Tag is hard when you’re slow

One thing I never expected when I started blogging is the exercise I would get. It seems like the sort of couch-potato activity that would lead to bon-bon eating and fat bottoms. But let me banish those myths from your mind. Blogging burns a lot of calories, especially when you play TAG.

Just as I did as a child, when I get tagged IT, I must race after other bloggers and tag them. And just like Continue reading

Winners and Losers

Congratulations, Milka (Perfecting Motherhood)!!! You’ve won a copy of The Wicked Wager by Anya Wylde. Hopefully, you’ve already received an email from me with your free Amazon coupon.

Thanks, everyone else, for your comments. You all make me laugh. I hope you had a great  Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite foods this year was the stuffing my mother-in-law made. It had apples and cranberries and was scrumptious. I ate a LOT of it…and already miss it.

I’m still recovering from all that good food and family fun. I played card games (and lost); I went shopping (and lost), and ate lots of food (and gained). But my goal is to become the biggest loser (on that last item) by Christmas. Wish me luck.

This new bathroom decoration in my in-laws home made me laugh and sums up my views about the bathroom. I want one of these signs.

Have a great week.


Angels in our Life — Precious Paula

In honor of this, my most favorite holiday, I wanted to post about an angel in my life who taught me how to be grateful and to love.

In my church, women are assigned to visit other ladies each month—to teach, to care for them when trials come, and to love them.  A few years ago, I was assigned a new woman to visit named Paula. She was a lot older than me. She was a stranger because she never came to church. The reason she never attended was that she had Multiple Continue reading

A Wicked Wager and Witty Plot

I read The Wicked Wager by Anya Wylde and thought I’d give it a shout out. This regency romance has great characters, a delightfully twisted plot, and wonderful wit that made me laugh out loud. That was a refreshing trio for a story set in stuffy, high society, 19th century England.

The cast:

Lord Richard Hamilton – a gentleman rake who falls for Emma Grey

Miss Emma Grey – a mischievous beauty who hasn’t been courted because of her 3 big, scary brothers.

Duke of Arden – Emma’s uncle Continue reading

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop (Week 21)

There are books like Twilight and Hunger Games that everyone has heard about; but what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about–the books you might NOT have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love–maybe even one that ends up being the next big thing. Continue reading

On the Wilde Side

I thought I’d start the week out a little Wilde. Oscar Wilde, that is (with a lot of Maurice Sendak thrown in too). This Irish novelist & poet (1854-1900) has some great quotes that make mischief of one kind and another.  I’m sure his Mother called him a Wilde thing and sent him to bed without eating supper. That might have led to his streak of creativity. Let’s get in our boat and sail off through night and day and in and out of weeks, and almost over a year, to where the Wilde things are.

The Wilde things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws, till Oscar Wilde said: Continue reading

How to Unsell yourself–Part 3

We end our informative series on Unselling yourself today. Wah! Grab the tissues. I know you’re sad and would love to see another 10 of these lessons…but I can only take you so far. The rest is up to you. So sniff back those tears and let’s make these 3 lessons so firm in your mind that you don’t inadvertently get famous.

To review. The first two steps in Unselling yourself are:

1) Don’t tell your mom about your successes or talents.

She will brag about you and Continue reading

Heaven is Here

Grabbing onto the gratitude theme for November, I thought I’d review a book I read last month that inspired and made me so grateful for all that I have. This book is Heaven is Here, by Stephanie Nielson. She writes the NieNie Dialogues blog.

Stephanie and her husband, Christian, had the ideal life: Christian had a successful career, Stephanie was a stay-at-home mom to four perfect children, Christian had just received his pilot’s license. But their fairy tale existence came to a burning end in 2008 when the plane they were flying in crashed on landing. Their friend, Doug, died. Christian was burned over 30% of his body. Stephanie was burned over 80% of her body and wasn’t expected to survive.

She did.

This book tells her memories of her first year of healing—the depression and heartache Continue reading