Thursday, February 24, 2022

Did You Know

 Did you know, before Ed O'Neill became an actor he'd been drafted by the  Pittsburgh Steelers?



Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

It's Tuesday


Best Valentine Card Ever

I loved this card from the HH. You press the button and music plays and confetti swirls around in the globe.  Fun:)

What the heck, Frank?

Luckily, he got himself down before I had to figure out how:)

Cat Scratcher 

 Callie would never win a Cat of The Year award. She loves to scratch on wood surfaces: door frames, kitchen chairs, desk legs, you name it. Almost every item we have is swathed with double-sided tape and cat hair.  So, I invested in a new cat scratcher. Toes crossed it works.



What about you, blogger buds. Got a misbehaving cat or two? A favorite Valentine Day card?


Friday, February 18, 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Did You Know

 Did you know, drinking beer in moderation, supposedly, can reduce the risk of kidney stones by forty percent?

 *Thanks Sue.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

It's Tuesday

Greetings, Blogger Buds.

Sunday Weather

My weather app called this rain, but those drops were huge, fluffy and white. AND it was five degrees above freezing. What the????


We went to the Shelton Vineyards for a day-early Valentine's lunch.

 The view from our table. Note the vineyards in the background.

Pretty, innit?

Valentine's Flowers from the HH.


A box of goodies from the baby girl and the SIL.

What about you, my favorite blogger buds? Did you have a great weekend? A wonderful Valentines? Nosy, er, inquiring minds want to know;)


Friday, February 11, 2022



BlurbWhether you're looking to add short stories to your repertoire as a solo pursuit or in addition to novel writing, The Business of Short Stories covers every aspect from writing to marketing. Learn the dynamics of short story writing, where to focus your editing efforts, how and where to submit, how to handle acceptances and rejections, what to do with reprints, and how to market yourself and your stories online and in person. The information in The Business of Short Stories has been distilled from over a decade of short story publishing experience so you don't have to learn the hard way. You'll find information on submission formatting, cover letters, querying a collection, sending proposals to writing events, how to create a website, SEO, social media, and so much more. This is an invaluable resource for short story writers.

There's never been a better time to get into short stories!


Book: The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing

Author: Shannon Lawrence

ISBN: 978-1-7320314-5-6

Format/Price: Print ($13.99) and e-book ($3.99)

Release Date: February 1, 2022




Author Bio: Shannon Lawrence has made a career of short stories, with over a decade of experience and more than fifty short stories published in magazines and anthologies. In addition, she's released three horror short story collections with a mix of new and previously published stories. Her true crime podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem is going into its third season. 


3 Quirky Foodie Facts About Shannon Lawrence

1. I love veggies, but the array of vegetables I'll eat cold as a snack are pretty slim: carrots, cucumber, broccoli, and celery. Everything else has to be cooked for me to enjoy it.

2. I enjoy trying new types of food and new locally-run restaurants. My favorite local discoveries have been Filipino and Egyptian, both family run.

3. Though I'm not vegan, I frequent local vegan restaurants, for both health and personal reasons. We're incredibly lucky to have multiple vegan establishments, including a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru!

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Podcast Website:


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

It's Tuesday

 Greetings Blogger Buds,

Hope your weekend and Monday were excellent.


So Monday we woke up to this.

The chunk of ice on the ground was from the bird bath that was frozen nearly solid.

This is my second rain gauge. It never dawned on me to empty it in cold weather. I figured that out after I woke one morning to find the gauge in pieces on the ground along with the ice.  So, I started to empty this one and as you can see the ice has formed all along the sides and frozen it in place.  So far, it's still in one piece.....

Weekend with the fam 

We went in to see the kiddos and their parents this weekend. It never ceases to amaze me the activities that are now available for kids. We took the kids to the Painted Peacock to paint ceramics. Back in the day painting ceramics was strictly for adults, but now its geared to a much younger market and as you can see, the kids love it.




E holding up a copy of J.Q. Rose's GIRL'S SUCCEED.


We went grocery shopping. Sigh.  Buying canned cat food is getting harder and harder and appears to now be leaking into dog food. Produce is still an issue. What about you. Any grocery issues on your end?

Got ice? Ceramics? Cat food? Produce?

Friday, February 4, 2022

This Weekend's Read: MY MAGIC SUMMER


My Magic Summer
With the Moon Maidens
By Brian Carmody
Print 9781939844804 $17.95
EBook 9781939844811 $4.99
Young Adult – Contemporary Fantasy/Coming of Age/Boys & Men

Who are these moon maidens?

Summer of ’94 and Connor Whelan is excited to spend the last three months before his senior year with his uncle in Texas. Aware this trip is due to his mom’s cancer treatments, he still hopes this will be a season of magic.

He gets his wish when he encounters three magical women one night. Claiming to be from the moon itself, bewitching Iluna, flighty Eiru, and motherly Cassiopeia are about to make Connor’s last summer of childhood one to remember.

However, his interest in local girl Laura puts him in hot water with her tough boyfriend. His fascination with Iluna also confuses him. Will the moon maidens’ lessons about joy, wonder, and hope get him through this crazy summer?

Character Facts:

Cassiopeia, the oldest and the leader, teachers Connor to hope again when things look darkest. 

Eiru, the youngest and most spritey, shows Connor there is even more wonder in the world than he ever imagined.

Iluna, who becomes the first love of his life, fills this magic summer with joy.

An award-winning screenwriter and author, Brian Carmody is a dreamer, a wisher, a hoper, a prayer, a pretender and a magic bean buyer. He’s had moondreams from Texas to Virginia, and now California, where he has plenty of other flax golden tales to spin by his fire.

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