Friday, December 29, 2017

This I know for sure...

It's hard to believe this is my last post for 2017. The year went by so fast. It seems like the beginning of 2017 was just a few weeks ago.

I had some great things happen this year that I'm so grateful for:
  1. A new day job that is considerably less stressful than the old job with a great work environment and co-workers instead of a toxic workplace with equally toxic co-workers who were never happier than when they were tearing someone down. While the commute is twice as long as my old day job was, it's well worth the extra time just to have a job I don't dread going to.
  2. A new kitten who follows me around like a little puppy and greets me at the door whenever I come home from work or elsewhere. She was a gift from a family member in an effort to help my other cat and I get over the loss of my oldest cat.
  3. I became a great-aunt to a new nephew born in October.
I could go on and list a few more things, but those are the top 3.

I also had some terrible things happen this year:
  1. An uncle passed away in October.
  2. My cat, Petey, whom I called my grumpy old man (he was 13) passed away unexpectedly from liver failure. 
  3. We had a terrible windstorm in my area back in March that brought down a tree in the neighbor's yard which in turn pulled down the utility pole that provided service to our street and the next street over. We were without heat and electricity for 5 miserable days. While the lack of electricity was definitely an inconvenience, the lack of heat when the high temperatures each day were in the low 30's was nearly unbearable. The temperature got down to 45 degrees in the house before the utility company finally restored the service.
I'm looking forward to 2018 and all the great things to come in the new year.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...
My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus during the holidays.

Quote of the Week: "You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." ~ James 1:3

What I'm Reading: I'm still trying to finish Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean. It's a great book, but I'm finding very little free time to read right now. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish it this week now that Christmas is over.

Random Thoughts:  I'm looking forward to this weekend. While it's still a holiday weekend, it will be much less chaotic. I will do my usual Saturday errands and housework, but Sunday and Monday will be quiet days spent relaxing and recharging for the coming year ahead.

Random Photo of the Week:

                   Somebody has taken over Mrs. Green's new favorite sleeping area.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

I hope you and your families are having a wonderful Christmas.

Friday, December 22, 2017

This I know for sure...

I finally finished my holiday gift shopping yesterday afternoon when I purchased one last gift card. I think this is the latest I've finished shopping in the last five years. Just going into the store, picking out the gift card, and standing in line to pay for it took 45 minutes. Of course most of that time was spent standing in line.

I can't imagine being someone who is out finishing up their shopping on Christmas eve . Or being one of the people who don't usually start their shopping until Christmas eve.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus during the holidays.

Quote of the Week: “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.” ~ Unknown
What I'm Reading: I'm still reading Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean. With all the shopping and wrapping and such, I'm finding very little free time to read right now.

Random Thoughts:  I will be finishing up my holiday shopping today. I have a couple of things left to buy and then I'll be done. I ended up doing more shopping in brick and mortar stores than I planned on.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                      Somebody checking out the Christmas tree.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Wrapping

 Is there that one thing you hate about the December holiday season, well besides fighting the crowds looking for that perfect gift?

My one thing is wrapping presents. Actually, I don't like wrapping presents any time of the year but even more so at Christmas. It could be because there are hundreds of things to wrap. And that is only a very slight exaggeration.

I come from a large family and we buy for everyone - brothers, sisters, spouses, significant others, nieces, nephews, their spouses/partners, and great nieces and nephews. In my mom's case, she buys for her five children, their spouses or significant others, all of her grandchildren and their spouses/partners,  and all of the great grandchildren. She buys everyone at least three gifts each so between all of the gifts she's purchased and all of the gifts I've purchased, you can imagine how many things there are to be wrapped.

My dislike of wrapping gifts has led to one of my favorite holiday traditions. -- I was complaining about having so many gifts to wrap one year and my sister offered to come over and help.

Ever since then, my mother, sister, and I get together on Christmas eve in the early afternoon and wrap presents while we talk and listen to Christmas music. We break for dinner - pizza from the local pizza place. After dinner, we turn any Christmas cartoons we can find on TV and continue wrapping until everything is done, usually about 10:00pm or so.

We help my sister pack up the gifts she needs to take home. Luckily she only lives across the street. My mom and I put all the remaining presents under the Christmas tree as everyone converges on our home at various times the next day. Before heading off to bed, we have a Christmas cookie or two while sitting and relaxing and admiring our hard work as the packages glisten under the lights from the Christmas tree.

While I still am not a fan of wrapping presents, I find myself looking forward to this marathon wrapping session every year.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Hanukkah

I apologize for posting this late. I meant to post it on Wednesday, but lost track of the date and did my usual What's Up Wednesday post instead.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus during the holidays.
Quote of the Week: "Loyalty doesn't happen with you in the room. Loyalty is what happens behind people's backs when there's every opportunity to be disloyal." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean. I started this book a while ago then set it aside because I had library books I had to read before they were due to be returned. I picked this book back up even though I set it aside for a few weeks. I was enjoying the story and want to finish it.

Random Thoughts:  While I've lived in upstate NY my entire life, I am not a fan of the winter weather. The only time I like snow is when I can stay home and watch it fall outside my window. We're expected to get approximately 10 inches by the end of today. If you live in a sunny climate, soak up a little warmth and sun for me.

Random Photo of the Month:

                           Mrs. Green greeting me when I come home from the day job.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Writing Template

One of my goals for 2018 is to actually finish the manuscript I've been working on for longer than I'm willing to admit. While the first draft is completed, it needs serious revisions. My goal is to have it ready for submission by the end of March.

One of the problems I kept coming across as I was working on revisions previously was plot holes or subplots that trailed off and went nowhere. I've eliminated nearly all of the subplots, but am worried one or two plot holes might still exist.

I came across a great article on Fiction University about the use of a plot template. I'm including the link Fill in the Blanks: A Plot Template to Keep you on Target so you can check it out and maybe use it in your own writing.

I plan on using the template as I ready my manuscript for submission. I'm also considering using it when I start my next manuscript in the hope it will keep me from having so many plot holes the next time.

Friday, December 8, 2017

This I know for sure...

We are expecting our first real measurable snowfall in my area today through the weekend and possibly into the first part of next week. We've had approximately 2 1/2 inches from October through last week. We usually have an average of 10 inches by this time so I'm not complaining with the tiny bit of snow we've received so far.

I am jealous of a co-worker who left on a short trip (5 days total including the weekend) to warm, sunny Arizona yesterday. I hope he packed a coat for when he returns home on Monday. The highs for Monday and Tuesday of next week are only going to be in the twenties.

So if you live in a warm, sunny climate at this time of the year, take a walk in the sun for me. :o)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus during the holidays.

Quote of the Week: "Decide. Commit. Succeed." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: Magnate by Joanna Shupe. I haven't had a lot of free time to read lately. I'm hoping to finish the book by the end of this week.

Random Thoughts: I love the holiday season, but this year I'm finding that I'm eager for the holidays to be over so the new year can start. I am looking forward to the promise of the new year more than I have in a long time.

Random Photo of the Week:

                            Mrs. Green and friend watching the birds outside the window.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Traditions

(I've been crazy busy lately with the Thanksgiving holiday, appointments, the day job, and trying to get my holiday cards finished that I almost forgot to post something today. Please forgive the repeated post - it was originally posted on December 19, 2011, but is still just as true today.)

Everyone I know has at least one holiday tradition they look forward to every year from Black Friday shopping to family gatherings to attending that one special holiday party every year. 
I have two traditions I look forward to.  One is to watch Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  I’m well past the age of believing in Santa Claus and flying reindeer, but it’s just not Christmas if I don’t watch Rudolph.  Every year, the night it’s on, I get in bed, prop up my pillows, and snuggle under my big fluffy comforter and watch the cartoon while my cat curls up at my feet.  Of course, there’s always a cup of hot chocolate involved too.

The most important tradition though is making Christmas cookies with my mom.  She started teaching me to cook when I was four years old.  Every December we would make cut out cookies in various holiday shapes.  She would mix the dough on a Friday evening and put it in the refrigerator over night.   My brothers and sisters and I would take turns peering into the refrigerator at the bowl of dough and asking when it would be ready for baking.

Finally, Saturday afternoon would come and she’d pronounce it ready.  She would roll it out and place the cutters on the dough.  Each one of my siblings and I would get a turn to push the cutters down into the dough.  My mom would peel away the excess, put the cut out pieces onto a baking sheet and into the oven.  We’d repeat the process over and over until every scrap of dough had been formed into a cookie.

Rows and rows of angels, reindeers, snowmen, Christmas trees, holly leaves, tree ornaments, and Santa Claus cookies would fill one end of the table to cool then be packed away until the next day, the most important day of all – the day we would frost them. 

My mom would make the frosting and allow each one of us to stir drops of food coloring into bowls of white icing.  We’d have a rainbow of colors and little bottles of colored sugar to decorate the cookies with.  We’d spend the afternoon decorating the cookies, making sure the Santa cookies were frosted red and white to represent his suit, the snowmen white with a strip of yellow around his neck and down his stomach to represent his scarf.  Christmas trees had brown frosting for the trunk and green frosting for the leaves and a dot of yellow at the top for the star just to describe a few.  When we were finished, my mom would lay them on wax paper to set.  We would ooh and ah over them like they were the most magnificent cookies ever made.

My brothers and sisters are all married with children now and building their own holiday traditions but for two days every December my siblings and I gather together and make Christmas cut out cookies with my mom.  It’s a tradition I hope we’re able to continue for many years to come.

Friday, December 1, 2017

This I know for sure...

I keep looking at the calendar and seeing only 3 weeks or so left to do holiday shopping and yet I can't seem to get started. I plan on doing as much as I can online, but haven't even started that. With having to worry about packages being delivered on time or if at all, (I already have a claim going on with the USPS for a lost package that was never delivered.) you'd think I'd be shopping my heart out, but no, still no motivation. I don't know why.

I've put online shopping on my "To do" list for this weekend as a must do so I am not running around like a chicken with my head cut off the last weekend before Christmas trying to find gifts.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus during the holidays.

Quote of the Week: “Opportunities are gifts. To seize the opportunity and run with it is a living, breathing thank you note.” ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: Magnate by Joanna Shupe. This is the first book in the Knickerbocker Club series. It's also the first book I've read by Ms. Shupe and I'm really enjoying it. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series.

Random Thoughts: I spent last Friday lazing away on the sofa and reading a book. It's pretty much all I did all day. Well, I did take a 45 minute nap in the afternoon. I can't remember the last time I took a day to do absolutely nothing, didn't worry about what needed to be done, or how long my "to do" list was. I woke up the next day feeling refreshed and relaxed. If you can take a day and do whatever you find relaxing and nothing else, I highly recommend it. It was a nice way to destress before the craziness of the Christmas season begins.

Random Photo of the Week:

                            Mrs. Green's (and mine) ideal way to spend Black Friday.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Baking

Within the next couple of weeks, my mom will start her holiday cookie baking. She makes at least 6 different kinds of cookies and at least 10 dozen of each kind. All these cookies are given away with gifts or as gifts with just a few cookies left for us as a family to eat. Maybe about 2 to 3 dozen total out of all the cookies she makes.

I always contribute at least two to three different kinds of cookies as well. This year I wanted to try some new recipes and stumbled on a copy of Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies Cook Book in a used bookstore. It was published in 1975. There are some recipes I'm looking forward to trying and some I will never attempt - Fruit Cocktail Bars anyone? Just the thought of fruit cocktail in a cookie makes me shiver, much less eating one.

I did find a recipe for Velvet Pistachio Squares that I'm looking forward to trying. It seems relatively easy to make, butter or margarine, flour, sugar, an egg, vanilla extract, milk, baking powder, flaked coconut, and chopped pistachios. After you make the squares/bars, you frost them with vanilla frosting.

I'll let you know how they turn out.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you enjoyed the holiday surrounded by loved ones.

And for those of you who brave the crowds to do Black Friday shopping, I hope you find all the great deals you're looking for.

I haven't had a free day with nothing on my "absolutely needs to be done" list in months so I'm taking full advantage of the time today to spend it reading and relaxing.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus.
Quote of the Week:  “There’s nothing false about hope. It may not change things immediately, but it will change you immediately, and that will change things eventually. Hold onto hope, white-knuckled if necessary.” ~ Unknown

What I'm reading: I'm still reading Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Ann Long. It's been a bit hectic lately so reading time has been had to find.

Random Thoughts: I've been wavering back and forth on whether I want to do any shopping on Black Friday or over the weekend. JoAnn's is having a great papercrafting sale starting today. I've been drooling over the sales flyer I received in the mail on Monday. But if I did take advantage of the sale, I'd be buying things for myself, not gifts so I'm telling myself that I don't need any more scrapbook paper or card stock, dies, embossing folders, and I definitely do not need another planner or any more washi tape or planning supplies. 

Random Photo of the Week:

 Somebody insisted he needed to go out on the porch and check out the snow. It didn't take him long to decide he wanted to go back inside where it was warm and dry.

Monday, November 20, 2017

2018 Planning...or Should I Say "Planner"

I purchased a 2018 planner. Rather than purchase 3 separate planners, one writing related, one every day life related, and one health and wellness related, I'm going to frankenplan the one I bought. (In case you think it's crazy to have separate planners for different things, I know some people who keep 3 or more separate planners and manage to keep track of them all. Personally, I'd probably go crazy trying to keep track of more than one.)

Because I want to do a better job in 2018 of staying on point with goals and meeting objectives, I decided I need to keep better track of what I need to do and where I am in relation to those goals on at least a monthly, if not weekly, basis so I'm adding pages to my 2018 planner, hence the frankenplanning.

Frankenplanning if you're not familiar with the term is where you add, subtract, or glue pages together to make the planner what you need it to be. It's really a way to customize the planner so it best suits your needs. Some people buy one or more planners and combine them in some form or another.

I'll be using my planner for every day life stuff, but adding sections for writing related and health and wellness so I can keep track of all three in one place because each of them are equally important to me in the coming year. I'm using the Happy Planner by MAMBI (Me and My Big Ideas) for 2018. It's a disc bound planner that makes it easy to add or subtract pages, add dashboards, journal cards and the like.

Do you use a paper planner or do you use the calendar on your phone?

Friday, November 17, 2017

This I know for sure...

I hope to get the majority of my holiday gift shopping done within the next 2 weeks. I also plan on doing as much of it as I can online. It's easier to shop online and have it shipped to my address or the gift recipient's address than having to fight the crowds or troll store parking lots trying to find a place to park. I will do some shopping in physical stores, but as little as I can.

Do you do a lot of your holiday gift shopping online or do you prefer to shop in stores?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): Writing is on hiatus.

Quote of the Week: "How can you make yourself happier on a daily basis?” ~ Unknown

What I'm reading: I'll be starting Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Ann Long this evening. This is the first book in the Hellcat Canyon series. 

Random Thoughts:  Many of my relatives live in the south so I don't see them very often. Unfortunately as we all grow older, it seems we only see each other at funerals. 

Random Photo of the Week:

                    Here Mrs. Green is pretending to be the Wicked Witch of the East.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ruminating a Bit

I rarely do any writing from the week of Thanksgiving until January 2nd of the new year. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the accompanying additional shopping, cooking, baking, hosting of friends and family as they come to town for visits, and wrapping of gifts, it leaves very little free time so when I plan my yearly goals, I always plan for those 6 weeks or so to be writing free.

2017 in terms of writing and anything related to it has come to an end for me. It's earlier than usual, but I hope to use the time to get my holiday cards made and sent out. I felt like I needed to step away from writing earlier because I wasn't making any headway and was more often than not, making excuses to do anything but write. 

Besides hand making my holiday cards (with one or two birthday cards thrown in), I want to use the time to really figure out why I was spinning my wheels when it came to my writing. I've been looking at my 2017 goals and trying to see where I got off track. I will be honest and admit I came no where near meeting the majority of them. 

I've been reading articles to better help set goals and how to stay on track in terms of meeting them and how to get back on track when you go off the rails. I've been looking at different planners to see if a different set up will help me stay on point. 

I'm determined 2018 will be a much more productive year. If you have any tips or helpful hints that you use to keep you on track with your goals regardless of what they might be for, I'd love to hear them. Along with writing related items, I also want to set goals for trying different types of exercise, getting stronger, and to increase my savings.

Friday, November 10, 2017

This I know for sure...

Today we had our first snowfall of the season. While I've lived in upstate NY my entire life, I'm never ready for winter. I'm hoping this year we'll have less snow than the average 100 inches we usually get. I'd much rather have freezing cold temperatures each day and no snow or very little snow. People who know me well, know that's something for me to say since I hate being cold.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): As I mentioned in a previous post (titled Writing Hiatus - 10/23/17), I've decided to put my writing and revisions of completed manuscripts on hold until January. 

Quote of the Week:  “There are many reasons to get physically and emotionally stronger. Stronger people get what they want more often.” ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading:  I started Must Love Weiners by Casey Griffin. This is the first book in the A Rescue Dog Romance series. I haven't read anything by this author before. I realize the author had no say over the title, but I have to say it almost put me off reading the book. I hope the story is better than the title.

Random Thoughts:  I picked this week's quote (above) to go with the random thought of this week. As strange as it sounds at this time of the year with all of the holidays coming, I've started a new eating and exercise plan. My goal is not to lose weight, if I do that will be a bonus. My goal is to maintain my current weight. Every year I gain between 7 to 10 pounds in the time frame from the week of Thanksgiving through the week of New Year's day. So by changing up my eating plan and ramping up my normal exercise routine, I'm hoping to keep that from happening this year. I will, of course, still eat holiday treats, just not as much as I usually do. 

Random Photo of the Week:

                                  This is a picture of a card I made for my sister's birthday.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Feeling a bit unsettled after this past week, I decided to bake yesterday. I've always found baking to be soothing, the rhythmic kneading of dough, the scents emanating from the oven.

I bought a mini bundt pan a few weeks ago and hadn't had a chance to try it out so I pulled it out of the pan cupboard along with a recipe for olive oil bundt cakes I've been wanting to try. I've never had an olive oil cake before and was a little worried they might be heavy or greasy, but they turned out the opposite. The recipe below is a from a family friend. I hope you enjoy it.

Mini Olive Oil Cakes

Butter or Olive Oil Cooking Spray (I used Pam Olive Oil Spray.)
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 1/3 cups Sugar
2 tablespoons Lemon Zest
2 large Eggs
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2/3 cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside. Whisk together the sugar and lemon zest in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time, whisking after each one. Next add the olive oil and milk. Whisk mixture together with a strong whipping motion to ensure all the ingredients are will combined.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add to the egg/sugar mixture mixing just enough so that everything is combined. (The same way you'd make muffins from a box mix.) Pour batter into the individual bundt areas in the pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cakes should be golden brown and spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack. (My pan is a six mini cake pan. If you have a 12 mini cake pan, you may need to adjust the baking time down a little.)

I serve glaze on the side because some of my family members don't like it. (Crazy, I know.) For the glaze, mix 1 1/2 cups of confectioner's sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice to taste depending on how lemony you want it to taste. Whisk until smooth and and drizzle over the cakes.

This recipe makes 12 cakes.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


There will be no posts for the remainder of the week due to a death in the family.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween

                                      I know I'm a day early, but Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 27, 2017

This I know for sure...

I like to find new recipes to try so we don't have the same things for dinner week after week. This week we tried four new recipes.

Two were okay, but we decided they weren't anything spectacular where we'd want to eat those meals again so we didn't keep the recipes. One we loved and have moved into our "favorite recipes" file. These recipes we make at least two times a month. One we didn't like at all, but it wasn't so bad that we decided to eat cereal instead. Yes, that has happened in the past.

We've already decided that all the dinners this coming week will have no new recipes. We need a few nights of knowing that we're going to actually like what's for dinner.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): I printed out the entire manuscript, all 356 pages of it, so I can easily move scenes around, mark areas that need more fleshing out, and see where I can add more romantic elements without them seeming to be forced.  

Quote of the Week: “When you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

What I'm Reading: I'll be starting The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne tonight. I can't wait. I've loved all of Ms. Byrne's books I've read so far.

Random Thoughts:  One of the goals I'm considering in setting for 2018 is to attend a writing conference. It's been a few years since I've attended one.

Random Photo of the Week:

                               A loving moment between Somebody and Mrs. Green.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Writing Hiatus

I hate to do it, but I'm putting my writing on hold until the first week of January. I have so many things going on that it's getting to be next to impossible to get any writing done and then I feel terrible because I didn't get anything writing related accomplished for the week.

If I'm honest with myself, writing isn't a priority right now. Wow, it bothered me to even write that. I want to write, love to write, but just can't find the time lately. There's a saying that goes something like, "If it's important, you'll find the time and if it's not, you'll find an excuse." Lately it seems I've been doing a lot of excuse finding, even if they are legitimate ones.

I was hoping that once I finished my licensing class for the day job that I'd be able to get back to writing on a regular schedule. It's been about a week and a half since I passed the state exam and I still haven't found time to write. And now that the holiday season is bearing down on us, things are only going to get busier.

I've decided my priorities right now are to get my holiday cards made and sent out before the week of Christmas (it may take me that long to get them all made) and to help my mom with Thanksgiving preparations and help with her holiday baking, shopping, and wrapping as well as take care of my own.

This week is already shaping up to be a busy one even with writing time taken out of the equation. I have two birthday cards to make for birthdays next week, two doctor appointments, one of which will be at least two hours, not including commute time getting to and from the appointment, and a promise to make banana bread with my niece one day this week. All of these things need to be accomplished after the day job.

By the end of the year, I also would like to take a 30 day writing class and sit down and write out goals for 2018 using the SMART method so I might have a better chance of accomplishing them.

So for now, no writing other than jotting down any ideas, dialogue, and such that might pop in my head at random times. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

This I know for sure...

While I don't believe I watch a lot of television, there are a few shows that are "must watch" for me. They are The Big Bang Theory, Chicago Fire, Grey's Anatomy, and Scandal. I have to admit I'm not liking Scandal so far this season. I'll probably continue to watch it though because it's the last season it'll be aired. Of course once Timeless begins airing again, I'll be watching that as well.

I watched Once Upon A Time from the very first episode through last year, but after watching the first episode this season, I've decided to stop watching it. I don't like that they are basically starting the whole story arc over again with Henry now being the "Savior" instead of his mother from the previous seasons and instead of the story focusing on Snow White, now it's Cinderella.

Are there any shows that are must watch for you?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress):  I spent last week going over what I've revised so far. Unfortunately, I realized that my romance novel needs more romance and less...other stuff.

Quote of the Week: "Don't fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today." ~  Elissa Robertson

What I'm Reading: I'm still reading Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. The pacing of the book is slower than I expected.

Random Thoughts: I need to start devoting time to making my holiday cards for the upcoming Christmas/Hanukkah season. The problem is each card usually takes about 4 hours to make which doesn't leave a lot of time for writing. So my dilemma is do I set the writing aside (again) and work on cards or do I try to fit in both even though I know that one of them will suffer for it. Please don't suggest purchasing holiday cards instead of making them this year as I've already gotten comments from some friends and family members stating how much they're looking forward to their card this year.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                                    Somebody and his new toy.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Monday?

Very few people I know like Mondays and we all dislike them for pretty much the same reason - the beginning of a new work week. Not that we all hate our jobs. (I actually like mine.) I think it's because we lose the sense of freedom that we have on the weekends or days off to do what we want or need to do when we want to do it instead of having to cram what needs to be done in at the end of the day after we get home from work when all we really want to do is sit and relax and destress from the day.

My favorite way to relax is on the sofa with a good book and a few cookies (okay it's closer to 4 or 5 cookies depending on the size) and sometimes a cup of tea. This in mind and knowing I had a mostly free weekend without a lot of things on my "To Do" list, I decided to make cookies. I wanted something a little different than the usual chocolate chip cookies so I pulled out a recipe I'd made in the past for orange chocolate chip cookies from the Two Peas & Their Pod blog.

The cookies turned out just as good as I remembered. I haven't made them since last fall. If you like chocolate with a hint of orange, these cookies are for you. They taste amazing and are very easy to make. Here's the link - Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and that they make any crappy day you may have better.