Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I won't be posting this week due to the holiday. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Friday, November 21, 2014

This I know for sure...

As I'm sure many of you know, I hate the winter season especially the snow. I don't mind it if I don't have to go out in it. Unfortunately, I have to go out in it to get to work every day.

This past week, upstate NY where I live was hit with a massive snow storm that came off Lake Erie. One town received over 51 inches of snow in about a 12 hour period with the snow coming down at the rate of 3 to 5 inches an hour. Thankfully I live east of that particular area, so while we did get some snow, it was nothing like that.

If we had received that much snow, I'd be packing and moving south faster than anyone could imagine. Do you live in a snowy area or are you lucky enough to live in the south?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): Not much new. Still working on the revisions.

News from the publishing world:  Amazon and Hachette have ended their dispute. Link: Amazon & Hachette end dispute

Quote of the week: "Stop wishing. Start doing." ~ Unknown.  Sometimes I find that I say, "I wish..." a lot more than I should be.

Health news: Approximately 83% of Americans drink coffee. Here are some of the benefits - Caffeine intake can help combat the effects of protein deposits in the brain so it may help defend against Alzheimer's. The chlorogenic acids (which are antioxidants) found in coffee beans encourage your body to burn fat and may rev up your metabolism.

Random things:  We received our first snow fall last Friday. It wasn't a lot, just a bit to stick to the ground. Now the forecasters are calling for 6 inches of snow tomorrow morning. I'm so not ready for that much snow all at once already.

Random photo of the week:

      Here's a photo of our first snowfall so to speak.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Holiday Treat

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming, I thought I'd depart from my normal writing related Monday post and share a dessert recipe we've had in our family for years.

Pumpkin Pudding Pie

1 Ready-Made Graham Cracker Crust (I usually use Keebler.)
1 package Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding
1/2 cup Milk
1 15oz can of Pumpkin
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 cups Cool Whip

Mix the pumpkin, milk, vanilla pudding, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium sized bowl for about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 (one) cup of the Cool Whip. Pour the mixture in the graham cracker crust. Top with the remaining cup of Cool Whip. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set (firm).

Makes about 6 servings depending on how big you cut the slices.

Friday, November 14, 2014

This I know for sure...

Considering the topic, I'm a little late with this post since Veteran's Day was this past Tuesday. Even though the official day of recognition of our veterans has passed, please take a moment to send a silent word of thanks to the men and women who protect our way of life by risking theirs.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): Finished the first round of revisions for the first half of the book. Hurray!

News from the publishing world: For anyone looking for an agent or considering getting an agent, I thought this quiz was interesting. Link: Test Your Literary Agent IQ

Quote of the week:  "Do it now. Sometimes 'later' becomes 'never'." ~ Unknown. This happened to me a couple of times last week. I had a hectic schedule and planned on working on revisions later in the evening and then never got to it.

Health news:  Carvacrol is a substance found in oregano that gives it it's smell and flavor. Researchers have found that Carvacrol may also help protect against the norovirus, a nasty gastrointestinal bug. Unfortunately, there's no way a person can eat enough oregano to avoid contracting the virus. Researchers are looking into developing non-edible ways to use the carvacrol compound to help fight contracting the norovirus.

Random things:  We had our first snow fall this past weekend. It wasn't anything measurable and didn't really stick, but it reminded me winter is coming as much as I might wish it wouldn't.

Random photo of the week:

I tend to read more in the winter than I do in the summer. I think it's because in the cold weather, I'd rather be inside where it's warm and dry.