed’ that I chose at our house rental.  It makes me want to paint again.

It was my first visit to Key West with my artist friends, but not my last.  I painted it upon my return, sold it, and quickly forgot the innocence that I once had.  I have created many pieces of art that were dear friends forgotten, but loved at the same time. I hope to find more old friends and savor them.  I hope you do too.  Happy Monday!

The Door is Always Open

This barn is southern Michigan talked to me.  “The door is always open”

Wow!  I thought that I had walked through all the doors that a person should or could walk through.  But, this barn with that door wide open, inviting me to walk through, even if it was dark on the inside, was intriguing to me.  It made me think that any open door could bring wonderment or disaster.  We all have the choice.  We should choose wisely and be brave to walk through that door to make your dreams come true.

Walk through that door and make it a reality, whatever it is that you always wanted to do.

That barn has sat there for many years, under that huge maple tree with a trunk the size of 100 years.  I’m sure it will be there another 100 years whispering to the folks just passing through.  Enjoy!


End of Summer Eats

Today brings us eleven days closer to the end of summer.  Let’s savor every last drop of it. It is time to gather all the wonderment of the summer harvests and transform them into canned, frozen or cooked into delightful treats for the eye and the tummy.  I will be celebrating my grandson Parkers 2nd birthday today with a crisp gazpacho that will cool us on this hot and muggy summer day.


One hour of prep and pulverizing in the food processor produced a bucket of goodness.  You can throw in any bounty that you have from the garden and mixed with a garden juice to muddle all of the flavors into a unique summer treat.  We would serve gazpacho in our restaurant The Opera Café in these little shot glasses that was fun and delish.

My recipe is somewhat traditional

JoSi’s Gazpacho  Serves 12

  • 12 medium good quality tomatoes cored and cut into 1 inch squares
  • 6 Red peppers cored and cut into 1 inch squares
  • 3 large cucumbers peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium red onion peeled, cut into chunks
  • Fresh herbs, parsley & cilantro, or any that you have in the garden
  • 2 Tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken
  • 3 Cups of tomato juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 small jalapeno seeded and cut
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne to taste
  • 4 Tablespoons of worcestershire sauce

Process each item adding herbs and seasonings as you go to taste.  Add tomato juice to create a thickened soup texture  Let it sit overnight if you can to meld the flavors and re-season if necessary.

20160911_085819_resized.jpgEnjoy everything the rest of the summer has to offer!