Posted by: nancyisanders | February 20, 2019

Happy New Year!

1-26-2015 monarch #1c

After a lo-o-ong break, I’m finally back! What have I been doing in this brand new year?

It all started with a move to a different city to be closer to our kids and grandkids. We moved December 28. Then 3 days later we took off on a research trip we’d scheduled a year earlier to visit the Monarch butterflies overwintering sites high up in the mountains of central Mexico…11,000 feet high to be exact.

The move was exciting…the trip was once-in-a-lifetime…and now I’m focusing on the release of my brand new book, Jane Austen for Kids before I get back to my research on the Monarch butterfly for another book project I’m working on.

We haven’t had internet since Christmas (and won’t have it until the new city gives permission for the internet company to dig up our street to lay a cable to our house) and I can’t find ANYTHING in the mountains of boxes in our garage, lol. Since our printers are wireless, my mouse is wireless, and my keyboard is wireless, it has been a challenge getting some of those necessities set up with a personal hotspot or just a plain ole plug. (Of course you can’t just plug in a wireless devise…you have to take half a day to uninstall the wireless system and install the plug/USB program.)

However, I did open boxes yesterday that uncovered all my research journals and research books for Jane Austen, so I’m feeling a little more prepared for my upcoming blog tour in March.

And last night around 11:00, my husband Jeff and I heard a hoot owl whooooo-whoooo-whoooooing and another answering it right outside our bedroom window! For a country girl living in the Los Angeles suburbs who just moved next to a river and a canyon, this was exciting indeed!!!!

Welcome to my world. Welcome to my new year. What exciting adventures are you embarking on since the new year rang in at your corner of the world?


  1. Congratulations on your move, Nancy! It’s good to have you back. I’m looking forward to reading your blog and joining you on some of your “how to” adventures this year!

    • Thanks Rona! Glad to connect again!

  2. Did you move out of

    • Nope…we’re practically neighbors now…we moved to Horsetown, USA! (Norco)

  3. Wow, Nancy, how exciting! I wondered what happened to you. Your new place sounds beautiful. Are you living in the country?

    • Thanks, Tina. It feels like the country because we’re 4 doors from a canyon. We can hear coyotes too! But we’re just a few miles from Chino. How are you?

  4. Nancy, glad your move is over and you’re “back,” sort of. What a fabulous trip to Mexico to see the butterflies. Can’t wait to see the book you write. Congrats on the Jane Austen book. I checked out the link and it looks like your usual well researched book. Anxious to read it.

  5. Wow! You’ve been busy! Hope the moving chaos gets better soon. I look forward to hearing about your monarch adventures. (And I just saw a cartoon on Facebook of 2 little owls on a branch with one of them saying, “Whom?”)

    • Oh Ev, the owl cartoon is hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I was glad to see your blog pop up in my e-mail. Enjoy your new home! I am looking forward to reading Jane Austin for Kids.

    • Thanks, Claire! Fun to know other Janites.

  7. Nancy, So glad to have you back. Sounds like you’ve been on some adventures! Looking forward to hearing more about your Jane Austin for Kids book.

  8. Hi Nancy, I was excited to read of your trip to Mexico! That is my dream trip, as I’m an avid monarch fan and tag migrating monarchs every fall. I’ve written many times about monarch butterflies, too. I would love to ask a few questions about your trip, but I couldn’t find a way to contact you through your website. I know you’re busy, but if you have a minute, you can connect with me through my website at In any case, happy 2019!

    • So exciting, Sara! I’ve always wanted to tag! We should definitely connect. You can email me at Jeffandnancys at gmail dot com. I will look at your website too

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