Thankful for Prayers

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I am fortunate in that I have much to be thankful for this year.  But there have been years where … well, let’s not go there.  Suffice to say that there are lots of hurting people out there and this time of year often seems to bring out just as many feelings of despair as it does joy.  Sometimes life seems to just fling the crap at you and it can be hard to take.

Right now I have a friend who is hurting.  Hurting loud enough to cry out to me.  I confess, I’m scared.  So if you’re the praying type, your prayers would be appreciated in a big way.   

Thank you.

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Making Room


No Tasty Tuesday this week.  I am makin’ room for my friend, who is able to stay over night with us.  It’ll be like a slumber party!  *doing the Snoopy happy dance*

See ya Thursday!  Smile

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My friend Bryce has started a website for authors!  I had to spread the word, because I know a lot of writers.  :D  Go check out Bryce’s new site, sign up!  Do a blog tour if you have a book!  A great way to spread the word and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.  🙂 now up.

So if you have a blog and you’d be willing to let book authors do a tour stop on your blog, please go sign up and help me test the thing. Or if you have a book for sale, do the same thing. now up.

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Wednesday Wombat

So, the other day we had some errands to run, library, stuff like that.  As I was opening the car door for my son, I happened to look down … and saw that he wasn’t wearing any shoes.

“What the … where are your shoes?!  It’s 20° out here and you don’t have any shoes on!”

“Uhm … I forgot, I guess.”

“You forgot?  You forgot your shoes?  How in the world does one forget shoes, especially when one is walking on frozen snowy concrete in 20° weather?!”

At which point his father dragged him back into the house for his shoes.  I swear.  *eyeroll*


Now that my friend has brought over all her unwanted sewing stuff, it’s brought home to me how desperately I need to do some organizing around here.  Did I say 7 bins of fabric?  Not little bins either, but the big ones you use to store holiday stuff.  The B-I-G bins.  7 of them.  Full of fabric.  7 giants bins.  The stack is about 6’ high, I’m not kidding.  She’s a quilter and has always maintained that if I just tried it, I’d love it.  See, I’ve always enjoyed making baby quilts by hand, but just a simple 2 piece kind of affair.  My friend makes the kinds of quilts that people will pay several hundred dollars for, really complex kinds of designs with tons of tiny pieces.  I just don’t have the patience (nor the space!) for all those little pieces.  I think I might be able to make some simple designs though. 

But I digress.  I have all these bins of fabric now, and while my apartment is a decent one, it’s not big enough to just leave 7 giants bins sitting around, and the bins won’t fit in my little storage closet.  I’m going to have to break down and get several smaller bins so I can store them, there’s just no other way.  I figure if I’m going to do that, I might as well go the whole route and do the whole place.  It’s time.  I guess that’s sort of like a New Year’s Resolution, right? 


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Friday Fragments


Our blog buddy Mapelba is an artist, in addition to being a writer.  A few weeks ago she put up a post about doing some artwork on commission for the holidays, if you wanted something done.  What a unique gift idea!  Click the “holidays” link below to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for someone in your life.  🙂

The gift season is coming. Do you know what you’re buying yet?

I’ll write a story for that particular someone and I’ll use it in a work of art.

Over at Words are Art and Lake Belle I’ve got a deal on stories and art for the holidays. Yes, I know it is a wee bit early to think about holidays, but if you want something handmade, sooner is better.”


Speaking of gifts, did I mention my husband is also a writer?  And that his e-book is for sale on Amazon?  Well it is!  You can purchase a copy for the Kindle lover in your life, or if the one you love doesn’t have a Kindle, you can go to Smashwords and get a copy to read on your computer.  🙂

Check out my husband’s latest book, available for download!
A Fine Cast of Characters on Amazon US (Kindle version)
A Fine Cast of Characters on Amazon UK (Kindle version)
A Fine Cast of Characters on Smashwords (non-Kindle versions)


My “source” for jokes didn’t put one up this week, so I’m fresh out of funnies.  Instead I leave you with this fascinating shot from Canadian Rockies Waterfall Turns Blood Red.


Click the link above to read the whole article and see more pictures.  It’s pretty interesting, and cool, I think.  🙂


Have a blessed weekend.  🙂

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Wednesday Wonderings

Something kind of odd has been happening to me lately.  See, for a long time, close to 25 years, I had a best friend.  But, when Darc and I were going through a difficult period in our life, we found out who our friends really were.  I thought this friend was one of those true blue ones, but at the end, she ended up blowing me off too.  I was sad, but I was pregnant and had other things on my mind.  I have not had contact with her since.

But last week, I got this email from her, only it wasn’t from her.  I was going to delete it as spam, when I saw the name and on a whim, I opened it, because I didn’t think anyone else in the world would use that name and it was just a touch weird that a spammer would be using the same name.  Then I noticed all the other email addresses that were listed in the “sent to” section, and noticed that they were the email addresses of all her family members.  Only, the email I got wasn’t from the email address I last knew for her. 

So, obviously she got some kind of bot or something that’s sending out emails from her account, but this is what’s really weird.  This wasn’t an email she ever used to contact me with, and yet after 5 years she still had my email in her address book, on this ‘unknown to me’ account. 

She’s been on my mind lately for some reason, which made getting this weird emails from her even weirder.  I’ve wondered if I should try to get in touch with her or not.  I mean, 25 years!  We went through so much together.  But really, going through things isn’t the glue that necessarily holds a relationship together, either.  So, I don’t know.  I’m still on the fence about this one.  Should I contact her?  Should I let it go?  Choices, choices.  Just one of those little odd things that happens to me from time to time.  I have no idea what I’d even say to her. 

PS – To you know who you are: 

I got your message and followed your instruction.  You are in my prayers, deeply.  Please contact me once you are in a position to do so!  I will know it’s you.  Peace, my friend.  *hugs*

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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