Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of those in the United States. And to everyone blessing and happiness always. Enjoy your weekend, where ever you are.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Josh Turner: Lay Low Video (official)

I get absolutely noting for sharing this video and/or song. I am simply sharing something that I think is beautiful!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday's: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown (#2)

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 310 of Sandra Brown's Mean Streak:

"Did she seem all right to you? After the bombshell you just dropped, would you expect her to be all right?"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon

This read-a-thon starts tomorrow - which is in about twenty minutes my time. Actually, I think that the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon has technically already begun as it goes by CST. Anyway, I'm excited to get going with it. This is a one week event. I'm going to finish up Mean Streak by Sandra Brown and then jump into my Christmas books with A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey. After that I will read Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thankful for Vacation

I have to say that my family is very much in need of a vacation. My kids are off of school for a week in celebration of Thanksgiving. My husband has a short work week coming up. I am so happy and so thankful for both of these things. For one thing, I love, love, LOVE when we all get to spend unhurried and relaxing time together. It feels like so much of our time is spent rushing from one thing that we need to do to another. So, we have some vacation together this week and we are not going anywhere. Well, we are going house and family hopping on Thanksgiving but other than that we are having a vacation at home. There will be no homework, no rehearsals, no long term school projects to work on.

What we will do this week (other than Thanksgiving, of course) is relax, read, go to the park, see some friends and quite likely watch some movies together. And, most exciting of all (at least to the kids and I) is that we will decorate for Christmas! In fact, if all goes well we will begin this fun activity in just a few short hours.

Do you have plans for this coming week that you are looking forward to?

Friday, November 21, 2014

A National Novel Writing Month Update

This morning I validated my NaNoWriMo novel and ‘won’. I put won in quotes because on their site and for the challenge winning means writing fifty thousand words during the month of November. In my personal opinion any amount of writing that someone does is a win. I love NaNoWriMo and according to their rules, I won this morning with slightly over seventy-seven thousand words. Of course, I will continue on with my daily writing and during November I will add it to my total on the NaNoWriMo site. There’s no reason for it any longer but I like to do this during November.

The funny thing is when I was done validating my novel this morning I was nowhere near my personal daily writing goal. I had several moments of complete blank. What was I going to write now? It’s not that I don’t have ideas for books. I do but I’m not ready to write them yet. I feel that it needs to be the right time to write some books. And the stories I have made notes for I am not ready to tell. So I was left sitting in front of my computer having a minor freak out. I didn’t want to sit her looking at a blank page and melting down, though. What did I do then? I organized my desk a little bit. I went on Twitter. I checked my e-mail. I read some of the book I am currently enjoying. Then I spent a little time with my husband and we went to get our kids from school. Then we went as a family to see his mom and had dinner. I even did laundry when we got home this evening. I know, it all sounds so normal. Right? The thing is – this is exactly what I needed to do. I needed to take a break and walk away from the computer and focus on my family and get a few mundane chores done. And guess what? I have a new story idea that I am ready to tell now. In fact, I have already written the beginning of it. Now I will settle my very tired and slightly cranky children. Then I’ll come back and write in the fresh and shiny story a little more tonight.

How about you? Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month? How is it going for you? What do you do when face with a blank page and the horror of not knowing what to fill that page with?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Charli XCX (featuring Simon le Bon) Kingdom

This song is all right. I wanted to hear it because it has Simon le Bon from Duran Duran in it. Of course, I think he sounds amazing but he's not in the song near as much as I'd like. Oh well, enjoy all the same.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday's: Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 59 OF Sandra Brown's Mean Streak:

"I hike. Gorgeous scenery up here. Sometimes I camp, but I prefer my bed to a sleeping bag on the ground."

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon

The Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon begins next week on November 24th. It runs until November 30th, so one full week. I am excited to participate. Since it is a week-long read-a-thon that means it should be peaceful and fairly laid back. And most of all, FUN! So, what are the details of the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon? In a nutshell, read. It is not required that you read Christmas or holiday themed books but it would be nice to read at least one, even if it is simply a children’s book – probably with your kids.

If you’d like to check in during the week on Twitter, the hashtag is #CSreadathon. Also, it is not necessary to have a blog in order to participate. You can check in via GoodReads, Twitter or Facebook.

For more information and to sign up for the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon visit Seasonsof Reading. And don’t forget, have FUN with your reading. I know I will as I will be diving into my Christmas books – for myself and with my kids.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The 5th Annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

I do not know what the heck was up with my blog yesterday but I am glad it is fixed today. I have to tell you about something I am so excited about! The 5th Annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge! It takes place at The Christmas Spirit from November 24, 2014 through January 6, 2015. As a little side note here - 2015 feels and looks really odd to me. Anyway, the challenge is so much fun and I really look forward to participating in it each year! It's fun, it's easy and there are multiple levels for participation. For example, read so many books, watch Christmas/Holiday movies and there is even a level for reading Christmas children's books this year! As a mom of two young children this is right up my alley! I'm even going to do an Advent calendar that relates to kids Christmas books. That's another post for another day, though.

My participation levels will be (I grabbed these straight from The Christmas Spirit blog):

  --Christmas Tree:  read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!) Yes, I am a Christmas book fanatic! I want to read Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright for sure. I will also read A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree. Others that I will read will depend on what's available at the library or on sale at Barnes and Noble.

--Fa La La La Films:  watch a bunch or a few Christmas's up to you! My family LOVES Christmas movies. I know for sure that we will watch White Christmas (this one is my favorite!), Home Alone (my kids LOVE this one so much and laugh their heads off every single time they see it), Elf (we all, including my husband, can watch this one over and over and over again), The Polar Express (another amazing movie we all love. It's not just 'I believe' in our house - it's WE believe!) and A Christmas Story (another family favorite. 'You'll shoot your eye out kid). I know there are more but these are the first ones I always think of for the reasons stated.

--Visions of Sugar Plums:  read books with your children this season and share what you read: I am so excited about the addition of this level for this year! My kids are bookworms just like me! We LOVE going to the library and loading up on books all year but there is something so extra special about getting Christmas books and then sitting around and reading them together. We love The Polar Express, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Angelina's Christmas and Pinkalicious Christmas to name a few.

Come and join this super fun challenge if you wish. It just adds to the fun and togetherness of this time of year.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Technical Difficulties

I'm not sure what is going on with my blog but it is all messed up. The pictures are missing, the background is different than anything I've ever chosen. The picture behind the header isn't even there. Hopefully this problem will be fixed soon.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Crochet Works in Progress

So, in addition to writing and reading a lot, I crochet. I LOVE YARN! Truly, I do. I love choosing colors. I love seeing the yarn turn into something. I would say that I definitely have an addiction to yarn and crocheting. It's relaxing to me. Well, most of the time it is relaxing to me. There are times (like this time of the year) when I know I have over extended myself. It doesn't matter that I swear to myself I won't do it again because I do. Right now I have several works in progress. A few of them (and one in particular) have deadlines. The particular one I'm referring to is coming up. I'll be okay and everything will get done but I have definitely bitten off a lot this time. It's just that I see so many gorgeous things that I want to make and I just can't help but start a new one. I need to get over it though and try to finish things before starting something new. Sigh.

Anyway, would you like to see some of what I have been working one? I hope the answer is yes because here they are:

This will be an adorable little bird when it is done.

A blanket for my husband and I.

These blocks are going to be turned into an afghan for my younger daughter's bed.

This will be an afghan for my older daughter's bed. She wanted something in rainbow colors. She chose the design, too.
PLUS, there is the item with the looming deadline. I can't put a picture of that one until it is done and received by the person it is intended for. She might read this post and I don't want her to see what I am making for her. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014


One of our local radio stations started playing Christmas music today. This is not a bad thing. In fact, my family and I love this time of year and that includes the Christmas music. And since my children have been asking me when the Christmas music was going to start since before Halloween – I was extra thrilled to be able to let them hear it today. Hearing White Christmas (my favorite), Do They Know It’s Christmas (another favorite), Sleigh Bells and Frosty the Snowman got me to wondering about something.

What about Thanksgiving?

Why do we basically finish Halloween and jump straight into Christmas? And honestly, around here, Christmas is making its appearance even before Halloween. As I’ve stated, my family and I love Christmas. However, I think people in general need to slow down and enjoy this entire season. Thanksgiving is important in our family and not just because of the food. Although, hello delicious food. It’s just that I grew up – and fortunately, so did my husband – being taught to be thankful for the little things as well as the big all through the year. Yes, we put some extra emphasis on Thanksgiving Day but that was (and is) part of the fun. So in our house, with our children, my husband and I are going to take the time to be thankful.

At the beginning of October I found an awesome tutorial on creating a ThankfulGarland. I bookmarked it with the intention of having it ready to go at the beginning of November. Then the end of October arrived and with it Halloween and prepping for National Novel Writing Month. I’m sad to say that I forgot about prepping the Thankful Garland. Well, I found my bookmarked activity today. At first I was a little bummed because we are late getting started with it. Then I decided late wasn’t going to be an issue. I am going to make a Thankful Garland for my family. Then, for the two weeks until Thanksgiving (and the day of) we are going to write something we are thankful for. Also, in the same vain, I am going to post a little something that I am thankful for each day.

So, beginning right now: I am extremely Thankful for my husband and our daughters. I love them with all of my heart and love being a family.

Will you join me in making a Thankful Garland for your family? Or even blogging about what you are thankful for?