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1,000 Words Worth,  “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday Loved-One and I took the grandkids for our 16th annual Christmas outing.  A lot has changed during that time.  We went from one to 12 grandkids.  We added daughters and sons, and lost a few through divorce.  I know there will be changes in the future.  For today, I’ll celebrate our abundance.     Edit   The Merry Christas season is now officially underway.

A Book by its cover…

This morning as I brushed my teeth,I thought about two things that seem unrelated: My eyeglasses and the cover of my novel, A Ship of Peal. Both uncharted waters for me. I really didn’t know what I was doing with either decision. I got my eyeglasses this summer.  They are the first pair that I wear all the time.  I have a long, narrow face, with one ear a bit lower than the other.  I’m inept at picking out sunglasses.  I almost always look like a little girl with her mother’s glasses perched on her nose, slightly askew.  I needed…

Button – do not publish

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Gratitude Monday: Cubs of course!

How could I fail to mention a soul full of hearty gratitude for a Cubs win this weekend?  Of course!  I mean, I’ve only been a fan for 30 or so years.  I’ve only been around for one sorrowful example of the curse come true, the Bartman Ball.  Oh, poor Bartman, he was only following the instincts of any baseball fan: catch the ball.  I missed the 1969 Black Cat curse, and the Billy Goat curse happened before I was even born. It’s been 71 years since the Cubs won at NL pennant and 108 years since they won the World Series.  Yes, this could be the year for the Lovable Losers. And who better for the Cubs to play against than the team with the next longest drought: the Cleveland Indians.  The last time the Indians won?  48 years ago.

Here’s a list of a few other things, in no particular oder, that are on my gratitude list:

Worth a 1,000 Words:  Teaching pups new tricks

Don’t worry, the orchard allowed us all the tasting we wanted.  And, we ate every apple we tasted. Sometimes it’s really good for stay-at-home moms to get a job and let Grandma go on field trips.  Just sayin’.   Did you look twice at the boys?  Yes, mirror-image twins, Misters R&R, and Miss K.  They are three of CeCi’s five children. What’s in your lens this week?  I’d love to take a peek.  Please hop on over to Pierced Wonderings and see what the pros and near pros are up to.  Beautiful fall photos over there.  I promise you won’t…

Gratitude Monday: Exhausted and Revitalized

Here I am, the day after a weekend at CWC2016.  What a wonderful writers conference.  I met such good people, and I learned some valuable new tools.  Plus, I learned that I already know a lot, and I have a lot to share.  That is so affirming! Look, I’m dancing on a bus, thanks to the Twitter stickers I discovered this weekend.  I know.  I am so easily tickled. Forgive me, if I focus on some of those things, this bright, sunny Monday morning where all things seem possible. And in no particular order: A Loved-One who knows that a…

Photo Friday: A recipe in pictures

Everything you need (whoops, baking soda missed the photo-op.): Cream together 3# of peanut butter & 1# butter Add a dozen eggs, 1 T corn syrup and 2 T Vanilla Get ready to use those muscles you’ve been developing. Cream in 4 cups of white sugar and 2# brown sugar Add 18 cups of quick oatmeal. Yes 18 cups! and 8 teaspoons backing soda. Add a total of 3# of bits (nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, M&Ms, peanut butter chips, or whatever else you like.) Put on cookie sheet with ice cream scoop and flatten, dipping cup in a mixture…

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