Unusual Thanks


Two posts this week – Today: Unexpected Thanks & Tomorrow: My Book Cover Reveal!!!

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  We all have obvious things we are thankful for: God, family, friends, good health, etc. I wanted to have a little fun with this post and decided to ask, “What unusual things are you thankful for?”

Here’s my list:

  • Kindness in strangers. Especially when its unanticipated. You know, you’re standing in line at the grocery store with your box of double fudge brownies and the person in front of you is pushing two shopping carts and has a binder full of coupons. Not that I don’t condone saving, cause every penny counts. I know, understand, and practice that, but sometimes the need for chocolate superceedes  my patience. There’s a certain amount of joy and appreciation when that person turns to you and says, “You can go ahead of me, if you want.”
  • Quiet places. I have twins + one. Anyone who spends a lot time around young kids will understand this one.
  • Quirky humor. I’m a sucker for corny jokes. My son once asked, “What does a monkey order at a restaurant?” “I don’t know, what?” “Oooh ahh ahh with a side of oooh ahh ahh. Because monkeys can’t talk.” I’m still laughing about that one. Feel free to share this one I made up. “Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the cow said, ‘moooove’.” Silly, I know, but it made my children laugh, and few things are better than the laughter of children.
  • Aglets. Okay, I’ll be the first to admit, I might watch too much Phineas and Ferb, but have you ever tried tying a shoe without the thing on the tip of the shoelace. You have to twist it, pinch the tips with your fingernails, and hope all the strands will make it through the first time.
  • Select A Size paper towels. Because they help me save money by using less. See “Kindness of Strangers”.
  • The sound frogs make. Frog song? I don’t know how to describe it, but it soothes me.
  • And last, before the list gets out of control, climbing trees. I’m by no means a professional tree climber (It’s a real job. Click here, if curious), but I do enjoy relaxing in a tree.

Now, it’s your turn. What unusual things are you thankful for?

Getting To Know You


Today, I’d like to take a little time to get to know the people who read/follow my blog a little better, whether you’re a writer or a reader or bloghopper or tweeter or Facebooker, it doesn’t matter. I’m curious about you and the things you like to do with your time. I invite everyone to participate in answering at least one question from the list below (please remember to put the corresponding number in front of your answer):

  1. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  2. What are you reading? Favorite author(s)?
  3. Favorite all time movie?
  4. What kind of music do you listen to?
  5. List at least one blog you’d recommend to other commenters. This is where you shamelessly promote your own blog. 🙂
  6. What’s your favorite dessert?
  7. Did you dream last night? Care to share?
  8. If you’re a writer, what genre(s) do you write?
  9. Who’s your favorite fictional character, either from a book or a movie?
  10. When did you last laugh? About what?
  11. Tell one random fact about yourself.

I’d like to end by saying THANK YOU! to all the wonderful people who stop by my blog and those who leave comments! I look forward to reading more about each of you.

A Little Inspiration


I’m having a love affair with Pinterest (find me here). Don’t tell my muse, though. I’ve come across a few “Words to Keep” that I wanted to share with my blog readers. Hope it brings you inspiration, too.

True in ways I’m embarrassed to admit.

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Need my books.

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Everyone can use a little encouragement.

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Sometimes I doubt myself. Then I remember this.

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Guilty.

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Never, stop. Ever.

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I do admit, this may be more for me than anyone else.  Are you on Pinterest? What have you found recently?

Be sure to check back next week for my exciting announcement.

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Just For Laughs


It’s spring break! To avoid scenario below, I’m taking this week off to play.

I’ll be back on board next week with a regular post about knowing when you’re contest ready. I plan to include a few contests. If you’d like me to add one you’ve discovered, feel free to leave it in the comments. Thanks!