Friday, March 31, 2017

This I know for sure...

I'm going to the library this afternoon with my mom after work today. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it. One, because it's time spent with my mom and two, I don't have anything to read.

Mind you I'm saying I don't have anything to read even though I have about 10 books I've purchased that I haven't read yet. I also have at least 75 books on my Kindle that I haven't read. I pulled some of them out a couple of days ago and was like, "meh. I don't want to read this right now." It's been a while since I've come across a book that has been so engrossing that I hated to have to put it down or that I stayed up too late at night reading. I'm not saying I haven't read any good books lately, I have. I just haven't come across a "page turner" in the last few months.

How about you? Have you read a book so good you hated it when you had to set it aside to do something? If so, let me know what it was. I'm always looking for a good book to read.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): I hate to admit that I didn't make any progress last week. Between working extra hours at the day job and a migraine that lasted 2 days that I suffered through work with, I didn't sit down in front of the laptop once.

Quote of the Week: "Difficulties exist to be surmounted." ~ Emerson (I'm not sure I agree with this. Sometimes they exist despite everything you do or try.)

What I'm reading: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen. It's the second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. It revolves around a hockey team and the players.

Random Thoughts: I'm eagerly waiting for Spring to arrive. It's been in the low to mid 50's this week so far. I have tiny green shoots coming up in my garden. I did some really late fall seed planting so I'm interested to see what survived.

Random Photo of the Week:

Here's a photo of a birthday card I made for my niece. I missed her birthday so I had to mail the card to her late.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bite Size Treat

I went to my niece's Sweet 16 birthday party yesterday afternoon. Instead of the usual party snack foods, her mother served bite sized treats and appetizers. There were mini chocolate chip muffins, mini lemon blueberry muffins, miniature quiches, mini cupcakes, tiny little danishes, and my favorite, mini raspberry tarts.

I was able to get the recipe to share here. I hope you like them as much as I did.

Mini Raspberry Cream Tarts

1 box Jello vanilla pudding
1 box mini phyllo shells (These are found in the freezer section in most supermarkets.)
1 container (1/2 pint size) raspberries

Prepare the mini phyllo shells according to the package directions. (The ones served at the party had to be baked prior to filling them.) If the shells you purchased have to be baked, prepare the pudding according to the directions on the package while the shells are baking.

Spoon vanilla pudding into each shell and top with two to three raspberries. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This I know for sure...

We had a windstorm with 81mph hour winds on March 8th that resulted in both my home and place of work losing electricity and heat for 4 days at home and for 5 days at work. Then the very next week, we were hit with winter storm Stella who dumped about 27 inches of snow with drifts up to 5 feet deep.

While we were without heat and electricity, I didn't do any writing. It's hard to write when you're freezing or trying to see by candle light. Once my brother got his power back, we packed up the cats and went to stay with him until we got ours back. I learned it's very hard to write when you're at someone else's home. It also didn't occur to me to pack the laptop to take to his house. I was too worried about forgetting something we needed for ourselves or the cats. My brother doesn't have any pets so I had to pack up a litter box to take as well. The Monday we had power at home, but not at the day job, I spent the day going through the 700 emails that had built up while I was without internet access.

I did have a snow day last Wednesday when Stella was doing her worst. I spent that day shoveling out my car, front porch, sidewalk, and driveway. Our plow person only plows from behind your car to the end of the driveway, so I had to shovel enough to be able to get into the car and in front of it to be able to move it when he did show up. I also helped my sister shovel out her car.

Since all of that happened, I've had zero motivation to do any writing. I've also been working extra hours at the day job trying to get everything that piled up while the office was without power and our snow day taken care of. When I get home, instead of putting in my writing time, I've been watching taped TV programs or reading or visiting with my mom.

I need to find a way to get back in the groove.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress): I didn't make any progress last week. I spent a lot of time shoveling snow. We received 28 inches over a 36 hour period. I also worked extra hours a couple of days. Hope to get back on track this week.

Quote of the Week:  “There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise.” ~ W.E.B. DuBois

What I'm reading: The Shark by Mary Burton. I picked it up on a whim the last time I was at Barnes and Noble. 

Random Thoughts: Given the 81 mph winds we had two weeks ago and then winter storm Stella last week, I'm ready for some normal weather. Spring is usually a period of unsettled weather in my area. I'm hoping Mother Nature has already gotten it all out of her system.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                   My neighbor's car during winter storm Stella.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

                                                        Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My current WIP (work in progress):  I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped. We lost electricity and heat in the middle of the day on Wednesday and didn't get it back until late Sunday. Without any electricity, I couldn't do any writing. The battery on my laptop needs to be replaced. It only holds enough power for about 10 minutes.

Quote of the Week: “The bottom line is that you have to persist, or you will fail. Do what you have to do to get to the next part of your story.” ~Unknown

What I'm reading: Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale. 

Random Thoughts: Having been without electricity and heat for a few days, I never realized how hard it is to go without those things. Trying to read by candle light is difficult. I can't imagine having to do it on a regular basis. And trying to keep warm...Let's just say I am glad I have modern conveniences.

Random Photo of the Week:

                          Somebody trying to keep warm during the windstorm.